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Final Thoughts on the Late Le Hieu Dang, He Legitimately Left the Communist Party

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , , on April 1, 2014 by Ian Pham

Le Hieu Dang 2I have a confession to make. I’ve been writing this article for a while now, along with a host of other news stories that I haven’t been able to get completely off the ground due to time constraints. There is definitely more material waiting to be put out, I just have to make time for it, which, as I am finding out, is quite hard. Nonetheless, this one is an important story that I think you all should still know about. The newest material will find its way to you all soon, I promise. Well, let’s get down to business.

In late January (I know, long time), before passing away, the longtime Communist member Le Hieu Dang legitimately declared his split with the Party in Vietnam. Citing his dissatisfaction with the party’s lack of progress, as well as their shameful conduct in dealing with domestic as well as international affairs, Dang formally renounced his membership to the VCP, expressing hopes that the new generation would learn from his example.

If you’re thinking his act is courageous, I would say you are about half right. As I mentioned, Le Hieu Dang is no longer with us. As an elderly man who was with the Communist Party since the Vietnam War era, Dang passed away a little over a month ago due to natural elderly causes. Le Hieu Dang repudiated the party while gravely ill in the hospital. He had reached the end of his life, and is no longer afraid of death. For this reason, I would say that the man deserves some credit for finally speaking out. However, seeing as how he did it very late in his life, with nothing left to lose, I would say my commendation for him is lukewarm at best.

You may recall earlier that I dismissed his declaration of departure as a Communist ploy. While I’m glad that Le Hieu Dang proved himself to be honest, and I truly am glad, I am still not wildly impressed by his announcement. He denounced the VCP, but didn’t exactly take personal responsibility for the ravages that the party has put the country through. As I said earlier, lukewarm at best.

Le Hieu DangLe Hieu Dang joined the Communist movement as a young man in the 1960′s with the hopes of bringing liberty and independence to his troubled country. Though his intentions are admirable, his inaction in the face of Communism’s future abuses are anything but so. Upon the Communist takeover of the country in 1975 and onward, it became apparent to the once naive Le Hieu Dang that the Communist ideals were nothing but lies. Even with that knowledge, the man would continue to live in a position of power and privilege until his recent split with the party in late 2013-early 2014.

So as you can see, though it was good that Le Hieu Dang did the right thing (eventually), his whole life was lived under the auspices of Communist wealth and power. For this reason, I give him a certain amount of credit for leaving the Communist Party, but you’ll have to understand that I have much reservations about doing so.

I’ll give him one better however, and point out that Le Hieu Dang expressed hopes in his final days that the future generation in Vietnam will learn from this and stand up against the country’s corrupted rulers. He also conceded that the Marx’s worker’s paradise is nothing more than a pipe dream, that the party is harmful to the nation, and the Communist enterprise overall is nothing more than a failure. The sweetest of all however, in my opinion, has got to be Le Hieu Dang’s admittance that in comparison to this Communist regime, the South Vietnamese regime was vastly superior, for the people and the country as a whole.

We all knew Communism was a failure already, and with this piece of evidence, let it be known that even its own members think the Party is garbage.

I respect the fact that Le Hieu Dang admitted this eventually, at least he managed to do something right. May he rest in peace.

40 Years After the Battle of Hoang Sa: Commemorative Protests in Vietnam Shutdown by Vietnamese Government

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note, Modern History with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by Ian Pham

Hanoi Protest 1:19:2014On Sunday, January 19, 2014, the people of Vietnam were barred by the VCP government from participating in the 40th memorial of the Battle of Hoang Sa, or the Battle for Paracel. In several key cities across Vietnam, the population planned and attempted to orchestrate large-scale gatherings to protest the forty years of Chinese occupation of the Vietnamese islands, which were invaded and taken by the People’s Liberation Army Navy from January 16-19, 1974.

In Hanoi, under the monument of the ancient Emperor Ly Thai To, hundreds of Vietnamese protestors gathered with banners and flowers to honor the South Vietnamese soldiers who died protecting the Hoang Sa archipelago. Uniformed and plain-clothed/undercover policemen spectated the gatherings for a brief amount of time before dispersing the crowd and sending them home. Police officers disguised as construction workers sprayed dust in the air to make protestors uncomfortable on the grounds. They would eventually shut down the entire gathering, though avoiding the use of force to accomplish their job.

Saigon Protest 1:19:2014In Saigon, the old capital of South Vietnam, residents were prevented from gathering altogether. However, unlike in Hanoi, security forces in the south did resort to violence to prevent the Vietnamese people from staging any sort of protest. On January 17, 2014, a group of women who tried to protest China found themselves in a scuffle against the Communist policemen. Yeah, you heard right. The women tried to show love for their country, and the cops, being the true-hearted Communists that they are, sought to suppress patriotism and sought a fight against a group of women to prove their point. On January 19, due to the heavy suppression by the police, demonstrators had to gather within the walls of a church in order to properly pay their respects to the lost soldiers of 1974.

