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Egypt has long held unrivaled “historic rights” over nearly all of the Nile River’s resources. But now all that could be changing as upstream states like Ethiopia and Burundi seize on Egypt’s post-revolution political uncertainty to finally wrest at least some control of the world’s longest river. The result could be mean dire food and water shortages for Egypt, and maybe another revolution.


Video: Ethiopia claims the Nile

Ethiopia, at Egypt's expense, plans massive projects to make use of its 900-mile-long section of the Blue Nile.