Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.
Bertrand Russell Demonstrators clash with anti-riot police on the road leading to the Presidential Palace in Baabda, on the eastern outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) Smoke rises from burning tires, while a plane flies by in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah) Protesters remove a poster of caretaker PM Saad Hariri from an electricity pole in Tripoli, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) A bride and groom celebrate their wedding surrounded by protesters during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Saida, Lebanon. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP) Candlelight Tripoli vigils mourning Alaa Abou Fakhr, who was shot dead south of Beirut, near a newly painted mural by Ghayath al-Rawbeh, a Palestinian refugee who fled the Syrian crisis, in Tripoli, Lebanon. (Natheer Halawani) Anti-Government protesters throw stones at the car belonging to a supporter of President Michel Aoun, with whom they found an automatic rifle used in a shooting in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP) An anti-government protester holds a Lebanese flag while standing in front burning tires that block a road in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP) A student carries a banner during ongoing anti-government protests near the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Beirut, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS) A teacher gives a lesson at Saida’s Al-Natout garden during the ongoing protests, in Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star) Ladies from the Bekka participating in the protests in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Ammar Abd Rabbo) Demonstrators gather during an anti-government protest in the northern Lebanese town of Amioun near the port city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) Activists protest in front of the French embassy with banners in French read:” You are mean” and “1943, does it remind you of anything?”, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star) A banner defaming the PSP leader Walid Jumblatt, while the coffin of protestor Alaa Abou Fakhir who died shortly after being hit with a bullet from a soldier, is being seen in the background, in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Ahmad Terro / Facebook) A protester holds the flag up while flashing the victory sign during the ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Al Araby Al jaded) Protesters lay candles and roses around the blood of a fellow protestor Alaa Abou Fakhir who died shortly after being hit with a bullet from a soldier, in Khaldeh, Lebanon. (Khaled Ayyad / Facebook) Protesters stage a mock trial for Lebanese politicians who stole public funds, in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail / Annahar) Demonstrations block the road to the Lancaster Eden Bay Hotel that was built despite allegations that it did not have an occupancy permit from the municipality. (Tariq Keblawi / AN) Demonstrators stand on a traffic sign, sprayed with the words “Alaa [Abou Fakhr] did not migrate, Alaa died”, on the road leading to the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) Bikers take part in an anti-government demonstration in the city that banned motorcycle, in Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP) Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP) A flag hangs in front of a closed petrol station in the capital Beirut due to a shortage of US dollars to pay suppliers, a syndicate head said, in Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) An officer from the Army Intelligence Service gives his middle finger to protesters demonstrating at the road leading to the presidential palace, in Baabda, Lebanon. (Mohamad Ataya / Instagram) Demonstrators hold Lebanese flags as they ride on boats during an anti-government protest in the southern city of Saida, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS) Demonstrators take part in a march entitled “My Nationality, My Dignity” in the centre of the capital Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) A traditional band performs in the streets of Tripoli to mark Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, in the midst of anti-government protesters, in Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) Demonstrators gather and picnic at Beirut’s Zaitunay Bay during a protest against the privatisation of public spaces, in Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) Demonstrators raise a large clenched fist with the slogan “revolution” written on it in Arabic in Beirut’s Martyrs Square during continuing anti-government protests in the centre of the capital in Lebanon. (AFP) Musicians Jana Semaan (R) and Nayiri Ghazarian play the cello in front of the abandoned Grand Theatre in Central Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is cheered by his supporters as he speaks through a giant screen on the occasion of the group’s “martyr’s day” in the capital Beirut’s southern suburb, Lebanon. (AFP) Demonstrators protest on boats near the Crusader-built sea castle on the coast of the southern city of Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP) An ATM which has been sealed by Lebanese anti-government protesters in the capital Beirut during a rally against the banking system. (Patrick BAZ / AFP) Protesters stand under a banner reading “From Karbala to Beirut, one goal, one trench” during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Iraq. (Mohammed SAWAF / AFP) Protesters knock down the fencing as they demonstrate outside of Lebanon Central Bank during ongoing anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. (Andres Martinez Casares / REUTERS) Anti-government protesters sit under graffiti depicting Lebanese politicians with joker faces sprayed on a wall in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) Doctors chant slogans as they take part in ongoing anti-government demonstrations in central Beirut, Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP) A woman offers free hugs as protesters leave after a demonstration organised by students during ongoing anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. (Andres Martinez Casares / REUTERS) Protesters gather next to burning tyres to block the southern entrance of the capital of north Lebanon Tripoli. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) An anti-government protester dressed in a panda suit takes part in a demonstration outside the Lebanon Bar Associations in the capital Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) Anti-government protesters take part in a candle light vigil outside the headquarters of Lebanon Electricity company (EDL) in Beirut, Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP) An anti-government protester sits on the floor next to a burning barricade as she tries to prevent police officers from opening a main avenue in Beirut, Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP) Protesters block the highway between Beirut and the port city of Junieh at the Nahr el Kalb area in Dbayeh, north of Lebanon’s capital. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) Police crosses a burning barricade on the highway during ongoing anti-government protests at Nahr El Kalb, Lebanon. (Andres Martinez Casares / REUTERS)