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[Poll] Favorite Vietnam Protest Song

It’s time to wrap up last week’s poll and start anew. This week’s poll is all about the Vietnam war and the myriad of protest songs it inspired. Of course, we couldn’t list every single song, so you’ll have to choose from the few we picked. If we missed your favorite, feel free to let us know in the comments.

"Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq."

“Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq.

Favorite Vietnam Protest Song

“Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” – John Prine (1971)
“Wooden Ships” – Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jefferson Airplane (1969)
“Where Are You Now, My Son?” – Joan Baez (1973)
“What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye (1971)
“War Pigs” – Black Sabbath (1971)
“War” – Edwin Starr (1970)
“8th of November” – Big and Rich (2006)
“Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” – Arlo Guthrie (1967)
“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles (1967)
“Charlie Don’t Surf” – The Clash (1980)
“Bring Them Home” – Pete Seeger (1966)
“Give Peace a Chance” – The Plastic Ono Band (1969)
“Man in Black” – Johnny Cash (1971)
“Orange Crush” – R.E.M.… Read the rest

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Henry Kissinger’s Legacy of War Crimes Exposed by Secret Yale Visit | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin speaks about how Yale University’s secret invite to Henry Kissinger has shined a new light into the former Secretary of State’s long list of criminality, by helping facilitate US war crimes in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East, which resulted in the deaths of millions of civilians.

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Deer supposedly extinct 85 years ago discovered in Vietnam

Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. (Wikimedia) (PD)

Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. (Wikimedia) (PD)

Two Roosevelt’s muntjacs were recently captured by a camera-trap at Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

via Thanh Nien News

A deer thought to have become extinct 85 years ago has been found at a nature reserve in Vietnam’s central province of Thanh Hoa.
A pair of Roosevelt’s Muntjacs, also known as  Roosevelt’s barking deer, was caught on a camera trap set up by scientists surveying barking deer populations at the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in Thuong Xuan District, the reserve’s management said Wednesday.
It said the scientists also collected the animals’ feces and got their DNA tested at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources in Hanoi, and found them to be a match for a DNA sample kept at the American Museum of Natural History.
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Father And Son Spent 40 Years Of Isolation Living In The Jungles Of Vietnam

vietnamA tragic story of going off the grid Robinson Crusoe-style in response to the horrors of war, via the BBC:

A Vietnamese father and his son who fled to the jungle during the Vietnam War four decades ago have been persuaded to leave, officials say. Ho Van Lang and his 82-year-old father fled to the jungle after being traumatised when three family members were killed by a landmine.

For most of their time in the jungle their whereabouts was unknown. They were discovered living in dense foliage in central Quang Ngai province and were barely able to communicate.

While in the jungle, the pair wore only loincloths and used a homemade axe to chop down trees. They survived on corn, fruits and cassava roots from the jungle. They lived in a tree house, five metres above ground, where they kept arrows for hunting and knives for killing animals.

The older man kept his military trousers neatly folded in a corner as well as the little red coat his son was thought to have been wearing when they fled.

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Mickey Mouse In Vietnam

A lost cartoon classic via Vimeo:
In 1968, an underground, anti-war short film was produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser called Mickey Mouse in Vietnam. Mickey Mouse (unofficially) starred in a one minute animation that depicted the Disney icon travelling to Vietnam in a boat, entering the country, and being immediately shot in the head. The film was shown to associates of the creators in 1970 and onward. It is rumoured (though unconfirmed) that Disney tried to destroy every copy that they could get in their possession. Until recently, the only known copies available for public viewing were one owned by the Sarajevo Film Festival, and one included on the Film-makers' Coop's 38 minute, 16mm collection reel. The only pieces of hard evidence of the short's existence available online were a few screenshots (all but one found in a 1998 French book entitled 'Bon Anniversaire, Mickey!').  
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Newly Declassified Recordings: Candidate Nixon Sabotaged Vietnam Peace to Get Elected

The BBC’s David Taylor published a great analysis Friday of newly released White House recordings of President Lyndon Johnson. The two biggest revelations: Before the 1968 election, Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks to prolong the war and increase his own presidential prospects; anti-war protesters literally blocked Johnson from the Chicago Democratic National Convention, and consequently from running again.

