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Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Crikey readers talk cigarettes, alcohol, conscription and whether climate change or tectonic activity is to blame for the Solomon Islands’ plight.

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‘We had to bring it in’: defending conscription, 50 years on

The Menzies minister who brought in conscription in 1964 for has no regrets. InDaily journalist Kevin Naughton looks back through the history books with Jim Forbes.

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Manning the barricades

Crikey readers talk about the Business Council of Australia, Bradley Manning and a modest proposal for asylum seekers.

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Khmer Rouge tribunal resumes — but will they live long enough?

Cambodia’s beleaguered Khmer Rouge tribunal resumes today. But the wheels of justice are turning slowly — and defendants are dying before it comes. Kevin Ponniah reports from Phnom Penh.

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Another Anzac Day and some new angles

It was moving to read in The Sunday Age a story reporting that records mapping the location of 3906 Vietnamese soldiers killed and buried by Australians during the Task Force operations had been given to Vietnam.

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Rethinking Afghanistan: risks, consequences need to be assessed

The quality, relevance and consequent utility of general public debate concerning Australia’s military commitment to the UN-endorsed International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is often problematic at best, writes Neil James, executive director, Australia Defence Association.

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Assange and the WikiLeaks fallout

The timing of the accusations against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange are curious, to say the least, even if one hesitates short of any conspiracy line.

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Boston Globe | ASIA-PACIFIC|

PHOTO GALLERY: 35 years since napalm, helicopters and hippies

An incredible photo gallery looking at some of the most enduring images from the Vietnam War, from Sammy Davis Jnr entertaining the US troops to white phosphorus attacks.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

Film review: The Most Dangerous Man in America — edgy documentary

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a gripping and immensely detailed insiders account of a top US policy analyst who took a bold moral stance against the Vietnam War. It’s fascinating viewing, says Luke Buckmaster.

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New York Magazine | FILM & TV|

Guns, Huns and World War I: which war has the best movies?

As Hollywood continues to pump out flicks about combat, the question lingers: which American war provides the best film fodder? Even without the shocking exclusion of Sylvester Stallone’s Victory, the answer is a little surprising.

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Mike Rann et al (and a new cagematch in the making…)

Crikey readers weigh in on Mike Rann, Queensland’s antiquated abortion laws and the My School website. Plus, Senator Nick Xenophon gives his take on an anonymous tip.

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Congressman Charlie Wilson’s war is finally over

Charlie Wilson, former US congressman, died overnight. His name would hardly ring a bell if it not for the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War, which dramatised his role in promoting US support for the anti-Soviet resistance in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

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The Atlantic Wire | THE REST|

Is Afghanistan another Vietnam?

Obama says it isn’t, but the pundits are divided: is America’s war in Afghanistan just another rehash of its doomed campaign in Vietnam, or are people just drawing parallels where they don’t exist?

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The Australian | JOURNALISM|

While we mourn the Balibo 5, who remembers the Saigon 4?

The story of the five Australian journalists killed in Balibo, East Timor, in 1975 has received plenty of attention from politicians and the media. So why does the slaughter another group of Australian journalists, during the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, still go untold?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | THE REST|

Afghanistan to become Obama’s Vietnam?

It’s crunch time for Barack Obama as allies begin to fade for the “forgotten war” in Afghanistan, writes Geoffrey Garrett. Should he launch a full scale surge of troops, or consider a withdrawal?

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Numbers of US war veterans with mental illness: 350,000 and counting

An examination of the medical records of 289,328 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans shows that 106,726 received mental health diagnoses.

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Washington Monthly | THE REST|

Afghanistan is not Obama’s Vietnam

Trying to draw parallels between America’s military campaigns in Afghanistan and Vietnam betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of both countries and the sentiments of their citizens, says Peter Bergen.

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Vale Robert McNamara

Former US defence chief Robert McNamara’s significant achievements in other areas were, and will always be, dwarfed by the monumental error of Vietnam.

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Newsweek | UNITED STATES|

The two sides of Robert McNamara

Former US defence chief and architect of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara, has died, age 93. Evan Thomas shares his memories of “a control freak whose toughest job was shaping his own legacy.”

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Politico | UNITED STATES|

Memories of Robert McNamara

In the wake of former US defence chief Robert McNamara’s death, Politico speaks to former senator Birch Bayh about his Vietnam legacy.

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Slate | UNITED STATES|

Nixon tapes: the gift that never stops giving

Christopher Hitchens looks at the latest batch of Nixon tapes, inciting him to “consider throwing up things that I don’t even remember having eaten.”

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New York Times | UNITED STATES|

New Nixon tapes released

New private recordings of former US President Richard Nixon have been released, revealing his views on Roe vs. Wade, anti-Semitism, the Paris Treaty and more.

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Australia takes worst of Vietnam to Afghanistan, WTF?

When did we decide to revive Phoenix, the most notorious US assassination program of the twentieth century?

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The last, no really, word on Wilfred Burchett

The issue of Wilfred Burchett is not merely a matter of political differences, it instead involves defining the boundary between lawful dissent and treachery, writes Neil James.

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Iraq: it’s Vietnam without the communists

The analogy between Iraq and Vietnam has mostly been the province of the anti-war side. Opponents of both wars used the same mix of moral and practical considerations, arguments that have substantially been borne out by the facts.

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