Critical Analysis of a Published Article Essay

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APPROACHES TO STUDY WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT (INTENSIVE) Assignment 1: Critical analysis of a published article (1000 words) Saturday 10th October 2009 By Joana Wong This critical analysis is about an article that argues whether drugs should be legalized or not. It was published in The Observer, on Sunday the 6th of September 2009 and it is entitled "Latin America's backlash against US war on drugs" by Ed Vulliamy in Tijuana, Rory Carroll in Caracas, Annie Kelly in Buenos Aires and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro. It is a lengthy article, written in a Sunday newspaper for a well-educated and informed audience. It is evident that the reporter has researched the subject well, for example he starts the article with and …show more content…

He states that South America is demanding a partnership instead of the subjugation that hallmarked former US presidencies, saying that not only is their interdiction policy failing, but it is also a pretext for Washington interference. At the same time he highlights reasons for scepticism such as: some drugs are addictive after one single hit; if possession is legal, it will enhance the domestic market, and above all, drugs kill and destroy lives and legalizing them will make them more accessible to people. I was impressed by this article mainly because of the emotive terminology used throughout by the author such as "murderers", "serious heroin and crack users", "destroyed", incarcerated", "brutal", "catastrophic", "bloodshed", etc., secondly, the factual content is indisputable drawing on a wide range of examples of escalating violence in different countries in Latin America, like the "killing of 40 people over three days in Juarez,... take the death toll to about 1,400 this year" and "thousands of people die every year in Rio de Janeiro in clashes between police and traffickers." He also mentions that the use of "paco" cocaine paste increased by more than 200% between 2001 and 2005, which proves US policy of prohibition is not working. The article seems to be biased pointing out many reasons for the decriminalisation of drugs in particular

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