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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 26/07/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 26/07/2021

The Guardian / Tunisia president dismisses prime minister and suspends parliament

  • Tunisian president Kais Saied has suspended parliament and dismissed prime minister Hichem Mechichi after a day of protests against the ruling party brought the country’s political crisis to a head.
  • Cheering crowds quickly flooded the streets of the capital Tunis after Saied’s announcement on Sunday, celebrating and honking car horns in scenes that recalled the 2011 revolution that brought democracy and triggered the Arab spring protests that convulsed the Middle East.
  • In the early hours of Monday, Ghannouchi, who is also head of the biggest party in parliament, the Islamist-inspired Ennahda, arrived at parliament where he said he would call a session in defiance of Saied.
  • During the day on Sunday, thousands of Tunisians had marched in several cities protesting against the ruling party which they accused of economic mismanagement, corruption and failure to prevent crippling rates of coronavirus infections.
  • Al Jazeera / Tunisia’s democracy is in crisis. Here’s a timeline of key events

Politico – Lili Bayer / Thousands defy Orbán with festive Pride parade backing gay rights in Hungary

  • Thousands of Hungarians marched in solidarity with the country’s LGBTQ+ community Saturday in protest at government rhetoric and new legislation targeting sexual minorities which has drawn condemnation from Hungary’s European Union partners.  
  • Members of the European Parliament joined the Pride parade through the streets of Budapest. Despite the tension, the mostly youthful participants maintained a festive mood, dancing to Abba songs and waving rainbow flags.
  • Organizers estimated the turnout at around 30,000. Under summer heat, the crowd packed downtown avenues and the landmark Szabadság bridge over the Danube. One participant said they could not remember a bigger turnout in over 20 years of attending Budapest Pride.
  • Small groups of far-right activists, some wearing “Defend Europe” tee-shirts, organized their own counter-protests. They waited for Pride participants near the banks of the Danube with large “Stop LGBT” signs and shouted insults. Pride participants responded with cheers and slogans like “to love is a human right.” Police kept the two sides apart. There were no immediate reports of violence.
  • Euractiv / Thousands march for LGBTQ rights in Budapest’s biggest Pride

The Economist / As food prices soar, big agriculture is having a field day

  • The reopening economy’s hunger for goods from China, and for the containers that carry them, has left importers of coffee, of which the average American guzzles two cups a day, struggling to ship the stuff from Brazil.
  • They are using whatever they can get, says Janine Mansour of Port of New Orleans, where much of America’s raw coffee lands. That includes much bigger boxes, which reach maximum allowed weight before they are full.
  • It isn’t just coffee prices in America that are rising. Transport logjams and paltry harvests in producing regions have conspired with surging demand to stoke food inflation across the smorgasbord.
  • The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) expects the value of global food imports to reach nearly $1.9trn this year, up from $1.6trn in 2019. In May its index of main soft commodities hit its highest value since 2011, after rising for 12 straight months.
  • Financial Times – Michael Pooler and Bryan Harris / Can a new commodities boom revive Brazil?

Bloomberg – Jess Shankleman, Will Wade and Alberto Nardelli / G-20 ministers stumble over coal, global warming targets

  • Environment ministers from the Group of 20 nations were unable to reach full agreement on key climate goals, just 100 days before a critical international conference kicks off.
  • After marathon negotiations that ran through the night, the ministers couldn’t find common ground on phasing out coal or how much to limit global warming, Italian Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said at a press conference Friday in Naples.
  • The divisions among the G-20 nations bode badly for United Nations climate talks set to start Oct. 31 in Glasgow. “The G-20 accounts for 80% of all global emissions,” Patricia Espinosa, head of the UN’s climate change secretariat, said during the meeting.
  • Leaders and diplomats including U.S. presidential climate envoy John Kerry have repeatedly stressed that the meeting, known as COP 26, may be the last chance to set international policies that would prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.
  • Financial Times – Leslie Hook / Fraught G20 meeting on new climate targets highlights divisions

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