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Azerbaijan: From Silk Road to Oil Shore

Despite the republic's best efforts to modernize, its legacy of trade and cultural expansion still lingers three centuries later

Tara Isabella Burton
Aug 18, 2014

A Mountain of Trouble

The lush peaks of Iraqi Kurdistan are irresistible to a certain breed of bold backpacker: They're exotic, beautiful, and way off the beaten track. But when three young Americans were arrested by Iranian border guards in July 2009 after straying too far down a waterfall trail, the costs of adventure travel got a lot higher. As the hikers languished in their cell

Joshua Hammer
Apr 21, 2010

Powder Keg

As you may have heard, they ski in Iran. As you may not have heard, the terrain is pretty sweet, there are dudes bouncing on the chairlifts, and The hills are alive with happy women in flowing robes. Can we make peace with this place Immediately?

Josh Dean
Jul 31, 2007