Archive for January, 2010

Israel should mull future without Turkey as ally, Erdogan warns

January 31, 2010
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Israel should mull future without Turkey as ally, Erdogan warns

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Israel to “take another look at its relations with its neighbors” if it wants to maintain ties with Turkey in the future. “Israel should give some thought to what it would be like to lose a friend like Turkey in the future,” Erodegan told Euronews, Israeli...
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Kalima translates Junot Diaz’s “Drown”, a book that tells the stories of Dominican migrants

January 31, 2010
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Kalima, the translation project of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), is publishing an Arabic translation of Junot Diaz’s “Drown”. The book, a collection of ten short stories covering 191 pages, examines a whole range of the life experiences of Dominican Republic migrants in the United States and depicts several experiences....
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Berlusconi says settlement policy unwise for peace

January 31, 2010
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Berlusconi says settlement policy unwise for peace

 Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has warned Israel that its settlement policy was unwise and did not help promote peace in the region. “Israel’s settlement policy could be an obstacle to peace. I would like to say to the people and government of Israel, as a friend, with my hand on my heart, that...
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Hamas leader given heart attack drug, says report

January 31, 2010
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Hamas leader given heart attack drug, says report

The hit squad that killed a top Hamas commander in a hotel room in Dubai injected him with a drug that induced a heart attack, The Times reported on Sunday. The squad then photographed all the documents in the briefcase of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, 50, and left a “do not disturb” sign on the...
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Speak no Turkish, hear no Turkish in Istanbul café as teacher seeks to improve English language skills

January 31, 2010
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Speak no Turkish, hear no Turkish in Istanbul café as teacher seeks to improve English language skills

The top floor of Konak Café’s three-storey building in Istanbul’s historic Süleymaniye neighbourhood is crowded with students, idlers and opportunity-seekers. Everything is Turkish about the place in, except the language used to communicate. Speaking Turkish is “totally forbidden” at the café run by a young English teacher who wanted to give Turks a chance...
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Kuwaiti family refuses intercession to free daughter’s alleged killer

January 30, 2010
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Kuwaiti family refuses intercession to free daughter’s alleged killer

The family of a Kuwaiti girl who was stabbed to death has said that they would never forgive her alleged Filipina killer. “We will never give up the right of our daughter, even if the United Nations Security Council holds a session on the case,” a relative was quoted as saying by the Kuwaiti...
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US to appoint Robert Ford as top envoy to Syria, ending five-year hiatus

January 30, 2010
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US to appoint Robert Ford as top envoy to Syria, ending five-year hiatus

Robert Stephen Ford, the former US deputy head of diplomatic mission to Bahrain, is to be the next US ambassador to Syria, putting an end to a five-year hiatus. Washington has not appointed an ambassador in Damascus since then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called back Margaret Scobey in February 2005 in response to...
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Malmo mayor under Israeli fire for equating Zionism and Anti-Semitism

January 30, 2010
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Malmo mayor under Israeli fire for equating Zionism and Anti-Semitism

The mayor of a Swedish city has come under Israeli fire for equating Zionism and anti-Semitism and calling both “unacceptable extremism.” “Malmö does not accept anti-Semitism and does not accept Zionism. They are extremists who put themselves above other groups, seeing others as something lesser,” Ilmar Reepalu said in an interview with Skanska Dagbladet...
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Swiss court bans Muslim baskteball player from wearing headscarf during games

January 28, 2010
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Swiss court bans Muslim baskteball player from wearing headscarf during games

A Swiss girl of Iraqi origin has failed to overturn a ban on wearing a headscarf while playing league basketball matches in Switzerland. Sura Al Shawk, 19, was last August told by the basketball association (ProBasket) that she was not allowed to play for her STV Luzern club with the head scarf. The association...
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Nine crossdressers sentenced to one month

January 28, 2010
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Nine corssdressers from three Gulf countries were on Thursday sentenced to one month in prison. The verdict means that they will be released this week as they were arrested on New Year’s Eve in a disco in Manama and later charged with public debauchery and soliciting revelers. According to court documents, the nine defendants...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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