Iraq Middle East Word Watch

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Language Control Patrol

Friday, March 03, 2006

If you control the language, do you control the debate? Choosing "freedom fighter" over "terrorist" or "insurgency" over "civil war" has the power to sway a political debate in either direction. But why? Bob speaks with Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at Stanford University and author of Going Nucular, about the ...

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Word Watch: Barrier

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one in which the key players can't even agree on the terms -- important events and places have different names on each side of the divide. What are the various terms applied to the "structure" the Israeli government is currently constructing? At times, it's called a ...

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Word Up

Friday, May 21, 2004

There's been a lot of talk recently about the exact definition of "torture." Some say it's an accurate descriptor of what happened to Iraqi detainees in U.S. custody. Others say those detainees were not tortured, but simply "abused," and that "torture" is something out of Saddam's dungeons. In a Newsday ...

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