Skip to comments.War clouds gather as nations demand a piece of the Nile
Posted on 06/04/2010 2:52:34 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
The Nile supplies almost all of Egypts fresh water and three quarters of Sudans. Both countries claim historic rights over it but neither controls its sources. For thousands of years Egypt has jealously defended its right to use the Niles waters as it pleases.
Now, amid warnings of conflict and crop failure, the balance of power is starting to change as other countries make new claims on the water.
Last month most of the countries that occupy the Niles headwaters signed an agreement granting themselves greater control of the river and removing a colonial-era veto, held by Egypt for more than 50 years, over how it is used. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have already signed up, disregarding a refusal by Egypt and its ally, Sudan, to co-operate. Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to follow.
Egypt has threatened legal action and said it will not sacrifice a drop of its historic entitlement. Yet a new Ethiopian hydroelectric dam, which opened last month, further emphasises Egypts diminishing control over the river that is its lifeblood.
The new World Bank-backed Nile Basin Initiative agreement was a decade in the making. It is intended to replace two existing Nile treaties that ignore the upstream countries.
In 1929 Britain, as the colonial power, signed a deal in the name of its colonies giving Egypt almost all of the Nile water and the veto power over its use upstream. In 1959 a revised treaty gave three quarters of the Nile waters to Egypt with Sudan taking the rest.
However, in recent years the countries to the south have grown more vocal in their demands for a greater share of the water and an end to Egypts veto, which includes stopping hydroelectric and irrigation projects that might disrupt the rivers flow
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The world has gone mad.
lovely places from which to be downstream
Perhaps Egypt should just annex the whole Nile basin ...
Time and time again.
Another region of the world becomes a hotspot. Countdown to Obama going on vacation...
Same as it ever was.
War breaking out all over the place.
See what happens when a peacenik gets elected?
Not peacenik (he’s not), but an INCOMPETENT gets elected. Specifically a foreign raised, muslim, closet bisexual socialist that hates America.
Muslims will rip each others throats out over anything. Might as well be water.
I had wondered as to the genesis of the Southern power axis that was to come against Israel as depicted in Daniel. There may be wars fought over water in that corner of Africa and the formation of a new power axis there is almost sure to occur. China is meddling in Africa, especially in the regions south of Egypt and they have need of the water for their various mining and oil projects.
Okay I read to the bottom of the article...Yup...China!
The Nile: Africa’s toilet.
The movie, Chinatown, and the Klamath Falls controversy, and the battles over the usage of the water from the Rio Grande river. We’ve got water issues all over the place in this country too.
“Same as it ever was.”
Arrrgggghhh! Now I’ve got that video playin’ in my brain!
BTW, that would be the Chinese approach to things, and one of the big reasons why they are working so hard on getting control of the weather.
I would guess Egypt will win this war.
The Egyptian dog and the Muzzie Catz
Side-by-side on the river bank satz
The British lords and Clinton at State
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat
The only question was the date
One morning where the animals satz
They found no trace of dog or catz
But the truth about the kits and pup
Is this: THEY ATE EACH OTHER UP!
Let all the thirsty Muzzies attack each other with missiles and scimitars so they forget about Israel for a while.
The wonder of the world is that we all haven’t yet gone mad.
Plus ca change. Plus ca meme chose.
I just love these regional skirmish’s.
click click wink wink. Like it!!!!
Ethiopia, Sudan = ChiComs
Current level of Lake Meade
yitbos, bbm in Boulder City, NV
Some years back, Ethiopia was *rumored* to be employing Israeli engineers on some kind of dam or irrigation project, using Nile waters, and Sudan threatened war; Sudan also threatened to stop the entire flow of the Nile from reaching Egypt (Lake Nasser actually crosses the border of the two countries) if the so-called Peace Canal carried Nile water all the way to Israel, which had been proposed (by the Israelis — it was one of the reasons for giving the Sinai back to Egypt). Nile waters flow into a number of open-air canals in Egyptian territory, which isn’t too brainy.
The entire Middle East could be transformed using Israeli techniques of water management.
Not gonna happen.
There are similar struggles over water in other Muzzie countries, mostly pertaining to the flow of the Euphrates. Syria was almost to the point of rattling sabers due to allegations of Turks’ withholding of tributaries to the Euphrates, which is pretty crappy, considering Syria illegally withholds water from Jordan — one of the reasons Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.
I second the motion!
Leni, when I wrote that book on prophecy [of which you have a copy], many scratched their heads wondering why I mentioned MuHAMmed... traditional interpretation pointed towards Europe and Rome. Who are we looking at now? :-)
California is certainly doomed.
A leftwing SCOTUS will certainly take the international Nile Precedent to allow Utah, Nevada and Arizona control over the rivers flowing into the Colorado and deny California any right what so ever to any of the water.
If it is precedent in Africa then certainly it must be followed in the Southwest.
Not a problem when you live in:
You do know that Ethiopia is Christian as are most Kenyans, right?
Well, the rainiest state title may be obvious, eh?
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