Journey in Life: 10/23/15

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Fratricidal rivalry" nghĩa là gì?


'Fratricidal rivalry' có từ fratricide là giết anh/chị/em và rivalry là sự kình địch, ganh đua; vì thế cụm từ này có thể được chuyển ngữ văn hoa là "đấu tranh huynh đệ tương tàn".

Ví dụ
For all of its colorful trappings, some heavy-duty issues percolate (thấm qua) through this musical: fratricidal rivalry, filial obligation (bổn phận làm con), the use of power, the responsibility of royalty, the question of an afterlife (cõi âm).

The threat to the United States is barbaric jihadism, as both an ideology and a tactic, but for many in Iraq, and in neighboring countries, the dispute is quickly evolving into a fratricidal rivalry between Shiites and Sunnis. This time around, American intervention could get entangled (vướng vào) with a fourteen-century-old schism between Islamic sects.

Khomeini and his fellow Shia revolutionaries have differed from Sunni Islamists, however—and this is the essence of their fratricidal rivalry—in proclaiming that global upheaval would be capped with the coming of the Mahdi, who would return from “occultation” (being present though not visible) to assume the sovereign powers (quyền lực tối cao) that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic temporarily exercises in the Mahdi’s place.

Phạm Hạnh


Nói không với TPP



Above is a video of Robert Reich, an American political economist and professor who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, talking about the deal. He was also Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.

The TPP is not really "secret," but it sure does seem that way, which is why I chose to raise awareness about it here.

Why is it wrapped in secrecy? Because it's not really about trade. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either put restrictions on domestic governments, limit food safety, diminish environmental standards and personal privacy, or otherwise deal with financial regulation, energy, climate policy, and more. As illustrated in the video above, it's basically an agreement for establishing new and enhanced powers for the multinational corporations that seem to own all of the world's resources. It will affect all the industries we choose to allow to govern our planet and the way that we live.