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Sovereignty is not given, it is taken - Weekly newsletter of Ahmed Negida - Issue #12

Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida
Hello Friends,
The conflict and discussions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have never been more heated. It is widely known that the entire Egyptian civilization started thousands of years ago based on the Nile, being an unlimited source of water supply for the population and lands.
Nowadays, Egypt is a country populated by over +100 million individuals with a total requirement of 100-120 billion cubic meters of water per year.
Egyptian politicians have initially stepped down the old share of Egypt in Nile basin countries’ agreement which specifies at least +55 billion cubic meters of water to Egypt. This step allowed the Ethiopian part to walk away during the negotiations several times since they are no longer tied to the regional agreement and they have nothing to lose.
Now, as Ethiopia moves towards the second part of filling this GERD dam, this 2nd filling will significantly decrease the water supplies to Sudan and Egypt. Even if Egypt is able to compensate for the water share by securing other alternative sources, the inflicted damages to the Egyptian lands around the Nile, the agriculture, agricultural industry, and Egyptian food supplies are irreparable.
When people step down their rights (albeit temporarily or assuming goodwill), they give all the power to the other side. And if this step is not met by goodwill, it subsequently results in unfair damages. Ethiopian PM announces the country plans for 100 extra (mid to small) dams in the upcoming year which signals the bad intentions.
The conflict over the Nile water has become no longer an issue of negotiation, agreement, or dis*agreement. Sometimes, the behaviors of your negotiators leave no space for good intentions and at this moment, acting on the goodwill is coward weak insecure behavior. The conflict over the Nile water is an issue of dignity and sovereignty. These things are not given and we should not expect them to give us the dignity and sovereignty that we deliberately gave up assuming the goodwill.
M. K. Ataturk said, “Sovereignty is not given, it is taken”.
For my entire life, I have never supported the war and I always prioritize peaceful solutions, however, from my POV, the current conflict over the Nile water can only be solved by military intervention. This is the only viable option to settle the current conflict for now and forever.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are mine and do not necessarily represent anyone or any organization that I’m working in, working with, or affiliated with.

My News
(1) The Global Neurosurg-1 study that we started in late 2018 has finally met the target sample size as of May 2021 with more than 1150 patients with traumatic brain injury registered from several centers around the world. This is an achievement for me and for my colleagues who work on the collaborative since I started working on this idea in May 2018. Building a global research collaborative is difficult particularly that I refrain from involving the political connections and professional associations in that work so it is a purely individual effort from the whole team. We have more to come and we still work on this project until January 31, 2022.
(2) Next Thursday, I will join the meet & greet session of the Harvard Program of Global Surgery and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School to get an orientation on the current labs in the program and vote for my preferences as an incoming fellow to the program for the upcoming two years.
New things that I found this week
Have you ever tried Sencha green tea?
If you have not, I advise you to give it a try. Sencha is a flower from Japan. Sencha tea has many good health benefits to the human body. It includes an average of 80 mg of Caffeine and it improves mood and cognition.
@Cilantro-Dokki, I recently found a parallel version of new tea called “Dark Forest” with fruit and I like it.
Interesting Article I read this week
A framework for prospective, adaptive meta-analysis (FAME) of aggregate data from randomised trials
What I'm reading read this week
I’m still reading the Elephant in the Brain, but I do not like it that much (unfortunately). I should finish it next week.
COVID-19, best YouTube video I watched this week
Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines
Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines
The course I'm taking this week
This week, I started a new premium course on SkillShare about Geospatial Analysis and Visualization using Python programming language.
The Course I'm teaching this weekend
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Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida @NegidaMD

I’m Ahmed, a medical doctor from Egypt, a Ph.D. candidate in the UK, and a Global Neurosurgery Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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