“Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the debate over whether authoritarian states are gaining the upper hand across the world. In contrast, democracies are showing capacity for innovation and adaptation. Seriously? When I first saw the title, I thought it was satire. It's downright Orwellian along the lines of war is peace and freedom is slavery. … Continue reading “Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

The “Rotten Apple” at JHU

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 Tweet first, ask questions and discover the truth of the matter later, ideally. As I posted on LinkedIn about this Tweet from 10 June, "Pure, unadulterated bullshit. Steve Hanke, … Continue reading The “Rotten Apple” at JHU

Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

This is a 29.5.20 PIE News article for which I was interviewed. Below are my answers in their entirety. What role will agents play in the recovery from Covid-19? Obviously, because international travel will be limited for quite some time, institutions that partner with education agents will have to rely on them now more than … Continue reading Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

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”

E20 Webinar: “Vietnamese Student Recruitment in the Time of COVID-19”

I enjoyed participating in this recent webinar with my colleague, Ngoc Anh, Capstone's Hanoi-based educational services manager. Although it started at the end of a long day, Viet Nam time, we were both energized by the content and the many excellent questions we received from colleagues. ​ The E20 Series is a collaboration between Branta … Continue reading E20 Webinar: “Vietnamese Student Recruitment in the Time of COVID-19”

Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

https://youtu.be/2NGVPeyA2fo Here's an excellent 18-minute interview with Dr. Guy Thwaites, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam; Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford; Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust; Honorary Professor, MRC Clinical Trial … Continue reading Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”

Below is a sampling of my favorite comments - in no particular order - in response to my 30 April 2020 CounterPunch essay entitled A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War. Most are from Facebook and Twitter; some are comments posted here and sent … Continue reading Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”