Reformatting

So I am going to shift gears and change lanes with this blog.

My original intention had been to keep it a translation exercise for myself, and source of news for readers. After a steady three weeks of this practice I’ve allayed my fears that this was just a passing phase, and I recently began doing more research concerning the ins and outs of blogging, blog design, blog maintenance, and popularization/dissemination.

My goal here, is to acquire a solid reader base, to get some web traffic coming in, and to make some money.

But after some thought, I decided that the current format of translating an article or so a day is not going to cut it. I want to personalize the blog articles, expand/get more in depth into what I’m interests me, and generally explore other options. For instance the ins and outs of working on my Mandarin, of happenings here in Beijing, and in the future perhaps the trials and tribulations of becoming a translator.

And if I stick to translating articles from newspapers, that’s technically a violation of copyright laws, since I’m doing it without any permission. Granted this blog is blocked in China anyway, and at this point I doubt they would care at all about some two-bit kid translating their work. In addition, most of the articles, being about international affairs, can be found from any regular English news source, so I’m not bringing anything special into play. So in the end I feel that it will be better to branch out.

Of course, now I’m saddled with the burden of having to make up original content!

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Hey, Stop By the Store On Your Way, Okay?

From the 2007-09-04 print of the Beijing Paper (新京报)in the International News–Headlines section on page A23. From the Xinhua Press, article (three parts) by Zhang Le.

In this week’s episode…President Bush Stops By Iraq Before Making His Way to Australia! Bush Now Understands the Situation! Brits Say Bye-Bye Basra!

I find it difficult to believe that any political leaders who “visit a war zone” come away with a better understanding of the situation. They’re not really surprise visits where they get into all the nitty-gritty, they’re just trips made with armed escorts to cordoned off areas in heavily secured places. Followed and/or preceded by meetings with military commanders and officials that are no different from those in Washington, in which they rehash information that would be no different than what they would get back at home (well, that last point might come under contention). It doesn’t bother me that he’s doing this because it’s requisite for good PR. What bothers me is that it’s PR because people actually believe that it would be this visit that made him rethink policy or that he “had a better idea of the situation” because he visited.

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Bush “Very Periodically” Makes Surprise Visits to Iraq”

- Next week’s report on Iraq presents a problem to Congress, they will have to decide the next stage of the Iraqi strategy.

On August 3, U.S. President Bush made an unannounced visit to Iraq. This visit comes a week before the much heralded Iraq report is released. So outside commentators tie this visit to the September 15 report.

- Inspecting the “Model” Province of Anbar

On the 3rd the American media reported that Bush had secretly left Washington in Air Force 1 on the evening of the 2nd, and after an 11 hour flight reached Iraq’s Al Anbar Governate on the 3rd.

Bush is made this surprise visit before continuing on to attend the Australian held Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s leaders’ unofficial meeting. This visit was held under high secrecy for security reasons, and Bush planned to spend less than 24 hours in Iraq before flying on to Australia.

The White House said that Bush reached the Al-Asad Air Force Base in Anbar province, which lies west of Baghdad. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and the Head of the Department of Defense Robert Gates. Gates actually reached Iraq shortly before Bush, and met with American Embassy personnel to make arrangements for the President’s visit.

The American media believes that Bush is visiting to carry out an “on the ground estimate” of the Iraqi situation. Bush will look at Anbar province as a model for the new progress made in Iraq, especially in terms of security. Because control of public safety has already been completely given to Iraqi security forces, Bush has come here to do on the spot observation and get a sense of the political situation.

- The Iraq Report Will Stir Up a Big Debate

This is Bush’s third visit to Iraq since he became President, and all three of them have been surprise visits. November 27, 2003 and June 13, 2006 were the dates of the two previous times, and not long after the second the U.S. military killed Al-Qaeda head Zarqawi in an airstrike.

