Team 16 Assignment #3- Yesenia Montenotte, Lailah Johnson, Shantall Suarez, Alexandra Bello, Laurenth Espitia

Senate Proposing Law That Will Turn Parents Who Do Not Vaccinate Their Children Into Criminals

A new law has been proposed in the Senate that will punish the parents of unvaccinated children. The bill is due for review in the upcoming weeks and is coming out following the county-wide public ban on unvaccinated minors in Rockland County, New York.  The ban was in result of a measles outbreak in the area consisting of 157 reported cases. So far the public-ban has led to 500 reported vaccinations within the first 24 hours alone.

The potential law will see that parents who have not vaccinated their children after they have reached the age of one, will be faced with criminal charges including negligence and reckless endangerment. Punishments will range from fines or jail time to the placement of children into Child Protective Services.

The “anti-vaxxer” movement is full of parents that are knowingly withholding their children from receiving any vaccines. According to them, there is a link between autism and childhood vaccinations. They also believe there is a connection with other brain disorders, although there is no evidence to support their claims.

Some parents are unhappy with the amount of vaccine their kids receive at such young ages. By the age of two, some kids have gotten as many as twenty-three shots. Studies show that the reasoning behind the multitude of shots is that young children are much more vulnerable to diseases and the immunity acquired from their mother’s breast milk has worn off.

According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), if only a few people get vaccinated it is much easier for a disease to spread causing a possible outbreak versus more people being vaccinated and making it easier to contain a disease.

Vaccines are used to prevent certain diseases, such as pertussis and chickenpox. Due to vaccines keeping the number of cases in the country low, some diseases have successfully faded from relevancy. Government officials fear that if we stop using vaccines altogether, those few cases that exist will quickly turn into hundreds and thousands of cases across the United States.

The “anti-vaxxer” movement also puts into question whether or not vaccines are necessary if a person finds themselves perfectly healthy without them. While there is no evidence to prove that the lack of vaccines causes harm, there is still doubt concerning its’ effectiveness.

One must also consider other factors when referring to a weak immune system other than not being vaccinated. Some examples include weather conditions,  surrounding environment, allergies, and DNA play a role. Many are reconsidering following their government blindly based on their current excellent health status due to not vaccinating. But, this new law will not give a choice to those not abiding by the law.

While many parents feel that their children should not be obligated to receive vaccinations, government officials predict that without proper reinforcement, the circumstances may become life-threatening. The end result of this looming threat to public health is a governmental intervention that will see U.S citizens be forced to vaccinate their children or face the consequences.

Reflective paragraph

The topic of this article was chosen because of the popularity of the “anti-vaxxer” movement. There is a growing problem with anti-vaxxers that is causing an outbreak of seemingly eradicated illnesses such as measles and chickenpox. The rhetorical appeal is ethos when mentioning that the ban was a result of a measles outbreak in the area consisting of 157 reported cases. Americans are the principal audience because of the prevalence of these issues in today’s society. The true events Rockland County, NY gives credibility to this story and shows that government intervention is possible. This is likely to go viral and grab the reader’s attention since it such a prevalent topic and it affects almost everyone in the country or indirectly so everyone will be interested. The article would go viral because I would enrage many groups of people, it would enrage the “anti-vaxxers”  because they would be forced to “poison” their children and it would enrage libertarians who believe the government should have as little control of society as possible.

 

Yesenia Montenotte: Edited paper, wrote paragraphs 3-6, and added images to news story.

Lailah Johnson: Edited paper, wrote first two paragraphs, and did part of reflective paragraph.

Shantall Suarez: Edited paper and wrote paragraphs 7 & 8.

Alexandra Bello: Wrote last paragraph.

Laurenth Espitia: Found pictures and did part of reflective paragraph.

 

Very good images, good reflective paragraph, well-done!  Good writing style and incorporating concepts from readings. Good work

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TRUMP: Bet or Fold?

