Journey in Life: 06/03/15

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Arm twisting" nghĩa là gì?

You put your left leg in, You put your left leg out. Photo courtesy John Haslam.

'Arm twisting' (= vặn cánh tay) nghĩa là thuyết phục bằng việc dùng vũ lực hay sức ép đạo đức (persuasion by the use of physical force or moral pressure).

Ví dụ
Although H.B. 352 was initially voted down, political arm-twisting by downstate legislators prompted a dozen lawmakers to flip-flop and secure enough votes to pass this ill-conceived bill.

... The financial crisis was global in scale, and one major decision was how to deal with it in the international arena. The turbulence came during France’s turn as head of the European Union. Nicolas Sarkozy, the dynamic French president who had run on a pro-American platform, urged me to host an international summit. I grew to like the idea. The question was which countries to invite. I heard that some European leaders preferred that we convene the G-7. But the G-7 included only about two thirds of the global economy. I decided to make the summit a gathering of the G-20, a group that included China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and other dynamic economies. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to forge an agreement among the twenty leaders. But with hard work and some gentle arm-twisting, we got it done.

Phạm Hạnh

Thay đổi bản thân

Bình tĩnh trước phong ba bão táp. Photo courtesy 16:9clue.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
~ Viktor E. Frankl

Khi không còn có thể thay đổi một tình huống, chúng ta đối mặt với thách thức phải thay đổi chính mình.

Về nơi chốn nào

Stormy Road Ahead. Photo courtesy Pierce Martin.

If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
~ Henry A. Kissinger

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