At the core of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent speech on foreign policy: “America first.” Would he support more isolationist policies? How do his positions differ from those of Democrat Hillary Clinton? Next, a recently published graphic novel is the first about the Iraq war written and illustrated by an Iraq veteran. The creator talks about being a Marine and an artist. Then, Anaheim’s proposed resolution condemning Donald Trump’s rhetoric against immigrants and minorities and the melee that followed. And finally, the surprising history of the orange in Orange County.
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a speech Wednesday on foreign policy, a day after winning five state primaries. His core philosophy is, according to his remarks, “America first.” Trump condemned globalization and nation-building; he called the foreign policy of the Obama administration "a complete and total disaster." So how do Trump’s foreign policy positions differ from those of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who has been called more hawkish than any of the Republican candidates?
Maximilian Uriarte is an artist, a storyteller and an Iraq War veteran. He started a comic strip while on active duty in the Marine Corps called “Terminal Lance.” It became popular among Marines, and prompted Uriarte to launch a Kickstarter project to fund a full graphic novel. “Terminal Lance: The White Donkey” was recently published by Little Brown, and it’s the first graphic novel about the Iraq War written and illustrated by a veteran.
Orange County has been known as a white Republican bastion, but the city of Anaheim has undergone big changes. It’s now majority Latino, and it has one of the nation’s largest Muslim populations. While Donald Trump has some strong support in Orange County, his rhetoric about immigrants and Muslims has been particularly unpopular among many in Anaheim. Anger bubbled over Tuesday outside Anaheim city hall, where Trump supporters and opponents clashed over a city council resolution condemning Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
Even though the California orange business has largely moved to the Central Valley, the orange helped set the stage for everything that’s happening today in modern Orange County, including large tract-homes and “bland mass culture.” Tom Zoellner writes about the history of Orange County’s namesake fruit in an essay in the LA Review of Books called “The Orange Industrial Complex.” He’s an the author, journalist and Associate Professor of English at Chapman University in Orange County, which is named after one of its most influential orange men.
Tom Zoellner, author
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