Vietnam’s Angry Feet

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Published: June 6, 2013

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — LAST month, Vietnamese courts imposed heavy sentences on two patriotic students in their early 20s who had been charged with “speaking ill of China.” These charges touched the most sensitive nerve in the nation’s psyche — our patriotism and spirit of nationalism — and publicly exposed the government’s shady collusion with foreign aggressors.

Vietnam’s greatest tragedy is that the illusion of a common socialist ideology has been used by the Vietnamese government as an excuse to allow Chinese expansionism to run rampant and to stifle democracy, censor and suppress information, and psychologically terrorize its citizens. Earlier this week, the police in Hanoi broke up an anti-China demonstration and sent the organizers to jail.

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Australia: Press Vietnam to Respect Rights

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Bilateral Dialogue Planned for July 28 in Hanoi
July 24, 2014

(Sydney) – Australia should use the upcoming Australia-Vietnam human rights dialogue to press the Vietnamese government to make concrete and measurable improvements in its abysmal human rights record. These include promptly releasing all political prisoners and ending restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association, and religion.

The 11th rights dialogue between the two countries is the first with the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on July 28, with side events on July 29 and 30, 2014.

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Vietnam joins PH in slamming China’s new ‘expansionist’map

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BY E.J. CARLEON – JUNE 28, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Vietnam joined the Philippines in slamming the new vertical map published by China recently; increasing the crude territorial demarcation 9 dash lines to 10, and inordinately encroaching into the exclusive economic zones of its neighboring countries in the region.

A senior official of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry described the new map as “self-prescribed” and also accused China of continued assertive actions despite the recent visit of Beijing State Councilor Yang Jiech to Hanoi last week.

“We have many times, reaffirmed Vietnam’s position on the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. We strongly condemn the wrongful acts of China and request it to respect international laws and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC),” said a statement from ministry spokesperson, Le Hai Binh published on Than Nien News.

Le also condemned

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Iraq, Libya and Vietnam are worst in index that measures nations’ contribution to humanity

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Ireland is the ‘goodest’ country in the world, according to a new survey which measures what 125 nations contribute to the planet and humanity. 

The UK made it to the seventh place in the overall index but was crowned as the best country in the world for its contribution in terms of technology and science. 

The Good Country Index, conceived by policy adviser Simon Anholt, analyses 35 different types of data from the UN, the World Bank and other international organisations and NGOs.

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Vietnam ranks 147 out of 165 countries in economic freedom

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Vietnam’s economic freedom score is 50.8, making its economy the 147th freest in the 2014 Index. Its score is 0.2 point worse than last year, reflecting declines in freedom from corruption, monetary freedom, and business freedom that outweigh improvements in labor freedom and fiscal freedom. Vietnam is ranked 33rd out of 42 countries in the Asia–Pacific region, and its overall score is lower than the world and regional averages.

Over the 20-year history of the Index, Vietnam has advanced its economic freedom score by about 9 points. Improvements in seven of the 10 economic freedoms include gains in trade freedom, business freedom, and freedom from corruption, scores for which have advanced by 10 points or more. Reforms have included partial privatization of state-owned enterprises and increasing recognition of private property rights.

Vietnam has fluctuated within the lower ranks of the “mostly unfree” economies for two decades, constrained by key institutional shortcomings. Although measurable progress has been made in enhancing the rule of law, the weak judiciary continues to be vulnerable to political influence, and corruption remains widespread. The overall regulatory environment, despite ongoing reform efforts, is not particularly efficient or transparent. Investment is hindered by opaque bureaucracy and an unreliable legal system.

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