My Lai Massacre Anniversary

    TĐH: Below is an article written by Mike Hastie, an American Army medic who started his service in Vietnam in 1970, two years after the Mỹ Lai Massacre happened. Mike has been raising funds to support My Lai Massacre Memorial and the last time he visited My Lai was on April 5-6, 2016. He wrote this article on the occasion of the 49th Anniversary of the Massacre.
    These articles by American veterans about Mỹ Lai have always been some education for me. They are always full of pain, anger, shame and guilt, so full and fresh as if everything has just happened yesterday. And that always amazes me about the American soul.
    We Vietnamese don’t keep things that long. We may talk about an event, but always with a distance between us and it, more like a history lesson than a fresh wound. I teach my Buddhist students non-attachment: “Do not grasp onto anything. All things – good or bad, happy or sad, rewarding or punishing – are simply fleeting clouds sailing through the blue transparent permanent sky which is our Buddha heart.” But these veterans’ letters, always fresh in anguish, show me more than often the depth and the purity in the American heart. Though I would still say: “Don’t grasp onto anything. Let go”.
    This article is about misery but also about healing.  It is a history lesson and a lesson about the human heart.
    After Mike’s article is a comment from our friend Chuck Searcy.


My Lai Massacre Anniversary

Today, March 16, 2017, is the 49th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, located in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.

It was Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, when approximately 115 U.S. Army soldiers of the Americal Division’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, landed in helicopters just outside the village of My Lai 4. Over the course of the next four hours, these American soldiers, and their Military High Command, who were flying overhead in helicopters observing the massacre, took part in a horror show far beyond the human imagination. They took the term “War Crimes” and added a butcher shop to the equation of morbid extermination. In essence, they became a U.S. version of the final solution. They committed an act of barbarity that would redefine the war in Vietnam. It would take years to decipher what happened that day, as denial is the elixir that protects us from experiencing national shame. It is these two words, ” National Shame,” that continues to hide the truth of what really happened in Southeast Asia. Tiếp tục đọc “My Lai Massacre Anniversary”

Problems in education sector mount

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VietNamNet Bridge – The educational sector has been blamed for the unemployment of 200,000 university graduates, among other issues. 

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Insecurity at school

A report released by MOET and UNICEF shows that 80 percent of students suffered from gender-based violence at least once, while 71 percent suffered from school violence in the last six months.

The educational sector has been blamed for the unemployment of 200,000 university graduates, among other issues. 

A report from Plan, an international non-government organization, showed that only 16 percent of female and 19 male students felt secure at schools.A fourth grader at Vo Thi Sau Primary School in Quang Ninh Primary School was at risk of becoming blind after a friend threw a pen into his eyes. Their teachers knew about the accident, but did not inform the parents and the school. Tiếp tục đọc “Problems in education sector mount”

Businesses try to ease losses with private properties

Last update 16:00 | 17/03/2017
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The board of directors of TTF has submitted to shareholders a plan to fix the existing problems suggested by Vo Truong Thanh, former chair and CEO of TTF, and Vo Diep Van Tuan, Thanh’s son and former deputy CEO.Under the plan, Thanh and Tuan would compensate a part of the consequences caused by his poor management in cash or assets.

In exchange, Thanh and Tuan will be free of all responsibilities, including legal responsibility. TTF will work with Tan Lien Phat, the big shareholder which holds 30 percent of TTF shares, so that Tan Lien Phat waives its claim against Thanh and Tuan. Tiếp tục đọc “Businesses try to ease losses with private properties”

Vinaxuki’s demise reflects problems in economy

Last update 08:00 | 18/03/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Ninety-six percent of Vietnam’s enterprises are small businesses, with the majority having 10 workers or less. Only 2 percent of enterprises are large in size, while another 2 percent are medium size. 

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Vu Thanh Tu Anh from Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), speaking at an international workshop on industry development in 2025-2035, emphasized the underdevelopment of supporting industries, saying this is a barrier that hinders the development of Vietnam’s industry.

The car maker Vinaxuki and other enterprises had to close because of the lack of supporting industries. Tiếp tục đọc “Vinaxuki’s demise reflects problems in economy”

Rex Tillerson in China to discuss North Korea

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US secretary of state travels to Beijing after saying pre-emptive military action against North Korea may be necessary.

Rex Tillerson has arrived in Beijing for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

The US secretary of state’s visit on Saturday followed his remarks the previous day in South Korea where he cautioned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary.

He said US military action against North Korea is an “option on the table”, and warned the country to end its missile and nuclear programmes.

“The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Tillerson said during his joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, on Friday. Tiếp tục đọc “Rex Tillerson in China to discuss North Korea”

Vietnam rethinks contentious two-child policy

Al Jazeera

The Communist government of Vietnam is considering changing a law that restricts most families to two children.

Adjustments to the policy may happen this year in certain parts of the country, which has been in place on and off for decades and is being blamed for a looming population problem.

“We haven’t had to make any changes to the population policy yet and I don’t think we need a big change now but amendments only,” said Le Van Cuong, a government adviser.

“Ageing population is not putting pressure on today but it will come tomorrow.” Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam rethinks contentious two-child policy”

Anti-China sentiment flares up in Vietnam

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Rallies denounce China on anniversary of deadly navy battle amid continuing row over South China Sea islands.


China is Vietnam's biggest trade partner and the communist parties that run both countries have historically been close [Reuters]
China is Vietnam’s biggest trade partner and the communist parties that run both countries have historically been close [Reuters]

Demonstrators marched in Vietnam’s capital on Monday to mark the 28th anniversary of a bloody naval battle with China and to denounce China’s growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea.

About 150 people wearing headbands and carrying large banners circled the busy streets around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake chanting “Down with invasive China”.

They laid wreaths for 64 Vietnamese sailors who died in a 1988 clash with Chinese forces in the Spratly islands. Tiếp tục đọc “Anti-China sentiment flares up in Vietnam”

Indonesian tribes rally for land rights

Fearing extinction, tribes in Indonesia call on the government to protect their land rights.

Many tribal Indonesians do not have a formal title to the land their families have lived on for generations. [ATAR Agency/AFP]

Thousands of tribal Indonesians gathered on Sumatra, urging President Joko Widodo to protect their land rights.

On Friday, more than 5,000 people from 2,000 tribal communities convened in Tanjung Gusta village outside North Sumatra’s provincial capital Medan.

The gathering is organised by the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago and held every five years.

“We’ll fight for our rights to the last drop of our blood,” said Abdon Nababan, the secretary-general of the alliance at the conference.

Indonesia’s environment and forestry minister reiterated on Friday the government’s commitment to tribal rights. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian tribes rally for land rights”

Uighur militants could turn to Southeast Asia as destination of choice