Mar 31, 2012

VOA Special English News 98

A new report says that more than 400 women in Afghanistan are in jail for attempting to escape abusive husbands and forced marriages. Their report says women are often accused of being disloyal to their husbands and put in prison for moral crimes. Human Rights Watch reported the findings. The head of group Kenneth Roth says Afghan Judicial officials have used Sharia for Islamic law to justify the arrests. But he says Afghanistan is the only country that uses Sharia law to make a running away a crime. Human Rights Watch spoke with 58 women and girls for the report. One woman says she was forced to marry a violent man who abused drug and alcohol. They were married when she was only 12 years old. She and her two daughters are now in prison for running away and going into hiding.

original news


Mar 25, 2012


I have learned an interesting thing called "Tofurky"(トーファーキー) from the VOA Special English program.

 "Tofurky" is a vegetarian turkey substitute, mainly made from tofu that is typical Japanese food.

The word let me think of "tofu-hamburg"(豆腐ハンバーグ) that is a familiar to many Japanese as a healthy food.

A fake food that almost all Japanese have known is "kani-kama"(カニカマ) that tastes crab meat. It is made from fish meat.

Mar 21, 2012

VOA Special English News 97

The United States Defense Department says the American soldier who reportedly shot and killed 16 Afghanistan civilians Sunday has been flown out of the country. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain John Kirby did not say where the soldier was taken. But he did say the soldier was moved for his safety and to make it easier for investigators to question him. Earlier American Defense Secretary Leon Panneta said the recent violence in Afghanistan will not keep the United States for meeting its responsibility. The Defense Department said Mr. Panneta told local Afghan leaders that such incidents do not represent the Afghan people, Afghan security forces or coalition forces. President Obama says the United States is making real progress in Afghanistan. President spoke at joint news conference with British Prime Minster David Cameron at the White house. Mr. Obama said the tragic events of recent days in Afghanistan show that work there remains difficult. But he said American and NATO forces have made gains against al-Quaida and Taliban. President repeated his desire for the United States to give Afghan forces full responsibility for their country's security in 2014.


Mar 6, 2012

VOA Special English News 96

Top Afghan clergyman have condemned the United States for the burning of Qurans at a NATO base last month.The Ullema Council called the burning of the Muslim holy books a "crime" and "inhumane". The group said it would not accept apologies by American military officials and President Obama. It also called for those responsible to be "publicly tried and punished".

original news


Mar 3, 2012

VOA Special English News 95

A federal judge in the United States says a requirement that cigarette packages have large warning signs is unconstitutional. District Judge Richard Leon said the government rule violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The warnings were to have filled about half of the label on the package. They were to include color pictures of cancerous lungs and a dead body. The judge said pictures were not designed to increase the knowledge of the risks of smoking but to cause people to react with strong emotions. He said the government has many other ways to warn people about smoking without violating the Constitution. The government can appeal the ruling.

related news日本語のニュース