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Archive for July, 2017

Building Resilience for Peace: Water, Security, and Strategic Interests in Philippines

Via New Security Beat, interesting commentary on a security approach that combines defense, diplomacy, and development efforts to promote improved governance, social stability, and climate resilience in Philippines: The Philippines faces a breadth of social and environmental challenges that threaten its economic and political stability. A long history of violent conflict stemming from ethnic, religious, and political tensions is further complicated by changing […]

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Australia’s Water Tragedy: Hydropolitics and the Failure of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Via Global Research, commentary on Australia’s much lauded Murray Darling Basin plan: Water is gold to survival, the indispensable, the vast feeder for human civilization. Its absence entails certain death; its decline brings out the prospect that a civilisation might well collapse. When a water crisis is announced, panic sets in. Officials ready for war; […]

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91% of Karachi’s Water ‘Unfit to Drink’

Via Third Pole, a look at how – faced with leaky pipes, faulty treatment plants and illegal tapping – the government of Pakistan is struggling to provide clean and safe water to Karachi’s galloping population: A man sourcing water in South Karachi In January, Mohammad Riaz, a chauffeur and father of five who lives in […]

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Two Nations, One Aquifer

Via the Albuquerque Journal, an article on U.S. and Mexican management of the Mesilla Bolson aquifer: Deep underground, beneath the 18-foot steel wall that divides parts of the U.S. and Mexico border, the aquifer upon which both sides depend pays the barrier no mind. The water is there for the taking, first come, first served. […]

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The Parched Tiger: India And Israel Cooperate On Water Management

Via Eurasia Review, a look at cooperation between India and Israel in the water sector: In July 2017, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel. This was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Israel, marking 25 years of diplomatic relations. The visit elevated bilateral relations to a ‘strategic partnership’ between the two […]

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Why Turkish Dams Could Push the Region Toward New Conflict

Via Sputnik News, an interesting article on the potential impact that Turkish dams may have upon the Middle East: Turkey plans to construct 22 new dams in the South Anatolia region but such a decision has already sparked concern of Iranian authorities, as this construction will lead to the drying up of two major water […]

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