Chipping away at China

Matt Haldan, SCMP, Global Impact 20 August 2022
The chip war between Washington and Beijing has never felt so real as it has in the past few months, which has seen a deluge of news related to the semiconductor industry as the United States seeks to reshore fabrication and China vies for technological self-sufficiency. 

Not since the early days of the chip shortage in 2020 has there been so much related news, although that now feels like a teaser for what was to come.

The biggest news for the US this month was President Joe Biden signing the Chips and Science Act. The new law will pump US$53 billion into the domestic chip industry, incentivising companies to build and expand fabrication capacity in the country. Tiếp tục đọc Chipping away at China

Love and Faith in India

Love and Faith in India | 101 East Documentary

Al Jazeera English – 27-1-2022

In India, Hindu nationalists are promoting the conspiracy that Muslim men are tricking Hindu women into marriage and converting them in an attempt to create an Islamic republic.

The national government has found no evidence to support this claim, but laws have been passed in some of India’s largest states that could see Muslim men jailed for up to 10 years for committing this so-called “Love Jihad”.

This documentary follows a group training to protect Hindu girls, a teenage Muslim boy who says he was imprisoned without trial for talking to a Hindu girl, and interfaith couples fighting just to be together.

101 East investigates love and faith in India.

Fernandez: Cuba is not ready to ‘sacrifice’ socialism

Fernandez: Cuba is not ready to ‘sacrifice’ socialism

Al Jazeera English – 28-5-2022

Leaders of the Americas prepare to gather in Los Angeles on June 6 for their ninth regional summit. But Washington has announced Cuba will be excluded, arguing the Caribbean nation does not meet the required democratic standards.

United States-Cuban relations have been hostile ever since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. In 2016, President Obama visited the island, calling the occasion an “historic opportunity” to leave the Cold War behind.

But under President Trump, all opportunities were lost. And now, under President Biden, relations remain tense.

So, what is next for the two countries? Cuba’s deputy foreign minister, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, talks to Al Jazeera.

Vietnamese labor productivity among lowest in Asia despite growth: report

VNE – By Dat Nguyen   May 10, 2018 | 02:00 pm GMT+7

Vietnamese labor productivity among lowest in Asia despite growth: report

Laborers work at a garment factory in Bac Giang province, near Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by ReutersProductivity is rising, but not as fast as wages, creating the risk of an economic imbalance.

Vietnam’s labor productivity last year was among the lowest in Asia despite showing growth, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Average productivity in Vietnam increased by 36 percent from VND38.64 million per worker in 2006 to VND60.73 million ($1,660 to $2,600) in 2017, according to the Vietnam Annual Economic Report 2018.

However, the level is still below Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia, according to researchers from the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy.

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“It hurts to see my kids study abroad and then not return to Vietnam to work”

NB – August 19, 2022

“He was heartbroken when he mentioned Project 165 for the training and promotion of executives and managers abroad with the state budget. He said that out of 3,000 PhD students, 67% are abroad, 27% work in state agencies and the rest quit.” (PTH quotes)

Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Huu Dung chaired the conference – Photo: THAO LE

On the morning of August 19, the Southern Working Group of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front held a conference to recognize the thoughts and aspirations of people of all classes in the southern region in the third quarter of 2022. Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Huu Dung chaired the conference.

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Vietnam has major data leak problem, citizens suffer

VNE – By Luu Quy   August 19, 2022 | 09:00 pm GMT+7

Vietnam has major data leak problem, citizens suffer

An incoming call with an unknown caller from outside of Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Luu QuyMinh Huy, a university student in Ho Chi Minh City, said he and his family have been terrorized by phone calls demanding repayment of loans he never took.

Someone has been calling Huy repeatedly over the past month, saying he owed money with high interest that will balloon to tens of millions of dong (VND10 million= $427.26) if it is not paid back quickly. When he denied ever using the service, the caller brought out a screenshot of an apparent contract with accurate personal information like ID card numbers, phone numbers and email addresses, even relevant information on Huy’s family members.

“This is information I’ve shared with multiple services online when I signed up for various accounts, but I have never submitted them to any credit service,” Huy said.

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The U.S. Holds Limited Influence in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

By Max Boot, CFR Expert

August 16, 2022 3:56 pm (EST), Council on Foreign Relations

A year after the U.S. withdrawal, half of Afghanistan’s population faces a food emergency, and the Taliban regime acts with cruelty and indifference.

One year after the United States ended its longest war, there remains considerable disagreement over whether the war in Afghanistan was winnable or worth fighting. Congress has chartered a bipartisan commission to investigate the war and draw lessons for the future. But however one views the conflict, few would dispute that the exit from Afghanistan at the end of August 2021 was a chaotic mess—or that the United States has limited options for dealing with the Taliban regime.

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