Chinese Missile Base Near Viet Nam’s Border? (Say It Ain’t So!)

This story is being covered by the Vietnamese and English language media in Viet Nam. The only difference is that the Vietnamese reports I've seen don't include any satellite photos. This alleged Chinese surface-to-air missile base is just 20 km (12 miles) from the border. Below are two photos. The first is from the linked … Continue reading Chinese Missile Base Near Viet Nam’s Border? (Say It Ain’t So!)

Trumpism is Exactly Who Many of US Are

Image courtesy of CounterPunch Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch in which I expand upon this 23.1.21 blog post Agree to Disagree? It Depends. Below is an excerpt to whet your appetite (or not). During the dark years of Trump and MAGA madness, I often heard from disbelieving and exasperated colleagues that this is not who … Continue reading Trumpism is Exactly Who Many of US Are

Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech. (Agence France Presse/Getty Images) Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, a federal holiday in the US, by (re)reading and listening to two of … Continue reading Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

Twice a Loser, Twice a Traitor

Protesters seen all over Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used buttons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal … Continue reading Twice a Loser, Twice a Traitor

“Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID?”

This photo is from one of Capstone's fall flex-fairs. This is my latest essay for University World News, uploaded yesterday. The (editor's) title is a rhetorical question that I'm pleased to answer in the affirmative, assuming institutions act accordingly. I address some possible steps to take in the last section entitled A time to rebuild. … Continue reading “Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID?”

“A Thief in the Night, But Not Too Smart”

Courtesy of Mango Press Bill Hayton aka "Virgin White," a one-time BBC journalist who was essentially kicked out of Viet Nam in March 2007, strikes again, this time with a book about China entitled The Invention of China. I stumbled upon this article because one word, dubious, linked to one of my blog posts, Anti-Vietnam … Continue reading “A Thief in the Night, But Not Too Smart”

“Qualities incomprehensible to the ‘think tank’ specialists”

Below is an excerpt from Ho Chi Minh - An Appreciation by Wilfred Burchett. It was published in 1972 but its relevance in 2020 is obvious. It would be interesting to have a discussion, especially with young Vietnamese, about their interpretation of Burchett's wartime reflections. Thanks to his son, George, for the heads-up. If it … Continue reading “Qualities incomprehensible to the ‘think tank’ specialists”

Fulbright University Vietnam Professor Gets the Ax

This post definitely falls into the intrigue category. Buckle your seat belt, dear reader. It's one hell of a story. Christopher Balding (CB), a one-time Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) professor recently went down in professional flames because of a red line he chose to cross for 15 minutes of infamy while indulging his hatred of … Continue reading Fulbright University Vietnam Professor Gets the Ax

American History for Truthdiggers

The swampy environs of Jamestown, Virginia, claim the life of another 17th-century English settler in this painting by National Park Service artist Sydney King. (National Park Service / Public Domain) I highly recommend this 2018-19 series of articles written by Maj. Danny Sjursen, a retired U.S. Army officer and former history instructor at West Point. Danny … Continue reading American History for Truthdiggers