By John Solomon
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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Syria's conflict is increasing instability in Lebanon, which already is grappling with sectarian tensions, a crumbling economy, and a weak, divided government even as it so far has avoided the popular uprisings of its Middle East neighbors.
Mr. Chit said that sectarianism and fear are the biggest barriers to mobilizing Lebanese, even as they suffer from inflation, stagnant wages and poor utility services.
"A lot of people in Lebanon are afraid of violence," said Mr. Chit, who is a member of the Socialist Forum. "They have good reason to be. We had a civil war."