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A Turning Point?: Belarus Prepares for Presidential Election

A Turning Point?: Belarus Prepares for Presidential Election

  • Russian
  • Intermediate
  • 0
Details

Belarus, long labeled as the last remaining dictatorship in Europe, is preparing to hold the most consequential presidential election in the country's young history on August 9, 2020. President Alexander Lukashenka is running for a sixth consecutive term but faces a high degree of unpopularity and mounting levels of civil unrest in the days before the vote. This course will prepare you to read a Russian language news article and watch a Russian language report that takes a look at the circumstances in Belarus leading up to the election, the challenges facing Lukashenka as he tries to maintain power, and the strategy of the opposition figures trying to remove him from office. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: соперник, соперница - rival, opponent; соблазн - temptation, lure; русификация  - Russification; переворот - revolt, upheaval; уровень жизни - standard of living

Eid al-Adha in Israel and Coronavirus

Eid al-Adha in Israel and Coronavirus

  • Hebrew
  • Intermediate
  • 0
Details

This course will prepare you to read and watch Hebrew media reporting on Eid al-Adha celebrations in Israel under the shadow of the coronavirus epidemic. Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest holidays in the Muslim calendar and is associated with the pilgrimage to Mecca as well as the story of Ibrahim's (Abraham) binding of Ismail ("Ishamel"). In the Jewish and Christian traditions, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. Lessons 1 through 3 will prepare you to read a Ynet article on Eid-Adha celebrations in Israel and contain a variety of religious, economic, and health-related vocabulary. Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Israeli news report that tackles the same topic. Both the article and the video report note how Israeli authorities have been urging Muslims to celebrate the holiday amongst their inner families in order to contain any spread of the coronavirus. As in other Middle Eastern countries, Muslims in Israel are also struggling economically as a result of the virus and the economic shutdown, with many choosing to forgo purchasing sacrificial meat, visiting family, and donating to the needy in place of basic survival needs. Some sample vocabulary from the lessons include: חג הקורבן - Eid al-Adha; חשש מרשלנות - fear of negligence; הולך ומחריף - getting worse; העלייה לרגל - the pilgrimage; שים מסכה - put on a mask

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha

  • Arabic
  • Intermediate
  • 4
Details

Muslims around the world celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) which generally falls around July or August. The holiday celebrates Ibrahim's (Abraham) devotion to God and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael in Judaism-Christianity). Ibrahim passes God's test and a lamb is provided by God to sacrifice instead of Ismail. The Quranic story closely resembles that from the Jewish and Christian tradition in which Abraham is ordered to sacrifice Isaac, who also is saved at the last moment once Abraham proves his devotion to God. In contrast to prior years, this year's celebrations of Eid al-Adha have come with significant challenges brought on by the coronavirus and ensuing economic hardships. The first three lessons of this course will prepare you to read an RT Arabic article about the economic meltdown in Lebanon and how its Muslim community is struggling to celebrate Eid al-Adha as the price of meat has skyrocketed and many families have had to shift their priorities to basic survival. The vocabulary for the first three lessons contains a mix of religious and economic-related terms. Lessons 4 and 5 take a lighter tone and will prepare you to watch a Youtube video uploaded by the People of the Book channel. In the video, an Israeli rabbi who is fluent in Arabic wishes Muslims around the world an Eid Mubarak and discusses the similarities between Eid al-Adha and the story in the Jewish Torah. In the video, the rabbi seeks to find common ground with Muslims by sharing his interpretation of the story of being about a father's love for his son, whether that be Ismail (Ishmael) or Ishaaq (Isaac). Some sample vocabulary from course includes: بلا أضاحي - without sacrifices; تدهور ، يتدهور - to sink, deteriorate; فقر مدقع - extreme poverty; سفر التكوين - the Book of Genesis; تفسير - interpretation

Fighting for Equality: The View from Russia

Fighting for Equality: The View from Russia

  • Russian
  • Sophisticated
  • 7
Details

The eyes of the world have been on the United States in recent weeks as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to call for major reforms to the country's policing practices, an end to systemic racism, and increased awareness of the challenges facing people of color living in the country. Not all foreign media outlets, however, are looking at the events with a sympathetic eye, choosing to brush over the reasons for the movement itself, and instead devoting an overwhelming amount of coverage to the spouts of violence, unrest, and looting which have accompanied the protest demonstrations in many American cities. In this course, we will take a look at an article and TV news report from Russia that both provide a glimpse into how the Russian mediasphere has choosing to portray the latest events gripping the United States. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: гнев - outrage, anger; угнетение  - oppression; социальная справедливость - social justice; жестокость полиции - police brutality; разжигать ненависть - to incite hatred

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Hebrew
  • Advanced
  • 10
Details

This course is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and the life of George Floyd. The lessons for this course will prepare you to read and watch Israeli media reporting on the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd's death, which sparked nationwide protests calling for change. Lessons 1 - 3 will prepare you to read a Walla article reporting on the ongoing BLM protests and also covers the transition from the initial outburst of rage to peaceful protests. Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Israeli news analyst from כאן חדשות analyze the protests' significance and also how George Floyd's death was the spark that ignited a call for change. The video highlights the factors contributing to the protests, such as social inequalities and police brutality. The vocabulary for this course is focused on human rights, discrimination, and protest/demonstration terms. Some sample vocabulary from the course includes: הפגנות שלוות - peaceful demonstrations; לנתב את הזעם - to channel the anger; תנועת זכויות האזרח - civil rights movement; להביע סולידריות - to express solidarity; אני לא יכול לנשום  - I cannot breathe

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Arabic
  • Advanced
  • 21
Details

This course is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and the life of George Floyd. The first three lessons for the course will prepare you to read an article published by the UN about George Floyd's brother appealing to the UN to investigate police brutality and Lessons 4 and 5 will prepare you to watch an Arabic news report that details both George Floyd's death, the person that he was, and the legacy he has left behind. The vocabulary for all of the lessons deals heavily with racism, discrimination, police brutality, and human rights. Some of the key vocabulary from the course includes: الفصل العنصري - apartheid; وحشية الشرطة - police brutality; حياة السود مهمة - Black Lives Matter; العنصرية المتفشية - rampant racism; شهود عيان - eyewitnesses

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