Archive for April, 2012

A believer in the power of words

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Emirati writer Mohammad Saleh Al Gurg, who has translated Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat into Arabic, says more such works must be made accessible…

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UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

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UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily by facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.

The purpose of the IFCD is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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Somali translator with Turkish embassy shot dead in Mogadishu – Xinhua |

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A local translator with the Turkish embassy in the Somali capital Mogadishu was shot dead Thursday by unidentified gunman, Somali police said.

Yusuf Sheikh Hussein Ibrahim was shot several times by a lone gunman who attacked the Turkish embassy staffer at the main junction known as K4.

“The gunman escaped the scene and was pursued by police. We hope to apprehend the culprit and will be brought before a court of law,” Abdiweli Mohamed Arale, head of the embassy security told local Shabelle Radio in Mogadishu.

Turkey reopened its embassy in the Somali capital Mogadishu early in the year following high profile visit to the city by the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan late last year as devastating famine unfolded in the country.

Turkey has been playing a key role in providing humanitarian and developmental projects to the war ravaged east African country. The move angered he radical group of Al-Shabaab who accused the Turkish government of exporting secularism into the country.

The leader of the al Qaida linked Al-Shabaab movement has recently issued a statement lashing at the growing Turkish role in Somalia and calling for the withdrawal of support for the Somali government.

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Translating Minority Languages

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Authors and translators discuss why more effort should be taken to translate and support minority languages.


At the Translating Minority Languages event during the London Book Fair 2012, the four speakers — Christopher Meredith, Gabriel Rosenstock, Clive Boutle, Sampurna Chattarji and the chair, Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation — were a lively bunch with humor, poetry and much to say between them. The event had a slightly zany feel to it given that the languages the participants represented were restricted to the British Isles and to Bengali, which is spoken by 85 million people in India alone — hardly a minority language.

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