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Quang Tri fights DDT pollution

The foundation staff found the Trieu Long 2 Primary School on a contaminated site. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu

QUANG TRI (VNS) — Non-governmental organisations have started investigating several sites in the central Quang Tri Province that have become polluted by pesticides.

Following a report in Viet Nam News on pollution causing locals hardship, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung from Germany last week held a preliminary survey in the area. Continue reading Quang Tri fights DDT pollution

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health?

Deane Marchbein
Deane Marchbein is President of the Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors
May 8, 2015

Lost in the political discussions over the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific-Rim nations—is the very real negative impact it would have on global health.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in over 60 countries, and our medical teams rely on access to affordable medicines and vaccines. We are deeply concerned that the TPP, in its current form, will lock-in high, unsustainable drug prices, block or delay the availability of affordable generic medicines, and price millions of people out of much-needed medical care. Continue reading The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health?

Da Nang leads the way with organic fertilisers

The project will enable Cam Le district to be the first in Viet Nam to produce the nutrient under a co-operation deal between the city and Chikujyo town in Japan. — Illustrative image\ Photo VNA

DA NANG (VNS) — The central city has started a project to recycle organic waste into environmentally friendly liquid fertiliser.

Funding was provided by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). Continue reading Da Nang leads the way with organic fertilisers

Foreign investors make Vietnam’s economy bigger, but not stronger: legislators

By Bao Van, TNN

Thursday, May 21, 2015 19:15

Traffic drives past commercial buildings in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Bloomberg
Traffic drives past commercial buildings in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Bloomberg

Foreign investors have contributed a lot to Vietnam’s economy, but at the same time they have done very little to help the country in terms of technology, legislators said Wednesday. Continue reading Foreign investors make Vietnam’s economy bigger, but not stronger: legislators

Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain


Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann. OECD, 2015.

Abstract: While access to schooling has expanded around the world, many countries have not realised the hoped-for improvements in economic and social well-being. Access to education by itself is an incomplete goal for development; many students leave the education system without basic proficiency in literacy and numeracy. As the world coalesces around new sustainable development targets towards 2030, the focus in education is shifting towards access and quality. Using projections based on data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international student assessments, this report offers a glimpse of the stunning economic and social benefits that all countries, regardless of their national wealth, stand to gain if they ensure that every child not only has access to education but, through that education, acquires at least the baseline level of skills needed to participate fully in society. —

Except on Vietnam’s 12th ranking in 2012 PISA test (p. 43): The concern about low enrolment and its effect on knowledge capital is probably best illustrated by Viet Nam. On the 2012 PISA test, Viet Nam ranked 12th; moreover, less than 12% of tested Vietnamese students fell below the basic skills level of 420 points. Yet only 64% of Viet Nam’s 15-year-olds were enrolled in school in 2012. Its enrolment rate is 74th among the 76 countries; only Botswana and Ghana have lower rates. Given its highly selected school population, it is impossible to conclude that Viet Nam is approaching the goal of basic skills for all. Continue reading Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain

Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis Explained, in Maps

By Justine Drennan

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FP – Just as it took a deadly shipwreck to finally put the spotlight on the dire migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, it’s taken the stranding of some 6,000 migrants — and perhaps several times that number — at sea in Southeast Asia to raise the alarm about another migrant crisis stemming from what some observers describe as a genocide playing out in Myanmar. Continue reading Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis Explained, in Maps

Farmers await foreign interest in lychee with bated breath

Lychees are ready to be delivered to markets in Thanh Ha District of Hai Duong Province. Despite visits by many overseas companies and organisations recently, the chance of exporting the fruit remains unclear. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue.

BAC GIANG (VNS) — Farmers in the Luc Ngan District in northern Bac Giang Province are holding their breath about the prospect of their lychees being exported to foreign markets this year.

Despite visits by many overseas companies and organisations in the last year or so, there were no concrete steps taken to advance the market for the popular fruit. Continue reading Farmers await foreign interest in lychee with bated breath

Youth group wants more public say in how government spends taxpayers’ money

By Thanh Nguyen, TN News

HO CHI MINH CITY – Saturday, May 16, 2015 09:21

A still from a cartoon clip by Ech Phu Ho. The clip is part of the Hanoi-based group's campaign calling on Vietnamese youth to speak out their rights regarding state budget.
A still from a cartoon clip by Ech Phu Ho. The clip is part of the Hanoi-based group’s campaign calling on Vietnamese youth to speak out their rights regarding state budget

A seven-minute long video clip titled “Tien ve noi dau?” (Where does money go?) quickly became a hit with young netizens after it was released online early this month. Continue reading Youth group wants more public say in how government spends taxpayers’ money

Vietnam, Philippines cheer as US ‘plays chicken’ with China

By An Dien, TNN

Thursday, May 14, 2015 23:25

Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L), Philippines’ Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario (C) and Laos’ Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (R) arrive at the foreign ministers’ meeting for the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 26, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam and the Philippines have thrown support behind plans to beef up the US military presence in waters near China’s newly-built islands in the East Sea, the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea. Continue reading Vietnam, Philippines cheer as US ‘plays chicken’ with China

