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On a planet where there are literally more cell phones than people, it’s unthinkable that there are still parts of the world that regard electricity as magic. But those isolated tribes still exist, and we spoke to a member of one of them. Rich was a Montagnard tribesman from the highlands of Vietnam. Before coming to America at the age of 14, Rich had lived most of his life eating monkeys and living without power or antibiotics. Here’s what he told us…

I Don’t Know My Age: 5 Things I Learned in My Isolated Tribe

11 Reasons Why You Should Watch White Collar

1) It normalises queer relationships. A doctor and an FBI agent at that. More of this pls.

2) Matt Bomer. That is all.

3) There is an autistic character, but they don’t make a big deal about his autism. He just is. They don’t explicitly label him or try to change him (unlike most other autistic characters I see)

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4) Every episode is a gem. Literally, every single one. 

5) The are are no weak female characters. They are not there to be killed off (read into that what you will).

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6) Mark Sheppard is in it. And he is wonderful.

7) Cliffhangers. So many cliffhangers.

8) Clever storylines. No mindless sh*t, all of it intertwines nicely.

9) You learn a bit about art. I now know Degas is pronounced Degar, and that sculpting is better when done topless.

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10) No token black person, multiple POC. Breath of fresh air compared to most shows.

11) Honestly, just watch it and you can add your own points to this list 

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The Time Magazine issue for July 19th, 1968, featuring the famous interview with American special forces hero Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, who’s sharp criticisms of the American effort in Vietnam was vital to the withdrawal of the majority of regular forces and the buildup of the special forces program. Along with Captains Richard Colby and Benjamin Willard, Colonel Kurtz’s integration of elite forces among the native Degar mountain tribes and use of psychological warfare was hailed as the driving element behind the North Vietnamese Army’s shutdown of the “Ho Chi Minh Trail” and decreased material support from both China and the USSR.

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The Vietnam War is very Limited

The Vietnam War is a very limited to what people will learn in U.S textbook, and very limited to the perspectives of the Americans and the Vietnamese.

But if you really see the whole entire conflict, the Vietnam War was better understood as the Indochina War. In fact, there was three different Indochina Wars that last for over 40 years.

The French, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Russians, Americans, Australians, etc. etc. etc. were all involved.

You don’t ever hear from the perspectives of the Laotians and North Vietnamese waging a Secret War against each other, while the North & South remained in a supposed ceasefire, which would result in the invasion of North Vietnam over Laos.

You don’t hear from the ethnic groups between the borders of Vietnam & Laos of the Hmong, Khmu, Tai Dam and so many others and their involvement in the war.

You don’t hear the stories of the Degar and Central Highland ethnic groups of Vietnam fighting against the Vietnamese troops.

You don’t hear the stories of the secret Thai armies that were sent to combat against the North Vietnamese in Laos.

You don’t hear the stories of Cambodians on border control against the North Vietnamese through the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

You don’t hear the North Vietnamese side who saw this as their version of the American Revolutionary War for Independence from the British.