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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Newspapers: Washington Post on Cuba and "renewed tensions with U.S." after death of Fidel Castro

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Full article is here.

We will discuss this article according to the usual class format:
  1. Name of the assigned text, source, author if known
  2. Substance of the contents, in your own words
  3. Structure of the text (is it stand-alone or part of a package? are there subheads, pull-quotes, photographs, captions, sidebars, links to related resources?)
  4. Paragraph-by-paragraph (or subdivision-by-subdivision) summaries (not translation but “perceptive paraphrase”)
  5. Your personal commentary
    1. aim of the text; does it succeed?
    2. intended audience
    3. voice and register
  6. Other questions from the instructors based on the list of competencies for this course.
Chronology of Fidel Castro's life and leadership:


Here are some of the more interesting terms and phrases:

functional illiterate
Buffalo Bill
thrive
face off
dig
would not go unanswered
brinkmanship
throw barbs
secure the legacy
collision course
normalization
kneel to
ratchet up
stress test
supercharged
crackdown
stall
hard-liner
is to blame for, was to blame for
real or imagined
facilitate
bring about, fail to bring about
surge (noun and verb)
rush (noun)
roll back
dig in
spate
commandeer
run a tight ship
soaring rhetoric
soundtrack
pejorative (adj and noun)
counter (verb)
in the trenches, into the trenches
swagger, swaggering
underestimate
passing

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