Good work, please come through with a really good conclusion and include images that support your text. 

The recent summit between President Trump and Dictator Kim Jong Un regarding North Korea’s nuclear disarmament did not result in a settlement. Various media outlets presented both biased and unbiased views of this meeting, creating the uneasy concept that this second failed attempt at reconciling may be pushing towards a possible World War III.  

            Under President Trump’s leadership, many citizens of the United States have questioned his decision-making skills. With a sensitive subject such as having a potential World War III, Donald Trump refuses to settle for less in regards to North Korea denuclearizing. According to Congressional Research Service, the Trump administration responded to their hostility by adopting a  “maximum pressure” policy that sought to coerce Pyongyang into changing its behavior through economic and diplomatic measures. This specific section of this CRS Report clarifies its intentions and attempts with North Korea through the country’s allies and southern region’s involvement. The information provides a comprehensive timeline from an unbiased perspective. The Congressional Research Service uses an informational approach when covering The United States’ relationship with North Korea. In regards to the most recent summit event in hopes of achieving North Korea’s disarmament, a person can formulate a clear understanding, and be more knowledgeable about the event beyond news coverage, due to this chronologically organized spectrum of affairs.  

            It is no theory that there is secrecy between the U.S government and its’ people. The controversial argument is, what the many factors are in considering before informing the public of the current events happening in regards to their security and safety.  Authors Rubin and Cummings examine how the media portrays the message of “news” to the public. They refined this study with a few factors to consider. If the significance of the stories were deflected by journalists; whether the stories were used as vehicles by the journalists to challenge government policy in the nuclear arena; whether in covering these stories journalists found appropriate and effective images to represent the effects of the nuclear war and lastly, the quality of the coverage.  With the help of Marshall McLuhan, identifying how these stories were delivered to the public is effortless. The mediums include news channels, major newspapers, news magazines, and specialized journals. Following their analysis of the coverage, many aspects influence the message. Among major news networks such as CBS and NBC, ABC shared the story differently in terms of the time frame. That’s how media controls what the people know and how they know it. For example, NBC covered four different stories on the Nuclear Winter Article for a total of 5 minutes and twenty seconds.  ABC covered the same story three times for a total of two minutes and forty seconds. Within the time frame that is chosen to be dedicated to certain topics, it is easier to create a biased conclusion. While many stand behind the Freedom of Information Act, it is clear that networks refuse to engage more than they do when it comes to a potential nuclear war because it is “too politically divisive and too frightening to the audience to be ‘newsworthy’, television may be a ‘silent willing partner of the government in keeping nuclear issues below the threshold of national consciousness”.

Nagasaki Bomb

TIME is a popular global magazine that covers every single topic and aspect that fulfills the curiosity. In order to reach the largest audience, the person who delivers an article’s message must write from an unbiased perspective. In regards to President Trump and Kim Jong Un, Laignee Barron writes of the recent summit and its’ unsuccessful results in obtaining North Korea’s sign off on denuclearization. The columnist emphasizes President Trump’s intentions by simply not interjecting their own. Many others covering the same story placed their own opinions or used specific words to include their own point of view. The strategy potentially causes a reader to be conflicted when the truth is twisted and warped to someone else’s agenda. In addition to writing from an impartial position, Barron also authoritatively encourage the readers to “Watch the Press Conference” in the article’s title. 

Annotated Bibliography- Lailah Johnson- Team 16

Hi Lailah, Good job, good annotations, I look forward to reading your essay.

Thesis: The Chinese government is implementing a social credit-system that infringes upon the liberties of Chinese citizens due to its use of mass surveillance and big data analysis technology.

4. Beijing Youth Daily. “Opinions On Strengthening the Fine Management of the City.” Beijing Youth Daily 31 January 2019. Document.

