Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Ugly Thugs Running Vietnam Aren’t Experimenting With Democracy

By Thomas A. Bass 1 hour ago Vietnam is a moiré pattern: Squint at the country one way and you get an aspirational society zooming into the future. Squint another way, and you get an old-fashioned jailer of anyone who … Continue reading

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Vietnam on the boil ahead of communist leadership change

By Cat Barto From Soviet-style letters of denunciation to outlandish rumours of a coup, Hanoi is abuzz with political gossip ahead of a key leadership change this week that has plunged the ruling communist elite into turmoil. Politics in authoritarian … Continue reading

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Assaults on Human Rights Defenders on the Rise in Vietnam

The second half of 2015 saw an alarming rise in the number of violent attacks and threats against human rights defenders, petitioners, and their family members in Vietnam. The Stockholm-based NGO, Civil Rights Defenders published an overview:

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