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Vietnam War

Forty Years After 'Secret War' In Laos, Countries Sign Convention Banning Cluster Bombs

The Guardian | Ian MacKinnon in Phonsavanh, Laos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More than 100 countries will today sign a convention banning the use of cluster bombs. In Laos, the most bombed nation on earth, their lethal legacy i...

New Nixon Documents Show Conflict Over Vietnam

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In Richard Nixon's time, all the president's men fretted about threats on every front: disquiet out on the streets, disloyalty insi...

Lawrence Wilkerson's Lessons of War and Truth

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Lawrence B. Wilkerson has spent 31 years as a soldier in the US Army, including military service in Vietnam. He played a role in the death of a Vietnamese girl and came to disclose that.

Tao and Dow

Norman MacAfee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norman MacAfee

I think the markets are best left to the fools thinking only of long and short, except when it comes to life. It will not take financial experts to get us out of the mess that they got us into.

The Strange Return of the Sixties Radicals

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

There is still a distortion in our memories of the violence of the '60's. After condemning Obama for vaguely knowing Ayers, McCain boasted about his "close friendship" with Henry Kissinger -- and nobody noticed the dissonance.

Not So Easily Pegged: The Wars of a Bisexual Black Vietnam Vet

Pete Cenedella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

This is excerpted from a post I made on Election day, but it somehow seems way more important now in light of the rising tensions between African-Amer...

Voting Expert William Jacoby Knows How You're Going To Vote

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

As the polls grow tighter, more people wonder what the electorate will be thinking on Nov 4. OffTheBus posed that question to political scientist Will...

The Candidates' Perspectives

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Traveling through the heart of Java, I saw bodies of civilians who were slaughtered by Indonesian troops and anti-terror squads who were singled out as Communist sympathizers by the CIA for the coup plotters.

Reflections on Racism as I Vote for Barack Obama

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

Today I signed and mailed my Florida absentee ballot for this historic election.

The Big Lie At The Heart Of McCain's Ayers Campaign

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephen C. Rose

In a deep sense, this election really is about turning the page on the thinking that would divide us by whether we have regrets about Vietnam. Or Iraq. Or war period.

How Come McCain's "Gook" Slur Isn't Bigger News?

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

Compared to offensive remarks against blacks, Hispanics and Jews, cultural affronts on Asians rarely get too high on the food chain. The missed McCain Gook story would seem to bear that out.

Conduct Unbecoming: John McCain's Dishonorable Endgame

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

He has now earned the ignominious fate of a public "court martial" in polling places all across America on November 4th.

The Bill Ayers Distraction

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dennis Perrin

I carry my share of misery, but a fair number of reactionaries must have ceaseless raging fear in their heads. Isn't real life awful enough? Why the need for even worse alternate realities?

McCarthyism with Lipstick

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

Sarah Palin is discovering now her abilities to engage in the type of character assaults that one associates with Joe McCarthy -- guilt by association.

Ayers Attacks Are An Affront To Soldiers And Protesters Alike

Jean Vickers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jean Vickers

To assert that Obama "hangs around with terrorists" is an attempt to capitalize on the tumult of the 1960's without concretely linking that era to contemporary politics.

Joe Lieberman: "John McCain Doesn't Have A Racist Bone In His Body", Well... Except When Calling Vietnamese "Gook[s]"

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

Flashback, John McCain of 2000: On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live...

Oh Canada, I Hid Behind You

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

To avoid stress, and especially since Bush's re-election, I've avoided mentioning that I'm American, and have even resorted to saying that I'm from Ottawa, a lovely capital city I know a bit about.

Miss Universe in Vietnam -- Isn't That Wild?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Harry Shearer

The last time I think a prime time NBC show originated anywhere in Vietnam, it was a Bob Hope special, he was entertaining the troops on some base and it certainly wasn't live.

Webb's VP "No Thanks" a Big Blow to Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Webb seemed to slam the door for good on any run at the vice presidency with his seemingly unequivocal "no thanks" to Obama. But politics being politics, a no never completely means no.

The New York Times Rewrites Its Swift Boat Past

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Is the Times actually suggesting that the media did their due diligence during the dog days of August 2004 and quickly highlighted the holes in the Swift Boat allegations?

McCain's Vietnam Captor Speaks: A Conversation With Tran Trong Duyet

BBC News | Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In 1967, US presidential candidate John McCain's plane was shot down on a bombing mission over North Vietnam. BBC reporter Andrew Harding tracked dow...

The Saga Of The Protest Song

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I figured maybe "Fortunate Son"'s rebellious tone had gotten his attention. But it was something more... my nephew was asking questions about its political lyrics and theme.

McCain's New Strategy: Do Unto the American People What Lieberman Did Unto Connecticut

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The key message McCain will try to convey is that he too wants to end the Iraq War, as committed to it as, well, Joe Lieberman was when he lied his way to re-election during his 2006 Senate campaign.

What Makes McCain Tick?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don't expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, he is pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party.

Rice Links al-Sadr, Bush & Cheney

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Speaking in Baghdad on Sunday, Rice unintentionally but tellingly ridiculed Bush and Cheney while mocking hardline Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr?