Finally, somebody spells out the truth

The case that there is no such thing as a "Palestinian" finally got a supporting argument worthy of its intellectual heft last week, when an Israeli parliamentarian named Anat Berko uncovered the Truth about the Arabic language: The name “Palestine” is a borrowed term, Ms. Berko said, presumably referring to the ancient Greek “Palaistine” and … Continue reading Finally, somebody spells out the truth

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The politics of teaching foreign languages in Turkey

It isn't often that you'll see me unabashedly defend Tayyip Erdoğan over anything, but here goes nothing. There was a story in Al-Monitor last week that said that Erdoğan is under a little fire from Turkish secularists over a Ministry of Education plan to start offering Arabic electives to elementary school students as of the … Continue reading The politics of teaching foreign languages in Turkey

US forces kill Some Guy, key ISIS leader (plus: Arabic 101 for big media)

US Special Forces conducted a raid against an ISIS target in Syria overnight that reportedly killed an ISIS bigshot: US special forces soldiers have killed a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during a raid carried out in eastern Syria, the US secretary of defence said. Pentagon chief … Continue reading US forces kill Some Guy, key ISIS leader (plus: Arabic 101 for big media)

“…and then there’s, um, alcohol, and algorithms, and Al Gore, and…”

The thing about Lindsey Graham is that he's normally dumb enough that when he says a thing that could either be a bad joke or something extra dumb, you're never sure which way to go with it. So it is with this gem of a quote: "Everything that starts with 'Al' in the Middle East … Continue reading “…and then there’s, um, alcohol, and algorithms, and Al Gore, and…”