JD's Notebook US 

Donald Trump the neoconservative?

On Monday night, during a live televised address to the nation on the war in Afghanistan, President Trump announced that the US military will be sending in an additional number of troops to the volatile middle eastern country. While the President did not specify exactly how many troops, reports confirm that 4000 of those that are serving will be deployed. The U.S. have been engaged in active combat in Afghanistan for the past 15 years that started when the Bush administration launched air and ground invasions against the then Taliban-led…

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JD's Notebook South Africa 

JD’s Notebook: Remember Marikana

Five years have passed since that darkly fatal day that retreated South Africa back to the cruel years of the Apartheid regime. But today was a moment of reflection and remembrance.  Since the death of those 34 miners, South Africa has received a whitewashed Marikana Commission that easily exonerated the executive of any guilt.  For those miners and their families, justice has still not been delivered. But while our government leadership has failed those miners, their families and all South Africans, for those of us that remain, there is still…

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JD's Notebook US 

JD’s Notebook: White House shakeup

Last Friday President Trump announced on Twitter that he was replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Secretary General John Kelly.  The sudden change in one of his senior staff positions came exactly a week after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, who subsequently resigned on Monday. While the President’s legislative agenda has been nothing but an embarrassing failure after Republican Senators once again, failed to follow up on their seven year promise to repeal Obamacare, Trump…

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JD's Notebook US 

JD’s notebook: a thought on race politics in 2017 America

The phenomena of Trump’s election was something far more dynamic than just a political mandate from the masses of people that found a romance with the the Republican candidate’s populist style. This was an explicit indication of the direction of America’s social politics.   During the Obama years, race fared as a far more negative issue than expected during the country’s first black presidency.   The nation was subjected to a kaleidoscope of mass conspiracies, originating from the right, mostly concerned with Obama’s Kenyan ancestry and natural-born citizenship. The rhetoric…

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