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VOA慢速英语新闻:委内瑞拉人缅怀总统查韦斯(双语)

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委内瑞拉人民正在缅怀本周早些时候因心脏病去世的总统乌戈·查韦斯,去年12月以来查韦斯一直没有露面。
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From VOA Learning English, this is IN THE NEWS in Special English.
这里是美国之音慢速英语新闻报道。

Venezuelans are remembering President Hugo Chavez, who died after a heart attack earlier this week. The president had not been seen in public since December.
委内瑞拉人民正在缅怀本周早些时候因心脏病去世的总统乌戈·查韦斯,去年12月以来查韦斯一直没有露面。

For the past two years, Hugo Chavez battled pelvic cancer. He returned to Venezuela last month following medical treatment in Cuba. He was unable to attend swearing-in ceremonies for another term in office in January.
过去两年来,乌戈·查韦斯一直与骨盆癌作斗争,上月他在古巴做完治疗后回到委内瑞拉,但无法参加一月份的下届总统任职仪式。

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the death of President Chavez.
周二,委内瑞拉副总统尼古拉斯·马杜罗宣布查韦斯总统的死讯。

"We're going to miss him until the last day of our lives but we carry on his legacy here and we will carry it on with strength. ''
“我们会终生怀念他,会满怀力量地继承他的遗志。”

Mr. Maduro said the leader's body will be treated so people can see it for many years to come. He accused Venezuela's enemies of attacking the president with cancer. He did not say how that could have been done.
马杜罗说称将处理查韦斯的遗体,这样以后人们还可以看到他。他指责委内瑞拉的敌人使总统患上了癌症,他并没有透露敌人是如何做到这一点的。

Hugo Chavez dreamed of playing major league baseball in the United States, but instead chose to join the Venezuelan army. He was jailed in 1992 for leading an unsuccessful attempt to oust then-president Carlos Andres Perez..
乌戈·查韦斯曾梦想加入美国职业棒球大联盟,但却加入了委内瑞拉军队。他因领导驱逐时任总统佩雷斯的政变失败于1992年入狱。

In 1998, Hugo Chavez was himself elected president after promising to end poverty and corruption.
1998年,乌戈·查韦斯承诺结束贫困和腐败,然后当选为总统。

To help finance social programs, he nationalized, or seized control of, major businesses, including oil companies. Millions of Venezuelans loved him for using the country's oil wealth to provide low-cost food, free medical care and other programs. However, the United States and much of Latin America criticized President Chavez for his social policies and for nationalizing companies. They also disapproved of his ties with Cuba, Iran and Libya.
为了给社会项目提供资金,查韦斯实行了国有化,控制了包括石油公司在内的主要企业。他利用该国的石油财富向人民提供低价食物、免费医疗等项目,为此得到无数人民的爱戴。然而,美国和很多拉美国家批评总统查韦斯的社会政策和国有化公司的做法。他们还不赞成他与古巴、伊朗和利比亚结盟。

Observers are wondering what will happen to relations between Venezuela and the United States in the coming months. After the Venezuelan leader's death, President Obama said the United States was re-confirming its support for the Venezuelan people. President Chavez repeatedly accused the United States of working against his socialist revolution. In 2002, the Bush administration supported an effort to oust the Venezuelan leader. The overthrow attempt failed.
观察家好奇未来数月委内瑞拉和美国关系的走向,查韦斯去世后,总统奥巴马称美国将再次表示支持委内瑞拉人民。总统查韦斯多次指责美国妨碍其社会主义革命,2002年,布什政府支持驱逐查韦斯的行动,但政变失败了。

Over the years, Venezuela has remained a major supplier of oil to the United States. It also provides free heating oil to poor Americans through a non-profit group.
多年以来,委内瑞拉一直是美国主要的石油提供方,还通过非盈利组织向美国穷人提供免费燃料油。

Philip Brenner is with American University in Washington. He says relations between the nations would be better if the United States recognized Venezuela's actions and not symbolic speech.
菲利普·布伦纳就职于华盛顿的美洲大学,他说如果美国认可委内瑞拉的做法而不是象征性地评论,两国关系会好些。

"I think the important thing to remember about Venezuela is that they have never even threatened to cut off our oil. Venezuela has done nothing to actually harm U.S. interests except to challenge U.S. dominance."
“我想重要的是,要明白委内瑞拉从未威胁要切断石油供应,也从未做过危害美国利益的事,只是挑战美国的主导地位而已。”

Shortly after the death of President Chavez, Vice President Maduro announced the expulsion of two American diplomats. He said they were planning to weaken the Venezuelan government. The United States has rejected his claim.
总统查韦斯去世后不久,副总统尼古拉斯·马杜罗宣布驱逐美国外交官,他说这些人蓄意危害委内瑞拉政府。美国否认该指控。

词汇学习:

1.pelvic adj. 骨盆的

Proctitis is common in patients undergoing pelvic radiation therapy.
直肠炎常见于骨盆放射治疗的病人。

2.oust vt. 驱逐;剥夺;取代

He was ousted from his post.
他被撤职了。

3.dominance n. 优势;统治;支配

The firm soon achieved complete dominance in the marketplace.
这家公司很快取得了在市场上的绝对支配地位。
 

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