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Irmeli Kuehnel
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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German to English: EU Fortschrittsbericht -EU Progress Report
Source text - German
EU-Fortschrittsbericht
17.04.2018 16:19
„Türkei hat sich deutlich von der EU entfernt“
„Die Türkei hat sich deutlich von der Europäischen Union entfernt.“ Zu diesem Schluss kommt die EU-Kommission in ihrem am Dienstag von Erweiterungskommissar Johannes Hahn vorgelegten Bericht für die Kandidatenländer. Auch die Zukunftsperspektiven werden nicht optimistisch gesehen: Unter den derzeitigen Umständen können keine Verhandlungskapitel im Zuge der Beitrttsgespräche eröffnet werden. Die österreichische Bundesregierung tritt bereits seit Längerem für ein Ende der Beitrittsverhandlungen, die derzeit ohnehin auf Eis liegen,

Ernsthafte Rückschritte“ habe die Türkei in den vergangenen Jahren in den Bereichen Justiz, öffentliche Verwaltungsreform, Grundrechte und Meinungsfreiheit verzeichnet, beklagt der Bericht und führt dies auf den gescheiterten Putschversuch im Juli 2016 zurück. Aus diesem Grund fordert die EU-Kommission die Aufhebung des Ausnahmezustands. Ohne Verlängerung würde dieser am 19. April auslaufen. Allerdings erwarten Beobachter, dass das türkische Parlament am Mittwoch grünes Licht für weitere drei Monate geben wird.
Translation - English
EU-Fortschrittsbericht (EU Progress Report)
17.04.2018 16:19
Translation of the above article from German to English:
"TURKEY DISTANCES ITSELF FROM THE EUPEAN UNION"
"Turkey has noticeably distanced itself from the European Union." The EU Commission came to this conclusion on Tuesday, when Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner of Expansion, submitted his report for the candidate countries. Additionally the future perspectives were not viewed as optimistic. Under the current circumstances, no negotiations regarding a timeline for the accession talks can be undertaken. The Austrian Government has for an extended time spoken for an end to the accession negotiations which are currently on ice in anyways.
Turkey "has taken serious back steps during the past years in the areas of justice, public administration, and has dismissed basic rights, and the freedom of speech" as the report criticizes and this led to a failed Putsch attempt in July 2016. For this reason, the EU Commission demands the repeal of the state of emergency. Without an extension, it would discontinue on 19 April. Certainly the observers expect that the Turkish Parliament would give the green light on Wednesday for [and extension] of three months more.
Swedish to English: Article ono Trump and Putin Shaping a world without reality
General field: Other
Source text - Swedish
Trump och Putin skapar en värld utan sanning

Rysk utrikespropaganda handlar inte om att glorifiera Ryssland utan om att splittra västvärlden med desinformation. Liksom Donald Trump försöker man bryta konsensus kring verkligheten.

”Ryssland för historiens mest häpnadsväckande informations-blitzkrieg någonsin”, hävdade Natos militäre överbefälhavare general Philip M Breedlove under Rysslands krig i Ukraina. Detta var något av en underdrift. Det nya Ryssland sysslar inte bara med den sortens simpla desinformation, förfalskningar, lögner, läckor och cybersabotage som vanligen förknippas med informationskrig. Det återuppfinner snarare verkligheten, skapar masshallucinationer som därefter leder till politisk handling. I Ukraina skapade president Putin till exempel en tv-aktig pseudoverklighet om hur rysktalande stod under hot från USA-sponsrade fascister. Det var ett trolleritrick, men separatister tog till vapen och folket i Donetsk röstade i en riggad folkomröstning på grund av det.

Denna overklighetens kultur har varit modell för den ryska utrikespolitiken i runt tjugo år. Nyckeln till att förstå dagens Ryssland är ”politiska teknologer”, Rysslands spindoktorer, visirerna i ett system vilka brukade trolla fram påhittade politiska partier och uppdiktade folkrörelser som avledde nationens uppmärksamhet medan Putins krets konsoliderade sin makt. I de politiska teknologernas filosofi kommer informationen före varat.
Translation - English
Trump and Putin shaping a world without reality

Russian foreign policy propaganda is not about glorifying Russia, but instead disrupting the West with disinformation. Like Donald Trump, they are trying to divide the consensus around reality.

“Russia is leading history’s most mindboggling information Blitzkrieg of all time”, NATO’s Military Commander, General Phillip M. Breedlove alleged during Russia’s war in Ukraine. This is something of an understatement. The new Russia is not just professing this kind of disinformation, lies, leaks and cyber sabotage that is normally associated with the information warfare. Instead, it is more likely to reinvent reality, create mass hallucinations that then lead to political action. In Ukraine for example, President Putin created a TV-like pseudo-reality about how the speakers of Russian were under a threat from US sponsored fascists. This was a magic trick, but the separatists took up weapons and the people in Donetsk voted in a rigged referendum because of it.

