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Beirut. The metropolis of darkness and the politics of urban electricity grid

@inproceedings{Verdeil2016BeirutTM,
  title={Beirut. The metropolis of darkness and the politics of urban electricity grid},
  author={{\'E}ric Verdeil},
  year={2016}
}
Despite massive investments in infrastructure reconstruction, Beirut has never fully recovered 24/7 provision of electricity after the civil war (1975-90). Since 2006, the consequences of Israeli bombings and of infrastructure decaying in a context of political bickering preventing new investments plans have worsened the situation. On average, electricity is currently supplied only half of the day. Building on Timothy Mitchell's project to follow the tracks of energy in order to unravel the… Expand

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