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Hanoi hostage crises

22/4 VnExpress: Hanoi hostage crisis ends after mayor meets villagers, promises to solve land dispute - The last group of 19 police and official hostages were released on Saturday, one week after the dramatic event began. 

21/4 Toui Tre: Hanoi to thoroughly investigate land issues that led to police hostage situation - Hanoi administration will launch a comprehensive inspection into land-related issues in an outlying commune where local residents have held dozens of officials and police officers captive since last weekend, the capital chairman said 20/4.


Formosa scandal

22/4 Toui Tre; Vietnam punishes officials over Formosa incident - The Secretariat has rebuked Nguyen Minh Quang, the former environmental minister, and dismissed his two deputies and the former party chief secretary of Ha Tinh province,

21/4 VnExpress: Vietnam rebukes senior officials over Formosa environmental disaster - Vietnam has formally punished four high-ranking government officials for the country’s worst-ever environmental disaster caused by a unit of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics. 

Trump and Vietnam

21/4 Toui Tre: President Trump invites Vietnam PM to visit US - Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who also serves as Vietnam’s foreign minister, is on a two-day visit to the U.S., during which he was scheduled to meet with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMasster.

21/4 New Yourk Post: Trump invites Vietnam’s prime minister to visit US - Last month, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also said he was ready to visit the United States to promote ties between the two countries. Trump will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November.

21/4 Toui Tre: US President Trump to be in Vietnam for regional summit - U.S. President Donald Trump will attend three summits in Asia in November, one of which will be hosted by the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang.

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15/4 VnExpress: Giant war-time bomb safely destroyed in central Vietnam - Locals were attempting to dismantle the lethal device for scrap metal before experts were called in.- With Video of Detonation

15/4 Toui Tre: Timely intervention made as scrap collectors about to cut 230kg bomb in central Vietnam - A group of scrap collectors were stopped just in time as they were attempting to cut open a large bomb in the north-central province of Quang Tri on Friday 13/4. 

Climate Change and disarter management

4/4 DIIS: Climate risk management between state and market - Changing arenas for climate change adaptation in Vietnam

28/3 DIIS report "Development in Practice": Changing arenas for agricultural climate change adaptation in Vietnam - ABSTRACT ONLY

23/11 2016 DIIS: Climate change in Viet Nam inextricably linked to disaster response - Local authorities understand climate change through the lens of disasters


3/4 VnExpress: Foreign factory fires Chinese manager, vows to improve workers' rights after revolt - Pregnant workers were banned from bringing milk to the workplace and fired for a third violation. A textile factory in southern Vietnam has pledged to replace its Chinese HR manager following a strike involving 1,000 workers on Monday against rules that ban pregnant women from bringing milk and limit the food and water employees can bring to work.
  • 2/4 Tuoi Tre: Trump sends letter to Vietnam's president to promote ties - Trump sent a letter to Quang "affirming his wishes to promote cooperation on economics, trade, regional and international issues", the Vietnamese government website said.
  • 30/3 VnWxpress: Higher education: Is it wise for Vietnam to imitate the US? - Professor Neal Koblitz writes from the U.S., offering fresh arguments on how Vietnamese schools should move forward. A careful examination of higher education in the U.S. will reveal many reasons why it would be foolish for Vietnam — or any other country — to imitate the American system. 

Vietnamese delicious food

30/4 VnExpress: 5 reasons the world needs an emoji for Vietnamese 'banh mi' now - Banh mi is the king/queen/Beast/Beauty of street food

25/3 VnExpress: Five Vietnamese dishes that have got global gourmets talking - Let's sample the rising stars of Vietnamese cuisine: Bun Cha, Cursing rice noodles, Snails, Banh mi sandwich and Duck embryos.

28/3 CNN Travel: Egg coffee? Why this Hanoi specialty has everyone rushing for a caffeine fix - Everyone at Hanoi's humble Cafe Giang however, is after something more than just a caffeine fix. There've come for "cà phê trúng," or egg coffee, a Hanoi specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee.
23/3 VnWxpress: Colorful rhinos storm Saigon alleys with a message: save them - Lively rhino graffiti has been popping up in Saigon's backstreets, bringing the illegal rhino horn trade to public attention.

New CD from french jazz guitarist Nguyen Lê

20/3 Toui Tre: Vietnamese expat strives to promote home country’s traditional music - The revered Vietnamese-French composer and internationally recognized jazz guitarist Nguyen Lê, is single-handedly bridging the gap between traditional Vietnamese music and its modern Western counterparts.

TV: Nguyên Lê and Ngo Hong Quang were invited by Vietnamese television to introduce their project "Ha Noi Duo". This resulted in a 45 min. programme in English language - with lots of music, background information about Vietnamese music and culture and behind the scenes footage.
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26/3 Saigoneer: Street Cred: Thich Quang Duc, The Monk Who Set Himself on Fire - Duc eventually decided to fulfill his part of the pact on June 10, 1963, when he was 66 years old. Upon getting out of the car, Duc sat down on the street in the traditional Buddhist lotus position and let a colleague pour gasoline over his body. He started to recite the well-recognized chant “nam mô A Di Đà Phật” ("Homage to Amitābha Buddha"). Another monk then lit a match and dropped it on the petroleum trail leading to Thich Quang Duc, whose body was quickly engulfed in flames and black smoke.

Downtown Saigon clears pawements

4/4 Sagoneer: Chasing Pavements: In Defense of Saigon's Sidewalk Economy - many people rely on that coveted space between the street and a building for their livelihood.

23/3 Toui Tre: Downtown Ho Chi Minh City set to become pedestrian zone - The proposed area currently houses many cultural and service buildings, namely the municipal administration’s headquarters, the Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, the Municipal Theater, Tao Dan Park, the Saigon Zoo, universities, and hotels.

23/3 Toui Tre: ‘Sidewalk reclamation’ campaign continues in Saigon - Authorized workers are removing illegally built steps in front of a cosmetics shop.

10/2 VietNamNet: Barriers built on Saigon pavements to prevent motorbikes - HCM City’s Transport Department has built barriers on pavements along some streets in the city centre to prevent motorists from encroaching upon them.

Film: Kong: Skull Island

29/3 VietNamNet: King Kong’s the latest craze in Vietnam - The Film Kong: Skull Island, shot in Quang Binh, Ninh Binh, and Quang Ninh provinces last year, has been drawing a lot of attention from Vietnamese authorities, media outlets, and the public. As the very first Hollywood movie shot in Viet Nam, people across the country are eager to learn what the stars and production crew thought of the country, and how the iconic landscapes of Viet Nam have translated to the big screen.

22/2 VietnamNet: Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes in Kong: Skull Island - Numerous places of interests in Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, and Quang Binh are revealed in the trailers of the much-anticipated movie Kong: Skull Island.

Formosa scandal: 11 officials responsible

9/3 Reuters/VnExpress: Vietnam says must be sure Formosa Plastics can operate safely - The Vietnamese government said it would only allow the firm to dispose of waste once it "ensures complete environmental safety."

22/2 Reuters: Vietnam names and shames 11 officials over Formosa environmental disaster - Vietnam on Wednesday 22/2 named for the first time 11 government, provincial and industry officials as being responsible for one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics.

4/1 2016 VietNamNet: Quang Tri allocates extra $2.7 million in Formosa compensation for sea pollution - The People’s Committee of Quang Tri has made a decision to allocate Vinh Linh district an extra of VND61.6 billion (US$2.7 million) in compensation for the sea environment disaster caused by Taiwanese steel company Formosa early last year. READ MORE

3/1 Vietnam Breaking News: Toxic fish destroyed in central Vietnam - Twenty metric tons of frozen sea fish have been destroyed by authorities in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue after they were found containing toxins from an environmental crisis in April. READ MORE

E-visa for 1 Month US$25

4/2 VnExpress: First tourist arrives in HCMC on e-visa - Vietnam's brand new e-visa system has had a rocky start with reports of difficulties accessing the application websites.

2/2 Saigoneer. Vietnam Launches Electronic Visa Program for 40 Nationalities - Include Denmark: the fee for the online application is US$25 per person.

Go to the website and apply for e-visa

From 1/2 including Denmark - Applicants are required to complete a form available on two separate websites (one in Vietnamese and the other in English) run by the Ministry of Public Security. They will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online.

Tet 2017 - 26/1 - 1/2 

22/1 VnExpress: VIDEO Tet do's and don’ts: 6 simple rules to survive Vietnam's Lunar New Year - Tet can be complicated and confusing, even for Vietnamese people. Stick to the rules and make the best of this special occasion.

The Ultimate Travelers Guide to Vietnam Tet Holiday - Officially, in 2017, Vietnamese people will have 7 day-offs, from January 26th to February 1st



Too many enviromental problems

15/1 Toui Tre: Vietnamese Mekong Delta’s mass exodus - People in the once-famous granary of the Mekong Delta are abandoning the grind of country life for better-paying jobs elsewhere.

14/1 VietNamNet: Experts call for water storage for Mekong Delta – Environmentalists have underscored the importance of finding ways to store and share water resources in the Mekong Delta as climate change is inflicting huge damage on the arable delta.

14/1 VietNamNet: Vietnam facing water security challenges – Vietnam’s demand for water is skyrocketing while water resources are being depleted, certain river basins are being overexploited and competition for water resources is soaring.

10/1  The Diplomat: Vietnam's Next Environmental Hotspot - emerging environmental risks posed by a Chinese-owned giant manufacturing complex and supporting coal-fired thermal power plants stationed along major waterways – the only fresh water supplies to paddy fields and crowded cities in the Mekong Delta.

5/1 2016 VietNamNet: Climate change paves way for disease epidemics to return - Unusual climate changes provide favorable conditions for diseases to break out, while some infectious diseases eliminated in the past are likely to return. 

30/12 2016 Vietnam Breaking News: Vietnam suffers 50 major toxic waste scandals in 2016 - The perpetrators, 60 percent of them foregin firms, pumped untreated waste into lakes, rivers and oceans with impunity. Vietnamese enforcement agencies reported 50 illegal discharges of toxic waste in 2016.

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Dr. Vo Quy, well known Environmental pioneer, dies at 87

11/1 The New York Times: Vo Quy, Father of Environmental Conservation in Vietnam, Dies at 87 - Dr. Quy was well known for his poinering studies om Vietnam's wildlife.

27/2 2014 VBN: Professor Vo Quy – Hero of the environment - TIME magazine awarded Prof. Vo Quy the title Hero of the environment. He is the first Vietnamese and also the second Asian that has been awarded the Blue Planet prize by the ASAHI foundation, Japan in 2003, which is described as the Nobel Prize for the environmental sciences. 9 years later, in 2012, he is one of three scientists that received the MIDORI prize for biodiversity.

1/12 2008 Terra Daily: Vo Quy, father of Vietnam's environmental movement - Today the zoologist and author of "Birds of Vietnam" has a bagful of global environmental awards for his lifetime of advocacy and is considered the father of Vietnam's still small environmental movement.

24/9 2008 TIME: SCIENTISTS & INNOVATORS: Vo Quy - Heroes of the Environment 2008 - A special report on the eco-pioneers fighting for a cleaner, greener future

News 2016/2017

9/1 Saigoneer: Saigon Plans to Eliminate Poverty by 2020: Official - As part of the city’s sustainable poverty reduction program, Saigon is aiming to lift all households out of poverty by 2020. Nguyen Van Lam, deputy director of the city’s Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the municipal government plans to provide a total of VND2.94 trillion (US$130.2 million) in preferential loans to poor and near-poor families to assist in opening small-scale production facilities or businesses. The city currently defines poverty as an income of less than VND21 million (US$930) per person per year and near-poverty as those within the income range of VND21-28 million (US$930-1,240) per person per year. Currently, poor and near-poor families make up 5.77% of all households in the city, according to Lam. There are 67,090 poor households and 48,154 near-poor households.
  • 9/1 VNA: Achievements in 2016 impetus for future development: Party Secretary -  “Although there remain many difficulties and challenges, the outcomes obtained last year were encouraging, giving favourable conditions for the country to enter a new stage of development with new opportunities,” said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
  • 9/1 Saigon Giai Phong: Coffee export rebounds in 2016 - Coffee export last year rebounded back from the previous year reduction, reaching 1.79 million tons with the total turnover of US$3.36 billion.
  • 6/1 VnExpress: Vietnam's PM signs off on more state-owned company sales - The conglomerates involved in this fresh round of sell-offs include Agribank and coal mining group Vinacomin. The Vietnamese government plans to cut the number of state-owned companies from 240 to 103 in the next four years.


Vietnam mourns Fidel Castro

29/11 Toui Tre: Vietnam to hold national day of mourning for Cuban figurehead Fidel Castro - Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong expresses his condolences to Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Herminio López Díaz in Hanoi on November 28, 2016. 

28/11 VietnamPlus: Vietnam to hold a day of national mourning for Fidel Castro - on December 4 to express condolences and gratitude to the revolutionary leader of Cuba, who passed away on November 25.


Vietnam shelves ratification of TPP

17/11 Toui Tre: Vietnam PM backs off from U.S-led TPP, emphasizes independent foreign policy - Vietnam will shelve ratification of a U.S.-led Pacific trade accord due to political changes ahead in the United States, but wants to maintain good relations with Washington as much as it does to all other countries, its prime minister said on Thursday.

21/9 Channel NewsAsia: Vietnam to delay TPP ratification: Lawmaker - Vietnam will delay ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until after the US elections, a lawmaker said. Prospects that the 12-country deal could be ratified in Washington this year have dimmed, with US lawmakers casting doubt on whether President Barack Obama's signature Pacific trade deal will receive substantial backing or even come to a vote.

19/9 Forbes: Vietnam Delays TPP Ratification In Crucial Blow To Obama's Ambitions - Vietnam’s government has opted to delay the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in an unexpected blow to U.S. President Barack Obama’s final uphill push for the trade deal’s approval.

