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31.01.17 To accuse someone of hate speech by using hate speech - that's what euronews.com does to Steve Bannon:

"The reactions emanating from the White House to the latest public controversies bear the fingerprints of a man who is emerging as the most important power centre inside Trump’s inner circle (with the possible exception of son-in-law- Jared Kushner): Steve Bannon, top political advisor and former chairman of Breitbart News, an outlet that spreads white supremacist views and peddles racist and misogynist conspiracy theories".

27.01.17 The former Russian Prime-Minister had a nickname while in office - "Misha Two Percent" for taking a 2% cut of all financial deals he approved with the signature of his Prime Minister pen. Kasyanov now has a new nickname—more humiliating than before: “Misha two-centimeters.” To know more about it read csmonitor.com

23.01.17 Some people believe that the independent candidate Macron has a chance because he promised to confront ideological shibboleths of the French left no less than the right. However, the rallying cry in France now is anti-Merkel:

“Immigration is not an opportunity but instead a burden. We have neither the means, desire, nor energy to treat the unfortunate of the world with more generosity.” Despite his Catholic faith, Fillon is equally unforgiving of those unfortunate enough to be born in failed states. 


17.01.17  The UNO has introduced a new translation programme eLuna, Technological innovation makes translators get their teeth into it. As Victor Anankov (the UNO translator, a graduate of the Zaporozhye Teachers' Training College and my friend) tells me, it reqiures permanent efforts to measure up. Essential information for translation training rarely reaches our backwaters.

13.01.17 Trump's enthymemes.

Donald Trump speaks volumes in what he doesn't say. He often fails to finish his thoughts during his speeches, abruptly breaking off a sentence or substituting a vague word for a more precise one.Those half-finished sentences aren't throwaways. They're enthymemes, a rhetorical device at the heart of a persuasive speaking style that has helped catapult the billionaire to the top of national polls ahead of the November 2016 election.To his supporters, Trump is a politician who doesn't sound like one: He says what he thinks, happily insults rivals and can appear unscripted, particularly when he leaves his thoughts to trail off unfinished or peppers sentences with ambiguities. 

Take his comments during a recent Republican debate in which he defended his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States: "I talked about Muslims," he said. "We have to have a temporary something, because there's something going on that's not good."


11.01.17 I don't see anything special in Trump's attitude to women and his "locker room" language about them. It takes only the belligerently feminist American society to go to such lengths as to build up a Pussygate around it.

7.01.17 I couldn't help laughing when I read this: "Declassified report says Putin ‘ordered’ effort to undermine faith in election and help elect Trump".


Has Putin become so powerful that he may actually appoint Presidents of the USA? The Washington Post puts Putin on the pedestal of the highest Deity.

3.01.17 I wonder what you will make out of the following vague message:

Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer haplessly tried to argue that the real story here is that Democrats allowed Russian hackers to breach their emails:

“Nobody by any way or shape is suggesting that that’s acceptable behavior,” Spicer said. “But I don’t believe once I’ve ever seen an interview where anyone at the DNC was ever asked a question about whether they take any responsibility for what clearly appears to be a lax effort on them to protect their own networks.”

Pay attention to empty words (or, fillers-in): they are used to cover up the aggressive implication.

Translation: Sure, I’ll pay lip service to the idea that what Russia may have done is bad, but it’s really the fault of Democrats for allowing it to happen.


That's a piece of wonderful intralingual translation (in terms of Roman Jakobson)


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