Vietnam

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 ...

Two Veterans, Three Countries, Much Damage

May 31 is Memorial Day in the US, something that as a veteran I still think of as a time for mattresses and auto sales. But there are other veterans besides those in the US who are equally as battle-scarred.  I...

Waiting for Obama

I've been a freelance writer and journalist living in Ho Chi Minh City for six years, totally without license or permission. Prior to the visit this week of President Barack Obama, the folks at the US Co...

Shortage of Women in Southeast Asian Politics

Of the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting this week in the California with President Barack Obama, not a single one is a woman. Although across Southeast Asia leadership by ...

Activists beaten, robbed by paramilitaries in Vietnam

Vietnam continues to pay a disheartening lack of attention to human rights violations despite continuing promises that the situation would improve with passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which contains...

TPP May Not Help Rights Activists in Vietnam

Although the government of Vietnam has agreed to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration in Washington has advocated as a vehicle to improve human rights in member countries, there ...
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An Eyewitness to Global Refugee Crises

Suddenly the war in Vietnam in back on people’s lips here in Europe, more than 40 years after it ended. “This is the worst crisis since Vietnam,” people are saying as the migrant inflow from the Middle East ...
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Religion and Vietnam’s Party State

Vietnam’s state supervision of religion is considerably less oppressive than it was during the years of "building socialism" and propagating atheism as the approved belief system.  But that doesn’t mean free ...
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On Rights, US, Viets Still Talk Past Each Other

Human rights – chiefly political and religious freedoms – have been on the American agenda since Washington and Hanoi resumed direct dialogue about a quarter of a century ago. Though bilateral ties have grown...
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How Asia’s Governments Spy on Their Citizens

If you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam and you are an activist or a journalist, the government probably knows a lot more about the inside of your computer than you think, and more than you wa...