Jury Chooses German Youth Word of the Year

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Adults probably don’t know this word-you won’t find it in dictionaries either. “Smombie”, a new word creation, was chosen by a jury this year as the Youth Word of the Year. It’s made up of two words: “Smartphone” and “Zombie”. That’s what young people call someone who doesn’t really see because they’re too busy looking at their phone.

In second place came the word “Earthporn”. A vulgar expression? No: To the youth, this is nothing more than another word for “a beautiful landscape”.

Another word that was at the top of the online poll for a long time is”merkeln” ( or “to merkel”). The verb means “to fail to come to a decision” and is a critique of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reason why the word didn’t win in the end is perhaps due to the politician’s recent engagement in the refugee crisis.

Also in the top 10 are words like “Tinderella” (a woman who does a lot of online dating, for example using apps such as Tinder) and “Augentinnitus” (or “eye tinnitus”). The latter is said when someone has or sees only unpleasant people in their environment.

The Jury is made up of 20 people- linguists, youth, educators, and media representatives. The Youth Word is chosen annually. In addition to the “Word of the Year”, a “Non-Word of the Year” is also chosen.

For the original article visit Deutsch Perfekt


Translation of Abdel Bari Atwan Article Excerpt into English

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It is undisputed that the international community, and the Syrian people especially, look forward to a “new Syria”. The “old Syria” and the practices that took place there: the absence of democracy, the robbing of freedoms, corruption of the justice system and most, if not all, government institutions, encroaching autocracy, and dominance of the police state, will not, indeed must not, in anyway, be allowed to go on. But what is the Saudi perspective on this “new Syria” and if there really is a ready model that is based on the principles of democracy, pluralism, equality, and an independent and fair justice system, then how come we don’t see it implemented in the Arab world, starting with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia itself?

The term “new Syria” reminds us and others of the new Iraq, which has become one of the most corrupt nations in the world, torn by sectarian and ethnic fragmentation and the absence of a single national identity. In the past, we talked of an Iraq divided into three entities on sectarian and ethnic bases and now we’re talking about multiple Sunni and Shia identities as well as multiple Kurdish identities; the three states are nominated to become six, or even 12, states and entities.

It is no longer about Assad’s presence or absence, but about Syria’s and its fragmentation as an entity. This point is neglected by those involved in the Syrian crisis militarily or politically, for even “Plan A”, i.e. changing the regime, which was adopted by the powers supporting the armed resistance, has crumbled. After five years, this plan is no longer practical or on the table and everyone agrees on the Regime and its institutions staying. The conflict is about the president only in the media, but almost everyone has come to accept him in conversations behind closed doors, even if just temporarily.

Link to original Arabic article by Abdel Bari Atwan:http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=382414

Ali Abd Alrazzaq

Ali Abd Alrazzaq Turns Everyday Objects Into Art


Have you ever looked at a tea biscuit or the end of a broom and thought, “I could turn this into art”? Well that’s the kind of art the 24-year-old Iraqi Ali Abd Alrazzaq creates. Using his drawing skills and everyday items, he creates simple yet clever art pieces. This creative political science major turns your favorite chips into the pyramids and half a shaved arm into a field. He describes his art as “interactive illustrations using everyday objects”. In addition to combining everyday objects and his drawing skills, Ali Abd Alrazzaq also replaces paint with tomatoes, coffee and shoe polish. With creativity like this, there’s no telling what wonderful art we’ll see from Ali next!

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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 27/08/2015.

Nedal Kersh of Falafelbaren

Falafelbaren: Stockholm’s First and Only Falafel Bar


Since 2013, Nidal Kersh and his partner, Jenny Hedström, have been running Falafelbaren, “Stockholm’s first and only falafel bar”. In a short period of time, the small business has become very successful.

However, things weren’t always that easy. When Kersh first started, he used to peddle around Sweden’s streets on his tricycle, serving Falafel, made using a recipe he got from his uncle in Palestine. He says his decision to sell falafel is probably due to his heritage and the fact that his father is the owner of Sweden’s first fresh hummus factory.

The couple opened the store because they “wanted to sell falafel as it’s done in the Middle East-fried on order”. Two years into the business, Falafelbaren continues to serve fresh, crunchy falafel to Swedes who love it.

To read the full article: click here and follow Falafelbaren on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 28/08/2015.

Christophe Roussel designs a cake

Christophe Roussel, France

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Christophe Roussel is the Willy Wonka of the patisserie world. He enjoys transforming traditional patisseries by giving them bright colors and interesting names, such as Electroshock.

Christophe Roussel’s kitchen, L’Atelier Gourmand, located in La Baule on the northern coast of France, with its vast creative space, draws even more similarities between him and the Roald Dahl character. Roussel and his team of seventeen explore chocolate and dough; forty new recipes are released each year.

Christophe Roussel, who has worked in the Meridien Resort on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, approaches food as an artist does his canvas. “I begin by brainstorming with my wife, then I like to draw with a pencil. After that, I think of the flavors, look, and ingredients of the final product,” he explains.