Politics

Mandatory Vaccinations in Italy

On March 12th, 2019, Italy passed a law to make vaccinations mandatory to go to school. If your children are not vaccinated by the time they are six, the parents will be fined. Children are not allowed to go to nursery schools if they are not vaccinated, but the parents of lower and middle school will be fined up to 500 euros. This week at least 300 children were turned away from kindergarten in the city of Bologna. Before this law was in place parents could simply state that their kids had been vaccinated even if they had not, because the school, by law, did not need proof of the vaccinations.   Now we decided to interview some people on how they felt about the vaccinations becoming mandatory in Italy. Theo D. ‘24 “I think it’s a good cause and it’s a good use of time for the Italians.” Luca…

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El Chapo Finally Sentenced

On Tuesday the 12th of February, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty on all of his ten charges and is guaranteed life in prison. He will be sent to the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” where some of the US’s worst criminals and terrorist are being held. The charges mostly include drug trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth. The trial lasted eleven weeks in Brooklyn and came down to a decision by the jury. During the trial he was also accused of drugging and raping girls as young as thirteen. He also was accused of bribing former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for $100 million when said president took office in 2012, as well as offering him $250 million more to end the manhunt against El Chapo. El Chapo has also been accused of various other murders and other brutal crimes. The reason his arrest is so important…


Everything You Need to Know About Venezuela

Venezuela is a South American country that many consider to be on decline after their revolution in 1999. Many average citizens are living in extreme poverty without access to basic necessities like food and medicine. Recently many Venezuelans have been sick of the suffering and are wanting change, and it looks like change is coming and it may be bloody. Recently, opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself as interim president, and called for elections on February 3rd, because of controversy that previous elections were rigged., which of course never happened. Guaido has earned US and European support, and a US and EU backed coup may be coming soon. European countries such as the UK, France, Germany, Spain and many more have all supported Guaido and called for current President Maduro to step down.   Additionally current President Nicolas Maduro was asked if the current crisis in Venezuela could result…


The Government Shutdown and What It Means for Our Country

The border wall was one of Trump’s first campaign promises, and he is currently asking for $5 billion to fund its building. Trump has also decided to shutdown the government to try and get Democrats to fund his wall. To make matters worse, this shutdown is leaving thousands without jobs,while national parks like the National Mall are flooded with trash because there is no one there to pick it up. This fight is not without reason, as Trump has said on multiple occasions that the south border is bringing in drugs, gangs and human traffickers. Trump also made a speech on Tuesday the 8th about the current situation on the fight for border security.  Trump said “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis and they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation.” Trump went…


Third Parties in Politics

During the 2018 and 2016 elections you may have heard of some other parties that are not Democrat or Republican. You may have heard terms such as “Libertarian” or “Green Party.”  These parties are third parties in America’s government. Yes, believe it or not it’s not just Democrat or Republican, you have more of a choice. Now the third party that is the largest is the Libertarian Party. The concept of Libertarianism is having as little government (and as much freedom) as possible. You may have heard about their candidate in the 2016 election Gary Johnson who ran in the 2018 midterms and got 15.5% in the Senate Midterms. The next biggest third party in America would be the Green party. They are a left wing progressive party that is against war and violence and believes in Green politics. The idea of Green politics is creating a government that is…


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Visits FCS!

We as a full FCS community had the honor of hosting Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis. She was here for the public on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30 pm at Friends Central School, Shallcross Hall at the City Avenue campus. But the students were lucky enough to meet her in person. She will met with the Lower School, Middle School, and the Upper School during their assembly periods. Dr. Hanna-Attisha also wrote a well-reviewed book called What the Eyes Don’t See about helping discover the Flint water crisis. The Flint crisis started when the city of Flint was losing money. So Flint switched from Detroit water to water from the Flint river. But river water is harder to treat than lake water and this treatment was being done by a water plant that had not been operational for 40 or 50 years. The problem…


Friends’ Central Sound-Off: Kavanaugh Confirmation

On October 6, 2018, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a very partisan vote. Mr. Brett Michael Kavanagh was born in February of 1965 making him 53 years of age. Before being nominated, Justice Kavanaugh was a United States Circuit Judge. Kavanaugh´s confirmation started in early September and, towards the end, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with assault allegations that happened thirty-six years prior. At Friends’ Central there are very strong feelings. When asking the Rosemont Village Service group for their opinions there were many strong ones. Magistra (Latin teacher) said, ¨it was incredibly distressing to watch the hearing and to see the obvious pain of the women who had been violated and sidelined. When someone comes to me and expresses their pain I do not doubt them. I believe them.¨ Allison Whellan ´23 stated,¨It was really upsetting especially as a girl to watch a…


Trump At The UN

Since the late twentieth century the office of the President of the United States has been respected. Throughout the world the American presidency and democracy was a sign of hope and most countries respected the person in that office. On the 25th of September that changed. The leader of the free world was met with an outburst of laughter at the United Nations General Assembly meeting after stating, ¨In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.¨ He then followed up by saying, ¨so true.¨ The president was talking to the U.N about the change there has been in the world, how with short conversations the North Koreans they have made ¨encouraging measures that few could have imagined.” He mentioned how India has made strong moves to diminish poverty. While these accomplishments are great, President Trump phrased them in…


Korea Enters Under One Flag at PyeongChang 2018

Ever since World War II, the relationship between North and South Korea has been one of the most complicated tensions in modern history. However, world leaders are trying to build peace and this starts at the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. At the opening ceremony, the two countries marched under the Korean Unification Flag, and South Korean president Moon Jae-in watched with Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, along with Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and others. In addition, the two Koreas will be competing with a joint women’s ice hockey team that features the best athletes from the Korean peninsula. The two countries are trying to use the Olympics as an opportunity to build peace, and are working to build a better future. As a second-generation Korean American, I was very surprised when I first heard the news. Many of my Korean friends and…


State of the Union

On Tuesday, January 30, POTUS Donald Trump delivered his State of The Union address. He delivered his speech beautifully and paused at the perfect times making his speech very dramatic and interesting. He brought national heroes and people of great accomplishments to his speech. Making it a touching speech showing heroics and heartfelt messages. He had a very controlled tone making him appear calm and peaceful. He also delivered a very bi-partisan message that even the democrats applauded. Things quickly fell apart though when he finished his introduction. Donald Trump lied fourteen times within an hour and half speech; the most any president has lied during any State of the Union speech.. He got boos from grown congressman that acted as though they were watching Riley trying to shoot a basketball. If you put away the fact that many of Trump’s points were lies, he had an excellent speech. When…


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