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  • India offers $500 million defence credit as Vietnam seeks arms boost

    09/03/2016 5:55:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 3, 2016 | Ho Binh Minh
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Vietnam a credit line on Saturday of half a billion dollars for defence cooperation, giving a lift to a country rapidly pursing a military deterrent as discord festers in the South China Sea. The deal was among a dozen cooperation agreements Modi signed in Hanoi alongside his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on the first visit to the country by an Indian prime minister in 15 years. India and Vietnam share borders and large trade volumes with China and have repeatedly locked horns with Beijing, over the territorial disputes in the Himalayas and the South...
  • Vietnamese Woman Cuts Off Limbs for Insurance Payout

    08/25/2016 10:12:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 25 Aug 2016 20:53
    A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout, state-run media reported on Thursday (Aug 25). The woman, identified only as L T N, checked into a Hanoi hospital in May with one third of her left foot and one third of her left hand severed, but doctors told her they could not reattach the limbs. She later told police she was struck by a train as she walked on the tracks and was rescued by her friend Doan Van D, according to Tuoi Tre's English edition.
  • Long Tan: Vietnamese authorities allow restricted access to battle site after negotiations

    08/17/2016 3:16:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Vietnamese authorities have agreed to allow restricted access to the Long Tan site after negotiations with the Australian Government overnight. Access to the site is being limited to groups of 100 people or fewer. The Federal Government's Smart Traveller website advises that any visitors to the Battle of Long Tan site cannot wear medals or uniforms, carry banners or make speeches. The Vietnamese Government said the commemoration ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary remained cancelled. Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan, who yesterday described the last-minute cancellation as "a kick in the guts", said he was glad for the reprieve. "The...
  • Vietnam's Long Tan commemoration cancelled ('kick in the guts' for Australian veterans)

    08/17/2016 12:27:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    A commemoration ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam has been cancelled. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Vietnamese authorities had cancelled Thursday's Veterans Day at the Long Tan cross site. The department said it understood private access to the site was still permitted and the advice of exercising normal safety precautions in Vietnam was still current. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement the Vietnamese government had advised it would not permit the ceremony to go ahead. An official party including the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors will still...
  • Exclusive: Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed South China Sea - sources

    08/09/2016 4:44:16 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 9, 2016 | BY GREG TORODE
    Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing.
  • John McCain’s 1969 “Tokyo Rose” Propaganda Recording Released

    08/06/2016 3:06:59 AM PDT · by MikeSteelBe · 153 replies
    TruNews ^ | 08/04/2016 | Edward Szall
    Vero Beach, FL - (TRUNEWS) U.S. Senator John McCain recorded a Tokyo Rose-style propaganda message that was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969. TRUNEWS, a nonprofit Christian digital news app, obtained the bombshell audio recording and released it today on the organization’s daily newscast hosted by Rick Wiles. TRUNEWS acquired the audio recording in cooperation with WeSearchR.com, a new media company founded by Charles Johnson. The 1969 North Vietnamese radio broadcast has never been heard in the United States of America. In fact, there has never been any knowledge that such a recording existed. The audio recording was found...
  • TRUNEWS 08/04/16 John McCain’s 1969 “Tokyo Rose” Propaganda Recording Released

    08/04/2016 5:30:15 PM PDT · by amorphous · 110 replies
    Trunews.com ^ | 4 August 2016 | Rick Wiles
    U.S. Senator John McCain recorded a Tokyo Rose-style propaganda message that was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969. Today on TRUNEWS, host Rick Wiles shares the bombshell audio recording and has released it today on the program. Trunews acquired the audio recording in cooperation with WeSearchR.com, a new media company founded by Charles Johnson.
  • Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform

    07/24/2016 3:44:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2016 | Neil Siefring
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) convened a needed Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens as part of his legislative agenda, "A Better Way." The Speaker and his colleagues who worked on the task force have rightly identified the massive regulatory burden imposed by federal bureaucrats as an obstacle to economic growth and a distortion of our constitutional form of government. That is why it is baffling that Ryan has failed to bring regulatory reform legislation that recently passed the Senate to the floor of the House for a vote. The tale is one of catfish and courage. The catfish you...
  • An exceptional man: Vietnamese man adopts unwanted children to save them from abortion

