Archive for January, 2011

U.S. Diplomat Assaulted by Communist Police in Vietnam

Posted in Current Events on January 8, 2011 by Ian Pham

Above: U.S. Ambassador Michael W. Michalak calls the police’s attack on Christian Marchant an “incident of grave concern” between the two countries.

Just this week, U.S. Diplomat Christian Marchant was attacked by several Vietnamese policemen while on his way to visit Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic Priest and prominent democracy activist.  If the allegations are true, Marchant was cornered by Vietnamese cops in the city of Hue, and subsequently thrown around and harassed by the Communist police.

As a result, the United States have released a formal protest against the Vietnamese government, recalling the American ambassador from Vietnam.  According to the New York Times, the U.S. ambassador Michael W. Michalak describes the Communist attack on Marchant as “an incident of grave concern.”  Sources also claim that the Communist police repeatedly slammed a door against the legs of the American diplomat.

Not only is this a disrespectful act on the Communists’ end, it is an embarrassment to the country as a whole.  The American diplomat is a foreign representative to the country of Vietnam and should not, under any circumstances, be subjected to that type of abuse.  An attack on a foreign representative signifies that the Vietnamese government clearly does not care about international law and human rights.  They blatantly disregarded international rules, crossing the line against a valuable potential ally.

What does this mean for U.S.-Vietnamese relations?  It is too soon to tell.  However, under these circumstances, one should not expect the U.S. government to show any leniency to the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Even I think that what the Communists did was over the line.  The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a government that does not respect human rights, and this latest act of stupidity just made it painfully clear in the eyes of all the world.

Just when one thinks that the Communist leadership in Vietnam could not get any stupider, they go and alienate their newest, most valuable ally.  The United States has turned a blind eye on human rights in recent negotiations in hopes that Vietnam would slowly learn and reconstruct.  It is now all too clear that these guys are way too dumb to make it happen, disrespecting international law to target Marchant, a man who should be treated with courtesy and respect, as he is a foreign representative.  The new relationship that the Communists have been working so hard to cultivate with the Americans is now hanging by a thread.  Idiots.

Human Trafficking in Vietnam

Posted in Current Events on January 7, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here’s a poster that is pretty well known around Taiwan.  Just a harmless advertisement right?  Wrong.  If translated, the advertisement should go something like this:

Introducing Brides From Vietnam!

Take her home in less than 3 months!

(Transport time will be within 6 days)

ONLY $20,000 TAIWAN!

1. Guaranteed virgin!

2. Take her home within 3 months.

3. No hidden fees.

4. One year guarantee in the case of an escaping bride.

Contact information… etc.

This is a poster that advertises the buying and selling of Vietnamese women to foreigners all around Asia, which I’m pretty sure constitutes as human trafficking.  I don’t even know where to begin on what is wrong with this ad.  As if all the atrocities committed by the Communists aren’t bad enough, now we have to add human trafficking and organized prostitution to the list.  The Communists are too pathetic, subjecting their own citizens to levels of degradation that we can’t even begin comprehend.

This is how low the Vietnamese Communist Party will go to fatten their own pockets, even if what their doing results in the suffering of countless Vietnamese women.  Acts such is these are the reason why Vietnam is still known as one the most corrupted countries in all the world.  Forget economic growth, how can anybody do serious business with a group of guys who whore out their own people just to make a quick buck?  Corruption, cowardice, and slave-like mentality are what plague the Vietnamese leadership today.

Sucking the blood of their own people and squeezing the citizens for all they are worth, that is the only thing the Vietnamese Communists are good for.  New leaders have been chosen and will be announced in a week or so, but I’m not too sure how to feel about it.  As I have mentioned in the past, the Vietnamese leadership has grown progressively worse which each passing year.  One Communist leader, Le Kha Phieu in 2001, even sold away pieces of Vietnam’s border to China, an event that I will highlight in more detail in the near future.

I try to be optimistic, but these mutinous, money hungry, prostituting, China fearing cowards are making it too damn hard.  Little by little, more and more information is slowly seeping into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Regardless of their efforts to keep it out, people like us will continue finding ways to reach those inside.  If those morons don’t smarten up soon, the unthinkable will happen.  The People of Vietnam will have to join together in armed revolution, tearing these Communists into pieces.  These Communists are digging their own graves, and it’s only a matter of time.

If you read Vietnamese and want to know more about the Human Trafficking situation, check out these websites:

http://www.nguyenthaihocfoundation.org/

http://cafe1minh.com/2010/12/chi-mot-to-quang-cao-vay-thoi.html

Poverty In Vietnam Today and How the Communists Lied

Posted in Current Events on January 5, 2011 by Ian Pham

This is probably one of the most obvious observation about the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, since I’ve been making numerous references to these problems through many of my posts.  However, I will put it all out here and go into deeper detail about how the Communists lied to the Vietnamese people and why the Communist ideology is no better than what you flush down the toilet every morning.