Outside observers have taken notice that on August 31, three days before this visit to Iraq, he met with high-level Pentagon officials, who expressed worry about the soldiers stationed in Iraq and their dependents. The Joint Chiefs of Staff members and other high ranking military officers exhaustively explored the Iraq problem. After the meeting Bush said, “Currently the risk level in Iraq is very high, and as for our security, the situation also looks grim.”

And next week, Petraeus, the highest U.S. commanding officer in Iraq, and Clark, the U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, will hand over an Iraq report to Congress, elaborating recent changes in Iraq’s domestic situation and the successes and failures of the U.S. military policy in Iraq. The American media predicts that this report will decide the next phase of the government’s policy towards Iraq, and it will inevitably set off intense debates between the two parties.

(Picture accompanies article, the caption reads: “On the 3rd, in Iraq Bush meets with American soldiers at the Al-Asad Air Force Base in Anbar province.”)

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Under the section heading “Related News”:

The British Military Pulls Out of Basra in the Dark of Night

- The responsibility for security will be handed over to Iraqi authorities.

On the evening of the 2nd, local time, the British military began to pull out of the Basra Palace Base in Basra, Iraq’s second larget city, for the British Air Force Base outside the city.

With the extraction finished on the 3rd, it signified the conclusion of the British military’s presence in Basra since 2003, when the Saddam regime was toppled. The move is part of England’s plan to hand over security responsibilities to local authorities in Iraq.

Previously, the British military had a total of 500 men stationed in the Basra Palace Base, which was hit daily with at least 60 rocket and mortar attacks. Supply troops under armed escort went so far as to call it the “nighttime suicide run”.

After leaving Basra they joined the 5500 strong British force stationed at the Air Force Base outside the city. According to the British military, the pull out from Basra Palace does not signify that the British are leaving Iraq, rather, as the battlefield situation allows, they will remain in Iraq in a “guardian” role, and will also continue training the Iraqi military and police.

Basra province is the last place the English military has soldiers stationed in Iraq. It stands at a key junction in U.S. military supply lines, is an important Iraqi oil city, and is also one of the areas with violent religious conflicts.

(Image accompanies section, the caption reads: “The British military lowers the flag at Basra. The pull out signifies the end of the British presence in Basra since 2003.”)

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Under the section heading “News Analysis”:

The Iraq Visit Is Thick With the Flavor of Public Relations

- People’s University Professor Shi Yinhong analyzes Bush’s Surprise Visit

People’s University specialist on American problems, Professor Shi Yinhong, believes that Bush’s visit clearly has a “public relations” flavor to it. This is a response to recent pressure, and it is very probable that after this visit, there will be a few amendments to the Iraq strategy, which prior to this had been supported all along. But substantially this move is unlikely to make any breakthroughs.

Shi Yinhong said that Bush’s surprise visit to Iraq has two main objectives. The first is to respond to pressure in America. The Democrats oppose his Iraq strategy, especially his decision to not only not withdraw any troops but to actually increase the number of troops, and they want a clear explanation. Bush will use this visit to make it known that he is taking Iraq seriously, thereby hopefully appeasing his opponents.

The second objective is to do “on the ground observations”, and acquire some first hand information about the actual situation in Iraq. It is probable that they will provide a resource for future alterations to the Iraq strategy, and he will also get an inkling of the severity of religious conflict in Anbar province. This is the visit’s most essential significance. But even if Bush does change his Iraq st rategy, it will be very difficult to make any substantial breakthroughs.




Translator’s notes:
- It should be September 3rd, but they printed an 8 instead of a 9. Where’s the copy editor???
- Did you know advisor can be spelled adviser or advisor? If they’d have done that with doctor I could wouldn’t have been eliminated from that spelling bee in third grade! Boo.
- I think the corresponding English idiom for the title of the “News Analysis” would be ‘Stinks of Public Relations’.
- I don’t know how to translate that “specialist on American problems” without it sounding weird, but that’s what it says.

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Rule #1: No Conversation or Eye Contact at Urinals

This is from the 2007-09-03 print of the Beijing Paper (新京报), in the International News–Middle East, Americas, and Africa section. No author listed, and it’s from the Xinhua Press.

Well, this turned out to be today’s only article about America! I hadn’t really been following the story, I knew that it had happened, I just didn’t know what had happened. I suggest you google it if you don’t know what happened. I looked on Wikipedia and now I’m much more knowledgeable about cottaging!

I’m also not too familiar with homosexuality in China, and all that I know comes from Wikipedia. Apparently everything I know comes from Wikipedia, crap. But sodomy was decriminialized in 1997 and in April of 2001 it was removed from the government’s official list of mental disorders! Yay, progress! Or regress, if you’re of that orientation.

So without further ado….

Oh wait, here’s the links for the man of the hour and Barely Legal Content.

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American Senator Suspected of Soliciting Homosexuals Resigns

- Craig was the fourth-ranking member in the Senate’s Republican leadership.

On the 1st, U.S. Senator Larry Craig, who was involved in the “Bathroom Scandal”, said that he would resign his senatorial post on August 30.

Constantly Faced Pressure to Resign

On June 11 of this year, Craig was detained by the police in Minnesota’s Minneapolis Airport for being suspected of attempting to solicit sex from a plainclothes police officer in a men’s restroom. Because incidents of homosexual sex in this airport’s men’s restrooms occur frequently, the local police had begun an investigation which involved the placement of “bait”. Craig was lured and caught by the police in this manner, and was subsequently detained. On August 8, Craig pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly misconduct. After this, he faced constant pressure to resign. On the 1st the Republican senator announced in his home state of Idaho that he will leave office on September 30.

“I want to express my apologies to the people of Idaho, to my staff, to my colleagues in the Senate, and most importantly to my wife and family for having set off this disturbance; I am very sorry,” said Craig in a press release.

The Governor Will Select a Successor

White House spokesperson Scott Stanzel said that after Craig announced the schedule for his resignation, President Bush gave him a telephone call, “For himself, for his family, for his constituents and the U.S. Senate, Craig has made the right decision”.

This year Craig is 62, and the next year would have concluded his third term as a Senator. From 1996 to 2002 he served as the chairman for the Senate Policy Committee, and was the fourth ranking personage in the Republican leadership. In 2002 he took up the post of the Senate Majority Leader (Republican), and was in the secondary position of the Republican leadership.

According to legal regulations, after Craig resigns, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter will choose a successor to serve the remainder of Craig’s senatorial term. According to Reuters, Otter is promising to select a Republican, thereby maintaining the division of power between the parties in the Senate.

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There was also a photo of Craig surrounded by the media, captioned: On August 1, when Craig issued his apology in Idaho, he was “besieged” by the media.


Translator’s notes:
- He was the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
- Okay, c’mon this is funny. Idaho Governor C.L. Otter’s nickname is Butch, and his first wife’s name was Gay. On a less funny note, in January of this year the governor sanctioned his approval for hunting gray wolves, which recently recovered their population in Idaho to about 1,000, until there are about a hundred left, pending their removal from the endangered species list.

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Oops

From the 2007-09-01 print of the Beijing Paper (新京报) on page A18 in the International Section–Headlines. A three part spread: article, investigation, and link. Written by Feng Wuyong, Zhang Le, and Feng Wuyong again, respectively. The latter author wrote it for the Xinhua Press. This one isn’t exactly about America, but it takes place on American soil…well, sort of. Honestly I think it’s a sort of silly affair. Imagine, oversights like these happen all the time, everywhere, in every department of every government in the world. In fact, the world is one giant oversight.

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Lethal Gas Found in United Nations Office Building

- It came from Iraq; employees were completely unaware they worked around dangerous substances for 10 years, which fortunately never leaked.

