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The Damnation of Ethiopia by the TPLF

TPLF led Ethiopia dam and Egypt water security
The so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a highly politicized prestige project of the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia that Egypt condemned it as a total and complete existential threat to its water security. President El-Sisi made it clear recently that Egypt won’t negotiate on a matter of life and death. But what exactly is he trying to tell his “Ethiopian brothers” when he says “they want to live as we want to live”? If we don’t live, the don’t live?!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Last week, before the ink had dried on the “new agreement” on the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Egyptian President General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Egyptians during the inauguration of a national farmland project, “I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death. We already agree with our brothers [the Ethiopians] that they want to live as we want to live. I have not led you astray before and I will not lead you astray now.

Is that military-speak for something?  Continue reading The Damnation of Ethiopia by the TPLF

No Egyptian Official Will Cede Egypt’s Water Security: FM Shoukry

The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is one the one issue that represents a major challenge for relations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, as it impacts each country directly. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, however, assured his people to have faith on the ability of Egypt to protect its water interest as no Egyptian official will ever cede the country’s right to its water security.

By Ahram Online,

No Egyptian official will ever cede Egypt’s right to its water security, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in an interview with Al-Ahram daily published Saturday.

“Any Egyptian citizen should be assured of the ability of Egypt and its negotiators to protect its water interests,” Shoukry said.

Shoukry said that the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam issue is one that represents a major challenge for relations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, as it impacts each country directly. Continue reading No Egyptian Official Will Cede Egypt’s Water Security: FM Shoukry

Egypt Seeks UAE’s Help to Solve Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam Crisis

“Sudan did not support Ethiopia in its dispute with Egypt” – President Al-Bashir

By Middle East Monitor,

Egypt has asked the UAE to intervene directly and help resolve its ongoing dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam which Ethiopia is building near its border with Sudan.

Over the past two weeks, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is reported to have met with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalines to discuss a solution to the crisis. Continue reading Egypt Seeks UAE’s Help to Solve Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam Crisis

Drought and Famine in Ethiopia

To address its recurring cycles of drought and famine, Ethiopia must use Nile for irrigation and require foreign governments leasing land in the country to help its farmers.

By Ambassador Herman Cohn,

According to press reports, Ethiopia is currently going through a very severe drought, and is in dire need of international food assistance to make up for failed crops.

Ethiopia has a history of famine situations due to drought. During every drought year, the international community has been supportive with shipments of food relief. Since the year 2002, Ethiopia has been coping nicely with dry weather. The construction of new roads has allowed the movement of food crops from wet regions to dry regions, thereby making it unnecessary to call for international aid. In view of the improved transportation situation, the fact that food aid is needed in the year 2015 indicates that the drought situation must be truly severe. In short, the entire country must be having a rain deficit and not just certain regions as in the past. Continue reading Drought and Famine in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: TPLF Lies about Nile Agreement

After trying for four years to unilaterally build the biggest and largest concrete dam in Africa, the Ethiopian government ends up out of cash, out of time and out of luck. Only option left was to succumb to Egypt’s terms and finish the dam or abandon it altogether

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

THE recent “Agreement on Declaration of Principles between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (GERDP),” is yet another example on how the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is selling Ethiopia while in-the-process of formulating the Greater (Abay) Independent Tigray.

The TPLF has been selling the Hidesa/Renaissance Dam as if it is an existential issue and, that it is “Ethiopia’s right to develop.” To that end, the TPLF turned the issue to a political-campaign designed to rally the Ethiopian people, sold shares to ensure funding (albeit unsuccessfully) and tried to paint Egypt as villain-determined to stop Ethiopian progress by any means. Continue reading Ethiopia: TPLF Lies about Nile Agreement

Egypt to Refer Renaissance Dam File to the Hague

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever since the technical negotiations option between Egypt and Ethiopia collapse, the country is planning to either accepting mediation with Ethiopia to build a smaller dam; form a fact finding committee; choose countries to arbitrate the two or refer to the International Court of Justice. For now it seems they want to start with the later.

Thirst Crisis? Almost 90 million Egyptians rely on the Nile for almost all of their water needs including electricity. Interrupting the amount and its natural flow is like threatening on the life and future of an entire Egyptian population. However, Egypt should also note that as they were willing to amend the 1929 Colonial-era treaty for the sake of Sudan (1956), what makes it impossible to do the same  at this age for the sake of ten upstream states?

By Walaa Hussein (Al-Monitor),

THE Specialized National Councils in Egypt filed an important report to the presidency, including a study about referring the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration. The report was prepared in Egypt by a team of experts in law and international arbitration led by Mufid Shehab. Shehab was part of the international Taba arbitration tribunal, through which Egypt succeeded in recovering the town in 1988.  Continue reading Egypt to Refer Renaissance Dam File to the Hague

IMF Severely Slams Zenawi’s Five Year GTP

Zenawi’s infamous ‘GTP lacks feasible financial and implementation planning and adequate prioritization of targets’: IMF

By The Reporter,

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has severely criticized the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which was announced in October, 2010, for its ‘lack of feasible financial and implementation planning and adequate prioritization of targets in the plan.’

Following the staff visit to Ethiopia, it was to be remembered that the Fund had criticized government’s lax monetary policy management as the cause for persistent inflationary pressure in the economy. Nevertheless, the full assessment of the country’s growth road map appears to be worse than the monetary aspect. Continue reading IMF Severely Slams Zenawi’s Five Year GTP