Muhammad Ali Pleads for Climbers’ Release

June 9, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. detain (v.) – to hold back or arrest somebody
Example: The suspected criminals were detained by the police officers.

2. spy (v.) – to secretly observe something or get information
Example: Soldiers hiding behind the building were spying the enemy camp.
3. compassion (n.) – a deep feeling of concern for someone who is suffering
Example: Mother Theresa helped the poor because she had compassion for them.

4. intent (n.) – refers to one’s purpose or goal
Example: My intent for studying English is to become a better manager.

5. prevail (v.) – to be more powerful, influential or important
Example: The man’s voice prevailed over the crowded room.

Read the text below.

World-famous boxer Muhammad Ali appealed to Iranian government for the release of two American hikers who have been detained in Iran for two years for allegedly spying in the country.

Ali appeared on a news conference last May 23 with his wife Lonnie. Unable to speak due to Parkinson’s disease, Ali wrote a letter and let his wife read it on his behalf during the said conference.

In the letter, Ali, a well-loved American Muslim in Iran, asked the Iranian government to show compassion to the hikers because they had good intent for visiting the country.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal , both 28, have been imprisoned in Iran since July 31, 2009, after they were arrested while hiking along the unmarked border of Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. Fattal’s fiancée, Sara Shourd , was also arrested but eventually released a year after.

Both Bauer and Fattal were allowed to call their families. The most recent call was last May 21, the third time since they were put in prison. Fattal told his mother how honored he was that Ali himself was pleading to the Iranian government for their release.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What are the advantages of being popular?
·         How can a famous person use his fame for good?

Discussion B

·         How are citizens usually affected by these conflicts?
·         What are other consequences of conflict between countries?

June 9, 2011