This week while we worked with a group other students were painting Christmas Themes, singing songs, practicing their English -- Christmas is increasingly celebrated here, mostly by Catholics. Since we attend the Zone four times a week, twice a day on two days, we regularly teach union and USA political songs as well as informally converse
|Working the board for a simulation on Social Dialog|
between Workers and Management in an enterprise
We do not sugar coat our homeland -- how could we do it even if we wanted when the leading candidate for the GOP as I write is Donald Trump? No, we speak truth in an effort to lift the blinders placed on people in other countries by Hollywood. Our films make us look like either a nation of idiots or as one that glorifies violence and militarism - think Sanberdoo, Califa. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush threw the seeds in the winds. Oops, I forgot that sadistic fascist Dick Cheney.
It is a strange feeling to not be able to explain Trump, Rubio, Bush3, and the other half wits who are receiving appreciable market share of the voter confidence for the GOP at this time. Looking from a far the Democratic side looks better. The Bern is good but those in control of the party are going to do everything they can to push Clinton in as the candidate and Bernie out. And then Clinton will deliver her soul to Wall Street and the militarists, she has done before, and we won't be one step ahead of the mess we are in now.
|New Library being built at Ton Duc Thang University -- December 4, 2015|
Why is the library and all the building that is going on significant? Well, Vietnam and the rest of the formerly colonized and then neo-colonized under neo-liberalism are finding their own way into living in a more developed world. There cultures are older than those of Europe but because they were plundered by the British, the French, the Germans, the Italians, the Portuguese, and the Americans and their wealth and intellectual property moved to the "West" their countries and economies are playing a rebuilding game. Now, with the US instigated wars in the middle east even more plundered countries are going to find themselves with destroyed infrastructure. How will they survive and rebuild their countries in this century when most wealth is in the hands of the financial oligarchy of the West.
We now appreciate the value of email and social media (Facebook is our limit) to stay in touch with all the hard organizing going on as USA movements mobilize. analyze and grow together fighting against the systemic criminal and oppressive powers challenging our rights.
Here in Vietnam, the students and professors at Ton Duc Thang University also inspire us that people want justice and peace and that together we have the capacity, strength and smarts to work as one to build a world that serves the needs and aspirations of workers.