Pakistan Floods Spread Misery, Threaten Regional Security
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Flooding in Pakistan is a slow-motion humanitarian crisis that threatens democratic government and civic order, not to mention American interests. We get a comprehensive look at the disaster. Also, new FDA rules fail to prevent Salmonella outbreak, and American hip-hop singer Wycleff Jean has been told he can't run for president of his native Haiti, but he's not taking that for the final answer.
Banner image: A man and a woman displaced by floods, walk through flood waters on August 22, 2010 in the village of Baseera near Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
No Sunnyside for Eggs ()
Thirteen hundred cases of salmonella from eating eggs have been reported in 10 states. Some 500 million eggs have been recalled by two big farms in Iowa. All this despite new egg safety rules the FDA implemented last month, claiming they'd prevent tens of thousands of salmonella cases. Elizabeth Weise writes on science and food safety for USA Today.
- Elizabeth Weise: Science Reporter, USA Today
A Disaster that's 'Changing Everything…' ()
The early death toll is small compared to the instant impact of earthquakes and tidal waves, but the UN calls flooding in Pakistan the worst natural disaster in modern memory. In a region the size of Italy, the basis of civilization is being washed away: homes, roads, bridges, livestock and crops. Twenty million people face absolute ruin. Refugees are fighting over aid that's been slow in coming, and militant groups are trying to fill gaps left by government ineffectiveness. We look at the humanitarian crisis and the response from inside and outside. Can the US leverage its aid to improve a dismal image?
- Daniyal Mueenuddin: Mango farmer and writer, living in Pakistan
- Issam Ahmed: Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
- Eric Schmitt: National Security Correspondent, New York Times, @ericschmittNYT
- Christine Fair: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, @CChristineFair
'Haitian Politics' and Rejection of Wyclef Jean's Presidential Bid ()
Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti, grew up in Brooklyn and became an international hip-hop star. Now 40, he announced his intention to run for president of Haiti earlier this month, on Larry King, Live. Last Friday, Haiti's elections board rejected his candidacy, but Wyclef Jean says that should not be the last word. Yesterday, he said he would challenge the ruling. Essayist-poet Patrick Sylvain is Professor of Haitian Language and Culture at Brown University.
- Patrick Sylvain: Instructor of Haitian Language and Culture, Brown University
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