This is a news article published by a magazine in China. The magazine is the largest circulated magazine in China and is backed by the Youth communist League. O Jan. 31st, 2019, The Chinese government released officially documents with the goal of strengthening the implementation of the Chinese social credit system. It details goals for expansion both geographically and in reference to the use of big data.

 

3. China Invents the Digital Totalitarian State.” The Economist, The Economist Newspaper, 17 Dec. 2016, http://www.economist.com/briefing/2016/12/17/china-invents-the-digital-totalitarian-state.Academic OneFile

This article paints China as a growing digital totalitarian regime. It will use technology to finally control every single aspect of its citizens’ lives. It is more of the same summary of the social credit system but this article discusses more of the socio-political implications behind it. It also compares the situation to a book published in 2010 which eerily foreshadowed this society.

 

6. Creemers, Rogier. “China’s Social Credit System: An Evolving Practice of Control.” Social Science Research Network (2018).

This article aims to identify the reasons for the implementation of the Social credit systems as well as identifying the mechanisms through which the chinese government has been able to implement the systems at all. The examination of history, institutional structure, implementation and the linkage to the private sector gives insight to both of these questions.

 

5. Hunwick, Robert Foyle. “How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People? – China’s social credit system, which becomes mandatory in 2020, aims to funnel all behavior into a credit score..” New Republic, The: Web Edition Articles, sec. Latest, 25 Apr. 2018. NewsBank

This article details the horrors to arise from the full-scale implementation of this system but it also highlights the perspectives of some Chinese citizens who welcome the system and hope that they will finally be able to prosper under the new regime. There is a profound level of distrust within all sectors which is why people are open to this system because they believe it will do away with the rampant corruption in society.

 

(Because my topic is so new there are no books published about it so I included another scholarly journal)

  1. Jiang, M. and Fu, K. (2018), Chinese Social Media and Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother, Big Profit?. Policy & Internet, 10: 372-392. doi:10.1002/poi3.187 .Wiley Online Library

This article does not focus on the Chinese Social Credit System but is instead about social media and big data in China. Specifically, it pinpoints three topics of discourse, “Big Data”, “Big Brother”, and “Big Profit”. Each focusing on the technical, the political and the economic. The authors are concerned with how these three things interact with one another and the challenges that arise from the relationships.

 

2. Liang, F. , Das, V. , Kostyuk, N. and Hussain, M. M. (2018), Constructing a Data‐Driven Society: China’s Social Credit System as a State Surveillance Infrastructure. Policy & Internet, 10: 415-453. doi:10.1002/poi3.183. Wiley Online Library

This article details which institutional processes a well as which political and economic interests have led to the mass adoption of big data technologies by both the private and public sector in china. It investigates the construction of China’s Social Credit System. Because it is from a Chinese perspective versus a Western perspective, it analyzes the situation in terms of its focus on financial and commercial activities over political activities which is what the Western news focuses on.

Shantall Suarez. Team 16. Annotated Bibliography

Shantall,  there is no reason for these mispellings!!! Do not turn anything in to me without proofreading. It is sloppy and unacceptable. 

“ The recent summit between President Trump (correct) and Dictator (he is not formally known as “Dictator” please look it up)Kim Jong Un regarding North Korea’s nuclear disarmament did not result in a settlement. Various media outlets presented both biased and unbiased views of this meeting, creating the uneasy concept that this second failed attempt at reconciling may be pushing towards a possible World War III. “

