Saturday, 17 January 2015

Why are terrorists often brothers?
(Level: upper-intermediate to advanced / C1 / ***)

The terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo in Paris were brothers. 
Before them, there were other brothers who carried out  attacks together; the Tsarnaevs who killed three people and wounded 200 others during the Boston marathon in 2013 or the Hazmi siblings who crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks are other examples among many more.

So the question is: why are there so many sibling connections? 

You are going to watch a CNN news report focusing on the issue.  

Before watching:

The following words could be useful: 
a pressure cooker: a pot used to cook food by using the pressure of steam       marmite à pression 
would-be: desiring, intending or having the potential to be...         potentiel   
a forensic psychologist: a psychologist whose expertise is used in a court of law     spécialiste de la psychologie médicolégale 
oftentimes: often       souvent     
overwhelming: overpowering in effect or strength         écrasant    
to stick together: to remain loyal to each other, especially when in trouble       rester solidaires / rester soudés / se serrer les coudes  
a leak: disclosure of confidential information        une fuite   

While watching:

Answer the following question: 

Why are terrorists often brothers? 

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You can also watch the video on the CNN website: click HERE

When you are finished, you can check your answers:

Why are terrorists often brothers? 

Suggestions de réponses:

  • Difficile de s'auto-radicaliser en solitaire; en revanche, si on est deux: encouragements mutuels vers la radicalisation; phénomène d'émulation...
  • La confiance mutuelle entre membres d'une même fratrie est importante. 
  • Ils se serrent les coudes en cas de coup dur / Même si on présente des preuves accablantes de la culpabilité de l'un d'eux, l'autre continue de nier les faits incriminant le premier / Difficile pour les enquêteurs de rompre le lien qui les unit et donc d'obtenir des informations.
  • Difficile pour des éléments extérieurs d'infiltrer ces groupuscules soudés par des liens familiaux.

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