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The Nation : Getting Hanoi to loosen up

    Ban on media covering forum is a step back from Vietnam’s place on the global stage Vietnam has made impressive headway since the country opened up in the mid-1980s with its doi moi policy, or renovation process. It has joined Asean and other major economic groupings both in …

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dpa : ASEM Peoples Forum kicks off in Vietnams capital

    HANOI, Sept 6, 2004 (dpa) – The fifth ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) People’s Forum got underway in the Vietnamese capital Monday with over 800 delegates from Europe and Southeast Asia expected to attend. The forum was officially opened by Vietnams Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, who said he was …

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In preparation for the VCP Central Committee’s 10th Plenum in July : High-ranking Communist Party veteran denounces excessive powers of Hanoi’s military intelligence and reveals schisms within the Party leadership

The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights has obtained a copy of a letter sent by a high-ranking military veteran to the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) leadership which sheds new light on the inner workings of the VCP’s military intelligence services, and exposes deep schisms within the leadership of the VCP. …

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Buddhist dissident Thich Tri Luc reports from Sweden :
Security Police forced him to conceal the truth at his trial in exchange for freedom

The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) has received a statement from Buddhist dissident Thich Tri Luc (secular name Pham Van Tuong) with the request that it be made public to the international media. Sent from Sweden, where he has been granted political asylum, the statement describes Thich Tri Luc’s views …

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