  1. Chanlett-Avery, Emma. Manyin, Mark E. Nikitin, Mary Beth D. Campbell, Caitlin E. Will Mackley. Congressional Research Service.North Korea: U.S Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and International Situation.July, 2018. In this piece, the authors make a timeline in regards to North Korea’s growth in weapon technology and relationship with the U.S since the Cold War. The team of authors formulate an analysis of North Korea as well, including president (incorrect) Trump’s negotiations and sanctions against the communist country
  2. Rubin, David M and Cummings, Constance. “Nuclear War and Its Consequences on Television News”. Journal of Communication. Winter 1989. Comunications and Mass Media Complete. Authors Rubin and Cummings, illustrate about the untruthful acts of news/television. Specifically, they cover the idea that the threat of nuclear war is potentially too poilitically divisive and too frightening for the audience of the U.S. Therefore, it is best the citizens not know about the nuclear issues the nation experiences. 
  3. Barron, Laignee. “President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s Summit Ended Early Without a Deal. Watch the Press Conference”. TIME Magazine. February 28, 2019. Time Magazine’s very own Laignee Barron, infroms the readers about the inconclusive summit meeting between both powerful leaders. This article, states that Trump is in no rush for a deal. As long as there’s no testing in Kim Jong Un’s facilites in the mean time.
  4. Rogin, Josh. “Trump got played by Kim Jong Un – again”. The Washingotn Post.February 28, 2019. Columnist Josh Rogin illustrates as though Trump is being played for a fool in the deneucralization of Kim Jong Un’s facility. His perspective is that Kim Jong Un is playing hard to get to extend his time in advancing his nuclear technology. Evaluating this strategy, the deal of lifitng all sanctions in exchange for partial facility shutdowns is a bad deal for the U.S.
  5. Sanger, David E and Wong, Edward. “How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets”. nytimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/world/asia/trump-kim-jong-un-summit.html. March 2, 2019. In awareness of Kim Jong Un’s ability to hide pieces of its’ nuclear program in tunnels around the country, president Trump did not settle for the shut down of some of many nuclear facilties (SPELLING!!!)  in exchange for the relief of all sanctions on North Korea. Kim Jong Un is clearly testing the water with president trump(capitalize!!!) but the U.S president seems to be 2 steps ahead. 
  6. Sik, Ahn John. “Is North Korea ready to face the music and denucrealize?”. dailynk.com. https://www.dailynk.com/english/is-north-korea-ready-to-face-the-music-and-denuclearize/. March 3, 2019. Ahn John Sik talks about the endless possibilites about the denucrealization deal between president Trump and Kim Jong Un. He covers the basis of what North Korea’s intentions truly are on the matter and the hand that the U.S will be dealt with in settling with the desmantling of just some nuclear facilites. We analyze the many perspectives, and the steps in order to achieve a succesful denucrealization of North Korea. 

 

Yesenia Montenotte Team 16- Annotated Bibliography

Good work Yesenia, let me know if you need help with your essay. Good sources, good annotations, well-done!

Thesis: When the Venezuelan presidential crisis occurred, and Juan Guaidó declared himself the interim president, the presentation of this news around the world through social media and major news broadcasts was noticeably influenced by whether the country is opposed to systems resembling communism, their perception on basic human rights, and future plans that would benefit their country’s agenda.

1. Book published in 2013, found in FIU Library Catalog.

Corrales, Javier, and Carlos A Romero. U.S.-Venezuela Relations Since the 1990s: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats. Routledge, 2013.

Corrales’ book provides a thorough examination of the relations between Venezuela and the United States from an unbiased point of view. The author discusses Venezuela and their importance to the United States when it comes to oil by providing tables and figures. The book focuses on how the relationship between the two countries changed in the 2000s. The book allows for a better understanding of the United State’s involvement in the current presidential crisis in Venezuela.

2. Journal article in a scholarly journal (Peer Reviewed), found in Academic Search Complete

Sanchez, W.Alejandr. “Russia and Latin America at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.” Journal of Transatlantic Studies (Routledge), vol. 8, no. 4, Winter 2010, pp. 362–384. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/14794012.2010.522355.

In this journal, Sanchez and researchers discuss how and why Russia has become so close to Venezuela in an honest manner. Sanchez is descriptive throughout and talks about the origin of the relationship between the two countries. The journal is important for the subject at hand because it gives insightful information as to why Russia is involved and supports Maduro’s regime.

