What does the Arab world do when its water runs out?

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PostSun Feb 20, 2011 10:49 pm » by Illuminated


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Autocratic, oil-rich rulers have been able to control their people by controlling nature and have kept the lid on political turmoil at home by heavily subsidising "virtual" or "embedded" water in the form of staple grains imported from the US and elsewhere.

But, says Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East programme at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic Studies, existing political relationships are liable to break down when, as now, the price of food hits record levels and the demand for water and energy soars.

"Water is a fundamental part of the social contract in Middle Eastern countries. Along with subsidised food and fuel, governments provide cheap or even free water to ensure the consent of the governed. But when subsidised commodities have been cut, instability has often followed.

"Water's own role in prompting unrest has so far been relatively limited, but that is unlikely to hold. Future water scarcity will be much more permanent than past shortages, and the techniques governments have used in responding to past disturbances may not be enough," he says



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PostSun Feb 20, 2011 11:03 pm » by Lombozo


Don't worry, they'll be drinking tea in GB!
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 2:15 am » by Cornbread714


I almost posted this article when I saw it yesterday, but I was about to go to bed. Scary stuff.

The thing is, it's going on EVERYWHERE. Water has been privatized and is the most precious commodity there is.

You want to see unrest? Shut off the water supply...

It's happening in the US, too.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 3:19 am » by Mediasorcerer


wonder how long it will be until they bring in laws that make it illegal to collect rainwater.?
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 3:23 am » by 99socks


mediasorcerer wrote:wonder how long it will be until they bring in laws that make it illegal to collect rainwater.?



My understanding is that there already ARE laws against collecting rainwater in some places.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 3:37 am » by Boondox681


socks is correct.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 3:40 am » by Cornbread714


Other places as well in the US forbid collecting rainwater.

Crazy.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 4:07 am » by Mediasorcerer


you serious,? how can they do that,what if u have a water tank in your home,u cant use it,?

jeez id like to see them try that in aus,be an uproar,lots have tanks here.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 4:19 am » by Edgarrothstein


That's Russian ace in the sleeve. Along with gas and oil. And everything...

Lake Baikal contains roughly 20% of the world's surface fresh water that is unfrozen


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal

And it's already an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

That means it's reserved.
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PostMon Feb 21, 2011 5:58 am » by Stratafire


They will distill the blood of the innocent, for the water and minerals, they will desperately take from another country what is not theirs to have, they will do what all humans will do when pushed to the breaking point "anything to justify the fear of survival"


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