The Vietnam War Remnants Museum: Full of Tragedy and Propaganda

The Vietnam War Remnants Museum is full of gruesome displays. Children in the room on Agent Orange are pictured without arms, without eyes, with stubs for feet, with single-fingered hands. It is also full of propaganda. To begin with, the juxtaposition of anti-war signs along the wall with tanks in the front of the museum … Continue reading The Vietnam War Remnants Museum: Full of Tragedy and Propaganda

Chinese and Americans Have Different Concepts of “Livability”

Wade Shepard is the author of Ghost Cities of China, a book that explores the phenomenon of Chinese new city development. Why are so many cities seemingly empty?, Shepard thought, seeing what the media often describes as “ghost towns.” In fact, he argues, many of those “ghost towns” are actually in the stages of development, … Continue reading Chinese and Americans Have Different Concepts of “Livability”

Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe: Heidi Kingstone’s Reportage Puts Afghanistan’s Problems in Stark Relief

Fourteen years after America’s invasion of Iraq and the establishment of a new government, it is widely accepted that Afghanistan is an unstable state with democratic deficits and that the results of the intervention were far from the goals. A report from the Vision of Humanity in 2013 that called that Afghanistan the least peaceful … Continue reading Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe: Heidi Kingstone’s Reportage Puts Afghanistan’s Problems in Stark Relief

Collectivism vs. Individualism: The New Political Paradigm

More and more it seems like the divide in politics and society isn’t so much left vs. right as it is between individualism and collectivism. Cultural issues are becoming politicized. One’s entertainment interests, sexual preferences (including kinks and such), and other personal issues are fodder for political analysis. To be sure, politics and cultural and … Continue reading Collectivism vs. Individualism: The New Political Paradigm

The New York Times: Reaction to Muhammad Cartoons Unhinged

The New York Times recently published an image of artwork of Pope Francis made out of condoms. Though it didn’t require much courage, I do praise them for the decision to publish. After all, it is wrong when newspapers censor themselves to avoid offending thin-skinned religious sensibilities (or any other sensibilities). And the message that … Continue reading The New York Times: Reaction to Muhammad Cartoons Unhinged