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Exactly 50 Years Ago: ALGERIA Heroically Gets Back Its Independence Posted by on Jul 4, 2012

If the world should be rightfully proud of the American Independence Day celebrated on July 4th, it should be very proud of the Algerian Independence Day celebrated the next day, on July 5th! Today, July 5th, 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of a historical event of the utmost importance: Not only for one specific country…

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أيـــــــــادي (Ayaadi): A New “Helping Hand” for Arabic Posted by on Jun 29, 2012

In Arabic, the word “أيـــــــــادي” means “hands.” Hence the idea behind the new initiative of Ayaadi: Offering a “helping hand” to all Arabic speakers and learners by launching an e-library portal featuring applications for smartphones and tablet devices! According to Trade Arabia, the corporate social responsibility initiative known as Ayaadi, part of UAE’s communications leader…

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Arabic Wedding in the US! Posted by on Jun 28, 2012

A special زفـــــاف (wedding ceremony) took place in the US last week. At Marie G. Davis Military and Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, an 8th grader student wore white and carried a bouquet of purple flowers. Her “groom”, wore a black vest and sneakers. However, this was no actual ceremony, but rather a reenactment…

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الحديقـــــــــــــة السِّريـــــــــــــة (The Secret Garden) Posted by on Jun 27, 2012

Today’s post features the Arabic intro to the Japanese Anime “The Secret Garden.” The cartoon is itself based on the novel of the same name by the English playright Frances Hodgson Burnett, whose other novels were also the subject of anime adaptations, such as the famous “Little Lord Fauntleroy”, translated in Arabic as “الفتــــــــى النَّبيـــــــــل” (“The…

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“Write Down, I am an Arab” Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

“بطاقـــــــــــــــة هويـــــــــــــــة” (“Identity Card”) is a poem written some 40 years ago by a symbol of the Palestinian people, Arab poet محمـــــــــــود درويـــــــــــش (Mahmoud Darwish), inspired by the collective انتحـــــــــــال الهُويــــــــــــة (identity theft) to which the Palestinians have fallen victims since at least the year of النكبــــــــــــــة.  “بطاقـــــــــــــــة هويـــــــــــــــة (“Identity Card“) بطاقـــــــــــــــة هويـــــــــــــــة (Identity Card) :سجل Write down…

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A Cool New Smartphone for Arabic Fans Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

Apple’s iPhone is about to experience منــافســة شرسة (a stiff competition) from the new version of Google’s gadget—especially in the Arab world! Its latest update of the Android operating system features more enhancements for Arabic language, the company has announced. After introducing its “Ice Cream Sandwich” (Android 4.0), Google has come up with “Jelly Bean“…

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The Arabic Football Team that Defeated Germany in World Cup! Posted by on Jun 21, 2012

When you watch the incredibly powerful performance of the German Football team in the ongoing Euro 2012, you’d probably think that no Arab team could ever dream of beating such high-caliber players as Podolski, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, and Gomez. But thirty years ago, almost day for day, the best team representing the Arab world, الجزائــــــــر (Algeria), did…

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