• US Consulate Officers Gone Wild

    Michael T. Sestak, a Foreign Service officer working at a US consulate in Vietnam, was just charged with exchanging hundreds of visas for bribes. That's a brazen case of corruption, but it's hardly unique among the annals of the diplomatic corps.

  • Vietnam Won't Stop Locking Up Its Bloggers

    Vietnam is not a good place to be a blogger. At least, it's not a good place to be a blogger if you actually want to write what's on your mind. In the last month or so, three bloggers have been arrested for criticizing the communist government, or—as...

  • How to Date in Vietnam

    I've always considered myself as something more than the typical American tourist, that I bucked the stereotypes and was a true "citizen of the world." But here was clear proof that I was a presumptuous moron. Love is messy when you're a visitor in...

  • The Secret History of the Vietnam War

    If you thought you knew all there was to know about the Vietnam War, you were wrong. For example: ever heard of the "Mere Gook Rule," a code of conduct the US military came up with in order for soldiers to murder Vietnamese civilians without feeling...

  • I Ate a Dog in Hanoi

    The first thing that struck me was the sheer chewiness. Ten gabbers on MDMA couldn't work up the gum power between them to gnaw through a chunk of this stuff in less than two minutes. What had started as a harmless foray into local tradition had...

  • Brewing Killer Cocktails in Vietnam

    The syringes sit empty, ready for filling. The staff have all been trained, and are standing by. On Vietnam's death row, everything is set for carrying out hundreds of lethal injections but for one critical ingredient--poison.