Vietnam

Jailed Viet Dissident is Latest in Rising Crackdown

In the latest sign of the increasing crackdown against dissidents by Vietnam’s government, Nguyen Van Oai, a citizen journalist and human rights defender, was sentenced earlier this week to five years in prison...

Vietnam’s Conservatives Purge Former PM Dung’s Allies

Going into the Vietnam Communist Party's 12th Congress in January last year, outsiders could perceive an epic contest between reformers and conservatives. The conservatives labeled the reformers as “opportunist...

Unending Punishment: Political Repression in Vietnam

On July 30, 2012, the mother of political prisoner Ta Phong Tan burned herself to death at a government building in despair over her daughter’s imprisonment. This is the fifth anniversary of her death. This ...

Vietnam’s Premier Phuc Enters the US Cobra Den

For Vietnam, Donald Trump's election as US President ushered in nervous times. Though the Hanoi regime still insists that Vietnam aims to be friends with all and to forge alliances with none, in fact it has com...

Vietnam: Steady as She Goes

Normally, the eviction of a member from the Politburo of a ruling Communist Party would be a sign of internal friction and potential political instability. In the case of Vietnam, with its unparalleled history ...

Beyond Vietnam’s ‘Great Fish Kill’

"If the problem of human rights isn't properly solved," said my friend C.V., "Vietnam is going to be isolated from the international community, and that will make it really hard to develop our country." We ...

Viet Steel Mill Owners Acknowledge Huge Fish Kill

A sampling of public reaction suggests that the Vietnamese are impressed but hardly exuberant over an apology and a promise by the Taiwanese owners of a huge new steel plant in central Vietnam to pay half a bil...

With Obama Coming, Viet Leaders in a Dilemma

Vietnam’s fish kill saga has been the government’s first test since the national congress of January. With an American president arriving soon, protests couldn’t have come at a worse time and as yet nothing loo...