On August 30 a United Nations official said that U.N. weapons inspectors, while cleaning out items in a U.N. building from a previous inspection of an Iraqi chemical factory, unexpectedly found the dangerous material phosgene, which can be used in the manufacturing of chemical weapons.

Phosgene is a colorless volatile liquid or gas, and if inhaled it can seriously injure the respiratory system with fatal results.

Used In Large Quantities During World War I

The complex the phosgene was discovered in includes the office building of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Committee (UNMOVIC), and is located on New York’s east side, a block away from the United Nations headquarters.

On August 30 the Deputy Spokeswoman for the U.N. Secretary General, Maria Okabe, said that on August 24, UNMOVIC workers discovered several suspicious chemical preparations while they were tidying up, but at first did not know what they were. Then on August 29 the workers finally understood that the chemical preparation was the dangerous material phosgene. During the first World War, Phosgene was used in great quantities on the battlefields.

Okabe said that these preparations were among items stored from a weapons inspection made by a U.N. examiners in Iraq in 1996, and should be from a chemical weapons plant. “At present there is no risk or danger.” Okabe said that it is also unnecessary to evacuate the building’s personnel.

The Deadly Poison Was Forgotten Early On

Buchanan, an UNMOVIC spokesperson, said that the phosgene was stored in a container about the size of a soda can, and was in its liquid state in oil. The container was sealed in a plastic bag, and aside from the phosgene there were other “unknown liquids, stored in metal or glass containers”.

Buchanan said that in another sealed plastic bag were many different chemical samples, which had been placed in sealed glass test tubes. He said that these items were all locked in a room’s safety cabinet, and the only identifying markings on the items were inventory numbers.

In order to check what these numbers represented, the staff had to look through a heap of files several hundred meters tall, until they finally found the corresponding descriptions of the contents.

“The only information we found was that these items came from a 1996 inspection, and some of the containers contained phosgene, which is an old-fashioned chemical weapon preparation,” said Okabe.

Afterwards these items were immediately sealed and stored. United Nations specialists also inspected the office the chemicals were discovered in as well as the surrounding area. Buchanan said the the inspection revealed that, “There weren’t any traces of chemicals found in the air”, and so there is no danger to the public. The inspectors will continue their work in their original location.

A Leak Could Have Fatally Poisoned Over A Dozen People

UNMOVIC’s Russian specialist Regina was spooked by the event. She said that if the packaged phosgene’s container had leaked, there would have been a fatal outcome, “There would have been over a dozen casualties”.

High level UNMOVIC official Muladi said that for the sake of safety, the workers looked through the remaining items to see whether or not there were other dangerous substances, but there weren’t any found.

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Under the heading “Investigation”:

The FBI Gets Involved in the Poison Gas Incident

- The police said that the poison gas was mistakenly sent to the office 10 years ago.

On August 30 the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) became involved in the investigation of the poison gas found in the United Nations office. The police said that 10 years ago the poison gas should have been sent to a laboratory, but the reason for why it was mistakenly sent to the office is unknown.

After the incident occurred, a team of dangerous material research specialists from the FBI and the New York City Police Department immediately rushed to the seen, and sealed off the northern area of the United Nations headquarters.

The police transferred the chemical materials to the suburbs, and according to reports they were then transported to a military facility for more detailed analyses by specialists. FBI investigators also used chemical weapons detectors to inspect the air inside the office for phosgene, but they didn’t discover any traces of the poison.

On August 30 Tony Snow, the White House spokesperson, said that the American government is already cooperating with the involved United Nations organizations to transfer these materials to a suitable location. He also said, “We believe that there are definitely going to be many people arguing until they’re red in the face about how these things were sent to a United Nations office.” Snow said that the relevant departments will use all of their power to solve the case.

The local authorities said that these dangerous materials have been in the the United Nations office building since 1996, when they were mistakenly sent to the office, rather than a chemical laboratory.

