June 19, 2009  ·  culture  ·  style

Iran Untied

Iran might be sort of a messed-up place right now, but they're ahead of us in one regard: this is a country where you can run for president without wearing a necktie. In fact, you have to—apparently the ol' silk choke-chain is considered a decadent symbol of western culture. (See somewhat dated BBC article on the subject.) Whatever the reason, it doesn't surprise us that Mir Hossein Mousavi (shown) is in front of Ben Stein, both politically and stylistically. Photo: ISNA/Hamid Forootan.

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