• Peter Dutton

    Peter Dutton

    When Australia's immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants last month, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. "They won't be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English," he told Sky News. "These people would be taking Australian jobs, there's no question about that." According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 26% of the population of Australia is foreign-born (5.8m people). In the hours after Mr Dutton's interview, a handful of people online gave their backing to Mr Dutton but they were drowned out by the voices of opposition.

    Publié le 3/06/2016
  • Jacob Zuma

    Jacob Zuma

    The highest court in South Africa has ruled that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home. An anti-corruption body, known as the public protector, ruled in 2014 that $23m had been spent on his rural home in Nkandla in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. It gave the treasury 60 days to determine how much he should repay. The ruling is a victory for the opposition, who said they would push for Mr Zuma's impeachment. They accuse him of using "ill-gotten wealth" to upgrade his home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre. Mr Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

    (the) highest court/ici, (la) Cour suprême - to rule/décider, statuer, déclarer - to fail to do sth/ne pas faire qch - to repay, repaid, repaid/rembourser - to spend, spent, spent/dépenser, débourser – body/ici, institution – treasury/Trésor, Ministère des Finances - to push for/faire pression en faveur de – impeachment/(procédure de) destitution - ill-gotten/mal acquis – wealth/richesse; ici, argent - to upgrade/ici, embellir, agrémenter - to deny/nier – wrongdoing/mauvais agissement(s), malhonnêteté

    Publié le 6/04/2016
  • Ronda Rousey

    Ronda Rousey

    Ronda Rousey's UFC return won't be until late this year, but the former women's bantamweight champion is already making some business preparations for her return to the Octagon. Rousey has reportedly filed for five trademarks around the acronym "FTA", which stands for "F--- them all." The FTA slogan, now that it's been trademarked, could appear on shirts and merchandise for Rousey ahead of her eventual UFC return. Rousey revealed that she contemplated suicide following her loss to Holly Holm, but has since regained her focus and confidence, with a determination to return to the top of the sport.

    UFC = Ultimate Fighting Championship (plus grande organisation d'arts martiaux mixtes) - former/ancien, ex- - bantamweight/poids coq - octagon/cage octogonale dans laquelle se déroulent les combats - reportedly/paraît-il - to file for trademarks/déposer des demandes d'enregistrement de marques - to stand, stood, stood for/signifier - f--- = (to) fuck/ici, emmerder - merchandise/produits dérivés - to contemplate/envisager - loss to/défaite face à - to regain/retrouver - focus/concentration - confidence/confiance (en soi), assurance

    Publié le 16/03/2016
  • David Bowie

    David Bowie

    David Bowie died last month after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. He was one of the most influential musicians of his era. His hits include Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars. He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Along with the Beatles, Stones and Elvis Presley, Bowie defined what pop music could and should be. He brought art to the pop party, infusing his music and performances with the avant-garde ideas of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

    influential/influent, marquant - era/époque - hit/succès - Space Oddity/littéralement, "bizarrerie de l'espace" - pop party/ici, scène pop - to infuse/insuffler - infusing his music [...] with the avant-garde ideas.../distillant dans sa musique les idées avant-gardistes... - performance/ici, concert - Merce Cunningham/danseur et chorégraphe américain (1919-2009) - John Cage/compositeur, poète et plasticien américain (1912-1992)

    Publié le 28/01/2016
  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Reflecting on the rise of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, President Obama said the real estate mogul is "exploiting" Americans' anxieties about the economy and American society. "You combine those things and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified, but just misdirected," Obama said in an interview with NPR. "I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that," he continued. "That's what he's exploiting during the course of his campaign." Trump earned the support of 41 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning registered voters in a recent Monmouth University poll, opening up a 27-point lead over his closest challenger, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

    frontrunner/favori, candidat en tête - real estate/immobilier – mogul/magnat – anger/colère - to misdirect/mal diriger - to earn/ici, recueillir - GOP = Grand Old Party/Parti républicain (GOP-leaning voters/sympathisants républicains) – registered/inscrit (sur les listes électorales) – poll/sondage – lead/avance - Sen. = Senator - R = Republican (Sen. R-Texas/Sénateur républicain du Texas)

    Publié le 29/12/2015
  • Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband

    Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has lavished praise on his successor, Jeremy Corbyn, telling the BBC he has what it takes to be prime minister and praising him for recruiting new members to the party. He also congratulated John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, for recruiting serious international economists to advise him on the future of the British economy. Miliband insisted he would never be a "back-seat driver" as a former party leader and refused to predict whether Labour would do well under Corbyn, saying his own record showed "predictions aren’t my thing".

