“Armenia has refused to rent Iran 50,000 hectares of Syunik pasture for 10 years, where 10,000 Iranian Azerbaijanis armed with shotguns were to be deployed,” news.az reports. “‘The question of renting pasture in Syunik to the Iranians has been closed,’ Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration Vache Terteryan said.” Wait. What? “This year the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan and Syunik region of Armenia signed a memorandum that considered renting to Iran 50 hectares of Syunik pasture for 10 years. The program could settle in Armenia at least 10,000 shepherds – Iranian Azerbaijanis, armed for protection against wolves and other predators.” Ignoring the political ramifications, sending sympathy to Turkish shotgun makers for the lost biz, one wonders whether a scatttergun would be an Azerbaijani shepherd’s ideal firearm. That is all.