Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Water

"Is a Lack of Water to Blame for the Conflict in Syria?":
"In Syria, a devastating drought beginning in 2006 forced many farmers to abandon their fields and migrate to urban centers. There’s some evidence that the migration fueled the civil war there, in which 80,000 people have died. “You had a lot of angry, unemployed men helping to trigger a revolution,” says Aaron Wolf, a water management expert at Oregon State University, who frequently visits the Middle East.
Tensions between nations are also high. Since 1975, Turkey’s dam and hydro­power construction has cut water flow to Iraq by 80 percent and to Syria by 40 percent. Syria and Iraq have accused Turkey of hoarding water."
If Syria ends up in the hands of 'al Qaeda', and therefore loses access to international law, Turkey gets to keep more water.  Note how Turkey has been using the water that should flow to Syria and Iraq to pacify Turkish Kurdistan.

"Ethiopian parliament votes to strip Egypt of rights to majority of Nile water" "Ethiopia, Egypt tone down talk of war over Nile dam"

It is not all bad as the next attempt of the Jews to steal the waters of the Litani River will be the end of Israel.
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