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A Brazen $100 Million Diamond Theft

A Brazen $100 Million Diamond Theft | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Rough Diamonds. In Tanzania we recovered some diamonds of a similar size and shape to these, just not nearly so many or of such high quality. These look South African. (debeersgroup.co...
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Murdered by the British and US Governments' Khmer Rouge Friends

Murdered by the British and US Governments' Khmer Rouge Friends | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Murdered by the Khmer Rouge The allegations of British support for the Khmer Rouge as part of the US's coalition of Genocide Enablers just won't go away, and it is surely now time for ...
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The Boneyard: Where Planes from the Vietnam War went to Die

The Boneyard: Where Planes from the Vietnam War went to Die | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: End of the line. The 2,600 acre 'Boneyard" site is home to 4,200 aircraft, of which 80 per cent are used as spare parts for the current U.S Air Force fleet. I recently read an old Dail...
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Massive Drugs Bust on Laos-Vietnam Border

Massive Drugs Bust on Laos-Vietnam Border | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Yet more BACK-related news, with the announcement that border guards in Vietnam’s northwestern Dien Bien province and a security unit of Laos’ Phongsaly province have raided several houses in a Lao...
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Back from the Dead? Another Bizarre MIA Tale from Vietnam that's Stranger than Fiction

Back from the Dead? Another Bizarre MIA Tale from Vietnam that's Stranger than Fiction | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: The same kind of chopper John Robertson was aboard when he was shot down - a Vietnamese Air Force CH-34 “Kingbee" helicopter, preparing for a SOG mission west of Dak To, July 1967. (vh...
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Europeans Visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos - DURING the Vietnam War

Europeans Visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos - DURING the Vietnam War | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Ho Chi Minh Trail from the Air  (smsdharp flikr) The below is an edited extract from a book, “Victor Charlie: the face of war in Vietnam”, by German writer Kuno Knoebl, which was publi...
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Armed Guard Makes Me Eat Breakfast in The Philippines

Armed Guard Makes Me Eat Breakfast in The Philippines | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Photo Caption: You ARE going to eat all of that, aren't you, Sir? I went into Jollibee in Manila the other day and thought it was looking unusually packed - and I don'tmean with diners. For those w...
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UPDATED - Video Added - Punting in Cambridge - Stab Vests Demanded as Violence Increases

UPDATED - Video Added - Punting in Cambridge - Stab Vests Demanded as Violence Increases | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
OK, even the most diligent readers of my BACK-related articles, who haven't yet read the novel, might just be forgiven for asking "What the **** do Cambridge University and punting on the River Cam...
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NYU Student Busted for Having an AK-47 in His Dorm Room

NYU Student Busted for Having an AK-47 in His Dorm Room | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Washington Square, New York Another obscure news story very relevant for the plot of BACK, where the jungle backpackers are New York University students who end up having to know their...
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Senator John McCain Goes BACK

Senator John McCain Goes BACK | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Ex-POW McCain  visits The  ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prisonAbove Photo: U.S. Sen. John McCain tours the Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed "The Hanoi Hilton" by American prisoners, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Wednesday. McCain ...
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Holiday In Cambodia - The Dead Kennedys and Mistaken Identity

Holiday In Cambodia - The Dead Kennedys and Mistaken Identity | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
The above graphic record cover adorned US Punk Band, the Dead Kennedy's 1980 single,  the iconic 'Holiday in Cambodia.' Presumably intended to chillingly convey the mayhem and utter horror of the K...
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PSYOPS: CIA Litters Laos with Counterfeit Currency during the Secret War

PSYOPS: CIA Litters Laos with Counterfeit Currency during the Secret War | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: The front (top) and back (bottom) of a CIA counterfeited Pathet Lao (Laotian Communist) 200 Kip bank note. This was dropped during hazardous night missions over Sam Neua. (© Terry Woff...
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One of the Strangest Stories of the Vietnam War: 'Hippies' Hijack a Ship full of Napalm Bombs heading for U-Tapao and sail it to Cambodia

