Gay girl in Damascus

When the world caught wind last week of the disappearance of an out lesbian blogger in Syria -- journalists and activists went on the hunt.

CNN, JUNE 6, 2011: “A well-known female blogger has allegedly been abducted in Syria. Relatives of Amina Abdullah say she hasn't been seen since she was bundled into a car yesterday. Her blog, ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ has made her an icon of the Syrian uprising, often challenging the al Assad regime. Her disappearance has prompted thousands to join online campaigns on Facebook and Twitter demanding her release.”

Only -- the Gay Girl in Damascus -- was actually a heterosexual man in Scotland.



Have you ever read blogs of people from other countries?

Do you doubt what you read in the news?

How do you think this deception will affect gays in countries where homosexuality is against the law?



Vocabulary:

to c____ w___ of sth - to hear a piece of information that someone else was trying to keep secret

to h___ - to do damage sth or to hurt sb / h______ (adj) - that causes damage

a f__ - an enemy

q____ (adj) - term for homosexual (may cause offence) or describes a strange person

an u_______ - an act of oppositon by many people in one country against their government

to s____ __ (informal) - to make a mistake or to spoil sth

to g__ ___ e___ - to escape serious punishment or consequences

to set things back -

an amount -

to figure sb/sth out -

a heartfelt apology -

to bundle -

to challenge sb -

a hoax -


Grammar point -

 "It was he who created the fictional character of Amina Abdullah Arraf."

We use the above form (an example of a cleft sentence) to emphasise who did the action. The information that is emphasised always comes after the verb "be".

Compare to:

He created the fictional character of Amina Abdullah Arraf.


Structure:

It + be + phrase + relative clause


Other examples:

I didn't invite them.
It wasn't me who invited them. (You invited them so it's your fault)

You suggested coming here on holiday.
It was you who suggested coming here on holiday. (I blame you for choosing this place for a holiday)

You should speak to your father. He knows more than me.
It is your father that  you should speak to; not me.

She doesn't like me. She likes you.
It's me that she doesn't like; not you.

I started to have doubts then.
It was then that I started to have doubts.

We have class on Tuesday.
It is Tuesday when we have class.

Comments

Montse said…
That’s the net. Many people believe in internet like it was the Bible but we have to know that everything can’t be true.
Graham said…
Montse,

Internet is a great way for individuals to bypass the media and discover the reality of life in far away places.

However, it is a shame that we can't verify if the story is true or not.