Di dân, tị nạn do biến đổi khí hậu có thể lên tới 1 tỉ người đến năm 2050

English: Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050

Rome, 21 Tháng 8 2017 (IPS) – Hãy tưởng tượng thế giới có nhiều đến 1 tỉ người đối mặt với ảnh hưởng khắc nghiệt do hậu quả của biến đổi khí hậu, dẫn đến tình trạng hạn hán và/hoặc lũ lụt trầm trọng; thời tiết khắc nghiệt; tài nguyên thiên nhiên bị hủy diệt, đặc biệt là các vùng đất, đất trồng và nước; hệ quả từ điều kiện sống khắc nghiệt, thiếu ăn và nạn đói.

Mặc dù vẫn chưa có cơ sở từ các dự án nghiên cứu khoa học, nhưng tốc độ xảy ra quá trình biến đổi khí hậu đã được chứng minh có thể đưa tới viễn cảnh năm 2050, khi mà cứ 9 người sẽ có 1 người bị ảnh hưởng bởi quá trình này.

Gần đây, các dự báo giao động từ 25 triệu đến 1 tỷ người di cư vì môi trường đến năm 2050, di dân hoặc trong nước hoặc qua biên giới, vì những nhu cầu cơ bản thường trực hay tạm thời.  với 200 triệu người là ước tính được sử dụng nhiều nhất , thông tin từ Viện Môi trường và An ninh con người Đại học Liên Hợp Quốc (Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University).
Continue reading “Di dân, tị nạn do biến đổi khí hậu có thể lên tới 1 tỉ người đến năm 2050”

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Kế hoạch cứu nguy Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long

Không có khu vực đồng bằng nào trên thế giới bị đe doạ bởi biến đổi khí hậu trầm trọng như Sông Cửu Long. Liệu Việt Nam có hành động kịp thời để cứu nơi đây?

Loạt bài của Mongabay – Mongabay series

Tiếng Việt
Phần 1 – Liệu biến đổi khí hậu sẽ nhấn chìm Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long?
Phần 2 – Việt Nam cực kỳ lo lắng vì Trung Quốc và Lào xây đập trên Mekong
Phần 3 – Mẹ Thiên nhiên và huỷ diệt bởi thuỷ điện không phải là vấn đề duy nhất của Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long
Phần 4 – Kế hoạch cứu nguy Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long

English
Part 1 – Will climate change sink the Mekong Delta?
Part 2 – Vietnam sweats bullets as China and Laos dam the Mekong
Part 3 – Mother Nature and a hydropower onslaught aren’t the Mekong Delta’s only problems
Part 4 – A plan to save the Mekong Delta

Nước biển dâng và các đập trên thượng nguồn đang đe dọa và tấn công vùng đất màu mỡ này. Liệu Việt Nam có thể hành động kịp thời để ngăn chặn thảm hoạ này?

Kế hoạch ĐBSCL là sản phẩm của nhiều năm làm việc của các giới chức Hà Lan và Việt Nam, được hỗ trợ bởi một đơn vị hang loạt các chuyên gia từ cả hai quốc gia.

Đây là bản thiết kế chi tiết để giải quyết không chỉ những tác động của biến đổi khí hậu và các đập thượng nguồn mà còn giải quyết các hoạt động với tầm nhìn ngắn hạn của người Việt Nam.

Người nông dân trong khu vực cũng như các chi nhánh liên quan của chính phủ phải được thuyết phục để thực hiện kế hoạch.

Bài viết này là phần cuối của loạt bài nghiên cứu chuyên sâu, gồm bốn phần về các hiểm hoạ đối với đồng bằng sông Cửu Long và cách giải quyết. Đọc phần một, phần hai, phần ba và thứ tư. Continue reading “Kế hoạch cứu nguy Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long”

Vietnam to include human rights in education

Last update 15:16 | 07/09/2017

Vietnam has approved a project that aims to make human rights an integral subject in education nationwide by 2025.

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A little girl’s cheerful face on the first day of the new school year

Per the project, teaching human rights will be piloted at several kindergartens, schools, universities and vocational training centers in three cities and provinces in the north, south, and central regions.

