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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Vietnam
Military, War, Trump

Trump’s Obscene War Machine

This is the old ‘guns vs. butter’ scenario taught to young students in elementary economics classes. If economics is a matter of choices over scare resources, and if budgets are a way to project your values, then Trump has made his views clear – guns matter more than butter.

March 2, 2017
Vietnam like protests

Is Trump Our New Vietnam?

At the end of last week’s Women’s March, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children wearing knitted pink pussy (cat) hats exited the Mall and poured up 15th street, next to the Treasury Building and just one block from the East Wing of the White House. Only 24 hours after his swearing-in, the 45th president was publicly pilloried in Nixon-era-like protests. As one veteran sixties agitator predicted after spending the day at the march in Washington, “Trump is our new Vietnam.”

February 3, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama receives flowers as he arrives at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Statecraft in East Asia

In the waning months of his presidency, Barack Obama seeks to redefine U.S. foreign policy, most recently in his embrace of one of the biggest phantoms of the Cold War battlefield: Vietnam.

May 24, 2016

Service Record: Trump, McCain, And Republican Contempt For Veterans

Nobody should be shocked to hear a right-wing chicken-hawk disparaging a worthy veteran at this late date. In the Republican Party, it is standard operating procedure — and for any Republican to pretend otherwise now is risibly hypocritical.

July 20, 2015

Vietnam, U.S. Restart Adoptions After Six-Year Ban

Hanoi (AFP) — American parents will again be allowed to adopt Vietnamese children, authorities said Tuesday, ending a six-year ban imposed after allegations of baby-selling and fraud but with new restrictions. Two American agencies have been awarded licences but new U.S. adoptions will be limited to children aged over five, sibling groups and those with […]

September 16, 2014

Medal Of Honor Awarded To 2 Men Who Served In Vietnam War

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times President Barack Obama awarded two men the Medal of Honor on Monday afternoon for their bravery during the Vietnam War. In a ceremony at the White House, Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military recognition on Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and posthumously to Army Spc. Donald P. […]

September 15, 2014

WATCH: ‘Last Days In Vietnam’ Trailer Is A Must-See

During the spring of 1975, as Washington policymakers confronted the inevitability of a North Vietnamese victory against the U.S.-backed government of South Vietnam, they made a decision that layered dishonor on the American defeat. They would do nothing to evacuate the South Vietnamese associated with the U.S. war effort, whose lives were in grave peril. […]

September 5, 2014

Two Chinese Nationals Slain As Riots Continue In Vietnam

By Ralph Jennings and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times TAIPEI, Taiwan — Anti-China riots in Vietnam left two Chinese citizens dead and more than 100 injured, China’s state-run media said Thursday, as officials in Taiwan worked to evacuate its nationals from the Southeast Asian country. About 1,000 Taiwanese-owned companies have been affected by the violence, and […]

May 15, 2014

Anti-China Protests Grow Violent In Vietnam Over Territory Dispute

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Thousands of anti-China protesters ransacked, looted and set fire to foreign-run factories in southern Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday in a wave of violence sparked by a dispute over China’s placement of an oil rig in waters claimed by both countries. The riots marked the biggest outburst of […]

May 14, 2014

When Does An Occupation Become A Movement?

On Sept. 22, I was on my way to moderate a panel discussion in lower Manhattan, when I walked past a crowd of several hundred people gathered in Zuccotti Park. It looked more like a sit-in than a protest, but it had the feel of something bigger waiting to be born. Nobody was shouting or […]

October 13, 2011