Zimbabwe: Of Wine and Women

Of Wine and Women

The Islamic fundamentalists who govern Iran have never been known for tact. Iranian President Seyed Ali Khamene'i proved that anew last week during a visit to Zimbabwe, when he refused to attend a state banquet in his honor because women were present and wine was to be served. Khamene'i demanded that all women attending, including Cabinet ministers and the wife of the President, don veils and sit at a table in a far corner of the room. An hour of frantic negotiations ensued, but neither side would budge. Finally, the dinner went on without Khamene'i and his 40-member entourage.

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