3. Article in a popular magazine, found in Academic Search Complete

Nugent, Ciara. “Venezuela’s Crossroads.” Time, vol. 193, no. 6/7, Feb. 2019, pp. 42–47. EBSCOhost, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=134571138&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

In the magazine, Nugent addresses the current political, social, and economic issues that Venezuela is facing from a perspective of an individual who lives in a democratic country. Nugent writes about how both Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaidó are the Presidents of Venezuela and why it is said that Maduro is corrupt. This magazine is important because of the relevance it carries throughout and provides information on both of the individuals involved in the current crisis.

4. Article from a newspaper, found in The New York Times

Herrero, Ana Vanessa, and Neil Macfarquhar. “Russia Warns U.S. Not to Intervene in Venezuela as Military Backs Maduro.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 24 Jan. 2019, http://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/world/americas/venezuela-news-maduro-russia.html.

The authors of this newspaper discuss Russia and Venzuela’s current relationship and the statements that Russia has said. Herrero and MacFarquhar include quotes from Russia’s President, Vladamir V. Putin, which show the severity of the situation at hand. The authors include statistics and quotes, which increase their legitimacy. The magazine is important since it shows how much influence Russia and China have in Venezuela and the potential issues that may arise due to the United State’s involvement.

5. A good website, found in China Daily

Xiaowei, Wang. “Intervention Won’t Resolve Venezuela Crisis.” China Daily, China Daily, 9 Mar. 2019, http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201903/09/WS5c83113da3106c65c34eda62.html.

Xiaowei’s article offers an insight on the perspective of an individual who lives in China. The article talks about the current state of Venezuela and how no country should intervene in the issues they are having. Xiaowei believes the United States is only attempting to intervene so that they may implement a US-friendly government and that Russia does not want to be involved at all. This article is needed in order to realize how different countries feel about those involved in Venezuela and what is going on in Venezuela.

6. Good source of my choice, found in The New York Times

Specia, Megan. “What Is Happening in Venezuela? How It Got Here and Why It Matters.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 24 Jan. 2019, http://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/world/americas/venezuela-news-protests-noticias-guaido-maduro.html.

Specia’s article provides condensed, yet useful information about what is currently happening in Venezuela. Specia writes about all parties involved with some background information with little to no bias. The article is able to give enough information to understand what is happening, why it happened, and what is the next potential step. This article is important because of the general, but beneficial information that it provides.

Annotated Bibliography- Alexandra Bello Team 16

Good job Alexandra, well-done

On January 1, 2019, Jair Bolsonaro is sworn in as president of Brazil. The media’s coverage of him is controversial in that part of the public are in his favor while others are giving him a negative reputation.

1) Political Trials in Brazil: THE CONTINUATION OF A CONSERVATIVE TRADITION.” Political (In)Justice: Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, by Anthony W. Pereira, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2005, pp. 63–89. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7zwb63.9.

(Found through JSTOR from FIU Library Catalog)

From what the basis of Pereira’s book explains, over time Brazil has encountered two dictatorship periods. As it explains through the text, it was not until the year 1985 where the country’s crisis came to an end and they were able to enjoy their democratic government once again. These facts correlate to how part of Brazil today views their new President, Jair Bolsonaro, from an authoritative lens.

2) WEIZENMANN, PEDRO PAULO. “‘Tropical Trump’? Bolsonaro’s Threat to Brazilian Democracy.” Harvard International Review, vol. 40, no. 1, Winter 2019, pp. 12–14. EBSCOhost, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=134770876&site=eds-live. 9 Mar. 2019

(Academic OneFile)

Throughout this journal, the majority of the content presents how Jair Bolsonaro has been considered a threat to Brazil’s regime. Not only does this journal explain how a great chunk of Brazil is not in Bolsonaro’s favor however, those who voted for him have come to feel that they have failed their country. There is a section of the article that even goes on to explain how Bolsonaro has admitted during interviews his agreement with dictatorship.

