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HCMC Authorities Seize Lien Tri Pagoda, Evicting Monks despite Strong Protest

By Vu Quoc Ngu, September 08, 2016 Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest economic hub in Vietnam, on September 8 seized Lien Tri Pagoda, evicting all monks despite their strong objection, social networks reported Thursday. In the early … Continue reading

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Vietnam, the biggest hub for illegal rhino horn trafficking, has done little to stop it

Vietnam has become the biggest hub in the world for trafficking in horns and other body parts of the rhinoceros, a critically endangered species which is being killed by poachers in South Africa at the rate of one every eight … Continue reading

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Detained for defending human rights in Viet Nam

Vu Minh Khanh hasn’t seen or heard from her husband Nguyen Van Dai, since police arrested him in December 2015. This is her story. I am not an activist. Before my husband’s arrest, I was volunteering at our church in … Continue reading

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Ending Torture of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam

By John Coughlan Last week, Vũ Minh Khánh, the wife of jailed human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, slipped quietly backed into Viet Nam after completing an advocacy tour of the US, Europe and Australia raising awareness of her husband’s … Continue reading

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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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