This surreal culture has been the model for the Russian foreign policy for around twenty years. The key to understanding today’s Russia are “political technologists”. Russia’s spin doctors conjure up fictitious political parties and concocted popular movements that captured the nation’s attention while Putin’s circle consolidated its power.
Finnish to English: The loquecious crone from Finnish tales and fairy tales. 1862
General field: Art/Literary
Detailed field: Folklore
Source text - Finnish
Suulas Akka

Oli ukko muudan ja akka. Akka suulas on ylen, min saa todistaan sietää, sen sanoo kaikille kylässä. Ukko taas metsämies ja kalastaja hywä. Sattuupa kerran sitte pyydyksillään käwellesään. löytämään aartehen metsässä ja alkaa mietiä mielesänsä, mitä nyt se aarre hiljaisuudessa kotihin saada, hänellä kun akka on suulas, että min kuulla wain saapi. sen muille kertowi heti. No, ei muuta. Oli ukko sinä päiwänä hauoin löytänyt ryjästä ja metjästä taas oli metso käynyt rikaan, niin ne waihetti keskenänsä, metson pani ryjään hauoin muutti ritaan. Siitä kulki kotiinsa ja sanoi akkalenja: "minä aartehen löysin metsäsjä, niin huomenna käymme rahat tuomassa sieltä".
---" No, elähän mitänä, wai sinä aartehen löysit!" sanoi wastahan akka, ja hänen jo mielensä alkoi hehkua kylään, sanomahan sitä, waan ukko ei laskenut waan rupesi akkansa kera maata, ettei se muudanne pääsyt mihin.
Kutsui se yönseutu siten, niin suoritaan huomenksella sitte kantamaan rahoja aarteesta ja mennään yhdessä metsään. Täällä kun lammin rannalle tullaan kävellessä, ukko wirkkawi akkallesa: wuotahan wähäisen, olisi pyydys minulla tassa", ja kun katsotaan saalista. täällä metso on ryjässä! Kuletaan wähän matkaa tuosta. Kunelka linnunpyydyhsille, päästään, ja katsotaan niitäkin, niin täällä taas hauki on ridassa! Se otetaan siitä ja käydään aarteelle tuosta, josta rahat pannaan taakkoihin kaikki ja lähdetään kantamaan niitä kotihin. No, päästään kylähän, käydään, astutaan pihoja myöten, niin jo laatisi akan mieli taloloihin sanoja wiemään, waan ukko taas estäili menemästä häntä. Eihän aikaakaan tuosta niin jo moniaassa kohdin poikkeaa akka kujahan lähteäksenjä talohon, waan sattui koirat siinä paikoin tappelemaan keskenänsä älisewät, älisewät pihalla, niin huutaa akalleen ukko: "älä mene, akkajeni, etkös kuulen, miten siinä talossa akka miestään lyöpi että äläjää toinen käsissä". Akka säikähti sitä, ei tullutkaa häneltä talossa käyneeksi, ja ukko sai aarteen kotiinsa kyläkunnan kuulematta.
--- No maattiin yö taaskin, waan kun päivä tuli, akka ei kauempaa kotonaan pysynyt, waan juoksi jo huomenekseita kylähän,, siihen taloon pistäysi, kuhun eilen oli menemässä. ja alkoi kertoa aiastaan kaikille, sanoi: "me aartehen löysimme metsästä aarsehen, mun ukkoni sen jo toista päivänä iltasella sieltä löysi ja tuli sanamaan minulle, waan myöhä oli jo eikä luullut sinä päivänä wielä rahoja otetuiksi, wasta eilen yhdessä paikalla kävimme, sieltä kaksi taakalista rahaa kannoimme, ne niin suuria ne saakat..."---
..Ka, mistäpä aarteen löysitte?" kysyi isäntä. "Tuolta, tuolta, metsästä tuolta", selvisi hätäisen akka, "Matti ja minä yhjissä jaloa kulimme ja katisoimme pyydyksiä ensin, niin ryjässä oli metso ja ridasta saatiin hauki, me ne ensimme otimme, siitä etemmäksi mentyämme ..."
---"Walehtelet'', sanoi isäntä, : walehtelet ainikin, milloinka käypi ryhjähän metso tai ritahan hauki. tuos' ei usko hullutkana!" --- "Usko pois", kiisteli akka, "löysimme aartehen, löysimme, kaksi takallista kannoimme rahaa metsästä eilen ja tästä kylän kautta wielä siihen aikaan matkajimme, kun sinua täällä naisesi pieksi ..." --- "Ole walehtematta! huusi suutuen isäntä ja sieppasi akkaa korwalle, "missä ja milloin milma on naisen lyönyt? Kaikki walehtelet tässa, ei ole mitäkään puheesssasi perää! Mene matkaasi, taikka..."
Akka ei muuta neuwoa nähnyt, waan juoksi joutumiseen kotiinsa, eikä sen kowemmin enää huolinut ukkonsa asiota kylässä ilmoitella, waan oli toimellinen ja tarkka kaikissa puheisansa. --- Sen pituinen se.
Translation - English
The loquacious crone

