Vietnam

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‘Napalm Girl’ Photographer Draws Viet Blog Ire

A spasm of stories in the world media heralded April 30, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, a choreographed military parade and patriotic speeche...
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Violence Against Viet Protesters Extends to the Streets

Despite warnings that the country’s stance on civil rights could harm its international standing in connection with a major trade pact, Vietnam’s security forces continue to attack dissidents, staging 31 phys...
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Vietnam’s 40 Years of Peace and Dubious Prosperity

It is over now and the parades through the city are finished, but last week marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the Fall / Liberation of Saigon. In the lead-up there were all sorts o...
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Vietnam Passes Sham UN Rights Protection

Vietnam's National Assembly has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which was hailed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok as "an important step towards ensur...
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Vietnam’s Cable Car Mania

At least a couple of times a year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism  is torn apart in the local press, along with the agency’s and often-terribly strange ideas for tourism promotion.  Most recentl...
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Vietnam’s Higher Education System Overload

For Vietnamese youth, a university degree is the entry ticket to the middle class and a promise, often unfulfilled, of an urban professional job. Vietnam’s enrollment in higher education has grown from 162,000 ...
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Police Brutality in Vietnam

Just at an inconvenient time when Vietnam is seeking a pact with the United States for the supply of weapons, an inconvenient and exhaustive report on police brutality and “public insecurity” in Vietnam release...
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Media Censorship in Vietnam

Although The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications says media agencies are steadily increasing, the hidden fact is that all of these media outlets are controlled by the government in various for...
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Breaking the ‘Silos’ of Drug Use

Vietnam has made remarkable progress over the last decade in not only making harm reduction and HIV services available and accessible for people who use drugs but also reforming laws for supportive health polic...
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Vietnam War’s Tragic Legacy

A demining team carefully removed a pile of rusty explosives – each one still able to kill or maim – from a quiet ploughed field in Quang Tri Province where fierce fighting once raged in the Vietnam War. Sho...