Operators of private generators have been making fortunes selling electricity during blackouts at many times the state price. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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As 2018 comes to an end, everyone can agree that it was not a terrific year for the world, and of course Lebanon has had its own series of headaches.But in its 75th year as an independent state, Lebanon also experienced more than a few notably positive events. Throughout the years, it has campaigned tirelessly, putting up billboards around the country and demonstrating in public to rid Lebanon of the law.Luckily for us, caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury reined in Lebanon's generator owners this year when, in July, he issued a decree obliging them to install consumption meters.Environmental groups such as Recycle Lebanon and Greenpeace launched several awareness campaigns to engage residents in cutting down on using plastic, an egregious amount of which eventually litters Lebanon's land and sea.Nadine Labaki's film about the plight of some of Lebanon's most marginalized communities has received acclaim around the world.For those who recognize the United Nations' mandated Special Tribunal for Lebanon as the legitimate body to investigate former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, 2018 was a big year in getting closer to the truth.
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