In the coastal city of Danang (not pictured here), closest to the scene of the battle, a supposed state-sponsored commemoration of the 40-year memorial was scrapped by the government at the last minute. Let’s just state the obvious here and say that the government of Vietnam never intended to allow the memorial in the first place. They just feigned support for the dedication as a political maneuver to win themselves a shred of respect before the people, respect that they quickly squandered, as always. The local government in Danang planned an extravagant display with the supposed blessing of the central government, but at the last minute, the show was scrapped for “bureaucratic” reasons. The Danang government invested much effort into the project. Sadly, it will never see the light of day.

Hoang Sa ProtestIn the earlier post, which no longer exists, I mistakenly suggested that Nguyen Tan Dung had planned to put the heroic exploits of the South Vietnamese soldiers into Vietnamese school textbooks. That point was inaccurate, as the Communist Prime Minister only wished to write that Paracel and Spratly belonged to Vietnam and that the Chinese wrongfully invaded. He had no intention of portraying the South in a positive light at all. I knew that first point was bologna when I jotted it down, but in my haste to complete the article for commemoration day, I completely botched the editing process and allowed for the ensuing fiasco. Well, I saw to it that the information is fixed, and that you can be confident in the information you are reading now.

Nguyen Tan Dung’s comments, as tame and disappointing as they were, did in fact get censored and erased from public consciousness. Moreover, a television station in Dongnai Province, but not the entire country, did in fact provide coverage of South Vietnam’s heroic naval stand against the invading forces of the PRC. It was because of this coverage that Vietnamese people believed the government actually had a tiny shred of patriotism in them, and planned the anti-Chinese protests accordingly. Well, to our disappointment, and once again resonant with VCP behavior, Hanoi buckled under Chinese pressure, bowed their heads and betrayed their people.

Hanoi Protest 1:19:2014 BannerIt is a sad reality, but it seems the Vietnamese Communist government will continue to be an impediment to the recovery of Vietnam, not the solution.

This is just the first part of my commemoration for the Battle of Hoang Sa. It is meant to signify the disappointing reality that Vietnamese people continue to deal with in the Communist country. However, it also demonstrates the patriotism and courage of the Vietnamese people today, who are taking an increasingly strong stance against the Communist government. Another article will be written that truly commemorates the courage and sacrifice of the South Vietnamese navy. It will be there that we really discuss the significance of the battle and the brave soldiers that gave their lives for the country. Hang tight in the meantime.

For my people in Vietnam, keep fighting the good fight, because all across the world, every red-blooded Vietnamese patriot is doing the same thing. One day, Vietnam will finally enjoy the liberty and justice that she truly deserves. Stand tall. Never waver. Onward.

A Commemoration of Viet Dzung: The Icon, The Activist, The Leader

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note, Special with tags , , , on December 30, 2013 by Ian Pham

Viet DzungI know I won’t be able to do justice for the memory of Viet Dzung in just one blog article. He has done so much for the Vietnamese community, both abroad and domestically, that it would be impossible to capture the man’s greatness with so few words. Not only was Viet Dzung a philanthropist, he was also a leader of his community, and an entertainment icon beloved by almost all members of the Vietnamese community overseas.

The late musician was born in Saigon on September 8, 1958, when the Vietnam War was heating up. He came of age throughout this time period. By the time he was a young man, Viet Dzung left Vietnam following the Communist takeover, arriving in the United States in 1976.

During his time in America, Viet Dzung utilized his talents as a singer and songwriter, composing songs about his love for Vietnam and his longing for the country’s freedom. The young musician wrote music in both Vietnamese and English, and was interestingly good at writing country songs.

Viet Dzung StageIn the 1990’s, Viet Dzung gained popularity through his programs on Little Saigon Radio, and subsequently Radio Bolsa as well. Concurrently, Viet Dzung became the host of Truc Ho’s Asia Music program, making him a sensation among Vietnamese listeners and viewers. Viet Dzung’s prominence in the entertainment business has made him a Vietnamese icon.

Viet Dzung flourished in the entertainment business, but that is not the main reason he is so loved by everyone. The boundless admiration and respect that Viet Dzung commands stem from his selflessness, his devotion, and ingenuity as a leader of the Vietnamese community.