What did the Communists promise to the people?  Happiness, utopia, a worker’s paradise, that’s what.  Well, let’s just look at what life in Vietnam is like, just to be sure if they’ve followed through on any of their promises.  One of the key points in Marxist doctrine is the redistribution of wealth and common ownership among the population.  I’m not saying that’s the smartest idea, though that was what the people believed in.

According to Thanh Nien Daily, 38% of people in Hanoi and 59% in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are not covered by Vietnam’s social security system.  27% of young people have not completed high school education, and many teenaged people are not even enrolled in school.  The average income per month for a Hanoi resident is about $119 US, while residents in Saigon make approximately $125 US per month.

Furthermore, many families living in the countryside do not even have access to clean drinking water or adequate sanitation facilities.  Much of the rivers and lakes in the rural areas have been contaminated by pollution from big city factories and government mining projects.  The residents of these regions have no choice but to live off of this dirty water.  Needless to say, many folks from Vietnam’s rurality have gotten severely ill, even fatally ill, from drinking this contaminated water.  Many who suffer from drinking the spoiled waters are only small children.

Extreme poverty in the country, contrasted with the staggering wealth of the Vietnamese Communist Party, and one could see that the Communist ideology as a whole is truly a big pile of garbage.  There is no equality in Vietnam, there is little happiness in Vietnam, and there is definitely no worker’s paradise in Vietnam.  How can Vietnam be a worker’s paradise when the Party reaps the all the benefits, content with leaving a large part of the population without jobs or homes?

It doesn’t matter what they call themselves, Marxists-Leninists, Communists, Reformed Socialists, or even the contradictory title of Red Capitalists.  Their names do not matter, but their actions surely do.  Everything the Communists have done within the last 35 years have damaged the country in ways that may take decades to recover from.  Even if they continue to brainwash the people of Vietnam and terrorize them into believing that they’re living in a worker’s paradise, no amount of terror will ever make it come true.

Dragons and Fairies: The Legend of the Hundred Việts

Posted in Ancient History, Literature with tags , , on January 3, 2011 by Ian Pham

The following is a myth that chronicles the origin of the Vietnamese people.  It has been passed down from generations to generations, long preceding even the thousand years of Chinese occupation.  It is a cornerstone of Vietnamese culture, a foundation that has safeguarded the identity of the Vietnamese for many thousands of years.

This is a mythical tale, filled with magic and wonder, and should not be taken literally.  It is meant to paint a picture in your mind, giving you something to think about.  After this reading, you will understand why the Vietnamese people refer to themselves as the seeds of Dragons and the descendants of Fairies.  It’s also kind of a love story, if you’re into that sorta thing?

Happy Reading!

The Legend of Lạc Long Quân

Legend speaks of a man named Kinh Dương Vương (aka King Kinh Dương), a mythical figure that descended from a long line of dragons.  Long Nu, a female descendent of another dragon clan, was married to Kinh Dương Vương and gave birth to a boy named Lạc Long Quân.  As an immortal with the dragon lineage, Lạc Long Quân would be known as the Dragon Prince in Vietnamese history. As Lạc Long Quân matures, he meets a beautiful woman by the name of Âu Cơ, and falls deeply in love with her.

The story of their first meeting happens when the Dragon Prince notices a demonic bird chasing after a defenseless white crane.  Lạc Long Quân rushes to the crane’s defense, smashing the demon bird with a rock.  The demonic bird was so furious that it morphed itself into a tiger and bitterly tried to maul the Dragon Prince.  As a result, the Prince found himself tangled in a violent struggle against an adversary he did not know.

Lạc Long Quân prevails in the end, killing the demon and succeeding in his protection of the vulnerable white crane.  As the Dragon Prince would find out, things are not always as they seem.  The white crane was actually the beautiful Âu Cơ in disguise, trying to get away from the predatory abomination that was pursuing her.  Lạc Long Quân was pleasantly surprised to find this out and the two quickly become close.

Âu Cơ was an angelic beauty, a descendent of the fairies, and an immortal like Lạc Long Quân himself.  Together, the two would form a family, becoming the parents of one hundred sons.  With his wife Âu Cơ, Lạc Long Quân would preside over the mountains and rivers of the land.  Their children would carry the blood of the dragons and the charm of the fairies.

Sadly, as time went on, Âu Cơ starts to long for her home in the sky, while Lạc Long Quân begins to miss his life at sea.  As a result, the two lovers would separate.  Princess Âu Cơ would take fifty of the children and depart to the mountains, Lạc Long Quân in-turn would bring the other fifty sons to the coastal regions close to the seas.  These children, the seeds of the dragon clans, the descendants of the fairies, will inhabit the mountains and rivers of the south, becoming the originators of the Vietnamese people.

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