Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

Most Americans -- even relatively sophisticated ones who read The New York Review of Books -- have little knowledge of Third World countries. There is a real need for books written by sensitive and insightful journalists about countries such as Vietnam. Sadly, what we get instead is the polemical tract Vietnam: Rising Dragon written by an ideologue with a … Continue reading Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Ranking the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, country by country (21.5.20, Politico) Here's the essay-length version of this 15.5.20 blog post. Below are the first three paragraphs to whet your appetite for more (or not): You can’t please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished … Continue reading Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”

As a regular commentator on Vietnam, and having written several articles on its Communist government’s Covid-19 response in recent months, I agree fully with (Bill) Hayton. -David Hutt, Asia Times Of course, he does. David (DH) and Bill (BH) are two peas in a pod when it comes to Viet Nam. They're not only "peas … Continue reading Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”

The Dangers of Armchair Journalism, US-Style

There hasn't been enough news in countries like the US about how well Viet Nam is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, so I was pleased to see this short NPR report on 16 April entitled In Vietnam, There Have Been Fewer Than 300 COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths. Here's Why by veteran journalist Michael Sullivan. … Continue reading The Dangers of Armchair Journalism, US-Style