Iran to send model RQ 170 to the USA

Iranian State radio stated on Tuesday that it will send a model of the Beast of Kandahar that dropped into their lap last month.

They will also create 70,000 copies of the model to be sold in Iran for around $4 or 70,000 rials.

The miniature of the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone will be sent to the Obama administration in response to a formal request from Washington last month asking Tehran to return the aircraft that went down over Iran in December.

In a slightly related story the sale of Barbie dolls has been banned by the morality Police  to protect the public from what they see as pernicious western culture eroding Islamic values, shopkeepers said on Monday.

A range of officially approved dolls launched in 2002 to counter demand for Barbie have not proven successful, merchants told Reuters.

The dolls named Sara, a female, and Dara, a male arrived in shops wearing a variety of traditional dress, with Sara fully respecting the rule that all women in Iran must obey in public, of covering their hair and wearing loose-fitting clothes.

“My daughter prefers Barbies. She says Sara and Dara are ugly and fat,” said Farnaz, a 38-year-old mother, adding that she could not find Barbie cartoon DVDs as she was told they were also banned from public sale.

Pointing to a doll covered in black long veil, a 40-year-old Tehran toy shop manager said: “We still sell Barbies but secretly and put these in the window to make the police think we are just selling these kinds of dolls.”