dateline: 22 February 2011
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Libyans Next to Seek Freedom
- regime: a government, especially an authoritarian one
- ripple effect: the spreading and continuing results of some action
- optimism: a sense of hope; a positive outlook
- virus: an illness that gets passed easily from one person to the next
- opposition: the main political group that is on the opposite side of the political group in power
- stop at nothing: do anything to reach one’s goals
- Which two countries recently had a successful political uprising?
- Why does the report mention Yemen’s president?
- Why is it so difficult to know how many people have been killed during the Libyan protests?
Discussion Question: Some sources suggest that pro-Gaddafi agencies have been bribing citizens by offering them free meat, fish, nuts, and other luxuries to join Gaddafi’s side. If this is true, do you think these tactics will be successful? Would they work in your country?
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Libyans Next to Seek Freedom
Weeks after Tunisians brought down their government, and days after Egypt’s government was overthrown, Libyans began organizing their own political protests in hopes of bringing down Colonel Gaddafi’s regime. This ripple effect, which has spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa, has been empowered by the youth. Young people have a renewed sense of optimism that change is possible in countries like Libya where Gaddafi has been in power for 42 years. Yemen’s president, who is also facing anti-government protests, called the movement a “virus”. Due to media bans it has been difficult for journalists to report the extent of the violence in Libya, though some reports suggest hundreds of protesters have been killed by pro-Gaddafi forces. In parts of eastern Libya, where the opposition has largely taken control, citizens fear that Gaddafi’s forces will stop at nothing, including parachuting into the area to regain control.
- Tunisians and Egyptians recently brought down their governments.
- The report mentions Yemen’s president because he believes the movement is spreading to his country due to its close proximity to Tunisia and Egypt.
- It is difficult to know how many people have been killed during the Libyan protests because of the media ban.
First, thank you for this audio news report.
Second, I could understand the subject without seeing the text and could fill in the blanks all words except “youth” and “journalists”.
Third, after nearly 9 years, there’s not any Colonel Gaddafi and he has joined to the history forever.
I’m surprised that why don’t some leaders look at the history for getting advice?
In addition, why are some leaders so bad with their people?
Fourth, our world is changing so fast and I myself think the world after Corona will be very different than now.
I see The Love and Peace for the new world that is coming toward us.
Thank you and best wishes, 🏩🌷🌸🌹🌺💐
Bijan from the Persian Gulf 💐🌷🌸🌹🌺🌹🌺🌹🌺