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Vietnam Sentences Dissident to 5 Years for Distributing Anti-Government Leaflets

Source: Washington Post

Date: June 6, 2012

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/vietnam-sentences-dissident-to-5-years-for-distributing-anti-government-leaflets/2012/06/06/gJQARKbuHV_print.html

HANOI, Vietnam — A court in central Vietnam has sentenced a dissident to five years in prison for distributing anti-government leaflets.

The Kien Thuc newspaper says 53-year-old Phan Ngoc Tuan was convicted of collaborating with “reactionary” groups and individuals in exile to spread propaganda against the Communist state. He was convicted at a half-day trial Wednesday in Ninh Thuan province.

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Somebody Else’s Atrocities


    In the history of human rights, the worst atrocities are always committed by somebody else, never us – whoever “us” is.


Published: Monday 4 June 2012
Somebody Else’s Atrocities
By Noam Chomsky

In his penetrating study “Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights,” international affairs scholar James Peck observes, “In the history of human rights, the worst atrocities are always committed by somebody else, never us” – whoever “us” is.

Almost any moment in history yields innumerable illustrations. Let’s keep to the past few weeks.

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A people about to be wiped out?


    TĐH:  The issue the Huaorani face is common to many ethnic minority peoples around the world:  How to preserve your ancient land and culture against the invasion of “civilization”?


A people about to be wiped out? The Huaorani are one of two remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, most of whom have never been in contact with the rest of the world — and their home and very existence is under threat by oil companies that, supported by the government, want to drill for oil in what’s left of their homelands.

Sworn to protect the rainforest. The Huaorani have preserved their part of the Amazon rainforest for centuries. The area in Ecuador designated as the Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve is world-renowned for carbon-rich forests, extraordinary biological diversity, and for being home to many endangered species. “We used to defend our territory with wooden spears,” the Huaorani say. “Now we launched a petition on Change.org, and we are asking for your help.”

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The Vietnam Solution: How a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise

The Atlantic (June 2012)


A woman tends her boat in the fishing village of Vung Tau, southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. (Darren Soh)

Also see: Intrigue in the South China Sea A map of the most hotly contested territories in the waters surrounding China and Vietnam

The effect of Hanoi is cerebral. What the Vietnamese capital catches in freeze-frame is the process of history itself—not merely as some fatalistic, geographically determined drumroll of dynasties and depredations but as the summation of brave individual acts and nerve-racking calculations. In the city’s History Museum, maps, dioramas, and massive gray stelae commemorate anxious Vietnamese resistances against the Chinese Song, Ming, and Qing empires in the 11th, 15th, and 18th centuries. Although Vietnam was integrated into China until the 10th century, its political identity separate from the Middle Kingdom ever since has been something of a miracle—one that no theory of the past can adequately explain.

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CSIS – Recent Interviews with U.S. Ambassadors to Southeast Asia

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Trung Tâm Nghiên Cứu Quốc Tế Và Chiến Lược vừa interview bốn đại sứ Mỹ tại Singpapore, Indonesia, Philippines và Việt Nam. Thông tin tốt về liên hệ giữa Mỹ và các quốc gia Đông Nam Á. Các bạn click vào tên các quốc gia trong bản tin dưới đây để nghe (tiếng Anh).





Dear Colleagues,

While the U.S. Ambassadors to Southeast Asia were in Washington, DC for chiefs of mission meetings, four of them took part in our interview series, The Dialog. Watch as The Hon. David Adelman, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore; The Hon. Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia; The Hon. Harry Thomas, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; and The Hon. David Shear, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, discuss the latest dynamics in U.S.-Southeast Asia relations.

Thank you for your continued interest in our program.

Best wishes,

Ernie Bower
Senior Adviser & Director
Southeast Asia Program

Tài liệu mới: Mekong Turning Point

The Stimson Center is pleased to release

Mekong Turning Point:
Shared River for a Shared Future

A new publication from Stimson’s Mekong Policy Project, by project director Richard Cronin and Tim Hamlin.

This timely report analyzes the dynamics of the proposed construction of hydropower dams on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, a vital natural resource shared by six countries whose water resources are being exploited for their near-term economic value rather than being sustainably developed.  Commercial, energy and revenue interests are being pitted against the dependence of millions of people on the existing “environmental services” of the river for their food security and livelihoods.

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Starting over with a clean slate

Hi everyone,

‘Slate’ is a board (usually made of porcelain enamel), the surface of which is used for chalk-writing. Wiping the board to write new stuff on it is “starting over with a clean slate”. This expression is often used to refer to circumstances when someone starts his life all over again, such as when an ex-convict who has just been released starts his life over.

More significant than to our material life, ‘Starting over with a clean slate’ is essential to our spiritual and psychological life.

