Suez

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Egyptian president, Gamal Abdul Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal in 1956, following the withdrawal of a US promise that aid would be granted to build a dam on the river Nile at Aswan. Nasser argued that the dam would be paid for by tolls, and that compensation would be paid. Britain, France and Israel sought to intervene, but they were unsuccessful, and this led to a loss of European influence in the Middle East, where the US and Russia gained influence, and Nasser became a popular leader.

History, Middle East, Middle Eastern history, Suez Canal

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The haunting of our language

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The word 'ghost' has recently been combined with other words to create new words and phrases in the English language. 'Ghostware' appeared in computer lingo a few years ago, meaning technology that is alive and well but few sense its presence. 'Ghost children' was recently used to describe daughters whose parents do not register their births with the Chinese government. One of the first terms coined using the word was 'ghost word', in 1886.

Author: McQuain, Jeffrey
United States, Column, English language, Words, New, New words, Etymology

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Riding the wind

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The best hang-gliding pilots in the US compete each year in the Sandia Classic, by taking off from 10,000-ft Sandia Peak in new Mexico. They fly in harnesses attached to their gliders, armed with radios, various instruments, and cameras to prove that they traveled the assigned course.

Author: Pierce, Donna
Competitions, Hang gliding

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