|Borat: Not a Turkmen. He's a Kazakh. Duh!|
Sadly, this story has nothing to do with a Borat
sequel, though it does have all the trappings of such a farce.
As Daily RFT
has just learned, St. Louis played host last week to a cadre of dignitaries from Turkmenistan
The group was here to survey our government and educational system and meet with officials such as Alderwoman Phyllis Young
and former State Senator Harry Kennedy
-- among others. As St. Louis Core
, the website of Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed
"During their conversations with local elected officials, the Turkmenistan visitors mentioned how friendly everyone is and emphasized that St. Louis is a beautiful city that has many cultural attractions."
St. Louis Core also noted such factoids as:
- the official language of Turkmenistan is Turkmen (though Russian is the "language of inter-ethnic communication")
- Turkmenistan is mostly desert
- the Central Asia country is roughly the size of California with 4.8 million people
Left out of the description, however, was this tidbit from the Transparency International
: Turkmenistan is 13th most corrupt country in the world.
What's does that mean?
Who knows? Perhaps we did teach them a thing or two after all.