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Myanmar's Rohingya: Bob Rae to the rescue? Don't think so.

While the crisis affecting the Rohingya of Myanmar's Rakhine State seems to have exceeded the attention span of most of the Mainstream Media (MSM) these days, it doubtless continues on.

Here's Karl Nerenberg making a thoughtful contribution to the discussion over at rabble.ca. It's terrific to see someone applying some real thought to the problem, as such insightfulness is sorely lacking these days....

On the other hand,

Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: Former CIA guy all concerned for "human beings"

So here we are in Episode 10, the North Vietnamese Army and National Liberation Front have taken over much of the country, and they're about to enter and liberate Sài Gòn. At the US Embassy (and all the CIA "safe spots") things are falling apart. It's chaos.

All the Vietnamese that have been loyally working for their US Imperial masters are, not surprisingly, desperate to get out, and expecting the Americans to take them. And, suddenly, here's Frank Snepp, talking to us. Interestingly, he's identified as "CIA," which was largely not true of the other CIA nobs Burns/Novick had talking to us.

Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: John Negroponte "decent"? Really?

There's something that's annoying the bejeezus out of me as I watch the Burns/Novick documentary on the Vietnam War. They've got these guys/gals talking at you, and all you're told about who they are, so you can judge what they're saying, is a name, and "Marines," or "Pentagon." You're not told anything about them.

Since Burns/Novick start the series by asserting that the American effort in that war was started by "decent people," it seems to me we have a right to assume they'll have decent people talking to us about it, no?

White Cops: Do we really need 'em?

(Achtung! Sarcasm alert!)

There's been a lot of concern lately about police violence in the United States. Police kill over 1,000 people, mostly fellow Americans, every year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, in a country where race is at the root of so much of its history and culture, African-Americans are disproportionately the victims, astonishingly so.

Intercept in bed with the dark side: OMG! Russian hackers!

One of yesterday's big stories, at least on my Facebook wall, was a The Intercept big scoop. They published a story on a National Security Agency (NSA) document that had been leaked to them.

(The federal contractor employee involved has been arrested and charged with nefarious national security offences. But that's a tragic story I won't be able to deal with here.)

Putin not our "friend"? So what?

One of the big problems of today, as far as I'm concerned, is the staying power in the "West" of Russophobia, or, more specifically, Putin-phobia. Considering how close we are to nuclear war with Russia, for no really good reason, it seems to me a lot of people ought to smarten up.

One of my favourite internet authors, one Caitlin Johnstone, is a major critic of the current wave of Russophobia that's clearly driving otherwise sensible people in the United States, mostly Democrats, to lose their minds—the apparent belief that every major problem in the U.S. is Vladimir Putin's fault.

Bernie Sanders wants us to Drink the Kool-Aid

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

A couple days ago Bernie Sanders served us a great Big Gulp™ of kool-aid about Trump and Russia.

Concentration Camps for gay men in Chechnya? WTF!

In Chechnya, they're throwing gay men into concentration camps!

Doesn't that piss you off? I know it would me.

Except — wait for it — it appears not to be true.

Sometimes Things Don't Go as Planned

Sometimes things just don't turn out the way we'd planned.

March 21, 2017, mission: Start out early morning from Cà Mau, Viet Nam, and take a leisurely drive 110kms to Đất Mũi, at the foot of QL (Highway) 1, the southernmost point in Viet Nam. "Check in" on FB...

On the Challenges of Travelling Alone

When travelling alone, and making your own arrangements, you make your own mistakes. And you spend a lot of time you could otherwise be spending on the beach or eating fabulous seafood making those mistakes.

On Friday, 17 March, in Việt Nam, instead of enjoying being there I spent a very large portion of the day dealing with this problem: Now that I've got myself and my motorcycle to Phú Quốc, how exactly do I get it back to the mainland?

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