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  • Nile dam row: US cuts aid to Ethiopia

    09/03/2020 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 9/3/20 | staff
    The US is cutting aid to Ethiopia over a controversial mega dam being built on a tributary of the River Nile. The move was triggered by Ethiopia's move to start filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam before reaching agreement with Egypt and Sudan. Egypt has long been opposed to any development on the Nile that could reduce the amount of water it receives. Ethiopia says it needs the dam to provide a reliable electricity supply. Once fully operational, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) will be the largest hydro-electric plant in Africa and provide power to up to 65 million...
  • Egypt, Sudan suspend talks with Ethiopia over disputed dam

    08/05/2020 8:04:31 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    arabnews ^ | 8/5/2020 | ap
    CAIRO: Egypt and Sudan suspended talks with Ethiopia after it proposed linking a deal on its newly constructed reservoir and giant hydroelectric dam to a broader agreement about the Blue Nile waters that would replace a colonial-era accord with Britain. The African Union-led talks among the three key Nile basin countries are trying to resolve a years-long dispute over Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. Ethiopia says the dam will provide electricity to millions of its nearly 110 million citizens, while Egypt, with its own booming population of about 100 million, sees the project...
  • The dam that could start a war between Egypt and Ethiopia: Tensions rise as £3billion mega-project built by Chinese firms begins filling up - threatening to reduce the Nile to a trickle

    07/15/2020 2:20:59 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07 15 2020 | Chris Pleasance
    Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began construction in 2011 and is due to begin filling with water this month 500ft-high, 6,000ft-wide, £3billion construction project spans the Blue Nile, the Egyptian Nile's main source Egypt bitterly opposes the project, which it calls an 'existential threat' and has hinted it could go to war over it Satellite images now appear to show lake behind the dam filling up, threatening to spark a war in east Africa SNIP Ethiopia chose not to fund the project through international loans, instead relying on government bonds that citizens, major companies and the state bank were heavily pressured...
  • The dam that could start a war between Egypt and Ethiopia: Tensions rise as £3billion mega-project built by Chinese firms begins filling up - threatening to reduce the Nile to a trickle

    07/15/2020 5:54:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 15, 2020 | Chris Pleasance
    Rising 500ft out of the grasslands of eastern Ethiopia and spanning 6,000ft across the Blue Nile river, is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - Africa's largest hydroelectric plant, which is pushing the region close to war. It is a £3billion bet upon which Ethiopia has banked all its hopes for the future, but which could spell catastrophe for its downstream neighbour, Egypt, which relies on the river for 90 per cent of its fresh water. Having strong-armed citizens, business and banks into investing in the project - which has also been supported by China - Ethiopia needs results. Prime Minister...
  • Egypt wishes for no UN sanctions against Ethiopia over GERD issue: Foreign Minister [Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam]

    06/23/2020 10:33:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | June 21, 2020 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Saturday stressed that his country does not want punitive measures from the UN Security Council against Ethiopia, and only wants to prevent any negative repercussions from the stalled Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations... "It's now the responsibility of the Security Council to resolve the Renaissance Dam crisis, as its decisions are mandatory and represent the will of the international community," Shoukry said. He added that the GERD issue impacts the lives of more than 150 million Egyptians and Sudanese people... Egypt on Friday called on the UN Security Council to intervene in the...
  • Sudan's Military Says It Has Taken Control And Arrested President Omar Al-Bashir

    04/11/2019 9:35:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | April 11, 2019 | James Doubek
    A military council has taken control of Sudan and arrested longtime President Omar al-Bashir, the country's military said Thursday. The move comes after opposition protesters recently gained new momentum in demanding al-Bashir leave office. Sudan's defense minister, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, said the "regime" had been removed and its head arrested, as he announced the coup in a televised statement. The minister said a transitional military council will rule the country for two years. Protesters have been calling for al-Bashir's ouster for months. Thousands swelled the capital Khartoum's streets as the military promised to make an important announcement earlier...
  • Nile Shipwreck Discovery Proves Herodotus Right

    03/23/2019 3:53:54 PM PDT · by wildbill · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/23/1918 | Staff
    In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt and wrote of unusual river boats on the Nile. Twenty-three lines of his Historia, the ancient world’s first great narrative history, are devoted to the intricate description of the construction of a “baris”. For centuries, scholars have argued over his account because there was no archaeological evidence that such ships ever existed. Now there is. A “fabulously preserved” wreck in the waters around the sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion has revealed just how accurate the historian was.
  • Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus

    03/23/2019 5:34:39 AM PDT · by vannrox · 35 replies
    Atas Obscura ^ | 19mar19 | by Jonathan Carey
    A wreck discovered in the Nile suggests the ancient Greek historian’s description was spot on. by Jonathan CareyMarch 19, 2019 Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus The wooden hull of ship 17. Christoph Gerigk@Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation Herodotus is known as the father of history, but some of his writings have created more questions than answers. In his account of a fifth-century B.C. trip to Egypt, included in his most important work The Histories, the ancient Greek historian describes seeing unusual boats called baris sailing down the Nile. However, no physical evidence was discovered of the ships until now.A team...
  • Violence and climate change in prehistoric Egypt and Sudan

