Mark Ashwill While it’s difficult, if not impossible, for most non-U.S. Americans to fathom much less to imagine, the right to own guns, including those designed with the express purpose of killing human beings, is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The oft-quoted 2nd Amendment states that "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Keep in mind that was in the late 1700s when there about 4 million non-native people living in the U.S. with no police or army and no grocery stores. In other words, the weapons of the day, primitive as they were by modern comparison, were necessary for self-defense and hunting. There was sporadic conflict between Native American tribes and European settlers. Slavery was legal (until 1863) so the right to bear arms also meant that slave owners, which included a number of Founding Fathers, could defend themselves against those slaves who wanted … [Read more...] about Guns are US and we are nuts
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This year marks a quarter of a century since US president Bill Clinton lifted the country’s trade embargo on Vietnam. The US has since become Vietnam’s leading trade partner, making trade promotion activities an ongoing point of interest for the business community. To celebrate this special year of the relationship, Michael Kelly, executive chairman of the Grand Ho Tram Strip, the largest Vietnamese tourism venture that the US has ever invested in, talked to VIR’s Hoang Anh about this. Michael Kelly It has been 25 years since the US lifted its embargo on Vietnam, leading to a major improvement in the trade relationship between the two nations. What is your perspective of Vietnam’s current investment climate? I was previously the National chair of the American Chamber of Commerce and I am currently a governor on the board of both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City chapters today. Through this, with my interactions with countless US businesses … [Read more...] about US mega tourism project underscores US relations
The People’s Army Newspaper would like to present the interview with the deputy defense minister. Reporter: The SLD-18 took place in the context that the regional security is facing considerable challenges under the influence of major powers. Mr. Deputy Minister, could you please elaborate on the central points discussed by delegates at the dialogue? Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh: There are various issues that delegates brought to the dialogue, which reflect on the two following aspects of security of the Asia-Pacific region. First, more countries in the world, including major powers of the region and beyond, are paying attention to the region. Second, it may be seen that the security, interests and future of the Asia-Pacific region are in good shape; however, there are emerging problems. Big regional issues and challenges are contests among major powers; failure to observe international law; military use in solving differences among major powers and between major powers and … [Read more...] about Vietnam proposes appropriate solutions to disputes
What should we expect from the upcoming summit? Carlyle Alan Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy It is obvious that there is an impasse following the first summit [in Singapore]. And, as American diplomats want to say, the president does not travel halfway around the world for a photo op. The fact that the summit is scheduled means that there will be some kind of deliverables. The key issue relates to the extent that the US will be slightly more flexible in rewarding North Korea for actions that it agrees to undertake. UN sanctions have put [Chairman] Kim Jong Un under pressure. Kim is trying to improve his bargaining position with the US by making an end run to both South Korea and China. He wants them to press the US to continue the dialogue and to urge the US to indicate how it will respond to specific North Korean steps to denuclearise. It is likely that some sort of general road map, rather than a … [Read more...] about What to expect from the upcoming DPRK US Hanoi Summit
VietNamNet Bridge - The number of 100 percent foreign owned banks in Vietnam has increased by twofold in the last two years to nine. HSBC divested from Techcombank, while Commonwealth Bank transferred the HCMC branch to VIB and BNP Paribas sold its 18.7 percent stake in OCB after one decade of being a shareholder of the bank. Standard Chartered sold all the 8.75 shares of ACB. While many banks withdrew their capital from Vietnam banks, the number of 100 percent foreign owned banks set up in Vietnam has increased recently. In 2016-2017, four more banks were licensed in Vietnam. There are nine wholly foreign owned banks in Vietnam, HSBC, ANZ, Standard Chartered (UK), Shinhan (South Korea), Hong Leong (Malaysia). Public Bank Berhard (Malaysia), Woori (South Korea, CIMB (Malaysia) and UOB (Singapore). The total assets of foreign invested banks, including 100 percent foreign owned and joint venture banks, had reached VND954.165 trillion by the end of 2017, while the regulatory capital was … [Read more...] about How are foreign banks performing in Vietnam?
A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: First of all, on behalf of the Party Central Committee and Central Military Commission, I would like to send warm greetings and best wishes to all officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces. I believe that the Vietnam People’s Army with its good revolutionary nature, glorious traditions and great achievements in 2017 will excellently complete its missions and attain more achievements in 2018, significantly contributing to the cause of national construction and protection of our beloved socialist Fatherland. Reporter: Thank the Party General Secretary for your wishes. How do you appraise the achievements gained by the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) in 2017? undefined Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: The year of 2017 saw proud achievements in various fields. Particularly, the army under the leadership of the Party firmly protected national … [Read more...] about Whole Party, people and Army entering 2018 with confidence
Vietnam and Italy established diplomatic relations in 1973. Ever since, the cooperative relationship has positively developed in many fields. 2018 is a remarkable year in the bilateral partnership as the two countries are celebrating 45th anniversaryof diplomatic relations. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Ms Cecilia Piccioni, Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam, on the achievements in bilateral relations over the years. Mai Anh reports. The year 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy. Would you please tell us your assessment of the diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between the two countries for the past years? To crown our story of friendship, five years ago our governments established a strategic partnership designed to enhance and reinforce our cooperation. This collaboration has only grown stronger in the past few years, serving to strengthen our relations at an institutional, economic and cultural … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Italy Opening up New Avenues of Multi-faceted Cooperation
Social media regulation, particularly relating to Facebook, was an agenda-topping item for various Vietnamese state agencies in 2017, highlighting the country’s apparent maneuvers to counter new threats in cyberspace. With Vietnam’s tax authorities unable to develop a viable strategy to force Internet-based technology giants to pay taxes and the Ministry of Information and Communications’ concern that social media is providing an easily accessible place for publishing "toxic content," a Party-run agency has been created to focus on ‘orienting’ content on certain platforms. Social media as a medium for ideology sharing At a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City late last year to recap its 2017 action plan, Vo Van Thuong, head of the Vietnamese Party’s Central Commission for Propaganda and Education, spent a chunk of his speaking time focusing on issues related to social media content. Thuong said social media can create profound impacts on public sentiment … [Read more...] about Vietnam moves to cope with unconventional challenges on social media
A generation of young Vietnamese filmmakers is now obsessed with exploring the depths of human emotions, but they appear to have missed the happier part of the spectrum. At a conference on the sidelines of the 20th Vietnam Film Festival in November 2017, a senior filmmaker expressed her surprise that many young filmmakers in Vietnam have chosen to delve into such dismal themes as if they had just personally experienced a traumatic shock, while in fact they had grown up in the comfort of a loving family. This is in stark contrast to their predecessors, who always managed to look on the bright side of life and to infuse that optimistic outlook into their cinematic works even in the face of wartime terror and financial hardship, other directors asserted at the conference. “Why is it that the young generation has a tendency to make such gloomy films while their life is arguably more comfortable than that of their forebears?” Ngoc Diep, a columnist for … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s young filmmakers live comfortably, but their films are gloomy