16/9 Reuters: Blow for Obama's TPP as Vietnam parliament defers ratification - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the parliament chairwoman, 16. september said Vietnam's ratification would depend on the Communist Party, the global situation and the outcome of the U.S. election.

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Vietnam tackle illegal wildlife 

19/11 VnExpress: Light at tunnel's end: Vietnam pledges tough action against illegal wildlife trade - Vietnam this week has pledged to expand its efforts to tackle illegal wildlife trade by strengthening law enforcement and improve cross border cooperation, amid growing concerns from international groups about the future of endangered species.

19/11 VietNam News: Illegal bear trade still persists in Việt Nam - The illegal market for bears and bear parts is still strong in Việt Nam despite the introduction of legislation to ban their sale in 2006.

17/11 VnExpress: Prince William warns of looming threat of extinction - Britain's Prince William delivered a dire warning on the fate of the world's endangered wildlife, telling a major conference in Hanoi that vulnerable species are being killed at a "horrifying" rate. Vietnam is a global hub for the illicit trade of contraband animal products, including ivory, rhino horn, pangolin, tiger and bear parts.

Formosa fish scandal:
more than 50 violations

18/11 VnExpress: Gov't cannot go it alone in protecting environment - Local authorities should get more involved and significantly improve their management of environmental issues said Chu Phạm Ngọc Hiển, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. Addressing a conference on environmental inspections held in Hà Nội, he said his ministry cannot be the first responder to major crises because it is not equipped to do so.

14/11 Reuters: Exclusive: Broken rules at $11 billion Formosa mill triggered Vietnam spill, report says - More than 50 violations at a steel mill run by Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group, including the unauthorized use of a dirtier production process, led to Vietnam's worst environmental disaster, according to an internal government report.

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Unexploded ordnance (UXO)

11/11 2sides project: Marking Veterans Day with Project RENEW Founder Chuck Searcy - Chuck Searcy is a U.S. Army veteran living in Hanoi. Back in 1967, he worked in military intelligence as part of the 519th Battalion in Saigon. Today he is advisor to Project RENEW, an organization he helped start in 2001 to work with the Vietnamese to clean up unexploded ordnance (UXO) and provide medical assistance, rehabilitation, and income generation for UXO victims.Their focus is on the Quang Tri province, where 97 percent of the villages were destroyed by bombs during the Vietnam War.
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Udenrigsminster Kristian Jensen på besøg på den danskejede fabrik for Mascot arbejdstøj. Her ses han sammen med en af direktørerne danskeren Thomas Bo Pedersen. Foto: Gerd Kieffer – Globalnyt

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Dansk delegation med udenrigsminister
i Vietnam 11-13/10

24/10 Globalnyt: Kristian J.: Danske virksomheder skal hæve standarden i Vietnam - Danske erhvervsaktiviteter skal være med til løfte niveauet for, hvordan man driver virksomhed i Vietnam. Det siger udenrigsministeren i et interview med Globalnyts udsendte. Kristian Jensen (V) har netop afsluttet et erhvervsbesøg i det sydøstasiatiske “Tigerland”. Og her er udfordringerne fra korruption stadig store.
22/10 Information: Vietnam balancerer mellem betonkommunistisk kommandostyre og kapitalistisk anarkisme - Danmark har udfaset udviklingsbistanden til Vietnam og betragter nu det vietnamesiske etpartistyre som en vigtig handelspartner i kampen om indflydelse på det boomende sydøstasiatiske marked. Men med det store fokus på erhvervsinteresser risikerer vietnamesernes kamp for rettigheder og lighed at ryge i svinget.
Danmarks udenrigsminister, Kristian Jensen var i Vietnam for at fejre 45 år af de diplomatiske forbindelser mellem de to lande. Han holdt møde med premierminister Thủ Tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, vicepremierminister og Udenrigsminister samt ministeren for Planlægning og investering, for at yderligere at styrke det politiske og kommercielle partnerskab. Ministeren skal også møde Danske virksomheder for at høre om muligheder og udfordringer for deres virksomheder.
I Hanoi besøgte Udenrigsministeren Manzi Art Space samt Ngoc Lam Primary School for at se kontrete resultatet af kulturelle bistand fra Dannmark til Vietnam. Elever inviterede Udenrigsminsteren til at deltage i en kunstklasse der anvendte danske læringsmetoder Eleverne fortalte minsteren om deres kunstværker og afsluttede med at danse farvel og ønskede ministen sikker rejse - her kunne minsteren ikke lade være med at deltage i dansen.
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13/10 ScandAsia: Danish Foreign Affairs Minister very satisfied with Vietnam visit - official visit on 11–12 October, covering both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. the Minister held various meetings with Vietnamese leaders to discuss measures in promoting the bilateral comprehensive partnership. He also visited Danish companies to learn about opportunities and challenges for Danish companies in doing business in Vietnam.
12/10 Danmarks udenrigsminister på besøg hos MASCOT i Vietnam - Danmarks udenrigsminister Kristian Jensen besøgte MASCOT Vietnam i dag. Ministeren viste stor interesse for at se nærmere på, hvordan MASCOTs produkter bliver til.
11/10 VietnamPlus: Prime Minister wants green energy cooperation with Denmark - Kristian Jensen said Vietnam and Denmark are forging stronger cooperation in politics, economics and investment, noting that the two sides have hosted numerous activities to celebrate the 45 th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2016. He added that more than 130 Danish companies are operating in Vietnam in various fields such as beverages, machinery and education.
11/10 Toui Tre News: Vietnam-Denmark cooperation celebrated at Joint Governmental Committee meeting in Hanoi - 5th meeting of the Joint-Governmental Committee (JGC) between Vietnam and Denmark was organized on October 11 within the framework of the Vietnam-Denmark Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan.

Mekong Delta may lose fish and rice

29/9 VietnamPlus: Mekong Delta islets losing farmland to serious erosion - Erosion has swept away 500 ha of land each year in the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta has 265 erosion-prone areas with a total length of 450 kilometres of rivers. About 200 km of coastal areas have lost 30-40 metres of land every year, according to the ministry.

23/8 Thanh Nien: Islets in southern Vietnam vanishing as erosion threatens millions - “The islet used to be more than 100 hectares but it has shrunk to around 60 hectares,” the 66-year-old farmer of Can Tho City told local media.

17/8 VietnamPlus: Mekong Delta rivers get deeper, says experts - The Tien and Hau rivers in the Mekong Delta have become deeper in recent years instead of having silt build-up like in years past. The 250-kilometre-long Tien and 200-km-long Hau, are two major rivers in the Mekong delta, which is the country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer. 

22/8 VietnamNews: Late floods, rodent attacks hit Mekong Delta crops - The late arrival of floods in the Mekong Delta provinces this year has been blamed on a major attack by rats on crops there.

12/8 ScanAsia: DHI predicts grim future for fish and rice production in Mekong Delta - DHI predicts losses of up to 760 million dollars for Vietnam, as well as 450 million dollars for Cambodia if no change is done to the expansion of a large dam in Laos.

Greater Mekong Water, Land and Ecosystem (WLE)

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Thanh Nien News have closed its English website

15/9 Saigoner: Thanh Nien News Discontinues Its English-Language Site - In a major blow to English-language media in Vietnam, Thanh Nien News shut down its website yesterday 15th September.

15/9 Thanh Nien News: Thank you readers, contributors and friends! - we announce the closure of the website owing to our company's major reorganization plans. From September 15, 2016, the website will no longer be updated. All the articles we have published can still be found in the Archive

Laotian mineclearer

U.S. Marine searches for UXO near the village of Ban Na Ngom, Savannakhet, Laos.
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Obama visit Laos 4 days from 5/9

6/9 PBS Newshour: Decades on, millions of unexploded American bombs left behind still kill and maim in Laos - The United States dropped 270 million bombs on Laos between 1964 and 1973. On Tuesday 6/9, President Obama promised to provide the Laotian people to remove the unexploded bombs that remain. Special correspondent Mike Cerre offers a glimpse of life in Laos today and the mission to end the deadly legacy of the Vietnam War. Video 9:08

6/9 PBS Newshour: Obama pledges U.S. help for Laos to clear 80 million unexploded bombs - Declaring a “moral obligation” to heal the wounds of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged help to clear away the 80 million unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos a generation ago — more than 10 for every one of the country’s 7 million people.

6/9 Thanh Nien: Philippines scrambles to soothe tensions after insult to Obama - Obama arrived in Vientiane on Monday for the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Laos, where he wants to begin to address the legacy of U.S. bombing during the Vietnam War. United States would provide an additional $90 million over the next three years to help Laos, heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, clear unexploded ordnance, which has killed or wounded more than 20,000 people.

6/9 CNN: Obama announces $90 million to clear Laos' unexploded bombs - President Barack Obama said 5/9 y that US has an "obligation" to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation. Obama pledged $90 million in a joint three-year project with Laos's government to clear tens of millions of unexploded US bombs.

5/9 ABC News: President Obama Arrives in Laos for Historic Visit - During his four-day visit, the president will attend a town hall meeting with Asian youth in Luang Prabang, Laos, participate in numerous cultural photo-ops, and deliver a major address to the people of Laos on the dark so-called Legacy of War.

5/9 USA Today: Obama becomes first sitting president to visit Laos - Obama plans to push for closer economic ties with Laos and Southeast Asia, and raise human rights abuses in the one-party communist state, which suppresses freedom of expression and the media.

3/9 NPR: Tiny Laos Readies For A Visit From Obama — And A Turn Under The Global Spotlight - Laos is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN summit, and the country will mark President Barack Obama's final stop in Asia as president.

3/9 The Diplomat: Obama in Laos: Cleaning up After the Secret War - Obama has an opportunity to address the past by stepping up U.S. efforts to remove unexploded ordnance in Laos.

3/9 Thomas Bo Pedersen: Victims of a Long Forgotten War -  More than 580.000 bombings mission were carried out over Laos from 1964 to 1973. More than 50.000 people have been killed since the war ended. Every year the is approx. 300 new casualities. 40 percent of the victims are children.

Hanoi turism - bars open until 2 a.m.

25/8 Thanh Nien: Hanoi lets bars, restaurants stay open longer to boost tourism - Hanoi has decided to allow restaurants and bars in the downtown Hoan Kiem District to stay open through 2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, easing a midnight curfew that has somewhat diminished the city's thriving nightlife.

  • 29/8 Thanh Nien: Heineken buys a brewery from Carlsberg in Southeast Asia's thirstiest beer market - Heineken’s expansion of its production in Vietnam by taking over a brewery in Vung Tau from rival Carlsberg highlights growing interest by global beer brands to quench the thirst of about 70 million locals in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Carlsberg Chief Executive Officer said the sale of the facility would allow the Danish brewer to concentrate on its existing territory in the northern part of the country.

Only a very small catch!

Is Seafood and Swimming
now safe in Central Vietnam?

30/8 Thanh Nien: Vietnam sets no-fishing zones as toxic spill scandal lingers - Vietnam's agriculture ministry has demarcated no-fishing zones along the central coast, saying these swaths of water need time to recover from the toxic spill scandal linked to Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa. The ministry set the zones over 800 square kilometers in total. The zones stretch as far as 1.5 kilometers from the shore. 

27/8 VietNamNews: Central marine environment shows signs of recovery - It is unnecessary to use advanced technology to clean the marine environment in the four central provinces hit by recent pollution as the coral reef ecosystem and seafood resources have shown signs of recovery.

24/8 Toui Tre: Question over central Vietnam’s seafood to be answered next week - Whether or not fish from Vietnam’s central coast is safe to eat will be answered by authorities at the end of this month, an official from the Ministry of Health has said.

22/8 VietnamNews: Formosa incident: seawater now safe for swimming  - The seawater off the four central provinces, which was earlier polluted by toxic wastewater released by a Taiwanese-owned steel company, is now mostly safe for swimming, water sports and aquaculture. 

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Vietnam diseases Spreding

27/8 VietNamNews: Diseases spreading due to vaccine shortage - Cases of diphtheria, whooping cough, measles and Japanese encephalitis still occur in several poor and remote localities and areas with ethnic minorities because residents did not receive the vaccination.

22/8 VietnamNes: Dengue fever incidence spirals in Khanh Hoa - The southern central province of Khanh Hoa has recorded 3,430 dengue fever cases since the outset of 2016, shooting up 132 percent from a year earlier. One person died of the mosquito-borne disease during the period.

19/8 VietnamNews: Prompt countermeasures needed to fight dengue fever - here is a risk of widespread dengue fever outbreak in Vietnam in the time ahead if no prompt actions are taken, said Dr. Phan Trong Lan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute. Lan told a communication training course in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on August 18-19 that this year’s rainy season comes earlier than the previous years in the Central Highlands. Meanwhile, droves of disease-carrying mosquitoes have yet to be completely destroyed, resulting in a dengue fever outbreak in the region.



Around 17,000 workers of Pouchen company in Dong Nai Province went on strike on Thursday 1th March. Photo: Le Lam

Workers strikes

23/8 Toui Tre: Ho Chi Minh City party chief encourages labor unions to stage strikes - Dinh La Thang Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City wants labor unions of companies citywide to be more effective in staging legitimate strikes for workers. 

12/4 Thanh Nien: 1,000 workers strike over long hours at South Korean factory in Vietnam - Nearly 1,000 workers at an electronics company in the northern city of Hai Phong started a strike Monday 11/4 after their South Korean employer  ignored their requests for cutting working hours and increasing wages. 

24/3 VietnamNews: New laws cause more strikes - Interview of Deputy Minister of Labour Pham Minh Huân about measures needed to improve labour relations, in a bid to reduce strikes.

