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Martin Luther King Dream African fight for a fair share in global trade Ghana
 
Castro at UN in 1960 Wants to know views on Castro's regime USA
 
Kennedy Inaugural Is the U.S. a republic or democracy? USA
 
Obama 2004 Convention What was the purpose of Osama's speech? USA
 
Kennedy Inaugural Questions about Kennedy's speech Morocco
 
Martin Luther King Excerpts Disagrees on vocalizations in churches USA
 
Martin Luther King Dream How does King's speech relate to dreams? Australia
 
Martin Luther King Dream Were King's speeches longer than 7 minutes? USA
 
Lincoln Gettysburg Address Wants speeches in real voices india
 
George W. Bush 1st Inaugural Ran out of breath giving speech Canada
 

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African fight for a fair share in global trade

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

August 26, 2006

Good mine is not a queston but a quick comment. I persoally consider the speech as a very great speech ever made which still have its impact felt accross the terrains of global culture, should serious delibration be granted it most especially by present age Africans. It just reflects the fight for the fair share to global trade.Indeed he was having a dream but as to whether poeple still have will materialize it in his absence? Thank you.

Jonathan - Ghana

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Martin Luther King was seeking harmony and equal opportunity among all people, especially his own race. The fight for a fair share in global trade among African nations is not hindered by a lack of opportunity as it is as a lack of economic strategy. China and India have had national strategies of education in manufacturing, such that they are now growing as leaders in the global economies. Other smaller countries, such as Ireland, have also emphasized education and have greatly increased their global trade. Leaders of African countries need to follow those examples. In this way, King's dream of equality can occur.

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Wants to know views on Castro's regime

Topic: Castro at UN in 1960

Question

August 24, 2006

Having read your link to "Fidel Castro's 1960 Address to the UN General Assembly" (http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/castro_un_1960.htm), I found it interesting to note what I assume is Ron Kurtus' quote that "Castro was not welcome in the United States and was considered an enemy because of his Communist doctrine and especially due to his alliance with the Soviet Union. &. The logic of his presentation gained sympathy from many countries, except the United States. But its historical impact seems muted and nothing much changed after his speech."

Just curious to know what are Ron Kurtus' or the School for Champions' thoughts on the thousands of people who were executed without fair trials in 1960 by Castro's regime when he came into power as they were considered adversaries. Or the many more thousands, including relatives of mine, who have spent decades in prison for political causes. Or several thousands more who have risked their lives and died on makeshift rafts to escape Cuba and come to the "imperialist threat" that is the US.

I do appreciate your posting of the speech as I will use it in my research for a series of articles I'm currently working on the oppression of the Cuban people, largely due to Castro's tyrannical absolutism as opposed to the US embargo. It is my humble opinion that if institutions are to write about Fidel Castro and his educational reforms and health care system, it should also be dully noted the amount of injustice and oppression the Cuban people have undergone during his 47 year reign.

I would love to contribute an article to your site contrasting Robert J Lifton's 8 Point Model on thought reform to the Castro regime's political tactics and economic policies that have systematically imprisoned and impoverished the millions of Cubans he deems "his people".

Thank you,

Ignacio - USA

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Thank you for your views. We are aware that Castro's regime has been harsh on its opponents and has executed many innocent people. Although many people have fled Cuba in rafts to come to the U.S., I also feel it is a disgrace that we have also turned many away or sent them back to Cuba.

Our section containing Castro's speech only gives examples of various renown speeches for research purposes and does not delve into the political aspects of them. In fact, at this time we do not have a political section in our website that could compare the various systems and regimes and comment on them. But we would be glad to see your article and perhaps include it in an upcoming section on governments.

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Is the U.S. a republic or democracy?

Topic: Kennedy Inaugural

Question

July 28, 2006

My comment refers to the following question and answer sequence posted on your website:

"Questions about Kennedy's speech
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March 27, 2006

i am a university student and our doctor give us a questions about the speech.1)john is republic or democracy?2)what is the meaning of this sentence.we observe.....celebration of freedom

sanaa tourki Morocco

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John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States, which is a democracy. "We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom" means that he is not celebrating because his political party won, but that Americans have the freedom to select who they want to lead."

I believe sanaa tourki asked whether President Kennedy was a Republican or Democrat. The answer is that President Kennedy was a Democrat (a member of the Democratic Party). Furthermore, the answer provided in response to sanaa tourki's question was incomplete/incorrect. The United States is not a democracy in the Aristotelian sense of the word (i.e., "demos" is the root word in democracy and means rule by the people/mob). The United States is a Republic. The U.S. Constitution created a Republican form of government (i.e., a representative form of government).