By 2025, all educational establishments across Vietnam will have the subject in their curriculum. Continue reading “Vietnam to include human rights in education”

Real estate remains 2nd largest FDI lurer in VN

Last update 18:29 | 07/09/2017

Despite having fallen to the fourth position in terms of foreign direct investment in the first eight months of 2017, the real estate sector remains the second-biggest recipient of this type of investment to date.

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Though realty is fourth in FDI for eight months, it remains the second-largest earner overall 

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency, between January and August 20, the real estate sector stood in fourth with regards to foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows – with 46 newly-registered projects and 15 others increasing their capital, totalling more than $1.16 billion.

Real estate FDI is behind the sectors of manufacturing and processing ($11.69 billion), power processing and distribution ($5.36 billion), and mining ($1.28 billion). Continue reading “Real estate remains 2nd largest FDI lurer in VN”

Corruption causes damage worth over $59.4 million in 2017: report

Last update 19:30 | 07/09/2017

Corruption cases in 2017 have so far cost over VND1.35 trillion (US$59.4 million) in damages, of which VND158.8 billion, US$314,000, four houses and one apartment have been retrieved.

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The plenary session of the NA Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon discuss the government’s report on corruption prevention in 2017. 

The statistics were announced by Deputy Inspector General of Government Inspectorate Dang Cong Huan at a plenary session of the National Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in Hanoi, on September 5, held to discuss corruption prevention work in 2017. Continue reading “Corruption causes damage worth over $59.4 million in 2017: report”

12 multi-trillion VND projects reap little profit for state

Last update 07:30 | 02/07/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Of 12 projects, six projects were implemented under EPC contracts (engineering, procurement and construction), and most of the contracts were signed with Chinese contractors.

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The Ministry of Industry & Trade (MOIT) and relevant ministries have released 120 documents on the settlement of problems in 12 huge unprofitable projects. However, the effects remain unclear.

Bui Quang Binh from Da Nang University commented that releasing legal documents was only one step in implementing state management. In order to bring the instructions into implementation, there must be other control and supervision mechanisms. Continue reading “12 multi-trillion VND projects reap little profit for state”

Public school system fails to serve migrant workers’ kids

Last update 10:19 | 05/09/2017
Whenever a new year approaches, low-income workers start to fret about finding schools, tuition fees, and arranging to drop off and collect their children at school.

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A migrant worker of Thang Long Industrial Zone in Hanoi picks up her children.

Poor migrant workers, many without the all-important residential registration books, always face more difficulties in enrolling their children, reports the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The first child of Nguyen Van Khanh, a worker in Linh Trung Industrial Zone 2 in HCM City, had to miss education for a year because her father could not find a public school for her in the southern city. Continue reading “Public school system fails to serve migrant workers’ kids”

PM seeks VN Pharma inspection

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Update: September, 07/2017 – 19:00

HCM City People’s Court opened a trial related to the smuggling of cancer medicines and falsification of documents at HCM City-based VN Pharma. — Photo zing.vn

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has requested the Government take another look at VN Pharma’s licence to import seven drugs manufactured by Helix Pharmaceuticals Inc of Canada and the company’s registration papers for drug circulation.

The Government inspectorates will report on the inspection of the pharmaceutical company to the PM before December 31.

The Government Office has just sent the PM’s direction to relevant offices, also requesting inspection of the company’s winning bid to supply drugs for hospitals nation-wide.

The Ministry of Health denied granting any favour to VN Pharma, but doubts are swirling over the ministry’s involvement in the company’s scandalous drug smuggling racket.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyễn Viết Tiến issued a press release on August 29, clarifying the ministry’s responsibilities in connection with the licensing for VN Pharma to import 9,300 boxes of H-Capita 500mg in 2013.

H-Capita 500mg contained capecitabine, mainly used to treat breast, gastric and colorectal cancers.

VN Pharma had all the necessary papers. But an investigation later uncovered that the papers were expertly forged and the fraud could not be detected with the naked eye, according to the ministry’s press release.

Recently, however, several press agencies reported that the case resulted from the loosening of the Ministry of Health’s management in issuing licences to import drugs.

On August 30, at the regular Government meeting with the participation of the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuracy, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam mentioned that VN Pharma imported fake cancer medicines.

According to the Deputy PM, the law enforcement agency handled the issue, but public opinion was of special concern, as the scandal affected people’s confidence in the entire health system.