27/2 Thanh Nien: 17,000 shoe factory workers strike in southern Vietnam - (out of a total of 21,600 workers) of the Pouchen shoe company in Dong Nai Province, are expected to resume the strike next week. Strikers said the company is bleeding them dry with the new regulation, which punishes workers who take four days off or more a year by withholding their year-end bonuses.


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Tropical storm Dianmu hits Northen Vietnam

23/8 ReliefWeb: Typhoon Dianmu kills seven - so far cost the lives of at least seven people and left another two missing after sweeping through northern Việt Nam over the weekend. Eight people were also injured due to falling trees, collapsed houses and landslides as the raging typhoon made landfall.

20/8 Toui Tre: Storm Dianmu triggers Facebook 'Safety Check' for first time in Vietnam - Facebook activated its “Safety Check” function on Friday for the first time in Vietnam as the northern part of the country was hit by Tropical Storm Dianmu.

19/8 VnExpress: Thousands of tours canceled as Typhoon Dianmu batters Vietnam - Trips out to sea and mountain treks would be a death wish in the north of the country. Thousands of tours to popular destinations in Vietnam have been re-routed or canceled due to prolonged extreme weather.

19/8 VietnamNews: Việt Nam braces for storm Dianmu - The storm, the third of this year, is due to hit the northern region from Quảng Ninh to Thanh Hóa provinces 19/8.

19/8 Thanh Nien: Vietnam carriers cancel flights due to tropical storm Dianmu - Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air have canceled 20 domestic flights today since tropical storm Dianmu is approaching northern Vietnam. The cancelations includes flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, Da Nang and Hai Phong cities and Thanh Hoa Province.

18/8 Thanh Nien: Northern Vietnam braces for another typhoon - Heavy rains are expected across northern and north-central provinces from Thursday 18/8 as a new typhoon, Dianmu, is getting stronger.

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Dengue fever have killed 13 people
and infected 31.000 

15/8 Thanh Nien: Dengue outbreaks feared in southern Vietnam - So far this year 31,000 people have contracted the mosquito-borne disease in 20 southern cities and provinces, with 13 people dying.
4/8 VietnamPlus: Eight dengue fever prevention teams formed - Ministry of Health has established eight inspection teams to supervise and assist dengue-fever prevention activities in 18 localities suffering the most from dengue fever.
28/7 Thanh Nien: Vietnam reports 260 percent rise in dengue infections - Nearly 45,000 people came down with dengue fever across Vietnam in the first seven months, a 260 percent increase from a year ago.

Vietnam hope to reach GDP growth 6.27%

15/8 Saigoneer: Vietnam: The Other, Other Asian Tiger - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently accepted that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is unlikely to hit the government’s 6.7% target by year-end. Ministry of Planning and Investment remains optimistic that the country’s overall GDP growth can reach 6.27% by the end of this year.

20/7 Thanh Nien: Vietnam prime minister warns economy may miss growth target - A crippling drought in Vietnam will probably cause the government to miss its 6.7 percent growth target this year.

20/7 Thanh Nien/Reuters: World Bank cuts Vietnam 2016 growth forecast to 6.0 pct - The World Bank cut its 2016 growth forecast for Vietnam's economy to 6.0 percent from 6.2 percent seen earlier, citing the impact of severe drought on its agriculture sector and slower industrial expansion.

German documentary about
dioxin victims in Vietnam

15/8 Thanh Nien: Documentary on Vietnam dioxin victims nominated for US award - Long Thanh Wants to Smile, a German documentary about dioxin victims in Vietnam, has been nominated for this year Emmy Awards in the Current Affairs and News category. The 28-minute documentary was made by Philipp Abresch, Singapore bureau chief of German broadcaster ARD.

29/8 2015 ARD TV: "Reportage im Ersten: Vietnam" - Reortage & Dokumantation - Agent Orange: Die Blätter fielen von den Bäumen und das Dioxin blieb, im Boden und Trinkwasser - mit schrecklichen Folgen bis heute.

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Vietnam wins first Olympic gold medal

11/8 VietnamPlus: Vinh brings Vietnam second medal in Rio Olympics - Vietnamese shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh on August 10 won the second medal for Vietnam at the ongoing Rio Olympics in Brazil, coming second in the men’s 50-metre pistol shooting event.

7/8 VietnamPlus: Vietnam wins first Olympic gold medal in history - Hoang Xuan Vinh has made history when he secured a gold in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the Rio Olympics on August 6, becoming the first Vietnamese to win an Olympic gold medal. The 41-year-old marksman gained 10.7 points in the final shot, adding up to the total score of 202.5 in 20 shots.

16/6 VietnamNet: Vietnamese sports has won 20 places in 2016 Olympic - in 10 sports to the 2016 Summer Olympics that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5-21.

Cyber-attcks at 2 major airports 

30/7 Thanh Nien News: More than 100 flight delayed due to cyber-attacks at Vietnam's airports - The cyber-attacks on Vietnam's two major airports have affected more than 100 flights, dozens of which were delayed for up to one hour.
29/7 VnExpress: Vietnam's 2 major airports in chaos as flight info screens hacked - An insulting recording about Vietnam and the Philippines was posted, along with a message regarding China's claims to the South China Sea. Hacking group 1937cn claimed responsibility for the attack. 
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A protest against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

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12/7 The Guardian: Beijing rejects tribunal's ruling in South China Sea case - Xi Jinping says China’s ‘territorial sovereignty and marine rights’ in the seas will not be affected

12/7 Thanh Nien / AFP: Tribunal rules against Beijing in South China Sea dispute -  international tribunal on Tuesday ruled against China in a bitter row over territorial claims to the South China Sea that is likely to ratchet up regional tensions.

12/7 CNN: South China Sea: Hague rules in favor of Philippines over China - An international tribunal in the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines Tuesday, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within South China Sea areas falling within the '"nine-dash line." China official Xinhua news agency said that the ruling was unlawful and said that the court doesn't have jurisdiction over sovereignty.

DK 12/7 Politiken: Det Sydkinesiske Hav kan blive centrum for en kold krig mellem Kina og USA - I dag afgør en domstol i Haag, om Kina har sat sig på for store områder af Det Sydkinesiske Hav, som har afgørende strategisk betydning. Svaret er formentlig ja, og så er spørgsmålet, hvad Kinas næste træk bliver. 

DK 11/7 Politken Klumme / Flemming Ytzen: Giganter ved korsvej til havs - Striden om Det Sydkinesiske Hav gør Kina til en papirtiger.

DK 5/7 TV2/Ritzau: Nervøst Kina advarer om militær konfrontation med USA - En strid om nogle små kunstige øer får nu en kinesisk avis til at advare om risiko for væbnet strid med USA. 

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Formosa Steel Corperation
responsible for massive fish death
in Central Vietnam

14/7 Saigoneer: After Fish Kill, Formosa Caught Burying 100 Tons of Waste - environmental inspectors in Ha Tinh province uncovered 100 tons of waste buried by Huan Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company.

2/7 TheWorldPost: Mass Fish Deaths in Vietnam Highlight the Country’s Press Freedom Problem - The stink from Vietnam’s fish kill scandal — which left some 70 tons of dead fish scattered across the beaches of four of the country’s provinces and fishermen out of work - is symptomatic of something greater than worries about food security and the environment: access to information and the ability to distribute it.

30/6 VietNam News: Formosa blamed for fish death - Taiwanese Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Hà Tĩnh Steel Corporation was responsible for the massive fish deaths in several central Vietnamese provinces in the past few months.

30/6 Thanh Nien: Formosa unit owns up to fish kill disaster, commits to $500 million compensation - Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corperation has apologized for causing an environment disaster in central Vietnam and promised to pay US$500 million in compensation.

30/6 Thanh Nien: Taiwan's steel firm Formosa promises to deal with fish kill disaster in central Vietnam - Hung Nghiep Formosa, Taiwanese steel firm in Ha Tinh Province, has pledged to work with the government to handle a recent mass fish deaths scandal that has left fishing villages in central Vietnam reeling.

30/6 Thanh 'We miss the sea': Vietnam village on brink of poverty after fish kill disaster - Mass fish deaths take away the livelihood that so many families solely depend on.

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  • 29/6 Thanh Nien: Weather woes cool Vietnam's Q2 growth to 2-year low - Vietnam's galloping growth took a hit in the second quarter with drought and bad weather weighing on its agriculture sector and slowing the economy to 5.55 percent, the weakest expansion in the three-month period in two years.
  • 29/6 Bloomberg: Vietnam outperforms most peers despite crippling drought: chart - Vietnam’s farming output took a knock in the second quarter because of the worst drought in three decades, data shows, but the economy remains among the top performers in Southeast Asia.
  • 28/6 Bloomberg: Drought in Vietnam Holds Back Growth as Farming Takes Knock - As the world’s biggest producer of robusta coffee and a major exporter of rice, the worst drought in three decades is weighing on Vietnam’s economy this year.
  • 24/6 ScandAsia: Danish NGO Fontana leading drug abuse project in Vietnam - The Danish NGO Fontana and the Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) in Vietnam in collaboration with the Psychiatric Hospital of Khanh Hoa in Nha Trang held on May 24th 2016 an event where the focus was on the Khanh Hoa province in Vietnam.


Sign that reads "Land for sale or for lease" on a drought-affected rice field in Bac Lieu Province, in the Mekong Delta on March 30.

Drougt in Mekong delta
- much rice harvest lost

22/6 VietnamPlus: Additional relief helps provinces alleviate drought impacts - 231.5 billion VND (nearly 10.4 million USD) will be allocated to help the benefited provinces address drought and saline encroachment impacts in the winter-spring crop. 

20/6 VietnamPlus: Farming sector moves to regain growth amid climate change - The prolonging drought and saltwater intrusion have damaged nearly 250,000ha of rice, 18,960 ha of vegetables and more than 149,700ha of industrial plants. Over 288,000 households also lacked running water.

20/6 Thomson Reuters Foundation: Worst drought in 90 years and seawater intrusion in Mekong River delta destroy fruit, rice and sugar crops - 1 million people is in urgent need of food assistance and 2 million people lacking access to drinking water.

10/6 The Jakarta Post: Why ASEAN must pay more attention to the Mekong Delta - The great Mekong River is at its lowest level in a century after experiencing its worst dry spell in 90 years.

10/6 IRIN: Dams, drought and disaster along the Mekong river - In Cambodia, water shortages are reported in 18 of 25 provinces and more than 93,500 poor, rural households are affected by the drought.

7/6 RFA: Vietnam Sees Little Relief from Dangerous Drought - According to a report by Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, the drought has cost more than 15 trillion Vietnamese dong (U.S. $671 million) for the dry season of 2016.

6/6 The Nation: Mekong dam projects ‘could destroy livelihoods, ecology’ - THE ECOLOGY of the Mekong River could be destroyed within 10 years if dam projects along the river are allowed to continue, Thai and Cambodian non-government organisations have warned.

6/6 Thanh Nien: UN promises to help Vietnam overcome worst water crisis in decades - Truong Duy Hai, vice chairman of Ben Tre province, said more than 80,000 families lack fresh water and have to resort to salty water. He said salt water has encroached 50 kilometers deep into the land.

31/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's 2016 drought-hit rice output to fall 1.5 percent - Vietnam's rice exports this year will dip 4.45 percent from 2015 to 6.44 million tonnes, partly due to drought in the Delta.

28/5 New York Times: Drought and ‘Rice First’ Policy Imperil Vietnamese Farmers - The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s premier rice growing region, is suffering its worst drought since French colonial administrators began recording statistics in 1926. Giant cracks, some a foot deep, gouge the hard earth; brown stalks of dead rice litter the fields; and the dryness is so severe even the pests lie shriveled on the ground.

23/5 Mekong Commons: Tra Su wetlands in the Mekong delta losing its biodiversity due to drought - The Tra Su wetland forests cover more than 850 hectares, and holds an extraordinary range of biodiversity of plants, fish, and wetland birds and animals such as storks, herons, egrets, snakes, turtles and many kinds of bats.

12/5 VietNam News: Mekong provinces help locals fight drought - Authorities in the Mekong Delta provinces have helped locals cope with the prolonged drought and salinity in rivers, minimising the losses caused by the twin disasters

9/5 Thanh Nien: Historic drought forces Vietnamese farmers to migrate for city jobs - Months of extreme drought, the worst in the Mekong Delta’s history, has cast a heavy spell in the agriculture province Soc Trang, almost turning it into abandoned land.

27/4 Business Insider: Vietnam is being crippled by its worst drought in nearly a century - Vietnam's breadbasket southwestern region has been hit by the worst drought in 90 years, badly damaging the nation's economy.

19/4 Thanh Nien: Drought killing Vietnam rice crops compounds Mekong water crisis - The dry spell in the once-fertile Mekong Delta is devastating food supplies in southern Vietnam and threatening to reduce global exports of rice, seafood and coffee

5/4 VietNam News: Water releases help Delta - Farmers in the Mekong Delta have been told to draw water since levels have risen in rivers following the release of water by China and Laos from hydropower dams on the upstream Mekong River

1/3 Channel NewsAsia: Vietnam hit by worst drought in 90 years - Scientists blame the ongoing 2015-2016 El Nino weather phenomenon, one of the most powerful on record, for the current drought

A man registers to obtain ho khau at a police station in Vietnam

Better services for migrants nedeed

DA Læs om DVA projekt: Underprivilegerede indvandrerbørns rettigheder i Ho Chi Minh City

17/6 Thanh Nien: World Bank calls for reform to close gap in social service access for migrants - The report says at least 5.6 million people in the five surveyed provinces in Vietnam lack ho khau (permanent residency), including 36 percent of the population in Ho Chi Minh City and 18 percent in Hanoi.

