Of milk and minorities: Equity and consumption in Vietnam

May 21, 2019

Gender is an integral component of agriculture, nutrition, and health, yet not all women (nor all men) are the same. A4NH’s Gender, Equity, and Empowerment (GEE) unit focuses on ensuring that gender and other aspects of equity – such as poverty, ethnicity, caste, age, and location – are integrated into the program’s research and activities. In Vietnam, milk – in various forms – highlights important food and nutrition equity issues. In this blog, Jody Harris, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, reflects on how equity issues influence milk consumption based on her fieldwork for the Stories of Change in Nutrition project.


Photo credit: Jody Harris/IDS

Photo credit: Jody Harris/IDS

Recently, I found myself sitting on a low stool in a small, neat home in the central highlands of Vietnam, talking to three young mothers about nutrition. As part of my research, I was trying to understand how nutrition is changing in Vietnam, and one emerging story was the large disparity in nutrition outcomes between the Kinh ethnic majority in Vietnam – among whom stunting levels have dropped impressively in recent years – and ethnic minority groups living in places such as this community in the central highlands, where malnutrition rates remain persistently high. Through my translator, I finished the questions I had for the women, then asked if they had any questions for me before we ended the interview. Continue reading “Of milk and minorities: Equity and consumption in Vietnam”


China’s Most Destructive Boats Return to the South China Sea

May 20, 2019  |  AMTI BRIEF

China’s Most Destructive Boats Return to the South China Sea

After a sharp drop-off in activity from 2016 to late 2018, Chinese clam harvesting fleets have returned to the South China Sea in force over the last six months. These fleets, which typically include dozens of small fishing vessels accompanied by a handful of larger “motherships,” destroy vast swaths of coral reef in order to extract endangered giant clams. The clam shells are transported back to Hainan Province where they fetch thousands of dollars each in a thriving market for jewelry and statuary. Since late 2018, satellite imagery has shown these fleets operating frequently at Scarborough Shoal and throughout the Paracels, including at Bombay Reef. Continue reading “China’s Most Destructive Boats Return to the South China Sea”

Sears’ Seven Decades of Self-Destruction

TĐH: Good lesson on business failure


SIGN OF THE TIMES: A closed Sears location in Nanuet, N.Y., in January.
Photograph by Mike Segar—Reuters

Sears’ Seven Decades of Self-Destruction

Sears’ bankruptcy filing last year sparked torrents of criticism for its current leaders. But the problems that brought down this former Fortune 500 stalwart date way back to the Eisenhower era. Here’s what leaders can learn from an icon’s slow-motion collapse.
May 20, 2019

The kindest media attention Sears has attracted in years arrived in April, when the company announced it was opening three small stores. “The start of a new Sears era? The retailer announces openings, not closings,” read USA Today’s hopeful headline, which echoed others nationwide.

But viewed through a longer lens, the coverage was more pathetic than upbeat. This is what now passes for good news at the onetime colossus of global retailing: three stores, one of them in Alaska, each smaller than owner Eddie Lampert’s house, offering a somewhat puzzling product line consisting mostly of appliances and mattresses. Sears insists this tiny event is the leading edge of a new strategy for becoming “a stronger, more profitable business.” No one else in retailing seems to think it has a chance. “Lampert has never initiated a format that didn’t fail,” notes longtime retail consultant Burt Flickinger. The verdict of consultant Steve Dennis, a former Sears executive: “It will almost certainly amount to zilch, plus or minus bubkes.” Continue reading “Sears’ Seven Decades of Self-Destruction”

Mỹ gia tăng thách thức Trung Quốc trên mọi mặt trận

(Dân trí) Mỹ đã đẩy mạnh thách thức Trung Quốc trên mọi mặt trận, từ Biển Đông, Đài Loan đến nhân quyền. Các động thái này diễn ra trong bối cảnh Washington và Bắc Kinh đang trong giai đoạn đàm phán về một thỏa thuận để tìm lối thoát cho chiến tranh thương mại

