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Learning Arabic from Egypt's Revolution

The New Yorker

Sometimes I wondered about the strangeness of Tahrir-speak, and what my Arabic would have been like if I had arrived ten years earlier. One of our teachers, Rifaat Amin, prepared a five-page handout entitled "Arabic Expressions of Social Etiquette." This supplemented "Dardasha," which also featured some lessons about social traditions, including the evil eye, the belief that envy can cause misfortune. Occasionally an elderly person smiled at the toddlers and said, "Wehish, wehish"--"Beastly, beastly!"

UPS, Zipline strike deal with Rwandan government for drone delivery


Zipline is partnering with the UPS Foundation and Gavi, the nonprofit vaccine alliance, to execute its plan to make up to 150 drone deliveries per day of live-saving blood to 21 health facilities across a broad swath of the western portion of Rwanda. The plan combines Zipline's resilient drone design with the supply chain expertise of UPS and Gavi's experience delivering vaccines to all parts of the world. And while the Rwanda's zips will take deliveries to designated health centers, Rinaudo expects that could change as well -- once smartphones equipped with GPS are more ubiquitous, deliveries could go just about anywhere. So while the FAA works on drone regulations for U.S. airspace, Zipline is working on building up its flight logs.