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Under the heading “Link”:

The Iraq Inspectors Will Soon Be “Parting Sadly”

- Were once responsible for seeing that Iraq destroyed its chemical and biological weapons, as well as its ballistic missiles.

In December of 1999 the United Nations Security Council decided to establish the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Committee (UNMOVIC), in order to replace the United Nations Special Committee for the Supervision of the Destruction of Iraqi Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Weapons(UNSCOM), and were responsible for inspecting Iraq’s destruction of chemical and biological weapons, as well as ballistic missiles.

They could inspect, without any conditions or limitations, suspicious places, facilities, files, etc.

In March of 2003, on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, the United Nations weapons inspectors were pulled out of the country. At the end of June in the same year, the Security Council decided to forthwith halt UNMOVIC’s mission, and UNMOVIC is currently carrying out the last of its clean up work.



Translator’s notes:
- Haha, I don’t think the writer of this article is familiar with New York’s urban geography. I would say Manhattan’s East Side. But I won’t hold it against him, and neither should you, dear reader.
- Maria Okabe’s name really threw me off, in the paper it’s 冈部万里江, or gangbuwanlijiang, or Mountain Ridge Ten Thousand Mile River (Okabe is the mountain ridge part). But then I realized it was a Japanese name! I’d thought Okabe was from some African language at first. Chinese speakers can usually recognize a Japanese name they use Chinese characters, but with different pronunciations, and with a different structure than Chinese names, which are usually 2 or 3 syllables, from front to back.
- Okay, there are some punctuation errors in the original article; periods occur after fragments of a sentence or two, and I’m also pretty sure that they couldn’t have looked through a pile of files hundreds of meters tall. I don’t think that is an idiomatic expression either. Unless they meant several hundred files piled a meter high. But then that doesn’t sound like very much at all; I feel like several hundred files would be much taller.
- “Parting Sadly”, in the title of the Links section, is actually a chengyu (4 character idiom), 曲终人散, literally “song finish people part”, meaning after the song concludes everyone will separate, or “sadness following a joyful reunion”.
- I know that one sentence about the replacement of UNSCOM with UNMOVIC is a little redundant, but it’s how it’s written!

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Phase Three: Profit!

This one’s from the 2007-08-31 print of the Beijing Paper (新京报) on page A31 in the International News–Middle East, Americas, and Africa section. Written by Tang Shuo, and it’s from the Xinhua Press. This one takes us back to the good old contiguous 48, and a terror threat scam. I feel like it’s sort of out of place among the “Reports on Iraq”, “Protests in Chile”, and “Political Machinations in Congress and Parliament”, but I suppose the plethora of “terror threats” justifies its placement here. And to alleviate any potential anxiety the thought of “terror threats” might cause you (Don’t Panic), I’ll tell you now they’re not really “terror threats” as in “terrorism”. And sorry to spoil the fun, but it says, at the very end, that the culprits seem to be from Portugal. Damned Portuguese.

Ah, and Wikipedia is blocked entirely now.

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U.S. Supermarkets Receive A Series of “Mystery” Terror Threats


- In a week 15 U.S. supermarkets and convenience stores have received terror threats; the police still haven’t arrested any suspects.


Throughout America, large scale convenience stores, supermarkets, and banks have been receiving a succession of “mystery” phone threats. The callers normally threaten to set off a bomb, and require shop employees to wire money to an overseas account. On the 29th American police and the FBI confirmed that they’ve already opened up an investigation.

Banks Also Received Threatening Phone Calls

Investigators already know that the first terror threat case occurred on the 23rd. The caller threatened a Safeway Supermarket chain-store in Sandy, Oregon. Sandy police chief Harold Skelton said that, in the beginning, the caller claimed that he was holding a gun and watching the supermarket, and he demanded that the shop employee wire money. When he was refused, he said that he had a bomb.

