It’s been decades since the Vietnam War ended, and the Smithsonian has never mounted a full exhibition. Until now.


(Sonny Ross for The Washington Post)
Art and architecture critic January 31, 2019

The Vietnam War, which tore this country apart and forever changed its politics and culture, has never been the subject of a Smithsonian exhibition. The nation managed to build a memorial in 1982 to those who died in the war, less than a decade after the fall of Saigon, and, in 2017, Americans watched an epic 18-hour PBS documentary about the war, without any substantial political controversy. The war is included within exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, is referenced in the National Museum of African American History and Culture and served as the backdrop to an anniversary exhibition about the Vietnam memorial in 2003. But it hasn’t been the subject of specific, focused curatorial reconsideration.

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Woman Killed by Fire in Menstruation Hut, as Nepal Fights a Tradition

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A chhaupadi hut in the village of Pali, western Nepal. Women who observe the taboo are banished to mud or stone huts, some of them no bigger than closets.CreditCreditTara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times

By Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Parbati Bogati knew what to do when her period came.

Ms. Bogati, 21, sequestered herself in an abandoned house, in keeping with a centuries-old taboo that declares menstruating women impure, officials from her area in rural western Nepal said.

As the temperature dropped below freezing on Wednesday evening, she tried to keep warm, apparently burning wood and clothing.

By the next morning, her legs were charred and she was dead.

“It seems she also died from suffocation,” said Lal Bahadur Dhami, the deputy superintendent of the area’s police. At least three other peopledied this year while following the same superstition.

The taboo, which has its roots in Hinduism, is called chhaupadi, from the Nepali words meaning someone who bears an impurity. During women’s periods, it bars them from touching neighbors’ food or entering temples. They cannot use communal water sources or kitchen utensils. It is considered bad luck to touch them.

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Thúc đẩy kiến thức bản địa và thực hành nông nghiệp tốt trong thích ứng với biến đổi khí hậu

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Bộ Ngoại giao thông tin về thượng đỉnh Mỹ – Triều dự kiến diễn ra ở VN

 Việt Nam sẵn sàng đóng góp tích cực, phối hợp với các bên liên quan để cuộc gặp thượng đỉnh Hoa Kỳ – Triều Tiên lần 2 thành công, người phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao nói.

Hôm nay, trả lời câu hỏi của phóng viên về bình luận của Việt Nam trước phát biểu của Tổng thống Donald Trump trong Thông điệp Liên bang đề cập đến việc thượng đỉnh giữa Hoa Kỳ và Triều Tiên dự kiến diễn ra tại Việt Nam ngày 27-28/2, người phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Lê Thị Thu Hằng nêu rõ:

“Việt Nam hoan nghênh việc Hoa Kỳ và Triều Tiên gặp thượng đỉnh lần 2. Việt Nam ủng hộ mạnh mẽ đối thoại nhằm duy trì hòa bình, an ninh, ổn định trên bán đảo Triều Tiên. Continue reading “Bộ Ngoại giao thông tin về thượng đỉnh Mỹ – Triều dự kiến diễn ra ở VN”

Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response

February 6, 2019  |  AMTI BRIEF

Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response

On February 4, Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that construction of a new beaching ramp at Thitu Island would be completed in early 2019. Thitu is the largest of the nine features occupied by the Philippines in the Spratlys Islands and is home to about 100 civilians along with a small military garrison. The ramp, which was originally scheduled for completion in 2018, will facilitate the delivery of construction equipment and materials to the island for further planned upgrades, especially to its crumbling runway. AMTI previously tracked the start of repair work on the runway in May 2018, but that appears to have been halted while the beaching ramp is completed. Continue reading “Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response”