Re: Theos-World Pope Ignites Islam
Sep 27, 2006 11:51 PM
by Cass Silva
You're welcome Marie, in response all I can say is that I have read predictions that state this current pope will be assassinated, and Nostradamus has a quatrain that talks about the country with two rivers. I was just wondering if he was refering to Turkey? Also, Hogue has predicted that Hussein was the first of three, the defiant one, that sparks the devastating results. viz. Hussein, Ratzinger and although I think this is a bit far fetched, the reign of the anti-christ under the guise of the last pope, Peter the Roman.
All we can do is watch and wait.
A tale of two rivers: Water turns Turkey into a regional power
By Burak Akinci - Agence France-Presse
ANKARA - If there is one thing that gives leverage in the arid Middle East, it’s water: And Turkey has plenty of it.
But Turkey’s water wealth — it is home to sources of the Euphrates and Tigris along with 24 other large river basins — has also been a source of tension with its water-starved southern neighbors, Syria and Iraq.
As the world marks the 13th World Water Day today, analysts say the wave of democratization in Iraq and Syria is a source of hope that lingering ill feeling over the share of the region’s water can be amicably solved.
Controlling the source of the two rivers gives Turkey first use of the water to best serve its agriculture and industry and leaves the two southern neighbors at Ankara’s mercy over the crucial supply.
Tensions rose when in 1981 Turkey embarked upon the construction of the Ataturk dam, the fifth largest in the world and part of the ambitious Southeastern Anatolia project (GAP).
The project, due for completion in 2010 but expected closer to 2020 due to lack of funding, is designed to develop one of Turkey’s poorest regions. It will also cut Syria’s flow from the Euphrates by 40 percent and Iraq’s by 90 percent.
The Euphrates is 2,300 kilometers (1,429 miles) long, running south into Syria and then on into Iraq.
Turkey lays claim to 88 percent of the Euphrates’s flow and 50 percent of the Tigris’s, which Ankara claims gives it every right to free and independent use of the water. There are no international agreements governing the division of water resources between countries sharing a river.
While Syria has accused Turkey of depriving it of its rightful heritage with the GAP project, Ankara argues that Damascus is wasting the water it gets due to an archaic irrigation system.
Turkey and Syria first came to an agreement in 1987, when Ankara guaranteed a flow of 500 cubic meters per second to Syria, half of its natural flow. The agreement did not stipulate how much water Syria had to let through to Iraq.
In 1992, the three neighbors established a technical committee to negotiate how to share the water, but it has yet to yield any results.
Relations, however, have improved since Syria signed a security pact with Turkey in 1998 after the two came to brink of war over Damascus’s support for Kurdish rebels. The regime change in Iraq could also help talks, officials and analysts say.
“The changes in the region have created a better environment to discuss the water question,” said one Turkish diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous.
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