Looking Back & Ahead: My Six Months in Vietnam (Guest Post)

Below is a guest post by Joe Crook, a senior at Brandeis University who spent the spring 2014 semester in Vietnam.  He also worked for part of the summer in Hanoi.  Joe was a member of a select group; there were only 683 US students in Vietnam during 2012/13, the last year for which statistics … Continue reading Looking Back & Ahead: My Six Months in Vietnam (Guest Post)

The Audacity of Monsanto & the Short Memory of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture

Note:  This is obviously NOT a post about education.  Given the relative freedom of speech that this blog has afforded me since I left the employ of a quasi-US governmental nonprofit five years ago, I reserve to right to explore other important issues related to Vietnam, including the war legacy of Agent Orange and the … Continue reading The Audacity of Monsanto & the Short Memory of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture

2014 Operation Light the End of the Tunnel

Below is an interview with Chuck Searcy, a former Army intelligence analyst who has lived in Vietnam for the last 20 years working - in partnership with Vietnamese colleagues - to ameliorate the effects of various war legacies, including unexploded ordnance (UXO) and Agent Orange.  The interview was with Mike Cerre, a former ABC News … Continue reading 2014 Operation Light the End of the Tunnel

Coming Full Circle: A Conscientious Objector Returns to Vietnam

Below are some excerpts from an article by Doug Hostetter, who is director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office in New York City.   He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war, who did his alternative service working for Mennonite Central Committee in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969.  Doug was a member of the National Student Association delegation to … Continue reading Coming Full Circle: A Conscientious Objector Returns to Vietnam

Same Same But Different

Earlier this week, on a humid evening, the air heavy with memories and raw emotion at the Cinematheque in Hanoi, I met some of the 17 members of the Veterans for Peace Chapter 160 Spring 2014 Tour, who are here for a two-week visit, including Hanoi, Dong Ha/A Luoi, Khe Sanh, Danang, Hue, Hoi An … Continue reading Same Same But Different

Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor

Overcoming the Past? The good news is that while most of America continues to indulge in this national charade, and refuses to come to terms with its bloody past and prevent the "past" from becoming "prologue" again and again, the tiny S-shaped country upon which the U.S. military visited so much death and destruction has … Continue reading Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor

“Review” of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Haunting.  This is the title of a "review" I recently posted on Amazon about Kill Anything That Moves:  The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse, which is available in paperback today.  Actually, it's not so much a review as it is a rebuttal to every criticism - or at least all of the ones … Continue reading “Review” of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam