Lebanon: How did it come to this? | Conflict Zone

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Long before the massive explosion that tore into Beirut in August, Lebanon had been following a path to self-destruction, marked by corrupt politicians who had allowed their citizens to sink into poverty and despair. In this special edition of Conflict Zone, we look back at four years of interviews with senior Lebanese politicians about the breakdown of their economy and their state institutions. Watch the programme and let us know what you think below or join the conversation on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dw.conflictzone Conflict Zone is Deutsche Welle’s top political interview. Every week, our hosts Tim Sebastian and Sarah Kelly are face to face with global decision-makers, seeking straight answers to straight questions, putting the spotlight on controversial issues and calling the powerful to account. Twitter: https://twitter.com/dw_conflictzone  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.conflictzone/  More about Tim Sebastian: http://www.dw.com/p/1G7K9  More about Sarah Kelly: https://www.dw.com/en/meet-sarah-kelly/a-52405688 #dwZone #Lebanon #Hezbollah

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Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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