    07/23/2016 1:49:37 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Life Site ^ | 6/11/16 | Jonathon Van Maren
    Tong Phuoc Phuc is an exceptional man, with an exceptional way of dealing with the rampant abortion rate in Vietnam: He adopts the unwanted children. Over fifty of them so far, to be exact. In Vietnam, abortion is common and practiced at nearly every hospital. Faced with often crippling poverty, women often choose abortion—over 114,000 of them every single year. Faced with the reality that many of these women do not know where to turn and a severe shortage of shelters for pregnant women, Phuc has opened the doors of his home to any mother who needs care and needs...
  • Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Awarded Medal of Honor Almost 50 Years Later

    07/13/2016 1:54:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 7/1/16 | Zach Rosenberg
    Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles, an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony later this month for an act of heroism almost 50 years ago. At the time he was given the Distinguished Service Cross, but a dedicated amateur historian finally talked the Department of Defense into reviewing the matter. Following an act of Congress and a Presidential signature (required for Medal of Honor awards), Kettles will receive his new medal in a July 18 ceremony at the White House.
  • Inside A Tiny Vietnamese Makerspace Where IoT Products Are Born

    06/30/2016 2:46:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2016 | Iris Leung
    On the streets of Hanoi, you can’t help but notice the vibrant and entrepreneurial energy in the air. The capital city is home to many talented engineers and there’s a growing maker community in the works. After navigating by motorbike through the maze-like back alleys of one of the residential neighborhoods of southern Hanoi, we arrive at a beautiful, four-storey traditional Vietnamese house. The family that owns it has been living there for seven generations. The top floor is home to a makerspace created by a group of 20-something engineers with a passion for hardware products. The ten-meter-square (100 square...
  • Vietnam captain recalls trick that faked the enemy, saved lives and earned Medal of Honor

    06/25/2016 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Signalman · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/2016 | Carole Glines
    Army Capt. Paul “Buddy” Bucha faked out the enemy while leading a motley crew in Vietnam. The Medal of Honor recipient was hailed as a hero after he made North Vietnamese fighters believe his 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was. The combination of bravery and cunning helped him earn the nation's highest military honor, an award bestowed upon him by the president. In 1967, Bucha — who graduated from West Point and earned an MBA at Stanford — arrived in Vietnam and was given a squad filled “with the rejects of all the other units,” including...
  • The US Navy just flexed its muscles in the world's most contested region

    06/21/2016 2:37:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 21st, 2016 | Produced by Graham Flanagan
    The US Navy is making its presence known in the heavily disputed South China Sea. It recently deployed two aircraft carriers along with about 140 aircraft and additional ships to conduct training exercises. This action comes as China and the Philippines await a decision from The Hague about whether or not the former can legally claim sovereignty over the South China Sea.
  • Vietnam paddles its own Kayak (missile system)

    06/09/2016 6:35:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ^ | 05 June 2016 | Douglas Barrie and Tom Waldwyn
    Vietnam is believed to be embarking on a programme to produce its own variant of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade). While the details of how it will be produced are not yet clear, the programme would be a boost to local industry. It would also be likely to simplify logistics support for the 3M24s already being operated by the Vietnam People’s navy, write Douglas Barrie and Tom Waldwyn. Vietnam has become the second Asia-Pacific nation, it would appear, to embark on the indigenous production of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran...
  • Vietnam breaks up protests as anger seethes over fish deaths

    06/05/2016 3:01:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/16 | AFP
    Dozens of activists were detained in Vietnam's two biggest cities Sunday as they tried to hold protests calling for greater government transparency over a recent spate of mass fish deaths. Tonnes of dead fish and other marine life began washing up on central Vietnamese shores two months ago and continued to appear for two to three weeks, sparking widespread anger. Frustration has been further fuelled by a perceived lack of clarity from the communist leadership about what caused the deaths. Major streets in central Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were temporarily deserted on Sunday morning as security forces blanketed...
  • Vietnam, South Korea may buy Lockheed planes amid Chinese buildup

