When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
Kristen Gillespie

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

SYRIA OPPOSITION
*Al Jazeera reports that members of the Syrian opposition told the network that "Syrian security agents were killed by soldiers because they refused to fire on unarmed civilians in Jisr al-Shughour." The town, located off the highway between the northern city of Aleppo and the port city of Latakia, is home to 50,000 people. Residents say the wave of killings in the town began to spiral on Saturday when a sniper on the roof of the main post office fire on the participants in a funeral of six protesters who were shot during a demonstration the day before.

*A group of women purportedly from the besieged Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour denounced President Bashar al-Assad and charged him and the thugs known as the "shabiha" with trying to kill everyone in the town. "They've poisoned our water, killed our chickens and destroyed our land," said one woman. "The Syrian media are lying scum and there isn't a bigger liar than our president, may God strike him down." A second women said "they came in vehicles and tanks' and "four of my nephews were killed."

*Syrian women also speak out here, at a small protest in the city of Darya. A banner to Russia's president in Arabic and Russian reads: "Medvedev: You're participating in the killing of our children." A second street-wide banner carried by the women reads: "Where are our children who were arrested after the prisoner amnesty?" It is signed "the women of Darya, June 7th 2011."

BORDER TURN
*Hamas announced that it will reopen the border crossing with Egypt following a dispute between the two sides over entry requirements. The Rafah border, which was closed by former President Hosni Mubarak in 2007, was reopened on May 28th. But just one day after visa requirements were supposed to be relaxed, Hamas and Palestinians trying to enter Egypt complained that they were being turned away. Egypt then closed the border for "routine maintenance," saying there was no problem. Hamas then closed its side last weekend in protest. Hamas will reopen its side on Wednesday.

HOLED UP
*A headline from CNN Arabic: "Gaddafi under fire: We will not give up and there is no going back."


June 7, 2011

photo credit: illustir

You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
  • $2.90/month or $19.90/year. No hidden charges. Cancel anytime.
Already a subscriber? Log in

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
Society

Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

Keep reading...Show less

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
  • $2.90/month or $19.90/year. No hidden charges. Cancel anytime.
Already a subscriber? Log in
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS

Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

Watch VideoShow less
MOST READ