Metro trains will drive up Saigon land prices, set off property boom: report

The six metro lines planned for Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: CBRE
The six metro lines planned for Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: CBREThe six metro lines planned for Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: CBRE

HO CHI MINH CITY – Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:51

TNN – The metro system under construction in Ho Chi Minh City is triggering a real estate development boom as the prospect of easy transport has been raising land prices, property research firm CBRE said in a new report. Continue reading Metro trains will drive up Saigon land prices, set off property boom: report

Vietnam bile farm bear numbers down 72 percent to 4,300

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 13:09

A wild bear seized from poachers in Dak Nong Province. Photo credit: WCSA wild bear seized from poachers in Dak Nong Province. Photo credit: WCS

TNNVietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported that there are 1,250 captive bears remaining on farms, a 72 percent decline since 2005.

It released the information at a celebration of “Bear Day” (May 7), which fell on the first anniversary of the successful shutdown of bear bile tourism in Ha Long Bay. Continue reading Vietnam bile farm bear numbers down 72 percent to 4,300

Environmental aggression in the South China Sea

Jay Batongbacal

AMTI.CSIS – China’s reclamation activities in the South China Sea remain a matter of grave concern for reasons that are not solely political. The radical transformation of major coral atolls in the region’s marine ecosystem affects far more than the already huge area physically occupied by China’s new islands. The biophysical impacts extend well beyond their artificial foundations into the waters of surrounding littoral states. Continue reading Environmental aggression in the South China Sea

Trade wars: Monsanto’s return to Vietnam

By Desiree Hellegers *, Thanh Nien News

Monday, May 11, 2015 00:11

The Monsanto Co. logo is displayed on a pallet at the Crop Protection Services (CPS) facility in Manlius, Illinois, U.S., on March 20, 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

This past week, as activists gathered in Washington, D.C. for the conference on “Vietnam: the Power of Protest,” in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, a delegation led by Veterans for Peace (VFP) Chapter 160 was quietly wrapping up a two week tour. The tour was timed to coincide the VFP’s national “Full Disclosure Campaign”. Continue reading Trade wars: Monsanto’s return to Vietnam

Remembering the Lessons of Vietnam Means Rejecting the Pentagon’s Revisionist History by Rick Cohen

PUBLISHED ON: MAY 7, 2015

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This article originally published at NonProfitQuarterly.org.
 May 5, 2015; Consortium News

vietnamfulldisclosure.org – Last week’s “Lessons of Vietnam” program in Washington was not simply a commemoration of the end of the Vietnam War, but an effort to remember and recount narratives that would not have emerged from the effort of the Pentagon to tell its revisionist history of the war the U.S. lost. Continue reading Remembering the Lessons of Vietnam Means Rejecting the Pentagon’s Revisionist History by Rick Cohen

Before and after: The South China Sea transformed

Mira Rapp-Hooper
An overview of the Spratly Islands and rival claims.
Source image: Google Earth

February 18, 2015 – CSIS – This map shows four land features in the Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. They are: Itu Aba, Gaven Reef, Johnson South Reef, and Fiery Cross Reef. Read more details about the features of these projects and use click and drag the slider in the middle to see before and after photographs.

Continue reading Before and after: The South China Sea transformed

US-PH war drills open amid China buildup

Allan Macatuno, Armand Galang, Cynthia D. Balana | Inquirer Central Luzon Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:52 AM | Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

LET THE WAR GAMES BEGIN  US soldiers disembark from a Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise with their Filipino counterparts in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija province, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercises. AFP PHOTO

GI – FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija—Ramon Lacbain II on Monday joined some 100 regular and reserve members of the Philippine Navy in training lectures conducted by Philippine and US officers at the start of 10-day annual war exercises. Continue reading US-PH war drills open amid China buildup

The inspiring life of an HIV-positive Vietnamese woman honored by Time Magazine

TTN – UPDATED : 05/03/2015 10:20 GMT + 7

Pham Thi Hue, who was named an “Asian Hero” by Time Magazine in 2004, is pictured speaking at a workshop on HIV/AIDS issues in 2015. Tuoi Tre

An HIV-positive Vietnamese woman who was named an “Asian Hero” by Time Magazine has been active in helping fellow patients combat their illness and social stigmas in the past 14 years.

Along with 19 other Asian laureates, Pham Thi Hue, now 36, was selected by Time as the 2004 Asian Hero.

She was honored as one of Vietnam’s few who have braved social discrimination to come out of the closet and help many others with HIV/AIDS. Continue reading The inspiring life of an HIV-positive Vietnamese woman honored by Time Magazine

How the US continues to impact Vietnam 40 years on

By An Dien, Thanh Nien News

Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:15

The irony hit its crescendo at the very place where the Vietnam War drew to its end 40 years ago.

Last week, a banner announcing the shareholders’ meeting of the Saigon Securities Incorporation flapped on the gates of the Independence Palace — the same place a pair North Vietnamese tanks made their dramatic entrance on April 30, 1975.