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>>Nhóm chuyên gia Mỹ tái khởi động ủy ban thời Chiến tranh Lạnh đối phó Trung Quốc

tau-1553651334871.jpgTàu khu trục USS Curtis Wilbur, một trong hai tàu chiến Mỹ đi qua eo biển Đài Loan gần đây. (Ảnh: Wikipedia)

Bloomberg nhận định, dù Mỹ và Trung Quốc đang tiến gần hơn tới một thỏa thuận để chấm dứt chiến tranh thương mại, chính quyền Trump đang ngày càng quyết liệt trong việc thách thức các lằn ranh đỏ địa chính trị của Bắc Kinh. Continue reading “Mỹ gia tăng thách thức Trung Quốc trên mọi mặt trận”

Sau Google, hàng loạt ‘ông lớn’ công nghệ Mỹ bắt đầu cắt nguồn cung cho Huawei

Thứ Hai, 20/05/2019 12:54 PM GMT+7

(VTC News) – Từ Google đến Qualcomm, Intel,… hàng loạt công ty Mỹ đóng băng nguồn cung cấp các phần mềm và linh kiện thiết yếu cho công ty Trung Quốc Huawei.

Các nhà sản xuất chip bao gồm Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. và Broadcom Inc. chỉ thị nhân viên không cung cấp sản phẩm cho Huawei đến khi nhận được thông báo thêm, Bloomberg trích dẫn các nguồn tin cho biết.

Continue reading “Sau Google, hàng loạt ‘ông lớn’ công nghệ Mỹ bắt đầu cắt nguồn cung cho Huawei”

The Liberal Embrace of War

American interventionists learned a lesson from Iraq: pre-empt the debate. Now everyone is for regime change

CARACAS — The United States banned all air transport with Venezuela on Wednesday over security concerns, further isolating the troubled South American nation…

A disinterested historian — Herodotus raised from the dead — would see this as just the latest volley in a siege tale. America has been trying for ages to topple the regime of President Nicholas Maduro, after trying for years to do the same to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Continue reading “The Liberal Embrace of War”

As Trade War Rages, China’s Sway Over the U.S. Fades

Beijing once could count on allies in business and politics to help get its way. Now many of its old allies are staying on the sidelines.

A Chinese automotive assembly line in Beilun in Zhejiang Province, China. China’s economic slowdown, which could hinder growth globally, is a major reason that Beijing’s influence has ebbed.CreditCreditBryan Denton for The New York Times
Keith Bradsher

By Keith Bradsher , New York Times May 17, 2019

China usually gets its way. In Washington, on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms, Beijing has used the country’s size and promise for decades to quell opposition and reward those who helped its rise.

Those days may be coming to an end.

As it struggles with President Trump’s trade war, a maturing and debt-laden China is discovering that it no longer has the same pull. Members of both political parties in the United States favor a tougher stance against Beijing. Some old business allies are standing on the sidelines or even cheering the Trump administration’s strong stands.

Continue reading “As Trade War Rages, China’s Sway Over the U.S. Fades”

Trump’s trade war shows how China has lost all its friends in Washington

US claims to have images showing Iranian freighters they believe are carrying missiles

The Belt and Road Initiative: Views from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing – Sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường”: Quan điểm từ Washington, Moskva và Bắc Kinh

Vietnamese after English

The Belt and Road Initiative: Views from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing

Summary:  Despite the BRI’s prevalence in discussions of China’s global engagement, many experts are divided on how to interpret it. Is it a global strategy or just an interregional initiative? How can countries and international companies participate in its growth and development?

Since being unveiled in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become the signature foreign policy project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The initiative demonstrates China’s growing ambitions at home and abroad and was officially inscribed in the Chinese constitution during the 19th Party Congress, the same congress during which Xi proclaimed a “new era” and the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”1 It is symbolic of China’s more self-confident foreign policy and departure from the low-profile strategy of “hide and bide” that long characterized Beijing’s global engagement.

