Why Vietnam Should Not Go Nuclear

I decided to post this article here because I could only access it via TOR. Given that the Vietnamese government is not considering acquiring nuclear weapons, I'm not sure what the author's point. The fact that "some scholars have suggested that Vietnam pursue nuclear weapons in order to balance against China" is neither here nor … Continue reading Why Vietnam Should Not Go Nuclear

You can’t eat money: the cost of unlimited growth

A woman stands at her collapsed house damaged by landslide along the Mekong river in Can Tho, Vietnam, December 17, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Kham My latest essay for VNExpress International. The Vietnamese version will be up soon. Here are the first two paragraphs. In a 1972 book chapter entitled "Conversations with North American Indians," Alanis … Continue reading You can’t eat money: the cost of unlimited growth

They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch. Here's the first paragraph to whet your appetite for more (or not). Note: 17 minute read. During a recent trip to Boston, I saw this delusional expression screaming at me in large red, white, and blue letters from the side of a passing cement truck. For the uninitiated, it’s … Continue reading They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

If You See Something, Say Something

Here's my latest piece for CounterPunch. If you like the intro, read on. If not, that's OK, too. 😊 Photograph Source: istolethetv – CC BY 2.0 It is well-known that the US is a divided and conflict-ridden society that is fraying at the seams on so many levels. From the homeless in Denver, fellow human beings … Continue reading If You See Something, Say Something

Why we do what we do: A US international educator’s moral quandary

Stores that sell guns and related items are common in many US states.  I took this one a few years ago in my home state of Delaware. Here's my latest article for University World News. (The editor shortened the title to Gun Violence: An International Educator's Moral Quandary.) It was inspired, so to speak, by … Continue reading Why we do what we do: A US international educator’s moral quandary

Fact-Checking a Recent PIE News Article About Viet Nam

Face-to-face key to recruiting Vietnam Gen Z This 8 July 2022 article by Helen Packer, which is essentially an advertorial for INTO, includes some facts and figures that are inaccurate. While I agree with the thesis, i.e., the importance of face-to-face recruiting, I feel compelled to offer these corrections in point/counterpoint fashion. Point #1: Approximately … Continue reading Fact-Checking a Recent PIE News Article About Viet Nam

American Management University Begins Establish Regional Office in Vietnam

AMU's "main campus" courtesy of its website I recently read an article with the above title published in Vietnam Times, a website administered by VUFO (The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations), a Vietnamese NGO. As I suspected, AMU is an unaccredited US university based in California. In fact, as is often the case, its "campus" … Continue reading American Management University Begins Establish Regional Office in Vietnam

“U.S. will have to work hard to win over Vietnam’s conservatives”

Anti-American sentiments remain entrenched among certain groups. Winning over "Vietnam's conservatives" would not be in the best interests of Viet Nam. In fact, the country's foreign policy is characterized by independence and openness. Here's an excerpt from the description on the website of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in the US: … Continue reading “U.S. will have to work hard to win over Vietnam’s conservatives”

The Shadowy Business of International Education

Credit: Academic Matters (OCUFA) "According to Broitman, the economics of the system reveal a fundamental truth: a student who walks into an agent’s shop is not the client—they’re the product. If an agent is getting commissions from an unremarkable community college in rural Ontario, then their only motivation is to get every teenager who walks … Continue reading The Shadowy Business of International Education

“Nothing is Impossible” Finds It Impossible to Tell the Truth About Vietnam

Here's my latest for CounterPunch. Thanks to Rutgers University Press for the review copy. Better late than never. Here are some excerpts, including the two paragraphs followed by a section entitled The Measure of the Man. Enjoy (or not)! Just before the Lunar New Year, I finally received my review copy of Nothing is Impossible: America’s … Continue reading “Nothing is Impossible” Finds It Impossible to Tell the Truth About Vietnam