Nathan - USA

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Thanks for your feedback and comments on the question concerning whether the U.S. is a republic or democracy. You are correct in stating the U.S. is a republic. Also in the strictest sense, the U.S. is not a democracy where the majority rules at the expense of the minority. But in common usage, most people think of a democracy as a government where people are allowed to vote for their government. There is really an overlapping of the meanings of republic and democracy. See: http://www.williampmeyers.org/republic.html for a good essay on the topic. Another good viewpoint is at: http://www.chrononhotonthologos.com/lawnotes/repvsdem.htm

It is unfortunate that the answer to Sanaa Tourki was incomplete or incorrect, due to haste and misunderstanding.

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What was the purpose of Osama's speech?

Topic: Obama 2004 Convention

Question

May 15, 2006

Was the purpose of the speech to promote or persuade the audience to vote for John Kerry For president. What was his central idea, and the points that he used so to persuade the audience?

- USA

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You will have to read the speech and draw your own conclusions on what Obama was saying.

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Questions about Kennedy's speech

Topic: Kennedy Inaugural

Question

March 27, 2006

i am a university student and our doctor give us a questions about the speech.1)john is republic or democracy?2)what is the meaning of this sentence.we observe.....celebration of freedom

sanaa - Morocco

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John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States, which is a democracy. "We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom" means that he is not celebrating because his political party won, but that Americans have the freedom to select who they want to lead.

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Disagrees on vocalizations in churches

Topic: Martin Luther King Excerpts

Question

March 26, 2006

According to question #2 the correct answer is b. I would agree with this answer if we were still at the beginning of this nation but I strongly believe that "volcalizations" are now common amung American churches (not just African-American churches). As this country evolves, our multiple cultures are also evolving into one American culture that is getting difficult to label.


Question 2. Why did people in the audience shout things out during his speeches?

a. They disagreed and were angry with him

b. Vocalizations are common in African-American churches

c. It is a technique similar to the canned applause heard on many television shows

James - USA

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Thanks for your opinions on that quiz question.

I believe that it depends a lot on the religion. Vocalizations are done in many Pentecostal and Baptist churches, but I've never heard them in Catholic or Lutheran services, even when the majority of the congregation was African-American. Churches that have a heavy Hispanic membership seldom would have vocalization during the service.

That is not to say that you are incorrect in your comments. I'm not an expert in church services, so it is possible that vocalizations are becoming more common, as you content.

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How does King's speech relate to dreams?

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

February 2, 2006

how does MLK's speech'i have a dream' relate to the concept of dreams.and how effectively do you think he conveys his message?

anna - Australia

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The type of dream that King is talking about is not the type of dream a person has at night. Rather, it is a goal, hope or desire. It is like dreaming during the day of something you really want.

I think everyone got the idea that he was dreaming and hoping for racial equality.

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Were King's speeches longer than 7 minutes?

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

January 17, 2006

Did Martin Luther King ever deliver a speech that lasted longer than seven minutes?

Joe - USA

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Many of his speeches were much longer than 7 minutes. Typically, he spoke from 15 minutes to 1/2 hour. The famous "I Have a Dream" speech was only one part of a much longer speech that day.

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Wants speeches in real voices

Topic: Lincoln Gettysburg Address

Question

December 22, 2005

hai my name is ram mohan. i like your idea of worlds great speeches.i have heard abraham lincoln's great speech. i would like to know is there any availability of the speeches of these great leaders in their realvoice.

ram - india

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Lincoln died before recording was invented, as is true with some of the speakers from history. But we there are sources with the real voices of the speakers. See our Resources page for a listing of sites that have the voices of speakers giving their famous speeches.

http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/resources.htm

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Ran out of breath giving speech

Topic: George W. Bush 1st Inaugural

Question

November 4, 2005

Hi there,
I practiced speaking outloud 5 of these samples (without the audio) and find myself out of breaths most of the time. I also time myself for each speech. In all of them I'm over the time guideline (for example on this one I'm over by about 7 min).

do you have any suggestions/comments?

thanks

Melanie - Canada

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The audio is not the actual length of the speech as it was given by President Bush. His speech was over 20 minutes long. One reason is that he had to pause for the applause. But another reason is that it is important that the audience understands what is said, and Pres. Bush took his time during the talk to make sure that happened.

Try to speak clearly and enunciate the words. You can take breaths during the sentences, but it is best to do it at the commas and periods.

Don't try to give the speech in any time period. What is important is how you sound, not how fast you can talk.

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