Angelina Jolie visited flood victims in Pakistan, telling reporters after she visited a refugee camp, “I am very moved by them and I hope that I am able to, today and
tomorrow, be able to do something to help bring attention to the
situation for all of the people in need in Pakistan.” Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for
On Huffington Post, Parvez Ahmed writes that the difference between the response to the earthquake in Haiti and the flooding in Pakistan is striking, and he calls on the entertainment community to step up.
He writes, “Bollywood with its propensity to copy Hollywood can certainly take the
lead in helping its neighbors in Pakistan much like Hollywood stars have thrown their support behind rebuilding neighboring Haiti. Hosting benefit concerts or telethons
should not be too much to ask. Bollywood stars have as much following
among Pakistanis as they have among Indians. Is it not time that they
transcend the caustic India-Pakistan border politics and make a
humanitarian gesture that may very well be the first salvo for lasting
peace in the region.”
Meanwhile, the State Department is trying to keep American attention on the situation there, releasing a PSA featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Message of the Moment: Kelly Rowland will be joined in Times Square by United Nations Foundation COO Rick Parnell and Assistant Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag on Wednesday to unveil a PSA to urge more involvement in international problems. The spot, as well as other PSAs here, will be shown throughout September on the Toshiba Vision screen in time for the UN General Assembly and Clinton Global Initiative.
Blast from the Past: Was Jerry Brown once endorsed by original tax revolter Howard Jarvis? This vintage broadcast (from NBC circa October, 1978) explains it all.
Brown went on to win reelection in 1978 over Republican Evelle Younger by some 1.3 million votes, the biggest margin in the state’s history. Don Harris, the NBC reporter who did the Brown-Jarvis story, was slain just a month later shortly after he and a production crew captured footage of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana.