Ho Chi Minh was deeply aware of the central contradictions of American history. On one hand, he knew that our revolution and Declaration of Independence had fed into the French Revolution, next to the Haitian Revolution, and then to the 20th-century liberation struggles of the colonised peoples around the world. But he also knew that our revolutionary nation was a nation built on slavery and genocide. Relying on our professed ideals, Ho Chi Minh wrote his 1919 appeal to the United States on behalf of the people of Viet Nam. He was equally conscious of the dark side of American history, expressed with overwhelming power in his 1924 essays Lynching and The Ku Klux Klan. Despite that, he understood the importance of the bright side of America. I wish every American today could know the opening that Ho Chi Minh wrote for Viet Nam’s Declaration of Independence, September 2, 1945: … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for relations between Vietnam and US?
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David Belle invented parkour in France, but the United Kingdom is the place which has the most people participating in the sport. It became well-known after David Belle appeared in a commercial for the BBC in 2002. The parkour chase scene at the beginning of the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, featured Sebastien Foucan, one of the first generations of parkour athletes. Ryan Doyle from Liverpool, England is considered the greatest parkour athlete. Parkour is banned in some cities such as New York City in the United States or Horsham in England because of its dangerous moves. … [Read more...] about Parkour: a global sport deeply rooted in Việt Nam
A recent study commissioned by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, highlighted that if mobility restrictions continue for at least six months with major disruptions to health services, 47 million women in low- and middle-income countries may be deprived of modern contraceptives, resulting in seven million unintended pregnancies. The disruption of UNFPA’s programmes on the ground could result in two million cases of female genital mutilation and 13 million child marriages that could have been averted by 2030. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights
“The odds say that I shouldn’t be here so I can only thank everybody here for doing what they have done. I go home with a happy heart because I’m going home, but with a sad one because I’m leaving so many people here that I’ve made friends with, so thank you again.” … [Read more...] about Virus-free Scottish pilot discharged from hospital, heading home
“If you remain afraid that I would get hurt and did not teach me how to walk, I would never know how to walk for my whole life,” he added. “If you remain afraid that I would fall and did not teach me how to stand up, I may never mature.” … [Read more...] about 18-year-olds in Vietnam – P1: Are they still kids to parents?