Activists in Beirut protesting funding cuts to the Lebanese University. Lebanon’s political leaders hope to impose austerity measures without reforming a political system renowned for its dysfunction.Photograph by Mikhail Alaeddin / Sputnik / AP
On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Some stood on top of a pickup truck loaded with loudspeakers, leading chants against proposed government budget cuts to the university. “We want to continue our year and we
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