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Iran: Changing Customs and Witnesses on Wheels

Iran

Women and girls in Iran are forced to follow strict dress codes. Leaders in Iran believe that Islam, the religion of Muslims, teaches females to cover their heads and hair. They are also expected to cover their skin from head to toe.

Hijabs (“hih-JAHBZ”) are scarfs or other material worn to cover the hair. Recently, hijabs have shown up in some places where they may not have been expected. Three women from Iran wore hijabs to participate in the 2008 Olympics. And hijabs are appearing on the heads of taxi drivers.

Usually taxi drivers in Iran are men. But some strict Muslims believe that women and men should not ride together in taxis. Also, some Iranian women do not feel safe riding with men drivers. So a few women now drive taxis for women only. But women taxi drivers are still unusual in Iran.

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Indonesian Math

Below are the numbers 1 through 15 in Indonesian. Use the list to solve the five math problems below the list. The five answers form a pattern of consecutive numbers. (Consecutive means one follows another in order with no gaps.)

0 nol
1 satu
2 dua
3 tiga
4 empat
5 lima
6 enam
7 tujuh
8 delapan
9 sembilan
10 sepuluh
11 sebelas
12 dua belas
13 tiga belas
14 empat belas
15 lima belas

  1. Sebelas minus sepulah equals _____.
  2. Satu plus satu equals _____.
  3. Nol plus tiga equals _____.
  4. Sebelas minus tujuh equals _____.
  5. Tiga belas minus delapan equals _____.

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Math Answers

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Five

Indonesian Recipes

Crops of Indonesia Treat

Three main crops of Indonesia are rice, cocoa, and peanuts. You can make an American recipe using all of them.

What You Will Need:

  • 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
  1. Combine cereal, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the mixture in a large pan and freeze it.
  3. Cut into squares to eat.

Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas), An Indonesian Treat

What You Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 6 to 7 bananas
  • Cooking oil
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add coconut milk, water, and egg.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut 6 medium or 7 small bananas in half.
  6. Dip half a banana at a time in the batter to cover it.
  7. With the help of an adult, remove each banana with a fork, and deep fry it in hot oil until brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve.