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Internet Reads From a New Script

In what is being described as the biggest change to how the Internet works in 40 years, the ICANN Internet oversight organization has finally approved plans to allow Web addresses to include non-Latin letters, such as Arabic and Chinese, instead of just www.whatever.com.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Ballas

The War on Language

Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. The English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


FBI Unable to Attract Arabic Speakers

According to new FBI statistics, of the bureau’s 12,000 agents, only 33 speak even minimally functional Arabic.  It gets worse: Of the 33, none work on international terrorism.
(h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Arabic T-Shirt Keeps Man Off Plane

An Iraqi architect at JFK Airport was wearing a shirt that read “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic and English. Security officers said it was upsetting other passengers, and said he couldn’t board until he turned it inside-out or put on something else. He chose the latter. (Read his reaction after the jump) (h/t: Raw Story)
This is pretty ridiculous: If security guards were worried that he was a terrorist, a new shirt wouldn’t have thwarted his plot. And if they didn’t suspect he was a terrorist, why can’t he wear a shirt of protest?

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


The number 55

Today’s Blog Is Brought to You by the Number…

That’s the number of Arabic linguists who have been discharged from the Army for being gay. Fifty-five. (We missed this fact when we blogged about the latest dismissalinterview here—but it’s so shocking we felt we had to bring it up now.)
If the military were serious about winning Iraqis’ hearts and minds, it would find a way to keep most of these linguists in the service.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


discharged gay army linguist
From ABC News

More on the Army’s Fired Gay Linguist

He had one of the most sought-after skills in the entire U.S. arsenal: a working knowledge of Arabic. And the Army discharged him for being gay—after subjecting him to witch-hunt-style questioning. ABC News interviews him. (Earlier: original story)

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


Army Dismisses Gay Arabic Linguist

A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was discharged after an investigation determined that he was gay. He alleges his commanding officer blatantly violated the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and that investigators asked him if he had close friends who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater.
Thank goodness our military is on top of things. We’ve got too damned many Arabic linguists in the service these days.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


Do-it-Yourself Iraqi Documents Search

Now that 48,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured in Iraq have hit the web, armchair analysts have their work cut out for them.

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


Two Parliament Members Leaked Bush’s Proposal to Bomb Al Jazeera

It was not staffers but actual Labour MPs who leaked the memo to the U.S. | story

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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