Mr. Dzung was very active in his community, volunteering in charity events, organizing many of his own, and teaching as a guest speaker at many local schools and youth shelters. He was also a prominent catalyst for the struggle for human rights. Viet Dzung played a key role in organizing many protests and awareness campaigns against the Communist Party. Moreover, Viet Dzung’s charisma and communication skills helped gain the attention of many politicians and business leaders in the U.S.

As a close friend and ally of Mr. Truc Ho, Viet Dzung played a prominent role with Truc Ho in planning and executing the countless human rights campaigns that we have witnessed over the past decade, but especially in just the last few years. Viet Dzung is a staple leader of the SBTN television Network, and has been a mentor to so many young professionals and emerging leaders throughout his lifetime.

Viet Dzung, 1958-2013It is for this reason, his willingness to give, and give, and give, all without asking for anything in return, that has gained him the love and admiration of so many Vietnamese overseas. It is for this reason that his death, two Fridays ago, on December 20, 2013, at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, sent shockwaves throughout Vietnamese communities in the Western Hemisphere.

Viet Dzung was only 55 years old when he passed away. The cause of his death was a longtime heart ailment that finally overtook him. I think it is safe to say that with the loss of Mr. Viet Dzung, the people of Vietnam, overseas and within have just lost a great man. He gave us so much and changed the landscape so profoundly that it is still unclear the extent of his legacy. Thus, we must bid a warm and tearful farewell to one of the greatest examples of Vietnamese resilience and compassion. Bless his wonderful spirit.

A Very Late Eulogy for General Vo Nguyen Giap

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , on December 21, 2013 by Ian Pham

VNGI’ve written about the death of Vo Nguyen Giap before. Only the last time, it was by mistake and he was very much alive (just horribly ill in the hospital… oops). Well, this time I made sure of it that he was actually dead before writing his eulogy (it’s just common courtesy. I am a gentleman, you guys).

Since I’ve said what I generally wanted to say about General Giap in that accidental eulogy that I wrote a few years ago, and let’s be honest here, there are much more pressing matters at hand right now in current affairs that I must cover, I’ll keep this one brief.

Vo Nguyen Giap was a fighter who fought against the French to help liberate Vietnam from the European country’s colonialist endeavors (or what I like to call, France’s vestige of empire). He then fought against America in what was believed to be another case of imperialist imposition on a small but resilient nation. He definitely deserves commendation against the French, but in the case of America, I’ll just leave it as controversial.

As a postwar leader, I’m disappointed to say, Vo Nguyen Giap was too politically inept to save Vietnam from social deterioration at the hands of the party. Marginalized by Le Duan in the 1970′s, General Giap’s mythical stature protected him from political execution. From then on, all the way to November of this year in 2013, the general continued to be respected, but was powerless, holding zero actual sway within the Communist Party.

I do give him a modest amount of respect because of his courage and military service on behalf of Vietnam. He was also the man who openly opposed the policies of the idiots in Vietnamese government today. However, the general’s greatest weakness is that he was, first and foremost, a soldier. He knew how to fight, he knew how to follow orders and carry them out diligently, but as a statesman and a politician, he had no chance.

VNGfuneralIn my eyes, Vo Nguyen Giap was a patriot. He fought for Vietnam, and in the end, he died for Vietnam. However, in the grander scheme of things, he chose the wrong side in the struggle, and in the end, was unable to stop the country from deteriorating into the international joke that it is today. He had courage, and he had a good heart. But he was also weak politically, was molded and marginalized, used and abused by the more vicious political minds within that communist system. Therefore, my take on the late general is of a bittersweet nature.

When all is said and done, despite his shortcomings, General Vo Nguyen Giap was a man that gave himself for his country. Therefore, I bid him a clean and respectful farewell.

To the late general, a salute.

…. To the rest of the Communist Party, a single finger salute. Hiyooo!

This Blogger’s Take on Le Hieu Dang’s “Multiparty” Ploy

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , , on September 7, 2013 by Ian Pham

Vietnam StreetsI was going to title this article as “Le Hieu Dang’s Load of Crock,” but ultimately ruled in favor of the headline above, you know, for the sake of informativeness. To be fair, though, whatever Le Hieu Dang is doing in Vietnam is, in fact, a load of crock. If you’re just tuning in right now, you will soon be enlightened on who exactly this Le Hieu Dang is, and why his “multiparty” ploy is, for all intents and purposes, a load of crock. I used that phrase for decorum, I am sure you all know what I actually call it in my head.

The Story So Far

Le Hieu DangLast week, a Communist Party member, Le Hieu Dang, published an article announcing that he wants to start a new political party. Furthermore, he was encouraging current and former members of the Communist Party to join him. Apparently, he had some “grievances” with the contemporary Communist Party, and felt that the time was ripe to form his own political party and set the country back on the path of righteousness.

