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The Quiet Evolution of Vietnam’s Digital Authoritarianism
November 19, 2022

The Quiet Evolution of Vietnam’s Digital Authoritarianism

By Gerard McDermott and Alice Larsson
Digital rights in Vietnam are declining as a new system of surveillance and control has emerged in the country, with the support of Western tech giants.

Vietnam Introduces 24-Hour Take-Down Requirement for Social Media Platforms
November 09, 2022

Vietnam Introduces 24-Hour Take-Down Requirement for Social Media Platforms

By Sebastian Strangio
The move is the latest in the state's attempts to cleanse the online sphere of "false news" and "anti-state" content.
The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Moral Vanguardism
October 26, 2022

The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Moral Vanguardism

By David Hutt
The Party's “morality campaign" has played a more important role in its thinking than the parallel and higher-profile anti-graft drive.

The Problems With Vietnam’s ‘Bamboo Diplomacy’
September 12, 2022

The Problems With Vietnam’s ‘Bamboo Diplomacy’

By Nguyen Quoc Tan Trung
Is the phrase, increasingly prominent in government communications, anything more than an update to a discredited policy of neutrality?

Vietnam Arrests Danang Noodle Seller Who Mocked Minister
September 09, 2022

Vietnam Arrests Danang Noodle Seller Who Mocked Minister

By Sebastian Strangio
Bui Tuan Lam made a video that went viral last year, making fun of a minister who was caught on camera eating a gold-encrusted steak.

Vietnam’s Ecological Leninism
July 14, 2022

Vietnam’s Ecological Leninism

By David Hutt
The country's ruling Communist Party is committed to environmental action – but only under its own leadership.

Vietnam’s Communist Party Dumps Officials Over COVID-19 Test-Kit Scam
June 07, 2022

Vietnam’s Communist Party Dumps Officials Over COVID-19 Test-Kit Scam

By Sebastian Strangio
The pair were linked to a $172 million scandal in which officials were bribed to supply hospitals with vastly overpriced test kits.
Vietnam Blocks Activists From Attending Ukrainian Embassy Charity Event
March 17, 2022

Vietnam Blocks Activists From Attending Ukrainian Embassy Charity Event

By Sebastian Strangio
The fundraising event touched on a number of issues of great sensitivity to Hanoi.

In Vietnam, the Party’s Rolling Crackdown on Dissent Continues
July 23, 2021

In Vietnam, the Party’s Rolling Crackdown on Dissent Continues

By Stewart Rees
Proponents of an EU trade pact said it would nudge one-party Vietnam towards greater respect for human rights. The evidence so far points in the other direction.

Vietnam’s National Assembly Vote: A Futile Gesture
May 19, 2021

Vietnam’s National Assembly Vote: A Futile Gesture

By Mu Sochua
The May 23 election is designed to affix a rubber stamp to the Vietnamese Communist Party's monopoly on political power.

Vietnam Confirms Appointment of Security Official as Next Prime Minister
April 06, 2021

Vietnam Confirms Appointment of Security Official as Next Prime Minister

By Sebastian Strangio
The selection of a career security official suggests a continuation of the Party's hard line on corruption and dissent.
Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week
January 26, 2021

Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week

By Associated Press
The party is highly secretive and citizens are not even allowed to publicly discuss candidates.

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