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Relationship is a matter of risk taking

Written by Trần Đình Hoành

Translated into English by Nguyễn Hà Huyền Vân

Dear Everyone,

Our relationships – between us and our friends, lovers, wives/husbands, partners, comrades, brethren… or just anyone – are always a matter of risk taking. When we say “I love you and I trust you wholeheartedly”, that is a romantic feeling from the bottom of our heart, and also is a matter of risk taking.

Life is impermanent, and so are people. This is the truth, neither optimistic nor pessimistic. It is a truth of life just like the rain or the sun. As long as we are alive, we change in every ksana. And our  emotions or relationships also change – a couple may live together till old age or may divorce after 5 years due to a myriad of different reasons. We need not delve into the causes here,  but only need to know that where there is convergence, there is divergence. Where there is connection, there is separation. Hence, every time we decide to tie our affection to someone, we are accepting the risk that the relationship may someday be broken or severed.

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Recent Developments in the South China Sea and Evolution of Vietnam’s Claims and Positions

Dear Everyone,

This is Dr. Trần Trường Thủy’s presentation at the recent Conference on the East Sea in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Thủy is Director of Center for East Sea Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

This is a good presentation of the issues involved, Vietnam’s claims and positions on the issues, and China’s position (from the point of view of Vietnam and probably of everyone else, except China). If you are concerned about East Sea, I suggest that you go over this presentation. It is short.

Please click this link to read the presentation

According to this presentation:

– Issues related to Paracels (Hoàng Sa) shall be settled bilaterally between Vietnam and China.

– Issues related to Spratlys (Trường Sa) shall be settled multilaterally by all claimants (Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei).

– Issues involved non-claimants, such as “safety and security” of navigation, shall be settled by all concerned parties.

Conspicuously absent is the term “Freedom of navigation” that the US and every country other than China have been using lately, as a criteria of consideration.

Also, with the above arrangement for settlement, ASEAN, as an entity to help settle the disputes, is effectively on the deathbed?

Have a great day.


FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran


Live blog: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say

Two men are accused of conspiring to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.
October 11th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Editor’s note: The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Two men – one arrested, the other at large – have been charged in connection with the plot, which the Justice Department says was directed by elements of the Iranian government.

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What is Occupy Wall Street? The history of leaderless movements

Washington Post

Alex Brandon/AP – Occupy Wall Street protests, which have spread nationwide, are the latest in a line of large-scale leaderless movements.


 By Heather Gautney,


This piece is part of an On Leadership roundtable on the Occupy Wall Street protests.Occupy Wall Street has arrived. Facebook is all-aflutter, and Twitter is all-atweeter, as news of “occupations” and clashes with the powers-that-be spread like wildfire around the country.

Now entering its fourth week, the Wall Street occupation has become a national phenomenon. The president is interested, celebrities are popping by, and pizza shops are adding the OccuPie to their menus. There is even an Occupy video game in development. The movement has spawned hundreds of Occupy locales in a national Occupy Together network. And now there is talk of going global: Occupy the World.

THREE DISPUTES AND THREE OBJECTIVES – China and South China Sea (By Peter Dutton)

Best Article on LOS and the South China Sea

I have read many articles on the politics and law of the South China Sea, some short and pithy and others long and complex. I now have read what I think of as the best introduction to the issue of conflict, politics and international law in the South China Sea. It is an article titled “Three Disputes and Tree Objectives: China and the South China Sea.” by Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College. Peter has written knowledgeably and well on maritime issues of southeast Asia before. In this article he provides a structure through which he lays out separate strands of the issues and then examines each on its own. While not a short article, I doubt there is a better one from which to gain an understanding of one of the ocean hot spots in which the Law of the Sea Convention plays a critical role in protecting interests of the US and our allies and in providing the mechanisms for avoiding direct maritime conflict. If you want to engage in informed debate on the maritime issues in the South China Sea (SCS), this is a great starting point.

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Love Others

Written by Trần Đình Hoành

Translated into English by Hồ Kính Đạt

Hi everyone,

Speaking of love, we oftentimes think of it as a one-sided action. We lend someone a helping hand, give someone a present and want nothing in return. It is true! However, the outcome of a humane deed is always reciprocal – that is, the recipient is happy, but it is also the giver who derives joy from performing such an action. Therefore, the truth is that when we give, we get something in return instantly.

"Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The nature of positive action is like that – the gratification you get from spending a hundred dollars on a shirt cannot be compared to the satisfaction derived from giving a beggar just a few bucks. Positive action generates positive energy that keeps us in a constant state of peacefulness, cheerfulness and healthiness.

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Written by Trần Đình Hoành

Translated into English by Nguyễn Hà Huyền Vân

If we still have parents, we are more fortunate than the orphans.

If we have a house, we are more fortunate than the homeless.

If we have daily food, we are more fortunate than the hungry.

If we have clothing, we are more fortunate than the ragged.

If we are healthy, we are more fortunate than the sick.