Now you’re probably thinking: “Gee, Ian. That’s great! Someone from the Communist Party is finally stepping up and doing what they should have been doing all along! Good for him!” — Were you thinking that? No, no you weren’t. None of us were. Le Hieu Dang can go hang himself, along with the rest of those Communist idiots. I will give you numerous reasons as to why Le Hieu Dang is full of crap, and provide further proof that the Communists Party of Vietnam is, in fact, mentally handicapped.

They thought this was going to work, they thought they were clever! Seriously, you guys, I actually die a little bit more inside whenever I think about those goofs in the Politburo, sitting around a big table and congratulating each other on coming up with depressingly stupid schemes such as this one. It physically hurts to think about.

Before we go any further, though, I must first clarify that this is my own personal view on the matter. There is an ongoing debate right now on whether he is full of it or not, and what I have here are just a few key reasons on why I believe Le Hieu Dang is in cahoots with the Communist Party.

1. Le Hieu Dang Is Still A Communist Party Member and Shows No Sign of Leaving

Through all of his boasting, Le Hieu Dang is still an active member of the Vietnamese Communist Party. He claims that he wants to start his own political party, but has yet to denounce his ties to the VCP thus far. He has not taken any personal responsibility as a member of the party, nor has he repudiated any of the party’s countless crimes against humanity.

If he was genuinely disenchanted with the VCP and wanted to create a new party, the elementary (not to mention obvious) step of achieving this goal is to sever relations with his current political party. Le Hieu Dang has not done this, nor does he show any sign or intention of doing so. There’s the first major flaw in his plan, and that enough should make clear how bogus these multiparty claims are.

2. There Has Yet to Be Any Backlash or Crackdowns Against Dang’s “New Party”

All this talk from Dang about creating his own party, and all the Communists do is “express disappointment” about it in their state-run media. For a country that has no toleration for political opposition, the government is doing very little to deal with what is apparently a separate organization that is trying to establish itself.

Le Hieu Dang VCPIf this was real, that is, if there were actually those who had genuine grievances against the party, and was openly trying to rival the VCP, rest assured that a few dozen plain-clothed and uniformed policemen would be knocking on their door already. These said individuals would be put on show trials, their loved ones would all be beaten and harassed, and all of their belongings and livelihood would have been seized by the state and added to Nguyen Tan Dung’s retirement fund.

Brutal suppression is the protocol for any form of opposition against the VCP. Yet here, the government plays the nice guy routine, pulling the ole’ “I’m disappointed with you, but I respect your decision” crap towards Dang’s BREAKING OFF AND STARTING HIS OWN PARTY. It’s so obviously bull, it’s embarrassing that they thought it would work. Seriously, guys, I think this is where the aforementioned round table discussion comes into play: All the Communist idiots sit around and congratulate each other for coming up with such a brilliant scheme; Nguyen Tan Dung claps his hands together, pats himself on the back, and hands out cookies to everyone for a job well done; Everyone forgets to swallow their saliva. To be serious though, this is not a very subtle or clever plan, and it is damn sure not original.

3. This Has Happened Before

MaoThis is not the first time that a totalitarian ruler, or in this case, rulers, pretended to show tolerance for political pluralism in a single party state. One of the most infamous cases for such a ploy can be traced back to 1956, with a political movement called the Hundred Flowers Campaign in Mao Zedong’s China. What he did then, and what I suspect the VCP is trying to do now, was provide a false sense of freedom within his Communist state. Mao encouraged anyone who had grievances with his Communist Party to express their opinions and thoughts openly. This resulted in a flood of open opposition to Mao, with many important intellectuals coming out of hiding. Once it became clear who his enemies were, Mao ruthlessly liquidated all of his targets, both inside and outside of the party, thus preserving his rule and silencing the people once and for all.

Ho Chi MinhSuch tactics were also utilized in Vietnam by Ho Chi Minh himself, as well as his successors. Throughout the Civil War era in Vietnam, the Communist Party, despite being a one party state, established two puppet parties, the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party to simulate multiparty democracy in Vietnam. Both parties operated under the orders of the Communist Party however, and were eventually disbanded in 1988, with dissidents leaders and believers all jailed and persecuted.

The Benefit of the Doubt: A Slim Chance for Truth

It is my suspicion that this new splintering of the Communist Party, “championed” by Le Hieu Dang, is just another trap orchestrated by the higher-uppers of Vietnam’s government. I do admit that though I strongly believe what Le Hieu Dang is doing is a dirty trick, there is no way we can know for sure at this point in time. Only hindsight will show us whether he is truthful or not. I can throw him a benefit of the doubt and say that maybe there is a chance he is being sincere.

