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A guard outside the National Convention Center in Hanoi, January 26, 2021. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Book excerpt: ‘Misconceptions about Vietnam’

In a new book, Hiên Do Benoit looks at Vietnam’s society, culture and political and economic history, and provides us with the keys to understanding this state unlike any other..
This man visited the Soviet embassy in Mexico City while Lee Harvey Oswald was in Mexico in 1963. Officials thought it might be Oswald. Corbis via Getty Images

JFK conspiracy theory is debunked in Mexico 57 years after Kennedy assassination

In 1967 a Mexican reporter told the CIA he had met Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City just before the JFK assassination. New research and recently declassified intelligence pokes a hole in his story.
The moment Lester Holt of NBC News cut into a statement from President Donald Trump. NBC News via YouTube

Has Donald Trump had his Joe McCarthy moment?

When President Trump claimed in a press conference that the election was being stolen from him, three major TV networks cut off their coverage. A media scholar asks if this is a turning point.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves a Vietnam flag as he meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, waving an American flag, in Hanoi in February 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why some Vietnamese Americans support Donald Trump

Despite the racial unrest that has rocked the U.S. for months, President Donald Trump finds support among some racialized communities, including Vietnamese Americans. Why?
Protesters in Hong Kong during demonstrations against China’s draft bill to impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous territory. Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Why Hong Kong’s untold history of protecting refugee rights matters now in its struggle with China

The cherished legal rights that Beijing seeks to suppress in Hong Kong were established, in part, by Vietnamese asylum-seekers who fought for their freedom in court in the 1980s.
Cubans record a street musician’s performance at an internet hotspot along the seafront in Havana, July 14, 2018. Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini

Fidel’s Cuba is long gone

Some Cuban entrepreneurs are so openly anti-communist that they sound like, well, capitalists.
An employee watches a bank of TV’s broadcasting a news report on a Hanoi summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2019. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Why North Korean prosperity would be the ruin of Kim Jong Un

Without its communist Soviet-style economy, North Korea would just be South Korea.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. RREUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

How Viktor Orban degraded Hungary’s weak democracy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.

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