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Sunday, 30 October 2022

Dominating the conversation internationally this morning: the EGP devaluation / IMF agreement + human rights

Dominating the conversation in the foreign press this morning: Thursday’s EGP devaluation and the announcement of a USD 3 bn IMF agreement is leading the conversation on Egypt this morning. We have the full story in this morning’s Economy section, above.

Human rights is a particularly big deal in the UK right now, where dozens of MPs and lords have called on the foreign secretary to step up pressure on Egyptian authorities to release activist Alaa Abdel Fattah. Greenpeace became the latest international NGO to call for his release in the run-up to COP (The Guardian | The Independent). Meanwhile, Time, and Quartz are also looking at our hosting of COP27 through the lens of human rights.

How are our coral reefs adapting to climate change? Reefs are facing an “existential crisis” globally, driven by climate change, overfishing and coastal construction — but our local reefs are particularly resilient, Reuters reports (watch, runtime: 3:52). “We have in Egypt coral reefs that will be among the last remaining in the world, which means it will provide hope for humanity that a unique ecosystem like this remains alive,” said marine biologist Dr. Mahmoud Hanafy. We interviewed Dr Hanafy for a recent deep dive on the state of the nation’s coral reefs. Meanwhile, the National reports that Alexandria is at risk of being submerged as the climate crisis intensifies.

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