    06/05/2016 10:25:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Jun 2016
    BERLIN: Vietnam and South Korea are looking seriously at buying refurbished Lockheed Martin Corp P-3 and S-3 maritime surveillance planes to counter China's military buildup and repeated North Korean missile launches, the company said. Vietnam is expected to request formal pricing and availability data on four to six older U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft in the next few months, Clay Fearnow, a senior executive with Lockheed's aeronautics division, told Reuters at the Berlin air show last week. The Obama administration's move to completely lift its arms embargo on Vietnam last month paved the way for such a sale, but any...
  • Kerry warns Beijing over air defense zone for South China Sea

    06/04/2016 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4th, 2016 | by Yeganeh Torbati
    ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a "provocative and destabilizing act". U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013. "We would consider an ADIZ...over portions of the South China Sea as...
  • Joe Bruno on Boxing – Muhammad Ali is Not a Hero.

    06/04/2016 8:42:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 156 replies
    Joe Bruno On Boxing ^ | June 4, 2016 | Joe Bruno
    Joe Bruno on Boxing – Muhammad Ali is Not a Hero. Muhammad Ali passed away Friday night, June 3, 2016. I wrote the article below around the year 2000. I got to know him fairly well in the 1980’s, when I was Vice President of the Boxing Writers Association. He was a real friendly man, and we had several nice conversations about what I have written below. Still, his death doesn’t change what he was, and what he did early in his career. It is with a sad heart that I stand by what is written below. It’s just the...
  • Vietnam Is Getting a Mach 3 Missile—Much to China's Chagrin

    06/03/2016 2:56:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jun 2, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    India is ready to sell the world's fastest anti-ship cruise missile to Vietnam. The BrahMos uses ramjet engine technology to achieve speeds of up to Mach 3, making it a deadly addition to Vietnam's arsenal. BrahMos was developed jointly by India and Russia, its name a mashup of the Brahmaputra and Moscow Rivers. The missile was developed through the 1990s and early 2000s from the Russian P-800 Oniks anti-ship missile. It is in service with the Indian Armed Forces. This is the fastest low-altitude missile in the world. The missile has two stages. The first, consisting of a solid-fuel rocket,...
  • Obama: Vietnam, Iraq wars were ‘overreach’ for U.S.

    06/02/2016 8:53:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    David Boyer ^ | 6/2/16 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama went after Donald Trump again Thursday, urging his audience at the Air Force Academy graduation to reject calls for isolationism. “There’s a debate going on in our country about our nation’s role in the world,” Mr. Obama told the new Air Force officers at Colorado Springs, Colorado. “America cannot shirk the mantle of leadership. We can’t be isolationist.” Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been accused of isolationism for proposing to build a wall on the border with Mexico, among other reasons. He has rejected that criticism, saying he is focused on security, not isolationism. The
  • Australian Vietnam War dead finally return home

    06/02/2016 2:24:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Neil Keene
    DECADES after the Vietnam War ended, the remains of 22 fallen Australian servicemen have finally arrived back in Australia for burial on home soil. Under full military honours their coffins were unloaded from two RAAF C17 Globemaster jets at Richmond RAAF base in Western Sydney, with hundreds of emotional family members, friends and Vietnam veterans watching on. Also arriving home were the remains of three servicemen killed on deployment in Malaysia, and eight dependants — partners and children of servicemen who died overseas and were interred in a Malaysian cemetery. Service personnel from all three arms of the Australian Defence...
  • Greenfield: Obama's Ho Chi Minh Trail

    06/01/2016 12:20:17 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 6 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, May 30, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, May 30, 2016 Obama's Ho Chi Minh Trail Posted by Daniel Greenfield On his visit to meet with Communist leaders in Vietnam, Obama criticized the United States for having, “too much money in our politics, and rising economic inequality, racial bias in our criminal justice system.” He praised Ho Chi Minh’s evocation of the “American Declaration of Independence” and claimed that we had “shared ideals” with the murderous Communist dictator. Shortly after the “evocation” that Obama praised, his beloved Ho was hard at work purging the opposition, political and religious. When Obama references these “shared ideals”, does he perhaps...
  • President omits context in Hiroshima speech

