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40 Years After the Battle of Hoang Sa: The Significance of the Sacrifice (AWAITING CORRECTION!)

Posted in Announcements with tags , on January 19, 2014 by Ian Pham

Oops! It seems that a major error has been made in this article and requires some key revisions.

Subscribers to the blog, I advise you to delete the email version of this article, as a newly revised copy will be sent to you within the next day. If you decide to keep it saved, please disregard the information provided, as it may be misleading.

My apologies, dear readers. A revised version of this same article will be released within 24 hours.

Sorry for any inconvenience. I take full responsibility for the mix-up.

– Ian 😦

**** UPDATE!

I’ve decided to scrap the entire old article and write another memorial for the Battle of Hoang Sa. It will be broken up into several parts (either 2 or 3), and will take place over the week. Part 1 is almost complete and ready for publication.

(January 19, 2014, late night)

**** UPDATE!!

The first commemorative article is now available!

(January 20, 2014, early morning)

**** UPDATE!!!

Hey all,

The memorial will in fact be broken into two parts. The second article will be up in a day or two, maybe less!

(January 26, 2014, late night)

**** UPDATE!!!!

Well, everybody,

The second half of our commemoration has finally been posted. Sorry for the lateness, I do what I can in terms of time. It’s still Thursday where I am, so technically… Ah, forget about it.

Enjoy the post everyone, and Chúc Mừng Năm Mới (Happy New Year) to you all!

– Ian 😀

(January 30, 2014, late night)

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Annual Christmas Card: The 2013 Edition

Posted in Announcements, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by Ian Pham

Snowy NightHey there everyone,

It’s that time of year again. The annual Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Years from your favorite Vietnamese human rights blogger. Sorry I’ve been kind of a ghost this year, and haven’t been covering as much as I would like to. Even though it may seem as if I’m not always around, you can rest assured that I am working tirelessly, and will never quit fighting for liberty, human rights, and democracy for the people of Vietnam.

I’ve witnessed some great strides in the fight for freedom in the year of 2013. Overseas, there are brave, hardworking, and incredibly creative individuals like Truc Ho, Viet Dzung, and the entire SBTN crew have made leaps and bounds in spreading awareness to the dire situation that the Communist Party has been putting the country through. Inside Vietnam, the fight continues, and is only heating up.

Young people in Vietnam like Dinh Nguyen Kha and Nguyen Phuong Uyen, just two of many courageous youth, have broken the silence and exposed the party for what they are: cowards, traitors, and heartless (yet spineless) dictators. As I write this, many more young people continue to join the struggle for liberty, democracy, and human rights for our beautiful nation of Vietnam. I can foresee an even more eventful year for our upward march to democracy, and, to the best of my ability, I will try to keep you updated every step of the way.

Well, before I ramble anymore, I think I’ll just stop myself now and save my rants for another day. Tonight, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.

Best wishes,

Ian.

P.S. To do something different this year, I thought I should share with you all one of my all-time favorite holiday songs . The lyrics, melodies, and just overall presentation of this song makes me a little more cheerful every time. Here is “Grown-up Christmas List,” written by David Foster, and performed here by Michael Bublé.

Enjoy!

Once Again, Merry Christmas!

Posted in Announcements with tags , , , , on December 24, 2012 by Ian Pham

Christmas Candles

Seasons greetings,

Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying this festive holiday season.  I may not have been writing as much as I would like to, it would be a shame if I didn’t give you all my annual Christmas card.  I deeply appreciate your continued support, and am excited to bring you more quality material for many days to come.

It doesn’t have to be Christmas for us to enjoy those things that are important to us.  However, since it’s snowing outside, the fireplace is warm, the candles are shining bright, and the eggnog is just… just fantastic, we might as well enjoy it with the ones we love most, whoever they are.

With that said, I hope you all have a great holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas!

Thank again,

Ian Pham

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Posted in Announcements, Poetry with tags , , , , , , on December 25, 2011 by Ian Pham

“Maybe Christmas… doesn’t come from the store,
maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little but more.” – Dr. Seuss

I’m sure you’ve already noticed (since it’s pretty obvious) that this post has nothing to do with Vietnamese politics.  Just a line from one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.  There is really no significant reason why I put this up, other than to welcome this holiday season, and hope that all of you enjoy yourselves and appreciate the people around you.  Whether you are struggling with personal problems, or just relaxing it up without a care in the world, this goes out to you.

It is true that for some of us, the holidays can be a rough time.  For various reasons, we may not be feeling exactly the way we want to, and that special feeling that we long for seems just a little bit out of reach.  If you find yourself feeling that way, just remember that you are bigger than your problems.  Keep your head up, let nothing upset you today, and most important of all… Smile.  If you are feeling alone, just know that out there, somebody is thinking about you.

As always, best wishes from your favorite blogger.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and all in all, a Happy Holidays to all of you, dear readers.  Take care.

Seasons Greetings!

Posted in Announcements with tags , , , , on December 24, 2010 by Ian Pham

Hey there readers,

It’s the holiday season, a team of giving, sharing, and appreciation for all things we hold dear.  I would just like to take this chance to let you readers know how much I appreciate your loyalty.  It does not matter where you’re from, what your personal beliefs are, or anything else like that.  Readers are readers, and I am grateful for every reader that I get.  I appreciate your continued visits, as well as your feedback and would like to take a moment to tell you that.  Happy holidays people, I wish you all the best!

New Posts Coming, Promise

Posted in Announcements with tags , on November 16, 2010 by Ian Pham

Dear readers,

I am a little busy right now and am struggling to find some adequate blogging time.  In order to create a meaningful and informative post, one needs time, something that is really scarce at the moment.  I could simply throw on some random thoughts that may or may not find very helpful to you, but to me that is not enough.

This is why I am letting you know what the situation is, promising you that I will come out with the new post as soon as I can.  It shouldn’t be more than a few days, I just don’t want you coming back all the time, just to see the same thing.  You deserve better.  Thanks for continuing to visit everyone, your loyalty is deeply appreciated.

– Ian Pham

Now Available: Email Subscriptions!

Posted in Announcements with tags , on October 27, 2010 by Ian Pham

Hey everyone,

If any of you would like to subscribe to this blog, you now have that option.  Thanks to a reader’s request, I have decided to add a widget for subscriptions, which you can find on the right side of this page.

How do you subscribe? It’s really easy!  All you have to do is enter your email address, then click on the Sign Me Up! button, and viola!  You are now a subscriber to Freedom For Vietnam!

Why subscribe to Freedom For Vietnam? Subscribing is the best way to keep yourself updated on the latest posts.  You will receive the latest article via email, as soon as it’s published!

Obviously, this won’t cost anything and you can unsubscribe anytime you want.  Just thought I should make that clear.

Thanks for visiting everyone, your continued loyalty is much appreciated!

– Ian Pham