3/5 2012 Thanh Nien: Vietnamese unhappy with public service delivery: UN survey - Many Vietnamese believe in giving "backdoor" money to receive better public services, according to results of a United Nations survey on public policies and services in Vietnam

24/9 2010 Thanh Nien: Reciprocate rural migrants with improved social services - With support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City conducted an "urban poverty survey" which compared the quality of life for permanent urban residents to that of migrants from surrounding rural areas. While the migrants have managed to improve their incomes in their adopted urban environments, their living conditions and access to social services pale in comparison to those of native city dwellers.

Health News

12/6 Vietnam News: Doctors get high-tech training - District and provincial-level hospitals, in an attempt to receive more patients, are seeking additional training in advanced techniques from leading hospitals in an aim to improve service quality.

9/6 Vietnam News: Ministry of Health asks to inspect X-ray machines across country - The health departments of 63 cities and provinces have been ordered to quickly conduct a review and check on X-ray equipment and equipment used in nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

1/3 Thanh Nien: Vietnam increases hospital fees by 30 percent, starting March 1 - The daily fee for an inpatient bed will be raised gradually in March and July. Beds at top-tiered hospitals, for instance, will cost VND354,000 (US$15.80) in March and then VND677,000 in July, up from the current VND335,000. Vietnam categorizes public hospitals in five grades. Fees for surgical procedures will also surge across the board. Examination fees will be set at VND 29,000-39,000 ($1.30-1.75) from July, compared to VND 7,000-20,000 now.

Muhammad Ali dead at 74

6/6 The Washington Post: Muhammad Ali’s anti-colonialism is still awkward for the West - But it was also more than that: Ali, like the leftist ideologues of his era, saw a connection between American militarism and Western imperialism abroad and systemic racial injustice and oppression at home.

4/6 Thanh Nien/Reuters: Muhammad Ali: 'Greatest' boxer, showman, ambassador - "Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger," Ali said in a famous off-the-cuff statement. - When Ali was drafted on April 28, 1967, he refused induction and the next day was stripped of his title by the World Boxing Association. In June of that year he was found guilty of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in jail (later in 1971 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction).

4/6 Thanh Nien/Reuters: Boxing great Muhammad Ali dead at age 74 - Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose record-setting boxing career, unprecedented flair for showmanship, and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday aged 74.

4/6 The Gaurdian: Muhammad Ali, 'the Greatest', dies aged 74 - Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion who proclaimed himself “the Greatest”, defied the US government over the Vietnam war, and later became one of the most well-known – and loved – sportsmen in history has died. He was 74.
  • 27/5 Saigon Giai Phong: Despite smokers decrease, country listed in 15 nations with most smokers - Though the number of Vietnamese smokers reduced, the country is still one of nations who have high rate of smokers in the world, said the Ministry of Health at a meeting held yesterday in response to the No Tobacco Week and the World No Tobacco Day
  • 28/5 ValueWalk: Can the TPP Save the Global Economy? - President Barack Obama was in Vietnam and Japan drumming up additional support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • 28/5 Thanh Nien: Militarization in East Sea threatens regional peace: Vietnam PM - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday highlighted the growing challenges to peace and security in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea, during the G7 outreach meeting in Japan.
  • 28/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's unemployment rate rises to 2.25 percent in Q1 - It was up from 2.18 percent recorded in the fourth quarter last year and the first quarterly increase in a year. Vietnam's gross domestic product grew 5.5 percent in the first three months.
  • 28/5 Saigoneer: An Abridged History of Phở - As Vietnam's culinary ambassador to the world, its savory broth, bouncy noodles and thinly sliced meat are a symbol of great pride among locals, a comforting dish to those abroad and the gateway to a wonderful world of Vietnamese food for outsiders.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the tenth meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption 

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong

27/5 VietnamPlus – root of mass mobilisation work: Party chief - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivered the message while addressing a conference of the Party’s for Mass Mobilisation in Hanoi on May 27. For launching an action programme on the implementation of the 12th Party Congress’s Resolution and directions and conclusions on mass mobilisation.

26/5 VietnamPlus: Working groups established to supervise corruption handling - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption, has signed a decision to establish seven working groups in charge of inspecting the investigation and judgment of serious and complicated corruption and economic cases of public concern.

A polling station in Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province.

Election 22th May

22/5 VietnamNet: General Election – Vietnamese people’s festival - The election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 tenure on May 22 is truly a festival, enthusiastically joined by the entire people.

19/5 VietnamPlus: More than 65.5 million voters go to polls - voters nationwide or 98.77 percent of the electorate went to the polls on May 22 to elect deputies to the 14th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils for 2016-2021.

22/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam’s assembly elections: People cast votes - Vietnamese people on Sunday cast their votes to choose representatives for the 500-seat National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 term.

19/5 VietNamPLUS: List of new NA deputies to be available 20 days after election day - The results of the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly (NA) will be announced within 20 days after election day (May 22).

President Obama talks with young entrepreneurs in Ho Chi Minh City

US President Barack Obama pays his respects with Abbot of Ngoc Hoang Pagoda Thich Minh Thong. Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP

The USA Peace Corps volunteers is now allowed in Vietnam, with a program that allows volunteers to teach English in schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

President Obama dined with chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. The two men sat down for dinner at Bun cha Huong Lien.

US President Obama recieved by Vietnam President tran Dai Quang

Obama visit Vietnam 22th to 25th May

28/5 NPR paralels: Arms Embargo Lift Also Means More Regular U.S. Military Visits To Vietnam - Not only may Vietnam begin buying American ships and surveillance equipment, it could also begin hosting regular visits by U.S. military units, including U.S. Navy warships at Cam Ranh Bay. It was about sending a message to China.

28/5 VnExpress: Vietnam didn't accept American choppers and snipers during Obama’s trip - Instead, Vietnamese forces were in total control of security throughout U.S. President Barack Obama's three day visit earlier this week.

DA 29/5 Flemming Ytzen's klummer: Så tog Barack Obama et tabu i sin mund: Agent Orange - For et halvt århundrede siden førte USA kemisk krig i Vietnam. Først nu erkendes forbrydelsen - MORE ABOUT AGENT ORANGE

27/5 The Washington Post: Letters to the Editor: The U.S. needs to clean up its toxic legacy in Vietnam - Dioxins and related compounds that were sprayed during the defoliation of large portions of southern and central Vietnam are still present in soil and waterways of the country’s forest and agricultural areas. 

26/5 VietnamNet: Hanoi’s Bun cha shop packed after Obama’s visit - The number of customers of Bun cha Huong Lien shop (which is now called "Bun cha Obama" by locals) suddenly rocketed.

25/5 The News&Observer: Remnants of past wars haunt Obama’s trip to Asia - President Barack Obama came to Vietnam to fully restore relations between two former foes. Obama tried to make his first visit to the communist country about future ties, largely ignoring the pressure to acknowledge ongoing impacts of the Vietnam War, which left nearly 60,000 Americans and 3 million Vietnamese dead.

DE 25/3 Züddeutsche Ziettung: Als Obama nach Saigon kommt, ist Captain America schon da - US-Präsident Barack Obama beschwor einen "neuen Moment", als er Anfang der Woche in Vietnam landete. Obama ist inzwischen nach Japan weitergereist und lässt in Südostasien ein Land zurück, dessen Bevölkerung nun darüber nachdenkt, was die Partnerschaft mit Washington für sie bedeutet.

25/3 Saigoneer: Obama Wraps up Successful Vietnam Trip - As Air Force One makes its way to Japan ahead of the G7 Summit, it's safe to say that United States president Barack Obama's visit has been a positive and productive one for Vietnam - PICTURES

25/3 Saigoneer: Obama Wraps up Successful Vietnam Trip - As Air Force One makes its way to Japan ahead of the G7 Summit, it's safe to say that United States president Barack Obama's visit has been a positive and productive one for Vietnam - PICTURES

24/5 Telesur (Spain): Big Nations Should Not Bully Smaller Ones: Obama in Vietnam - Despite Obama’s anti-bullying rhetoric, in just the past 70 years U.S. imperialism has intervened in more than 35 "smaller" nations.

24/5 VietNamNet Bridge: The first activities of President Obama in HCM City - US President Obama  made a 15-minute visit to the Ngoc Hoang Pagoda and then had a meeting with young entrepreneurs at the  Dreamplex co-working space and another meeting with young people at the Gem Center in District 1.

24/5 Thanh Nien: Obama touches down in Ho Chi Minh City, visits century-old pagoda - Right after landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Obama headed to Phuoc Hai Pagoda, also called Ngoc Hoang (Jade Emperor) Pagoda, on Mai Thi Luu Street in District 1.

24/5 White House / YouTube: President Obama Delivers Remarks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi - VIDEO 31:41

24/5 The Washinton Post: Don’t start a fire in Asia, China warns Obama after Vietnam arms deal - China warns U.S. move to relax Vietnam arms embargo could threaten peace in Asia.

24/5 Vietnam PLUS: Vietnam and US’s top diplomats hold talks in Hanoi - Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on May 24. 

24/5 Thanh Nien: In Hanoi, Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes - "Big nations should not bully smaller ones, disputes should be resolved peacefully," he told an audience at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, referring to the disputed maritime region.

24/5 Thanh Nien: US and Vietnam agree to allow Peace Corps into Vietnam for first time - The program, which is expected to begin over the next two years, allows Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in schools in the country's two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

23/5 VN Express: Obama has dinner in street food place, shakes hands with cheering Hanoians - Around 500 people have gathered around a ‘bun cha’ place in Le Van Huu street area in Hanoi to catch a glimpse of U.S. President Barack Obama having dinner. He shook hands with Hanoians after having two portions of the capital's famous char grilled pork with rice noodles.

23/5 Saigonner: Obama: US To Completely Lift Vietnam Arms Embargo - Obama told the media that at the crux of lifting the arms embargo was a desire to instill deeper defense co-operation between the two countries. VIDEO

DE 23/5 Süddeutzher Zeitung: Neue Freunde, alte Feinde - Die USA beenden nach einem halben Jahrhundert ihr Waffenembargo gegen Vietnam; und kritisieren indirekt Chinas Politik im Südchinesischen Meer.

23/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam’s official welcoming ceremony for US President Obama - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang this morning welcomed US President Barack Obama, who is Hanoi for an official visit, at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi - PICTURES

23/5 The Guardin: Barack Obama in Vietnam as US seeks to turn former enemy into major trade market - US President Barack Obama has arrived in Vietnam for a landmark visit capping two decades of rapprochement between the former wartime foes, as both countries look to push trade and check Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

DA 22/5 Ekstrabladet: Obama vil udnytte besøg i Vietnam til våbensalg - USA's præsident er søndag ankommet til Vietnam, hvor han er på officielt besøg de næste tre dage

22/5 Reuters: Obama arrives in Vietnam, seeks to turn old foe into new partner - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China's growing assertiveness in the region.

22/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam beefs up security as Obama to land in Hanoi sunday night - Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the security arrangements to welcome and host the visit of US President Barack Obama.

20/5 The New Yorker: The Vietnam War is still Killing People - President Obama will set out on a trip to Vietnam, for a visit that’s being billed as looking forward to the future rather than back at the bitter history of the past. On the same day, a funeral will be held in Quang Tri province for Ngo Thien Khiet, who were mineclering, when an old bomb exploded - More about uexploded bombs from war with USA

16/5 Thanh Nien: Obama to arrive in Vietnam on May 23 as schedule changes - US president will have an official working day in Hanoi on May 23 and fly to Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of May 24. US Secretary of State John Kerry will accompany him

11/5 Toui Tre News: President Obama to commence Vietnam visit - United States President Barrack Obama is scheduled to commence his official visit to Vietnam, aimed at addressing various important matters, including maritime disputes and human rights

11/5 Thanh Nien: Schedule announced for Obama's first visit to Vietnam this month - US President Barack Obama will pay his first official visit to Vietnam, with economic and security issues expected to be high on the agenda

6/5 Reuters: U.S. rights official travels to Vietnam ahead of Obama visit - The State Department's most senior human rights diplomat, Tom Malinowski, will visit Vietnam next week to urge it to make more progress on human rights, the department said on Friday 6th May
5/5 The Seattle Times: Obama’s visit to Vietnam brings world spotlight to country’s human-rights violations - Washington state's Vietnamese community will be watching closely as President Obama embarks on his first trip to Vietnam, a country known for brutal crackdowns of its critics
28/4 Reuters: Pentagon chief would back lifting restrictions on U.S. arms to Vietnam - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on 26/5 he would support lifting restrictions on the sale of weapons to Vietnam, in the latest sign of thawing ties between former enemies whose focus has shifted in recent years to China's military buildup
17/2 The Diplomat: Obama Will Visit Vietnam in May 2016 to Boost Ties - White House confirms president’s trip to the Southeast Asian state this year

Demining expert dies from cluster bomb explosion 18/5

23/5 NPR: Teaching Kids In Vietnam To Avoid A Deadly, Everyday Legacy Of War - It's 9 a.m. in central Vietnam's Quang Tri province, and several dozen grade-schoolers sit cross-legged on the floor as their teacher Nguyen Thanh Phu holds up pictures, asking the kids to identify them.

19/5 Projekt RENEW: Mine Action Alert: RENEW Deminer Dies From Injuries After Cluster Bomb Accident - A cluster bomb explosion on 18/5 in Quang Tri Province has killed one deminer and injured another, both technical staff managed by Project RENEW and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).Team Leader Ngo Thien Khiet, age 45 and one of Project RENEW’s most experienced and senior technicians, was fatally injured in the explosion and later died at the provincial hospital’s emergency ward.

19/5 Thanh Nien: Bomb clearance expert killed by blast during central Vietnam mission - A member of the Norwegian-funded ordnance clearance project RENEW in Quang Tri Province was killed 18/5 on duty. Ngo Van Khiet, 45, was leading a team to survey a cluster bomb site and one bomb suddenly went off. He died at a local hospital.

