‘What does one do?’—Tariq Ali on the Pakistan floods for the LRB

‘What does one do?’ by Tariq Ali for the London Review of Books, September 23, 2010

As if everyday life in Pakistan weren’t dispiriting enough, last month the swift and turbulent Indus burst its banks and swathes of the country disappeared under water. Divine punishment, the poor said, but they were the ones who suffered. Allah rarely targets the rich. As the floods came and the country panicked, its president fled the bunker and went on a tour of inspection to France and Britain. read more

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