Magazine article Insight on the News

Those Madcap Afghans, Iranians and North Koreans

Magazine article Insight on the News

Those Madcap Afghans, Iranians and North Koreans

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A culling of wire reports from various rogue nations brings a wide variety of curiosities that sometimes takes aback even the geek-jaded editors of for the people. Here are a few worth sharing.

* The Islamic Taliban of Afghanistan, notorious as enemies of technology and (especially) persecutors of women, has a World Wide Web site that features a profile of a 7-year-old boy who is volunteering to wage Islamic holy war, apparently with his parents' permission. The child gives detailed descriptions of the weapons he uses and declares that he is willing to die for the cause. And does his mother approve? "Yes, my mother likes me," he says. Sure.

* Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency reports that at "substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ali Jannati advised political groups in the country to avoid discord and conflict" The news agency says the Ayatollah told Iranians to be on the lookout for "plots hatched by enemies" and went on to urge the government to spend more time fighting unemployment and improving peoples' living standards. …

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