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Life of woman in Vietnam

15/5 Toui Tre News: Young specialists boost central Vietnamese province’s demining efforts - More than 40 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, young specialists, including many women in their 20s, are working to clear locales in the central province of Quang Tri of leftover unexploded ordnance (UXO)
4/5 Toui Tre News: Vietnamese woman ‘general’ of the jungle - While illegal deforestation is widespread in many areas of Vietnam, a jungle in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has been kept intact thanks to one fearless female ranger
11/3 AEC News: Vietnamese Women A Rising Consumer Segment - Women play a complex role in Vietnamese society. Although they’re highly valued and generally respected, their native country has long been paternalistic: time-honoured tradition dictates that men make money, while women manage the home
8/3 Toui Tre: The changing lives of women in Vietnam - Today in Vietnam women play a vital role in all aspects of society

  • 14/5 VietNamNet Bridge: Amazing rural Vietnam – The early morning in the northern province of Thai Binh is very peaceful and beautiful as seen in photos
  • 14/5 Thanh Nien News: 36 prosecuted in $402 mln illegal lending scheme at Vietnamese Bank - The top prosecutor's office in Vietnam has filed an indictment against 36 people linked to Vietnam Construction Bank, including its former senior executives, for violations involving loans worth more than VND9 trillion (US$402 million)
  • 10/5 ScanAsia: Danish ice cream shop opens in Ho Chi Minh City - In early April Østerberg opened its doors to the first Danish ice cream shop in Vietnam. The grand opening of their first store in Ho Chi Minh City was celebrated with invited guests for a taste of Danish ice cream
  • 5/5 VietNam News: Cà Mau to invest in eastern sea dyke - The Government has given the green light for the construction of the eastern sea dyke in this southernmost province, with a total investment of VNĐ1.3 trillion (US$58 million).


Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks to the press during his inspection trip to Formosa steel plant in Ha Tinh Province on April 28, 2016. Photo: Tuan Dung

Mass fish death in Central Vietnam on shores of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien-Hue provinses

3/6 Thanh Nien: Vietnam government says fish deaths mystery cracked but coy about revealing cause - Two months after the mass fish deaths were first reported in central Vietnam authorities announced they have unraveled the mystery but declined to reveal the cause

28/5 dtiNews: Speedier investigation of mass fish deaths urged - The Vietnam Fisheries Association has urged the government and concerned ministries to speed up the investigation into the recent mass fish deaths in the central region.

13/5 EcoWatch: Millions of Dead Fish Washing Up on Vietnam’s Shores - Vietnam has a fish problem and the government isn’t talking about it. Since April, millions of dead fish have been washing up on Vietnam’s shores

9/5 Thanh NieN: Vietnam to inspect coastal, riverside waste disposal - Minister Tran Hong Ha has ordered proper and comprehensive checks of major waste treatment plants in coastal and riverine areas – their construction, operation and whether local officials have been doing a good job monitoring them

9/5 BBC News: Vietnam protest over mystery fish deaths - Hundreds of people have held a rare protest in Vietnam against the unexplained mass death of fish on the country's central coast

DE 8/5 Ziet online: Dutzende Festnahme bei Protesten gegen Fischsterben in Vietnam (Hanoi)

6/5 Eco-Business: As Vietnam's fish kill scandal grows, a scientist says the cause is known - Hanoi already knows what caused the massive fish kill that devastated the country’s central coast, but has yet to release the information to the public

8/5 Thanh Nien: Divers find little presence of life under water off Vietnam central coast - Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam has seen tons of fish washed ashore the past month, and a recent check by divers found bottom creatures have also been dying en mass

7/5 Saigoneer: What We Know So Far About Central Vietnam's Fish Die-Off - The fish die-off, which began in early April but did not draw national media attention until later in the month, has caused tons upon tons of dead sea life washing up on the shores of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

6/5 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's environmental disaster has killed at least 100 tons of fish: official - At least 100 tons of dead fish have been washed ashore in an ongoing environmental disaster along the central coast of Vietnam since early April

5/5 Thanh Nien: Some 100 scientists helping Vietnam crack fish death mystery: environment ministry - Officials have promised that findings from an inspection at a Taiwanese steel firm will be soon made public

29/4 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's environment ministry admits to 'slow response' to fish deaths, promises action - It is illegal to install an undersea sewage pipe, Vietnamese environment minister Tran Hong Ha has told Taiwanese steel company Formosa, which is the main suspect in an ongoing environmental disaster that has caused mass fish deaths in several central provinces

28/4 Vietnam News: More than just the death of fish - Over the past three weeks, the incidents of massive fish die-off along Việt Nam’s central coastal provinces, and the reactions from concerned parties have been pretty upsetting to journalist Thu Vân

28/4 VN Express: Taiwanese steel firm to sack executive over remarks on Vietnam's mass fish deaths - Disgraced Formosa executive Chou Chun Fan has told VnExpress that the Taiwanese steel corporation plans to fire him over remarks he made regarding the recent mass fish deaths along the coastal provinces of Vietnam

27/4 Thanh Nien: Taiwanese firm apologizes for official's callous remarks on mass fish deaths - Taiwanese steel company 26/4 Tuesday afternoon apologized for what has been panned as a callous statement by one of its top executives about an ongoing environmental disaster in central Vietnam that has resulted in mass fish deaths

27/4 Thanh Nien: Plot thickens in Vietnam pollution scandal as diver diagnosed with copper poisoning - A diver in central Vietnam has been diagnosed with copper poisoning amid a health scare linked to the ongoing pollution scandal

26/4 Thanh Nien: Taiwanese firm exec makes shocking remarks over Vietnam's environmental disaster - A Taiwanese steel company on Monday refused to take responsibility for an environmental disaster in central Vietnam that has resulted in mass fish deaths and raised questions about the country's capacities to detect and handle large scale pollution

25/4 Thanh Nien: Vietnam to seek foreign help to crack mass fish death mystery - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has instructed relevant authorities to cooperate with international organizations to identify the cause of mass fish deaths along the central coast in the last two weeks

23/4 Thanh Nien: Taiwanese firm Formosa in hot water after mass fish deaths in Central Vietnam - Goverment ordered strict measures against violators and called for emergency solutions to end the devastating environmental disaster, which is affecting livelihoods of fishing villages across central Vietnam

22/4 Thanh Nien: Mass fish deaths in central Vietnam point finger at industrial wastewater discharge - A fisherman in the central province of Ha Tinh has reported to local authorities that he saw a sewage pipe a Taiwanese steel manufacturer may have installed to discharge wastewater directly into the sea in an area where a huge number of fish have died recently

5/5 Vietnam News: NA deputy candidates meet with voters in southern province of Đồng Nai - At the meeting, candidates talked to voters about their working agendas and what measures on economic development they would take for the province if they won the election

US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh feel the soil that has been cleared of dioxin in the central city of Da Nang on May 3, 2016. Photo credit: Nguyen Dong/VnExpress

US and Vietnamese officials press start button for Agent Orange clean up project in Da Nang, April 19, 2014. (Marianne Brown/VOA)

Dioxin removal succesful,
but took 3 years

4/5 Thanh Nien: US and Vietnam complete first phase of dioxin cleanup in Da Nang - The toxic chemical was removed from 45,000 cubic meters of excavated soil and sediment at the site
4/5 VnExpress: Dioxin cleanup half- finished at Da Nang International Airport - Vietnamese government and the U.S embassy marked the halfway point of a project to clean the soil in Da Nang Airport from dioxin contamination

DA NANG 2014 - Government officials from the U.S. and Vietnam attended a ceremony Saturday 18/4 2014 marking the next stage in the cleanup process of one of the Vietnam War's deadliest legacies - Agent Orange.
The herbicide was sprayed by the U.S. military as a defoliant to destroy jungle cover for communist troops. Its highly toxic byproduct, dioxin, has been linked to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and birth defects.
The $84 million project, officially launched in 2012, aims to clean up contaminated soil by cooking it at high temperatures.
19/4 2014 VOA: War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations  
14/4 2014 Veterans for Peace: VFP Vietnam Tour: Danang Airport
27/3 2014 VietnamNet: Da Nang airport dioxin contaminated soil project set for April

23/8 2013 BBC: One Square Mile of Vietnam: Da Nang - The plan is to clean up hundreds of tonnes of poisoned soil by 2016 by baking it in special ovens that remove the toxins


Nguyen Xuan Phuc


Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Vietnams new goverment

11/4 VietNamNet Bridge: Overview of the new cabinet - The National Assembly voted to approve the Prime Minister’s appointment of three Deputy Prime Ministers and 18 Ministers and Cabinet members on April 9. Below is an overview of the new cabinet

New Prime Minister
Nguyen Xuan Phuc

7/4 VietnamPlus: New Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucvows to build strong, united government - which will take drastic, creative and effective actions and do its best to serve the people

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
- first woman appointed to lead Vietnam's National Assembly

31/3 Thanh Nien: Vietnam has first chairwoman of parliament - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who had been deputy chairperson of the National Assembly since 2011, won 95 percent of votes to replace Nguyen Sinh Hung, who officially left the post on Wednesday afternoon after a five-year term

31/3 VnExpress: Vietnam elects first female legislature leader - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made history on March 31 by becoming the first woman appointed to lead Vietnam's National Assembly after winning a majority vote in parliament. Former chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung stepped down yesterday

30/3 VnExpress: Vietnam to make history with first female National Assembly leader - The current legislature will soon be voting to fill key leadership positions, and 62-year-old Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is strongly favored to become the first female chairperson of Vietnam’s National Assembly

  • 18/4 Peoples Workd: Vietnam cares for its veterans - Vietnam spends 25 percent of its national budget providing pensions and social services to the nine million people who are veterans or are the children, wives, husbands and parents of those killed or injured in combat during the country's long war for national liberation. The nine million comprises nearly ten percent of the country's 95 million population.
  • 16/4 VietNam News: Candidates for 14th National Assamply election voted in - The election of deputies to the 14th NA will take place on May 22

Uncle Ho restaurant in Brisbane
changes name to Uncle Bia Hoi

French/vietnamese womans lawsuit
against 35 US companies

8/1 Vietnam Breaking News: First argument session in AO lawsuit in France slated for March - The first argument session between lawyers of 26 US chemical firms and plaintiff Tran To Nga – an Agent Orange/dioxin victim is scheduled for March 3

3/8 VNS: Agent Orange victim's French lawyers seek more evidence - Two of the three French lawyers representing a French-Vietnamese woman in an Agent Orange lawsuit against 26 US chemical companies arrived in HCM City to met other AO victims last Saturday.
Agent Orange Viet Nam: FAIRE UN DON POUR SOUTENIR LE PROCÈS - Donate with PayPal and International Creditcards
30/4 RFI: Franco-Vietnamese Agent Orange victim sues US chemical companies
3/8 2014 Tuoi Tre: Sole plaintiff against 35 US firms: Born to a heroic family - Agent Orange
29/7 2014 Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance: Dioxin Lawsuit Filed Against 35 US Companie   
25/7 2014 Tuoi Tre: Vietnamese French woman files dioxin lawsuit against 35 US companies


18/2 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's graphic novel 'Dragon Imperator' wins international award

A self-published graphic novel which has taken Vietnamese fans by storm the past two years has won the second prize at Japan's International Manga Award, news website Zing reported. "Truyen thuyet Long Than Tuong" (The Holy Dragon Imperator) features an alternative history tale of Vietnam during the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). It was the first Vietnamese work to be honored at the annual award organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan since 2006.

17/2 Hanoi Grapewine: Phong Duong Comics Receives Silver Award at 9th International MANGA Award in Japan - The first volume of the comic series “Long Than Tuong” by Nguyen Thanh Phong & Nguyen Khanh Duong (Phong Duong Comics author group) has been selected to receive Silver Award at the 9th International MANGA Award in Japan.

Tet year of Monkey


Vietnam plans to move from Coal
to renewable energy sources

28/1 CleanTechnica: Vietnam Plans Move Away From Coal - Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has announced his government’s intention to “review development plans of all new coal plants and halt any new coal power development.” The Premier stated that Vietnam needs to “responsibly implement all international commitments in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions; and to accelerate investment in renewable energy.”

27/1 WorldCoal: Vietnam withdraws from new coal power - Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, has announced plans to drop coal from the country’s future energy plans. If confirmed, the plans would effectively shelve the equivalent of 70 large coal-fired power plants in the country. It would also be a set back for those in the coal industry hoping southeast Asian demand would compensate for flagging consumption in other parts of the region – notably, China.

12/1 VietNamNet Bridge: EVN called on to develop wind and solar energy – Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) to develop new and renewable energy sources including wind and solar power.

  • DA 11/1 Atlas - Tobias Nicolai: Krigens orange arv - Under Vietnamkrigen sprøjtede de amerikanske styrker store dele af de sydvietnamesiske skove med ukrudtsmidlet Agent Orange. Men det fik ikke kun bladene til at vælte af træerne. I over 40 år har det vietnamesiske folk lidt under følgeskaderne fra amerikanernes krigsførelse - Billedserie - Mere om Agent Orange på dansk

Vietnams Communist Party
12. Congress 20-28 January

28/1 Nhan Dan: National Party Congress wraps up successfully - The PCC elected comrade Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the 11th PCC, to continue as the 12th PCC’s General Secretary with a majority of the vote.
28/1 VNA: Party Congress: New Politburo announced - The new Politburo, Party General Secretary, Central Committee’s Secretariat and the Central Committee’s Commission of Inspection in the 12th tenure as elected at the first plenum of the 12th Central Committee were announced at the closing session  on January 28.

DE 26/1 Eurasisches Magazin: Neue Staatsführung in Vietnam

24/1 BBC: Vietnam's Communist Party boss 'to run unopposed' - The General Secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, will be the only candidate for the post at a party congress, state media report. It means his main rival - reformist PM Nguyen Tan Dung - has little chance of taking the leadership role, they say.

