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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving and ‘Id al-‘Adha Greetings

I'd like to wish all my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving, my Muslim readers greetings on the occasion of ‘Id al-‘Adha (and my American Muslim readers both, of course).

I probably won't be posting over the Thanksgiving holiday (tomorrow through Sunday) due to family duties, unless there is something major I feel the need to say.


Andrew said...

Long time reader here. I wanted to share something, though I didn't know where best to post it so I guess here will work.

Anyway, on my recent trip to Palestine, I visited family in Beit Jala. While there I saw for the first time a newspaper called “Anbaa Moscow.” Finally, the Russians understand that they have a role to fulfill here in the region after years of neglecting it.

After seeing it though, I didn’t think much about it until, to my surprise, I saw the same paper again in the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai.

I picked it up and read it and enjoyed the material. I think this is an important newspaper. It is edited wisely and is interesting. But as a sports fan, I think that the section is not up date.

Either way, I’m glad to see some Russian interest in the region; it’s been too long.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Interesting. I don't know where the comment should go either, but here will do. I'll try to learn more about it, see if there's a web version, etc.

LJ Marczak said...

Russia has been gradually re-engaging its world political role under Putin.

Russia Today satellite channel began Arabic language broadcasting sometime in mid 2007. They're also on in Farsi, Pashtun, etc. The Arabic as well as English broadcast are on the main MENA satellites - free to air. And via Internet streaming.
Webpage http://www.rtarabic.com/
Programs a lot better than the old Radio Moscow.

Those who live in Northern Virginia can catch RT English on Channel 30 along with AlJazeera.

Moscow News (Anba'a Musku) was restarted earlier this month. I believe it's a monthly in this incarnation. Last published 16 or 18 years ago. If I recall right, it lasted a couple of years after the end of the USSR.