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Catching my breath in Hanoi, Vietnam

After an amazing 3 weeks in Laos with my travel partner, Vivien and the dutch boys, we were ready to continue our journey to another country, Vietnam! 1,097 more words

War on Repeat

Today my favourite newspaper vendor (see my last post) delivered me a story in person rather than within the pages of the newspapers he sells. 673 more words


Jerusalem and Birmingham

I recently read (more of less at the same time) two historical books which I would highly recommend.  Each is flawed, but each gives a picture of a tragic time of which I knew too little. 889 more words


REFERENCE BOOK: Commandos et Forces Suppletives Indochine 1945 – 1954 by Jacques Sicard

Commandos et Forces Suppletives Indochine 1945 – 1954 by Jacques Sicard with assistance from M. Duflot and F. Pitel.

Softcover: 54 pages.
Published by Symboles & Traditions (Paris) 120 more words


FEATURED AUDIO // Vietnam Bans Australian War Commemoration

Vietnam has blocked an ANZAC Day ceremony at Long Tan, in the latest sign the country is seeking to end foreign commemoration of the war.

Click HERE to listen.

AM / The World Today / PM

The Last of the Annamese by Tom Glenn

Tom Glenn’s The Last of the Annamese (Naval Institute Press, 336 pp., $29.95) is a love story. It is not a sentimental love story, nor is it a soap opera. 517 more words


The Good  News of Public Libraries, 3.16.2017

This afternoon I walked eight blocks north to the Central West End’s Schlafly Library where I picked up three books by Bernard  B. Fall, whom Noam Chomsky once described as “the most respected analyst and commentator on the Vietnam War”—Last Reflections on a War, Street without Joy, and Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu. 21 more words

The War-making State