"Hey! I hear they're building us a skatepark!"

Redeveloping Baghdad: a skatepark isn't the only odd project on the horizon

In this week's Westword cover story, Jared Jacang Maher reports on California businessman Llewellyn Werner, who's decided that the next logical locale for a skaterboarders' paradise is... Baghdad! It's a bizarre tale of entrepreneurship.

But skaters -- and, yes, they do skate in the Middle East -- aren't the only ones excited about potential development in Baghdad. So are gamblers! In his reporting, Jared came across the video below -- apparently from some sort of English-language public-access show, in which an especially Borat-like host awkwardly interviews an American businessmen who wants to build a casino in the Green Zone.

Maybe we did ignite the flames of Democracy over there after all!

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