From 111 BCE to 968 CE the territory around contemporary Hanoi was ruled by northern (“Chinese”) empires as “An Nam đô hộ phủ” (安南都護府): “the Protectorate General to Pacify the South.” Recently, the political memory of this “thousand years of northern occupation” (Nghìn năm bắc thuộc) has been reborn as an independent political force. On Sunday June […]Read more "Fear and Loathing in “the Pacified South”: Conspiracies and SEZs in Vietnam"
[Left: Bạch Hồng Quyền, Right: Hoàng Đức Bình. Picture taken from BBC] An arrest over the Formosa protests was made yesterday morning (May 15th), triggering a large street demonstration in Diên Châu, Nghệ An, which saw three undercover police officers taken hostage. Over the last month, the increasing frequency of media reports condemning the activities of two “reactionary” priests, […]Read more "One year later, Formosa protests escalate after fresh arrests."
~ Translated report by Catholic organization Tin Mừng cho Người Nghèo (Good news for the Poor GNsP). ~ 14/02/2017 The Communist authorities dispatched security forces, including traffic police, riot police, and plainclothes officers, to impede, block, harass, beat, throw rocks and fire bullets at Song Ngoc parishioners causing many to be admitted to the hospital […]Read more "Police forces throw rocks and fire bullets at Song Ngoc Parish protestors as they march to file a lawsuit against Formosa"
This post is indebted to Huynh Ngoc Chenh’s Vietnamese language blog. Other sources will be linked. Update: Part one features a translations of Nguyen Anh Tuan analysis of the protest. Part two is a description of the day’s events culled from a number of news agencies, blogs, and facebook profiles. Part three features a look at the state […]Read more "“The Nghệ Tĩnh typhoon overruns Formosa” [updating as protests hit Formosa plant 2/10]"
Photo: “In the name of the man pulling the strings, the court has come to a verdict” On March 23rd 2016, Nguyen Huu Vinh (Ba Sam), and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, were sentenced to prison for 5 and 3 years for their role in blogs that were determined to be an “abuse of […]Read more "[Translation] Laugh to death! The People’s Court in our country: what happened in Ba Sam’s hearing."
“Don’t be afraid of violence to the point of increasing violence hidden beneath the rhetoric of law. Don’t reinforce these institutions in order to protect the government because doing so is no different from tying a bomb beneath your chair. “Read more "[Translation] “A CRISIS AT YEN BAI, A CRISIS OF JUSTICE” -Huy Duc"
Thank you to comrades at Chuang for originally publishing this essay on their blog, a site devoted to developments in capitalism and social struggles in China. They have also just published the first volume of a new journal that provides a more in depth analysis. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed. Spectacle: internet uproar & celebrity beef After the Permanent […]Read more "A View from Below the Winds: What do the island disputes really mean to Vietnamese & Chinese workers?"