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Paraphrase the title of the news report. Provide 2- 3 titles of your own.
3. Listen and decide “who is who”?
C – Comprehension Test 1
B – Comprehension Test 2
1. How long has Fidel Castro been in power?
2. How old was he in 2008?Why did he find it necessary to hand power over to his brother?
3. What groups of people were observed to see their reaction to the news about Castro’s resignation?
North America correspondent Kim Landers reports.
KIM LANDERS: Fidel Castro is a revolutionary icon - famous for his rumpledgreen militaryfatigues, his beard, his long speeches and the cigars he once smoked.
(Fidel Castro speaking)
KIM LANDERS: During his 49 years in power he’s dodgedeverything his enemies threw at him - a US invasion bid, assassinationplots and a trade embargo.
He even took the world to thebrinkof nuclearwar when he letMoscowputballistic missiles in Cuba leading to a 13-daystand-off between president John F. Kennedy and the Soviets.
JOHN F. KENNEDY: By the presence of these large, long range and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass destruction constitutes anexplicit threatto the peace and security of all the Americas.
(Extract from television from Cuba)
PETER KORNBLUH: Most leaders of his kind don’t leave officeexceptin a coffinor during a militarycoup and he is now going out on his own terms, securing a smooth transition to his brother and to a younger generation of leadership.
KIM LANDERS: Peter Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
He says the Bush administration’s policy of trying to stop Fidel Castro from transferringpower to his 76-year-old brother Raul, obviously hasn’t worked.
PETER KORNBLUH: And that plan has failed as has everysingle effort of the United States - paramilitary intervention, CIA assassination plots, economic embargoes, you name it. Those have failed.
Other countries have adopted a much more rational approach to Cuba and they have more influence in Cuba and I think the next president of the United States is going to be pushedin the direction of a far more pragmatic policy ofcivilrelations, normal relations with Cuba.
KIM LANDERS: In the Little Havana section of Miami, a huge Cuban flag has been hung between two palm trees and motorists arehonkingtheir hornsas they drive down the main street.
But reaction among Cuban Americans hasn’t been as boisterous as when Fidel Castro temporarily handed power to his brother 19 months ago.
VOX POP: I think this is a great day for all of us if we take advantage of it, because today with his resignation is accepting he’s out of power.
VOX POP: I remain sceptical until his brother die and then it will be a close proximity to the states and maybe things will change but I don’t see any change so far.
KIM LANDERS: Fidel Castro remains the head of the Communist Party in Cuba for thetime being and he says he’ll continue to write his newspaper column.
It’s as if he’ll go from Commander-in-Chief to Commentator-in-Chief as one dictator is replaced by another.
This is Kim Landers in Washington for AM
A – Comprehension Test 3
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