Vietnam arrests well-known blogger for criticism

5:23 a.m. EDT May 27, 2013 HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have arrested one of the country’s best known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government, the latest in an intensified crackdown against dissent in the one-party, authoritarian state. Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Monday that police arrested Truong Duy Nhat, 49, at his…

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Vietnam Jails Two Over Leaflets

May 16, 2013 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. University student Nguyen Phuong Uyen, 21, was sentenced to six years in prison,…

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Laos Land Grab: Deutsche Bank Backs Ruthless ‘Rubber Lords’

  May 15, 2013 10:33 am By Martin Hesse, Jorg Schmitt and Wieland Wagner  Vietnamese companies have been ruthlessly taking advantage of Laotian locals and their environment to create vast rubber plantations. The “rubber lords” are also getting support for the land grabs from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, which is violating its ethics and sustainability policies, critics say.…

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