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A faire avec son téléphone portable en allant sur internet.


  • 1ère écoute : notez tous les mots que vous comprenez.
  • Laissez vous 1 minute de silence pour finir vos notes.
  • 2ème écoute : complétez et organisez votre brouillon.
  • Laissez vous 1 minute de silence pour finir vos notes.
  • 3ème écoute : essayez de trouver les points de vue et réactions des personnages.
  • En 10 minutes écrivez tout ce que vous avez compris du document EN FRANCAIS même si certains détails ne vous paraissent pas important, notez tout!
  • Rendez votre brouillon et votre transcription finale.

More than 160,000 voices call on Obama to close Guantánamo

23 January 2012

By  Zeke Johnson, Security with Human Rights campaign director at Amnesty International USA.

Every morning I look out my living room window to check the weather and see the empty space between skyscrapers and apartment buildings where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood.

Exercise 1 – Find the French for:

  • Demonstration/ protest – ……………………..

  • The White House – ……………………..

  • Skyscrapers – ……………………..

  • The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre ……………………..

My memories of the fear, uncertainty and grief I felt that day, and of the images of the towers burning and falling, all come back. The attacks here in New York, in Washington DC and in Pennsylvania were a crime against humanity, and for ten years now I’ve been waiting for all those responsible to be brought to justice.

Instead, the US government has given us torture, detention without charge, secret prisons, unfair show trials, extra-judicial killings, “disappearances,” global war without end and other human rights violations committed – without irony – in the name of justice and security.

Exercise 2 – True or False? Underline in your text to justify.

  1. The author feels a sense of fear, truth and sorrow when he thinks about the events of 9/11.

  2. The author thinks that the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania were not a crime against humanity.

  3. The author has been waiting for justice to be delivered against the 9/11 terrorists for eight years now.

  4. The author believes that the American authorities have violated human rights.

January 11, 2012, marked 10 years since Guantánamo became one of America’s notorious “war on terror” prisons – used to hold and interrogate people outside of the law – and the global symbol of US human rights violations after 9/11.

On the campaign trail in 2007, both Barack Obama and John McCain said they would close it. But after the election, the issue was used by fear-mongering politicians to score political points, and the President caved.

Today – one day after the anniversary of President Obama’s executive order to close Guantánamo – Amnesty International will deliver to the White House 164,058 signatures collected to our global petition against Guantánamo and the human rights violations it stands for.

Exercise 3 – Answer the following questions in sentences in English:

  1. What is the significance of the 11th of January 2012 in relation to Guantánamo?

  1. What is the Guantánamo prison famous for?

  1. What, according to the author, has it become the symbol of?

  1. What did both Barack Obama and John McCain say they would do during the 2007 electoral campaign?

  1. What is Amnesty International going to do now?

With the passage last year of the National Defense Authorization Act that entrench indefinite detention and other human rights violations, it looks like Guantánamo will remain open for a long time to come, and possibly expand.

But citizens across the United States and around the world have loudly declared, Not in My Name! From Washington DC to Tripoli, Chicago to Paris, Dallas to London people marked January 11 by demanding that the US government change course on human rights.

Tomorrow, the President will give his annual State of the Union address. He and other politicians are unlikely to address the state of human rights in America – but we the people will.

  1. In the journalist’s opinion, who has the power to change the situation?

ESSAY: Do you think people can change political decisions? (use examples / linkwords and opinion markers)


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