One year later, Formosa protests escalate after fresh arrests.

[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, […]

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Police forces throw rocks and fire bullets at Song Ngoc Parish protestors as they march to file a lawsuit against Formosa

~ 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 […]

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“The Nghệ Tĩnh typhoon overruns Formosa” [updating as protests hit Formosa plant 2/10]

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 […]

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[Translation] Laugh to death! The People’s Court in our country: what happened in Ba Sam’s hearing.

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 […]

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A View from Below the Winds: What do the island disputes really mean to Vietnamese & Chinese workers?

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 […]

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“Extremely toxic chemical discovered in frozen anchovies in Quang Tri” (new Tuoi Tre article translated)

Below is a translation of a Tuoi Tre article posted June 10th at 3:46 pm local (Vietnam) time. Whether this break in the mass fish death represents a state leak or the actions of individuals within the media acting independently is difficult to determine at this time. I will note beforehand that the phenol group includes carbolic […]

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