Genetic testing shows Ashkenazi Jews likely originated before the 7th Century AD in four villages in Turkey on the Silk Road, a medieval trading route. Yiddish was likely a secret trading language.
German chancellor allows prosecution of satirist who insulted Turkish president. [Rob Beschizza – Boing Boing]
It’s outrageous that a civilized country has – and enforces – a law against making jokes about people. More so when the subject is a head of state. Powerful people need more scrutiny and satire than everybody else, not less.