The staff of NPR/PRI’s financial program packed their bags and traveled to the Middle East in order to report from one of the world’s fastest growing economies -- for a few days at least. Believe it or not, there is enough of a story there to fill a couple of weeks worth of programming. After all, there’s more to the Middle East than just oil.
[Editor’s Note: Lacking an interesting transitional sentence, Fayyad now takes a lame and unrelated (yet typical) dig at Zionists in order to inform KABOBfest’s readership that influential American institutions are interested in perusing closer ties with the Arab world.]
If reading the previous paragraph gave you a knot in the stomach, or even slightly bothered you, then you’re probably a Zionist, or some other form of racist who should seriously consider seeing a medical professional. If that’s the case, I suggest you avoid the Cleveland Clinic, as it underwrote NPR/PRI’s entire Mid-East adventure. Avoiding Harvard's Medical School would also be wise, as today’s report said it’s planning to open a branch in Dubai.
[Editor’s Note: Back to the subject at hand…]
While much of NPR/PRI’s Mid-East reporting has been rooted in Cairo and Dubai, the failing Palestinian economy has also garnered much attention. Divided into a three-part series, the Marketplace team reports on the difficulty of doing business under occupation, “Olive Oil Diplomacy” (featuring the Palestinian Fair Trade Association’s co-op of olive farmers), and... [Editor’s Note: Fayyad fails to mention the third Palestine-related topic covered].
Another interesting report tackled the subject of Islam and sustainability. Is Islam a green concept? [Editor’s Note: Brace yourselves for a real knee-slapper.] I don’t think that’s why Hamas’ flag is colored as such. [Editor's Note: Sorry folks, that's about as funny as he gets.]
Best of all, the reports weren’t so simplistic that they couldn’t appeal to someone as informed about the region as I am. [Editor's Note: Someone thinks awfully high of himself.] The show’s website even donned a banner with its name in Arabic.
For the record, "Marketplace" is "Souk" in Arabic.