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America Spying on the World? – Answers Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Arabic Language, Culture, Grammar, Vocabulary

Marhaba! I hope you found the excerpt from the article in the previous post interesting. I am confident you have all worked hard to answer the questions. In this post, I would like to present you with the answers and the translation of some key words.




1. لم تتوقّع «وكالة الأمن القومي» يوماً أن يخرق حصنها المنيع جاسوس من داخلها أو خارجها ويسرّب أسرارها للعالم.

The NSA never expected that its stronghold be penetrated by an internal of external spy that would leak its secrets to the world.

2. النظام السوفياتي «المهووس بالتجسس» وهي الولايات المتحدة التي تحمل لواء الحرية وشعلة الديموقراطية. سعت الولايات المتحدة منذ حقبة الحرب الباردة إلى أن تركّز على «عيب» محدد عند عدوّها السوفياتي وهو تفوّقه الاستخباراتي.

A Soviet Union that is obsessed with spying and itself the United States carrying the banner of freedom and the beacon of democracy. The United States has sought since the Cold War to concentrate on this specific ‘flaw’ of its enemy the Soviet Union which was its intelligence supremacy.

3. الفضيحة حصلت في 6 حزيران 2013 وكشفت عن ارتكابات «وكالة الأمن القومي» الاستخباراتية.

The scandal took place on June 6, 2013 and it revealed the intelligence activities of the NSA.

 .4 تأسّست «وكالة الأمن القومي»  عام 1952 .عملت منذ إنشائها في عزّ أيام الحرب الباردة على التجسس «على الأعداء»، وحققت بعض الانتصارات وصولاً الى مراقبة اتصالات زعيم «القاعدة» الراحل أسامة بن لادن، الأمر الذي ساهم في تصفيته.

The NSA was established in 1952. It worked since its inception during the Cold War on spying on enemies. It achieved certain successes namely surveying the communications of ‘al-Qaeda’ leader Osama Bin Laden, leading to his death.

5. البعض يذهب الى تسميتها «الوكالة غير الموجودة» أو No Such Agency بالإشارة الى السرية التامة التي تحيط الوكالة نفسها بها، والشائعات حول مشاريعها السرّية كثيرة تبدأ بتنفيذ اغتيالات هامة حول العالم وتصل الى إخفاء سرّ التواصل مع الكائنات الفضائية.

Some call it the ‘No Such Agency’ as a reference to the extreme secrecy that the agency surrounds itself with, and the rumors about its secret missions are many starting with the conduction of important assassinations around the world and extending to a cover-up to communication with aliens.

6. The NSA is literally the fortress of U.S. intelligence

Translation of key words

جاسوس – spy

أسرار – secrets

الفضيحة – scandal

الحرب الباردة – cold war

أعداء – enemies

آلة الكذب – lie detector

السرية التامة – total secrecy

الشائعات – rumors

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد


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Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.