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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ouch!: A Comment on the Gaza Wall

Ursula Lindsey has a post at The Arabist linking to an article she has published at MERIP on "Egypt's Wall."

She illustrates her post with this (from an original here):

"The high one (or highly-esteemed one) built the High Dam; the low one (or "low-down" one) built the low barrier." (The word for "dam" and for "barrier" are the same in Arabic.)



Abu 'Arqala said...

Interestingly, there is not a single picture of الرئيس
at the dam.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Abu 'Arqala:

Maybe none with the finished dam, but here he is with Khrushchev at the dedication:


Abu 'Arqala said...

I believe one of his successors removed each and every one of his pictures from the visitors center at the dam.