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Shadow of the Holy Book


Few Americans may have heard of it, but Turkmenistan qualifies as one of the most hellish countries in the world. A satellite nation of the former Soviet Union, it fell prey - following the collapse of the U.S.S.R. - to the mad doings of Sapurmurat Niyazov, a tyrannical dictator who governed the country with bizarre and oppressive proclivities that included renaming months of the year after his own family members, hoarding personal wealth at the expense of his populace's well-being, and severing the...more