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Σάββατο, 8 Ιανουαρίου 2011

It’s Iraq but It’s Not, Part 1

The New York Times
January 6, 2011, 1:07 pm

ERBIL, Iraq — On a recent trip to the Kurdistan region north of Iraq, duty required us to drive to a place here in its capital that we didn’t know. My colleagues and I, all Iraqis, stopped by the first police officers we spotted, naturally enough, to ask for directions. We asked in Arabic, then I tried in English.

The young officer did understand us, which is how I discovered the language barrier that is slowly emerging here, dividing the country not only linguistically, but also generationally.