James Rhodes

jim rhodesJames Rhodes is a Vietnam veteran from Alabama who writes about politics and modern day Vietnam.

As Vietnam Evolves

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Jim Rhodes: The one striking difference between American news coverage of Obama and Vietnamese news coverage of Obama is that there seems to be more complete and unbiased coverage of the President here in Hanoi.

America’s Arab Spring

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American Arab Spring — If you knew your time remaining on this plane of existence were limited, would you change?

Time to Stop the Insanity

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Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

Seized for “Inactivity”

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Jim Rhodes: As for stealing bank accounts for “inactivity,” that has to be a new moral low-even for Washington. Apparently robbing unsuspecting elderly is not enough, now the banking industry wants children’s college funds as well?

Linda Le Kinff: Off to the Races

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James Rhodes: Perhaps it is her wildly colorful style or the exaggerated use of glowing women and hidden cats or maybe it has something to do with the tranquility of her work that connects with the “common man” — certainly an artist of the people.

When Teachers Are Valued

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James Rhodes: In Hanoi, university staff are poorly paid, yet theirs is a lasting bond among nation, family, individual, university and teacher.

Red State Mania

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James Rhodes: Does the fact that my combat service guarantees me socialized medicine make me more worthy to live than other classes of people? I am of the Hopi mindset that we were all created by One and that evil reigns supreme when we forget or neglect the needs of the many for the benefit of the few.

Alabama Looks at Inauguration Day

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James Rhodes: In the region there is much speculation about Sandy Hook actually being a slick conspiracy, by the Obama administration, in an elaborate scheme to subvert the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and put into motion a massive gun grab “just like Stalin and Mao.”

The Religion That Cried “Wolf”

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Jim Rhodes: To my knowledge, Vietnam is the only country where citizens have a Constitutional right to believe or not believe sets of religious dogma; elevating one faith based value system over another is simply not allowed.

Tea Growers of Phu Tho

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Jim Rhodes: We departed with the hope that we could, in some small manner, assist these hard-working tea farmers and at the same time offer Westerners a most unusual product.

Vietnamese Independence Day

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Jim Rhodes: Ironic that today, I will honor war dead from all sides and celebrate the independence Ho Chi Minh wanted to talk about in Washington but was denied.

Ignoring the Eastern Sea

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James Rhodes: If we have another armed conflict, it will not be in Iran or the Middle East, it will be here.

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