The Obama administration knows that peace is South and Central Asia is a must in order to maintain worldwide stability. But out-of-touch and often corrupt governing bodies are struggling just to compete with the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The New York Times reports in a Jan. 24 article that the Talibani takeover of Swat province has taken to sweeping the air waves. The Taliban continues its rampant destruction of girls' schools in the northwestern Pakistani district, in attempts to put an end to female education throughout the country.
Pakistan's entire public school curriculum will soon be updated to include "Islamic teachings, national ideology, human rights, environment, disaster and risk management, HIV/AIDS and interfaith harmony."
Some of the centuries-old silk and sari weaving communities in Barakat-serviced Uttar Pradesh are finding themselves without work. Their weaving orders are being redirected to the power-looms India's West Coast.