Australians are voting online for a "Word of the Year" from a list of new words to be included in the dictionary: among the frontrunners, "Chindia" and "globesity." Create your favorite new word of the year that tells us something about trends in your country.

Posted by Lauren Keane on January 14, 2008 9:30 AM


Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.


Latin America suffers from a severe ideological malaise: obsession with its past.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 11 COMMENTS
Jan 16, 2008 at 10:30 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.


Lobbyotomist [n.] Modern-day lobotomists who drill into the minds of politicians and the public to dispense policy or spread rumors.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 7 COMMENTS
Jan 15, 2008 at 8:50 AM
Vivian Salama is an award winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, South African Broadcasting Corp., TVNZ, NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University.


Yanktipathy [n]. Distaste for all things American, full stop.

Posted by Vivian Salama USA/Middle East | 10 COMMENTS
Jan 14, 2008 at 8:26 PM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.


Occuberation [n.] When foreign forces occupy a country under the pretext of liberating it.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 7 COMMENTS
Jan 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

The S-Word: Syrianism

It’s high time we Syrians stood up for ourselves.

Posted by Sami Moubayed Damascus, Syria | 11 COMMENTS
Jan 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM


» Garak | ParisHiltonomics (n): that branch of theology positing that cutting taxes on investment income brings economic rapture. ...
» Zoltan | electocracy This is our current political system in most "western" countries. Very different from "democracy", although sometimes referred to as "rep...
» Danilo | The worst thing, Miriam, is that the international press has been dealing with this pastiology with unacceptable tolerance, as if it was a normal part...

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