Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Muscle flexing increases in South China Sea

Shadow boxing in the South China Sea between China and the US and its allies is reaching a new level as Japanese naval vessels join a US task force in the region. Japan’s largest ship, the helicopter carrier Kaga, and…

Vietnam on alert for National Day protests

Security forces have been mobilised in major cities to try to prevent anti-government demonstrations on National Day on Sunday. The government has become increasingly jittery about public manifestations of dissent since large protests swept through Vietnam in June. The Hanoi…

Foes united in tributes to John McCain

Senator John McCain embodied the roller coaster ride of US-Vietnamese relations like no other figure. His death elicited heartfelt tributes from bitter foes on all sides of the conflict – from Vietnamese communist leaders as well as anti-communist refugees and…

Americans jailed in alleged plot

A court in Vietnam has sentenced two Vietnamese-Americans to 14 years in prison for anti-state activities. Ten Vietnamese accomplices also received jail terms of between 5 and 11 years on a charge of helping in a plot to overthrow the…

Environmental campaigner gets longest prison term

A Vietnamese court has handed out one of its longest sentences for years to a civil society activist accused of helping organise protests against an environmental disaster. Le Dinh Luong, 53, was sentenced to twenty years in prison on a…

Activists blindfolded and beaten

A violent assault by police on political activists in Ho Chi Minh City has highlighted the increasingly reckless tactics used by the authorities to crush dissent. Police burst into a private musical performance in the city and attacked the participants,…

War hero who turned on the Communist party

Perhaps only Ho Chi Minh himself could have delivered a more telling indictment of the Communist party. Colonel, Bui Tin, who has died in Parisian exile at the age of 90, was the ubiquitous hero of Vietnam’s wars of independence…

Vietnam risks Chinese ire with latest oil project

Vietnam is risking a belligerent response from China with its latest gambit to increase dwindling oil and gas production in the South China Sea. A new agreement to involve two Japanese firms in the latest project could be seen by…

House arrest for rights campaigner

A leading campaigner for rights and freedoms, Huynh Thuc Vy, has been placed under house arrest while she is investigated for defacing the national flag. Some thirty police officers arrived at Vy’s house in the small town of Buon Ho…

Slovakia in spotlight over Thanh abudction

Vietnamese agents are alleged to have celebrated with champagne after abducting the fugitive official, Trinh Xuan Thanh, from Berlin last July. A year later, they find themselves looking back on a botched job, the fallout from which continues to reverberate…