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TechInnovation/Drone/Pandemic Response – Assessing the impact of drones in the global COVID response (Brookings)

Faine Greenwood writes: As COVID-19 swept through the world in early 2020, technology companies scrambled to repurpose their products to fight the pandemic. This repurposing was especially pronounced in the civilian drone industry, whose companies predicted that the pandemic would prove the value of their map-making, inspection, and delivery technology. As drones were adapted for everything from monitoring social-distance requirements to delivering medical supplies, companies hoped that a historically drone-skeptical public might be won over by the technology once and for all.

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Space – Jupiter mission passes space vacuum test (ESA)

ESA writes: ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter has successfully endured a month of space-like conditions inside the Large Space Simulator, the largest vacuum chamber in Europe.

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TechInnovation – Connected car insurance startup Flock raises $17M Series A led by Chamath Palihapitiya (TechCrunch)

Mike Butcher writes: Cast your mind back to that scene in Minority Report where all those autonomous cars are whizzing through the city. The more practically-minded of you may well have gone: “Yeah, but what about the insurance…?”.

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Israel/GCC Countries/Middle East – The emergence of GCC-Israel relations in a changing Middle East (Brookings)

Omar H. Rahman writes: The development of open, friendly relations between Israel and some Gulf Arab states has emerged as a significant new dynamic of the 21st century Middle East.

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Cyber – Hackers flooded the Babuk ransomware gang’s forum with gay porn images (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: The Babuk ransomware operators seem to have suffered a ransomware attack, threat actors flooded their forum gay orgy porn images.

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China/Europe/Climate Change – EU carbon border tax will hurt trade, jeopardize efforts to fight climate change: Chinese ministry (Global Times)

Global Times writes: Lowering trade tariffs and barriers and promoting liberalization of cross-border trade and investment are important measures to address climate change, and facilitate sustainable development, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Monday in response to the carbon border tax being considered by the EU.

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India – Politics of Economic Reforms: Real Lessons from 1991 (Friedrich Naumann Foundation)

Barun Mitra writes: July 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the economic liberalization in India. The liberalization began in 1991, with Dr. Manmohan Singh as the then-Finance Minister in the Congress-led coalition government headed by Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao. Facing a severe balance of payment crisis and battling a situation where the country’s foreign exchange reserves had fallen to less than one billion dollars; an amount that was barely enough to last for 3 weeks of imports of essential goods. The then government decided to liberalize international trade, lower tariffs on imports, devalue the rupee and significantly dismantle the license and quota system that had hobbled most Indian industries. 

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Pakistan-administered Kashmir – PM Imran Khan’s party wins Pakistan-administered Kashmir polls (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has won a majority of seats in elections for the legislative assembly of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, preliminary results say.

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USA – Exploring How the US International Development Finance Corporation Can Support Health Sector Investments: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Center for Global Development)

Julia Kaufman Janeen Madan Keller and Rachel Silverman write: Health sector investments present an opportunity for the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), under the Biden-Harris administration, to demonstrate meaningful global leadership and refocus on its development mandate, driving broader health benefits and contributing to global economic recovery. DFC’s early days have been defined by a mixed record, notably in the health sector. Still, in the context of the pandemic’s health and economic impacts, the agency is well positioned to help strengthen pandemic preparedness and expand equitable access to health products and innovation in low- and middle-income countries. Through investments to build private sector manufacturing and delivery capacity, DFC can help stem and reverse these losses and insure against future health crises.

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