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NPR 2008-05-05

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is making another journey to Israel. She’s already met Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and urged him to lift more blockades on the West Bank. Palestinians complain this badly affects daily life, but Israelis say it is one of the few ways to limit Palestinian militants1 who want to attack Israelis.

 Bolivia’s wealthiest state, Santa Cruz, is holding a vote on increasing government autonomy. President Evo Morales calls the vote “illegal”. Proponents2 of the referendum say they want greater control over security, oil and gas reserves and land management. From Santa Cruz, NPR’s Julie McCarthy reports.

 The political and business leaders at the oil and agriculture-rich Santa Cruz are proposing a sweeping3 new statute4 that would effectively set up a state in parallel to the central government, accruing5 to its powers to tax the oil and gas industry, police the borders and manage all important land issues. The move has deeply irritated the government in La Pas that has nationalized oil and gas and sought to redistribute land. President Morales’ national project has been to try to upend centuries of discrimination against Bolivia’s poor, mostly indigenous6. And he says the autonomy referendum is a bid to further entrench7 the ruling elite8 in this province. The danger for Morales is containing autonomy fever. Three other provinces want their own referendum. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Santa Cruz.

 Each year, the organization, Reporters Without Borders, releases a review of threats faced by journalists around the world and ranks countries according to the degree of free speech allowed by governments. This year, the report features how journalists fare in the European Union. Teri Schultz has more from Brussels.

 EU governments get only mild reprimands from media watchdog Reporters Without Borders for allowing too much concentration of media ownership and too little legal support for journalists protecting sources. What the investigation9 highlights is that reporters in Europe also suffer intimidation10, beatings and even murder attempts, more commonly expected in countries like Iran and Uzbekistan at the bottom of the press freedom list. French journalists, for example, report being brutally11 attacked while covering demonstrations12. A Northern Ireland newspaper editor was recently threatened by paramilitaries with a package containing a bullet, his home address and license13 plate number. And the Danish cartoonist, who drew the Prophet Muhammed caricature that started a huge uproar14 in 2006, lives under constant police protection and moves every two weeks, trying to stay ahead of a death plot uncovered earlier this year. For NPR News, I’m Teri Schultz, in Brussels.

 A powerful cyclone15 has devastated16 parts of Myanmar, formerly17 known as Burma. Initial reports said four people were killed. But an unconfirmed report says at least 243 people perished. Top winds measured 120 miles per hour and it’s believed that at least two Burmese towns have been destroyed. Diplomats18 say there is little drinking water, no power and roads are impassable.

 This is NPR News in Washington.

 Software maker19 Microsoft has decided20 to pull its offer to buy Internet search engine Yahoo. Microsoft and Yahoo could never agree on what the sale price should be. Microsoft had offered at least 42 billion dollars for the company. Yahoo says Microsoft has always underestimated its value.

 The Northern California City of Vallejo appears headed for bankruptcy21 because it can’t pay its bills. Bob Hensley of member station KXJZ reports.

 Vallejo administrators22 are recommending that the City Council vote at its meeting next week to file for bankruptcy. If the council follows through on the recommendation, the city of 120,000 will be the largest in the state who ever file for Chapter 9 protection. The city is facing at least a nine-million-dollar shortfall for the coming year. Vallejo’s financial woes23 stem from obligations to contract for public safety personnel and a drop in tax revenues due to the housing crisis. Representatives of the city and the unions have been meeting for a couple of months in an effort to reach an agreement that would allow the local government to erase24 the deficit25. The city manager says the efforts have been futile26, so that’s why he’s recommending the council seek bankruptcy. It’s not clear if filing for bankruptcy would void the union contracts. For NPR News, I’m Bob Hensley, in Modesto, California.

 There is no word on whether the political opposition27 in Zimbabwe will participate in a presidential run-off election. Opposition leaders say they won the March election outright28. Election officials have finally released results from the vote. They acknowledge the opposition won, but not by enough to avoid the run-off. The Zimbabwean opposition has hinted it could participate in the run-off election, but wants independent voting verification.


