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Pakistan: Do School Texts Fuel Bias? Trouble? Even War?

January 21, 2009

As Pakistani Air Force jets circled the eastern border city of Lahore last week in a show of strength, journalist Rab Nawaz was despondent. But what occupied him was less the threat of war with India than the things his son had begun saying recently.

“My 7-year-old came home from school one day insisting that Indians are our natural-born enemies, that Muslims are good, and Hindus are evil,” the widely traveled journalist recalls. “He asked about the relative strength of our air forces and insisted we would win if it came to war.

By Issam Ahmed
Christian Science Monitor

“It was only when I asked him whether my Indian friends … were also bad,” he adds, “that he began to realize that things weren’t quite so simple.”

Public schools, though long neglected, are still responsible for educating the vast majority of schoolchildren. Some 57 percent of boys and 44 percent of girls enroll in primary school, and about 46 percent of boys and 32 percent of girls reach high school.

All public schools must follow the government curriculum – one that critics say is inadequate at best, harmful at worst.

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Condoleezza Rice takes responsibility for Iraq occupation woes; absolves Rumsfeld

December 7, 2008

Condoleezza Rice is taking responsibility for the troubled U.S. occupation in Iraq right after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a joint news ... 

Rice was President George W. Bush’s national security adviser when the war began in 2003. She says it wasn’t former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‘s fault that things went badly when the U.S. began to occupy Iraq after driving out Saddam.

She says military operations went very well in removing Saddam from power. But she says the U.S. did not have what she calls the right structure in place to handle the occupation.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld

Rice says the Bush administration put a single department — the Pentagon — in charge of running Iraq. Rice — who’s now secretary of state — says that wasn’t the right approach.

Rice made her comments on “Fox News Sunday.”

–Associated Press