While no one in Iran can order a computer from a U.S. Apple store — and there are limitations on these electronics being brought into Iran — there is no legal reason a U.S. citizen should be barred from buying an iPad just because she speaks Farsi. And yet customers at Apple stores in Georgia are being told they can’t shop there because the government won’t allow it.
While U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are waiting to hear if they’ll get their American fast food faves back, people in Iran who are fans of U.S.-based brands like Coke and IBM are going to have to turn to the black market because the country’s government just isn’t having them anymore.
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Okay, not really. Sorry to get your hopes up: the Arab world really doesn’t produce enough porn. But before they started waving scimitars in the air and crying through blood-soaked beer for jihad against the white devil, Iran was a friend of America, a peaceful country filled with polite men in plaid suits extolling the virtues of Iran Air.