1 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
2 proponents 984ded1baa85fedd6467626f41d14aff     
n.(某事业、理论等的)支持者,拥护者( proponent的名词复数 )
  • Reviewing courts were among the most active proponents of hybrid rulemaking procedures. 复审法院是最积极的混合型规则制定程序的建议者。 来自英汉非文学 - 行政法
  • Proponents of such opinions were arrested as 'traitors. ' 提倡这种主张的人马上作为“卖国贼”逮捕起来。 来自辞典例句
3 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
4 statute TGUzb     
  • Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute.保障消费者利益已在法令里作了规定。
  • The next section will consider this environmental statute in detail.下一部分将详细论述环境法令的问题。
5 accruing 3047ff5f2adfcc90573a586d0407ec0d     
v.增加( accrue的现在分词 );(通过自然增长)产生;获得;(使钱款、债务)积累
  • economic benefits accruing to the country from tourism 旅游业为该国带来的经济效益
  • The accruing on a security since the previous coupon date. 指证券自上次付息日以来所累积的利息。 来自互联网
6 indigenous YbBzt     
  • Each country has its own indigenous cultural tradition.每个国家都有自己本土的文化传统。
  • Indians were the indigenous inhabitants of America.印第安人是美洲的土著居民。
7 entrench hZPzV     
  • A series of measures were designed to entrench democracy and the rule of law.采取一系列措施旨在巩固民主和法制。
  • These dictators have entrenched themselves politically and are difficult to move.这些独裁者在政治上已经站稳了脚跟,很难推翻他们。
8 elite CqzxN     
  • The power elite inside the government is controlling foreign policy.政府内部的一群握有实权的精英控制着对外政策。
  • We have a political elite in this country.我们国家有一群政治精英。
9 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
10 intimidation Yq2zKi     
  • The Opposition alleged voter intimidation by the army.反对党声称投票者受到军方的恐吓。
  • The gang silenced witnesses by intimidation.恶帮用恐吓的手段使得证人不敢说话。
11 brutally jSRya     
  • The uprising was brutally put down.起义被残酷地镇压下去了。
  • A pro-democracy uprising was brutally suppressed.一场争取民主的起义被残酷镇压了。
12 demonstrations 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d     
证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
  • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
  • The new military government has banned strikes and demonstrations. 新的军人政府禁止罢工和示威活动。
13 license B9TzU     
  • The foreign guest has a license on the person.这个外国客人随身携带执照。
  • The driver was arrested for having false license plates on his car.司机由于使用假车牌而被捕。
14 uproar LHfyc     
  • She could hear the uproar in the room.她能听见房间里的吵闹声。
  • His remarks threw the audience into an uproar.他的讲话使听众沸腾起来。
15 cyclone cy3x7     
  • An exceptionally violent cyclone hit the town last night.昨晚异常猛烈的旋风吹袭了那个小镇。
  • The cyclone brought misery to thousands of people.旋风给成千上万的人带来苦难。
16 devastated eb3801a3063ef8b9664b1b4d1f6aaada     
v.彻底破坏( devastate的过去式和过去分词);摧毁;毁灭;在感情上(精神上、财务上等)压垮adj.毁坏的;极为震惊的
  • The bomb devastated much of the old part of the city. 这颗炸弹炸毁了旧城的一大片地方。
  • His family is absolutely devastated. 他的一家感到极为震惊。
17 formerly ni3x9     
  • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
  • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.这船从前航行在中国内河里。
18 diplomats ccde388e31f0f3bd6f4704d76a1c3319     
n.外交官( diplomat的名词复数 );有手腕的人,善于交际的人
  • These events led to the expulsion of senior diplomats from the country. 这些事件导致一些高级外交官被驱逐出境。
  • The court has no jurisdiction over foreign diplomats living in this country. 法院对驻本国的外交官无裁判权。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 maker DALxN     
  • He is a trouble maker,You must be distant with him.他是个捣蛋鬼,你不要跟他在一起。
  • A cabinet maker must be a master craftsman.家具木工必须是技艺高超的手艺人。
20 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
21 bankruptcy fPoyJ     
  • You will have to pull in if you want to escape bankruptcy.如果你想避免破产,就必须节省开支。
  • His firm is just on thin ice of bankruptcy.他的商号正面临破产的危险。
22 administrators d04952b3df94d47c04fc2dc28396a62d     
n.管理者( administrator的名词复数 );有管理(或行政)才能的人;(由遗嘱检验法庭指定的)遗产管理人;奉派暂管主教教区的牧师
  • He had administrators under him but took the crucial decisions himself. 他手下有管理人员,但重要的决策仍由他自己来做。 来自辞典例句
  • Administrators have their own methods of social intercourse. 办行政的人有他们的社交方式。 来自汉英文学 - 围城
23 woes 887656d87afcd3df018215107a0daaab     
困境( woe的名词复数 ); 悲伤; 我好苦哇; 某人就要倒霉
  • Thanks for listening to my woes. 谢谢您听我诉说不幸的遭遇。
  • She has cried the blues about its financial woes. 对于经济的困难她叫苦不迭。
24 erase woMxN     
  • He tried to erase the idea from his mind.他试图从头脑中抹掉这个想法。
  • Please erase my name from the list.请把我的名字从名单上擦去。
25 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
26 futile vfTz2     
  • They were killed,to the last man,in a futile attack.因为进攻失败,他们全部被杀,无一幸免。
  • Their efforts to revive him were futile.他们对他抢救无效。
27 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
28 outright Qj7yY     
  • If you have a complaint you should tell me outright.如果你有不满意的事,你应该直率地对我说。
  • You should persuade her to marry you outright.你应该彻底劝服她嫁给你。
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