By Matt Steinglass Hanoi 11 May 2007 Voice of America
Two lawyers who ran a center for human rights law and supported alternative political parties in Vietnam were sentenced to prison Friday in Hanoi. Their trial came a day after three other democracy activists were convicted of similar charges in Ho Chi Minh City. Matt Steinglass reports from Hanoi that the convictions are the latest in a crackdown on democracy activists.Lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan are members of the Vietnamese democracy and human rights group “Bloc 8406,” and had organized seminars for students on international human rights law.
How is it possible to write a book about the '60s without an in-depth discussion of the Vietnam War?
"I committed the same kinds of atrocities as thousands of others in that I shot in free-fire zones, fired .50-caliber machine bullets, used harass-and-interdiction fire, joined in search-and-destroy missions, and burned villages. All of these acts are contrary to the laws of the Geneva Convention, and all were ordered as written, established policies from the top down, and the men who ordered this are war criminals." -- John Kerry, on "Meet the Press," April 1971.
Tom Brokaw's best-selling book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties -- Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today, bills itself as "a virtual reunion of a cross section of the Sixties crowd, in an effort to discover what we might learn from each other, forty years later." Its 688 pages consist mainly of interviews with more than 80, mostly successful, veterans of the '60s, dealing with Vietnam, the civil rights and women's movements, and electoral politics. Other than Vietnam, his material is relatively unobjectionable, since America has made some progress -- though not as much as he suggests -- in the domestic arena. The personal stories of women leaders and courageous African-Americans, who rose to prominence from the trenches of the burgeoning women's movement and from the barricades of the civil rights movement, are inspiring.
BANGKOK - The US Air Force wanted to use nuclear weapons against Vietnam in
1959 and 1968, and Laos in 1961, to obliterate communist guerrillas, according
to newly declassified secret US Air Force documents.
In 1959, US Air Force chief of staff General Thomas D White chose several
targets in northern Vietnam, but other military officials blocked his demand to
nuke the Southeast Asian nation.
PARIS, July 9 - Wearing an elegant tweed jacket and sipping fruit juice in a Left Bank cafe here, the writer Duong Thu Huong hardly cuts a threatening figure. But Ms. Huong, 58, evidently does in her native Vietnam, where she has spent time in jail, has seen her books banned and for 11 years was denied a passport to travel abroad.
(New York, November 28, 2007) ''The Vietnamese government should immediately and unconditionally release two human rights lawyers, Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, whose prison sentences were reduced after an appeals court hearing in Hanoi today, Human Rights Watch said.
No one should be imprisoned for peaceful political expression of their views. Vietnam's crackdown on dissent shows no sign of letting up. Instead, the authorities continue to arrest and imprison people for simply exercising their freedom of speech and advocating for democratic reforms.
Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.
by Richard Lloyd Parry (November 30, 2006 -- TimesOnline)
The Vietnamese government is one of those regimes whose repression is so narrowly concentrated that casual visitors - and even its own citizens, for some of the time at least - are quite unaware of it. Singapore, a very different country in most ways, has a broadly similar approach. Leave people alone as long as they are making money, creating silk paintings, winning Olympic medals and the like. But as soon as they assert themselves politically, as soon as they question the authority of the Party - then crush them.
Rohrabacher, Horvath, Ba Will Receive 2007 Truman-Reagan Medal Of Freedom
Presentations To Be Made at the Embassy of Hungary Nov. 15
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by Lam Quang Thi
National Catholic Reporter, March 11, 2005
Vietnamese communities in the United States, Europe and Australia are
protesting the Jan. 8 killing of Vietnamese fishermen by the Chinese
navy. On that day, navy ships from the People's Republic of China shot
and killed nine Vietnamese fishermen and injured seven others in the
Vinh Bac Bo (Gulf of Tonkin). Eight fishermen were kidnapped...