Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

James Bovard
Riot policemen beat anti-government protesters during a protest near Parliament Square, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Riot policemen beat anti-government protesters during a protest near Parliament Square, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A woman walks past damaged buildings in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
A woman walks past damaged buildings in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
Protesters demanding the immediate release of Georges Abdallah, a political Lebanese prisoner held in #France prison for 36 years, in #Beirut, #Lebanon (Ali Hashisho / Al Akhbar)
Protesters demanding the immediate release of Georges Abdallah, a political Lebanese prisoner held in France prison for 36 years, in Beirut, Lebanon (Ali Hashisho / Al Akhbar)
French Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de #France spray white lines of smoke, as they fly over the scene of the August 4 explosion that hit the seaport, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
French Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France spray white lines of smoke, as they fly over the scene of the August 4 explosion that hit the seaport, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A man poses for a photo as security forces intervene with tear gas during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
A man wearing a mask holds an umbrella and pose for a photo as security forces intervene in protesters with tear gas during the protest against the political party’s efforts to form the Government at Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
A capsized cruise ship in the port of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Haytham Al Achkar / Getty)
A capsized cruise ship in the port of Beirut, Lebanon. (Haytham Al Achkar / Getty)
A protester with a slingshot aims towards security forces during clashes in Downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban)
A protester with a slingshot aims towards security forces during clashes in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban)
French President Emmanuel #Macron during a visit to the singing legend #Fairouz, at her house, in #Rabiyeh, #Lebanon. (Soazig de la Moissonniere / Emmanuel Macron)
French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the singing legend Fairouz, at her house, in Rabiyeh, Lebanon. (Soazig de la Moissonniere / Emmanuel Macron)
Army soldiers patrol near burnt shops in the aftermath of clashes in #Khaldeh, #Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Army soldiers patrol near burnt shops in the aftermath of clashes in Khaldeh, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Shiite Muslim flagellate themselves, in a mourning ritual of #Ashura, in #Nabatiyeh, #Lebanon. (AFP)
Shiite Muslim flagellate themselves, in a mourning ritual of Ashura, in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon. (AFP)
A #Shiite #Muslim man rides a horse during a mourning ritual commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam #Hussein in Kfar Rumman, #Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
A Shiite Muslim man rides a horse during a mourning ritual commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in Kfar Rumman, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement, carrying placards, photos depicting the martyrs of Beirut port explosion, demand the truth of the port explosion in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement, carrying placards, photos depicting the martyrs of Beirut port explosion, demand the truth of the port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Protesters confront the newly-appointed Prime Minister Mustapha #Adib (C) during his tour in Beirut's badly-hit #Gemmayzeh neighbourhood, #Lebanon. (AFP)
Protesters confront the newly-appointed Prime Minister Mustapha Adib (C) during his tour in Beirut’s badly-hit Gemmayzeh neighbourhood, Lebanon. (AFP)
President Michel #Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel #Macron at #Beirut International airport, #Lebanon. (GONZALO FUENTES / AFP / POOL )
President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at Beirut International airport, Lebanon. (GONZALO FUENTES / AFP / POOL )
French President Emmanuel #Macron hugs blast victim Tamara Tayah as he attends a ceremony to plant a cedar tree in Jaj, near #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)
French President Emmanuel Macron hugs blast victim Tamara Tayah as he attends a ceremony to plant a cedar tree in Jaj, near Beirut, Lebanon. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)
Alpha jets of the Patrouille de #France release smoke in the colours of the Lebanese flag while flying over the damaged grain silos of the port of #Beirut, as the former French mandate marked its centenary while teetering on the brink of the abyss. (AFP)
Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France release smoke in the colours of the Lebanese flag while flying over the damaged grain silos of the port of Beirut, as the former French mandate marked its centenary while teetering on the brink of the abyss. (AFP)
Prime Minister-designate Mustapha #Adib, right, meets with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in #Baabda, #Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib, right, meets with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
A delegation from the World Bank and the Ambassador of the European Union present President Michel #Aoun a briefing on the damages caused by the Port explosion, in #Baabda, #Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
A delegation from the World Bank and the Ambassador of the European Union present President Michel Aoun a briefing on the damages caused by the Port explosion, in Baabda, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
French Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de #France spray the colors of the lebanese flag, as they fly over the presidential palace, in #Baabda, #Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
French Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France spray the colors of the lebanese flag, as they fly over the presidential palace, in Baabda, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
#France President Emmanuel #Macron meeting with lebanese leaders of major political parties, at the Résidence des Pins, #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Emmanuel Macron / Twitter)
French President Emmanuel Macron meeting with lebanese leaders of major political parties, at the Résidence des Pins, Beirut, Lebanon. (Emmanuel Macron / Twitter)
#France President Emmanuel Macron meet members of the military mobilised for the reconstruction of the port of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Emmanuel Macron / Twitter)
French President Emmanuel Macron meet members of the military mobilised for the reconstruction of the port of Beirut, Lebanon. (Emmanuel Macron / Twitter)
Protesters clash with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (AFP)
Protesters clash with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. (AFP)
Anti-government protesters carry a sign with pictures of unknown people hanging on the gallows during a protest in downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (IBRAHIM DIRANI / EPA)
Anti-government protesters carry a sign with pictures of unknown people hanging on the gallows during a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (IBRAHIM DIRANI / EPA)
A member of the security forces speaks through a radio transmitter while standing next to an armoured vehicle as tear gas fumes cover the air during clashes with anti-government protesters in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (AFP)
A member of the security forces speaks through a radio transmitter while standing next to an armoured vehicle as tear gas fumes cover the air during clashes with anti-government protesters in Beirut, Lebanon. (AFP)
Security forces stand with riot shields during clashes with protesters amidst an anti-government demonstration in the centre of #Lebanon's capital #Beirut. (AFP)
Security forces stand with riot shields during clashes with protesters amidst an anti-government demonstration in the centre of Lebanon’s capital Beirut. (AFP)
French President Emmanuel #Macron speaks to a patient as he visits the Rafik #Hariri University Hospital with French Health Minister Olivier Veran (R), in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Stephane LEMOUTON / AFP / POOL)
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to a patient as he visits the Rafik Hariri University Hospital with French Health Minister Olivier Veran (R), in Beirut, Lebanon. (Stephane LEMOUTON / AFP / POOL)
#Pope Francis prays for #Lebanon during the first general audience to readmit the public since the #coronavirus disease in San Damaso courtyard, #Vatican. (FABIO FRUSTACI / EPA)
Pope Francis prays for Lebanon during the first general audience to readmit the public since the coronavirus disease in San Damaso courtyard, Vatican. (FABIO FRUSTACI / EPA)
Two Lebanese flags and the replacement of the red color with black are raised, on the statue of the martyrs, in downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (IBRAHIM DIRANI / EPA)
Two Lebanese flags and the replacement of the red color with black are raised, on the statue of the martyrs, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (IBRAHIM DIRANI / EPA)
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