A CAPITAL IDEA ! ( Intellectual capital that is)
Juan Cole has launched a project to translate American literature and political writings into Arabic.
This strikes me as an eminently sensible idea and something that should have been done by the State Department or The National Endowment for Democracy ages ago. Arabs in repressive regimes have probably less access to Western ideas than Russians did under the Soviets when a vigorous samizdat literature circulated-albeit with risk - in the 1960's and 1970's. This is an effort anyone with an interest in intellectual freedom can support ( Professor Cole has Paypal set up for those wishing to contribute).