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?"
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 […]Read more "“Extremely toxic chemical discovered in frozen anchovies in Quang Tri” (new Tuoi Tre article translated)"
In my last entry, I presented translations of two Facebook posts I thought useful for any would be participants in Sunday’s events. In the meantime, there were a few important developments that set the stage for Sunday. First, on Saturday at 7:32 am Vietnam time, Facebook user Thuy Trang Nguyen posted “URGENT WARNING: THE POLICE WILL CAUSE VIOLENCE […]Read more "Decisive State Repression? An account of “Hit the Streets for the Environment” Week 3."
A couple more updates as Sunday rapidly approaches. There are two more write ups that seem necessary for anyone interested in following the unfolding events. Foreigners living in Saigon will be put in the spotlight Sunday due to an apparent change in protest strategy: moving the demonstrations from the city center at Duc Ba Cathedral to the ‘Backpacker […]Read more "Preparing for Sunday? Two important translations for week 3."
A brief update in Saigon’s growing weekly protest movement. A popular facebook group Nhật Ký Yêu Nước [Patriotic Journal] has just published a call for an additional evening demonstration on Sunday, this time in the backpacker area around Ben Thanh Market. As of this writing [May 11 9:10pm Saigon time], the 3 hour old post has 631 […]Read more "New Tactics?"
This morning, May 8th at 9:00 am. The second week of the “Hit the Streets for the Environment” [xuống đường vì môi trường] protests took place in April 30th Park, Paris Commune Square, Saigon. Judging from uploaded videos, last week’s march was able to travel at least as far as Ben Thanh Market, about a kilometer. […]Read more "A look at “Hit the Streets for the Environment” Round II"
In an attempt to update this blog more often, I will be trying to post here instead of facebook. I noticed that Thanh Nien (the youth mass organization newspaper) had just run an exposé over the sudden mass death of dozens of tons of fish, and the subsequent sickening of many who had been exposed to the fish. […]Read more "The case of the mass death of fish: Suspicous giant undersea waste disposal pipe in Vung Ang"