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Vietnam's Dong Tam Incident: the Curtain Falls

And not in a good way


By: David Brown

The verdicts have been handed down in the Dong Tam Incident, a brief but bloody clash between police and a persistently oppositional band of Vietnamese farmers. After a week of testimony, cross-examination, apologies, and pleas for clemency, on September 14 the Hanoi City People's Court found all 29 defendants guilty in various ways of resisting state authority. Two have

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North Korea says UK will ‘pay the price’ for new sanctions

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People wearing face masks lay flowers and pay their respects before the statues of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 8, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

North Korea says the United Kingdom will “pay the price” for the imposition of new sanctions on Pyongyang.

Sunday, 12 July 2020 6:19 AM  [ Last Update: Sunday, 12 July 2020 9:35 AM ]

The UK on Monday announced sanctions against North Korea’s

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Singapore’s Bruised PAP Returns to Power as Expected

Battered by the coronavirus and worsening economic times, government’s vote total shrinks

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Việt Nam gifts face masks to UK, Ireland

LONDON — The Embassy of Việt Nam in the UK handed over 135,000 antimicrobial face masks to authorities of London and Wales on Thursday (local time) to support the fight against COVID-19.
 Update: July, 03/2020 - 16:05
This is the first batch of a total of 500,000 masks from Việt Nam which will be sent to over 30 localities and organisations of the UK and Ireland.
At the handover ceremony, Ambassador Trần Ngọc An underlined the thriving and close-knit cooperation between
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Downfall of ‘The Coldest-Blooded Guy in South Vietnam’


The Life and Times of Le Thanh Hai


By: David Brown

If, sometime in the next few months, Le Thanh Hai is indicted for misappropriation of state assets, there will be few tears in Ho Chi Minh City, even though Hai is a local boy. People there believe that Boss Hai, who dominated the municipal administration for two decades, deserves whatever may be coming to him, and more, if possible.

As the new millennium began, Vietnam's doi

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Deeply corrupt state official freed without trial

Democracy Slips Another Notch in Malaysia


John Berthelsen

A June 9 decision by Malaysia’s Attorney General Idrus Harun to decline to bring corruption charges against the former chief minister of the East Malaysian state of Sabah is a depressing demonstration that the country’s legal system is far from having been cleaned up after the 2018 election drove out the indelibly corrupt Barisan Nasional coalition.

It is

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Vietnam marks Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birthday; prepares for victory over COVID-19



Vietnam marks Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birthday; prepares for victory over COVID-19

Teachers and students stand up for the Vietnamese national anthem as they start a new week in Dinh Cong Secondary School in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 4, 2020. Much of public life is returning to normal across Vietnam as the country prepares to declare the worst of the coronavirus pandemic at an end, though the government says it will remain diligent. | Hau Dinh / AP

May 20, 2020 2:06 PM CDT  BY STEVE SWEENEY

Vietnam celebrated the 130th anniversary of the

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Capital Punishment in Vietnam and Ho Duy Hai

Capital Punishment in Vietnam and Ho Duy Hai

Deep concerns abound that skewed system results in deaths of innocents

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By: Tuan V. Nguyen

On January 13, 2008, the case of two female postal workers found murdered inside a post office in Vietnam’s Long An Province, Vietnam at first appeared to be cut and dried. The chief suspect was Nguyen Van Nghi, a lover of one of the victims who was seen at the scene of the crime shortly before it took place

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Forest Fires Rage on Southeast Asian Peninsula


As Covid-19 grips the world, another crisis threatens


By: Gregory McCann

With much of Asia gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected 3.1 million people globally and killed more than 218,000 so far, another crisis rages in Southeast Asia—forest fires. While the 2019 wildfires of Australia received extensive global attention, with their torched koala bears and apocalyptic scenes of humans fleeing infernos, much of the world appears

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India hangs four over 'Nirbhaya' gang rape on Delhi bus in 2012

Indian Rapists

The brutal attack on Jyoti Singh sparked weeks of demonstrations and shone a spotlight on the alarming rates of sexual violence

Indian security personnel stand guard outside the Tihar Prison Complex before the hanging of the 2012 gang rape and murder convicts in New Delhi
Indian security personnel stand guard outside the Tihar Prison Complex before the hanging of the 2012 gang rape and murder convicts in New Delhi CREDIT: Shutterstock

India executed four men on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide

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