If he what he is doing is real, then great, Vietnam will be better off, and he will win my commendation. However, as someone who has witnessed nothing but lies and betrayal from the VCP, and Communists in general, I can say that the chance of Le Hieu Dang not being full of crap is extremely thin. Given their history of deception and brutality, it is no exaggeration to believe that the Communists are once again trying to flush out all of their political opponents and eliminate them, all in a pathetic attempt to prolong the party’s worthless existence.

The Aims of This Ploy

Patriotic YouthWith the increasing unrest in Vietnam, concurrent with the ever-growing influence and momentum of the Patriotic Youth, aka Tuoi Tre Yeu Nuoc, the VCP is trying everything in its power to alleviate the tensions. It is my prediction that this new Le Hieu Dang situation is just another Communist trick to lure out dissidents within Vietnam, so that the party can try to hunt them down and cling to their evermore feeble grip on power.

Barack ObamaFurthermore, with President Obama’s establishment of the new Trans Pacific Partnership, which Vietnam is extremely eager to join, the leaders in the Communist Party are doing everything they can to appear civil and respectable in front of the United States. With this alleged establishment of multiparty democracy in Vietnam, the Communists are hoping to improve their image, just enough to win acceptance into the TPP.

Of course however, just like in the past (i.e. like after finally getting Vietnam removed from the list of Countries of Particular Concern), the Communists will shamelessly backpedal and abuse all the human rights they so desire. They will wait until it is safe to do, such as when America turns its back on Vietnam to focus on other pressing matters. Paying lip service to the West, then when the coast is clear, rear their ugly dictatorial head all over again. It’s textbook Communism. My people in Vietnam, don’t fall for this dirty trick.

Inside The Courtroom 2: Dinh Nguyen Kha’s Open War Against The Vietnamese Communist Party

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by Ian Pham

Dinh Nguyen KhaToday, a second trial was held for Ms. Nguyen Phuong Uyen and her partner Dinh Nguyen Kha. Though the sentences have already been dealt, the two have apparently appealed the court’s ruling and successfully forced a second hearing. I’ve provided extensive coverage on Ms. Phuong Uyen already, but have yet to give much information on her partner, Mr. Dinh Nguyen Kha.

Just like Ms. Phuong Uyen, Dinh Nguyen Kha’s words are nothing short of extraordinary. On the same day that Ms. Phuong Uyen eloquently stated her position justifying her actions, Dinh Nguyen Kha stood before the panel of Vietnamese judges and declared openly his opposition against the Communist Party. With neither fear nor remorse, Kha made it clear that his actions were not against the country, but just against the Communist Party. Furthermore, he proclaimed that being patriotic was not a crime, and thus, standing against the Communist Party was definitely not a crime.

Because of the boldness of his remarks, Dinh Nguyen Kha was cut off by the judges even faster than Phuong Uyen was. Thus, even though Kha’s words are brief, they are nothing short of ferocious:

“Tôi trước sau vẫn là một người yêu nước, yêu dân tộc tôi. Tôi không hề chống dân tộc tôi, tôi chỉ chống đảng cộng sản. Mà chống đảng thì không phải là tội”.

This translates directly to:

“I, before and after, will always be a person who loves his country and his people. I have never stood against my people, I just stand against the Communist Party. And standing against the Party is not a crime.”

Dinh Nguyen Kha MuralDinh Nguyen Kha, along with Nguyen Phuong Uyen, is a member of Vietnam’s Patriotic Youth, known as Tuoi Tre Yeu Nuoc in Vietnamese. The actions of these two young individuals have effectively defined what Vietnam’s new generation of youth are capable of. Together, Kha and Uyen have created quite a stir with their stand against the Communist Party. Keep in mind though, that this organization is composed of more than just these two brave individuals. Viet Khang, the incredibly brave musician that was detained last year for his patriotic music, is also a member of TTYN. Currently, not much is known about this organization, besides the fact that they are patriotic, and that already, three of their members have selflessly stood against the Communist Party of Vietnam, and have been severely persecuted for their bravery.

Patriotic YouthThe Communist Party is currently coming down on Dinh Nguyen Kha’s family with much brutality. News have surfaced that Kha’s brother has been arrested by Communist police under the assumption that since Kha is a member of TTYN, his brother must too be a member. In typical VCP fashion, there was no evidence for his arrest, nor was there a lawyer or a fair trial. Kha’s brother is a shop owner, whose primary source of income comes from the selling of computers. The brothers not only support themselves, but must provide for their elderly mother and father as well. The Communist government confiscated all of the family’s assets, and is aiming to let the elderly members of Kha’s family starve. The government has also denied Kha’s parents the right to visit him in prison.

