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King not the thing at cop

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Activists fear the state violence that plagues Egypt
Issue 2826
Cop 27 graphic for Egypt

The 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, to be held from 6 to 18 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

The mainstream media lit up with the news that king Charles would not attend Cop27 in EgyptThe so-called “champion of environmental causes” will no longer enjoy a luxurious trip to Egypt early next month. 

Much less was said about how Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will use the conference to greenwash the state’s climate crimes and human rights abuses. While senior Egyptian officials have said that protests to Cop27 will be permitted, these will only be for state-sanctioned NGOs in a designated area.

Activists hoping to protest “unofficially” fear that if they defy these rules, they’ll face the same brutality and repression the Egyptian state has inflicted on anyone who resists. 

And while the media obsessed about whether a royal would attend the climate conference, less was said about a rapidly accelerating climate crisis. Four months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, there has been a second catastrophe—disease. Malnutrition and diseases like malaria, cholera and dengue are now likely to kill more people than the initial flood.

And Somalia is being hit with the worst drought to hit the country in 40 years, which has led to failing crops and widespread hunger. This drought has been accelerated by climate change.

For millions, the climate crisis is already catastrophic—but those in power, and their mates in the mainstream media, are still not acting like it is.

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