The price of revolution, police officers protest for salary rise

Back in Cairo! In order to get a press accreditation for a field visit with the Ministry of Water in the next days, we went to the Ministry of Information this evening, located in the same building as the (former?) Egyptian state television. The building straddles the east bank of the Nile, next to the burnt-out former party centre of Mubarak`s NDP in central Cairo.

Egypt’s biggest dairy farm

‘In the beginning, we slept in tents, because there was nothing here, just desert´, tells Dr. Mohamed Waeed, manager of the livestock division of DINA farm, along the Desert Road between Cairo and Alexandria. Desert really means desert here: we’re talking about real, yellow sand. And when Dr. Waeed talks about the beginning, he talks about 1987. It’s almost unbelievable how fast this part of Egypt has developed since then. Residential areas, farm land and an eight-lane highway now occupy the desert northwest of Cairo.

Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting

The western part of the USA has 19th century water legislation, 20th century infrastructure and 21st century problems in terms of climate change, population growth and other environmental stresses. This is a saying you hear a lot when you talk to people about the Colorado River. Needless to say: something’s wrong here.

The salt of the earth

‘It’s not safe’, warned us Jennifer McCloskey, Area Manager at the Yuma Desalination Plant (YDP), located right at the border between the USA and Mexico. Although nobody is robbing us or shooting at us, we understand what she means after a few hundred metres along the US-Mexican border: the first border patrol car we see pulls us over.

Sky walking on native land

The Huala-who? The Hualapai, meaning people of the tall pines, are native people of the Southwest of the USA. Once a proud people, nowadays there are only few of them left. Their ‘capital’ is in Peach Springs, a small settlement on the famous route 66. The Hualapai tribe only counts 2100 people nowadays. They live in a vast reservation of about one million acres, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon that was created in 1883. After decades of economic and social hardship, the Hualapai decided to enter the tourist trade in 1988.