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VOA常速英语新闻:伊拉克战争给该国留下的影响(双语)

Cherie207 于2013-04-10发布 l 已有人浏览
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这里是巴格达的天堂广场,今天萨达姆·侯赛因的塑像只剩下了一只靴子。
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That's Baghdad's Paradise Square, today only a single boot remains of the statue of Saddam Hussein.
这里是巴格达的天堂广场,今天萨达姆·侯赛因的塑像只剩下了一只靴子。

For many, the day Iraqis -- aided by U.S. troops -- toppled the statue marked the the end of a brutal dictatorship and the beginning of a new hope. Today the square is bedecked with campaign posters for this month's elections, the fifth in Iraq since multiparty democracy was installed.
对很多人来说,伊拉克人在美军的帮助下推翻这尊塑像标志着残暴独裁的结束,以及新希望的开始。今天广场上到处张贴着本月选举的宣传海报,这是伊拉克实施多党民主以来的第五次选举。

In central Baghdad, the main streets seem cleaner and in better repair than during the years after the war. New cars clog the intersections at rush hour. Traffic jams can last for hours. But most Iraqis say democracy has not improved their lives. Unemployed construction worker Mahdi al-Moussawi survives on occasional day-work.
在巴格达中心,主大街比战后那几年看来干净整洁,交通高峰期间新车挤满了道路交叉口。交通堵塞可持续数小时,但大多数伊拉克人说民主并未改变自己的生活。失业建筑工人Mahdi al-Moussawi靠着打零工过活。

"In general the security situation has improved a little bit, but there still are security problems," said Mahdi al-moussawi, unemployed construction worker.
“总体上说安全状况有所改变,但仍存在安全问题。”

The bombings have diminished from the height of the sectarian conflict several years ago. But the largely-sectarian violence continues to kill and maim hundreds of people every month.
几年前这里的宗派冲突非常激烈,目前已经平息。但每月仍有数百人在宗派暴力中被杀或致残。


词汇解释:
1.statue n. 雕像,塑像

She superseded the old statue.
她把那个旧的塑像扔掉了。

2.topple vt. 推翻;颠覆;使倒塌

The wrestler toppled his opponent.
那名摔跤手摔翻了对手。

3.symbolize vt. 象征;用符号表现

Olive branch symbolizes peace.
橄榄枝象征着和平。

4.dictatorship n. 专政;独裁权;独裁者职位

A dictatorship contravenes the liberty of individuals.
独裁政治与个人自由相抵触。

5.bedeck vt. 装饰;修饰

The hall was bedecked with flags and flowers for the wedding ceremony.
为了这次婚礼,大厅用彩旗和花装饰起来了。

6.maim vt. 使残废

Tom was seriously maimed in the war.
汤姆在战争中受重伤而残废。
 

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