Vietnam After Obama

When Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Vietnam last November, he was welcomed with a 21-gun salute by his hosts and protests by activists. The Vietnamese did not line the streets to get a glimpse of the China le... Read More...

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... Read More...

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... Read More...

Huge Fish Kill Tests Vietnam’s New Regime

The story broke in Vietnam's national press on April 20: shoals of dead fish were washing up on the beaches all along a 200 kilometer stretch of the central Vietnamese coast, as far south as Hue. Coastal fis... Read More...

Viet Stock Markets Start to Catch Up

Vietnam may be a star economic performer among the nations of Southeast Asia, but for stock market investors – foreign ones in particular – it has been an easy way to lose money. Could that be about to change?  At first glance, the market has been dull rath... Read More...

Vietnam: Old Guard, New Tack

A bitter and unprecedentedly public contest for leadership of Vietnam's all-powerful Communist party ended in late January with two-term Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's forced retirement. The party's 12th ... Read More...

Leading Vietnam Blogger Draws Five-Year Sentence

The Hanoi People’s Court on March 23 sentenced prominent independent blogger Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, known also by his pen name Anh Ba Sam or “Brother Gossip,” to five years in prison for charges related to his work. ... Read More...

Viet Blogger Heads to Court

The Hanoi People's Court is expected to take up the case on Wednesday of perhaps Vietnam’s most influential independent blogger, Nguyễn Hữu Vinh (pen name Anh Ba Sam or “Brother Gossip” and his administrative assistant, Nguyễn Minh Thúy, on charges of “mis... Read More...