    05/31/2016 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the RESULT of what happens to a nation bent on “domination or conquest” As Barack Obama finishes out the last eight months of his second term as President, he has started working through his bucket list of things to do before he leaves office. This cringe-worthy endeavor has gotten off to a treason-worthy start with his trip to Vietnam highlighted by a photo op with a picture of Ho Chi Minh behind him. And I can’t think why Obama would have made his trip to Hiroshima except to present his warped vision of...
  • Vietnam. Battle of Ia Drang. The real battle that inspired the movie We Were Soldiers.

    05/29/2016 6:32:21 PM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    youtube ^ | June 4 2012 | video
    These are the people we should remember on Memorial Day. Hard fighting. Up close and personal, at a big cost.
  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:19:39 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | May 27, 2016
    VENICE (CBSLA.com) — Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend. Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end. “This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.” The memorial was...
  • Activists Say Vietnam Restricted Access to Facebook During Obama Visit

    05/26/2016 3:21:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | MAY 26, 2016
    The social network was blocked several times earlier this month The Vietnamese government restricted access to Facebook Inc inside Vietnam for several days this week as part of a broader crackdown on human rights and political dissidents during a visit by President Barack Obama, two activist organizations said on Thursday. Officials of Access Now, a digital rights organization, and Viet Tan, a Vietnamese pro-democracy group, said the social media site was restricted and at times blocked inside Vietnam from Sunday to Wednesday, citing reports from people inside the country on Twitter TWTR -0.76% and to Access Now’s digital security help...
  • Obama Tells Vietnam: U.S. 'Still Striving to Live Up to Our Founding Ideals'

    05/25/2016 2:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 24, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    In an address to the people of communist-ruled Vietnam on Tuesday, President Obama made a case for the importance of upholding human rights, prefacing it by saying that the United States, too, “is still striving to live up to our founding ideals.” “No nation is perfect,” he said at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. “Two centuries on, the United States is still trying to striving to live up to our founding ideals.” “We still deal with our shortcomings – too much money in politics, and rising economic inequality,” Obama continued. “Racial bias in our criminal justice system. Women still...
  • Video: Obama beat boxes for Vietnam's 'queen of hip hop'

    05/25/2016 12:29:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 25, 2016 | James Rothwell and Jirtme Cartillier
    Barack Obama has wrapped up his historic visit to Vietnam by throwing down some beats for a Vietnamese rapper. The President was taking questions at a town hall-style meeting in Ho Chi Minh city when a young woman introduced herself as a hip hop artist before asking her question. Mr Obama immediately invited her to show off her talent, asking "do you need a few beats?" The woman, named Suboi and renowned as Vietnam's "queen of hip hop," then serenaded Obama with Vietnamese lyrics about whether people are really happy if they have lots of money. Seemingly delighted with the...
  • Vietnam May Buy F-18 Fighter Jets, Littoral Combat Ships From US (Russian source)

    05/25/2016 6:31:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 25.05.2016
    Littoral Combat Ships and F-18 Super-Hornet jets will probably top Vietnam’s shopping list for US-made weapons now that President Barack Obama has lifted Washington’s 50-year-old arms embargo on Hanoi, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama announced in Hanoi on Monday the lifting of the US embargo on Vietnam during his three-day visit. "Among the systems Hanoi reportedly is interested in are Lockheed Martin’s F-16 jets, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet jets, competing littoral combat ship designs from Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, and precision-guidance munitions from Raytheon and Boeing," Jatras said on Tuesday. Jatras dismissed Obama’s...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi

    05/23/2016 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | GARDINER HARRIS
    HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War. “The decision to lift the ban was not based on China or any other considerations,” he said, with the Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, standing stiffly by his side. “It was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving toward normalization with Vietnam.”
  • Vanity: Am I the only one upset by this...

