Category: Opinions

Trong walks tightrope in United States

Four decades after the fall of Saigon the warm welcome afforded a Vietnamese Communist Party leader in the Oval Office appears to signal a new phase in relations between the two former enemies. The presence of Nguyen Phu Trong in…

Dissident voices: Dr Nguyen Quang A

Dr Nguyen Quang A laughs as he explains the cat and mouse games he’s obliged to play with the police and Communist party henchmen. As a prominent intellectual and dissident, he and a network of fellow writers face frequent warnings…

Military official sees same-sex marriage as American plot

A top defence and intelligence specialist in the Vietnamese military has alleged that the US ruling on same-sex marriage is part of a political plot aimed principally at Russia. In an article carried by state media, Colonel Le The Mau…

SEAPA on media freedom in Vietnam: Neither side gives way

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance has just released their annual report on media freedom in regional countries, in which the section of Vietnam is still marked with arrests, assaults, site attacks, even cyber wars on Facebook.  Freedom of expression remains…

Criminal justice in Vietnam: Compassionate communists

The Economist – The party allows a smidgen of penal reform.  ONE ordinary farmer, Nguyen Thanh Chan, is now a celebrity in Vietnam. In 2004 he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman in Nghia Trung,…

TPP will help workers in Vietnam pursue their rights

By Tom Malinowski – Two months ago, workers at a shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, went on strike to protest changes their government had made to the country’s social security law. The strike spread through the city’s industrial…

‘I don’t want you to go protesting’

This day four years ago, June 5, 2011, marked the first one in a series of street protests in Hanoi and Saigon. Below is a writing by Da Thao Phuong, a local blogger in Hanoi, on the protest that she…

36 NGOs worldwide call for the release of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

On the day that marks 6th year of imprisonment for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, 18 international NGOs and 18 Vietnamese organizations made a joint statement urging the Vietnamese government to “immediately release” Thuc. They did so in an unprecedented collective attempt…