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Lebanon's unfinished revolution: One year after protests, change has yet to come

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It's been one year since anti-government protests broke out in Lebanon. They resulted in the resignation of the country's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. However, the sectarian system of politics that protesters wanted changed remains intact today. Frustrations in the country came bubbling to the surface two months ago after a deadly blast rocked Beirut's port. Since then, the political class has failed to form a government, and the people of Lebanon say they feel betrayed.

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Meanwhile in Iraq, independent human rights organisations say at least 39 people have been killed, while at least 44 others have been kidnapped. This follows anti-government protests which took place last October when people were out on the streets demanding jobs and better public services. Targeted killings by militia groups have pushed more and more young Iraqi activists to flee.

Finally, after the United Arab Emirates and Israel officially normalised ties, the red carpet was rolled out in Tel Aviv this week for a government delegation from the UAE. The two sides signed several deals, included a mutual visa exemption agreement – Israel's first with an Arab country.

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