3) Swift, Richard. “Jair Bolsonaro.” New Internationalist, no. 517, 2019, p. 9. EBSCOhost, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsgao&AN=edsgcl.568840121&site=eds-live.

(Academic OneFile)

This periodical goes into simple detail of the two sides to his Bolsonaro’s inauguration. In the section written by Richard Swift, it states how his supporters see his vision for the country to be beneficial. Towards the end of this section, Swift states how his opposers feel that Brazil is reliving its “old days” all over again.

4) Barbara, Vanessa. “Brazil’s New President Isn’t Even in Office Yet and He’s Already Damaged Our Health Care.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Dec. 2018, http://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/opinion/brazil-health-care-bolsonaro.html.

While winning 55% of his election, the other 45 have their reason’s as to why they do not agree with Bolsonaro’s ideologies which is what this article comes to talk about. From thorough reading, Brazil is known to have a free public healthcare system. The majority of this reading entails the break up of medical doctors and surgeons that Bolsonaro has caused through his decision making.

5) Schipani, Andres. “Bolsonomics: the Reform Plans of Brazil’s New President .” Financial Times, Financial Times, 31 Dec. 2018, http://www.ft.com/content/ab6d338a-09f8-11e9-9fe8-acdb36967cfc.

This article seems to deliberate a an exact division for the people that stand with Bolsonaro and the people who do not. As Joe Leahy and Andres Schipani explain throughout this article, Bolsonaro’s proposals have been won over more than several parts of the community. This source overlooks how, one of the main reasons as to why people support Jair Bolsonaro’s ideas, is because his supporters believe he could bring Brazil’s democratic socialist party back to having a positive reputation. However, it then goes on to discuss how those who are bias towards Bolsonaro’s stance, feel this way due to his insignificant remarks he has made in the past and in what they believe to be him having an unencouraging thrive towards the economy.

6) Child, David. “Who Is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s New Far-Right President?” GCC News | Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera, 1 Jan. 2019, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-presidential-candidate-181007020716337.html.

Throughout this article a number of topics are covered relating to Bolsonaro’s rise into office. Nonetheless, while certain people see his beginning period as just the start many others are lacking faith in his plans. Several sections such a “Seizing on crises” expresses how the citizens of Brazil do not see success in Bolsonaro’s plan to alte

Laurenth Espitia. 6134381

Good biblio, but you are supposed to annotate it as well.  Please redo and resubmit, read the assignment as well.

Thesis:

Brazil, as many countries has been at the forefront in advocating for environmental conservation. However, on November 28th 2018, Brazil pulled out from the plans to host the 2019 United Nations global summit meeting on climate change. This served as a blow to the quest for achieving a world free from the effects of greenhouse gases.

Work Cited

Keating, Dave. “The Paris Climate Agreement Survived Trump. Can It Survive Brazil’s Bolsonaro?”. Forbes.Com, 2018, https://www.forbes.com/sites/davekeating/2018/10/24/the-paris-climate-agreement-survived-trump-can-it-survive-brazils-bolsonaro/#512390ec6435. 

Londoño, Ernesto, and Lisa Friedman. “Brazil Backs Out Of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting”. Nytimes.Com, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/world/americas/brazil-climate-meeting.html. 

Roland, F et al. “Climate Change In Brazil: Perspective On The Biogeochemistry Of Inland Waters”. Brazilian Journal Of Biology, vol 72, no. 3 suppl, 2012, pp. 709-722. Fapunifesp (Scielo), doi:10.1590/s1519-69842012000400009. 

USAID. “Climate Risk Profile: Brazil”. Climatelinks.Org, 2018, https://www.climatelinks.org/sites/default/files/asset/document/2018-April-30_USAID_CadmusCISF_Climate-Risk-Profile-Brazil.pdf. 

Watts, Jonathan. “We Have 12 Years To Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns UN”. The Guardian, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report.