Therefore, the case should be strictly punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“I have the idea to inspect the Ministry of Health’s licensing for importing drugs and issuing registration papers. On the other hand, I suggest the relevant offices to clarify issues of public concern,” the Deputy PM said.

The inspection was based on transparency and vigilance, he said.

According to sources from zing.vn online newspaper, the Government inspectorate will add the case of VN Pharma to the whole inspection plan at the Ministry of Health of 2017.

The HCM City People’s Court sentenced Nguyễn Minh Hùng, VN Pharma’s chairman of the Board of Directors cum general director, and Võ Mạnh Cường, director of H&C International Marine Trade company, to 12 years behind bars for smuggling. Cường bought the drugs from a source overseas and later sold them to VN Pharma. — VNS

Industry 4.0 demands coordination: Deputy PM

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Update: September, 07/2017 – 06:00

Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam (second from left) and delegates at the Việt Nam ICT Summit 2017 in Hà Nội. – VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết

The politician was speaking at the Việt Nam ICT Summit 2017 yesterday in Hà Nội, with the event themed “Việt Nam: Digital Transformation in the Industry 4.0”.

The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the information and communication technology (ICT) industry to build a complete information technology infrastructure. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 demands coordination: Deputy PM”

The race to rescue Cambodian children from orphanages exploiting them for profit

Despite good intentions, Australians and others from western countries are often propping up Asian orphanages that separate children from families. Now there’s new efforts to tackle some of the consequences of ‘voluntourism’

A family in Battambang, Cambodia, supported by the Cambodian Children’s Trust which works to keep families together and stop children going to orphanages.
A family in Battambang, Cambodia, supported by the Cambodian Children’s Trust which works to keep families together and stop children going to orphanages. Photograph: Tara Winkler

Much was hidden from the tourists visiting Sinet Chan in her rundown Cambodian orphanage.

When they returned to their hotels, cameras full and best intentions sated, they remained oblivious to the reality of what they had just supported.

Chan, the nine-year-old who sang and danced for them, was being starved. She and the other children hunted and ate mice to survive. Continue reading “The race to rescue Cambodian children from orphanages exploiting them for profit”

Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

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A person so blatantly affiliated with genocide should not carry the title “Nobel Peace Prize laureate”.

Police officers watch as protesters hold signs against Aung San Suu Kyi, during a rally in support of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, outside of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta [Reuters]
Police officers watch as protesters hold signs against Aung San Suu Kyi, during a rally in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, outside of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta [Reuters]

By  @HamidDabashi

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

“There are no more villages left, none at all.” The accounts of the systematic ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar, now effectively ruled by the world renowned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are finally making it to the mainline news these days. “There are no more people left, either. It is all gone.” Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize”

Vietnam’s efforts to internationalize higher education achieves a milestone

By Minh Vu —


Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang speaks at the ceremony for the licensing of Fulbright University Vietnam on May 25, 2016. Source: State Department’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) has attracted much attention because it was born out of Vietnam-U.S. bilateral engagement. However, as the university welcomes its first class in September, FUV will become more than just a diplomatic achievement. It will mark another step in the ongoing effort by the government to lift Vietnam’s higher education to international standards through collaboration with the private sector and foreign governments. Continue reading “Vietnam’s efforts to internationalize higher education achieves a milestone”

Beautiful, emotional pictures of Le Vu Lan festival

Last update 15:38 | 06/09/2017

The Vietnamese Buddhist community welcomed the gods into their presence today (September 5) at pagodas and temples throughout Vietnam in celebrations to honour parents, both living and those who have followed the sun.

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The Le Vu Lan festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar and can be considered the most prominent celebration within Buddhism in the Southeast Asian country. Continue reading “Beautiful, emotional pictures of Le Vu Lan festival”

Vietnam seeks solutions for “smart water use”

Last update 07:20 | 07/09/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Environmental experts say HCMC needs to find solutions to smart water use, an important part of the plan to develop a smart city. 

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HCMC is now under pressure as demand for clean water is increasing while Sai Gon and Dong Nai rivers, the main sources of raw water for the city, are getting more polluted because of the increased number of industrial production workshops and animal farms.

The water supply plants, which have total clean water production capacity of 2.4 million cubic meters per day in HCMC, sometimes have to stop using raw water from Sai Gon and Dong Nai rivers because of the high salinity. Continue reading “Vietnam seeks solutions for “smart water use””