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President Richard Nixon, left, and President Donald Trump, right. AP//Frank C. Curtin; REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump’s bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

President Trump solicited foreign help for his presidential campaign. So did presidential candidate Richard Nixon. The difference, writes scholar Ken Hughes, is that Nixon was more skilled at it.
Fischer believed his immunity broke down a lot more quickly as a direct consequence of his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. AAP/Alex Murray

What Tim Fischer’s cancer tells us about the impact of Agent Orange on other Vietnam veterans

More than 500 Australians died in the Vietnam war and 3,000 were wounded, but the damage from Agent Orange was much more far-reaching, as Tim Fischer's death last week reminded us.
Travis Fimmel and Jay Kiriona in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019). Jasin Boland - © Danger Close Production

Danger close? The battle over the meaning of Long Tan

A new Australian film tells the story of one of the most iconic battles of the Vietnam war - but the film repeats disputed facts and interpretations.
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in Hanoi on November 19, 2018. Luong Thai Linh/AFP

Debate: Vietnam, making friends with giants

A small country surrounded by giants such as China, Russia and the United States, Vietnam long ago learned to work with its neighbours and assert its independence.
The poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans, many of whom had PTSD, angered Natasha Zaretsky’s Midwestern students. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Red-state politics in and out of the college classroom

A scholar raised by leftist San Francisco parents in the 1970s ends up teaching in the heartland, where her students represent a very different kind of politics. What she learns from them is profound.
U.S. President Donald Trump, seen here in a February 2018 photo, has a beef with trade deficits. Yet running trade deficits with Asian countries has long spurred American spending and consumption. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump’s misguided aversion to trade deficits

Donald Trump's obsession with trade deficits, and his subsequent wielding of the tariff big guns, is the absolute wrong approach for the U.S. economy.

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