War and Water

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    Each city lost or gained by a rival faction in the latest violence in Syria and Turkey sits on a major river—the Euphrates, the Tigris, or their tributaries. The wars waged are being fought along a watershed. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we suggest that despite air strikes, conflicting systems of law, and pursuits for oil, what really matters most is water. That it, among all other things, is what enables the true security of the region.

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    Cada cidade conquistada ou perdida por uma facção rival na recente onda de violência que se regista na Síria e na Turquia situa-se num grande rio: o Eufrates, o Tigre ou algum dos seus afluentes. Os combates vêm sendo travados ao longo de uma bacia hidrográfica. Neste episódio da World Ocean Radio sugerimos que, apesar dos ataques aéreos, do conflito entre sistemas legais e das pretensões petrolíferas, o que verdadeiramente importa é a água. Que a água, acima de todas as outras coisas, é aquilo que permite a verdadeira segurança na região.

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About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

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Image: The Euphrates River
Credit: NASA | by Robert Simmon, using Landsat data/EarthObservatory