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Dossier September 2014

Catholic church, a long tradition

The poor tolerance of the initiatives of dissent or groups not entirely under the control of the party and government, also extends to the religions accepted by a constitution that establishes first of all state atheism. In particular, the Vietnamese Church, persecuted for a long time because of its identification first of all with the…

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Vietnam – A country that looks afar

With the death, at the age of 102 years, on 4 October 2013, of Vo Nguyen Giap, the last of the leaders who led Vietnam towards independence and unification in three decades of conflict that have marked not only the history of South-East Asia but also the collective memory of the West, was gone. Of…

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Economy: investments and exports

It took almost forty years, but eventually Vietnam, once the nation-symbol of resistance to American influence, hardened in a war that ended symbolically with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, capitulated on 8 February 2013, an eventful year for the country. It did so by opening the doors of the former Saigon to…

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Media under siege

Notwithstanding the openings of an economic and financial character, which are essential to an economy open to the world, Vietnam continues to persecute dissidents and especially those who – given the times and the opportunities – work through the Internet, often sentenced for up to 12 years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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