Friday, November 20, 2009

The Tijuana of the Caspian

Interesting story in The Atlantic.

This makes the mullahs in Tehran very nervous. Books, DVDs, fashions, and—most important—ideas that are inaccessible in Iran are ubiquitous in Azerbaijan. Iranians line up daily to cross the Astara River to buy and sell jeans, chickens, bras, laptops — and often sex and schnapps and heroin. This commerce, combined with cultural curiosity and shared Azeri bloodlines, has transformed Astara into the Tijuana of the Caspian.

But is there a donkey show? Would you believe an Ahmadinejad impersonator and a goat?

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