VIET VNA: Overview Congress

24/1 Nhan Dan: Congress spends entire day holding groups discussions on personnel work for 12th Party Central Committee - The 12th National Party Congress spent an entire day on January 24 to hold groups discussions on personnel work for the 12th Party Central Committee.

24/1 VNA: Party Congress: Mechanisms for agricultural development a key issue - Delegates have called for stronger agricultural restructuring and more investment in promoting scientific-technological application in the sector alongside the programme on building new-style rural areas.

23/1 Nhan Dan: Press release on the third working day issued - Representatives from 12 delegations contributed ideas to the draft documents of the Congress. There have been 34 ideas on the draft documents made during plenary discussions and 686 ideas made during group discussions.

DK 22/1 Arbejderen: Vietnams Kommunistiske Parti holder kongres - Spænding om hvem der bliver ny partisekretær: afgående preminister Dung eller fortsætter partisekretær Trong 2 år mere?

22/1 Nhan Dan: 12th National Party Congress: delegates discuss congress documents

22/1 Nhan Dan: Colonel Cat Van Tho: 12th Party Congress an open and democratic one
22/1 Herald-Whig: Vietnam PM retains a slim chance for shot at top post - Vietnams prime minister Dung still retains a slim chance of challenging his rival, the ruling communist party chief, for the top job, according to a new interpretation of complicated rules disclosed at the start of a party congress that will name national leaders next week,

18/1 New York Times: Vietnam Faces Last-Minute Maneuvering for Communist Party Leadership - The outcome of these congresses is usually settled months in advance, but a protracted spat between factions loyal to Mr. Dung and Mr. Trong has resulted in last-minute maneuvering.

18/1 Bloomberg: Vietnam to Pick Leaders as Loyalty to Neighbor China Fades

16/1 The Diplomat: Who Will Lead Vietnam? - The country faces a particularly difficult choice.

11/1 Vietnam: Relations with the U.S. After the 12th Party Congress; By Carlyle A. Thayer - Background Briefing

13/11 2015 EastAsiaForum: Will Vietnam’s communist princelings deliver? - The Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) is preparing a new slate of leaders to replace the old guard who are retiring at the 12th National Congress in 2016. Public attention has been drawn to the rise of young ‘princelings’ — the children of current or former leaders in communist authoritarian regimes like Vietnam and China — to local executive positions and bodies.

  •  23/1 Saigoneer: Vietnam Registers Diapproval After Chinese Oil Rig Returns to Diaputed Water - China has moved its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig into disputed waters once again, drawing the ire of Vietnamese civilians and officials alike.
  • 22/1 The Cambodia Daily: 12 Years On, Gov’t Handling of Chea Vichea’s Murder Blasted - Union leader Chea Vichea was gunned down 12 years ago to the day, opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang said that the lack of transparency in the investigation into the murder was still stoking suspicion of government involvement in the killing. In what has become an annual tradition, around 100 unionists and opposition politicians gathered at the site to pay their respects to the man who founded the Free Trade Union (FTU) and launched the countrys labor movement.
  • 22/1 Saigoneer: Vietnam Will Sign TPP on February 4 - Ahead of Tet, Vietnam and the 11 other nations involved will officially sign the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) next month in New Zealand.
  • 22/1 Reuters: Laos picks news Communist Party chief - Laos's Communist Party on Friday chose Bounnhang Vorachit to be its new leader after a vote by a newly formed central committee that did not include the prime minister and former party chief, signaling their political exits. The country's official KPL news agency said Bounnhang, the 78-year-old current vice president, won the leadership vote on Friday at the five-yearly congress of the secretive party.
  • 16/1 Thanh Nien: Nearly 2,000 children in Vietnam suffer abuse each year: new data - The rate of child abuse in Vietnam has reached an alarmingly high level with thousands of cases reported in the past five years. Officials from the Ministry of Public Security said at a Friday meeting in Ho Chi Minh City that 9,920 Vietnamese children suffered from various forms of abuse over the period. 2015

Turtle in Hoam Kiem lake has died

20/1 Saigoneer: Hanoi´s Beloved Hoan Kiem Turtle Has Died

21/1 VNA: Ancient turtle in Hoan Kiem lake reported dead

21/1 Vietnam's sacred turtle in Hoan Kiem lake dies as Communists gather

21/1 InSeaAsia: BREAKING VIETNAMESE NEWS: Vietnam Mourns Death of Sacred Hoan Kiem Turtle 

21/1 CNN: Shell shock as sacred Vietnamese turtle dies

Wikipedia: Hoan Kiem turtle


Coal mines in Quang Ninh province

31/12 Thanh Nien: Quang Ninh province seeks to relocate thousands away from coal mines
29/9 Thanh Nien: Pollution from coal-fired power plants kills 4,300 Vietnamese every year: study
2/8 Thanh Nien: Vietnam hit by flooding, toxic sludge from coal plants

Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh province

18/8 VietNam News: Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh
17/8 VietNamNet: Quang Ninh miners try to return after unprecedented mudflows - PHOTOS - Ten days after the mud flood swept through the area, people and miners in Mong Duong Ward, in Cam Pha City, Quang Ninh Province are dealing with the consequences
3/8 REnew econmy: The souring of Vietnam’s coal power dream -  The flooding of major coal mines  has many the country’s coal-power stations facing the prospect of running out of fuel within two weeks

Cristmas in Vietnam
- Cold weather in Lao Cai and Cao Bang

22/12 VietnamPlus: Christmas atmosphere warms up Dong Nai’s rural areas
18/12 VietNam News: Frosty Sa Pa - Frost, formed from frozen steam, appeared in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Cao Bang after a bout of chilly weather, with temperatures dropping below three degrees Celsius.
17/12 VietNam News: Tourists enjoy frosty beauty of northern Viet Nam - Photos - Hoarfrost, formed from frozen steam, appeared in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Cao Bang after a bout of chilly weather, with temperatures dropping below three degrees Celsius.

  • 27/12 VOA: Vietnam, EU Trade Deal Talks Look Hopeful - Negotiations ended December 2. EU officials have praised the Vietnam deal. They say it removes 99 percent of tariffs. The deal would be the EU’s first with a developing country. It also could serve as a model for future free trade agreements.
  • 26/12 Bloomberg: Vietnam Economic Growth Quickens on Investment, Manufacturing - Vietnam’s economic growth quickened in the fourth quarter helped by rising industrial output and record-high foreign investment. Gross domestic product rose 7.01 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier
  • 24/12 Thanh Nien News: Hanoi parents take children to the streets to protest shopping mall project - On Monday 21/12, more than 2,300 primary and secondary students in Gia Lam District’s Ninh Hiep Commune did not go to school. Together with their parents, they gathered in front of the local government office and some schools to raise objections to the new project, to be developed near the centuries-old Nanh Market
  • 22/12 Thanh Nien: Vietnam has 47.3 million Internet users: report - The number of Internet users in Vietnam has reached 52 percent of its population. More than 47.3 million people now have Internet access, including 36.28 million broadband subscribers. The number of broadband subscribers has increased from 22.3 million in 2014.
  • 22/12 Thanh Nien: Vietnam's bloated government eats up budget: think tank - The Vietnamese government is spending more on its bloated administrative system than infrastructure and other public works, news website Saigon Times Online quoted a government think tank as saying in a report last week. Due to this increasingly expensive structure, the government has less money for developmental projects.
  • 22/12 Thanh Nien: 7 jailed for violent protests against polluting coal power plant - On April 14 thousands of locals had gathered  in Binh Thuan Province to protest after strong winds blew an unusually large amount of coal dust from the Vinh Tan 2 Thermal Power Plant into their homes. They blocked National Highway 1A, causing traffic to back up for 20 kilometers.
  • 21/12 Thanh Nien: 18 stand trial for $110mln scam at Vietnam's top lender Agribank - A court in Hanoi started hearing the case of top executives at state-run Agribank who have been accused of abetting foreigners to swindle around VND2.53 trillion (US$110.75 million) between 2008 and 2012. Verdicts are expected on December 31. The defendants in one of the biggest corruption cases of the year are charged with "power abuse," "dereliction of duty" and "violations of regulations on lending activities," which are punishable by between 12 and 20 years. 
  • 20/12 Thanh Nien: Ho Chi Minh City assigns private investor to huge anti-flooding project - A nearly 7.8 kilometers long embankment will be built along the Saigon River, while six floodgates will be built at different sections of the river with the heights of 3.5-10 meters.

COP21 in Paris - Vietnam

14/12 Saigoneer: What the COP21 Climate Change Deal Will Mean in Vietnam - As news outlets around the world pick apart the pros and cons of last week's landmark climate change deal, Vietnam seems to have a few reasons to celebrate
13/12 Thanh Nien/Reuters: With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels - The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperiled island states against rising economic powerhouses, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared the pact adopted, to the standing applause and whistles of delegates from almost 200 nations.
5/12 Vietnam pledges $1 million to Green Climate Fund at COP 21 - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced the pledge of USD 1 million during his address to the Paris climate conference plenary. The Prime Minister emphasized that developed countries should take the lead in delivering their commitments and at the same time provide assistance for capacity building to developing countries in order to implement together the Paris agreement successfully
3/12 VietnamPlus: Prime Minister’s trip to Europe yields pragmatic outcomes - PM had talks and meetings with French, Belgian and EU leaders, which have helped to strengthen relations with Vietnam. The signing of a financial agreement with the EU for the EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme in Vietnam and particularly the signing of documents on the official conclusion of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)’s negotiations have opened up new opportunities in the bilateral trade and investment cooperation
5/12 VietnamPlus: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung co-chairs high-level dialogue on climate change in Mekong Delta at COP21    
2/12 VietNamNet Bridge: Viet Nam, France to work together on climate change - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke with Prime Minister Dung in Paris on Monday 30/11, saying France and Viet Nam should support each other in climate change response
30/11 VietNamNet Bridge: PM arrives in Paris for UN climate change conference Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Paris, France, on November 29 for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21)
30/11 VietnamNet: Vietnam promises 8 percent in emission cuts by 2030 - Vietnam has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the 21st meeting of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, COP 21, with a commitment to cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent by 2030
15/4 Saigoneer: Climate Change Will Put "Many" Vietnamese Cities Underwater: Official - What plans cities like Saigon have to prevent constant flooding are either outdated or incomplete, and generally a combination of the two
5/2 Saigoneer: 40% Of The Mekong Delta Could Disappear By 2115 - The future of the Mekong Delta is growing increasingly uncertain due to the pressures of climate change and increasing development of hydroelectric power upstream in Laos, China and Cambodia

Mekong River problems

5/12 VietnamNet: Over 70 percent of Mekong Delta firms hit by climate change - Over 70 percent of businesses in the Mekong Delta are suffering from the potentially devastating effects of climate change, said Nguyen Phuong Lam, Vice Director of the Can Tho Chapter of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
5/12 VietnamPlus: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung co-chairs high-level dialogue on climate change in Mekong Delta at COP21
2/12 The Diplomat: In Vietnam, a Fisherman's Village With No Fish - In the Mekong Delta’s largest city Can tho, overfishing has forever altered the livelihoods of a whole community
25/11 internationalrivers: Save the Mekong Statement Calling for Cancellation of The Don Sahong Dam in Southern Laos
15/11 Khmer Times: Mekong Locals Seek A Voice On Don Sahong - More than 6,400 residents of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia have signed and thumb-printed a statement on the Don Sahong Dam project, airing concerns ranging from the river’s diminishing fish stocks to the lack of transparency of the Mekong River Commission.
10/10 The Diplomat: Why the Mekong River Commission May Be In Peril - The future of the body hangs in the balance amid financial and performance concerns
6/10 Phnomh Penh: Drought spawns fish fears - Cambodia grat lake Tonle Sap is 3 metres lower than last year

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached

13/11 Global Reseach: The Devastating Impacts of the TPP Trade Deal on Vietnam - Chuck Searcy is a Vietnam veteran; Lady Borton worked with all sides during the war. Both have worked in Vietnam since before normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations 20 years ago.
5/11 The New York Times: Labor Reform in Vietnam, Tied to Pacific Trade Deal, Depends on Hanoi’s Follow-Up
18/10 Flemming Ytzen/Politiken: Frihandel reducerer fattigdom mere effektivt end bistand
9/10 Reuters: Vietnam to keep coal, crude export taxes under TPP, some state firms exempt
9/10 Thanh Nien: Vietnam to keep coal, crude export taxes under TPP

7/10 GlobalNews: Vietnam seems big winner in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal - booming garment and shoe industries are poised to benefit from the elimination of tariffs in the United States and other major importing nations
6/10 Saigoneer: Agreement Reached On Trans-Pacific Partnership 
5/10 NYT: Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress
12/9 Saigoneer: Why The TPP Agreement Could Be Huge For Vietnam
4/6 Saigoneer: TPP Deal Could Add 30% To Vietnam’s GDP

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Trans-Pacific Partnership

2014 3/10 Thanh Nien: Trans-Pacific Partnership could raise stakes for Vietnam's sick - Public health advocates maintain that the US is seeking to extend and strengthen existing monopolies on medicines, and restrict the ability of foreign governments to ensure affordable drug price

Exploding war-era ordinance kills more than 1,500 people and injures 2,200 in Vietnam every year

30/10 Thanh Nien: Unexploded bombs cause daily nightmare in Vietnam decades after war

More about UXO - Unexploded bombs

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19/10 International New York Times: Drawing of China in Swimmingpool and Obama trying to jump in