One of the Strangest Stories of the Vietnam War: 'Hippies' Hijack a Ship full of Napalm Bombs heading for U-Tapao and sail it to Cambodia | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Bombs stored at U-Tapao during the Vietnam War (U-Tapao Alumni Association) Of all the unusual tales from the Vietnam War I unearthed while writing my novel BACK, the hijack of a ship carrying 34,0...
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Diamonds, Robberies and Painful Memories

Diamonds, Robberies and Painful Memories | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Uncut diamonds I promised myself I wouldn’t write anything about diamonds and our long and painful venture into the diamond mining world of Africa while I am still busy writing article...
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Photo Story: UXO from the Battle for Salavan, Laos (When Air America and the CIA Fell Out)

Photo Story: UXO from the Battle for Salavan, Laos (When Air America and the CIA Fell Out) | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above photo: UXO Salavan operative gets down, dangerous and dirty with an unexploded Vietnam War-era bomb On a recent trip to Laos I visited Salavan (or Saravane) Province, to take a look around an...
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Scream Bloody Murder - The Khmer Rouge

Scream Bloody Murder - The Khmer Rouge | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
ABove Photo: Khmer Rouge victims at the Killing Fields still wait for justice I came across this excellent, short (7 minutes each) CNN Report, called Scream Bloody Murder - The Khmer Rouge and the ...
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UXO: Laos still suffers legacy of United States bombing (Photo Essay)

UXO: Laos still suffers legacy of United States bombing (Photo Essay) | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
I first saw this excellent Associated Press Photo essay on the website of Oregon Live (http://www.oregonlive.com/). It contains some outstanding as well as some very poignant photography of the leg...
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1980s Liverpool Bands, Eric's and Indecipherable Diaries

1980s Liverpool Bands, Eric's and Indecipherable Diaries | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Valentine's Day 1979 was a very special day for me. I had recently turned seventeen and I had decided to keep a diary, which, thirty-four years later, I still do, although obviously not the same on...
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Drug Busts and Torture in Dubai

Drug Busts and Torture in Dubai | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Just to show you don't have to go trekking into the Vietnam War-ravaged jungles of Asia to get caught up in this murky world, I read today about men arrested, allegedly tortured and forced to confe...
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Checking out some Wild Laotian Pussy along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Checking out some Wild Laotian Pussy along the Ho Chi Minh Trail | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
In a recent article about a research trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Laotian jungle, when I stumbled upon an MIA camp (http://peteralanlloyd.com/general-news/discovering-a-real-us-mia-camp-in-...
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VIDEO - Drug Busts, Bribes and a Backpacker Breaks His Skull in Vang Vieng

VIDEO - Drug Busts, Bribes and a Backpacker Breaks His Skull in Vang Vieng | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Young travellers party hard on the banks of Vang Vieng's Nam Song River. (Elizabeth Anile) I recently read a post on the blog of Thailand-based British journalist Andrew Drummond, who ...
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Mass Murdering Khmer Rouge Scum Escapes Justice

Mass Murdering Khmer Rouge Scum Escapes Justice | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
I was saddened by the recent death of Ieng Sary (above), one of the architects of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Saddened, of course, because allowing him to peacefully die as an unconvicted mass murder...
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UXO - Unexploded Bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Attapeu, Laos

UXO - Unexploded Bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Attapeu, Laos | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: An unexploded 1,000lb US bomb lies in the jungle of the tri-border area near the Ho Chi Minh Trail One issue BACK deals with is the modern-day dangers still lurking from the Vietnam Wa...
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'In the Jungles of Asia, the Vietnam War is far from over'

'In the Jungles of Asia, the Vietnam War is far from over' | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
One of the themes of BACK is that, although the conflict in Vietnam and the region effectively 'ended' in 1975, much evil created or released by the war and all its combatants contines to cause pro...
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A Trip Around Laos: 'Secret War' Remains in Phonsavan

A Trip Around Laos: 'Secret War' Remains in Phonsavan | Back Parts 1 and 2 | Scoop.it
Above Photo: Just some of the enormous amount of war debris lying around Phonsavan I took an eleven hour bus ride from Vientiane to Phonsavan, up in the north of Laos. It was a terrible journey, bu...
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