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Good COP, Bad COP? How Sharm El-Sheik Failed On The Planet's Big Question

The week-long climate summit in Egypt managed to a backsliding that looked possible at some point, it still failed to deliver on significant change to reverse the effects of global warming.

For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded.

While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis. As Alok Sharma, president of COP26 in Glasgow, noted:

"Friends, I said in Glasgow that the pulse of 1.5 °C was weak. Unfortunately it remains on life support."

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Le Weekend ➡️ Lab-Grown Blood, Nam June Paik Retrospective, Baby Shark Nurse

November 12-13

  • Glued to Warhol down under
  • Growing blood in a lab
  • Dancing nurse in Kenya
  • … and much more.
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Kherson Pullout, Biden’s “Good Day,” Art Auction Record

👋 Bonjour!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russia gives up the key city of Kherson, Biden basks in the U.S. midterms and a late Microsoft billionaire’s art auction pulls in $1.5 billion. We also take a closer look at how Sharm el-Sheikh, the Egyptian coastal resort, has been reinvented (again) to host world leaders for the COP27, and it’s come at the expense of the local ecosystem.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, What's Lurking Behind COP27 Shine

The Egyptian coastal resort has been reinvented (again) to host world leaders for the COP27, as it aims to cast a climate-financing-hungry Egypt in a favorable light. But the cosmetic changes hide years of harm to the region's ecosystem.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH — Amgad* arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh about 40 years ago, driven by curiosity like many other Egyptian youths at the time to explore this corner of Sinai, newly returned to Egypt in the wake of the 1973 war after a 15 years of Israeli occupation.

What Amgad found was a small Bedouin village sheltered within an immaculate landscape: to the east, the Gulf of Aqaba, teeming with marine creatures and jeweled with coral reefs; to the south, two Egyptian islands — now transferred to Saudi Arabia — that separated Sinai from Saudi Arabia; to the west, valleys and mountains, part of the Great Rift Valley, traversed by the Bedouin tribes who have settled in the area for centuries.

The coastline is home to 200 unique species of coral, 500 species of marine vegetation and various species of fish and marine animals, part of the Egyptian barrier reefs that marine ecology professor Mahmoud Hassan Hanafy tells Mada Masr are among the last sanctuaries for this type of marine life in the world, having demonstrated unique resilience to climate change. Onshore ecosystems also serve to protect marine life, he notes.

If, however, you’re among the thousands converging on the city this month to attend COP27, four decades separate you from the site of natural beauty that Amgad first laid eyes on.

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Anna Akage, Bertrand Hauger and Emma Albright

"No One Is Forcing Us" — Kyiv Pushes Back On Reports About Negotiations

A senior Ukrainian official said that Kyiv was not being pressured to negotiate with Russia, but would do so under certain strict conditions: restoring Ukraine’s borders, compensation for Russian attacks and punishing those responsible for war crimes.

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Mykhaylo Podolyak, a Ukrainian official advisor to the head of the Office of the President, speaking to Radio Liberty, dismissed reports that the U.S. was forcing Ukraine to sit down at the negotiating table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Anna Akage, Bertrand Hauger and Emma Albright

Unit Of 500 Mobilized Russians Wiped Out,  Putin's "No Front Line" Lie Exposed

If not cannon fodder, many of the reservists are facing shortages of food, weapons and promised payments.

More than 500 mobilized Russian reserve soldiers called up from the Voronezh region were sent to the Ukrainian front lines in Luhansk, where they were decimated in recent days by the Ukrainian army, according to a report in Russian independent publication Verstka

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According to the newspaper, only 31 members of the mobilized unit managed to survive in the battle in the contested eastern region of Ukraine. Those who weren’t killed are reportedly hiding in abandoned buildings in a neighboring village, where they have called their relatives in Russia seeking help to get out of Ukraine.

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Sophia Constantino, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

COP27 Hunger Strike, U.S.-Russia Talks, Record Lottery Jackpot

👋 Håfa adai!*

Welcome to Monday, where a newspaper report says the top U.S. security official has had a secret channel open with Moscow to ease risk of nuclear attacks, a COP 27 hunger strike aims at the Cairo regime and a lottery prize sets a record. Meanwhile, we’ve gathered some international coverage of the campaign for the U.S. midterm elections (which happen tomorrow).

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Le Weekend ➡️ Ghibli Park Opens, New Zulu King, World Ballet Day

November 5-6

  • Welcome to Listenbourg
  • Peru’s Avengers police
  • France’s funeral cargo bike
  • … and much more.
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