Posts tagged “scorched earth”
August 10, 2012
“Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, an air base here is one of about two dozen former American sites that remain polluted with an especially toxic strain of dioxin, the chemical contaminant in Agent Orange that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other diseases.
On Thursday, after years of rebuffing Vietnamese requests for assistance in a cleanup, the United States inaugurated its first major effort to address the environmental effects of the long war.”
To read the entire article in The New York Times click here.
Accomplished author, activist and Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox offers a full perspective on the issue with two books including a reissue of his critically acclaimed book on the effects of Agent Orange on Veterans, Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, and a new(er) book about its effects on the Vietnamese titled Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam (September 13, 2011).
October 24, 2011
On Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 7pm, Fred Wilcox will be at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, New York to discuss his new book, Scorched Earth. This event is sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council. For more information about this event, please visit artragegallery.org.
October 20, 2011
“In an age when thousands of untested chemicals enter the world marketplace each year causing unforeseen havoc to public health, we would do well to remember the victims of Agent Orange. As Wilcox so eloquently puts it: ‘We ignore their suffering at our own peril.’”
October 17, 2011
There will be a terrific event centered around a dialogue between Noam Chomsky and Fred Wilcox on Monday, October 17th. Noam Chomsky is the author, among other works, of 9-11: Was There An Alternative?, and Fred Wilcox is the author of the work Scorched Earth, which questions the legacy of chemical warfare in Vietnam.
The event will be a colloquy and book-signing at The Housing Works Thrift Store at 4pm.
Housing Works is located at 2569 Broadway (near 96th Street) NY NY 10025.
October 17, 2011
Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox talks about the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment. Even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, the first book to examine long-term consequences of chemical warfare there, and the effects on future generations.
Monday, October 17, 2011, Fred Wilcox will be in conversation with Noam Chomsky at Housing Works at 4pm.
September 15, 2011
“These books are not just about the heartbreaking story of chemical warfare in Vietnam that has now affected three generations of Vietnamese, Americans, Australians, South Koreans and New Zealanders. They are also about the need to stop poisoning our own bodies and environment with toxic chemicals. “
September 6, 2011
Hear Fred Wilcox chat with progressive radio host Danny Schechter of The News Disssector about his book Scorched Earth. Wilcox talks about how the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and how the herbicide continues to leave a legacy of environmental damage, cancer and birth defects over forty years later.