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Has The Arab Spring Arrived In Lebanon?

A Lebanese activist chants slogans during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters poured into central Beirut Sunday demanding government resignation hours after Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step down following violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)
A Lebanese activist chants slogans during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters poured into central Beirut Sunday demanding government resignation hours after Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step down following violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)

As trash piles up in the streets of Beirut, the “You Stink” movement has been leading demonstrations and demanding the resignation of the entire government and an end to the country’s dysfunctional sectarian system.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rami Khouri, a columnist for Daily Star in Beirut, who says the recent protests bring Lebanon into line with the other Arab societies that have risen up to protest against oppressive and corrupt central governments.

Guest

  • Rami Khouri, columnist for Daily Star in Beirut, and a senior public policy fellow at the American University of Beirut. He tweets @ramikhouri.

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