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Pham Doan Trang’s 9-Year Sentence: An Outrageous Affront To Human Dignity

Pham Doan Trang’s 9-Year Sentence: An Outrageous Affront To Human Dignity
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“Your Vietnamese will improve if you keep practising,” my Vietnamese tutor says, his stringy grey hair like vermicelli strands combed to one side. “Then you will be able to read difficult books about politics.” He smiles with one front tooth notably more forward than the other. But what if I

Frances An
Opinion-Section
2011-2021: Ten Years Of Social Changes In Vietnam

2011-2021: Ten Years Of Social Changes In Vietnam
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The 2011 Anti-China Social Movement had ended after more than three months of roughly weekly demonstrations, and despite the spontaneous nature of its inception, the movement had brought about significant social change to Vietnam. A reflection on this event is worth it for two reasons: to understand how the movement

Jason Nguyen
Politics
From Antonio Gramsci To Vietnam, With Love And Strength

From Antonio Gramsci To Vietnam, With Love And Strength
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Sad Days for VietnamIt has been a sad time for Vietnamese civil society since the Formosa disaster and the protests that followed it in 2016. There has been an increasingly harsh crackdown on dissent and those who dared to defy the regime’s violation of human rights and authoritarian governance.

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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The Official’s Gold-Flecked Steak And The Underlying Problems Of Vietnam

The Official’s Gold-Flecked Steak And The Underlying Problems Of Vietnam
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Vietnamese social media was flooded last weekend with images and footage of Minister of Public Security, To Lam and his delegates enjoying a luxurious dinner at an upscale restaurant in London. The video, showing General Lam being hand-fed a gold-leaf steak by the Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, popularly known

Jason Nguyen
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October 9, 2009: Six Peaceful Activists Sentenced For Pro-Democracy Activities

October 9, 2009: Six Peaceful Activists Sentenced For Pro-Democracy Activities
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What happened?On this day, 12 years ago, a group of six democracy activists was sentenced to prison, with sentences ranging from two years to six years in prison, in addition to various months or years of house arrest. Their sentences prompted criticism from many international organizations, such as Human

Son Nguyen
Son Nguyen
On This Day
Biden’s Emphasis On Soft Power And What It Means For Vietnam’s Democracy Movement

Biden’s Emphasis On Soft Power And What It Means For Vietnam’s Democracy Movement
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President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasised “soft power” in his foreign policy speeches. Will this policy work in Vietnam? And how will it affect Vietnam’s democracy movement? Biden’s emphasis on soft power: what’s in store for Vietnam and should one believe it?It’s almost a year

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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Venerable Thich Quang Do: A Lifetime Of Struggle

Venerable Thich Quang Do: A Lifetime Of Struggle
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This article contains many quotes and literary excerpts from Venerable Thich Quang Do. A number of excerpts may be difficult to comprehend, and the formatting may be different from section to section. We maintain the excerpts in full respect for Venerable Thich Quang Do.

Will Nguyen
Will Nguyen
Religion
Panorama of Flags, Panorama of Lies

Panorama of Flags, Panorama of Lies
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The panorama of flagsForeigners visiting Vietnam can hardly miss the abundance of flags, posters, statues, and slogans that remind them of who is leading Vietnam and of the Communists’ “glorious” struggle against the French, Americans, and the South Vietnam regime throughout the last century. However, isn’t it a bit

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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