There once was an old man and his old wife. The crone was mightily loquacious. I have to tolerate it, and that's what everyone in the village testifies. The old man is forest man and a good fisherman. So it happened on day, when he was walking with his fishing gear, he found a treasure in the forest, and he began to in contemplate how he could get the treasure home as behind-the scenes as possible, asI have a wife who is talkative, and I get to listen when she immediately tells everybody what she hears from me. Well, what can one do. That day the old man found pike fish in a pile of trash, and of all things also found a large grouse caught in hunter's trap, he decided to exchanged things so he put the grouse into the pile of rubbish and he put the pike into the trap. From there he walked home and told the old crone that he said, 'I found a treasure trove in the forest, tomorrow we will fetch the money and bring it back from there."
--- "Well, just imagine that! So you found a treasure!, the old woman said in reply. and her thoughts were already burning to go to the village, however the old man blocked her path, so she was stopped in her tracks.
So he called it a night, saying that they could finish the job tomorrow and carry the money from the treasure trove and they would go to the forest together. When we reach walking to, the banks of the pond, the old-timer uttered to his crone, ":looks like it's leaking, would that I had my fishing gear here, and when I take a look at this booty, there is a grouse in the junk!" Let's walk bit away from it . Listen to the bird trap., let's go to the bird trap and take a look, and see that there is a pike in the trap! We will take it with us and go to where the treasure is and we will put the money in a load, all of it, and from there we will carry it home. Well, when we get to the village, we reach it, we will step along the yards; so that the crone began composing the words she would use; but once again the old man prevented her from going forward, Yet it did not take a lot of time for the old woman to turn off onto one of the many alleys to the houses. But it so happened that at that place the dogs were fighting each other. They were barking and growling in the yard; so the old man is shouting: "Don't go there, old girl, don't you hear that the woman of the house slammed her husband, saying "don't get caught up in someone else's hands". The crone took fright at that; she did not approach, the house and the old man managed to get the treasure home, without the whole village hearing about it.
--- Well they went to bed an slept the night, it was only when the daylight dawned, the old crone did not tarry at home, instead she ran noticing the house, which she was going to stop by yesterday; and she started telling everybody about what had happened. She said "we found a treasure in the forest, my husband found it the other day in the evening, he found it and came to tell me all about it, but it was late, so he did not think to take the money then; just yesterday we went together to the place, and we carried two loads of money, and those loads were so big..."
..What, where was the treasure you found?" the householder asked. "There, there, in the forest over there",. "Matti and I went together until we walked and looked at the trap where there was a grouse and there was a pike where we got a pike, so we first took them, from there and as we were going..."
---"Liar", said the householder, you lie whenever it suits you, when did you get the grouse into the net bag or the pike out of the trap? This kind of stuff not even a madman would believe!"---
"Believe you me! the crone argued. "We found the treasure, we found it, and we carried two load of money from the forest yesterday, and we took this same route at that time as we were walking, just when a woman flogged you here...". --- "Don't lie!" screamed the householder who got angry and he gave the crone a smack on the ear. "What and when did I hit a woman? Everybody is lying here; there is no sense in your jabber! Bet out of here, or else.."
The crone did not know what to do, all she could do is to run home. and she did not worry any more about informing the villagers about her husband's affairs , rather she was very prudent and accurate in all of her discourse. And they lived happily ever after.

Translation education PhD - University of Maryland
Experience Years of experience: 41. Registered at ProZ.com: Aug 2017. Became a member: Aug 2018.
Credentials Swedish to English (US Department of Defense, verified)
German (PhD University MD, verified)
Swedish (Graduate Studies University MD, verified)
Finnish (ACTFL, verified)
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Bio

Biography –Dr. Irmeli “Tipi” Kuehnel

Professional Highlights

Independent contractor with ACTFL as an OPI rater for Finnish

Member, National Language Service corps as an independent contract translator

Authored a dual language German-English book on biography of Georg Simon Ohm, creator of Ohm’s Law on Electrical Resistance; authored and published two scholarly studies on German medieval epics.

Extensive experience with genealogy translations in Finnish, Norwegian, and German

PhD focused on Medieval Studies in German; can read and translate Middle High German,

Authored a dual language Swedish to English book on Swedish immigration to America in the 1800s.  Original book was published in the 1885.

Education:

PhD University of Maryland, College Park, MD – German Language & Literature
Master of Modern Language, Middlebury College, VT – German Literature
Bachelor’s Degree, University of California in San Diego – German Literature
Post -Graduate studies in Swedish

Keywords: Finnish, Medieval Studies, German, genealogy, Norwegian, Swedish


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