Category: Vietnam

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John Pilger: The killing of history

The “meaning” of the Vietnam war is no different from the meaning of the genocidal campaign against the Native Americans, the colonial massacres in the Philippines, the atomic bombings of Japan, the levelling of every city in North Korea

Robert Koehler: Reclaiming the truth about Vietnam

The Full Disclosure campaign rips away the lies that allow America’s wars to continue: GIs slogging through jungles and rice paddies to protect the ideals we hold dear

Thomas A. Bass: America’s Amnesia

Everything wrong with the new ten-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War is apparent in the first five minutes. A voice from nowhere intones about a war “begun in good faith” that somehow ran off the rails and killed millions of people. We see a firefight and a dead soldier in a body bag being Read more…

John Grant: My Vietnam War, 50 Years Later

Leaders like Trump are now fighting for themselves first and planning to search out and destroy those weaker and poorer than they are

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Paul Street: Bob Kerrey, Fulbright University and the Neoliberal Erasure of History

According to witnesses from his unit and the village, Kerrey helped kill the elderly Bui Van Vat and gave the order to shoot women and children. A “baby was the last one alive,” unit member Gerhard Klann recalled

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Kim Scipes: The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration

A review of The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration, by John Marciano

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Nick Turse: Two Men, Two Legs, and Too Much Suffering

America’s Forgotten Vietnamese Victims

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David Bacon: Vietnam’s Labor Newspaper

Lao Dong belongs to the official union federation, but it maintains an independent critical voice

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David Bacon: Why The B-52 Failed

Photo of the bombing of Hanoi Station on Christmas Day 1972, from the Hoa Lo Museum in Hanoi. On the plane to Hanoi earlier this month, I opened my copy of the New York Times to find an article by Dave Philipps: “After 60 Years, B-52’s Still Dominate the U.S. Fleet.” The piece stuck with Read more…

William Boardman: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Again

The Paris attacks make further escalations harder to resist, if not politically inevitable and politically all but impossible to oppose. But opposition must arise from somewhere if we are ever to break out of this spiral of violence that has led only downward for more than a decade.

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