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Nationalism Goes Global: Australians Demand Shop Signs in English

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Australian lawmakers have proposed cracking down on foreign languages on vendors’ street signs in a bid to standardize English, the nation’s official language. Lawmakers want storefront signs in English while other languages on the same sign must be much smaller; specifically, foreign languages can’t be larger than 30% of its English variant. “All signage is to be displayed in the English... 

Iran-based TV channel Press TV Banned in the UK

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Britain has revoked the press license of Iran-based English language broadcaster Press TV, accusing it of violating press regulations. But some say the decision was really motivated by British geopolitical interests. ­The Office of Communications (Ofcom), a government-approved watchdog overseeing broadcasting and telecommunications in the UK, says the channel does not control its content. It also... 

Wikipedia Anti-SOPA and PIPA Blackout Looms

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Wikipedia going on strike The world’s most popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is going on strike on Wednesday. The “knowledge blackout” is aimed at protecting the Internet – and the website’s very existence – from online censorship. The Wikipedia community and the Wikimedia foundation decided on a global blackout of the English version of the website for 24 hours starting at 05:00... 

English Doomed as Global Language, Academic Says

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British linguist Nicholas Ostler says the English language’s days as the global lingua franca are numbered despite even as it enjoys unheard-of global dominance. In his recent book “The Last Lingua Franca: English until the Return to Babel” he reaches the conclusion after tracing the rise and fall of one-time international languages Aramaic, Phoenician, and Persian. Ostler majored... 

Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'

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Israel's President Shimon Peres said that England's attitude towards Jews was Israel's "next big problem". Israel’s president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters. Shimon Peres said England was “deeply pro-Arab … and anti-Israeli”, adding: “They always worked against us.” He added: “There... 

Illegal Murders Teen for Speaking English in America

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Illegal border jumpers I swear we don’t plan this stuff out. But no sooner than does a series of articles about the Collier County Sheriff’s Office program to deport troublesome illegal aliens conclude than an illegal alien is in the headlines, and not in a good way. The sheriff’s program, as outlined in stories Sunday and Monday, targets illegal immigrants who run afoul of the law. Deputies,... 

English-speaking pupils are a minority in inner-city London primary schools

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54 per cent of primary pupils from inner city schools, like this one in east London, do not have English as their first language Children who speak English as their first language are now a minority in inner-city London primary schools, official figures showed yesterday. Youngsters with a different mother tongue form a majority in primaries in 13 out of 33 London boroughs and in nearby Slough. In inner... 
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