Why Indians in Dubai are tweeting Arabic words
Dubai: It is Hindi Day on September 14, but Indians in Dubai tweeted Arabic words to mark the day. The reason—the Indian Consulate in Dubai invited tweeps to share words which are common in Arabic and Hindi.In the previous years, the consulate had hosted Hindi poetry sessions and other events to celebrate Hindi Diwas. The mission found the innovative way of celebrating the day during the COVID-19 pandemic by linking it with the local language and culture.“To celebrate Hindi Diwas, CGI Dubai invites all to write a word in Hindi and it’s translation in English and Arabic language (optional). Als...
Arabic theatre is cultural lifeline for Sweden’s migrants
STOCKHOLM: In a theatre in Stockholm’s suburbs, a small crowd gathered to watch three actors, two Syrian and one Swedish, act out the lives of a young migrant couple settling into life in Sweden.But the language spoken by the troupe on the sparsely decorated stage in the small municipal theatre was Arabic, not Swedish.This group has spent four years performing in the language, making it the first of its kind catering to Sweden’s Arabic speakers.Their Stockholm play was based on interviews with young migrants who arrived in Sweden from 2015, when more than one million people mostly from Syria, ...
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Artificial Intelligence helps counter COVID-19 misinformation in Arabic
CAIRO: With most credible information on COVID-19 and its symptoms supplied in English, Arabic-speaking populations have faced a significant barrier, falling prey to hysterical and inaccurate social media posts that come from questionable sources.This urgent and potentially life-threatening problem was quickly identified by the team at DxWand, an Egyptian startup providing conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solutions — and they sought a fast and effective fix for it.“In late February, we, as a team, were struggling to find credible information about COVID-19, and we found that one nee...
International language complex to help restore Arabic’s cultural role
JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved plans to establish the King Salman International Complex for the Arabic Language.It is part of the Kingdom’s wide-ranging initiatives to promote the Arabic language.The planned complex will cover areas ranging from publications to research activities, as well as AI applications, organizing events and conferences, setting up Arabic teaching centers, the introduction of a comprehensive Arab language testing system, and media campaigns.It will target Arabic-speaking academics specialized in the arts, politics, technology, education, and content creato...
Arabic teacher, one other arrested for defiling girl, 15, in Ogun
Officers of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 37-year-old Arabic teacher, Ismaila Saheed and one Toliha Sabith, 20, for allegedly defiling a 15- year- old girl (name withheld).The victim had reported at Redeemed Camp Police Station, Mowe, that Sabith forcefully had carnal knowledge of her on the 25th of August 2020.She said she reported the incident to Saheed, her Arabic teacher, who then told her that she might have become pregnant as a result of the defilement.She said the Arabic teacher subsequently offered to help her abort the pregnancy.But she said instead of removing the imagina...
From death in Syria to quarantine in Madrid
Madrid during the confinement, April 2020. Photo by Mousa Mohamed, used with permission.A Syrian refugee is searching for hope and freedom after all the difficulties he faced on his journey from Syria to Spain, only to face the unexpected: yet another confinement, but this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.We are not ready. We don’t have masks, nor gloves to cover those little hands or anything to sterilize them with other than some soap mixed with anxiety.We are a little concerned about this tiny invisible being called the Coronavirus. We believe it is too small to hurt those bodies that h...
Sharjah academy begins work on exhaustive Arabic lexicon
SharjahHeralding a new era for the Arabic language lexicon, Sharjah has embarked on a landmark project to chronicle 17 centuries of development in the Arabic language spanning five distinct time periods.The Historical Corpus of the Arabic Language will offer insight into the world’s fifth most widely spoken language and serve as a linguistic resource for researchers, academia, linguists and students worldwide.The Arabic Language Academy (ALA) in Sharjah will lead the management and coordination of the project with the full support of the Union of Arab Scientific Language Academies, based in Ca...
In northern Syria, COVID-19 worsens an already dramatic humanitarian crisis
Photo of the northern Syrian city of Idlib, shortly after a Russian missile strike destroyed a neighbourhood on March 14, 2019, resulting in the deaths of 10 civilians. The young man pictured told the photographer that he had just lost his family. Photo by Mousa Mohammed, used with permission.The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has displaced over 1.6 million people who have fled mostly to the north of the country. The resulting catastrophic humanitarian crisis is now worsened by the impact of COVID-19 in the region.In the Idlib region in northern Syria, residents already endure drastic conditi...
Middle East mythbusters battle virus 'infodemic'
Baghdad (AFP) - Browse through Arabic-language social media pages and you could walk away thinking COVID-19 is an American hoax, isn't deadly and can be swiftly cured with a garlic clove.Arabic pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are brimming with fake news stories on the novel coronavirus, from benign inaccuracies to full-throated conspiracy theories. As authorities work to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, civic platforms across the Middle East are stepping up to combat the Arabic "infodemic" they say is as dangerous as the infection itself."We correct the news and save lives," ...
What if Palestinians just disappeared?
The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem, translated from Arabic by Sinan Antoon, Syracuse University Press (2019)The Book of Disappearance, Ibtisam Azem’s ingenious, multifaceted second novel, disturbs and remains long after it has been read.Azem’s novel considers what would happen if the Palestinians were to disappear overnight. No bloodshed, they just simply vanish in one go – Israelis wake up to find the Palestinians in their midst are all gone.There are no laborers to cultivate flowers, stubborn prisoners to torture, no drivers to operate buses, no friendly café owners to serve breakfast...
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