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今日新闻直通车 World News Daily Report （coming soon）
- 'I didn't threaten anybody': Trump calls Democratic impeachment push 'a joke' (ABC)
- Read the full summary of President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky (CBS)
- 'No need' for lengthy border exam of Meng Wanzhou before her arrest: defence (CTV)
- Israel's president taps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form next government (NBC)
- Boris Johnson flies back to U.K. to face Brexit music (NBC)
- Amazon unveils several new Echo devices and Alexa features at its annual hardware event on Wednesday. (CNBC)
清波门看世界 Seeing the world through Qingbomen's eyes
英语咬文嚼字 The Crazy Logophile
今日单词 Word of the Day
the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe.
The whole samizdat—translates as: “We publish ourselves”—that is, not the state, but we, the people. (nytimes.com)
目前 samizdat 一词含义已经不仅限于东欧和俄罗斯。
In the waning weeks of 2016, when the intelligence community and many politicians were passing around terrifying reports about Donald Trump’s links to Russia like samizdat, the frightening possibility arose that the sanctity of the United States government might be compromised in a way no living American had experienced.
For American writers and other artists, there’s a distinct chill in the air. Strongmen have a well-earned reputation for suppression and for demanding fawning tributes: “Suck up or shut up” has been their rule. During the Cold War, many writers, filmmakers, and playwrights received visits from the FBI on suspicion of “un-American activities.” Will that history be repeated? Will self-censorship set in? Could we be entering an age of samizdat in the United States, with manuscripts circulating secretly because publishing them would mean inviting reprisal? That sounds extreme, but considering America’s own history—and the wave of authoritarian governments sweeping the globe—it’s not out of the question.
今日词组 Phrase of the Day
Salami tactics, also known as the salami-slice strategy, is a divide and conquer process of threats and alliances used to overcome opposition. With it, an aggressor can influence and eventually dominate a landscape, typically political, piece by piece. In this fashion, the opposition is eliminated "slice by slice" until one realizes that it is gone in its entirety.(wikipedia)
By 1948, the Soviet Union had established communist regimes in all of the territories that they had “liberated” during World War Two. The Hungarian Communist Rakosi described this process as “Salami Tactics” because Stalin sliced away opposition bit by bit. (activehistory.co.uk)
Jul 8, 2019 - But if Iran is using salami tactics, Trump has used an axe. The result is that Washington is rapidly running out of diplomatic options.
今日俚语 Slang of the Day
Language or discourse intended to stir the emotions of a given group, especially by appealing to or reinforcing partisan sentiments.
如今，“read meat”几乎总是与右翼民粹主义言论联系在一起，引起人们愤怒和生气。例如2016年美国总统大选期间的 “Lock Her Up”，就是“Red Meat”的好例子。
His success, making even Ted Cruz look mainstream, baffles many in the United States and abroad, who are used to seeing American politicians walk a careful line between red-meat populism and mainstream respectability.
—The New York Times, 14 April 2016
On Wednesday, several White House and administration officials were deployed to cable news to defend Trump’s address — and continue the pivot toward the re-election fight. One senior official continued Trump’s red-meat-tossing toward his conservative base.
Most of the audiences—that at Salt Lake City was an exception—were looking for red meat in Dewey’s carefully reasoned discussions of world affairs. Since he disdained mudslinging they seized upon his withering treatment of bureaucracy and governmental incompetence as a satisfactory substitute. (The Sun [Baltimore, MD]）
今日习语 Idiom of the Day
rattle the cage
to make someone feel worried or upset ; To purposefully anger, upset, or unnerve one, especially to affect their performance or undermine their credibility. (freedictionary)
Rattling the cage. Protests by women students for equality in hostel rules have sparked a debate on gender bias on campus. It's a first step.
Some protests may look like a sign of democratic decay amid a rise of populism and alienation with the political status quo—for example, in Brazil, the United States or France. Others may look like a futile rattling of the political cage under growing illiberalism and authoritarianism, such as in Hungary, Morocco or Thailand. More optimistically, protests in places like Algeria, Venezuela and Sudan may signal a heartening indicator of the persistent aspiration for democracy and peoples’ willingness to fight for it in very different parts of the world.
TORONTO -- After the furor at the Toronto International Film Festival over its Israeli film spotlight, now it's the turn of Arab filmmakers to rattle the festival's cage.
南外英语系群 English Breakfast
Sept 26, 2019