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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

Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to…

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Baobab

How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect…

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Youth & Mission

Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a…

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