    05/23/2016 8:53:04 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 79 replies
    Me | May 23, 2016 | HarleyLady27
    This to me, is a total disgrace to America and our Veterans that served during Viet Nam. We have a wall with names of fallen Veterans that served this Country for it's freedoms and making it safe, and this President goes there and offers them weapons and other things... Maybe I am upset because a lot of people I knew served there, people I grew up with, boys that I dated, men that I rode with, that never came back home... I was privledged to see the "Viet Nam Wall" when I went with the Rolling Thunder out of PA....
  • Obama lifts U.S. arms ban on Vietnam

    05/23/2016 3:26:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/23/16 | Tiffany Ap, etc
    ....Obama has announced that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam, which has been in place for decades. In a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons w
  • President Obama Visits Vietnam – Poses For Picture With Ho Chi Minh Statue…

    05/23/2016 3:28:00 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 76 replies
    CT ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sundance
    President Obama is visiting Vietnam today and paused for a picture with communist party President Tran Dai Quang in front of a bust of Ho Chi Minh. Perhaps it’s just me, but given the nature of the diplomatic relationship this specific optic seems rather inappropriate.
  • Obama weighs selling U.S. arms to Hanoi in bitter irony for Vietnam veterans

    05/22/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/16 | Dave Boyer
    In a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans, President Obama will discuss selling more U.S. arms to Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam that began Sunday night. Top White House advisers said Mr. Obama hasn’t made a decision whether to lift the partial U.S. embargo on sending military equipment to Vietnam, where more than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration sees advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record...
  • Vietnam votes for rubber-stamp assembly ahead of Obama visit

    05/22/2016 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2016 4:25 AM EDT | Foster Klug
    Ahead of President Barack Obama’s first visit to Vietnam, the country voted Sunday in once-every-five-year-elections for a rubber-stamp parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by the Communist Party. Amid worries about soaring public debt, a serious budget deficit and China’s aggressive claims in nearby seas, there’s also high hope for Obama’s visit, both in the government, which wants him to lift an arms export embargo so it can better deal with Beijing, and among rights activists who want him to hold to account a repressive one-party state seen as treating its critics abysmally. […] Obama must balance a...
  • Why might Vietnam let US military return? China.

    05/20/2016 5:10:16 AM PDT · by LoneCrusader · 74 replies
    CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam — The ghosts of the Vietnam War have finally faded at the strategic port of Cam Ranh Bay. More than 40 years ago, US forces left this massive base where Marines landed, B-52s loaded up for bombing raids, and wounded US soldiers were treated. Now, some Vietnamese say they are yearning for the US military to return. "On Facebook, there was a question recently: What do you want from President Obama's visit?" said Vo Van Tao, 63, who fought as a young North Vietnamese infantry soldier against the United States. "Some people said they wanted democracy....
  • Yahoo Hit Piece on CSGMAJ Basil L. Plumley, Ia Drang Valley

    05/19/2016 2:43:03 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 23 replies
    self | 5/18/2016 | Self
    I saw an article on Yahoo Bashing SGTMAG Plumbley for being a Fake with an exaggerated record. What the hell started this?
  • Obama to Visit the Land of State-Owned Enterprises

    05/19/2016 11:49:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    resident Barack Obama next week will visit Vietnam, which his own State Department last month certified is still controlled -- four decades after the fall of Saigon -- by the Communist Party. "The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam," says the Country Report on Human Rights in Vietnam that Secretary of State John Kerry released in April. Obama's agenda in this communist nation, according to the White House, will feature efforts to promote the deal his administration has negotiated to join the United States, Vietnam and 10 other...
  • Japan's East China Sea Military Buildup Continues

    05/07/2016 8:55:45 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 6, 2016 | Emanuele Scimia
    China’s activism in the East China Sea is goading Tokyo to defensive measures along the southern islands, " Nansei". On the heels of new self-defense legislation, to engage in armed conflicts (for the first time since the end of World War II). Tokyo will close in on China through a variety of ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and antimissile facilities. Key to this strategy is the Ryukyu Island Chain, which includes the Okinawa and Kagoshima.
  • First Look: Vietnam Can Ranh Bay Imagery Update

