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Time names “The Protester” 2011 Person of the Year

Loukanikos, Athens’ “riot dog,” stands among protesters near the parliament in the center of Athens in May, 2010. The Athens stray dog, which has become an unofficial mascot of city protests and an online sensation, reaped another accolade by featuring in Time magazine’s Person of the Year award on Dec. 21.

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From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, “The Protester” was named Time magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year on Dec. 21.

Time defines the Person of the Year as someone who, for better or for worse, influences the events of the year.

“Is there a global tipping point for frustration? Everywhere, it seems, people said they’d had enough,” Time Editor Rick Stengel said in a statement.

“They dissented; they demanded; they did not despair, even when the answers came back in a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets. They literally embodied the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change,” he said.

On almost every continent, 2011 has seen an almost unprecedented rise in both peaceful and sometimes violent unrest and dissent.

Protesters in a lengthening list of countries including Israel, India, Chile, China, Britain, Spain and now the US all increasingly link their actions explicitly to the popular revolutions that have shaken up the Middle East.









1. for better or for worse adv. phr.

不論如何 (bu2 lun4 ru2 he2)

例: He has resolved to take her as his wife for better or for worse.


2. tipping point n. phr.

臨界點 (lin2 jie4 dian3)

例: Her emotions are now at a dangerous tipping point.


3. shake up v. phr.

震撼 (zhen4 han4)

例: The news shook her up.


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