In this episode, Bob had a conversation with Executive Director Sera Koulabdara (@SeraKoulabdara) of “Legacies of War” about the 50+ year crisis of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) in Laos. Scott was away on assignment.
At the same time as it was attacking Vietnam, the U.S. conducted a “secret war” against Laos through the air, dropping 2 million tons of bombs as part of its “sideshow” to the main war against the Vietnamese Revolution. Included in that massive campaign were 270,000,000 cluster bombs, smaller bombs–about baseball-sized–or “bomblets” that often did not detonate. So today, decades after the war ended, about 80,000,000 bombs remain in Laos. Continue reading “80,000,000 Bombs in Laos: A Conversation with Sera Koulabdara of “Legacies of War””
Today is Noam Chomsky’s 92nd birthday. In this special episode, Bob goes solo and interviews Prof. Clinton Fernandes of the University of New South Wales, Australia about the influence of radical thinker, author, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky, in particular with regard to the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and the American air war on Laos.
Professor Clinton Fernandes is a former Australian Army officer who served in the Australian Intelligence Corps. A professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia, he has published on the relationship between science, diplomacy and international law, intelligence operations in foreign policy, the political and regulatory implications of new technology and Australia’s external relations more generally. He is the author of several publications including “Island off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy,” and “What Uncle Sam Wants: U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in Australia and Beyond.” Continue reading “Noam Chomsky’s Life of Dissent with Prof. Clinton Fernandes”