More news on South China Sea

27/10 BBC News: China says US warship's Spratly islands passage 'illegal' - The freedom of navigation operation is a serious challenge to China's claims over the artificial islands
27/10 BBC News: US Navy destroyer passes disputed China islands - Guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone China claims around Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago
26/10 VietnamNet: East Sea: China tries to dodge the UNCLOS - China is using the concept of "historic waters" or "historical rights" to escape the constraints of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS) in order to monopolize the East Sea
24/10 Thanh Nien: Chinese boats tried to sabotage Vietnam’s rescue mission near Paracels - Vietnamese rescuers on Friday night brought 11 crew members of a fishing boat to shore safely in a difficult rescue mission that was reportedly hindered by two Chinese coast guard boats
23/10 DPA: Japan defence minister to visit Vietnam over South China Sea dispute
22/10 Bangkok Post: Vietnam blocks Chinese apple imports over island dispute  
21/10 VietnamPlus: US experts talk security, development in East Sea - Experts at a discussion in the US’s Washington D.C. on October 20 examined recent security developments in the East Sea, underlining the serious impacts of activities that change the status quo

15/10 Appeal from DVA: Call for respect of territorial integrity and peace - Vietnam is facing the aggravation of long-standing tensions with China


News about East Sea/South China Sea
Conflict with China in East Se
(China's South Sea)

15/10 Appeal from DVA: Call for respect of territorial integrity and peace - Vietnam is facing the aggravation of long-standing tensions with China

14/10 DPA International: Vietnam protests Chinese lighthouse projects on disputed isles
14/10 Thanh Nien: Vietnam slams China’s construction of lighthouses in East Sea
13/10 The Washington Post/AP: Vietnam slams China over construction of lighthouses

30/9 Thanh Nien: Vietnamese president reiterates sovereignty over islands in East Sea
28/9 Saigoneer: Chinese Admiral: South China Sea Belongs To China. Because it has the word "China" in it   
25/9 Yahoo Finance: Here's a great look at China's major new runway in the South China Sea
27/10 Thanh Nien: Vietnam opposes China’s construction in East Sea

15/9 Thanh Ninh: Japan pledges patrol vessels loans to Vietnam - Japan pledges to provide Vietnam with 200 million yen (US$1.6 million) in non-refundable aid to buy Japanese used patrol ships for its maritime safety

27/7 The Diplomat: Vietnam Slams Chinese Naval Drill in South China Sea - Vietnamese authorities have called on the Chinese navy to cease a military exercise in disputed waters
20/7 VietnamNet: What’s happening in the East Sea - China reclaimed Gaven Reef in Vietnam's Truong Sa Archipelago
2/7 Thanh Nien: Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished

30/6 Saigoneer: Manila Times Gives China The Finger With Its Own “Nine Dash Line” Map
26/6 Toui Tre News: China deploys drilling platform to East Vietnam Sea again for oil exploration
15/6 Bloomberg: Vietnam, Chinese Boats Clash Near Disputed South China Sea Isles

14/4 Saigoneer: New Satellite Photos Show China Building Artificial Archipelago In East Sea

Conflict in South China Sea/East Sea


Ansøgning om forberedelsesbesøg ifm pilotprojektet ’Sexual education to young female and male students at the Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam’ er bevilget med 67.682 DKK.

Vietnam is having the highest abortion rate in Southeast Asia – 18 cases per 100 live births, according to figures in 2012. This is also among the highest worldwide.
20/9 Thanh Nien: Vietnam’s new abortion restriction may backfire - Vietnam plans to ban abortion after 12 weeks, but officials are worried that the new restriction may violate personal rights and allow dangerous, unregulated services to thrive
29/5 The Sun: Preference for boys causes high abortion in Vietnam
14/5 Thanh Nien: For Vietnamese, abortion is a harder choice than it should be
25/11 2014 Mail online/AFP: Sky-high abortions in Vietnam as family planning excludes youth 
21/5 2014 Tuoi Tre: Vietnam ranks first in Asia in abortion, among world's top 5 - Vietnam ranks first in Asia and is mong the top five countries in the world in terms of abortion, with about one million cases per year on average

Bad Weather in September - 6 killed

Le Ngoc Tung Hospital in southern Tay Ninh Province has been fined VND1.4 billion (US$62,000) for illegally burying untreated medical waste

Coal truck - fee for using coal?

Environmental problems worsens

8/9 VietnamNet: Clean energy association proposes to raise environmental fee on coal and oil - The Vietnam Clean Energy Association (VCEA) has proposed raising the environmental fee on coal and oil to encourage the development of renewable energy and prevent the overexploitation of fossil fuel
8/9 VietnamNet: Sand overexploitation, deforestation worsen coastal erosion: expert - The overexploitation of sand, deforestation and natural disasters have led to increasingly serious erosion in many coastal areas of Vietnam
8/9 VietnamNet: Residents use dead fish to protest polluted rivers in coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province - Hundreds of kilograms of dead fish were brought to the headquarters of the People's Committee in coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, in a protest against river pollution on 7/9 morning
4/9 VietnamNet: Hanoi's polluting workshops hesitate to shift from urban areas - Lack of capital and incentives are hindering the relocation of polluting workshops from residential areas
3/9 VietnamNews: Hospital fined VND1.4 billion for environmental law violations - Le Ngoc Tung Hospital in southern Tay Ninh Province has been fined VND1.4 billion (US$62,000) for illegally burying untreated medical waste in a local district
30/8 VietnamNews: Quang Nam locals protest over sand over-exploitation - Many residents in a village in the central province of Quang Nam have protested against a firm they believe is extracting sand from the local area without regard to the environmental damage
30/8 VietnamNews: Unprotected by local authorities, people take over polluting factories in  Hai Phong City - Laying siege to polluting factories to prevent the factories from continuing discharging untreated waste into the environment is the choice that many people make because they cannot rely on the local authorities
25/8 VietnamNews: Da Phuoc landfill polluting HCM City neighborhood - HCM City residents in the suburbs have repeatedly complained about the serious pollution caused by the Da Phuoc solid waste treatment complex, which uses modern technology
7/8 VietNamNet: HCM City: 13 years not enough to remove polluting factories - The decision by HCM City authorities to move 1,402 polluting facilities out of the city by 2005 has not progressed well

September 2, 1945: Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam a republic and independent from France. Half a million people gathered in Hanoi to hear him read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, which was modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Vietnam National Day 2th September
- 70 years since 2/9 1945

2/9 Thanh Nien: Hanoi celebrates 70th anniversary of National Day - Series of photos show how the capital city and its people mark the country's historic day on Wednesday 
YouTube Doan Tri Minh: Quoc Ca/National Anthem Chillout Version - Video 6:51 - In Celebration of Vietnamese National Day, please enjoy some tunes - Hoà chung không khí tưng bừng ngày 2/9, xin trân trọng kính mời các ban thu giãn với không gian âm nhạc coa Trí Minh - Trí Minh choi Piano, Nhac Điën To Live tai MANZI art space, 14 phan huy ích 14/06/2013.
YouTube Thanh Lam video : Bác Hồ một tình yêu bao la - Thanh Lam Nhân ngày 2/9, mòi các ban cùng nghe bài hát "Bác Hò môt tình yêu bao la" do ca sĩ Thanh Lam thê hiên trong DVD Ho Chí Minh đep nhât tên Nguoi - Video 4:27
1/9 VietnamPlus: Leaders hold National Day banquet - Leaders of the Party, State, Government, National Assembly and Vietnam Fatherland Front hosted a banquet in Hanoi on September 1 to celebrate the 70 th anniversary of National Day (September 2). 
1/9 VietNamNet: Photos: Tears and smiles on the day of amnesty – More than 18,000 prisoners on Monday morning, August 31,officially received amnesty on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the National Day (September 2).
1/9 Thomas Bo Pedersen Blog: the French imperialists "have built more prisons than schools"
28/8 BBC: Vietnam grants amnesty to 18,000 prisoners
29/8 Thanh Nien: Hanoi to close 40 streets for National Day parade
28/8 Thanh Nien: Vietnam to free 18,539 prisoners in National Day amnesty
28/8 Thanh Nien: National Day flashback: Vietnam’s famous spots then and now
22/8 VietNam News: Prisoner amnesty reflects tradition - This year, amnesty history will be made on the 70th National Day, September 2. About 18,000 prisoners are eligible to be set free and granted clemency

Ny dansk ambassadør i Hanoi

21/8 VietNam News: President Sang greets newly-accredited ambassadors - President Truong Tan Sang meets with new Danish Ambassador Charlotte Laursen

Next Danish Ambassadors appointed for Vietnam. Charlotte Laursen, from the foreign ministry in Denmark returns to the Embassy of Denmark, Vietnam, and this time as Denmark’s new ambassador. The Counsellor once replaced Mikael H. Winther as deputy head of the Embassy in Bangkok. And prior to that Mrs. Laursen she was actually posted in Vietnam, in Hanoi since September 2004 as Previously Deputy Head of Mission.

Farvel til tidligere ambassdør John Nielsen

Heavy Rain in North kill 17 in Quang Ninh Province

5/8 VietnamNet: Territorial rains and floods: Natural or human disaster? - According to some experts, the heavy consequences suffered by Quang Ninh province after the recent torrential rains and floods were caused by natural disasters but also by man
3/8 Saigneer: [Photos] Ha Long Bay Being Overrun By Toxic Slurry Following Heavy Flooding
31/7 EcWatch: Toxic Floods From Coal Mines and Power Plants Hit Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site
30/7 VietnamNet: Images of the devastation caused by torrential rains in Quang Ninh
30/7 VietnamPlus: Rainstorms, deluge wreak havoc in Quang Ninh province
30/7 VietnamPlus: 280 stranded tourists in Co To brought back mainland
30/7 New York Times: Vietnam Floods Kill 17 and Threaten to Pollute Ha Long Bay
29/7 VietnamPlus: Flood, torrential rain kill 15 in Quang Ninh 
28/7 VietnamNet: Photos: Torrential rain costs Quang Ninh nearly $23 mil  
28/7 Tuoi Tre: 1,500 tourists stranded by heavy rains on Vietnam’s Co To Island

GMO crops - to grow or not to grow?

14/8 VOA: Vietnam Debates GMO Crops With Eye on History
7/6 VietnamNet: Monsanto to commercialise four new GM corn breeds - Monsanto announced it would commercialise four new genetically modified corn breeds in Vietnam in October this year.Comment from Chuck Palazzo in Da Nang: "Do the ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Environment care about their own people? Their own country? No they do not. They could care less. This is the typical get rich quick scheme offered by Monsanto to Ministry heads in developing nations. This is terrible news for all Vietnamese, Vietnam and the importers of Vietnamese crops. Say good bye to a strong export market, Viet Nam!"

Monsanto back in Vietnam with TPP

11/5 Thanh Nien: Trade wars: Monsanto’s return to Vietnam - Monsanto, one of the single largest producers of the estimated 20 million gallons of Agent Orange sprayed in Vietnam between 1961 and 1971, is among the corporations that stand to garner windfall profits if the TPP is passed.
8/5 Vietnam Briefing: Yarn Forward’s Effect on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Vietnam
21/3 Thanh Nien /Reuters: Monsanto weed killer can 'probably' cause cancer: World Health Organization

9/3 VOA: Monsanto Talks Food Security, But Critics Want Vietnam War Restitution First

13/8 The Saigoneer: These 11 Infographics Show The Character Of Asian Nations

USA Secretary of State Kerry visit Vietnam

8/8 VNA: US Secretary of State talks on Agent Orange and TPP
7/8 VietnamPlus: Vietnam-US ties under spotlight at Hanoi conference
7/8 VietnamPlus: Kerry pledges pushing dioxin decontamination projects

EU and Vietnam removes 99 per cent of tariffs

UK Primeminister Cameron visits Vietnam 29-30 July

30/7 Channel NewsAsia: British PM Cameron on landmark first visit to Vietnam - video 2:18
29/7 Reuters: Cameron offers loan, touts trade potential on Vietnam visit
30/7 VietNam News: Vietnamese leaders greet UK PM Cameron
29/7 The Guardian: David Cameron clearly sees Vietnam as a regime he can do business with
29/7 The Guardian: David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam - Prime minister says he is excited about visiting the country as he touches down in Hanoi for talks
29/7 The Wall Street Journal: David Cameron Pledges £500 Million Loan Package for Vietnam - British prime minister says funds will back infrastructure projects in bid to boost trade
29/7 GOV.UK: PM seeks stronger co-operation with Vietnam to stop modern slavery as new measures come into force
29/7 BBC: Slave labour: David Cameron vows to end 'abhorrent trade' - About 3,000 children from the country are thought to be working in British cannabis farms and nail bars
29/7 The Telegraf: David Cameron becomes first serving British PM to visit Vietnam - Prime Minister brings trade deals and nudge for reforms to one of the world's last remaining communist regimes
29/7 VietNam News: British PM to fly in with load of business people - UK Prime Minister David Cameron granted an interview to Viet NamPlus, the online newspaper run by the Viet Nam News Agency, ahead of his visit to Viet Nam today and tomorrow

23/5 The Guardian: 3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam - Like many Vietnamese children, Hien was brought to Britain for a life of modern slavery. He ended up in prison on cannabis offences. We report on the gangs expanding across the UK and efforts to help their victims

Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi

15/7 VietnamNet: Image: 112-yr-old Long Bien Bridge in the biggest overhaul - With a budget of up to VND300 billion (nearly $15 million), Hanoi’s oldest bridge is being repaired and reinforced in the biggest overhaul over the past century

Wikipedia: Long Biên Bridge

Hanoi: Police on Bike & and war on Public Swearing

Click for large picture

Hanoi cutting down 6.700 trees

5/6 VOA: Hundreds in Hanoi Protest Tree Cutting
18/4 The Economist: If a tree falls (in Hanoi)… …online, will the Communist Party hear anything? 
27/3 Financial Times: Hanoi residents mobilise to save city’s cherished trees 24/3 BBC: Vietnamese push back on Facebook to save Hanoi's trees 
20/3 MailOnline: Hanoi axes plan to fell trees
24/3 Thanh Nien: Sponsors deny 'shocking' accusation that they pushed felling of 6,700 Hanoi trees 
Facebook page: 6,700 người vì 6,700 cây xanh

PetroVietnam Chairman sacked and Arrested

John Nielsen leaves Hanoi Embassy after July,
new post in Madrid from August 10th 2015

Next Danish Ambassadors appointed for Vietnam. Charlotte Laursen, from the foreign ministry in Denmark returns to the Embassy of Denmark, Vietnam, and this time as Denmark’s new ambassador. The Counsellor once replaced Mikael H. Winther as deputy head of the Embassy in Bangkok. And prior to that Mrs. Laursen she was actually posted in Vietnam, in Hanoi since September 2004 as Previously Deputy Head of Mission.


