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Kazakhstan Fights Back Against 'Borat'

The government of Kazakhstan has launched an ad campaign to salvage its country's image after being made a laughing-stock by Borat, the alter ego of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. A four-page color ad supplement has appeared in The New York Times that paints the Central Asian nation as an industrialized, outward-looking place with a stable economy and thriving tourist industry. And that's a far cry from the anti-Semitic, "horse-urine drinking, incestuous people" that faux journalist Borat has brought to TV--and soon, to the big screen in "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Of course, Cohen has done anything but "make benefit" for the country, and the government is furious that it is the target of his ridicule. Despite threats of legal action (Borat's response is: "I have no connection with Mr. Cohen and fully support this government's decision to sue this Jew"), the Kazakh government is trying to counter Borat's image of a prostitute-ridden country, with a $50 million tribal epic called "Nomad."



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