Archive for Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Poverty In Vietnam Today and How the Communists Lied

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , 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.

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Leadership Change Coming to Vietnam

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on November 22, 2010 by Ian Pham

Rumor has it that Nguyen Tan Dung may be the new number one. He's the Prime Minister right now, not very great at it.

In January of next year, the 11th National Congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party will take place.  The 15 current leaders in the Political Bureau, the top branch of the Vietnamese government, will be replaced by new members.  The posts of General Secretary, President, and Prime Minister will all be occupied by someone else.

There is not much information available about this coming event, since the regime itself is shrouded in secrecy.  How the process works is not exactly known, though it surely won’t be democratic.  Even the names of the “candidates” who are going to replace the current top members are hidden from the public sphere.

What is known however, is that the process won’t be democratic at all, since the leadership posts are decided among the top guys themselves.  For that reason, it is unlikely that any of us can expect a strong leader to emerge.  Even so, we shouldn’t lose the optimism.  Though the leaders of the VCP have become progressively worse over the years, a fresh start is not always out of the question.

Nong Duc Manh won't be the General Secretary for much longer. Come January, someone else will take his place.

Rumor has it that the current Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, will replace Nong Duc Manh as the new General Secretary of Vietnam.  Since the two basically do the same things (kiss China’s ass), a change will not take place if the rumors are true.  However, he is a weak person, incapable of ruling. Under any regime, cowardly men are never capable of winning the loyalty of their subordinates.  Therefore, it might not be he who will become the new number one.

That’s the rundown on what will be happening in January.  New leaders will be chosen, but we do not know who.  It is possible that someone can bypass this system and take Vietnam into a new era, but the chance of that happening… you know.  Even so, we shouldn’t completely dismiss that hope.  Vietnam has taken some steps to better the country, maybe other members of the Party have smartened up.  What do you think?

A Liberal Faction in the Vietnamese Communist Party?

Posted in Opinions, Politics with tags , , , on August 23, 2010 by Ian Pham

First off, let me just say that this is my own personal speculation and has not yet been confirmed by enough substantial evidence.  That being said, when looking at how things have been going in Vietnam lately, is it too idealistic of me to suggest that there is a newly emerging, more progressive, faction in the Communist Party of Vietnam?

Six months ago, the actions of the Vietnamese Communist Party can be summed up in three words: tyrannical, corrupted, and cowardly.  In only a few short months however, the policy of the VCP has shifted from a backward, repressive, and pro-Chinese submission to a more progressive, western-friendly cooperation.

Before, the Vietnamese government was content on letting China kill Vietnamese fishermen, civilians and innocent workers in the South China Sea/Southeast Asia Sea, as well as permit them to capture what’s left of the Spratly Islands.  Lately however, Vietnam seems more willing to challenge China’s harassment in the Southeast Asia Sea, even engaging in naval exercises with the U.S. military in the eastern waters.

These actions, among several others, paint a much brighter picture for the future of Vietnam today.  Has the wind finally shifted within the ruling Communist Party?  Potentially.  Is it possible that Nong Duc Manh and/or Nguyen Tan Dung have decided to change their policies?  Doubtful.  These men have been hanging on to China’s every word since the beginning of their respective terms.  They are corrupted, weak, and have been instigated by the CCP to harass their own people and give up land to the northern country.  If a change were to come, I highly doubt that it would come from them.

Another, more sensible, possibility is that other members of the Communist Party have become fed up with these cowardly ways and decided to unite for the good of the country.  Maybe they are tired of the numerous betrayals committed by the lapdogs at the top and are now ready to exert their influence on the party.

Befriending the U.S, building up the military, and re-declaring sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly islands, if it were three months ago, these actions would be deemed unachievable by many, including myself.  However, they are happening now, and one can’t help but wonder who from behind the scenes are making these moves.  Regardless, it is a step in the positive direction and hopefully things will keep improving.

In no way have I shifted my full support to the Communist Party of Vietnam, but if they were doing something positive for the nation, shouldn’t we give them a little credit?  What I will do here, is point out their recent positive actions and acknowledge those responsible for it.  That being said, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.  It is truthful that positive events have taken place in the past few weeks, but it is always important to stay vigilant and be realistic.

Good things can leave just as easily as they come, so for this reason, we should always keep them in perspective.  The country is still under the rule of a Communist regime and only time will tell whether they will continue to change for the better.  Still, I’m an idealistic person, so I will always hope for the best.

Initiative 36: The Communist Party’s New Scheme

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics with tags , , , , on August 12, 2010 by Ian Pham

The Vietnamese Communist Party has devised a new plan in an attempt to win over the Vietnamese oversees.  This plan is called the ‘Initiative 36’ and is targeted at all Vietnamese people who live in countries outside of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Basically, the Communist Party is trying to convince the Vietnamese people oversees to defect to their side and support their regime by any means necessary.  One of the ways they are trying to accomplish this is by using their musicians to propagandize and win over the more impressionable Vietnamese people from the outside.

