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Paper or Plastic?

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have banned paper bags in their effort to impose pure Islamic law on the country. “We respect paper, whether it is written on or not,” said the Taleban administration’s information minister. “We have announced that people should not use paper for bags or put paper on the garbage heap.” Shopkeepers in Kubul report that the decree has resulted in a run on toilet paper, as some Afghans are unsure how far the ban will be extended. (RC/Reuters) ...Hey: they haven’t been paying for it with paper money, have they?
Original Publication Date: 05 January 1997
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 3.

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