• Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart

    US Comedian Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central's satirical program The Daily Show later this year, the network has said in a statement. Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless paid tribute to Stewart's contribution. "Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come," Ms Ganeless said in a statement. Stewart, 52, has led The Daily Show since 1999. Stewart's lampooning of public figures and politicians earned him a loyal following across age groups. His show has often been cited as the top news source for young people. On average, The Daily Show reaches slightly more than 1 million viewers.

    Comedy Central/chaîne de télévision américaine créée en 1991, consacrée à l'humour et au rire – statement/déclaration - to pay tribute to sb-sth/rendre hommage à qqn-qch – touchstone/ici référence - unparalleled (US)= unparallelled (GB)/sans égal - to endure/perdurer - to lampoon/fustiger, critiquer – figure/personnage, personnalité - to earn/ici valoir (à) – following/(public d')adeptes, fans - to reach/atteindre, ici être suivi par – slightly/légèrement, un peu – viewer/téléspectateur

    Publié le 24/02/2015
  • Steven Emerson

    Steven Emerson

    On 11 January 2015, Fox News commentator Steven Emerson, who had been criticized for inaccuracies in the past, reported that Birmingham, a city of over 1 million people in the UK, was a Muslim only city: "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in". The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, commented "When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools’ day. This guy’s clearly a complete idiot." Emerson, said to be an expert of Muslim terrorism, later apologized for what he called a "terrible", "inexcusable", "reckless" and "irresponsible" error, and made a donation of £500 to the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

    inaccuracy/inexactitude - to report/déclarer - no-go zone/zone interdite - to choke/s’étouffer, s’étrangler - April Fools' day/premier avril (poisson d'avril) - guy/gars, type - to apologize/présenter ses excuses - reckless/imprudent, irréfléchi - donation/don

    Publié le 5/02/2015
  • Eric Garner

    Eric Garner

    Last month, a New York City grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the suffocation death of Eric Garner sparked firestorm of protests around the US but also in the UK and tons of media attention, covering numerous angles from police militarization to racial inequality. The 43-year-old Staten Island man, a father of six and grandfather of two, died in July after a New York police officer placed him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest that was recorded on videos that have been widely seen and have contributed to the public anger. Will the US criminal justice system change after this case?

    to indict/inculper – to spark/déclencher – firestorm/tempête – chokehold/prise d’étranglement – anger/colère

    Publié le 26/12/2014
  • Tim Scott

    Tim Scott

    Last month, South Carolina's Tim Scott became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed the Palmetto State Republican to the office after former Sen. Jim DeMint resigned in November 2012. The election was only to fill the last two years of DeMint's term. Scott will have to run again in 2016 in order to earn a full six-year term. Scott's win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.

    to appoint/nommer – to resign/démissionner – term/mandat – to run, ran, run/se présenter, être candidat – House = House of Representatives/Chambre des représentants

    Publié le 14/11/2014
  • Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg

    The Liberal Democrats would cut the taxes of 29 million working people in 2016 if they remain in government. Speaking at his party conference in Glasgow, the last before next year's general election, Nick Clegg said no-one would pay tax on the first £11,000 of income from April 2016, a £1,000 rise on current limits. The Lib Dem leader accused David Cameron of "plagiarising" his party's longstanding objective of raising the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020. He also announced the Liberal Democrats would “of course” raise taxes on the wealthy after the general election. He criticised the Tories for “beating up on the poor” and savaging public services in the final stage of eliminating the structural budget deficit.

    to cut, cut, cut/réduire – income/revenu – current/actuel – to raise/augmenter – allowance/abattement – the wealthy/les riches – to beat, beat, beaten on/matraquer – to savage/(s’)attaquer (à) – stage/étape, phase

