Lebanon has been plunged into darkness after the country’s two main power stations ran out of fuel.
The power outage is expected to last for ‘several days’ after al Zahrani and the Deir Ammar power stations stopped working after supplies of diesel were apparently exhausted, and energy production dropped to below 200 megawatts ( which is only enough to power approximately 5,000 homes).
A government official said the blackout could last all weekend, leaving the population of around six million people in total darkness.
The official said; ‘The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days.’
Blackouts have been a problem in Lebanon since the end of its 15-year civil war in 1990, and the small country relies heavily on imported fuel. Many citizens rely on private generators that run on diesel, although that is also in short supply.
There were power outages throughout September due to the fuel shortage which in recent months has forced many businesses to close and left people relying on the black market.
This occurrence is part of a wider economic and political crises impacting all aspects of daily life in Lebanon.
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Colin Powell Was A Patriot Of Unmatched Honour, Dignity’, Biden, Obama, Bush Mourn
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Monday mourned the death of their “dear friend” Gen. Colin Powell, calling him a “patriot of unmatched honor and dignity.”
Powell died Monday at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced. He was fully vaccinated.
Biden remembered Powell in a statement Monday, saying he “worked closely” with him while he was in the Senate, and while Powell served as national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as secretary of state.
“Over our many years working together – even in disagreement – Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect,” Biden said, adding that Powell “embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.”
“He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all,” the president said, adding that his military experience gave him the perspective “better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity.”
“From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong,” Biden continued. “Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else – in uniform and out – and it earned him the universal respect of the American people.”
Powell was the first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Biden said he “repeatedly” broke “racial barriers” and blazed “a trail for others to follow in Federal Government service.”
“Colin was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership,” Biden said. “Whether through his care for the women and men serving under his command and the diplomats he led, or through the work he shared with his wife Alma at the America’s Promise Alliance to lift up young people, or through his years leading the Eisenhower Fellowships, Colin’s leadership always included a focus on future.”
In the same vein, former President Obama called Colin Powell an “exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot” in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.
“Years ago, when he was asked to reflect on his own life, General Colin Powell described himself as ‘first and foremost a problem-solver,'” Obama said. “It was true, of course. But he was far more than that.”
“Powell helped shape American policy for decades, he added. “And although he’d be the first to acknowledge that he didn’t get every call right, his actions reflected what he believed was best for America and the people he served.”
“He never denied the role that race played in his own life and in our society more broadly,” Obama noted. “But he also refused to accept that race would limit his dreams, and through his steady and principled leadership, helped pave the way for so many who would follow.”
Also, former president George W. Bush, who Powell served as secretary of state under, expressed his sadness at the sudden loss of Powell, along with a statement on Powell’s longtime service to the nation.
“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam.” – President George W. Bush
Credit: New York Times
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First US Black Secretary Of State, Colin Powell, Dies Of COVID-19 Complications
Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who became a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state but saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died on Monday of Covid-19 complications. He was 84.
The retired four-star general and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served four presidents made his reputation as a man of honor distant from the political fray — an asset in the corridors of power.
“General Powell is an American hero, an American example, and a great American story,” George W. Bush said as he announced Powell’s nomination as secretary of state in 2000.
“In directness of speech, his towering integrity, his deep respect for our democracy, and his soldier’s sense of duty and honor, Colin Powell demonstrates … qualities that will make him a great representative of all the people of this country.”
But he found it hard to live down his infamous February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — the evidence he presented was later proven to be false.
“It’s a blot… and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now,” Powell said in a 2005 interview with ABC News.
Born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, Powell’s “American Journey” — the title of his autobiography — started in New York, where he grew up and earned a degree in geology.
He also participated in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in college, and upon his graduation in June 1958, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army, and was posted in what was then West Germany.
Powell completed two tours of duty in Vietnam — in 1962-63 as one of John F Kennedy’s thousands of military advisors, and again in 1968-69 to investigate the My Lai massacre.
He earned a Purple Heart, but also faced questions about the tone of his report into the hundreds of deaths at My Lai, which to some seemed to dismiss any claims of wrongdoing.
“I was in a unit that was responsible for My Lai. I got there after My Lai happened,” he told interviewer Larry King in 2004.
“So, in war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored.”
Back in Washington, he quickly rose through the ranks to the pinnacle of the national security establishment, serving Ronald Reagan as national security advisor, and both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 1989-93.
Powell’s experiences in Vietnam as a young soldier led him to develop the so-called “Powell Doctrine,” which said that if the United States must intervene in a foreign conflict, it should deploy overwhelming force based on clear political objectives.
For many Americans, he was the public face of the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq.
Powell was initially lukewarm about going into the country, but his reputation soared in the aftermath of the blitzkrieg that ejected Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.
For a while, he even considered a run for the presidency.
But after retiring from the army in 1993, Powell devoted himself to working on behalf of disadvantaged young people as chairman of America’s Promise, a youth advocacy group.
For a while, he fended off new questions on his desire for public office, until George W. Bush came calling for the popular military man to lead the State Department as the 65th secretary of state.
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Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital After Five Nights
Former US President Bill Clinton, 75, was released from a California hospital Sunday after spending five nights in treatment for an infection.
Clinton, arm in arm with his wife and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gave a thumbs up after he walked slowly out of the hospital and shook hands with staff in front of television cameras.
“President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said a statement by doctor Alpesh Amin released via a Clinton spokesman.
“His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” added Amin, who oversaw the medical team treating the former president.
The US leader from 1993 to 2001 was admitted Tuesday evening to the hospital south of Los Angeles with a non-Covid-related blood infection.
The New York Times, quoting an aide, reported Clinton developed a urinary tract infection that turned into sepsis.
Sepsis is an extreme bodily reaction to infection that affects 1.7 million people in America annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It kills 270,000 of those infected every year.
The infection was the latest health scare for America’s 42nd president. In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.
Six years later he had stents implanted in his coronary artery.
This prompted him to adopt a vegetarian diet and to speak out publicly about how his change in food consumption helped him get healthier.
“Maybe if I had… not eaten so many hamburgers and steaks, which I love, maybe if I had, you know, had slightly less stress in my life… maybe it would have been different,” Clinton told ABC News in 2004 after his successful heart surgery.
In the two decades since leaving the White House after two presidential terms he has thrown himself into numerous humanitarian and diplomatic causes.
He traveled the world, not just to receive generous speaking fees and to attend conferences but to visit disaster areas or raise funds for the fight against AIDS.
Clinton, who once called himself “the comeback kid” during the 1992 Democratic Party primary battle, remains involved in his Clinton Foundation and supported his wife’s unsuccessful campaign against Donald Trump five years ago.
Gradually his pace has slowed, and he has been traveling less in recent years.
The Clintons currently live in Chappaqua, New York.
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