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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.

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

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.

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.

Who says?

27 November 2004
"So went eight days of combat for this Iraq city, the most sustained period of street to street fighting that Americans have encountered since the Vietnam War. The proximity gave the fighting hellish intensity, with soldiers often close enough to see the enemies in the eyes."

Who is John Kerry?

13 October 2004
KERRY’S THE guy who made a fiery anti-war speech the day he left Yale, then promptly signed up to fight in Vietnam. He’s the guy who wouldn’t throw away his own combat medals at an anti-war demonstration, but borrowed some from a friend to toss over the fence.

Marvin Gaye: trouble man

02 October 2004
MARVIN GAYE’S seminal album What’s Going On is one of the most popular albums of all time. Recorded in 1971, its multi-track vocals, complex musical score, and fusion of soul and jazz create a wonderful soundscape. Over the top Marvin sings a series of gut-wrenching songs that are laments for the Vietnam War, pollution, drug addiction, corrupt governments and the miseries of ghetto life.

‘It’s far graver than Vietnam’

25 September 2004
‘This is far graver than Vietnam. There wasn’t as much at stake strategically there, though in both cases we mindlessly went ahead with a war that was not constructive for US aims.

Vietnam veterans join march against Bush

04 September 2004
VETERANS AND serving members of the US armed forces joined this week’s protests at the Republican convention in New York.

After the massacre comes the cover-up

27 May 2004
THE MY Lai massacre was one of the US army's most notorious war crimes. On the morning of 16 March 1968 the soldiers of Charlie Company marched into the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Three hours later they had massacred over 500 people-men, women, children and babies.

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