aucegypt.edu – The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War—known in Vietnam as the American War—was one of the most destructive conflicts in history, and ended with a triumphant victory for Ho Chi Minh’s Communist forces and the most humiliating military defeat the United States has ever experienced. If a single image represents the historical drama, perhaps it is the one of the Huey helicopter evacuating American personnel and Vietnamese associates from a U.S. embassy building rooftop. Đọc tiếp After the fall of Saigon→
The quest for Ukraine’s legendary black earth is almost complete. To the dismay of French, Polish, German farmers, the multinational agricultural corporation Monsanto, as well as DuPont Pioneer and John Deere, have all lobbied for access to the largest agricultural market in Eastern Europe. This will soon reshape the market for agricultural products in the EU and spell ruin for Europe’s farmers.
In Nov. 2013, the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation drafted a legal amendment that will benefitglobal ag producers by allowing the widespread use of genetically modified seeds. Taking a backseat to the dramatic political developments there, this turn of events went almost unnoticed, although Monsanto has been lobbying within Ukraine’s agricultural market for quite a while. Back in 2007 the US embassy in Kiev demanded that the Ukrainian government take action against sellers of “fake” seeds (i.e., producers competing with Trans National Corporations — TNCs). Đọc tiếp Land grab in Ukraine is Monsanto’s backdoor to the EU→
April 30, 2015, marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. As we reflect on the legacies of the Vietnam War, two of the most deadly weapons of war left behind – Agent Orange and unexploded ordnance, called UXO – continue to haunt Indochina.
A Chinese vessel works on a building project in the Spratly Islands in 2014. New satellite images show that China has rapidly expanded its artificial islands in the South China Sea. (Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)
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A worker lifts a tray of sprouts at the Fruits and Vegetables Research Institute in Ha Noi. The capital city now has added 500ha for growing safe vegetables, raising the total area to 5,000 hectares. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi market gardeners established another 500 hectares of safe vegetables in the first quarter of this year.
The Hoover Dam was and is a marvel of engineering, a 700-foot wall of concrete holding back the Colorado River. Its 17 massive power turbines supply electricity for southern California and a chunk of the U.S. Southwest. But in the space of a year, the Hoover power plant will have essentially shrunk in half, from about 2,100 megawatts of generation capacity in early 2014 to about 1,200 megawatts this spring, all because of the impacts of drought caused by climate change. Đọc tiếp Hydropower and the Challenge of Climate Change→
(Reuters) – Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China‘s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Republican Senators John McCain and Bob Corker and Democrats Jack Reed and Bob Menendez said that without a comprehensive strategy “long-standing interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk.” Đọc tiếp Senators seek U.S. strategy to stop China’s South China Sea reclamation→
A performance is held for IPU-132 delegates in the capital. — VNA Photo US House Minority Leader
US House Minority Leader
HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has called for the US to continue its support in dealing with the consequences of war, especially Agent Orange victims, bomb and mine clearance, and sharing information on Vietnamese soldiers and officers missing in action. Đọc tiếp Global gathering helps to forge parliamentary ties→
(April 28th 2014) “Say it with flowers” is taking on a new and revolutionary meaning as Vietnamese farmers are reducing their pesticide use by breaking up fields of rice monoculture with strips of colourful, nectar producing flowers