On the 30th the American media reported, that in the past week at the very least 15 convenience stores and supermarkets in 11 states have phone threats. And several banks have also received the same type of calls. A few supermarkets, whose employees were frightened by the caller’s threats, complied with their demands and sent several thousand U.S. dollars to an assigned overseas account. A few store personnel immediately called the police. After receiving those calls the police and bomb squad dispersed the staff in the supermarkets, and began long searches, but did not discover any bombs. As of today, this series of threatening calls still hasn’t resulted in any casualties, and the police have yet to apprehend any suspects.

A U.S. Security Bureau official said that the callers say they have placed a bomb in the stores, and demand that the supermarket wire money to a specified account. The callers often also say that they can see what’s happening inside the supermarket. But investigators believe that this is just a threatening tactic, and the callers are probably thousands of miles away.

General Anxiety in Supermarkets After the Terror Threats

From Newport, Rhode Island to Vista, California, after supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the country have received threatening calls, there is popular anxiety.

In Buchanan, Michigan a Hardings Supermarket received a threatening phone call on the 27th. The caller ordered the shop employees to lock the main door, sit on the ground, and demanded US$3,000 to be wired. Because he worried that getting a call from the police would make the ruffian set off the bomb, the extremely fearful store manager went so far as to hang up the incoming police line. Berrien County police sheriff Paul Bailey said that in order to make a more distinct threat, the caller also gave the police department a call, and told them that they were hold the shop employees as “hostages”.

In a Dillons Convenience store in Hutchinson, Kansas received a threatening call on the 28th. The caller ordered all the employees and customers to take off their clothes. A customer named James Peterson said that at the time people were frightened and lost their heads, “Many people were pulling off their clothes, yelling ‘No! No!’“

On the 29th a threatening call was made to a Hannaford Supermarket in Millinocket, Maine. The state’s Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said that an employee going to work was amazed to discover the supermarket’s door locked, and inside the store all the employees and customers were sitting on the ground in a circle.

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The second section under the heading “Developments”:

The Phone Threat Came From Portugal

After a Safeway in Prescott, Arizona received a threatening call on the 28th, the FBI began to take notice of this phone threat affair, and suspected that there was a link existing between all of them.

“We are aware that Safeway Supermarket chains throughout the country have received similar threats,” said FBI special agent Deborah McCarley, “We are now investigating whether or not they are related”. FBI spokesperson Rich Kolko said that the phone threat cases are all similar, “And it is probably the same individual or group of individuals”, which are targeting banks and supermarkets across America with this scam. The FBI is currently investigating whether or not the phone threats came outside the United States. Investigators already firmly believe that the phone call made to the Prescott Safeway Supermarket came from Portugal.

Western Union spokesperson Shelly Johnson says that the company is now cooperating with the FBI’s investigative work, tracking where the wired money went. Wal-Mart Superstore, Inc. also said that they are cooperating with the investigation.



Translator’s Notes:
- It’s kind of difficult to know exactly what this article translates types of stores as. Because in China the most prevalent type of foodstuff/stuff store is a 超市, literally a portmanteau for a supermarket. But in America supermarkets almost exclusively offer food, well, there’s plenty of other household goods/cleaners available, but it’s not to the extent of the 超市. Not many supermarkets back home, that I know of, sell clothing for instance. And now there’s this new word (new to me) in this article, 杂货店 (lit. many-goods shop, trans. general/convenience store) which I suppose I’ll used convenience store for. But both general store and convenience store seem a little too small-scale for what was going on here, and who says general store anymore? Oh, but Wal-Mart is Wal-Mart wherever you go. So is Ikea.
- Interesting, it seems like you can’t say “an U.S. something”, you have to say “a U.S. something”. I guess the a/an rule doesn’t apply to long u vowel starts.
- Concerning the popular anxiety introduction. It seems kind of ambiguous to me, whether I should translate this as just those store’s staff and shoppers getting anxious or a nationwide anxiety. Big difference, I know.
- The writer uses 歹徒, which translates as ruffian or evildoer. Another good word that I will translate directly just because it sounds more fun, and you don’t see ruffian or evildoer enough in print these days.
- Not sure about the Western Union spokesperson’s name, Shelley Johnson is an educated guess.

