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Globalization Leading To Death Of Minority Languages?
According to estimates by the Endangered Languages Project, forty percent of the world’s 7,000 languages are at risk of disappearing, which is not shocking considering the evolutionary nature of man and culture. The reason why, as Jordan Pearson writes, is a little more surprising – globalization.

“The dominating effect of a single socioeconomic factor, GDP per capita, on speaker growth rate suggests that economic growth and globalization […] are primary drivers of recent language speaker declines (mainly since the 1970s onwards), for instance, via associated political and educational developments and globalized socioeconomic dynamics,” researchers at the Endangered Languages Project conclude in a new report.

United Arab Emirates Ambassador Condemns Radical Islamism One of the more surprising developments came in a statement from Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the US which said the UAE was “ready to join the international community in an urgent, coordinated and sustained effort to confront a threat that will, if unchecked, have global ramifications for decades to come.”

Furthermore, he contended the threat is beyond ISIS and extends to “other dangerous extremist groups in the region.”

Quick Hits:

Congress Seeking Approval Of Action Against ISIS
More lawmakers calling for Obama to seek congressional approval before action against ISIS.

What Lessons Can Be Learned From The Life Of Caesar Augustus The American Enterprise Institute hosted a discussion on the life of Caesar Augustus, how he ended a century of civil war and ensure Rome’s dominant position throughout the Mediterranean, and what, if any, lessons can be applied to the chaos in today’s world.

Rand Paul: Work With Syria Against ISIS
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is a potential GOP presidential candidate, is suggesting the US ally itself with Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad against ISIS.

 

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