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Can Beirut rebuild itself despite the region's turmoil? Just maybe, but it won't be government that does it

A member of the Lebanese security forces stands in front of a billboard depicting Rafic Hariri during a ceremony on 14th February 2015 marking the 10th anniversary of his assassination ©Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

I lived in Beirut 10 years ago. When I returned this spring, I went on long walks through the city to reorient myself. What…

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