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.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Let them eat Ka'ak

As part of a minced interim peace-ish so-called confidence-building agreement, Israel has agreed to release 230 non-threatening Palestinian prisoners.

Jolly great, eh?

But wait, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Israel to delay the release of the prisoners. Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, is participating in the sacred Islamic pillar of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, spiritually cleansing himself.

Then Abbas wants to be home when the prisoners are released so he can bask in the glow of having helped release them. Until then, he's keeping them locked up.

(By the way, that's ka'ak, pictured.)

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