tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Yemeni Jewish orphan who became President - of Yemen

A Yemeni Jewish orphan who grew up to be President - of Yemen. An Israeli family that lost part of its history. A brutal war that saw Egypt gas its fellow Arabs. A poverty-stricken country divided by the political ideologies of the Cold-War Middle East.

If it sounds like a helluva story, that's because it is. Unfortunately you have to be in Israel to read all of it. The Hebrew-language monthly - Mishpaha - that published it doesn't have much of an online presence. But happily a good portion of it was re-published in English in Ha'aretz.

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Wow. How did you discover this gem? You have a gift, my friend.