May 16th, 2010

Some Nile Basin states sign deal, Egypt objects


River Nile

ENTEBBE, Uganda (Reuters) - Four east African countries signed a new deal creating a permanent commission to manage the River Nile's waters on Friday, putting them on a collision course with Egypt and Sudan.

Stretching more than 6,600 km from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean, the Nile is a vital water and energy source for the nine countries through which it flows.
The original colonial-era agreement gives Cairo the power to veto dams and other water projects in upstream countries. Those states, desperate for development and access to more water to support economic growth levels, say that is unjust.

For full report read Reuters: http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE64D0QZ20100515


About the River Nile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile

The British General who stopped Sierra Leone’s feared RUF in their own traps


General Sir David Richards

……Common sense and practical realism from the General won over fear and scepticism. Somalia calls for such dedicated decisive actions

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In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a decade-long civil war and as Allan Little discovers, much of it was thanks to a little-known British brigadier.

It was an astonishing thing to witness: the fortunes of a whole country transformed in the space of a few days by a single, decisive intervention.

Eight hundred British paratroopers landed at Freetown airport just as the city was about to slip into the terrifying chaos of a rebel invasion and suddenly, unexpectedly, the shape of Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war was altered. Or so it seemed to me at the time. It was, in fact, a little more haphazard than that. And, I've subsequently learned, the British reporters on the ground in West Africa - myself included - seem, unwittingly, to have played a small part in it all.

For more click on the Following BBC’s link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8682505.stm