    Publié le 30/11/2015
  • Kezia Dugdale

    Kezia Dugdale

    Kezia Dugdale has set out plans for more autonomy for the Scottish Labour Party that would see control over policy and candidate selection transferred north of the border. The party leader, who was elected with a large majority in August, wants to be responsible for policy making, party membership and the management of local constituency Labour parties across Scotland. The new leader still faces an uphill struggle, with the latest polling showing the SNP 30 points ahead of Scottish Labour in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election voting intention due to be held on Thursday 5 May 2016.

    to set, set, set out/présenter, exposer – border/frontière – membership/adhésion – constituency/circonscription électorale - to face/être confronté à - uphill struggle/combat difficile, tâche ardue – polling/sondage - SNP = Scottish National Party

    Publié le 6/11/2015
  • Malcom Turnbull

    Malcom Turnbull

    According to a poll published by The Australian last month, 55 per cent of voters rated Malcom Turnbull as the preferred prime minister, giving him a 34-point lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, on 21 per cent. Mr Turnbull’s rating makes him the most popular prime minister since Julia Gillard in July 2010. On two-party-preferred terms, the coalition led Labor 51 to 49 per cent, the first time the government has been in front for the last 30 Newspolls. The survey followed a Galaxy poll that also recorded a 51-49 per cent coalition lead over Labor, and a 51 per cent vote for Mr Turnbull as preferred prime minister. The Newspoll survey was taken after Mr Turnbull toppled Tony Abbott for the top job but before the new cabinet was announced. Mr Turnbull had cited Mr Abbott’s disastrous poll numbers as a reason for his challenge, saying the government had "lost 30 Newspolls in a row".

    according to/selon, d'après - poll/sondage - to rate/évaluer, classer - two-party-preferred [vote]/en Australie, les électeurs doivent classer les candidats en ordre de préférence. Le candidat qui obtient le moins de voix est éliminé et ses voix sont redistribuées en fonction du second choix des électeurs. Cela se répète jusqu'à ce qu'un candidat obtienne 50% des voix. En pratique, les électeurs se retrouvent souvent à choisir entre des candidats du Labor Party et de la Liberal/National Coalition. Il arrive qu'un candidat ayant initialement obtenu moins de voix que son rival remporte l'élection grâce à des voix supplémentaires plus nombreuses que celles de son adversaire, issues du deuxième choix des électeurs - to lead, led, led/mener, ici arriver en tête de - Labor/Parti travailliste (australien) - survey/sondage - to topple/renverser, mettre en minorité - top job/ici, fonction de Premier ministre - in a row/d'affilée.

    Publié le 5/10/2015
  • Stephen Harper

    Stephen Harper

    The longest Canadian election campaign since the Victorian age began last month, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the country would go to the polls on 19 October. Harper is already the sixth longest-serving prime minister in Canada’s 148-year history. If he wins a fourth term, he will have won as many elections as Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Pierre Trudeau, trailing only William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir John A. Macdonald, who each had six mandates. According to The Guardian, “the Conservatives enjoy the advantage of a divided opposition, which ensured their victory in 2011, and Harper is by far the most successful street fighter in Canadian politics, having survived hung parliaments and opposition coalitions with unerring tactical skill and fierce discipline.”

    age/époque - to go to the polls/se rendre aux urnes (polls/vote, scrutin) - longest-serving/à avoir exercé le plus longtemps les fonctions de... – term/mandat - to trail/être à la traîne de, arriver derrière - to ensure/assurer – fighter/combattant - hung parliament/parlement sans majorité – unerring/infaillible – skill/compétence, talent – fierce/ici, stricte

    Publié le 9/09/2015
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    Two weeks ago, President Obama called the murders at a historically black church in South Carolina "senseless" and used the tragedy to renew his call for gun control. "I’ve had to make statements like this too many times," Mr. Obama said at the White House. "It is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics of this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it’d be wrong for us not to acknowledge it." The president also said the U.S. must "reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries." The president didn’t make any specific gun proposals, saying it was a time for mourning first. It was the 14th time during his presidency that Mr. Obama has addressed the nation about incidents of gun violence.

    murder/meurtre; ici, fusillade (mortelle) - senseless/insensé - statement/déclaration - the politics of this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now/cette ville rejette désormais toute politique de ségrégation - to acknowledge/reconnaître - to reckon with/tenir compte de - proposal/proposition, projet - mourningdeuil

    Publié le 8/07/2015

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