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The tent-hoarding by government officials sounds very plausible. According to another report on AlertNet, Asma Jahangir was there as well: "Asma Jahangir, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, was also present at the scene. She told Human Rights Watch that, "Tents are now the most important commodity in Kashmir. But they are being used for power and patronage by military and civilian authorities that control the territory. This needs to be sorted out immediately.""
In terms of earthquake aid priorities, there are two: helicopters and tents (that's not to say that food and medicines are not key as well). Procuring the tents is a huge challenge but everyone is focused on it. Persuading governments to assign helicopters is another matter. It is very frustrating that Pakistan hasn't accepted India's offer of helicopters. It has several hundred in its fleet.
I am not surprised by hoarding even though I have just read the same news as you. Misuse of power and influence, even in the time of crisis is very much ingrained in the South Asian pysche because of lack of transparency, and independent, investigative press (this is changing slowly though for better). Something like this would have even happened in India.
Ms. Mai is not only person of the week, she is person of the century. Really, her story is amazing, and I am happy that Glamour is awarding her "Woman of the Year." If only every person had her strength, courage, and determination in times of adversity, this world would be a better place. /end of sap
What a game is right.... Folks were saying I was jumping 8 feet in the air on both Paulie's and Pods' shots..... Man oh man...... My dad was at Game 1 and mom at Game 2. GO SOX!!