The trial of the two patriots Dinh Nguyen Kha and Nguyen Phuong Uyen should be wrapped up in Vietnam by now. I will try to keep you updated on the outcome as news continues to come out. For my people in Vietnam, stand tough. To all those inside the Patriotic Youth – Tuoi Tre Yeu Nuoc, keep fighting the good fight. In the end, it will be the brave and righteous that triumphs over the treacherous and cowardly. People of Vietnam, you will win.

Inside The Courtroom: The Courageous Words of Nguyen Phuong Uyen

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , on July 23, 2013 by Ian Pham

Nguyen Phuong UyenIt’s about time we got to know one of Vietnam’s newest, and undeniably one of the boldest and courageous new dissidents thus far: Ms. Nguyen Phuong Uyen. She is a member of Vietnam’s underground movement, Toi Tre Yeu Nuoc, aka The Patriotic Youth. More interesting, in my opinion however, is that as an adolescent, she was a member of The Ho Chi Minh Youth, an organization designed by the Party to socialize, or more accurately, to indoctrinate young Vietnamese into following the ways of the Communist. As she grew older however, the more she learned. The more she learned, the more she realized that Communism, Ho Chi Minh, and the Party, are all complete trash. Uyen would go on to reject her old organization, and as a whole, to challenge the entire Communist Party of Vietnam.

Nguyen Phuong Uyen was detained by Communist police in June of 2013. Reasons for her arrest? Distributing leaflets calling on the all people of Vietnam to stand together against Chinese aggression in the eastern seas. One of the statements in her leaflet read:

“Tau khua, cut khoi Bien Dong!”

Which quite accurately translates to:

“Chinese scum, leave the Eastern Sea!”

As you can see, yet another Vietnamese patriot has been jailed by the Communist government simply because they were expressing love for their home country. I don’t know about you, but personally, I would think that anyone who expresses love for their country and rushes to its defense, without regard for their own well being, to be somewhat of a hero. However, because of a wide range of reasons that can be narrowed down to greed, corruption, and cowardice, the Communist Party clearly disagrees with me. If you think Phuong Uyen’s leaflet stunt was bold, wait until you see how she carries herself in court.

Phuong UyenThe courageous Uyen showed neither fear nor regret standing before the panel of Communist judges (yes, a panel of judges). She did not apologize for her actions, nor did she admit to any wrong-doing. What she did do was eloquently and courageously state her case, explaining that her actions were solely for her love of the country. The Chinese have escalated their attacks on Vietnamese fishermen in the Southeast Asia Sea as of late, and Uyen’s words are just one of many calling for the VCP to get out of their lazy chairs, put on some big boy shoes, and finally say something in defense of their own people. In regards to her actions, Uyen says that:

“Toi la sinh vien yeu nuoc. Neu phien toa hom nay, ket toi toi, thi nhung nguoi tre khat se so hai va khong con dam bao ve chu quyen cua dat nuoc… Neu mot sinh vien tuoi tre nhu toi ma bi ket an tu vi yeu nuoc, thi that su toi khong cam tam.”

Which, in English, means:

“I am a university student who loves her country. If today, the court finds me guilty, then the other young people will be afraid and not dare to defend the sovereignty of the country… If a young college student such as myself is found guilty because of patriotism, I will certainly not respect that.

Her words deeply touched the people in the Vietnamese courtroom, and left the prosecutors in a state of shock and awe. From what I can gather, a silence swept the room after these words were spoken, and even the judges were unable to conjure up a coherent response for a short period of time. The court would eventually conclude with a guilty verdict, though such a ruling is always predetermined. After all, it is just a show trial. However, Phuong Uyen would go on to make a closing statement against the wishes of the court. This statement, though she would plead for the safety of her family, would also contain some strong words for the Communist Party, and further put them to shame:

“Viec toi lam, toi chieu. Xin nha cam quyen dung lam kho de me hay gia dinh cua chung toi. Chung toi lam de thuc tinh moi nguoi truoc hiem hoa Trung Quoc xam luoc dat nuoc. Va cuoi cung, chung toi lam xuat phat tu tam long yeu nuoc nham chong cai xau, de lam cho xa hoi ngay cang tot dep, tuoi sang hon.”

Here, the English translation is:

“I accept what I have done. All I ask of the authorities is that they not make life difficult for my mother and our families. We did what we did to awaken the people in the face of a Chinese invasion to our nation. Lastly, our actions stem from the love of the country, and to combat the many problems that plague it, in order to make our society better and brighter.”

The court would not allow her to speak after that statement. I guess they couldn’t take the amount of shame brought about by her truthful words, which is typical of those pathetic Communists who call themselves leaders. Phuong Uyen would receive a hefty sentence along with her partner, Dinh Nguyen Kha. Along with house arrest, Ms. Phoung Uyen is looking at nearly a decade of incarceration, while Mr. Kha is facing 13 years.

