Monthly Archives: May 2016

How Hanoi Buys Influence in Washington, D.C.

by Greg Rushford on August 4, 2015  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Hanoi this Thursday for a two-day visit. Expect much talk of how the United States and Vietnam have been developing closer security and economic ties … Continue reading

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Obama’s Vietnam “Legacy” Trip: A Reality Check

By Greg Rushford  Monday, May 23, Washington, D.C. —Air Force One touched down yesterday evening in Hanoi. The White House and influential Washington think-tank scholars are spinning President Barack Obama’s three-day Vietnam visit as a “legacy” moment, validating the president’s … Continue reading

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Obama’s Visit to Vietnam Comes as Mass Demonstrations Protest Pollution and Massive Fish Kills

By Michael Benge On May 1, after marking the 41st anniversary of the reunification of Vietnam, residents in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) and major port cities in other parts of the country woke up to find thousands … Continue reading

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Veteran Vietnam dissident Nguyen Van Ly released ahead of Obama visit: church

Hanoi (AFP) – Authoritarian Vietnam released one of the country’s longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, just days before US President Barack Obama is due to visit, the Catholic Church said. Nguyen Van Ly, a priest who has spent … Continue reading

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Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

by Sarah Perez (@sarahintampa) Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s … Continue reading

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Maoists still a force 50 years after the Cultural Revolution

LUOYANG, China (AP) — Fifty years after Mao Zedong unleashed the decade-long Cultural Revolution to reassert his authority and revive his radical communist agenda, the spirit of modern China’s founder still exerts a powerful pull. Millions of people were persecuted, … Continue reading

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Vietnam to be condemned for Human Rights Violation

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location:     GenevaDate: 13 May 2016Subjects:     1) Turkey, 2) Gambia & 3) Viet Nam (1)   Turkey We note the response of a Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson to the … Continue reading

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