What Were They Thinking? My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. The Buddha's Fifth Remembrance from his Five Remembrances (PDF download) I'm pretty sure What Were They Thinking? is going to be the subtitle of an article about the … Continue reading Albright & Powell to Speak at the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference: Say What?
Below is an excerpt from my latest CounterPunch article about Bob Kerrey and Fulbright University Vietnam. Think of it as the 2017 bookend to my 2016 CP article, Bob Kerrey and Fulbright University – What were they thinking?, published a month after the controversy erupted. Follow this link to read it in its entirety. MAA … Continue reading The Fat Lady Finally Sings: Bob Kerrey Quietly Resigns from Fulbright University Vietnam Leadership Position
Below is a letter that was sent to Bob Kerrey about his controversial appointment as chairman of the Fulbright University Viet Nam board of trustees, announced by John Kerry during President Obama's May 2016 visit to Viet Nam. In case you're interested and are not up-to-date on this situation, here are some articles that have … Continue reading 47 Signatories Urge Bob Kerrey to Resign from Fulbright University Viet Nam Position
Below is the English translation of an open letter written by Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh about Bob Kerrey's appointment as chairman of Fulbright University Vietnam's Board of Trustees. Follow this link to read the original Vietnamese version: Thư ngỏ của bà Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh gửi người Việt Nam và các bạn Mỹ Mdm. … Continue reading Open Letter to Vietnamese & American Friends
Below is the English translation of a statement by Mdm. Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh, whom I like, respect, and admire, about the appointment of Bob Kerrey, former Nebraska governor, US senator, New School president, and self-confessed war criminal, as chairman of the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) board of trustees. Mdm. Ninh, Vietnam’s former ambassador to … Continue reading “Fulbright University Viet Nam – Starting on the Wrong Foot”
This post is quite obviously NOT about education or US-Vietnam educational exchange. It's about history, its impact on the present, and the United States' (in)ability to overcome its past. The German word that describes this process, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, implies dealing with, learning from, but also overcoming the past. It's about a horrible truth that Nick Turse tells his fellow citizens and the world about … Continue reading Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam