By DAMIEN CAVE and FRANCES ROBLES
Cecilia, a 16-year-old Guatemalan seeking a better life in the United States, fell prey to "coyotes," the smugglers who lure migrants, on a trip that devolved into outright abduction.
By THOMAS FULLER
Three people were killed, including two children, and more than 50 injured at protests as the country’s power struggle devolved.
With their unruly hair, matted beards and saffron kurtas, the singers (baul means “crazy”) are difficult to miss. Neither Hindu nor Muslim, they are said to be insane with the love of God and wander the countryside, as they have for centuries, singing enigmatic songs about the blessings of madness and the life of a seeker. Tagore adored the bauls, and even declared himself one of them.
I sat on the ground and listened to the hypnotic music. Bauls have grown popular in recent years and, inevitably, poseurs have tried to cash in. So when another traveler, a well-off Kolkatan with an expensive camera, joined us, I asked, “Do you think he is a real baul singer?”
Ms. Cassell identifies another explanation for the drop in interest, which is linked to the pejorative figure of the “nerd” or “geek.” She said that this school of thought was: “Girls and young women don’t want to be that person.”
Japanese voters have finally tired of their banana republic politicians
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 10/09/2008
Japan's forthcoming election could force its ruling party from power for only the second time in more than 50 years. The question many Japanese are asking is: Why has it taken so long?
The Liberal Democratic Party seems certain to lose its majority in the Lower House, matching its 2007 defeat in the Upper House, when the country goes to the polls on November 9.
Defeat would be a body blow to the LDP, a political machine that has ruled Japan for all but 10 months since it first formed a government in 1955. Imagine in Britain if the Conservatives had been in power since Anthony Eden became prime minister.
A talking shop, or talking-shop, is a pejorative term applied to organisations to imply that they are unproductive, bureaucratic and self-serving; lacking in respect, authority or power.
The term has been applied to many political forums, some elected, for example supranational bodies like the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Organisation of African Unity; and devolved or autonomous bodies like the National Assembly for Wales or the regions of England.
発音〔divάlv〕verb━━ v. （任務など）ゆだねる［られる］ ((on, upon)); （財産など）渡す［る］, 伝える［わる］ ((to)).
[with object] 1transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration: measures to devolve power to the provinces (as adjective devolved) devolved and decentralized government
Originlate Middle English (in the sense 'roll down'): from Latin devolvere, from de- 'down' + volvere 'to roll'.
━━ n. 継承; 譲渡; （権限の）付託; 【生物】退化.
Banana republic is a pejorative term for a small, often Latin American, Caribbean or African country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture, and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt clique.
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disapproving or suggesting that something is not good or is of no importance:
Make sure students realise that 'fat' is an unflattering or pejorative word.
It comes as quite a shock to still hear a judge describing a child as 'illegitimate', with all the pejorative overtones of that word.
pejorative or literal sense
━━ a., n. 軽べつの; 軽べつ語.
- stig • ma • tize, ((主に英))-tise
- stigmatized (過去形) • stigmatized (過去分詞) • stigmatizing (現在分詞) • stigmatizes (三人称単数現在)
1 …に烙印(らくいん)［焼き印］を押す；〈人を〉（…だと）非難する, 〈人に〉（…の）汚名を着せる((as ...))
3 …に紅斑(こうはん)［斑点, （病気の）徴候］を生じさせる.