International Mother Language Day

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are … Continue reading International Mother Language Day

Algeria #81 (1936)

Algeria #81 (1936)

Choosing a stamp for today’s entry was tough as I have nearly one hundred issues from the French colonial period of Algeria — Africa’s largest country, situated in the northern part of the continent on the Mediterranean coast — and many of these are quite pleasing to the eye.  The country was named after the capital city of Algiers, deriving from the Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir, “the islands”).  Today, … Continue reading Algeria #81 (1936)