• The infamous Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Taliban's ruthless religious enforcement agency, was never properly abolished: it has merely lost its ministerial status and is now known as the Department of Islamic Instruction.

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  • Plain-clothes agents of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as the religious police are known, patrol streets, parks and shopping centres, intervening to scold offenders, strike them with switches or haul them off to be disciplined by ordinary police.

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  • Habib Muchsin chairs the advisory board of the Islamic Defenders Front, the self-appointed morality police whose attacks on bars, restaurants and minority groups smack of Afghanistan's Taliban and their Ministry of Vice and Virtue.

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  • The head of the notoriously invasive Haia, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, was sacked following public protests.

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  • His stores preach organic virtue and profit from culinary vice.

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  • The people who went to court to close the magazine are members of a group called the Headquarters for Combating Vice and Promoting Virtue.

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  • In reply to their critics, the Americans will argue that, in economics, thrift is often a vice and gluttony a virtue.

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  • And where compromise is not a vice and where bipartisanship is a actually considered a virtue -- to be rewarded, not punished.

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  • Ironically, once Egyptian demonstrators verged on toppling Mubarak, the Obama Administration suddenly found virtue in demonstrations in Iran, with ringing statements by Vice-President Biden and others.

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