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Shuttlecocks for Peace in the Middle East

As part of ongoing attempts to improve relations with Iran, the Obama Administration is sending an elite team of international experts a 12-member women’s badminton team to Tehran. Wait…what? Badminton? We should have sent Team USA lacrosse and really blown their minds.

Obama sending U.S. women’s badminton team to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sending a women’s badminton team to Iran this week as part of a broad bid to engage the Iranian people through educational and cultural exchanges, the State Department said Monday.

Amid a wide-ranging review of U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic, the trip is the new administration’s first foray into such exchanges that began while President George W. Bush was in the White House. Past exchanges have involved athletes from other sports, artists, academics and professionals.
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I wonder if Iranian President (and international whack-job) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be at the match?