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No Bombs for You

This is from the 2007-08-30 print of the Beijing Paper (新京报), on page A30 in the International News–Middle East, Americas, and Africa section. From the Xinhua Press, two parts to it. This is sort of a strange article. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I think it mostly has to do with the sparse amount of information or speculation about the purpose of the American actions. And it is interesting that an Iranian source is used.

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The American Army in Iraq Arrests and Releases 7 Iranians

- Including one Iranian embassy employee and six members of a delegation from Iran’s Energy Ministry.

On the evening of the 28th, the U.S. Military stationed in Iraq made a surprise raid on a hotel in central Baghdad, arresting 10 people, including one Iranian embassy employee and six members of a delegation sent to Iraq by Iran’s Energy Ministry. On the 29th an official from Iran’s Iraqi embassy said that seven Iranians have already been released.

A spokesperson for the U.S. military in Iraq, Christopher Jiafu, declined to comment, only saying that these arrests were part of a developing military operation.

Iran’s Islamic Republic Press reported that the U.S. military arrested members of an Iranian delegation sent to conclude an electricity agreement in Iraq. The report pointed out that the delegation had been invited to Iraq by an Iraqi minister.

The report said, “On the evening of the 28th the U.S. military arrested members of a delegation sent to Iraq by the Iranian Energy Ministry.” The report described how the U.S. military surrounded the hotel the delegation was staying at, searched their rooms and individual possessions, and then took them away. The report did not say how many of those arrested were delegation representatives.

The Associated Press video recording shows the U.S. soldiers leading 10 men, blindfolded and handcuffed, out of the hotel. Other U.S. soldiers are carrying baggage and other items out of the hotel, among which were an official document bag and a notebook computer.

In January of this year the United States arrested 5 Iranians in Arbil, a city in Northern Iraq, saying that they were members of an Iranian revolutionary force. However Iran insists that they are diplomats, and currently the 5 still haven’t been released.

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Second part of the article, under the heading “News Link”:

Bush States an Iranian “Nuclear Holocaust” Will Be Prevented


On the 28th U.S. President George W. Bush said that once Iran gets nuclear weapons the Middle East region will be faced with a “nuclear holocaust”, and that America will prevent this type of situation from occurring.

“Iran is actively seeking to develop nuclear technologies, which will envelop the already unstable Middle East region in the shadow of a nuclear holocaust,” said Bush in a speech he gave in Nevada that day. He expressed that the United States will work hard to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, joining other allies together to isolate Iran, instituting economic sanctions, and hold Iran back from becoming a threat.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a little earlier on the same day, that Iran is already a “nuclear country”, and that it will continue to push forward its plan for peaceful atomic energy use. He was disdainful of the idea that America might invade Iran.

The Iranian President also mocked French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s lack of experience, saying that he has just come into power, “And his experience isn’t enough, it seems like he can’t even understand what he’s saying himself.”

On the 27th Sarkozy had said that France will not accept a “nuclear-armed Iran”, and that he will continue to increase sanctions against Iran.


Translator’s notes:
- Chinese news articles, or at least the one’s from the newspaper I read (which gets a ton of its articles from the Xinhua Press though, the biggest news agency in China), all seem really repetitive sometimes.
- This is the first time I’ve seen Bush’s name in full, usually it’s just 布什(Bush) or 小布什(Little Bush, haha, which I’m fairly certain isn’t malicious in Chinese, maybe a tiny bit satirical but nothing like it would be in English).
- In Chinese they use 屠杀 for holocaust here, which is usually translated as massacre, like the 南京大屠杀 (Nanjing Massacre).
- This is an English article on the same story:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article2346624.ece

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