Week in Review – Erdogan, Swedish Activist and Sailing Boy

Win for Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins yet another five-year term presidency after securing 53% of the votes while the closest rival scored only 31% of the votes.

Erdogan gave a victory speech from the balcony of his party’s headquarters based in the capital city of Ankara, where he said, “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens”.

Erdogan was in charge of a strong economy, and has built an even stronger support base by encouraging and investing in healthcare, education and infrastructure. President Erdogan will assume major new powers under Turkey’s new constitution, which includes directly appointing top public officials, including ministers and vice-presidents.

Although Erdogan has a large scale support base, it is reported that the country’s heart is split over the results, a big percentage of the population who were opposing Erdogan hoped for a win for CHP’s representative Muharrem Ince, who himself believed that the results were unfair.

Many leaders from around the world including Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Russia’s Vladimir Putin took the time to congratulate Erdogan on his success.

term (tɜrm) – die Amtszeit
securing (sɪˈkjʊrɪŋ) – sichern
votes (voʊts) – die (Wähler-)Stimmen
rival (ˈraɪvəl) – der Konkurrent
victory (ˈvɪktəri) – der Sieg
headquarters (ˈhɛdˌkwɔrtərz) – der Hauptsitz
healthcare (ˈhɛlθˌkɛr) – das Gesundheitswesen
infrastructure (ˌɪnfrəˈstrʌkʧər) – die Infrastruktur
constitutionˌ(kɑnstəˈtuʃən) – die Verfassung
split (splɪt)  – etw. teilen
representative (ˌrɛprəˈzɛntətɪv)  – der Vertreter
leaders (ˈlidərz) – die Führer
congratulate (kənˈgræʧəˌleɪt) – gratulieren

Swedish Acitivist Marathon

Twenty Five year old activist Benjamin Ladraa, is walking 5000 kilometers from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about the human rights violations in the occupied cities of Palestine.

The activist has reached Jordan earlier this week after walking through Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.

Ladraa has visited went on a 3-week trip to Palestine in April 2017, he was so moved by what he saw and experienced in the occupied territories that he decided to “tell the world about the situation in Palestine”.

Ladraa worked for the Red Cross and saved money for about a year and sold all his belongings to afford this trip, he has also received some donations from his supporters. His journey so far has not been an easy one, in Prague he was detained by Israeli embassy guards because he was carrying a Palestinian flag and pushing a trolley, and he would often sleep in his tent or a hostel and eat canned foods, sometimes people he meets during the journey would share a meal with him.

Nevertheless the activist is positive about his journey and is expected to reach Palestine shortly, he also often shares pictures of his trip on social media under the hashtag #walktopalestine.

activist (ˈæktəvəst) – der Aktivist
awareness (əˈwɛrnəs) – das Bewusstsein
violations (vaɪəˈleɪʃənz) – die Verletzungen
occupied (ˈɑkjəˌpaɪd) – besetzt
experienced (ɪkˈspɪriənst) – erleben
belongings (bɪˈlɔŋɪŋz) – das Hab und Gut
donations (doʊˈneɪʃənz) – die Spenden
journey (ˈʤɜrni) – die Reise
detained (dɪˈteɪnd) – festhalten
trolley (ˈtrɑli) – der Wagen
tent (tɛnt) – das Zelt
nevertheless (ˌnevəðəˈles) – dennoch

Boy Breaks Sailing Record

Twelve year old Tom Goron has broken the record for crossing the English Channel in a small children’s sailing dinghy.

Tom started sailing from the Isle of Wight at 5 am on wednesday and arrived in France after 14 hours and 20 minutes, breaking the previous record of 15 year old Violette Dorange in 2016 by 36 minutes.

The boy crossed the 96 kilometers at an average speed of 4 knots, with his father closely following him in case anything went wrong.

After 5 hours Tom wanted to quit due to seasickness but his father encouraged and persuaded him to keep going.

“I’m proud of him,” his mother said after he completed the feat. “He is stubborn, ambitious and perseverant.”

Tom wishes to someday be like the French yacht racer François Gabart who has set the world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation.

dinghy (ˈdɪŋi) – das Schlauchboot
sailing  (ˈseɪlɪŋ) – das Segeln
knots  (nɑts)  – die Knoten
seasickness (ˈsiˌsɪknəs) – die Seekrankheit
persuaded (pərˈsweɪdəd) – überzeugt
stubborn (ˈstʌbərn) – hartnäckig
ambitious (æmˈbɪʃəs) – ehrgeizig
perseverant (pɜː.sɪˈvɪə.rənt) – beharrlich
world record (wɜrld ˈrɛkərd) – der Weltrekord
solo (ˈsoʊˌloʊ) – allein
navigation (ˈnævəˈgeɪʃən) – die Navigation