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Old Saigon Echo website
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Director: Bai An Tran, Ph.D.


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U.S. Denounces Vietnam’s New Limits on Dissent on Internet

American officials criticized the Vietnamese government on Tuesday for its new limits on political dissent on the Internet, citing a decree that appears to restrict people from sharing news articles on social media and personal Web sites.

Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings

Call for international support for release of 35 bloggers jailed in Vietnam

Reporters Without Borders has just launched a petition for the immediate and unconditional release of all these bloggers.

Obama and Vietnam’s Leader Pledge Deeper Ties

WASHINGTON — Bearing a copy of a letter from Ho Chi Minh to Harry S. Truman, the president of Vietnam met President Obama on Thursday and pledged to deepen trade and military ties with the United States even as they tangled over human rights.

Remarks by President Obama and President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam after Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is my pleasure to welcome President Truong Tan Sang to the White House and to the Oval Office for his first bilateral meeting with me.  This represents the steady progression and strengthening of the relationship between our two countries.

Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style

A standard feature of communist press such as that of Vietnam is the “guiding role” of the Party’s Propaganda Department. Every week, this agency holds a meeting in Hanoi with the editors-in-chief of all major newspapers, in which it provides feedbacks and rebuke the media for what they have done in the previous week. The same meeting is held in Ho Chi Minh City by the local Propaganda Department and things are the same for other provinces and cities across Vietnam. 

A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear

In June, The Asia Foundation hosted U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, David B. Shear, at its headquarters in San Francisco. In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with him to discuss expanding economic and diplomatic ties, negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, progress in human rights, and Vietnam’s lively but circumscribed social media landscape.

Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam

A new report on global corruption trends finds more than half of Vietnam’s population believes corruption has increased in recent years. 

Napalm girl turns 40 +

 I've never escaped from that moment: Girl in napalm photograph that defined the Vietnam War 40 years on.

Prison hunger strike by Vietnam revolutionary’s son tests government’s culture of intimidation

HANOI, Vietnam - Cu Huy Ha Vu's books come with pages torn out by prison guards. Only some of his letters reach home. He is not allowed to access evidence from his trial or to see his wife alone.

Vietnam Jails Two Over Leaflets

A court in southern Vietnam on Thursday sentenced two young activists to several years in prison for distributing “anti-government” leaflets, in a trial relatives and rights groups condemned as unfair and aimed at silencing dissent in the one-party state.

Vietnam: Drop Charges for Leafleting

Activists Targeted for Criticizing Government Relations with China

Banned Vietnamese Buddhist Group's Pagoda Blockaded

Security forces in southern Vietnam surrounded the pagoda of a banned Buddhist group over the weekend and barred monks from leaving the monastery, in the latest crackdown on the group in the one-party communist state.

USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report recommends that 15 countries be designated as the worst violators of religious freedom

USCIRF issued its 2013 Annual Report on April 30. The report highlights the state of religious freedom abroad during 2012 and identifies governments that are the most egregious violators of this fundamental freedom.  USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report includes more countries than ever before -- 29 specifically are addressed and at least 22 additional countries are discussed in thematic sections. 

Young Vietnamese Americans learning the lessons of Black April

For many Vietnamese immigrants, the memory of April 30 — the day Saigon fell to the Communist north — has been passed on only through photos, stories or video clips. Or it's been buried under silence.

Testimony of Rev. John Tran Cong Nghi on International Religious Freedom


Testimony of Rev. John Tran Cong Nghi

On February 13, 2001.

Vietnamese commando never knew U.S. declared him dead

Back from the officially dead, Ha Van Son said Wednesday that during nearly 20 years in a North Vietnamese prison he never knew that the United States had declared him killed in action and stopped paying his salary to his family.

SCUTTLEBUTT: Klout Has Raised ~ $30 Million From Kleiner Perkins At A $200 Million Valuation

Klout, the startup that calculates how socially influential you are on the web, has raised a heaping pile of capital -- or so we hear from multiple sources.

The Vietnamese Population in the United States

The Vietnamese Population in the United States: 


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