    07/21/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    British Museum ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Renée Friedman, curator
    Among the most exciting of the new acquisitions are the materials from the site of Jebel Sahaba, now in northern Sudan, which were donated to the Museum by Dr Fred Wendorf in 2002. Excavating here in 1965–66, as part of the UNESCO-funded campaign to salvage sites destined to be flooded by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Dr Wendorf found a cemetery (site 117) containing at least 61 individuals dating back to about 13,000 years ago. This discovery was of great significance for two reasons. First, as a designated graveyard, evidently used over several generations, it is one of...
  • 95% of plastic polluting world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers

    04/20/2018 6:18:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 78 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/19/2018 | unk
    Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research. The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia – accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste. About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources – such as the Yangtze and the Ganges – could almost halve it, scientists claim. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren’t footing the bill, despite claims he...
  • Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza

    11/02/2017 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 2 November 2017 08.00 EDT | Ian Sample Science editor
    Muon-detecting sensors have revealed a huge hidden cavity hidden within the pyramid – the first major structural find since the 19th century Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious enclosure hidden deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The massive cavity stretches for at least 30 metres and lies above the grand gallery, an impressive ascending corridor that connects the Queen’s chamber to the King’s in the heart of the historic monument. It is the first major structure found in the pyramid since the 19th century. It is unclear whether the void...
  • Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida? Experts say it's possible

    05/19/2016 7:09:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP ^ | May 19, 2016 | Terry Spencer
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida's scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it's possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for sure. The big question now: How did they get to Florida? "They didn't swim from Africa," University of Florida herpetologist Kenneth Krysko said. "But we really don't know how they got into the wild."
  • Invasive lizards in Florida are eating cats

    06/02/2015 1:07:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.aol.com ^ | Apr 15th 2015 5:32PM | Staff
    Florida has a big lizard problem. Between lion fish and Burmese pythons, Florida has a lot of invasive species problems -- and the newest is massive Nile Monitor Lizards. Nile Monitor Lizards can grow to be almost 6 feet in length and weigh 33 pounds. They're mostly found in Northern Africa, but some households take them in as pets. The "pets" are often let loose after getting too big, so they wind up on the streets. But that's not the only problem -- they start eating things, like neighbors' cats.
  • Icelandic Volcano Caused Historic Famine In Egypt

    11/22/2006 8:44:38 AM PST · by cogitator · 24 replies · 783+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 11/22/2006 | Staff Writers
    An environmental drama played out on the world stage in the late 18th century when a volcano killed 9,000 Icelanders and brought a famine to Egypt that reduced the population of the Nile valley by a sixth. A study by three scientists from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a collaborator from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, demonstrates a connection between these two widely separated events. The investigators used a computer model developed by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies to trace atmospheric changes that followed the 1783 eruption of Laki in southern Iceland back to their point...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • Ethiopia thwarts Egypt by paying for Nile dam itself

    05/01/2014 10:34:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 24 April 2014 | Aaron Maasho
    Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub. By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region. But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of...
  • South Sudan: Congo Nile Canal Will Save Egypt, Avert War, Make Juba Hub of Africa

    11/28/2013 7:41:31 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 16 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | November 28, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    The leading South Sudanese think-tank, The Fashoda Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies has published a strategic analysis of why and how the Egyptian Government is reviving a three-decade-old old idea — one going back to the Anwar as-Sadat Administration — to resolve the country’s acute water crisis. Egypt is reconsidering the idea of a canal diverting waters from the Congo River into the White Nile near Juba, South Sudan, and thus markedly increasing the quantities of water which would eventually reach Lake Nasser behind the Aswan Dam. According to the Egyptian calculations, the quantities of water required to revolutionize...
  • Exclusive: Egypt has less than two months imported wheat left - ex-minister

    07/11/2013 9:12:04 AM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/11/2013 | Sarah McFarlane
    Egypt has less than two months' supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Mohamed Mursi's minister of supplies said, revealing a shortage more acute than previously disclosed. Speaking to Reuters near midnight in a tent at a vigil where thousands of Mursi supporters are protesting against the Islamist president's removal, former Minister of Supplies Bassem Ouda said the state had just 500,000 metric tons of imported wheat left. Egypt usually imports about 10 million metric tons a year. Two and a half years of political turmoil have caused a deep economic crisis in Egypt, scaring away investors...
  • No Denial on the Nile: Egypt Threatens Ethiopian Dams

    06/12/2013 6:07:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Austin Bay
    In a humiliating example of self-inflicted electronic bugging, last week a live broadcast television microphone in Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi's Cairo office caught the president and Egypt's most senior political leaders plotting sneak attacks on the upstream Nile's biggest dam builder, Ethiopia. No denial on the Nile. When an audience of millions overhears pious Egyptian Islamists and well-heeled Egyptian liberals mull classic covert warfare options -- such as having Ethiopian rebels sabotage Ethiopia's new Blue Nile dams or deploying shady political agents to agitate in Addis Ababa -- the usual diplomatic salve, plausible denial, isn't an option. In point of...
  • Egypt Warns All Options Open for Ethiopia Nile Dam

    06/10/2013 6:30:03 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | June 10, 2013 | AYA BATRAWY and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    Egypt's president on Monday hardened his stance against Ethiopia and its construction of a Nile dam, warning that "all options are open" in dealing with the project that threatens to leave Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Speaking in a live televised speech before hundreds of supporters, Mohammed Morsi said Egypt is not calling for war, but it is willing to confront any threats to its water security. "If it loses one drop, our blood is the alternative," he said to a raucous crowd of largely Islamist supporters that erupted into a standing ovation. ... In the conference hall where...