Egypt finds itself downstream without a paddle

The essentials: Egypt and Ethiopia failed again to find a compromise on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a massive construction project on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, which is due to be finished in the coming years. Filling the reservoir and using part of the water for irrigation in Ethiopia would severely reduce the water available to Egypt, which relies on the Nile for virtually all its irrigation water supply. → Read the rest “Egypt finds itself downstream without a paddle”

Will Aisha el Shater be free?

Human right organisations including Amnesty International are sounding alarms over the maltreatment of a female activist held by Egyptian authorities since 2018. Aisha el-Shater spoke out against human rights violations and forced disappearances of activists before she herself was detained. She has been kept in solitary confinement since then and denied critical medical care, reports say. → Read the rest “Will Aisha el Shater be free?”