Pooling Academic Excellence with Entrepreneurship for New Partnerships
Edited By Martin Forstner, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Mingjiong Chai
This volume contains contributions in English, French, German and Italian.
Dans l’attente du Printemps, attention aux intempéries
Henri AWAISS & Gina ABOU FADEL SAAD
The wind of the geopolitical change that is blowing over the Middle East is not able to become a sweet spring breeze. The bad weather is raging and under the blows of violence on the field and violence bluntly shown in the media, the words are losing their minds and being led into a dance of death. Instead of being means of pacification and appeasement, they are transforming into stones that speakers throw to one another or into cutting arms they plant into one another. On TV screens, talk shows are becoming arenas where insults and diatribes flow. Words lose their weight, as if time is no longer for words but for iron and blood. We no longer talk to one another, but we kill one another.
However, just like swallows, it is the young people who make a summer, with their freshness and generosity void of any ulterior motives. They will be the ones to leave an undeniable and indelible mark on the society and the language emerging from it and springing up again, while remaining faithful to its roots and sources. Language in general, and Arabic in particular, is made of malleability, softness and flexibility. On the lips of young people and the tips of their fingers, the language starts reflecting their identity and their reality. The Arab spring, when it will have completely settled, will not only bring changes...
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