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Topics of the day:

1. Khordad newspaper
2. ARTICLE - (NYT) Technology Is Bad. Visit Our Web Site.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:41:46 +0000
From: Asghar Abdi <A.Abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Khordad newspaper

Khordad nespaper is going to be published within a 45 days. About
8,000,000,000 rials have been invested in the newpaper up to know and
most of it has been given as gharz-ol-hasaneh by Nuri's supporters.
However, the publishers are worried that the OFSET company may refuse to
publish it and the publishers may face other difficulties. Some of the
writers in Jameah and Iran-e-farda have been recruited by Khordad.

Publishers of Jameah are planing to publish another weekly and they
think that it may be ready within weeks.

Payam Hajar's first issue (new series) is already in marker and it has
gone through tremendous change toward better since the last issue. It
used to be bi-weekly and now it is being published weekly. The writers
of Tous (political group) are providing some of Payam Hajar's articles.



Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:36:03 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: ARTICLE - (NYT) Technology Is Bad. Visit Our Web Site.

The Taliban hard-liners who rule most of Afghanistan are arguably the world's
most vociferous enemies of modern technology. When they aren't busy
enforcing the rules that prohibit females from leaving their homes unveiled
or unaccompanied by a close male relative, the Taliban religious police roam
neighborhoods searching for radios, TVs, VCRs, phonographs, satellite dishes
or computers, which are promptly destroyed while the owners are arrested.
Agence France-Presse

What a surprise, then, to go online, type in "" and witness
what spills forth: Taliban Online, a profusion of graphics and text (in
awkward English) employing the most modern communications tool -- the
Internet -- to extol the virtues and triumphs of the least modern of

Here are excerpts from the site, which appears to originate in Pakistan and
is evidently designed for external use only. -- By JOE SHARKEY

Among Taliban Online features are news summaries from the pages of the
unofficial Taliban weekly newspaper, Dharb-i-Mumin, which chronicles efforts
to enforce sharia, or Islamic law, in Afghanistan. Some recent items:

Drive of Kandahar Police Against Antisocial Elements: The Kandahar police,
in a drive against antisocial elements yesterday, rounded up different
criminals from around the city. They arrested a man and seized ... 240 song
cassettes and packs of playing cards from his possessions. All the things
were then set on fire while the culprit was handed over to the police. --
Oct. 4

Televisions Seized and Smashed in Kabul: (The religious police) have started
their country-wide campaign of destroying televisions, VCRs, satellite
dishes, etc. ... On Tuesday, here in Kabul, hundreds of television sets and
other instruments of immoral pastimes were seized from markets and work
places and then destroyed. These means of corruption were, in some places,
even thrown out of the windows of high buildings to smash on the streets
below. A source revealed that the campaign will be carried on with the same
fervor and zeal till the complete destruction of these instruments of moral
depravity. -- Aug. 9

Kabul: 16 Punished for Trimming Beard: (The religious police) arrested 16
people in raids on different parts of the city, on the charge of having
their beard trimmed to less than the required length. Two taxi drivers were
also arrested for taking unattended, unveiled women as passengers. -- Aug. 2

Punishment on Trimming Beard and Keeping Un-Islamic Hairstyle: The religious
police ... arrested several people in different crimes during several raids
in different parts of the city. They arrested and gave sharia punishment to
13 shopkeepers for not offering congregational prayers. ... Similarly,
dozens of people were (given) punishment for trimming their beards. ...
Meanwhile, the religion police gave hard sharia punishment to three taxi
drivers who had allowed (unescorted) women to sit in their taxis (and)
issued an order according to which no women could go to the doctor even for
medicine (unless accompanied by a male relative). Similarly, some private
schools for women were also ordered to be closed which were open in homes.
... According to an official of the religious police ... some weak elements
were trying to pave way for indecency and dissension among women under cover
of education; therefore, all such schools have been ordered to close
down. -- July 19

Liquor Seized at Kabul International Airport: A large amount of liquor was
seized from Kabul International Airport. This liquor was being smuggled by
the officials of an international welfare organization from Islamabad
(Pakistan) to Kabul, when it was seized by Taliban security forces. Later
liquor is burnt in fire. ... Previously also, liquor bottles were recovered
from the officers of Red Cross International organization during search at
Kabul airport. -- July 26