It was for this reason that freedom fighter and democracy activist, Ly Tong, pepper sprayed Communist singer, Dam Vinh Hung during a musical performance in Santa Clara.  Dam Vinh Hung is a Vietnamese singer, as well as a member of the Communist Party, who plays a hand in the marketing of Initiative 36.  The Communist Party is sending their artists abroad in an effort to generate support from the audiences more susceptible to their deceptions.  This initiative is dangerous because of its potential to actually trick the impressionable into supporting the Communist Party, helping the Party hide their crimes from the world.  This is a public service announcement.  Communists are the masters of lies and the experts of propaganda.  Beware.

Leaders No Longer: The Vietnamese Communist Party of 2010

Posted in Opinions, Politics, Society with tags , , , on April 27, 2010 by Ian Pham

If one were to look back 40 years, one can discover numerous strong and courageous leaders representing the nation of Vietnam.   Whether it be the Communist North (excluding Ho Chi Minh & Le Duan) or the Democratic South Vietnamese, the leaders fought for a cause, not like the leaders of Vietnam today.  The days of strong and willful leaders such as Ngo Dinh Diem, Nguyen Van Thieu (South Vietnam), and Vo Nguyen Giap (North Vietnam) are over.  It is true that these men were on opposite sides, that one side (the North) chose the wrong ideology, and that they were bitter enemies.  However, no matter how different these leaders are, they would never bow down and sell out their own country like the Communists today.

In the year 2010, Vietnam is under the rule of the corrupt, incompetent, and cowardly Communist Party characterized by the likes of Nong Duc Manh, Nguyen Tan Dung, and Nguyen Minh Triet.  Currently the Vietnamese Communist Party has approximately 3 million members, with the Politburo at the top.  The Politburo is composed of 14 members that include Manh, Dung, and Triet among others.  These individuals call the shots within the Party and hold absolute power over everything inside the state of Vietnam.  Unfortunately, in the hands of these man, the power is often wielded and abused in tyrannical ways, usually creating more suffering and hardship for the Vietnamese people.  Not only does the VCP silence all opposition, crackdown on dissidents, and spend tax-payers’ money on their own selfish needs, but are also willing to obey orders given to them by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) however detrimental it may be to the Vietnamese people.

Never before in the history of Vietnam have the leaders willingly sold out their own people to further their own ends.  Compared to leaders such as Ngo Dinh Diem, Nguyen Van Thieu, and Vo Nguyen Giap, the leadership of Vietnam today is simply trash.

Current leaders of the Vietnamese Communist Party (Left to Right): Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister, Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary, and Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the VCP.

Vietnam’s Real Traitors: The Communist Party of Vietnam

Posted in Opinions, Politics, Society with tags , , , on April 26, 2010 by Ian Pham

What does the Communist Party of Vietnam do to better the lives of Vietnamese people today?  Absolutely nothing.  It seems that the only thing the VCP (Vietnamese Communist Party) is interested in is maintaining their hold on power.  The current Secretary General of the VCP is Nong Duc Manh.  Under him, the Vietnamese people experience nothing but pain and suffering.  Most of the VCP’s policies tend to focus on the suppression of the Vietnamese people through violence, fear, and propaganda.  The reason for these tactics is so that the people in Vietnam do not realize what the Communist Party has done to their citizens and the country.  They do not want the people to realize that the Party has lied to them, cheated them, and are simply selling them out to support their corrupted regime.  Almost every source of information in Vietnam is censured by the government in order to keep the Vietnamese citizens in the dark about what is really going on.  Needless to say that the Communists today are terrified of the knowledge that is readily available to individuals through the internet and other instant sources.  If the Vietnamese people were to find out what the government has done to the country over the last few decades, it is an understatement to say that the VCP would be ousted in an instant.

Today’s Vietnam: A Sad Mess

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , on March 31, 2010 by Ian Pham

If you are curious what life is like in Vietnam nowadays, prepare to be unpleasantly surprised.  After 35 years of Communist rule Vietnam’s condition is worse than ever, comparable even to the French occupation of Vietnam from the 19th to 20th century.  Citizens living in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are always under surveillance by the government, unlawful arrests are common, and the rule of law is non-existent.  Even in 2010, the government still closely monitors the actions of its people and tightly controlling the flow of information.  Bloggers and writers are arrested endlessly, and religious groups are cracked down regularly.  It seems all the Communist government is worried about is protecting it’s own feeble hold on power, disregarding the needs of their own people.  Thanks Ho Chi Minh, for creating a tyrant Party, destroying the foundations of a great country and ruining a once proud Vietnam.