Ha Long Before & in the Midst of Hyperdevelopment

Photo by MAA My first trip to Ha Long Bay was 26 years ago this June. I had traveled to Viet Nam, the second time that year, to look in on a summer study abroad program I created. I went with a group of US students and two program staff. I remember the students complaining … Continue reading Ha Long Before & in the Midst of Hyperdevelopment

It’s Time to Ban Tobacco Products

Our vocation can nourish our understanding and compassion or erode them. We should be awake to the consequences, far and near, of the way we earn our living. - Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926-2022) Credit: Vietnam smoking via Michael Hero / Shutterstock.com It's time to ban tobacco products. There, I said it, what some are thinking but … Continue reading It’s Time to Ban Tobacco Products

Vietnam: Fewer Natural Forests, Increasingly More Golf Courses

This essay is from a website called TheVietnamese with the tagline Independent Journalism Matter. What it describes is yet another example of development in Viet Nam that is far from sustainable and of ecocide, defined as the destruction of the natural environment by deliberate or negligent human action. Who will benefit? That's easy. The company … Continue reading Vietnam: Fewer Natural Forests, Increasingly More Golf Courses

Faux Wine: Up Close and Personal

Here's a bottle of "wine" that I received as a Tết (Lunar New Year) gift. I ran out of my regular supply so I opened it - with low expectations. One whiff and I knew it was essentially grape juice in a wine bottle with what looked like a fake (read cheap) cork that didn't … Continue reading Faux Wine: Up Close and Personal

Entrapment Victims: 1; DHS: 0

Remember the late great University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ) created in 2013 by the US Department of Homeland Security "to target brokers and recruiters who sought to abuse the U.S. immigration system for financial gain", including unsuspecting international students, as if they don't have enough other work protecting Ze Homeland? Keep in mind that … Continue reading Entrapment Victims: 1; DHS: 0

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Golden Graduate Assistantship

Back in the day, when I was a Ph.D. student at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), I applied for a graduate assistantship in the Office of the President. This was a dream assignment because of the opportunity to work with Dr. Steven B. Sample, who assumed that position in 1982 at … Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Golden Graduate Assistantship

Their Madeleine Albright Moment

Stock Photo by ©kikkerdirk 73977253 Here's my response to someone who had some nice things to say about a recent essay of mine published by University World News and republished by CounterPunch. (Unabridged version here.)  Interestingly, and not surprisingly, I guess, I've received some pushback from intelligent people who are 'peaceniks' under normal circumstances but now find themselves … Continue reading Their Madeleine Albright Moment

Another Deal with the Devil, International Education-Style

Life is full of trade-offs, some of which involve fatally flawed moral compromises and hefty doses of personal and institutional soul-selling. -MAA This image taken from CCTV video shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. (Hurriyet via AP) MAA: Khashoggi's last few minutes of life. His fiancée, Hatice … Continue reading Another Deal with the Devil, International Education-Style