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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.

René Burri Retrospective | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | Metamorphosis

14 October 2006
René Burri Retrospective 1950-2000 Manchester Art Gallery until 12 NovemberAdmission free From the Suez crisis and the Korean War, to Vietnam and Tiananmen Square, René Burri was seemingly on location for almost every major political, cultural and historical event in the second half of the 20th century. Much of his work captures the responses of ordinary people, soldiers, refugees and young people to their surroundings. His scenes of street life in Brazil are rich, expressive and naturally shot. Burri was clearly interested in the possibility of change and looked to the diversity of peoples from across the world to find its spirit. Ove

Winter Soldier: a powerful testimony against the Vietnam War

23 September 2006
This is the film about the investigations held in Detroit by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War into the war crimes carried out by the US on the people of south east Asia during the Vietnam War.

‘Vietnam veterans are angry again’

08 July 2006
The war in Iraq has re-politicised some of the generation of soldiers who opposed the war in Vietnam, veteran Jerry Lembcke told Socialist Worker.

Who says?

24 June 2006
"Iraq is Vietnam without water."Rick Weidman, executive director for policy and government affairs at Vietnam Veterans of America

Massacre at Haditha: how the occupation turned an Iraqi town into hell

03 June 2006
The Iraqi town of Haditha will now forever be linked with the blood and terror of the US occupation. For many it will be Iraq’s equivalent of Vietnam’s My Lai, a symbol of the violence of imperialism.

Lessons learnt from an imperial history

23 May 2006
During the Vietnam War, the US ruling class reacted to growing domestic opposition to the conflict by getting locally recruited forces to take over the bulk of the fighting, and thus the bulk of the casualties. The process was known as "Vietnamisation".

The first casualty of war

18 March 2006
In the My Lai massacre in Vietnam you saw the mundane racism of the US troops. On 16 March 1968, they killed between 90 and 130 men, women and children. What is important and notable is that it wasn’t until November 1969 that the story came out.

Who says?

11 March 2006
"Upwards of 80 to 85 percent of people... have witnessed or been a part of a traumatic event, including engaging the enemy, killing people... In Vietnam, there were safe areas where people could go to rest and recuperate. That doesn’t happen in Iraq – every place is a war zone."Steve Robinson, of the US National Gulf War Resource Centre, which supports veterans

Who says?

01 October 2005
"I never thought I’d miss Nixon... Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam"placards on last Saturday’s anti-war demo in Washington DC

Black music was America’s soundtrack to the Vietnam War

02 July 2005
From the early to the mid-1960s, black music took a very patriotic attitude towards the war in Vietnam. A lot of that had to with the feeling that conditions for black people in the US were improving.

Marxism 2005

25 June 2005
The latest addition to the line up at Marxism 2005 will be author and activist Tariq Ali. Tariq will be speaking on War Crimes in Iraq — Memories of Vietnam and will be showing archive footage of the Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal into US atrocities in Indochina.

Seymour M Hersh — from My Lai to Abu Ghraib

04 June 2005
In 1968 you exposed the US massacre at My Lai in Vietnam. Last year you exposed the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib. How can things like this happen when those prosecuting the war talk about bringing "freedom" and "democracy" to the world?

Coming events

14 May 2005
Friday 13 MayLaunch of Socialist Film Club with a showing of classic Vietnam documentary Hearts and Minds, introduced by Jonathan Neale, 7pm, University College London, Gower Street WC1 (Euston Square tube). Price £5/£3. Phone 020 7637 1848 for tickets.

Coming events

05 May 2005
Friday 13 MayLaunch of Socialist Film Club with a showing of classic Vietnam documentary Hearts and Minds, introduced by Jonathan Neale, 7pm, University College London, Gower Street WC1 (Euston Square tube). Price £5/£3. Phone 020 7637 1848 for tickets.

Liberation of Saigon inspires struggles today

05 May 2005
The coverage of the liberation of Saigon by Vietnamese fighters 30 years ago is a reminder of the inspiration of that victorious struggle against US imperialism

Vietnam — the war that won’t end

30 April 2005
The front page news in New York City last week was former senator Bob Kerrey’s announcement that he was considering a campaign for mayor next year against incumbent Michael Bloomberg. Kerrey (not to be confused with fellow Democrat John Kerry) is a famous war hero — winner of the Congressional Medal of Honour, the US’s highest military decoration.

Paul Wolfowitz: laughing all the way to the World Bank

26 March 2005
In late 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, US president Lyndon Johnson appointed his secretary of defence, Robert MacNamara, as president of the World Bank.

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