nile http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22166/all en Egypt is losing its grip on the Nile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/egypt-losing-its-grip-the-nile A 1959 colonial-era treaty brokered by Great Britain gave Egypt, and to a lesser extent Sudan, 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. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/egypt-losing-its-grip-the-nile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt nile Business Conflict Zones Diplomacy Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:05:00 +0000 Erin Cunningham 5699511 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt’s next revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/nile-river-egypt-water-food-politics-revolution CAIRO — Pouring onto the streets in an unprecedented uprising last year, Egyptians toppled their dictator of three decades with resonating, populist chants for “bread, freedom and social justice.” But while more freedom and social justice remain a possibility for Egypt, bread might be harder to come by. The country’s growing population, and its loosening grip on the Nile, are threatening its water supply, weakening its capacity to irrigate crops and boosting the desert nation’s reliance on food imports from an increasingly volatile global commodities market. It’s a dangerous situation many fear could lead to renewed political strife.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/nile-river-egypt-water-food-politics-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt nile Conflict Zones Politics Political Risk Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Cunningham 5699525 at http://www.globalpost.com Could Egypt run out of water by 2025? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/could-egypt-run-out-water-2025 <p>KAFR AL SHEIKH, Egypt and MARAWI, Ethiopia &mdash; With rapid population growth, limited agricultural land and recent challenges to its majority share of Nile waters by upstream states, the United Nations now says Egypt could be water scarce by 2025. It is not that Egyptians are necessarily thirsty. Domestic consumption of freshwater in local households makes up less than 20 percent of the roughly 64 billion cubic meters of water Egypt consumes each year, 55.5 billion of which come from the Nile. The issue lies in Egypt&rsquo;s pressing need to feed its exploding population through the expansion and irrigation of the country&rsquo;s farmland &mdash; just 6 percent of its total area &mdash; with the same or an even lesser amount of water.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120406/could-egypt-run-out-water-2025" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt nile Business Conflict Zones Want to Know Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Erin Cunningham 5699535 at http://www.globalpost.com Photos: With Nile River only miles away, Ethiopia's farmers struggle for water http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120409/photos-nile-river-only-miles-away-ethiopias-farmers-struggle-wat Ethiopians hope to finally wrest some control of the Nile, and its life-giving water, from Egypt. Africa nile Business Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:33:00 +0000 Ben Solomon 5699691 at http://www.globalpost.com