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this day in the yesteryear: Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)


Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)

After Britain and the US withdrew their financial pledges to help Egypt build the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, angering Britain and France, which had direct financial stakes in the canal. A joint invasion of Egypt ensued, but UN intervention led to an armistice in November. The canal, blocked for months due to damage, reopened in 1957. What politician involved in the aftermath is considered the father of the modern concept of “peacekeeping”? More… Discuss

article: The Aswan High Dam


The Aswan High Dam

Located near Aswan, Egypt, the Aswan High Dam regulates the Nile River‘s annual flooding and produces a great deal of hydroelectric power. Constructed from 1960 to 1970, it was financed largely by the Soviet Union after the US and Britain withdrew their financial support in 1956 due to differences with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The dam’s creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of some 90,000 people. What else had to be relocated? More… Discuss