Floods : everybody has failed the people

by Aziz Narejo, Tx

Everybody has failed the flood-affected people. The government has not been able to comprehend the severity of the situation. It has neither made any preparations nor mobilized resources to face the calamity.

The opposition, the nationalist parties and the civil society activists are nowhere to be seen. Another bigger failure are the NGOs. Everybody, including this scribe, other expatriates and their organizations have utterly failed the people. It is pathetic.

UN says it is a bigger catastrophe than the tsunami. But why it has not started a campaign 1/10th as big for flood affected people in this case?

August 10, 2010

Mankind must abandon earth or face extinction: Hawking

LONDON (AFP) – Mankind’s only chance of long-term survival lies in colonising space, as humans drain Earth of resources and face a terrifying array of new threats, warned British scientist Stephen Hawking on Monday.

“The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet,” the renowned astrophysicist told the website Big Think, a forum which airs ideas on many subjects from experts.

“Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space,” he added.

He warned that the human race was likely to face an increased number of events that threaten its very existence, as the Cuban missile crisis did in 1962.

The Cold War showdown saw the United States and Soviet Union in a confrontation over Soviet missiles deployed in Cuba, near US shores, and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

“We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history,” said Hawking.

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