Three Dozen Shopkeepers Punished: (government agents) punished three dozen
shopkeepers for not offering congregational prayers in Kabul. The accused
were also ordered to keep their shops closed for five days. Whereas, 25
persons were punished for trimming their beards and 12 taxi drivers were
given sharia punishment for dealing with women and for listening (to)
songs. -- July 26>

Prohibition of TV, VCR Essential to Save Society from Destruction: An edict
was issued by (the religious police) ordering the destruction or disposal of
all TV sets, VCRs, videocassettes, etc., in the country within 15 days. "No
one is allowed to keep these things in their home or shops. Selling or
dealing in such goods is strictly prohibited from now on. Restriction is
imposed upon mechanics of corruption and depravity," the order maintained.

(In an interview), the deputy head of the Taliban's religious ministry said
that they had no other option to cleanse the society of corruption and moral
depravity. "We had banned all televisions, videocassette recorders, videos,
satellite dishes, audio cassettes of recorded songs and music from the
country when we took control. But the ban had not been strictly imposed and,
taking advantage of our leniency, people are watching TV in their homes. So
we have decided to remedy this."

Not all is grim policy and severe punishment, however. The web site also has
a pointed reminder from the publisher of Dharb-i-Mumin to subscribers around
the world who might be tardy in sending in that subscription-renewal check:

The enemies of Islam cannot tolerate the existence of Dharb-i-Mumin even for
a moment. So those ... who have become subscribers of Dharb-i-Mumin and pay
their bills on time deserve congratulations. We are sure that by remitting
the outstanding dues at the earliest possible moment, you will help in
foiling the conspiracies of the enemies of Islam.

Taliban Online visitors can also double-click on scores of sites with titles
like "Why Women Should Stay in Their Homes." Banning women from schools, the
workplace and even the streets prompted the government of Iran (no slacker
when it comes to keeping women undercover) to protest recently that the
Taliban are "giving Islam a bad name." In a series of rhetorical questions
and answers, the Taliban addressed such concerns at length:

Q. The Taliban use force in the enforcement of Islamic law. Their haste in
implementing sharia is discrediting Islam in the eyes of the world.
Shouldn't they have implemented it gradually, step by step?

A. The Taliban have put a ban on wine, on the immorality of TV, a complete
restriction on songs, photography or painting of living things. Shaving off
the beard or trimming it less than a fistful is prohibited too, as is
adopting an English hairstyle. Gambling, betting, pigeon-flying, dog-racing,
sodomy are strictly forbidden. ... When Islam has forbidden them and the
Taliban have banned them, would it be called cruelty -- (this) use of force?
To call it so would be criticizing Islam, and criticizing Islam leads to
going astray.

Q. The U.N., America, Britain, in fact the entire Western media accuse the
Taliban of violating the rights of women, of banning them from jobs, of
ordering them to observe "purdah" (a requirement that women's faces and legs
be covered when in public). The Taliban are also accused of depriving women
of their right to education.

A. Neither do we acknowledge the rights given to women by the West, nor are
we bound by them. ... Men in the West have made women an object of their
lusts and desires. They have used them (as) they pleased. When these
slaves-of-their-desires had to go to work, to offices and factories, they
drafted the women along with them also. Women were made to work in offices,
restaurants, shops and factories for the gratification of (male) desires. In
this way did the Western man destroy the personality, position and identity
of a woman. ...

The women of the West are laboring under a double burden. One, she is torn
by anxiety as to who will look after her in case she remains unmarried. ...
She is thus forced to wander from door to door in search of security. Even
in the matter of dress she is exploited. Men wear trousers which cover their
ankles, while women are forced to wear skirts with their legs bare in every
kind of weather. In the scantiest of dresses, merely a sleeveless blouse and
miniskirt, the Western woman can be seen roaming in shops, airports,
stations, etc. She is a target for unscrupulous men who satisfy their lust
with them -- wherever, whenever they please. ... She has become no less than
a bitch, chased by a dozen dogs in heat. If these are the rights of the
Western women, then the West is welcome to them.


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