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Let’s Help Our Brothers And Sisters Suffering From Pakistan Floods—Pakistan Flood Links

The floods in Pakistan are taking a terrible toll of death and suffering.

At the very least, 1500 are dead so far. Millions have been displaced and are without clean water or adequate shelter.

It can be difficult to keep track of all the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and manmade disasters that take place in our world.

Yet we should take a moment to pause and be aware of the Pakistan floods just as we would take note of a tragedy down the street.

The people of Pakistan are like most of us in that they just want to get by day-to-day and have a good life.

These people are our brothers and sisters in our increasingly small and connected world.

Any of us could be impacted at any time by a flood, hurricane, earthquake or by any type of unforeseen tragedy.

Here are some links to learn more about the floods and about how to donate to help the folks in Pakistan.

Here is how the Pakistani English language newspaper The Nation is covering the floods.

Here is how the BBC is covering the floods.

Here is how Aljazeera is covering the floods.

Here is an article at Weather Underground by a U. of Michigan professor named Ricky Rood that suggests the flooding could be part of climate change.

The floods are being caused by monsoon rains. Here is a definition of monsoon.

Here is the Pakistan Meteorological Society.

New Scientist Magazine writes that agriculture in Pakistan is at risk.

Much of the flooding involves the Indus River. Efforts to change the river over the years may have made the floods even worse.

Here are facts about the Indus River.

Here are some basic facts about Pakistan.

181 million people live in Pakistan with an average income $980 a year.

Here is a brief history of Pakistan.

The United Nations has called for immediate assistance for Pakistan.

The New York Times has a list of organizations taking donations to help the people in Pakistan.

Here is the Red Cross.

Here is Oxfam.

Here Is Doctors Without Borders.

August 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Combat Veteran Marine Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

Blogger’s Note—Because I have some other projects I want to take on, I’ll be offering up shorter and more formulaic posts for the remainder of August. These posts will still be quite good and will merit your visiting the blog each day. Yet at the same time, shorter posts will allow me time to accomplish other objectives. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

Book Of The Day–You see above that Chicken Wearing A Pumpkin Suit is reading Making Toast–A Family Story by Richard Rosenblatt.  This book is an account of the death of the author’s adult daughter and his role at that point in helping to raise his daughter’s young kids. It’s a short book written with as few words as possible and with each word having impact.

Link Of The Day-— The death toll and the impact of the floods in Pakistan continue to grow. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent has information on how we can help these folks in Pakistan. Look at those people suffering from these floods. Are they in any less distress because they are Muslims? No–They are our fellow world citizens who could use some help.

Texas Link Of The Day– A Texas Marine who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq was recently buried in Rosenberg, Texas after he was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Fort Bend County last week. Fort Bend is part of the Houston area. The Marine’s name was David Stidman.

There have been a number of reports in recent years talking about the high rates of drunk driving in our Houston area. Local sheriffs and police departments should consider additional resources to combat this problem, and people should do all they can to prevent people they know to be drunk from getting behind the wheel.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Links And Info About Benazir Bhutto And Pakistan

With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, here are some links to bloggers and other sources of information in Pakistan and some information about that nation.

Here is a link to a homepage linking to a large number of Pakistani bloggers.

Here is the blog All Things Pakistan.

Here is the blog The Insider Brief.

Here is a collection of blog reactions to Ms. Bhutto’s death.  

Here is a link to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

Here is the link to the Pakistan People’s Party. This was Ms. Bhutto’s party. 

Here is a link to a rundown of political parties in Pakistan.  

Here is an obituary for Ms. Bhutto from the BBC.

Here is some American liberal opinion on the situation in Pakistan from The Nation magazine.  

Ms. Bhutto was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was President of Pakistan in the 1970’s. In 1979 he was hanged.   

The following is some basic information about Pakistan from The Economist:

Background:The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was founded in 1947. East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) seceded in 1971. Since independence there have been several military coups in Pakistan. The latest took place in October 1999, when the government of Nawaz Sharif was overthrown. The chief of army staff, General Pervez Musharraf, became the chief executive of Pakistan and, in June 2001, the president. He was re-elected as president in October 2007. A general election took place in October 2002, with the pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-i-Azam) emerging as the largest party in parliament.

Political structure: The prime minister heads the cabinet, but the president chairs the powerful National Security Council, which comprises military chiefs and cabinet members. The president can also dismiss the prime minister, the cabinet and parliament. The National Assembly (the lower house of parliament) was elected in October 2002 for a five-year term, but has frequently been adjourned as a result of challenges by the opposition to the legality of General Musharraf’s changes to the political system. An election to the Senate (the upper house), where the four provinces have equal representation, was held in February 2003. Provinces are represented in the National Assembly in proportion to the size of their populations.

December 27, 2007 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | 4 Comments