This advanced-level Arabic course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media reporting on the sensitive issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The lessons in the course will cover a spectrum of related topics linked to the settlements issue, including an overview of their size and impact on a future peace agreement, recent controversy over people AirBnBing on settlements, Israel's evacuation of the Amona outpost / settlement, and the controversy over Israel selling products produced on settlements. Samples of the Arabic vocabulary you will learn include: منتجات المستوطنات - settlement products; الإخلاء السلمي - the peaceful evacuation; السياحة بالمستوطنات - settlement tourism; أرض متنازع عليها - disputed land; النمو السكاني - population growth
In October 2019, popular protests erupted in Lebanon calling for the dismissal of the government and a complete remake of the Lebanese political scene. Most recently, the protests led to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The non-sectarian protests erupted in response to the government's inability to find solutions to an economic crisis that has gripped the country over the past year and widespread discontent over endemic corruption. This course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media reporting on Lebanon's protests and their economic and social causes. This course will help you master Arabic vocabulary related to demonstrations, protest movements, economic injustice, corruption, and social issues, such as: مظاهرات تتواصل - demonstrations continue, الناشطين - the activists, بطالة متفاقمة - worsening unemployment
This month's Advanced Arabic Course is on the topic of Gaza. The course will prepare you to read and watch Arabic media focused on issues in Gaza that touch on a number of areas such as the Hamas tunnels, human rights activists' attempts to break the blockade, education in Gaza, Gaza's first triathlon, and cleaning up Gaza's harbor. The vocabulary for this course covers a wide variety of subjects, including security/military, the environment, sports, human rights, and education.
As our world and societies become more divided, reminding ourselves of the principle of coexistence is of utmost importance. Whether its the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, building understanding between the Islamic world and the West, or the internal divisions in the Middle East such as the Sunni-Shia split, recognizing and striving towards coexistence can help us shape the world to the place we want it to be. For this lesson, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media on coexistence. The lessons for this course include taking a look at Haifa as a model for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, the Sunni-Shia divide in Iraq, understanding the basic pillars of coexistence, an Israeli school building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, and an annual conference on building cultural understanding between the Islamic world and the US. This course is packed with useful Arabic vocabulary on the topic of coexistence that also touches on human rights, Middle Eastern history, and education.
Espionage plays a vital role in any country's foreign policy and defense. In the world of spying, governments and non-state actors seek to obtain vital intelligence on one another and espionage has played a key role in some of the world's most important events. For this course, you'll prepare to read and watch a number of Arabic media and informational items that will teach you the core vocabulary and more when it comes to intelligence and espionage. The lessons for this course will prepare you to read a career opportunities page on the CIA website, watch Arabic media reporting on the Edward Snowden story, learn about the Egyptian spy Ashraf Marwan as well as the famous Israeli spy Eli Cohen. The course also includes a lesson that takes a look at waterboarding and the fallout of the use of this technique in the early days of the war on terror.
Instability across the Middle East has led to severe refugee crises that have impacted the world. Whether it's more recent refugee crises or those dating back decades, war and unrest have forced thousands of people to flee their homelands in search of better lives for the future or at least temporarily. Refugee crises create humanitarian disasters and complicate a country's political landscape, forcing many to take a hard look at what values they hold most dear. For this course, you will prepare to read and watch Arabic media reporting on refugee crises and that document their lives, struggles, and contributions to the societies in which they find themselves. The lessons for this course cover a number of interesting refugee subjects including the Palestinian Right of Return, a Syrian refugee in Tennesse who found a new home in America and offered free falafel to government employees during the shutdown, racism that Syrian refugees encounter in Lebanon, Canada setting the gold standard for welcoming refugees, and Iraqi refugees who have decided to return home from Germany. The Arabic vocabulary in this course will cover a number of areas to include: human rights, travel, food, and charities. After completing this course, you will be well versed to consume Arabic media on many topics related to refugees.