25 February, 2004

It's Gotta Be Worse Somewhere Else

Young Turkmen face beard ban

Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov has passed a decree forbidding young men in the country to wear long hair or beards.

The president said the Education Ministry should be in charge of checking people's hair as the issue was most pressing among the young.

Damn hippies. 'Bout time the government did something about them. And really, what an excellent use of government time, money and resources.

Turkmenistan is ever more cut off from the outside world, and there are few checks and balances against Mr Niyazov's style of government.

On Sunday he is to fire 15,000 nurses and other health workers and replace them with army conscripts.

Oh yeah. I can't see anything going wrong with that.

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