Prior to the mid-19th century, the Isthmus of Suez – the 125km strip of land that lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – was a quiet spot.
She believed that writing is an act of speaking the truth, an act of courage, that must serve the people and not those in power.
Britain's preoccupation with the canal was as much about controlling Egypt as it was about global trade.
To understand her contribution to public debate, it's important to see her in the context of the historical moment that made her work possible, necessary and provocative.
A firebrand activist for women's rights, her novels espoused truths that made her hugely unpopular with the government.
The Suez Canal is the ideal target for causing maximum disruption to global trade.
Given the ever increasing importance of coordinated management Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt should manage all dams through the Nile Basin Commission.
Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers around the world to analyse unpredictable river flows.
It's a confluence of local, regional, national and, possibly, foreign interests.
It won’t be easy to get the 11 countries in the basin to agree to a plan that avoids chronic water shortages in the future. Good information sharing and technical cooperation are critical.
The underlying issues of inequality, corruption and poverty are still dogging the region, ten years after the protests.
Emerging 'mixed reality' technology promises to bring history back to life.
In 2020, the #MeToo movement caused ripples in Turkey and Iran, renewing attention to gender-based violence and sexual assault.
Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, disrupting Congress's certification of Joe Biden as president-elect. Coup experts explain this violent insurrection wasn't technically a coup.
Treaties are needed to govern water resource allocation in the Nile basin region. For this to happen it's critical to have accurate data on how much water there is.
America has historically been a strong Ethiopia ally, but this latest move to withhold foreign direct assistance has thrown its loyalty into question.
Despite previous threats by Egypt of military action, a war of over the Nile waters is not a serious possibility.
An historical perspective on the politics, dominance and conflicts over the dams on the Nile is useful.
Young people continue to find new ways to connect on social media, in spaces that are increasingly hard for governments to regulate.
Egypt wants a guarantee that the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam will not affect the rights it got in 1959.