Lebanon is in trouble: a million Syrian refugees, one of the worst financial crises in more than 100 years and a corrupt and divided political system.
What do ammonium nitrate and iodine have in common? Both substances are of immense service to humankind, and the history of their discovery is closely linked to that of the production of explosives.
As foreign aid pours into Beirut, its uneven distribution reflects and exacerbates the pre-existing class and race fissures in Lebanese society.
How can the international community help Lebanon’s people not its power-sharing regime?
In 1917, two ships collided in the port of Halifax, resulting in an explosion similar to the Aug. 4 blast in Beirut. Port explosions have devastating effects far beyond the site of the actual blast.
I feel justified for leaving decades ago but my heart bleeds for the people trapped in Lebanon.
The disaster exposes wider failures of governance and comes amid a deep economic crisis.
The port, and surrounding neighbourhoods devastated by the explosion, are at the heart of Beirut.
Abandoned containers of hazardous goods are found regularly in ports.
For combustion to occur, oxygen must be present. Ammonium nitrate prills provide a much more concentrated supply of oxygen than the air around us.
A PhD candidate retells the moving stories of Syrian women, as they try to find a place in their new neighbourhoods.
Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
Lebanon has been coming apart at the seams for years – Islamic State is trying to make it disintegrate entirely.
In the next few weeks we may see a resurgence of rhetoric calling for more resources to fight the War on Terror following the Paris attacks. Islamophobia may take deeper root in Europe as a whole.