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Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
November 2010 Postcard
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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
I call on the U.S. government to expand its ongoing humanitarian assistance for victims of massive flooding in Pakistan. The scale of the disaster, which has killed more than 1,700 people and affected 20 million others, has overwhelmed both the international community and the Pakistani government. The U.S. government has promised $260 million in aid and grants to NGOs and U.N. agencies trying to provide shelter, emergency food supplies and preventative medical care to curb potential disease outbreaks in the devastated area.
We should send more aid. This year the Defense Department budget is $709 billion. We spend only $28 billion a year for foreign aid ($3.2 billion just for Israel). It’s time to re-evaluate our priorities. This is not the moment for public discussions about politics, terrorism, the effectiveness of international assistance or corruption. This is the time for Americans to give generously and send a message of hope to our friends in Pakistan.
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