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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Egypt in the News on 25 August 2019

Getting attention in the foreign press this morning: Studies show that Egypt faces the prospect of “climate catastrophe” in Alexandria, with sea levels predicted to rise two feet by 2050, submerging parts of the city. With a lack of consensus on the severity and impact of climate change hindering policy decisions, CityLab asks whether the government is taking the necessary steps to address the threat.

Time Magazine has named Egypt’s Red Sea Mountain Trail in its World’s Greatest Places 2019, describing the route as “a community tourism initiative managed by the local Maaza tribe and dedicated to preserving Bedouin heritage.” This long-distance hiking trail spans 105 miles and takes 10 days to complete, during which time hikers learn about the food and culture of their Bedouin guides.

Also in the international press:

  • Human rights: Amnesty International is calling on authorities to conduct an impartial investigation into the death of Hossam Hamed, who was held in solitary confinement at Aqrab prison since early August.
  • Digital art: Artist Kaya Behkalam’s Augmented Archive project looks to preserve the events of 2011 in our collective memory,he tells Qantara.

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