Long, grisly track record in chemical and biological warfare makes US outrage over Syria phony and hypocritical The United States has deployed its CBW (chemical and biological warfare) arsenal against the Philippines, Puerto Rico, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, Haitian boat people and Canada, and exposed of hundreds of thousands of unwitting US citizens to an astonishing array of germ agents and toxic chemicals, killing dozens of people. The US experimentation with bio-weapons goes back to the distribution of cholera-infect blankets to American Indian tribes in the 1860s. In 1900, US Army doctors in the Philippines infected five prisoners with a variety of plague and 29 prisoners with Beriberi. At least four of the subjects died. In 1915, a doctor working with government grants exposed 12 prisoners in Mississippi to pellagra, an incapacitating disease that attacks the central nervous system. After World War I, the United States went on a chemical weapons binge, … [Read more...] about Who will intervene? Germ War: the US Record Opinion
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VietNamNet Bridge - In the past, some countries in Asia, Africa or Latin America were rich or had bright cultural development, but were often “robbed" by imperialists or colonialists. Visit the national museums of the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, or Spain, you can easily see a lot of treasures from Egypt, China, South America. But you do not see any treasure sourced from Vietnam. Except for the Dong Son bronze drum of ancient times, it seems that Vietnamese have not made any item that can be considered a “treasure”. The past There are many reasons given to explain the poverty of Vietnam. One of the major reasons is the "wet rice civilization" or the "village culture". They are usually used to explain gaps or weaknesses of Vietnam in the past. To be fair, before the industrial revolution and the presence of Western people with the steam locomotive, not only Vietnam but entire Asia was largely dependent on agriculture. The characteristic of this profession is … [Read more...] about When will Vietnam become a rich country?
The Vietnam Army Museum (now the Vietnam Military History Museum) was established on July 17, 1956, which has become its traditional day. It is now one of the most visited national museums, recording 18 million visitors, including two million foreigners from 150 countries around the world. It has also been awarded many high orders, medals and titles of distinction from the Vietnamese State and Army. President Ho Chi Minh visited the museum on December 12, 1959, along with several Politburo members, and described the museum as a living history book upholding the glorious tradition of the Vietnamese army. On December 4, 2002, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai signed a decision changing its name to the Vietnam Military History Museum. Since then, it has made significant changes to improve its operation and worked out effective methods for cataloging, evaluating and preserving objects. Today, its collection is managed and cataloged on computers. The museum displays have also been … [Read more...] about 55 years of Vietnam Military History Museum
As Vietnam prepares to submit a set of 19th century royal records for UNESCO world heritage recognition, it is time local authorities made the documents more accessible, researchers argue. The administrative records of Vietnam's last ruling Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) are almost never accessed by the public or even serious researchers for that matte, mostly because they haven't been translated or digitized, experts said. Dao Hai Yen with the Center for National Archives in Hanoi, where the records are being kept, said 453 people came to read the documents between 2005 and 2012, with the highest annual number of readers at 136 and the lowest 15. This means 56-57 people read them every year on average, or one person per week, she said. Most of them were historians and researchers of Han - Nom, an old script combining Han Chinese with Vietnamese ideography. "The lack of people interested in the Nguyen Dynasty records should be considered abnormal," Prof. Nguyen Quang Ngoc, former … [Read more...] about Authorities urged to make Vietnam royal records more accessible
PANO - Colonel Tran Hong, a former photographer of the People's Army Newspaper, told his stories about taking photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap for nearly 20 years. Colonel Hong said that he took first photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap in 1973. Later, the general visited Hong's photo exhibitions two times, in 1992 and 1995. Since then, Hong was selected to take photos of the General at many events. Over 40 years as a photographer, Colonel Hong took more than 2,000 photos and held 4 photo exhibitions on General Vo Nguyen Giap, especially featuring the general's simple daily life. Many viewers shared that they felt as if they were meeting General Vo Nguyen Giap when they saw Hong's photos. On the 55th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory, at a photo exhibition by Colonel Hong titled "General Vo Nguyen Giap and his moments", Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Huy Hieu, former Minister of National Defence, said that he was very touched to see the exhibition. It was a meaningful … [Read more...] about The man who recorded General Vo Nguyen Giap’s life in photos