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Vietnam’s Easy Riders

Photos by Andrew James Armed with cigarettes, bad jokes, and a nifty Honda motorbike, Endy, 42, lives a life on the road with strangers. For the past six years, he has been an ‘Easy Rider&...
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Two Steps Forward for Vietnam, Two Steps Back

Michael Michalak, the new US ambassador to Vietnam, has arrived with a pledge to push for improved human rights and enhanced economic relations. Michalak, a 32-year Foreign Service veteran, takes ove...
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Vietnamese Catholic Leaders Show Some Backbone

http://vietnamica.blogspot.com   Vietnam’s state-sanctioned Catholic chiefs, not known for their political courage, have bluntly told the country’s president that remarks he made on US television over the...
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Vietnam Joins the Amateur Idol Brigade

Boyish, cheeky and immaculately groomed, 20-something model Tommy Tran bears a striking resemblance to his American counterpart, Ryan Seacrest, the host of the runaway television success Americ...
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Not in My House: Corruption in Vietnam

Earlier this month, Vietnam’s top anti-corruption agency, the Government Inspectorate, completed its annual investigations in the country’s central, central highlands, western a...
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Vietnam Gets Tough on School Cheats

Vietnam's new education minister, Nguyen Thien Nhan, has delivered a nasty jolt to the country's secondary education system, driving down test scores dramatically in an effort to eliminate widespread cheating and academic corruption. ...
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Vietnam: Awash in Money

Amid the myriad booms and bubbles the asset world has witnessed in recent months, one stands out, at least for originality: Vietnam. It is awash in more money than it can handle. In mid-March, a thou...
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Who lost Vietnam?

As usual in wartime, when the going gets tough, the tough start looking for a scapegoat and it is usually the press.  Today as Iraq slides from bad to worse, the administration's apologists are alr...
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The Lesson George W. Didn’t Learn

Last November 17, as George W Bush visited Hanoi for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit,  the US president had some philosophical thoughts to deliver about the lessons he said the United States had learned from the Vietnam War, the longest c...
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Dead Dogs and Swedes

I am feeling rejuvenated here in this hammock at a beachside villa in Southern Vietnam. A cooling wind flows down from the sand dunes about six kilometers away and the sound of sleepy bees fills a tree abov...