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Castro speech scolds islanders for bad behavior
卡斯楚在演說中痛責古巴人行為不檢

Cuban
president
Raul Castro attends
the inauguration of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela on April 19.
古巴總統拉伍.卡斯楚四月十九日於委內瑞拉卡拉卡斯
參加委內瑞拉總統
尼古拉斯.馬杜羅
就職典禮。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Raul Castro spent the lion’s share of a prominent speech scolding his countrymen for all kinds of bad behavior — everything from corruption and theft to public urination and the odoriferous practice of raising pigs in cities.

Speaking before legislators at one of parliament’s twice-annual sessions, the Cuban president railed against decaying morals, a deteriorating sense of civic responsibility and vanishing values like honor, decency and decorum. Castro aired a laundry list of complaints about illegal activities that he said do the country harm — unauthorized home construction, illicit logging and slaughter of livestock and the acceptance of bribes, to name a few.

He also fulminated against baser examples of “social indiscipline” — shouting and swearing in the streets, public drinking and drunk driving, dumping trash on the roadside and even people who relieve themselves in parks.

At times, the 82-year-old’s speech sounded like a generational broadside against disrespectful youth who do as they please, a diatribe that could have crossed the lips of many a grandfather.

(AP)

拉伍.卡斯楚在一場重要演說中,把大部分時間都花在痛批古巴人民的各種不良行為,從貪污、偷竊到在公共場所小便,以及在城市裡養豬引起惡臭等無所不包。

在國會每年兩次的議程開始前對國會議員發表演說時,這位古巴總統批評國民道德淪喪,公德心下降,榮譽、規矩和莊重等價值日漸消失。卡斯楚還舉出一長串他認為有損國家發展的不法行為清單:非法興建民宅、盜伐山林、非法屠宰牲畜及接受賄賂等,這還只是其中一小部分而已。

他同時也嚴厲斥責某些「社會失序」的不良範例,如在街頭喊叫或罵人,公然飲酒和酒後駕車,在路邊亂倒垃圾,甚至在公園裡小便等。

有時這位高齡八十二歲的總統演說聽起來像是長輩在痛批我行我素、目無尊長的年輕人,就像許多阿公在罵自家小輩時一樣。

(美聯社/翻譯:俞智敏)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. lion’s share idiom

最大的部分 (zui4 da4 de5 bu4 fen4)

例: I earn a lot, but the lion’s share goes for taxes.

(我賺的錢不少,但大部分都拿去繳稅了。)

2. laundry list n. phr.

冗長的細目清單 (rong3 chang2 de5 xi4 mu4 qing1 dan1)

例: She described a laundry list of goals for the city’s schools.

(她列舉出該市學校應努力的一長串目標。)

3. broadside n.

猛烈的口頭或文字抨擊;謾罵 (meng3 lie4 de5 kou3 tou2 huo4 wen2 zi4 peng1 ji2; man4 ma4)

例: He launched a broadside against the economic reforms.

(他對這些經濟改革提出猛烈攻擊。)


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