Journey in Life: 10/27/15

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"State of affairs" nghĩa là gì?

The official unveiling ceremony for the statue of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Photo courtesy Republic of Korea.

'State of affairs' nghĩa là tình hình (chung) vụ việc, sự kiện trong một thời điểm nhất định nào đó (the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time).

Ví dụ
A strange state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula.
Putin: "We can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world".
Our political apparatus is a key culprit in this state of affairs, claiming essentially that America should exclude Muslims from the definition of what it means to be American.

Qutb, with vast learning and passionate intensity, had declared war on a state of affairs—brashly secular modernity and Muslim disunity, as ratified by the post–World War I territorial settlement in the Middle East—that many Muslims had privately lamented.

Already, an underground hacker syndicate has proved capable of penetrating government networks and disseminating classified information on a scale sufficient to affect diplomatic conduct. Stuxnet, an example of a state-backed cyber attack, succeeded in disrupting and delaying Iranian nuclear efforts, by some accounts to an extent rivaling the effects of a limited military strike. The botnet attack from Russia on Estonia in 2007 paralyzed communications for days. Such a state of affairs, even if temporarily advantageous to the advanced countries, cannot continue indefinitely.

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