Pakistan flood, Pakistan-Afghanistan war

From the transcript of this video:

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. And in Pakistan, more than 4 million people have been left homeless by tremendous flooding, the worst flooding in a century. Sixteen hundred people at least have been killed. Perhaps 15 million people have been displaced. Affected particularly: Pakistan‘s Swat Valley, which was the place the battle between Pakistan troops and the Taliban took place a few months ago. More than 550,000 hectares of farmland are underwater, 250,000 homes damaged or destroyed. A hundred thousand people, apparently, have been rescued by Pakistan’s military from flooded areas. But reports are—people are saying that the military’s not doing enough and the government’s doing even less. Now joining us from Essex, England, is Muhammad Junaid. He’s a scholar studying Pashtun nation. He originates from Peshawar in Pakistan.

Snehal Shingavi looks at the political and social factors that have magnified the impact of Pakistan’s catastrophic flooding: here.

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A soldier’s story: I went to prison for going absent without leave from the Afghanistan war: here.

Three Polish soldiers serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan are facing up to eight years in prison after a newspaper obtained video of them blowing up an abandoned Afghan house “for fun”: here.

The rising number of civilian casualties and the leaking of thousands of confidential war papers by whistleblower website Wikileaks have prompted fresh calls to bring alleged war criminals in Afghanistan to book: here.

Why WikiLeaks Must Be Protected: John Pilger on really protecting our freedom: here.

Germany: weary of the Afghanistan War: Some in Merkel’s Party Want to Talk with the Taliban: here.

Floods in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have claimed the lives of at least ten people, with others still missing and damage running into millions of euros: here.

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