Case study: The Aswan High Dam and the Nile in Egypt
There are numerous case studies of dams and diversion projects around the world that illustrate issues and teach lessons. The disappearance of the Aral Sea in the Soviet Union is perhaps the most notorious. It is an extreme example of diversion irrigation in a desert to grow cotton: an awful lesson of where extreme ambition and unwillingness to face basic facts can lead to ecological and economic disaster.
In my post Rukmini Rao Woman of the Year 2014 I mentioned that I have worked with Rukmini and Gramya Resource Centre for Women in India for up to two months each year as a volunteer since 2004. I said my role has been a minor one mostly, doing backroom research, providing a sounding board and visiting various projects. This is true with one exception in 2006.
The photograph of the inner cabal in the situation room reminds me of the Ridley Scott film Body of Lies 2008 which has Russell Crowe on a big screen peering at Leonardo DiCaprio on the ground in a city streetscape perhaps from a helicopter (later in the desert from a drone). The 2008 scenes were possibly inspired by Chelsea Manning’s release to Wikileaks of footage of a helicopter killing unarmed journalists.