This story runs off the rails only briefly, when claiming that no president since Nixon has bugged the Oval Office. Obama, for one, is doing it.

Although Johnson learned of Nixon’s treasonous sabotage of Paris peace talks, we know now, the president said nothing.

In late October 1968 there were major concessions from Hanoi which promised to allow meaningful talks to get underway in Paris – concessions that would justify Johnson calling for a complete bombing halt of North Vietnam. This was exactly what Nixon feared.

[Senior Nixon campaign adviser Anna] Chennault was despatched to the South Vietnamese embassy with a clear message: the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal.

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Vietnam Turns To Scientology To Treat Its Agent Orange Victims

Agent Orange CropdustingTruth may be stranger than fiction, but when it comes to scientology it’s hard to know which is which…. From ABC News:

The Vietnamese government is turning to a “detoxification” method developed by the founder of the Church of Scientology to treat victims of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant the U.S. military used during the Vietnam War.

According to local media reports, 24 patients from the central city of Da Nang were admitted to the Hanoi 103 Military Hospital last week to begin a free, month-long treatment to rid the body of dioxins that have been linked to birth defects, cancers and other diseases.

The “Hubbard Method,” named after L. Ron Hubbard, requires taking vitamins and minerals, exercising and sweating in saunas. Scientologists have used it to treat alcoholism and drug addiction in the past, and offered similar services to New York City’s first responders who were exposed to toxins in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Afghanistan is Not the USA’s Longest War

AfghanistanThis article is from 2010, but the math still adds up. From NPR:
Afghanistan hasn't become the U.S.' longest war; Vietnam still is, according to someone who should know, Richard Holbrooke, the Obama Administration's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, who also served as a young American diplomat in Vietnam. Holbrooke spoke with All Things Considered co-host Robert Siegel Monday (we'll provide a live link when it becomes available) and took issue with what he sees as a revisionist history being peddled by some in the media who are dating the start of Vietnam to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964. President Lyndon Johnson got Congress to pass the resolution on what many historians consider the trumped-up pretext of a North Vietnamese attack on a U.S. warship ...
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Nixon Library To Release 265 Hours Of White House Tapes

nixon‘The cease-fire in Vietnam, the release of American prisoners of war, Watergate, U.S. policy in the Middle East, the assassination of two U.S. diplomats in Sudan by the Black September Organization …’ are just a few of the topics discussed on the tapes to be open on Thursday. CNN reports:

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will open a trove of records at the facility and online Thursday, including 265 hours of White House tapes, officials said.

The library, in Yorba Linda, California, will also open more than 140,000 pages of presidential records and 75 hours of video oral histories, officials said. The library is part of the National Archives.

The White House tapes span February 1973 to March 1973 and include a few from early April 1973. There are no transcripts for these tapes, but the library has produced a detailed subject log for each conversation, National Archives officials said in a statement.

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Daniel Ellsberg: “Every Attack Now Made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Was Made Against Me and The Release of the Pentagon Papers at the Time”

Daniel Ellsberg in 2006. Photo: Jacob Appelbaum (CC)

Daniel Ellsberg in 2006. Photo: Jacob Appelbaum (CC)

Via Daniel Ellsberg’s Website:

Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosures

WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in. The people listed below this release would be pleased to shed light on these exciting new developments.

How far down the U.S. has slid can be seen, ironically enough, in a recent commentary in Pravda (that’s right, Russia’s Pravda): “What WikiLeaks has done is make people understand why so many Americans are politically apathetic … After all, the evils committed by those in power can be suffocating, and the sense of powerlessness that erupts can be paralyzing, especially when … government evildoers almost always get away with their crimes. …”

So shame on Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and all those who spew platitudes about integrity, justice and accountability while allowing war criminals and torturers to walk freely upon the earth.

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