Lebanon's dire economy has pushed citizens to the streets to demand meaningful reform and an end to corruption. But in a country dominated by powerful sectarian interests, what hope is there of change?
Lebanon has been "plagued by a mosaic of ailments," Hezbollah's spokesman, Ibrahim Mousawi, tells Conflict Zone. But is his party – banned in many countries as a terrorist group – helping or hindering critical reforms?
As poverty soars in Lebanon, demonstrators defied the coronavirus lockdown to protest the corruption and mismanagement that has shattered the economy. What hope is there that the government can deliver real reform?
A decade ago, Lebanon achieved growth rates similar to China, averaging 9% a year. This week, the country defaulted on foreign debt for the first time and a bailout program could plunge it deeper into depression.
Having resigned after several years of unrest in Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn left behind a questionable human rights record. He tells DW's Conflict Zone he began reforms and wasn't aware of secret prisons.
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