Of Spirits, Martyrs & Legends: the Magic & Sorrow of Vietnam’s Côn Sơn Island

Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch. The tomb of Võ Thị Sáu A short up-and-down overwater flight from Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and, voilà, you’ve arrived. While your destination is just off the coast of southern Vietnam, it may as well be another world. In less than an hour, you are transported from the … Continue reading Of Spirits, Martyrs & Legends: the Magic & Sorrow of Vietnam’s Côn Sơn Island

“Qualities incomprehensible to the ‘think tank’ specialists”

Below is an excerpt from Ho Chi Minh - An Appreciation by Wilfred Burchett. It was published in 1972 but its relevance in 2020 is obvious. It would be interesting to have a discussion, especially with young Vietnamese, about their interpretation of Burchett's wartime reflections. Thanks to his son, George, for the heads-up. If it … Continue reading “Qualities incomprehensible to the ‘think tank’ specialists”

“Da 5 Bloods” & the USA’s Ongoing Failure to Overcome Its Past

Da 5 Bloods is timely, powerful, educational and important. Says Netflix, which is airing this movie and has a lot at $take with a production budget of $35–45 million, one of Spike Lee's more expensive movies. Here's one nod in the company review to the Vietnamese, routinely neglected in US portrayals of the US War … Continue reading “Da 5 Bloods” & the USA’s Ongoing Failure to Overcome Its Past