Continue reading “The Belt and Road Initiative: Views from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing – Sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường”: Quan điểm từ Washington, Moskva và Bắc Kinh”

Overcoming War Legacies: The Road to Reconciliation and Future Cooperation Between the United States and Vietnam


On March 26th the governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted a landmark event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy- Remarks

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc- Keynote Speech

Charles Bailey- Panel 2 Healing from the Destruction of War

USIP Event Summary and Speaker Videos

‘Phải làm mạnh hơn nữa cuộc đấu tranh chống tham nhũng’

Tổng bí thư, Chủ tịch nước Nguyễn Phú Trọng yêu cầu các cơ quan chức năng tiếp tục cuộc đấu tranh phòng, chống tham nhũng, tiêu cực với tinh thần kiên quyết, kiên trì…

Ngày 14/5, tại Hà Nội, Tổng bí thư, Chủ tịch nước Nguyễn Phú Trọngchủ trì cuộc họp lãnh đạo chủ chốt. Dự họp có Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Chủ tịch Quốc hội Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, Thường trực Ban Bí thư Trần Quốc Vượng; Chánh Văn phòng Trung ương Đảng Nguyễn Văn Nên.

Tổng bí thư, Chủ tịch nước Nguyễn Phú Trọng nhấn mạnh các cấp lãnh đạo, từ Trung ương đến địa phương cần đẩy mạnh hoạt động chuẩn bị cho Đại hội Đảng bộ các cấp, hướng đến Đại hội Đảng toàn quốc lần thứ 13. Bên cạnh đó, các bộ, ngành, địa phương không được sao nhãng các công việc thường xuyên đặc biệt là hoạt động chống tham nhũng, lãng phí.

Continue reading “‘Phải làm mạnh hơn nữa cuộc đấu tranh chống tham nhũng’”

Nữ luật sư gốc Việt trong đường dây kết hôn giả khủng tại Mỹ

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Truyền thông Mỹ cho biết luật sư gốc Việt tên Nguyen Le Thien Trang, tham gia đường dây kết hôn giả ở Texas vừa bị phanh phui, là cộng sự một hãng luật và thường lên truyền hình.
Giới chức Mỹ vừa triệt phá đường dây môi giới và dàn xếp kết hôn giả cho người gốc Việt tại bang Texas. Trong danh sách gần 100 đối tượng bị truy tố, nổi bật có luật sư gốc Việt tên “Trang Le Nguyen”, hay còn được gọi là “Nguyen Le Thien Trang”, 45 tuổi.

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Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy

A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October.A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October. KHAM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

From 1962 to 1971, the American military sprayed vast areas of Vietnam with Agent Orange, leaving dioxin contamination that has severely affected the health of three generations of Vietnamese. Now, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments have joined together in a massive cleanup project.

In the thriving industrial city of Bien Hoa, about 20 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, there is a large air base, just beyond a sweeping bend in the Dong Nai River. During the American war in Vietnam, it was said to be the busiest airport in the world. Since the war ended in 1975, a dense cluster of four residential neighborhoods has grown up around the base. Their total population is perhaps 111,000, while the base itself, now home to advanced long-range fighter-bombers of the Vietnam People’s Air Force, has another 1,200 permanent residents. Continue reading “Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy”

The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the first US troops came ashore at Da Nang, the Vietnamese are still coping with unexploded bombs and Agent Orange.

On a mild, sunny morning last November, Chuck Searcy and I drove out along a spur of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail to the former Marine base at Khe Sanh, which sits in a bowl of green mountains and coffee plantations in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, hard on the border with Laos. The seventy-seven-day siege of Khe Sanh in early 1968, coinciding with the Tet Offensive, was the longest battle of what Vietnamese call the American War and a pivotal event in the conflict. By the off-kilter logic of Saigon and Washington, unleashing enough technology and firepower to produce a ten-to-one kill ratio was a metric of success, but the televised carnage of 1968, in which 16,592 Americans died, was too much for audiences back home. After Tet and Khe Sanh, the war was no longer America’s to win, only to avoid losing. Continue reading “The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War”