A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail
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Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu: Feared and outspoken politician who wielded immense power behind the scenes in South Vietnam
Thursday 16 June 2011
Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, described as "the dragon lady" or "the oriental Lucrezia Borgia", wielded a huge influence in the short history of South Vietnam. As the sister-in-law of Vietnam's bachelor President Ngo Dinh Diem, she was the glamorous yet sinister unofficial first lady, thriving on publicity and becoming a politically powerful and often critically outspoken figure during the early Vietnam War. Madame Nhu enjoyed the complete support of Diem, as well as the complete loathing of President John F Kennedy and the US government.
Tuesday 14 June 2011
Forty years after the explosive leak of the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study chronicling deception and misadventure in the United States's conduct of the Vietnam War, the report was published in its entirety yesterday, including the 11 words that were not published at the time of the leak.
Sunday 29 May 2011
That's the claim by a right-wing author who says he's exposed a left-wing plot behind some top TV shows
Saturday 07 May 2011
On 7 May 1954, the French garrison at their fortress at Dien Bien Phu finally surrendered to the Viet Minh communist revolutionaries after months of siege.
Monday 11 April 2011
After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, the legendary performer Bob Dylan finally got his chance to see Vietnam at peace.
The invisible division: US soldiers are seven times as likely as UK troops to develop post-traumatic stress
Friday 08 April 2011
Something is happening at the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that mental health experts are finding hard to explain: British and American soldiers appear to be having markedly different reactions to the stress of combat. In America, there has been a sharp increase in the number experiencing mental-health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Between 2006 and 2007 alone, there was a 50 per cent jump in cases of combat stress among soldiers and suicides more than doubled. Why the precipitous rise? And why hasn't there been an accompanying rise in these symptoms among British troops?
Wednesday 06 April 2011
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Aston Villa director General Charles Krulak has urged the team to "kick the c**p" out of their opponents as they bid to avoid relegation.
Monday 28 February 2011
100BC: Religious sacrifice
In the Lotus Sutra, the doctrine upon which Mahayana Buddhism is founded, the bodhisattva Medicine King offers himself to Buddha by performing various acts of self-mutilation, including burning parts of his body.
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Saturday 12 February 2011
Monday 07 February 2011
The family of Vang Pao, a former Laotian general and leader of the Hmong ethnic group, said it was "disgraceful" that the US Army did not allow the key American ally in the Vietnam War to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.
Friday 04 February 2011
On Tuesday, the world watched as protesters took to the streets of Cairo, demanding the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. It was dubbed the "million-man march", an estimate of just how many Egyptians had joined in the demonstration.
Vang Pao Soldier whose leadership of Hmong fighters led to his description as ‘the biggest hero of the Vietnam War’
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Vang Pao was a fabled Hmong war veteran who led by example and exuded bravery, fighting a covert CIA-sponsored war against Laos Communist insurgents and Viet Minh in Laos during the Vietnam War. The General, once described as the "biggest hero of the Vietnam War" by the former CIA Director William Colby, went on to become the revered leader of the Hmong exiles in the United States.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
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