If, for some reason, you still need more evidence that Nguyen Phuong Uyen is one brave, patriotic woman, here’s a picture that will further prove my point:

Uyen's Letter

The note on the top right was written in her own blood, and reads:

“Di chet di, Dang Cong San VN ban nuoc!”

Which I am delighted to translate, means:

“Kill yourselves, treasonous Communist Party of Vietnam!”

Yeah, she said that.

Before I conclude, it would also be interesting to inform you that Phuong Uyen’s leaflets did not display Vietnam’s red flag, but rather, the yellow flag with red stripes, reminiscent of Vietnam’s freedom fighting days. She also went out distributing miniature models of these flags to the people in the streets, along with her leaflets. Though she committed no real crimes, her actions, I argue, can be construed as the ultimate one finger salute to the waning VCP, making her one of the bravest and boldest new patriots that we’ve heard about so far. If there are more young people like her within Vietnam, which I am certain there are, then the Communists’ days are definitely numbered.

Human Rights Petition: Vietnam’s President Meets With President Obama on July 25, 2013

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , , , on July 21, 2013 by Ian Pham

PetitionHey there, everyone:

The musician and human rights crusader Truc Ho is putting together another petition for President Obama in the wake of Truong Tan Sang’s visit this Thursday. Currently, Truong Tan Sang is the acting President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, making him the third most powerful man in the country (on paper, anyway).

This Thursday, July 25, 2013, Sang will be making a state visit to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss issues such as climate change, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and hopefully, human rights.

Whether or not President Obama discusses human rights or not, and to what extent, will depend on how much we pester him through this petition. The letter has already been composed by Truc Ho and his team, all we have to do is sign it.

Hurry, everyone! We only have a few days until the state visit. Make sure you sign that petition!

Click on the link below to sign the petition!

Freedom

http://www.capwiz.com/democracyforvietnam/issues/alert/?alertid=62773256

The New Dissidents, Vietnam’s New Hope

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2013 by Ian Pham

ChongPhaNhaNuoc+CAcsvnIt has been an eventful month in Vietnam with regards to the freedom movement.  The situation is still bleak, as the Communist Party is still unwilling to improve on human rights, and the crackdowns are only getting harsher.  However, even with the continued brutality of the dictatorship, their is much to be optimistic about, for the indomitable spirit of the Vietnamese youth is just beginning to come to fruition.

In recent weeks, a series of crackdowns have permeated Vietnam, leading to a wide range of arrests all across the country.  Though this may be ordinary in the Communist state, the outcome of these arrests are anything but normal.  One very notable case, involving two young dissidents, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Uyen and Mr. Dinh Nguyen Kha, paints an extremely hopeful picture for the future of a Vietnam in need.

NguyenPhuongUyen-DinhNguyenKhaLike many before them, the two dissidents were detained by the Vietnam government, simply because of their patriotic sentiments in the face of Chinese aggression.  Following their arrests, the Communist Party would put the young woman and man on a show trial before slapping them with harsh jail terms.  At the show trial however, the captives would do something that has never been done before: Speak out publicly against the Vietnamese Communist Party, against the Chinese aggressors, and against the entire repressive regime.

With neither fear or remorse, Nguyen Phuong Uyen, a young university student, shamed the Communist Party for their cowardice, as well as their pathetic display against the invading Chinese.  Her eloquence and courage left the judge and jury dumbfounded, embarrassed by Ms. Uyen’s insight and brutal honesty.  Mr. Kha expressed similar sentiments, and was also unapologetic for his patriotism and denouncement of the Communist Party.

LogoTTVN-300x300As a result, the two are sentenced to excessive jail times.  Nguyen Phuong Uyen is faced with a 6-year jail term plus 3 years house arrest, while Dinh Nguyen Kha is hit with 10 years, with 3 years house arrest.  Uyen and Kha are both members of an underground movement in Vietnam who call themselves Tuoi Tre Yeu Nuoc, which translates to The Patriotic Youth.  Not much is known about them, but from the looks of things, they are not afraid of the Communist Party, nor are they content with sitting idly by while the Vietnamese Communists let the country slip closer and closer into the grips of Beijing.

I will work to keep you updated on the situation.  For now, it looks like there is a new generation of dissidents.  They are young, they are intelligent, and they are no longer afraid to stand face to face with the cowardly Party.  The Communists grow weaker with each passing day, and now, it is no longer a guarantee that they can keep the people down.

Breaking Down Joel Brinkley’s Racist Article

Posted in Current Events, Editor's Note, Literature with tags , , on March 15, 2013 by Ian Pham

Brinkley the RacistJoel Brinkley doesn’t need to find facts, facts find Joel Brinkley.

