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Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for President

Monday, October 27th, 2008

In this video, the former (or ex) Secretary of State (= Ministre de l’Intérieur) General Colin Powell explains that he has decided to support Barack Obama for the next presidential election. This is a serious blow (= un coup dur) for the Republican party, thus for John McCain.

At the age of 49, Powell became Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, serving from 1987 to 1989. Then, Colin Powell served George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, as his Secretary of State. He was the first African American appointed to that position. He is considered as a moderate Republican and his support in favour of Barack Obama came as quite a surprise for analysts.

In this interview, talking about Obama, he cited “his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities”, in addition to his “style and substance.” He additionally referred to Obama as a “transformational figure”. He also added that he was “troubled” by the “false intimations that Obama was Muslim.” Powell stated that “[Obama] is a Christian–he’s always been a Christian…,” and continued, “But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.”

Here is the video :

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Canada

Monday, October 27th, 2008

You have certainly met Linsday, our English language assistant this year. She’s Canadian. She told you  about her country and her hometown , Toronto.

Don’t forget you can meet her at the cafeteria every Tuesdays from 12.00 to 1.00 ! Go and talk with her.

In the meantime, here is a short presentation about her country made by a pupil from the Lycée des Arènes in Toulouse. Read it !

The California prison disaster

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This is an article from the New York Times about prisons in California. We are having debates about this issue in France at the moment. Is mass imprisonment the solution to crime ? I thought this article might be interesting to read.

White support for Obama

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Can we trust polls ?*

This article from the politico website (http://www.politico.com/)  states that Barack Obama, the first black major-party nominee, is positioned to win the largest share of white voters of any Democrat in more than three decades. Read more about this question here.  

You can aslo watch a very short video about polls. It is in fact a poll about polls among journalists form this website.

*polls = les sondages

This man can save English football

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Are you a soccer/football fan ? Read this interesting article about Michel Platini and his vision of the game in the Observer, a British newspaper. The journalist evokes his career , his values and his views on  English football.

A very short illustrated biography of Barack Obama

Monday, October 27th, 2008

En une minute trente (si, si) !! Pas mal, non ?

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Sarah Palin as VP (Vice-President) ?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Well it seems not everyone agrees with that … Watch this video ! It’s a Plain White T’s cover (a good song, almost a classic now, I’m sure you know it!). You can even sing along !

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And here is the original song “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s. Quite a romantic song, isn’t it ?

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Mid-Term Break !

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Bonnes vacances à tous ! Une petite video et une chanson pour bien les commencer (The Coral “Dreaming of You”) :

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