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“How a new library sheds light on the US ‘secret war’ in Laos”
Jun 14, 2022
Most Americans learn something about the Vietnam War at school. Fewer learn about the shadow war that was being fought alongside it.
by Harmeet Kaur, CNN
“Undetonated bombs still litter my birth country. Ukraine war shows world hasn’t learned”
Apr 4, 2022
As a war refugee from Laos, I call on America to resolve the deadly legacy of its secret war in my birth country.
By Sera Koulabdara, USA Today
“Veteran Mike Burton to Lead Legacies of War Organization”
Jan 18, 2022
Retired Air Force officer Mike Burton was selected to be the board chairman of Legacies of War.
By Mike Burton, The Columbian
“Ohioans reconcile with Secret War in Laos during AAPI Heritage Month”
May 31, 2022
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance over Laos. Central Ohio is now home to tens of thousands of Laotian-Americans.
By William Weinstein, 10 WBNS Ohio
“Celebrating International Women’s Day: How dressing as a boy helped me survive war”
Mar 8, 2022
The experience led me to America – and to legacies of both fashion and war
By Khamsone Sirimanivong, USA Today
“Preserving the History of America’s ‘secret war’ in Laos”
May 16, 2022
A new online library documents the CIA-led campaign that made it the most bombed nation in history, the effects of which are still felt by Laotian Americans today.
By Saqib Rahim, NBC News
“I’m part of the shameful landmine legacy in Laos. When is Biden going to fix it?”
Feb 7, 2022
The president promised to reverse his predecessor’s embrace of these indiscriminate weapons of war but has so far yet to act.
By Mike Burton, Responsible Statecraft
“Meet SapSap, a Racine-Area Laotian Restaurant With a Cause”
Dec 3, 2021
The Asian fusion restaurant in Racine County serves up meals with the goal of educating people about Laos’ history and culture and raising awareness about the effects of Secret War in Laos.
By Jonathon Sadowski, Upnorth News
“Obama to Announce $90 Million Package to Clear Laos’ Unexploded Bombs”
Sep 6, 2016
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that US has an “obligation” to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation.
By Elisa Labbott, CNN
“Why Biden must reverse Trump policy on landmines now”
Apr 8, 2021
These destructive weapons continue to kill decades after formal cessations of hostilities.
By Sera Koulabdara, Responsible Statecraft
“After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos”
Sep 7, 2016
When I was 6 years old, my family fled Laos, a country in Southeast Asia the size of Minnesota. As refugees welcomed by the United States, my parents’ wish for their children was to not look back, but to take every opportunity provided in our new homeland to live a happy, fulfilled life .
By Channapha Khamvongsa, The Medium
"Barack Obama lands in Laos for first U.S. presidential visit"
Sep 5, 2016
President Obama arrives in Vientiane, Laos for the first time.
By Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey, The Associated Press
“The Fight to Demine Laos”
May 11, 2017
While imagery of the “American War” in Vietnam was being blasted across newspaper front pages, radio stations, and televisions in the U.S., the Nixon administration and the CIA were secretly showering its neighbors, the small, land-locked Laos, and Cambodia, with millions of bombs...
By Claire Knox, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
“The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos”
Sep 6, 2016
The United States will devote $90 million to finding and disposing of 50-year-old unexploded bombs.
By John Cavanagh, The Nation