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"It is not bad luck that sadistically persists in our country" assures the Orient le Jour, but "the indifference and contempt that generations of unworthy leaders have never ceased to show". The editorialist of the Lebanese newspaper does not hesitate to evoke "assassins' dungs" and a government which comes to "to give a damn about the very lives of the people"
Anger shared by the Daraj news site, which calls for the resignation of all leaders. "The first evidence is that behind this explosion, there is a formidable incompetence, or a formidable corruption, in addition to a mafia in power" protests the Beirutin site, criticizing "a ridiculous Lebanese government".
In the international press, questions abound. "How did 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate end up in the hangars of the port of the Lebanese capital?" asks The Globe and Mail . The Canadian daily informs us that the Rhosus, a Moldovan freighter, had been immobilized in the Lebanese capital in 2013, then abandoned by its owner with in its holds, "a staggering quantity of ammonium nitrate". Cargo stored in a hangar for years, the same one where the explosion took place.
Many voices are already rising to demand an investigation and international aid. But "How can we help Lebanon?" this morning headlines the Christian newspaper La Croix which develops in its pages the importance of churches and religious communities in this time of crisis. For Le Parisien , the help must come from France, which would have a big role to play for his longtime friend. While Emmanuel Macron is expected today in Beirut, the daily recalls the historical and ancient links between the two countries, which date back to "the creation of the modern Lebanese state". Proof of a strong friendship, more important than ever in these troubled times.
In Japan, the country commemorates the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The opportunity for Le Monde to tell the story of Kumika Seina, one of the 150 survivors of the 1945 bombing, who today is the messenger of the past to the younger generations, in a country where "less than 30% of the Japanese know the exact dates of the bombings.
These survivors, called Hibakusha, therefore created a program to train the messengers of tomorrow. For 3 years, young Japanese people learn to express themselves as at the time and to write scripts, inspired by the experiences of the survivors, so that their memories and their stories remain after their death.
An essential transmission for the Japan Times which is worried on this anniversary date that we will not learn the lessons of such a catastrophe and of the impasse in which the agreements on nuclear armaments are found. "The painful reality" laments the daily is that the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than ever [...] and that the objective of disarmament is far from being achieved. "Progress," slow and thankless " but an effort that must continue, concludes the Japan Times, because the survival of humanity depends on it.
Finally in the register of transmission, Ouest France reports a nice way to share its knowledge. Little Jackson Houlding, 3, has just broken a record for the youngest climber to exceed 3000 meters. A feat for a child of this age, achieved thanks to his parents, passionate about mountaineering, who took him, as well as his 7-year-old sister. A shared passion and a beautiful message: with passion and perseverance, you can definitely move mountains.
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