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Vietnam—a graveyard for the US’s imperial ambitions

Vietnam—a graveyard for the US’s imperial ambitions A new ten-part documentary sets itself up as the definitive account of the Vietnam War. It brings out new voices and footage, but obscures the truth

A world with no wars

A world with no wars It’s possible—if we understand what makes them. Tomáš Tengely-Evans takes aim at imperialism

Iraq: how the west lost

Iraq was supposed to be the war that finally erased the memory of defeat in Vietnam. Instead, says Simon Assaf, ten years on it is clear that the conflict dealt another blow to imperialism

Tragedy explores mental illness and racism: but i cd only whisper

Bold and fragile in equal measures, the new play "but i cd only whisper" explores the psyche of a black Vietnam war veteran after he allegedly commits a terrible crime. It delves into the history of a man whose war began long before he joined the army.

The Sapphires: drama that sets out racism faced by Aborigines

The Sapphires: drama that sets out racism faced by Aborigines 1968. Riots and revolution. Vietnam. Soul music. The elements that make up director Wayne Blair’s film The Sapphires have been done before—but never in quite this way.

At last an end to the 'wasted years'

The legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye famously asked, "What’s Going On?" His 1971 album examined the US’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin

16 February 2010
McCullin is famous for his photographs of the Vietnam war. But he also photographed many of the other conflicts that have shaped the modern era.

New challenges for US movement against war

03 November 2009
The quagmire in Afghanistan is worse than it has ever been. But the US anti-war movement finds itself in a desperately floundering situation, unable to adequately mobilise protest activity around Barack Obama’s Vietnam.

Winter Soldier | Sir! No Sir! | FTA

17 February 2009
This is a long awaited chance to get hold of three classic films about the hidden history of US troops in the Vietnam War.

Afghanistan: war is ‘tougher than Vietnam’ for US

10 February 2009
The US has admitted that winning the war in Afghanistan will be "tougher than Vietnam".

Video of Adrian Mitchell at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965

28 December 2008
Anti-Vietnam war poetry reading

US voices for change

11 November 2008
Jim Baldridge – Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Baltimore ‘I went with a busload of union members from Maryland to Richmond, Virginia, to support the Obama campaign.

Waged London: photographer Larry Herman on his new project

04 March 2008
Larry Herman was born in New York, and moved to Britain during the Vietnam War. Since then he has lived in Glasgow and Sheffield, but mostly in London.

Watergate, anti Vietnam war protests and US imperial failure

04 September 2007
A US President losing a war abroad and facing an anti-war movement at home, while talking up troop withdrawal, extends his imperial adventure – leading ultimately to his downfall. That is what happened to Republican president Richard Nixon.

Vietnam vet on George Bush’s false history lesson

28 August 2007
In his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention last week, president George Bush urged Americans to "resist the allure of retreat".

The anti-war movement: the radicals have not gone away

28 August 2007
"Where are the students on the rampage?" Polly Toynbee asked plaintively in the Guardian recently. "Compare this inertia with the fury over Vietnam back in the late 1960s, when Britain had no troops in that war.

Rewards to imperialism

06 June 2007
By 1967 the US was losing its long and bitter war in Vietnam with the Viet Cong, the peasant-based guerrilla national liberation movement. It was terrified by the prospect of the anti?imperialist movement spreading to the Middle East.

Half Nelson | Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare

24 April 2007
Half NelsonDirected by Ryan FleckFilm out now Heard the one about the sexy, 20-something, crackhead, inner city, history teacher whose star student is his dealer’s runner and whose parents are alcoholic anti-Vietnam war lefties?

John Pilger: ‘This is Bush’s Vietnam’

28 October 2006
The Anglo-American adventure in Iraq is heading for a disaster for Washington as great as the defeat in Vietnam.

The bitter choices for Bush in Iraq

28 October 2006
Even George Bush now acknowledges there may be a similarity between the present situation in Iraq and the Tet offensive mounted by Viet Cong guerrillas in South Vietnam in early 1968.

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