Vietnam and USA relations

16/7 thomasbopedersen: A WELCOME HAND SHAKE - It is indeed a pleasure to hand over my blog to these two gentlemen:  This statement bodes well for the future for many reasons.
9/7 Asia Bulletin/RFA: Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Addresses Human Rights in Key U.S. Trip
9/7 Fox News: Obama facing bipartisan criticism for meeting with Vietnam’s Communist Party head
8/7 The Orange County Register: U.S. ambassador to Vietnam making first trip to Little Saigon
7/7 The White House: United States – Vietnam Joint Vision Statement
7/7 The White House: President Obama Meets with the General Secretary of Vietnam - Video 16:25 - President Obama meet Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, and they talk to press.
7/7 BBC: Obama shakes hand with Vietnam's Communist Party leader video 1:11
8/7 Yahoo: Obama and Vietnam party boss hold landmark Oval Office talks
6/7 NPR: Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China
6/7 Vietnam News: VN-US economic ties a turnaround
3/7 The Wall Street Journal: Vietnam Party Chief Balances Ties Between U.S., China - Wary of Beijing’s buildup, Nguyen Phu Trong says U.S. is force of stability in Asia Pacific - article PDF 
2/7 AP: Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties
29/6 Foreign Affairs: From Foe to Frenemy - Why the United States is Courting Vietnam - One sign that the United States and Vietnam are serious about strengthening their ties is President Barack Obama’s agreement to meet the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Washington in early July. 

Background articles

7/7 VietNamNet: Vietnam - US: The future is bright - second part of the article by Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan in the series on the Vietnam-US relations in the past 20 years ago.
6/7 VietNamNet: Vietnam-US: The little known “fate” and the irony of history- the next article in our series about 20 years of Vietnam-US relations since normalization. The article concerns the history of relations before the August Revolution, 1945.
2/7 VietNamNet: Vietnam - US: Twenty years after the historical turning point - VietNamNet would like to present several articles on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-US relations. The following is a review of the milestones in the past two decades, from former enemies to comprehensive partners.
28/6 VietNamNet: Vietnam-US relations: What’s the next chapter? -It has been four decades since the fall of Saigon and this July marks the 20th anniversary since Vietnam and the US first normalized diplomatic relations following the war’s end.

Hanoi and Saigon from above

Iconic Vietnam War Photos Exhibited
in Vietnam for First Time

15/6 VietnamPlus: State President visits AP’s first war photo exhibition
13/6 VietnamNet: AP war photos on show in Ha Noi
12/6 ABC: Iconic War Images Shown for First Time in Vietnam - Series of 11 photos
11/6 AP: AP images of Vietnam War make homecoming in exhibit
11/6 Newsweek: Iconic Vietnam War Photos to be Exhibited in Vietnam for First Time 
11/6 Yahoo: AP images of Vietnam War make homecoming in exhibit   
11/6 Chicago Tribune: 'Napalm Girl,' 'Burning Monk' images of Vietnam War exhibited in Hanoi - also video
8/6 South China Morning Post /AP: 'Napalm girl' photographer returns to place he took this iconic image of the Vietnam War exactly 43 years later

Conflict East Sea/South China Sea and new weapons

11/6 Saigoneer: Vietnam Looks To The West For Fighter Jets, Drones
5/6 Reuters: Exclusive: Vietnam eyes Western warplanes, patrol aircraft to counter China
5/6 The Diplomat: US, Vietnam Deepen Defense Ties
4/6 Yahoo/Reuters: Vietnam launches special 'sovereignty' cruise, likely to irk China
4/6 The Sundaily (Malaysia): Chinese hackers accused of attacks on Vietnam websites
3/6 Thanh Nien: Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension
1/6 Thanh Nien: Vietnam, US discuss military cooperation, East Sea islands
31/5 Business Insider: The US is giving Vietnam $18 million for patrol boats to counter China  
31/5 MilitaryTimes: SecDef Carter to ask Vietnam to end land reclamation
31/5 VietnamPlus: US Secretary of Defence visits Vietnam
31/5 VietnamPlus: Deputy Defence Minister: East Seas issue is global concern
30/5 BBC: US calls for land reclamation 'halt' in South China Sea 
30/5 CNN: U.S. defense chief to China: End South China Sea expansion   
30/5 DefenseNews: McCain to Push Change on Vietnam Arms Embargo  
30/5 Forbes: War Clouds Over South China Sea As U.S. Declares Right To Waters And U.S. Warship Arrives At Subic   
29/5 Sydney Morning Herald: Vietnam opposes Chinese fishing ban in disputed South China Sea
15/5 VietNam News: Viet Nam welcomes East Sea support
14/5 Rappler (Philippines): Vietnam defends building in South China Sea 
13/5 Bloomberg: Vietnam Goes Shopping for U.S. Military Hardware - Officials in Hanoi recently hosted a group of foreign defense contractors looking to sell everything from radar systems to night vision technology and aircraft. The military’s top officers were not present because of the sensitivity of hobnobbing with U.S. defense companies eight days before celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the defeat of America and its allies. But the meeting shows how Vietnam’s leaders are looking past ideology to practical realities.
8/5 International Business Times: Vietnam Reclaiming Land In Disputed South China Sea, Satellite Images Show 
6/5 Toui Tre: Coast guards of Vietnam, Japan to conduct joint drill at sea 
30/4 The Diplomat: Vietnam Buys Deadly New Missiles Capable of Hitting China
16/4 DW: Beijing's South China Sea projects 'highly disruptive' to local ecosystems


News on 40 jubilee April 30th Saigon liberated/fell

30/4 VietnamPlus: Prime Minister calls for upholding great 1975 spring victory - full text of the PM’s speech
DA 30/4 Berlinske: 40-året for dagen, hvor Vietnamkrigen sluttede: »Saigons fald« markeres - fotoserie
30/4 USnews (AP): 40 years after Vietnam War, communists celebrate victory; Americans reflect on fall of Saigon   
30/4 USA Today: Vietnam celebrates 40 years since end of war

Side om DVF deltagelse i jubilæet på dansk

Largest cave in Vietnam discovered

14/5 Than Nien: Vietnam's Son Doong Cave is magnificent in this 'Good Morning America' video. Text and video 6:10
13/5 Thanh Nien: US talk show 'Good Morning America' explores beauty of Vietnam caves   
13/5 YouTube Documantary Film - Discover Biggest Cave and Dangerous - Sơn Doòng- Secret of life inside 2015. Documantary Film 2015 47 min, Sơn Doòng Discover Biggest cave Wonder of the world with tribe, science movie. The cave is five times larger than Phong Nha Cave, a nearby cave previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Sơn Đoòng is more than 5 kilometres 

Vietnam War Jubelees

8th March 1965: USA send the marines to Vietnam
16th March 1970: Anniversary of the My Lai massacre
30th April 1975: Saigon fell to SouthVietnam Liberation  Movement and North Vietnam Army

18/5 CounterPunch: The Vietnam War:  After 40 Years - The Deep Folly of an Unnecessary War
16/3 Daily Beast: My Lai 45 Years Later—And the Unknown Atrocities of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan - by Nick Turse
DK 8/3 Politiken: »Du gode Gud, de sender marinekorpset ind!«. 8. marts er det 50 år siden, USA første gang indsatte kamptropper i Vietnam. Det blev begyndelsen på den udmarvende landkrig, som i de følgende år udviklede sig til USA's værste mareridt i nyere tid.
DK 7/3 Information: Vietnam er kommet ud af Vietnamkrigens slagskygge

6/3 PBS Newshour: 50 years on, veterans find healing by returning to Vietnam to help - Video 7:52
Vietnam Full Disclosure: A Brief Chronology of Vietnam, the United States and their Relations


17/2 Thanh Nien: 9 dos and don’ts of Tet: This cheat sheet will help you survive Vietnam's Lunar New Year
16/2 Saigoneer: The Mekong’s Grandest Flower Village In Full Bloom - Photos
30/1 Word: The Idiot’s Guide to Tet 
13/2 VietNamNet Bridge: In pictures: Hanoi streets have been decorated brilliantly to celebrate the upcoming lunar New Year (Tet Holiday)


Save the Pangolin - Sign up for saving

31/1 The Telegraph: Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction - Pangolin’s body armour protects it from all known predators – except man
Take pangolins off the menu now! Pangolins are nearly extinct in the wild. Yet in Vietnam and China, the animals are still considered a delicacy and their scales are in great demand for traditional "medicine". Call on the Chinese and Vietnamese governments to stop the pangolin from being hunted to extinction
10/10 2014 Thanh Nien: Seized pangolins saved by Vietnam’s conservation program

Gay Rights in Vietnam

28/1 Thanh Nien: Vietnam sees positive change towards gay people: survey
26/1 VOA: Confusion, Optimism Remain as Vietnam Decriminalizes Gay Marriage
13/1 GlobalPost: On Gay Rights, Vietnam is Now More Progressive Than America
9/1 SOGI News: Vietnam abolishes same sex marriage ban 
8/1 Bloomberg: Vietnam Abolishes Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Taking Lead in Gay Rights 
Wikipedea: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Vietnam

Handelsminister i Vietnam 20-22. januar

Viet 21/1 VietnnamPlus: TP.HCM và Đan Mach mong mun hop tác trên nhieu linh vuc
DK 22/1 Mascot: Vietnam - Det første land i verden med dansk vækstråd 
DK 21/1 Udenrigsministeriet: Vietnam - det første land i verden med dansk vækstråd

20/1 Toui Tre News: Danish trade minister on Vietnam visit to improve commercial ties

20/1 VietNam News: Denmark firms see potential in Vietnam - Danish businesses are eager to collaborate with Vietnamese companies in the food, climate and energy sector
19/1 VOV: Denmark, Vietnam tighten trade ties - Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen: Denmark always gives priority to Vietnam in terms of politics and economics with the hope to further strengthening partnership and close cooperation between the two countries
DK 19/1 U-landsnyt: Eksportfremstød: I Vietnam spiser de svin - også danske svin
15/1 ScandAsia: Danish Embassy to host large job fair in Hanoi


11/1 VietnamNet: Vietnam calls for sustainable management of Mekong River water at Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit (GMS 5)
6/1 Bangkok Post: Network says it will boycott last dam consultation round - The Network of Thai People in Eight Mekong Provinces has announced it will boycott the final round of consultation for the controversial Don Sahong dam in Laos
31/12 SciDepNet: How Laos’s major Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong is taking shape
28/12 Epoch Times: Great Gamble on the Mekong - A proposed dam at Don Sahong on the Mekong River would provide energy for the region, but at a significant environmental cost
23/12 Thanh Nien: Vietnamese committee opposes Laos’ new dam at Don Sahong
21/12 Bangkok Post: Trillion baht deal struck for Mekong - Leaders of the six Mekong basin countries have endorsed a one-trillion baht investment programme to finance new transport projects across the region
19/12 VOA: Disagreement Over Lower Mekong River Dam Project -  Don Sahong hydropower dam
12/12 Tuoi Tre News: Lao hydro dam to seriously affect Vietnam’s Mekong Delta 
12/12 VietnamNet: Stop building Mekong River dams: experts - Townships along the Mekong River should suspend the construction of dams, which negatively impacts both the environment and residents near the river's lower basin, said experts at seminar 11/12 2014 on the construction of the Don Sahong hydropower plant.
1/8 VietnamNet: Who will benefit from Don Sahong? - Laos should be warned that the economic benefits it can expect from the Don Sahong hydropower plant are very modest compared with the damages it may cause, scientists say

Foto Thomas Bo Pedersen - klik stort foto

Noi Bai new terminal, new bridge Nhat Tan
and 12.1 km-long Vo Nguyen Giap Street

5/1 Tuoi Tre: Nhat Tan Bridge, Noi Bai airport’s new terminal debut in Hanoi 
5/1 dtiNews: Visitors cause chaos on Nhat Tan Bridge on opening day   
17/12 2014 Tuoi Tre: Vietnam to put largest air terminal into operation next week

NEW YEAR 2014/2015

1/1 Tuoi Tre News:  People celebrate New Year in Vietnam (photos, drone video)
1/1 Thanh Nien News: New Year fireworks in Ho Chi Minh City - Video 2:57
1/1 VietNam News: New Year celebrations across Viet Nam - in pictures
1/1 Sàigòn Giai Phong: Vietnamese people nationwide celebrate New Year
28/12 VietnamPlus: Top 10 events of 2014 in Vietnam
31/12 Rappler: Vietnam's 2014 GDP highest in 3 years - Vietnam's economy grows 5.98% in 2014 after Hanoi eased investor fears following the oil rig incident with China
30/12 Nhan Dan: National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung received outgoing Danish Ambassador John Nielsen in Hanoi on December 30, noting that Vietnam appreciates Denmark’s valuable assistance in the past years
30/12 Thanh Nien: Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung calls for friendlier business environment 
19/12 World Bank: Better Infrastructure for 7.5 Million Urban Residents in Vietnam

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