Colombia: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Jules Fieri

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Colombia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I chose to research Colombia because it is very interesting to me. I have always wanted to travel to the Colombian coast and go to the awesome beaches but my family thinks it is too dangerous. I especially like the country's beautiful geography and culture. I am excited to go deeper into the drug trafficking and cartel of this country. Also I would like to learn a little more about Colombia's history

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I do not know much about Colombia. I know that it is located in the Northern part of South America. The beautiful Shakira was born their. That their are tons of problems with violence and gangs. Their drug cartel is a very big issue in this country.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover a number of things in my research. I would like to know how bad the gang violence is their. How bad the drug cartel is. If the law enforcement does its job or if they get paid off. How much it is to vacation their. And Last the best resorts/places to visit.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Colombia is not very important in terms of the world economy. Although their is one big thing that it is known for. It is the biggest producer of the coka plant. The plant responsible for the best drug/worst in the world. Cocaine, this is the reason why Colombia is considered so dangerous. The economy and government is widely know to be heavily influenced by the production and selling of the coka plant.

New York Times Topics: Colombia

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jules Fieri

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Killings In Colombia Continue at an Alarming Rate"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: March 4th 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Criminal gangs continue to operate freely in the port city of Buenaventura, carrying out murders and dismembering victims at an alarming rate one year after Colombia created a special task force to curb violence there, Human Rights Watch says in a new report released Wednesday.

Quote: "Gangs comprised of former right-wing paramilitaries continue to exert control over entire neighborhoods, extorting businesses at will and threatening women with rape, according to the advocacy group". Explains the author.

Comment: I disagree with The Associated Press claiming that the government needs to devote more resources to pursuing criminals in the impoverished city of 500,000 people because it is not always about money. The government should be looking at other problems going on like bad education and lack of jobs.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jules Fieri

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Colombia Calls for Release of Venezuelan Political Prisoner"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Ernesto Londono

Date of Publication: January 28, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Latin American governments typically refrain from criticizing the domestic policies of their neighbors.

Quote: “If serious events such as a coup unfold in Venezuela, you will have blood on your hands,” Mr. Maduro said.

Comment: Although Ernesto made a good point saying this case against Lopez is outlandish I disagree with him on the point of why he got arrested and thrown in jail. From my experiences you are allowed the freedom and assembly and freedom of speech so I do not believe it was right for him Lopez  to get in trouble.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Hope for Colombia's Peace Process"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: The Editorial Board

Date of Publication: March 9, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The New York Times editorial board wrote this article. It was probably written for the people of Colombia and the people of the United States that are working on or concerned about the problems of the FARC in Colombia. The writer wrote it to inform people of the advances that are being made in Colombia in terms of the negotiating between the leaders of the FARC and Colombia.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is mainly about solving the problem of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. This is a group of Guerilla rebels that live in the mountains of Colombia and are known for cocaine trafficking and other bad stuff.Colombian leaders are negotiating with these people to try and stop the war between them. The FARC will only agree to end this if they face no consequences when they turn themselves in and agree to stop what they are doing.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The mood of this article is very intense. The more you read the deeper you understand the magnification of what is going on. He did a very good job of ending it with a bang on talking about a potential war that could happen.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer uses a couple different devices in this article. It is a very serious article so he doesn't use any sarcasm but he has a couple forms of figurative speech and maybe one rhetorical question.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text is in article form. The author uses paragraphs and other things like articles do.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Navy seizes 5.2 tons of cocaine off Colombia's coast"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: John Stiggs

Date of Publication: March 18, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) A middle age man wrote this article. Im guessing this article was written for people in the police force or military because it focuses on the navy and them capturing and taking over a drug smuggling boat. The writer wrote it because it was good news for the navy and the for the country of Colombia.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The authors message is mixed. There is not much opinion put in this article. It is more of an informational article telling you about the facts of the event. I guess you could say the author portrayed this news as a good thing.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The tone and mood of the author isn't very clear like I just stated. Although he makes the reader feel a little excited with the way he presents the information. The navy captured the biggest amount of cocaine in the past two years. So either way this would excite the reader.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)  The writer of the article uses a couple different stylistic devices.  He used least had one metaphor. Also used some analogy in there. But that is just how I interpreted it.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text is in an article form. He uses paragraphs and the for of an article.

Letter to...

Jules Fieri

2041 Marsh Rd

Santa Rosa, Ca 95403


March, 25 2015


Reuters

1756 Aven Rd

Miami, Fl 33101

Dear Mr. Reuters

I am Jules Fieri. I recently read your article and I have a few statements I would like to make about it. This article does a very good job of informing you the political side of the story without really getting into the details. Colombian guerrillas who for the past fifty years have been raping, selling, stealing, vandalizing, and drug trafficking throughout Colombia’s nation. This has been a major problem to their economy as well as the safety of their cities. The Farc rebels are now negotiating with the President and political leaders of Colombia to try and make a deal on how all of this could be stopped. They clearly stated that none of the FARC will serve jail time if they agree on these terms.

I find this very disturbing. These people deserve to do jail time. They kidnap kids, rape women and sell drugs. They are not the kind of people you want in your city. All they do is bring the crime rate up and safety of the towns down. Drug trafficking has been a huge problem for a while now in Colombia and I think if they have the chance they should do everything in their power to stop it as much as they can. These rebels should be arrested and punished according to their actions. That is only fair considering the number of things these guys are know for doing.

I had a question about why the President of Colombia is choosing to negotiate with this group of individuals instead of taking control over them? Is it because they are too powerful or are the police getting paid off maybe? This should be a matter of punishment and giving these people what they deserve. I would love to hear back from you.



Sincerely,

Jules Fieri

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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It is really surprising to me that there is a lot of violence in Colombia, ad its hard for the country to control its citizens. I think that Colombia should improve its police force so that it can keep there citizens in order. Why id there so much violence? Is there many gangs? What is the culture like?

2 years ago
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Why did you chose this country?

2 years ago
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How can they fix their economy? And make it a safer place for tourists?

2 years ago
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