    Publié le 16/10/2014
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    It's time to go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said last month in a nationally televised address intended to sell stepped-up military efforts to a war-weary public. Announcing a broad campaign against the Sunni jihadists, Obama announced an escalated U.S. military role as part of a strategy that includes building an international coalition to support Iraqi ground forces and perhaps troops from other allies. U.S. airstrikes have been hitting the jihadists in Iraq. Those strikes will be expanded to ISIS targets in Syria, Obama said. "I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are," he said. "That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."

    stepped-up/intensifié – weary/las – escalated/renforcé, - airstrike/frappe aérienne – target/cible, objectif - to hunt down/pourchasser - to threaten/menacer – haven/havre, refuge

    Publié le 24/09/2014
  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

    The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis described as one of the most racially segregated metropolitan areas in the country. Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old man, died after being shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown had no criminal record. His shooting sparked unrest in Ferguson due to longstanding racial tensions in the region. Peaceful protests, vandalism, and other forms of social unrest continued for weeks, with night curfews being imposed and escalating violence. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting.

    shooting/homicide – to occur/avoir lieu – suburb/banlieue – criminal record/casier judiciaire – to spark/déclencher – unrest/troubles, émeutes – longstanding/de longue date – curfew/couvre-feu – to escalate/s’intensifier, s’aggraver

    Publié le 27/08/2014
  • Theresa May

    Theresa May

    UK Home Secretary Theresa May has apologized for delays in processing passport applications and insisted the Government is doing all it can to deal with the situation. She said she was sorry for the inconvenience people had been caused: "Her Majesty's passport office is dealing with the highest demand for passports for 12 years while the surge in demand usually experienced during the summer months started much earlier in the year. As a result, a number of people are waiting too long for their passport applications to be processed. I would like to say to anybody who is unable to travel because of a delay in processing their passport application that I am sorry and the Government is sorry for the inconvenience they have suffered and we are doing all we can to put things right." But Mrs May insisted: "Despite the unprecedented level of demand, the overwhelming majority of people making straightforward applications are still receiving their passports within three weeks as usual."

    Home Secretary/ministre de l’Intérieur – to apologize/présenter des excuses – delay/retard – application/demande – surge/forte augmentation – unable/dans l’impossibilité de – overwhelming majority/très grande majorité – straightforward/simple

    Publié le 1/07/2014
  • Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson

    England coach Roy Hodgson has warned his players to sacrifice their egos for the good of the team at the World Cup lest they end up like the strife-torn France side of the 2010 finals. Hodgson said he would be quick to knock any threats to team harmony on the head in Brazil where England will play Group D rivals Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica when the tournament kicks off. Hodgson warns England players of perils of team disharmony "One thing is for certain: there's no chance for any team in the World Cup if they're not in it together," he told British media. "If you want to win any tournament, if you want to win a league for that matter, you'd better make certain that you as a team are all together. That you're all singing off the same hymn sheet, that you all have the same aspirations and that you're all prepared to make sacrifices for each other."

    to warn/avertir – lest/de peur que – strife-torn/déchiré par les conflits – to knock on the head/ici sévir contre, éliminer – threat/menace – to kick off/débuter – for that matter/en l’occurrence – to sing, sang, sung off the same hymn sheet/parler d’une seule voix

    Publié le 27/05/2014
  • Tony Benn

    Tony Benn

    Tony Benn, a passionate orator, prolific diarist and provocative icon of the British left who became the first peer to surrender an aristocratic title to remain in the House of Commons, died last month at his home in west London. He was 88. Throughout his career, Mr. Benn was a rebellious figure. He embraced a socialist position to the left of many of his colleagues in the Labour Party, particularly as it moved to the center under Prime Minister Tony Blair in the 1990s. A prolific writer, the last of his nine volumes of diaries was published in October.

    diarist/diariste (auteur d’un journal intime), chroniqueur - peer/pair (du Royaume) – to surrender/renoncer à – House of Commons/Chambre des communes – throughout/tout au long de – to embrace/adopter

    Publié le 1/04/2014

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