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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 #TripoliLB, #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
A bride and groom celebrate their wedding surrounded by protesters during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Saida, Lebanon. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)
Candlelight 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 #TripoliLB, #Lebanon. (Natheer Halawani) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 town of #Amioun near the port city of #TripoliLB, #Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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)
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, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Tariq Keblawi / AN) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 #TripoliLB, #Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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. ( @maataya / Instagram) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 #Tripolilb to mark #Prophet Mohammed's birthday, in the midst of anti-government protesters, in #Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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)
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 #Lebanon anti-government protesters in the capital #Beirut during a rally against the banking system. (Patrick BAZ / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
Doctors chant slogans as they take part in ongoing anti-government demonstrations in central Beirut, Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
A #woman offers #freehug as protesters leave after a demonstration organised by students during ongoing anti-government protests in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Andres Martinez Casares / REUTERS) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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)
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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 candlelight vigil outside the headquarters of Lebanon Electricity company ( #EDL) in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
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) #كلن_يعني_كلن
Police crosses a burning barricade on the highway during ongoing anti-government protests at Nahr El Kalb, Lebanon. (Andres Martinez Casares / REUTERS)
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