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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 restricts social media posts

Facebook users in Vietnam on Thursday slammed a new decree which bans people from posting information found online.

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 quizzes Vietnam President on rights

United States, July 28, 2013: Sang jeered on arrival at White House and has “very candid” talk with Obama

Philippines to meet with Vietnam on sea security

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) led by Secretary Albert del Rosario and the Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh will also tackle defense mechanisms and initiatives in the area.

Uh Ho: Obama Says Vietnamese Dictator Inspired by Founding Fathers

In Obama’s credulous citing of the Constitution as an inspiration, there is particular historical dissonance.

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. 

Hanoi against the beatification of Cardinal Van Thuân. Canonisation process witness stopped at airport

Nguyên Hoang Duc, literary critic and former civil servant, blocked at the boarding gate. He was expected in Rome, on official invitation, for the closing ceremony of the diocesan inquiry. A meeting with the Cardinal began his journey of conversion which resulted in his baptism. The Communist Government wants to hinder the process.

McDonald’s to bring Big Mac to Vietnam

Vietnam is finally set to get its first taste of the Big Mac after US burger chain

Vietnam Outlook Rated Stable, But Wide Reforms Needed: S&P

Global ratings firm Standard and Poor (S&P) has retained its BB-long term and B short term sovereign credit ratings on Vietnam, and said the country's outlook is stable, Xinhua news agency reported.

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 provider drops foreign news TV channels

At least one Vietnamese satellite TV company stopped airing international channels including BBC and CNN on Thursday, citing a law that foreign governments have warned would result in international news and entertainment channels ending their broadcasts in a country increasingly cracking down on freedom of expression.

Vietnam: Drop Charges for Leafleting

Activists Targeted for Criticizing Government Relations with China

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