At TPP, Vietnam, developing nations come under US onslaught on affordable cancer treatments

Below is a repost of an article that originally appeared on 23 October in Thanh Nien News and was picked up by Info.vn.  There are basically two sides in this debate:  1) those who support profit over people; and 2) those who support people over profit.  Unlike most things in life, it's really that simple.  … Continue reading At TPP, Vietnam, developing nations come under US onslaught on affordable cancer treatments

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

Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

On July 31st and August 1st, US Consul General, Rena Bitter, hosted a conference on Vietnamese higher education.  The star-studded list of guests included Dr. Ngo Bao Chau, the first Vietnamese to receive the prestigious Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, Dr. Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology, and Professor Bui … Continue reading Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in friendship and peace. - Senator J. William Fulbright in the Foreword to "The Fulbright Program: A History, 1965" Here's … Continue reading Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

President Obama Nominates Ted Osius to Become the Next US Ambassador to Vietnam

President Obama has nominated Ted Osius to become the sixth US Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Osius will replace David Shear, who arrived in August 2011 and has left to take up his duties as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Below is an excerpt from a 14.5 White … Continue reading President Obama Nominates Ted Osius to Become the Next US Ambassador to Vietnam