    05/07/2016 6:55:58 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | 05.08.2016 | Chris Biggers
    The latest imagery update available in Google Earth shows some new developments at Vietnam’s deep-water port of Cam Ranh Bay. For starters, we get a clear view of the new international port facility that was inaugurated back in March. Space snapshots acquired by DigitalGlobe show extensive berthing areas including a 640 meter finger pier and a 500 meter quay wall. Several new administrative and support buildings were also visible since the previous update. Hanoi has been telegraphing the construction of this facility for some time in anticipation to draw foreign civilian and military ships. Upon opening, the Vietnamese press put...
  • Rare rallies in Vietnam over mysterious mass fish deaths

    05/01/2016 8:57:07 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/1/16
    Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths along the country's central coast, with some also blaming the government for a sluggish response to a major environmental disaster. Though an official investigation has found no links between the fish deaths and a $10.6 billion coastal steel plant run by a unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, public anger against the company has not abated. Hundreds gathered in Hanoi holding banners that said: "Formosa destroying the environment is a crime" and "Who poisoned the central region's waters?" Others said: "Formosa out...
  • Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94

    04/30/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 109 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/16 | AP
    The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a "long illness," according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province. "He died peacefully," Benigno said.
  • Vietnam To Receive the Last ‘Classic’ Flankers

    04/29/2016 3:48:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AINonline ^ | April 28, 2016 | Vladimir Karnozov
    The imminent delivery of from Russia of two Sukhoi Su-30MK2 twin-seat versions to Vietnam will make the end of production for the “classic” version of the Flanker multirole fighter. But production of advanced “generation 4++” versions—the Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35—featuring markedly different airframes and more powerful engines will continue through at least 2020. Vietnam previously took delivery of 30 out of the 32 Su-30MK2s that it ordered in three batches during 2009, 2012 and 2013. Delivery of the final pair will bring its total fleet to 48, including Su-27SKs, Su-27UBKs as well as Su-30MK2s. Indonesia and Uganda were also recent...
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    04/26/2016 11:06:46 PM PDT · by Talisker · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Merchant marine decides to bring beer to his buddies in Viet Nam. True story. Great video.
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/17/2016 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion

    04/14/2016 4:39:36 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 15 replies
    Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion ^ | 14 April 2016 | Vietnam and all Veterans of Brevard
    Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion The Florida Veterans Reunion is one of the largest and longest running veterans reunions in the country. 2016 dates are are April 21st to the 24th. We welcome all veterans young and old at our event. Vietnam Traveling Wall will escort into the park on April 17th and will be on display until the end of the event. 2016 will be our 29th year. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial, The Some Gave All Moving Tribute, and other static display's are on display for the 4 day event. In 2015 we hosted aprox. 87,000 people....
  • The Powerful Testimony and Conversion of “The Girl in the Picture”

    04/13/2016 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The picture is the iconic image of a Vietnamese girl, naked, burned by napalm as she runs down a road.The girl is Kim Phuc, and her life could have ended in that moment. It didn’t. She has taken an extraordinary journey and has not let that searing moment in her life define her: Despite the fear that no one would want her, Kim is now married and has two sons. She says her conversion from the Cao Dai religion to Christianity at the age of 19 changed everything.“And when I read in John 14:6, where Jesus say, ‘I am the...
  • Chinese site may show plane debris images

    03/12/2014 3:12:04 PM PDT · by justlurking · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2014-03-12 | Unspecified
    BEIJING (AP) — China's official Xinhua News Agency says a government website has images of suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The report says the satellite images from the morning of March 9 appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes. The report includes coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia.
  • Vietnam Tells China to Remove Oil Rig From Disputed Waters

    04/07/2016 10:49:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2016 | VU TRONG KHANH
    Previous placement of rig HYSY 981 sparked riots in VietnamVietnam’s government on Thursday said it had told China to pull an oil rig from waters between the two countries that haven’t been demarcated and urged Beijing not to drill for oil or gas in the area. China National Offshore Oil Corp. towed the same rig, known as HYSY 981, into a disputed area of the South China Sea in May 2014, triggering an uproar in Vietnam. Anti-Chinese riots broke out in several parts of the country while Chinese and Vietnamese coast-guard and fishing vessels stood off against each other at...