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Vietnam War

America by the Numbers: Part I

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Our bridges are collapsing, our highways and railways are crumbling, and our schools are failing because too much money that should go into education and infrastructure continues to finance the implements of war.

War Echoes Through Time, Generations

Eric Mink | Posted 04.11.2014 | DC
Eric Mink

One particular item -- a large white index card -- catches my eye. It's lying face up in front of one of the Wall's highly polished, black stone panels.

Operation Baby Lift: The Story Behind the Story

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Bill Halamandaris

Half a world away one man hears what happened and decides he has to do something about it. He is not about to wait the ten days the government says it will take to mount a relief effort.

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

Is It Okay to Take Serious Risks as a Parent If It's for the Greater Good?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I grew up with parents who took risks like those taken by the Raines' and yet I worry that I could be sheltering my own kids too much like the parents described in All Joy and No Fun.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

The Widening Lens: Jonathan Schell and the Fate of the Earth

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
Tom Engelhardt

Given the role Vietnam played in his life, in mine, and in this country's, I thought it might be appropriate to look not to his last words, but -- in a sense -- to his first words.

What's in a Name? Captain America: The Winter Soldier

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Reviewers are wondering about the film's title, pointing out that the titular 'Winter Soldier' doesn't figure as prominently as the title might suggest. Au contraire. I'll explain what the 'Winter Soldier' of the title really means.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.

The POW Who Blinked 'Torture' In Morse Code During TV Interview Has Died

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics

* In TV interview, Denton blinked word "torture" in Morse * He served as Republican Alabama senator from 1981 to 1987 * ...

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

Obama Honors 24 Heroes Who Didn't Get Their Due

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due. On Tuesday, 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in ...

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

For My Teacher

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

On December 29, 2013, I lost one of the greatest teachers I had -- my dad, Michael Greenberg.

3 Ways To Free Your Mind And Find Joy

Vee Somphon | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Vee Somphon

There was a phrase I heard over and over in that refugee camp, and it was oht jhai. It has no literal English translation. The closest meaning would be: "This, too, shall pass." Laotians believe all circumstances are temporary, and if you have the patience to wait them out, you will turn a corner. Something better awaits. If not, that too shall pass.

If You Want to Cut Military Costs, End Military Discrimination

Carlos Harrison | Posted 03.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Carlos Harrison

The Department of Defense recognizes that it has a Hispanic retention problem. As any business operator knows, that's expensive. Losing a trained employee means they have to start over teaching a new one.

Vietnam Veterans Sue Military Over PTSD

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, res...

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for Honor

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Mark A. Ashwill

What follows is a point-counterpoint response to the five congressionally-mandated objectives for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a hollow payback for a generation of neglect and mistreatment.

A One-night Stand With My Mother

Oral Fixation | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

All signs pointed toward me being gay, but to my mom and relatives I was just a kid having fun. I was fabulous that night and I knew it; that is, until my father walked in and saw me.

Misremembering America's Wars, 2003-2053

Nick Turse | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

You don't need cybernetic eye implants and immersive propaganda portals to alter history. You don't need to wait decades to have disinformation beamed into your head. You just need a constant stream of misleading information, half truths, and fictions to be promoted, pushed, and peddled until they are accepted as fact.

The Old Man and the Sea (of Stuff)

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
Doug Bradley

The Hemingway legacy lives on. Like many of my male baby boom cohorts, the Hemingway hero, the Hemingway style and the Hemingway ethos cast a very large shadow over us.

America's Wailing Wall

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

It's been more than three weeks since Bruce Springsteen's latest album High Hopes debuted at # 1 on the Billboard charts. And on this album, enhanced by the fact that I'm a Vietnam vet, I've come to listen over and over and over to the 11th cut, appropriately entitled "The Wall."

Phu Quoc: The Idyllic Vietnamese Island That Comes With Torture Instructions

Paula Froelich | Posted 04.02.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

The hotel's brochure lists activities to do on the island, like "snorkeling, reef diving, waterfalls, hiking in virgin forests, shopping at the market..." at the very bottom of the list, on the back page is "Coconut Tree Prison."

Interview With Don Lao, Author of I Became the Boat People

Audrey Wang | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Audrey Wang

This week, we spoke with Don Lao, who recently published his memoir, I Became the Boat People: A Refugee's Path to America. The autobiography recounts the turbulent events in 20th-century Southeast Asia and Lao's growing up in a large, entrepreneurial family in Vietnam.