Beirut’s River of Trash: What Can We Learn From It?

29 02 2016
A view of the built up pile of waste on a street in Beirut's northern suburb of Jdeideh

A view of the built up pile of waste on a street in Beirut’s northern suburb of Jdeideh

A river of trash?

Yes, there is a ‘river of trash’ in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

It is amazing to see trash arranged in a line like a river for miles through the city.

This was caused due to the closing of the country’s landfill in July 2015.

I think due to the political deadlock in Lebanon, its government is unable to function properly and that had caused lots of trouble for its people.

Due to the political crisis in Lebanon, the country has yet to elect a new president after the previous president, Michel Suleiman resigned on May 2014.

Al Jazeera, in its article, ‘What’s to become of Lebanon?’ reported that:

“But the Lebanese are a divided people, and that is a major cause for trepidation,” – Al Jazeera

That is what happened when its people are too divided and failed to work together in order to build a stronger nation.

Now protests were held in Beirut regarding the trash problems that injured hundreds of people including the police.

My question is, can protests solve this problem?

Some people see this as their human right, the right to make street protest when they are not happy.

But instead of going to the streets to protest, it is better if the people of Lebanon be united and make sure that they have a strong government that can take care of them.

This can happen anywhere in the world, including in Malaysia if our government is unable to function properly due to political instability.

Our government needs to solve problems that are actually created by people who are against the government instead of solving the real problems faced by our country, and this can bring us to destruction and cause chaos to Malaysia.

That is why we must be careful or we too will be facing problems like the people of Lebanon, or even worst like what happened to the people of Libya, Egypt and others.

Political differences must not be the reason to destroy our country, for if that happened it is the people who will be suffering.

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717 Killed In Mina Stampede

24 09 2015

At least 717 people were killed during a stampede in Mina, during the Hajj Pilgrimage, while 863 others were injured today, September 24, 2015.

The death toll is expected to rise.

To this date, the authorities haven’t know what caused the stampede.

The Saudi authorities said the tragedy hit when two large groups of pilgrims who were preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip met on an intersection of two roads,

Al Jazeera English’s Basma Atassi in Mina reported that the tragedy took place among tents erected on Street 204, and not where people were throwing stones at the Jamarat pillars which are surrounded by a five-storey bridge-like structure.

So far, no Malaysian pilgrims were reportedly involved with the incident.

This is the second deadly disaster during this year’s Hajj, after a construction crane collapsed on September 11, 2015, killing 111 pilgrims and injuring more than 200 others.





Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills 22 In Riyadh

1 11 2012

Saudi officials said the explosion was caused when a truck carrying flammable liquids crashed [Abdullah al-Saery]

Updated News: At least 23 were killed and at least 135 were injured in this disaster.

A fuel tanker crashed into a flyover causing an explosion  around 7.20 a.m. local time on Thursday, November 1, 2012 near the Saudi National Guard building in eastern Riyadh’s industrial area.

The Associated Press reported that at least 14 people were killed and at least 60 people were injured.

A several story industrial building collapsed by the blast, leaving only one corner standing.

Several other vehicles on the flyover were set on fire because of the explosion.

Other nearby building were also damaged.

The death toll could rise as rescue crews picked through the charred vehicles and rubble.

Smoke rises after an explosion which severely damaged an industrial building in eastern Riyadh November 1, 2012. At least 10 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering the explosion that caused the collapse of the industrial building, a witness and television reports said. Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera television stations reported that in addition to the deaths, at least 50 people were injured. REUTERS/Stringe

People stand near a collapsed bridge after an explosion which severely damaged an industrial building in eastern Riyadh, November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer








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