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It can be very disruptive while the dam is filled, but it does not have to be. All depends on how fast the dam is filled and how well this is coordinated with the needs downstream.

Given the importance of the issue and that both countries militaries are US-aligned I am still expecting a US-brokered deal. Taking their time though.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jul 21st, 2013 at 02:27:42 AM EST
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Ethiopia would be the ideal place for combining the Millenium Dam with photovoltaics. During the wet season the reservoir is full; during the dry season when the sun shines, there are often blackouts due to the water running out. The dam has a capacity factor of only 33%, for a nominal power of 6 GW. PV would be the ideal way to stretch the water supply and eliminate the intermittency.
by mustakissa on Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:22:21 AM EST
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great synergy, mustakissa. use the army to help install the PV!

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 02:10:26 PM EST
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I would think soft credits should do the job. That, and good information. But in Ethiopia everything is harder than it seems... even access to the Internet is still a state monopoly
by mustakissa on Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 03:09:42 PM EST
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At least it looks like they are not yet a victim of Neo-Liberal policies and economics.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 09:29:08 PM EST
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Yep, you cannot even go to McDonalds there, from what they tell me
by mustakissa on Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 07:14:21 AM EST
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The Horror! How can people live like that?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 09:52:21 AM EST
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It's like that in Trento too. Not just McDonalds. No Burger King, KFC, Quick, or Starbucks either.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 01:54:53 PM EST
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In Eritrea, run by a previously allied group (EPLF) to the group in power in Ethiopia (TPLF), Coca Cola Eritrea is the soda monopoly with some kind of split of profits between Coca Cola international on one hand and the state/party/president on the other (questions about exact division are not encouraged).

No McDonalds though, last I heard.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 02:11:42 PM EST
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