2009年05月18日

スリランカ反政府組織の敗北宣言


Rebels Routed in Sri Lanka After 25 Years of War
( New York Times )

The ethnic Tamil separatist rebels of Sri Lanka, one of the world’s most feared and enduring guerrilla movements, acknowledged Sunday that their war of more than a quarter-century for a homeland had “reached its bitter end.”

The announcement by their group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam, coming as the Sri Lankan military said it was conducting
final mop-up operations on a tiny sliver of coast that had been the rebels’ last refuge, paves the way for the conclusion of Asia’s longest-running civil war.

It does not, however, eliminate the possibility of guerrilla strikes. The L.T.T.E., as the rebels are often called, are known for suicide bombings. And the statement by their spokesman, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, posted on the pro-rebel Web site, TamilNet, pointed to the group’s “fearless and unending commitment to this cause.”


【 まずは準備運動 】

・rebel 反逆者、謀反する
・acknowledge 認める
・mop-up 締めくくり、掃討
・sliver 裂片、こっぱ、わずかな部分


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2009年05月15日

私の唯一利口なところは・・・


Beauty is but skin deep.

美しいも皮一重。
(ことわざ)


The only really smart thing about me is that I know enough to hire men who are smarter than I am.

私の唯一利口なところは、 自分より利口な人間を雇うだけの心得がある点だ。
(チャールス・ウォールグリーン)

2009年05月13日

日本の野党指導者、辞任


Leader of Japan’s Opposition Resigns
( New York Times )

Ichiro Ozawa, the Japanese opposition leader, announced his
resignation on Monday, saying he wanted to prevent a campaign
finance scandal involving one of his aides from hurting his party’s chances of unseating the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party.

Mr. Ozawa had tried to ride out the controversy, criticizing the prosecutors for what he called a politically motivated investigation, while stopping short of accusing them of helping the unpopular Liberal Democrats. But the scandal appears to have further tarnished Japanese voters’ views of both parties ahead of a national election that must be held by Sept. 10.

Mr. Ozawa is known as one of the last of Japan’s shadow shoguns, having learned the art of Japan’s consensus-driven backroom politics as a young lawmaker from past prime ministers like Kakuei Tanaka, who invented the nation’s current version of pork-barrel politics. Once anointed as a future leader of the Liberal Democrats, Mr. Ozawa bolted the party in 1993 to help organize the fledgling centrist opposition.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・opposition 反対(する者)、野党
・resignation 辞任
・controversy 論争
・accus 非難する、告訴する
・tarnish 曇らす、変色させる、(名誉など)傷つける


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2009年05月11日

米国初の顔面移植女性の会見


Recipient of Face Transplant Shares Her Story and Results
( New York Times )

Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of Connie Culp’s face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman.

Ms. Culp stepped forward on Tuesday to show the results of the
nation’s first face transplant. Her new look was far from the
puckered, noseless sight that had made children run away in horror.

Ms. Culp’s expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste food again. Her speech is at times difficult to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish, and her skin droops in folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating new muscles. But she had nothing but praise for those who made her new face possible.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・ghastly 幽霊(ghost)のような、恐ろしい、ぞっとする
・transplant  移植する
・pucker ひだ、しわ、縮み、すぼめる
・bloat ふくらませる
・squarish ほぼ四角(square)の
・droop (だらりと)垂れる、しおれる
・pare 皮をむく、切り取る


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2009年05月01日

自由のない人生は・・・


There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.

世に不変ならざりしは転変のみ。
(ジョナサン・スウィフト)

※う〜む、まあいいかな。but〜は「〜を除いて」の意です。


Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

自由のない人生は、魂のない肉体のようなものだ。
(カリール・ジブラン)



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