Who Controls The World’s Longest River?

Facing water scarcity. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) Quartz Africa When Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn visits Egypt this week to discuss bilateral cooperation in sectors like health, education, and agriculture one contentious issue will stand out: the completion of Africa’s largest dam. It is no secret what Egypt thinks about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the centerpiece…

Egypt Vs. Sudan?

Talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood. BY KEITH JOHNSON  Foreign Policy The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, on May 15, 2016. (DigitalGlobe via Getty Images) A diplomatic spat between Egypt and Sudan is spilling over into the long-running dispute over a…

Death of the Nile

By Peter Schwartzstein BBC The world’s longest river is sick – and getting sicker Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow. And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict. The rains The rot starts at the source. For as long as the…

How Egypt Is Slowly Losing Its Hold Over the Nile River?

WPR By Julian Hattem For millennia, the Nile River has served as the backbone of Egypt, the lifeblood of its people. Gradually, though, the land of the pharaohs is losing its grip. Late last month, Uganda hosted the first ever heads-of-state summit aimed at resolving disagreements over the waters of the Nile. But it produced…

Former President Mubarak considered using Tu-160 to destroy Ethiopian dam

Egyptindependent An unverified voice recording attributed to Egypt’s Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has generated great controversy among Egyptian social media users. The recording, which surfaced on a Facebook page titled ‘Ana Asef Ya Rais’ [‘I’m sorry Mr. President’], featured statements from Mubarak on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ‘GERD’. Mubarak relinquished power in 2011 following…