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Archbishop Tutu Calls for Blair-Bush Trial (2nd September, 2012)

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush to be tried at the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Blair and Mr Bush committed serious crimes when they invaded Iraq in 2003. Tutu said the UK and US leaders lied about the reasons for attacking Iraq. He said they behaved like "playground bullies" and that their military action had "divided the world more than any other conflict in history".

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Mr Blair said Tutu's views were totally wrong and contained nothing new. He supported his military action in Iraq by saying the country is in a better position now than it was when Saddam Hussein was leader. Blair wrote in a British newspaper just how he thought Iraq was now a better place: "I would point out that despite the problems, Iraq today has an economy three times or more in size, with the child mortality rate cut by a third of what it was, and with investment hugely increased in places like Basra."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

former British Prime

a.

crimes

2

they invaded

b.

divided the world

3.

war

c.

playground bullies

4.

they behaved like

d.

conflict in history

5.

their military action had

e.

Minister Tony Blair

6.

more than any other

f.

Iraq in 2003

Paragraph 2

1.

Mr Blair said Tutu's views

a.

the problems

2

the country was in a

b.

more in size

3.

despite

c.

were totally wrong

4.

three times or

d.

hugely increased

5.

child mortality

e.

better position now

6.

investment

f.

rate


LISTENING GAP FILL

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has (1) _____________ British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush (2) _________________ the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Blair and Mr Bush committed serious crimes (3) _________________ Iraq in 2003. Tutu said the UK and US leaders (4) _________________ reasons for attacking Iraq. He said they behaved like "playground bullies" and (5) _________________ action had "divided the world more than (6) _________________ in history".

Mr Blair said Tutu's (7) _________________ wrong and contained nothing new. He supported (8) _________________ in Iraq by saying the country (9) _________________ position now than it was when Saddam Hussein was leader. Blair wrote in a British newspaper just how he thought Iraq (10) _________________ place: "I would point (11) _________________ the problems, Iraq today has an economy three times or more in size, with the child mortality rate (12) _________________ of what it was, and with investment hugely increased in places like Basra."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for (1) ____ British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush to be    (2) ____ at the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Blair and Mr Bush committed (3) ____ crimes when they invaded Iraq in 2003. Tutu said the UK and US leaders lied (4) ____ the reasons for attacking Iraq. He said they behaved like "playground (5) ____" and that their military action had "(6) ____ the world more than any other conflict in history".

Mr Blair said Tutu's views were (7) ____ wrong and contained nothing new. He supported his military action in Iraq (8) ____ saying the country is in a better position now than it was when Saddam Hussein was leader. Blair wrote in a British newspaper just (9) ____ he thought Iraq was now a better place: "I would point (10) ____ that despite the problems, Iraq today has an economy three times or more in size, with the child mortality (11) ____ cut by a third of what it was, and with investment hugely (12) ____ in places like Basra."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

former

(b)

firmer

(c)

farmer

2.

(a)

trial

(b)

tries

(c)

tried

3.

(a)

seriously

(b)

serious

(c)

series

4.

(a)

about

(b)

around

(c)

ahead

5.

(a)

bullets

(b)

bulletins

(c)

bullies

6.

(a)

multiplied

(b)

divided

(c)

added

7.

(a)

totally

(b)

equals

(c)

sum

8.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

as

9.

(a)

which

(b)

what

(c)

how

10.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

up

11.

(a)

late

(b)

date

(c)

rate

12

(a)

increase

(b)

increased

(c)

increases


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

fremor US President George W. Bush

2.

war erismc

3.

they ianedvd Iraq in 2003

4.

the osesnar for attacking Iraq

5.

maiytlri action

6.

any other tofcnlic in history

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Tutu's views were tloalty wrong

8.

tidcoenna nothing new

9.

the country is in a better soiotpni now

10.

eteidps the problems

11.

the child yatrtmoil rate

12.

investment hugely dcaeinres


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

crimes when they invaded Iraq in 2003. Tutu said the UK and US leaders lied about the reasons

(    )

war crimes. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Blair and Mr Bush committed serious

(    )

position now than it was when Saddam Hussein was leader. Blair wrote in a British newspaper just how

(    )

he thought Iraq was now a better place: "I would point out that despite the

(    )

that their military action had "divided the world more than any other conflict in history".

(    )

Mr Blair said Tutu's views were totally wrong and contained nothing

1  )

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

(    )

for attacking Iraq. He said they behaved like "playground bullies" and

(    )

and former US President George W. Bush to be tried at the International Criminal Court for

(    )

rate cut by a third of what it was, and with investment hugely increased in places like Basra."

(    )

new. He supported his military action in Iraq by saying the country is in a better

(    )

problems, Iraq today has an economy three times or more in size, with the child mortality


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

crimes    at    Criminal    war    Tried    International   for    the    Court.

2.

the     reasons     Leaders     for     lied     attacking     about     Iraq.    

3.

had     action     military     Their     world     the     divided.    

4.

like     behaved     they     said     He     bullies     playground.    

5.

conflict     other     any     than     More     history     in.    

6.

action     his     He     in     military     supported     Iraq.    

7.

country    The    was    it    than    now    position    better    a    in    is.    

8.

Iraq     a     thought     now     place     he     was     better     How.    

9.

it     what    of    third    a    by    cut    rate    mortality     Child     was.    

10.

like     places     in     increased     hugely     Investment     Basra.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about war crimes for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. WAR CRIMES: Search the Internet and find more information about war crimes. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about war crimes. Include an imaginary interview with someone who witnessed some. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a war crimes expert. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on war crimes. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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