A woman wearing traditional hat pushes her bicycle past McDonald’s restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City March 9, 2015. Photo: Reuters

These days Ho Chi Minh City is awash with signs of capitalism and consumerism. Continue reading How the US continues to impact Vietnam 40 years on

Pay to Stay: Cambodia’s Refugee Policy

by cogitASIA Staff • April 26, 2015

By Joshua Simonidis

Nauru offshore Australian processing facility for refugees being re-located to Cambodia. Source: DIPB images, used under a creative commons license.
Australia’s offshore processing facility on Nauru for refugees being relocated to Cambodia. Source: DIPB images, used under a creative commons license.

 

In September 2014 the Cambodian government signed an agreement with Canberra to resettle a potentially unlimited number of refugees originally destined for Australia in exchange for increased aid. Human rights groups criticized the agreement and Cambodia’s capacity to handle refugees, but Prime Minister Hun Sen shot back, noting that 85 refugees were resettled in Cambodia in 2009. Yet Phnom Penh’s treatment of Montagnard asylum seekers from neighboring Vietnam shows a disregard for its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention, in sharp contrast with the image Cambodia is trying to portray. Continue reading Pay to Stay: Cambodia’s Refugee Policy

Right to privacy in Vietnam media: we are still failing our children

By Thanh Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

HO CHI MINH CITY – Monday, April 27, 2015 17:25

Students sing the national during a ceremony marking the new school year at a local elementary school in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
Students sing the national during a ceremony marking the new school year at a local elementary school in Hanoi. Photo: AFP

Earlier this month a national TV channel came under fire for a news report on some 17-year-olds smoking shisha.

While the problem was whether VTC14’s reporter tricked the children into smoking to stage the report, it was a rare case in which a Vietnamese media agency was openly criticized for violating ethical standards by revealing full information about underage people’s identities. Continue reading Right to privacy in Vietnam media: we are still failing our children

Surf, sand and software turn Da Nang into Vietnam’s ‘IT’ city

Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:25

The six-lane Dragon Bridge of Da Nang, which breathes fire on weekends for tourists.
The six-lane Dragon Bridge of Da Nang, which breathes fire on weekends for tourists.

TTN – Chuck Palazzo was 18 when he took his first trip outside New York City. He went to Da Nang, Vietnam, courtesy of the U.S. Marines.

“You had mortar rounds going off in the mountains and you were surfing off China Beach,” he said. “It was ‘Apocalypse Now!’” Continue reading Surf, sand and software turn Da Nang into Vietnam’s ‘IT’ city

There is a hero – look inside your Mom

Photo: Author’s mother on the right. Circa 1970s

 
Recalling back to the time when I was about from secondary school to high school, there was this thing that many of my friends had in their mind — some sort of hero or “idol”, in music, movies…

“Who is your hero?” I sometimes asked myself since I did not really have one. And I felt like I didn’t really need to have one or just only one hero. Say, in music, I listened to a mix of genres. However, now reflecting upon it, I think I did have many heroes or heroines, instead of one. My heroes were mostly characters in stories and books like Doreamon, Teppi, Tottochan, Little Princes, Peter Pan to Anna Frank, or the kids in In Desert and Wilderness, or in the kids in the famous Vietnamese novel Tuổi thơ dữ dội, or characters in big novel like Jean Valjean, Quasimodo… Continue reading There is a hero – look inside your Mom

Remember the ancestors: Millions flock to temples to honor Hung Kings

PHU THO – TNN – Tuesday, April 28, 2015 12:14

People at a gate of the Hung temples complex on a mountain in Phu Tho Province. Photo credit: VnExpress
People at a gate of the Hung temples complex on a mountain in Phu Tho Province. Photo credit: VnExpress

Nearly five million pilgrims have traveled to Phu Tho Province to pay tribute to Hung Kings, the country’s legendary founding fathers, during their death anniversary this week.

Temples in the province, not far from Hanoi, started the festival five days before the main event on Tuesday, but many people had come here days before that. Continue reading Remember the ancestors: Millions flock to temples to honor Hung Kings

Mom with 35 kids has her hands and heart full

At Thuy’s Hoa Sen centre, kids play a folk game after school in an April afternoon as their dinner is prepared. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu.

by Phuoc Buu

THUA THIEN – HUE  (VNS) — “Having two children in the house can be tiring, but I have 35, so it is exhausting.”

Nguyen Ngoc Thuy is smiling as she says this. The diminutive 38-year-old native of Thua Thien – Hue Province in central Viet Nam actually is, in fact, a de-facto guardian for hundreds of disadvantaged children. Continue reading Mom with 35 kids has her hands and heart full

Local firms lack knowledge of FTAs

An employee checks a packaging production line at Ngoc Bich Engineering and Construction Co in Thai Binh Province. Many local enterprises are unaware of the TPP and AEC free trade agreements which are expected to help them integrate on global and regional scales. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI (VNS) — Many local enterprises do not know much about the TPP and the AEC free trade agreements (FTAs) that are expected to be signed this year.

Adequate knowledge about these FTAs would help domestic firms in Viet Nam prepare for business integration at a global and regional scale. Continue reading Local firms lack knowledge of FTAs

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