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CNN 2012-01-15

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 Now the United Nations headquarters is located in New York, and there are almost four times as many countries in its general assembly.A bunch of them could see some changes this year in their governments.And we`ve got the campaigns in the U.S. covered,but Fareed Zakaria is going to fill us in on some of the other spots around the world holding elections this year.

 
You can predict that in 2012 a lot of leaders will say goodbye.No,I`m not gazing into a magic crystal ball.You see, 2012 is the year of elections.Fifty-nine countries will be tallying1 up votes,local,state or national. There are 193 countries in the world,so that`s about a third of the world`s nations.Twenty-six of these may see a change in national leadership.
 
Together, these changes could affect 53 percent of the world`s population,representing half of the world`s GDP,and a lot of the change is concentrated in the world`s most powerful countries.Four of the five U.N. Security Council members could see changes at the top.That`s Russia, China, France and,of course,the United States.
 
These four countries alone represent 40 percent of the world`s GDP.Of all of them,China will not have democratic elections, of course.But it will see the biggest wholesale2 change at the top.Seventy percent of the country`s leadership will be new. 
 
We`re not expecting any surprises.It`s widely believe that Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao will be replaced by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang.Russia`s election will be the most predictable.We already know that Prime Minister Putin is going to become President Putin once again.
 
But even that change isn`t as clear-cut as you`d imagine. For the first time in years, it seems like it`s becoming acceptable in Russia to criticize the Kremlin.There will be changes, too, in Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan and Kenya,just to name a few. 
 
Some of these elections and leadership changes involve nothing more than personnel shifts.Others will be occasions for fundamental debates about the future course of the country. They could mean shifts,so that we see a different Europe,a different China or a different America in the next few years. 
 
So for those of you who have been struck by the volatility3 of recent years,the roller coaster ride we`ve all been on,from boom to bust,crisis to crisis,I would say keep that seat belt strapped4 on,because you`re going to see a lot of churn over the next year as well.It may not be bad, but there will be no shortage of political twists and turns around the world.And those are just the ones we know about.
 
Well, before we go, we mentioned some exceptions to that lack of snow story.
 
This is one of them.Aspen,Colorado,got some fresh powder over the weekend. It made this video possible and awesome5. This iReporter said he`s been seeing reports about the lack of snow. He wanted to get the word out that the conditions were better,at least in some places.You think snowboarding`s easy? Try making it down a slope while you`re holding up a camera on a stick.
 
One thing is for sure, there's "snow" way he'll get "board." We`re going to freeze the puns there early today instead of launching into a run of them, because sometimes these things can just be a slippery slope. Back with more commercial-free headlines tomorrow. We`ll see you then.

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1 tallying 15a874f08059a9770f1372b280d6754d     
v.计算,清点( tally的现在分词 );加标签(或标记)于;(使)符合;(使)吻合
参考例句:
  • In 2007 the state set a U.S. record, tallying 141 twisters. 该州在2007年以总计出现了141个龙卷风而创下了一个美国记录。 来自互联网
  • We charge extra fee at 100% of the rates of tallying fees. 我们按理货收费率的100%收取附加费。 来自互联网
2 wholesale Ig9wL     
n.批发;adv.以批发方式;vt.批发,成批出售
参考例句:
  • The retail dealer buys at wholesale and sells at retail.零售商批发购进货物,以零售价卖出。
  • Such shoes usually wholesale for much less.这种鞋批发出售通常要便宜得多。
3 volatility UhSwC     
n.挥发性,挥发度,轻快,(性格)反复无常
参考例句:
  • That was one reason why volatility was so low last year.这也是去年波动性如此低的原因之一。
  • Yet because volatility remained low for so long,disaster myopia prevailed.然而,由于相当长的时间里波动性小,灾难短视就获胜了。
4 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
adj.用皮带捆住的,用皮带装饰的;身无分文的;缺钱;手头紧v.用皮带捆扎(strap的过去式和过去分词);用皮带抽打;包扎;给…打绷带
参考例句:
  • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 awesome CyCzdV     
adj.令人惊叹的,难得吓人的,很好的
参考例句:
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
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