Meet Joel Brinkley.  Supposedly, he is a professor at Stanford University who teaches in the Faculty of Communications…  So you know this guy knows exactly what he’s talking about when it comes to biology and genetics, right?  After all, aren’t Communications professors all experts at biology?  Obviously not.  Joel Brinkley knows nothing about these subjects.  As a matter of fact, for someone in the arts, he sadly knows nothing about history either. This explains why the things he says in his article makes it more of a comical piece, as opposed to real academic writing.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, there is an article out there right now that speaks ill of the Vietnamese people, it’s author: Joel Brinkley.  There are a number of problems that the article poses, the most notable being that it’s racist, the other being that none of it makes any sense at all.  Heck, even those of us with no ability to distinguish scientists from scientologists can tell that Brinkley is a nut case for the things he is saying in his article.

For one, Captain ‘So-Not-Insane’ (I call him this for the ironic effect) thinks he can fabricate lies about the Vietnamese people and label them as having “aggressive tendencies” because they have too much meat in their diet.  Yeah, I know.  Joel Brinkley, ‘Professor,‘ thinks that we are an aggressive people because we eat meat and have too much protein in our diet.  Wait a minute! Who else eats meat, by the way? Oh right, just every other nation in the history of our earthly existence.  Good job, Joel, you failed miserably, and not just at one thing.  Furthermore, Vietnam, being an agricultural and coastal nation, lives majorly off of rice and seafood.  Once again, ‘professor,’ you fail miserably.

stanford-ovalHow Joel Brinkley became a professor at a fine American institution such as Stanford University, I will never understand.

Another thing, Joel Brinkley, ‘Professor,’ (wink) says that Vietnam has “always been an aggressive country,” fighting “17 wars with China since gaining independence” and repeatedly moving into Cambodia as a result of all that protein in our diet.  Somebody get this guy a cookie, he’s on a roll!  I can’t take Joel Brinkley seriously, call me nuts (or Brinkley), but I just can’t seem to come to grips with how someone with a university degree can be so darn stupid.  Maybe his PhD was from the same school Nguyen Tan Dung got his, who knows.

To address the claims of belligerence, since I must, the wars that we have fought with China are ones of self-defense and self-preservation.  They invaded us, occupied us, and threatened to end our existence.  As a result, we had no choice but to fight in order to keep them out.  If you’ve been reading my material, you know that this is fact and not just hearsay, myths, exaggeration, and fabrication like the works of Joel Brinkley.  He also claims that people in Vietnam like to capture squirrels, birds, rats, cats, dogs, tigers, and even rhinos as part of their meals.

Let me get this straight.  Yes, there are some degenerates in Vietnam, either that or people who are excessively poor and must live off anything they find (I blame the Communists), who eat dogs.  I actually cringe a bit at that, but nonetheless, that is something I know of and cannot deny.  Even then, that is limited to a very, very, very small part of the population, and is not limited to Vietnam alone.  Poor people in China and other countries in the region eat dog too, but you don’t hear the professor talk about that.  As for the allegations of eating small critters and rhinos, that is false.  Congratulations, Joel, you are a complete and utter failure at three different subjects.  Go home.

On a serious note, though, there is another possibility for why Joel Brinkley wrote such an unfair and despicable article.  There is a very real possibility, that I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Joel Brinkley, ‘Professor’ of Stanford University, has a hidden agenda in writing his article.  Maybe he isn’t stupid, maybe he knows exactly what’s wrong with his slanderous article.  There is something sinister about what Joel Brinkley is doing, and he’s doing it on the behalf of someone else.   I can’t say who it is without evidence, but I can tell you to put the pieces together.

Think, who in the world right now has a problem with Vietnam?  Who wants Vietnam to seem like an aggressive country, to stifle it from defending itself upon another invasion?  Who has had quarrels with Vietnam, has been staking claims to Vietnam’s land, and would benefit greatly from a negative portrayal of Vietnam?  Who has been trying to takeover Vietnam for the longest time, but failing continuously?  This is not the first time that they have tried to rewrite history, and, it saddens me to say, it won’t be the last.  With time, all the facts will come out.  In the meantime, just think about it.

Here is a link to Joel Brinkley’s article: 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-01/news/sns-201301291330–tms–amvoicesctnav-c20130129-20130129_1_dog-meat-da-nang-meat-eaters

Petitions for Brinkley’s removal have also been resoundingly successful, yet he refuses to resign:

https://www.change.org/petitions/professor-joel-brinkley-stanford-university-resign-from-teaching

http://www.change.org/petitions/stanford-university-remove-joel-brinkley-no-place-for-racism

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