The Global Greenback

In Ho Chi Minh City, the proprietor of a nightclub demands a $4 cover charge--in U.S. currency, please. In S ao Paulo, the Sunday classified ads quote dollar prices for everything from a broom factory (for just $25,000 down) to "beautiful blondes and brunettes" at $100 for a few hours of bliss. Want a shiny new Zhiguli sedan? In Moscow, you can drive one home for $5,000 in American cash.

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