Feb 29, 2012

VOA Special English News 94

Afghan officials say they are hunting for an Afghan official suspected of killing two American military advisers. Their bodies were found in an office in the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul. Officials say a 25-year-old intelligence agent, Abdul Saboor, shot the Americans. Demonstrations continue in Afghanistan to protest the destruction of several copies of the Islamic holy book, Quran, by NATO troops. More than 20 people have died in the demonstrations. The troops burned the books at Bagram Air Base on Tuesday. President Obama and other American officials have apologized for the action. Afghan president Hamid Karzai called for calm on Sunday as protests continued.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
I cannot understand what the NATO troops did. It has only made the problem confused.

Feb 25, 2012

VOA Special English News 93

Top American and North Korean negotiators will meet in Beijing Thursday to discuss North Korea's nuclear program. However, an American negotiator says the United States is also concerned about human rights and humanitarian issues in North Korea. American negotiators hoped the meeting will lead to return to six-nation talks about ending North Korea's nuclear program. China, South Korea, Japan and Russia are the other countries involved. The talks began in 2003. They were suspended more than two years ago after North Korea expelled international nuclear inspectors.

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My thought/opinion on the issue
I am interested in how North Korea behaves on this issue because it is the first big event to the  country's young leader.

Feb 23, 2012

VOA Special English New 92

A dispute over who owns the name, iPad in China is getting more serious. The American computer company Apple uses manufactures in China to make the iPad. A Chinese company called Proview Technology is using the name, iPad in China. Apple and Proview both claim they own the right to the name in China and are fighting a legal battle. In recent days, officials in several Chinse cities have ceased iPad computers from Chinese stores because the dispute is not yet resolved. Proview has asked for the Chinese government help in preventing exports and imports of the iPad. 

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My thought/opinion on this issue
Recently we often see news about China as it has become big in economic and military power.

Feb 18, 2012

VOA Special English News 91

A nineteen-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire Monday in China's Sichuan province. Tibetans in exile say that the young man denounced the Chinese government before burning himself. Chinese security forces reportedly put out the fire and took him away. Saturday eighteen-year-old Buddhist nun set herself on fire. The religious worker later died. There has been an increase in anti-Chinese protests in Tibetan areas of China in recent months. Chinese government accuses Dalai Lama and oversea's groups of inciting the unrest.

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My opinion/thought on this issue
Very different part of human beings from other animals is to kill themselves with their will.

Feb 11, 2012

VOA Special English News 90

The American Military is planning to let female troops work in jobs that are closer to areas where troops are involved in combat.The Defense department officials say the changes would open about 14,000 jobs to women. Female service members would be permitted to serve as medical workers and intelligence officers. These are jobs that have been considered too dangerous for women. The changes mainly affect women in the Army and the Marine Corps. Women would still be barred from serving in infantry, armour and special operations. Congress may decide to delay the move or block it before it takes effect. At least 144 female service members have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 850 have been wounded.   

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I found this video by chance. I have just now learned  "BlueEyedUtaUtai-san"'s activities but I can feel her love for Japanese songs and Japanese language. And her performance is very good. I am looking forward to seeing her next song.

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Feb 9, 2012

VOA Special English News 89

Iran's top leader warned Friday that his country will answer measures designed to harm Iran's oil industry and threats of an attack by Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Western-supported oil sanction will have no effect on Iran's decision to continue its nuclear program. He also said Iran will support any nation or group that wants to oppose Israel. American media have reported that Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta fears that Israel could strike Iran in the next few months.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
Iran's recent situation is a little bit similar to the Japan's situation before the World War 2, I think.  At that time, Japan had been isolated from international community. Finally, Japan had chosen starting a war to break the bad situation.

Feb 4, 2012


I hve learned that there is a popular blog named "BoingBoing" through VOA Special English program. I thought that the name is very interesting because "Boin(g)"(ボイン) means a glamorous buxom woman  in Japanese slang.

But recently we have rarely heard the word so it might have been becoming "shigo"(死語), in my directly translation, "a dead word". Now younger people  use "kyo-nyu"(巨乳) to express a glamorous buxom woman.

Japanese language, especially in slang, has always been changing.

Feb 2, 2012

VOA Special English News 88

Protesters in Moscow have demonstrated against the likely return of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the presidency next month. The protesters covered their cars in white materials and drove around the city. Organizers say as many as three thousand cars took part. The protesters drove around a major highway that surrounds the capital. People without cars stood along the road and waved white cloths. Local police say three hundred cars took part in the protest.