Lê Lai: The Warrior Who Saved The Emperor

Freedom For Vietnam

Anyone familiar with the history of Vietnam is likely familiar with the story of Lê Lợi and Nguyễn Trãi.  When the Ming Dynasty of China invaded Vietnam (Đại Việt) and overtook the country in the 15th century, the duo of Lê Lợi and Nguyễn Trãi rallied the population in Vietnam in a struggle against the Ming, effectively destroying the invaders in a ten year war (1418-1427).  After the revolt, Lê Lợi would become the new emperor of Đại Việt, found the Lê Dynasty, and lead the country through an era of prosperity.

It is commonly understood that Nguyễn Trãi, Lê Lợi’s advisor, played a major role in the success of the rebellion.  However, the duo was also supported by a loyal team of warriors who fought and died for them.  Among these group of warriors was a man named Lê Lai, one of Lê Lợi’s subordinate commanders.

During the early phases of the…

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Twenty five years on from Rushdie we are too frightened to say we are scared

Nick Cohen: Writing from London

British publishing is now such a neurotic and hypocritical business there are stories it cannot cover. Nor should it try. When journalists, writers and artists can’t be honest with their audience, when they can’t even be honest with themselves, silence is preferable to the damage their double-standards bring.

Last month our media commemorated the imminent anniversary of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie by trying and failing to report the threats to the life of Maajid Nawaz, the chief executive of Quilliam Foundation. In a vindication of Kipling’s “once you have paid him the Dane-geld/you never get rid of the Dane” fanatics are after Nawaz not because he satirised the founding myths of Islam, as Rushdie did, or projected sexist verses from the Koran on to a naked woman’s body, as Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali did, but because – brace yourselves – he tweeted a picture of Jesus…

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Insight from Revolver

One of my favorite movies, beautiful.

The Liberated Lotus

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EYE AM ONE....But We Are Many.......

One evening the pastor was out walking and he heard an anguished cry. He looked and saw a battered man lying in the gutter. His clothes were ripped and he was covered in blood. The man was crying, save me, have mercy on me, please help me, I am dying.

The pastor did not want to get involved. He thought that the man was probably drunk, or on drugs, or maybe he was a criminal and was in a fight with other criminals. His first reaction was to keep going and not get involved.

He kept walking, nervously looking over his shoulder the wounded man yelled, Please don’t leave me. I am dying. The pastor then thought that possibly the man was insane or something. He didn’t know what to do.

He Kept walking but then the man called out, please come close to me. You and I have been friends…

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