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Toronto teacher praises Vietnam’s successes in COVID-19 control, economic development

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Spraying disinfectant to prevent COVID-19 | VNA

An open letter to colleagues from Frank Chilelli

Dear colleagues and friends, on Saturday April 24 I attended a webinar hosted by the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society (CVFS). The keynote speaker was Dr. Nguyen Hung Son, who is vice-president of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

Over 100 participants in the workshop were especially interested in Vietnam’s effective measures to respond to the pandemic.

Vietnam showed that even a small country can thrive strongly and maintain sovereignty, independence and national values, said Steve Rutchinski, a representative from the CVFS who moderated the webinar.

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Ho Chi Minh – Historic leader of the Vietnamese people and founder of modern Vietna

On May 19, 1890 Ho Chi Minh was born | Reflection by Steve Rutchinski

Mosaic portrait of Ho Chi Minh, created for the 2017 APEC Summit in Vietnam.

May 19 is the 131st anniversary of the birth of Ho Chi Minh, historic leader of the Vietnamese people and founder of modern Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is celebrated not only by the Vietnamese people, not only by revolutionaries and communists but by thinking, enlightened people the world over for his contributions to humanity.

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Online celebration: Historic contributions and legacy of Ho Chi Minh

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Sunday, May 17 — 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Organized by Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society
Register by sending your name, email and phone number to: info@CanadiansforVietnam.com

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Vietnam’s proactive approach to battling COVID-19; A staggering achievement

Emphasizing the importance of social solidarity, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has described Vietnam’s efforts to contain the virus as the “spring general offensive of 2020”, referring to the crucial 1968 Tet Offensive by the liberation forces during its last war.

Vietnamese family of recovered COVID-19 patient presents flowers to a doctor in the  northern province of Vinh Phuc, Feb. 26, 2020. At the time the patient was the last being treated.

(April 27) – Vietnam, just south of coastal China, is the 15th most populous country in the world with 97 million people. At the time of writing, Vietnam has registered no new cases of the coronavirus  in the past ten days. In all, according to its Ministry of Health (MoH), only 268 coronavirus infections and no deaths have been recorded. In contrast to Canada, a country with developed resources and 48,800 cases and 2,852 deaths, this is a staggering achievement. Continue reading

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Vietnam: The big winner at the US-DPRK Summit

By Alberto Salazar Gutierrez

Hanoi, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) – The much-expected second Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un concluded on Thursday here without agreements, but it was not Vietnam”s fault: the scenario deserved significant rapprochement between the United States and North Korea. Things went as planned, but Vietnam, as a country, and Hanoi, as the venue of the meeting, can rest assured that they created all conditions to get more results. Continue reading

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Developments on the Korean Peninsula: Second DPRK-US summit being held in Vietnam 

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  • Summit Preparations and Agenda
  • Developments Since DPRK-U.S. Singapore Summit
  • Deepening of Inter-Korean Relations
  • Attempt to Sabotage Peace Efforts 

Developments on the Korean Peninsula: Second DPRK-U.S. Summit to be held in Vietnam

TML Daily (February 25) – The second summit between Chairman Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place February 27-28, in Hanoi, Vietnam. A second summit has been in the offing since last fall, and the dates were confirmed by President Trump in his February 5 State of the Union Speech.[1] Continue reading

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Warship Watch. No to foreign warships in Halifax Harbour!

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Haligonians have a long history of protesting visits by warships. Photo of May 29, 2012 action.

(October 13) – On October 5, the French Rubis-class nuclear-powered submarine L’Améthyste arrived at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater in Halifax, the first such visit in two years. Speaking on behalf of the organization No Harbour for War, Allan Bezanson unequivocally rejected the presence of the submarine. “We want Halifax to be a factor of peace in the world and a zone for peace,” he told the Chronicle Herald. He pointed out that the comings and goings of these warships is usually tied in with war exercises. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro on John McCain, the Republican Candidate, February 2008

The death of US Senator John McClain on August 25 is being manipulated to once again push slanderous accusations that POWs in Vietnam were tortured by the internationalist Cubans – using the nickname Fidel to identify one of them, who was capable of “torturing a prisoner to death.” For the information of readers, we are reproducing the full five-part essay by Fidel Castro written in February 2008 refuting the slanders of McCain as well as analyzing the nature of his Republican presidential candidacy. For convenience, all are placed on a single web-page. All of the five parts, in all of the languages to which they’ve been translated, are linked at the bottom of this page. Continue reading

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This day. Anniversary of US criminal use of Agent Orange in Vietnam with the collusion of Canada

By TONY SEED

August 10 marks the 57th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam in 1961 without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring. Continue reading

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43rd anniversary of Vietnamese people’s great victory over the US imperialists: The real American war in Viet Nam – ‘kill anything that moves’

By DOUGAL MACDONALD

Victory monument in Xuan Loc, Vietnam

Forty-three ago, the U.S. imperialists were resoundingly defeated by the heroic Vietnamese people, who had suffered greatly at the hands of the French colonialists and then the U.S. imperialists. Historic photos show the last of the U.S. invaders scrambling frantically to escape Viet Nam by helicopter, trying to save their worthless skins from the wrath of people’s war. Continue reading

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This day. 41st anniversary of the defeat of US aggression and intervention in Vietnam

Victory monument in Xuan Loc, Vietnam

Victory monument in Xuan Loc, Vietnam

On April 30, 1975, 41 years ago, the U.S. imperialists had to flee Vietnam as their puppet regime in Saigon collapsed and their armed aggression and intervention in Vietnam was defeated.

This war of intervention and aggression by U.S. imperialism goes down in the annals of aggressive wars as one of the most brutal. It left more than 3 million Vietnamese dead, millions more wounded and homeless and the entire country and its economy in ruin. The devastation caused to the country and the people almost reached the level of that in Korea where U.S. imperialism had intervened in the early fifties and which was the first place the U.S. had to be satisfied with defeat. Continue reading

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More on the Pentagon’s falsification of the US defeat in Vietnam

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples' victory in 1975.

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples’ victory in 1975.

In a $30 million disinformation program, the US Pentagon has hijacked the history of the war of aggression against Vietnam, magically transforming it into a memory to “honour” and cherish. The official commemoration will conclude in 2025, the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, when the South Vietnamese government surrendered and the last Americans ignominiously departed Saigon in that helicopter on the roof.
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Word. Beyond Vietnam – A time to break silence

 Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. It was given exactly one year before his assassination. It is the least well known of Dr. King’s speeches among the masses, and it needs to be read by all. Although his great civil rights sermons have been celebrated, the Riverside speech has many echoes for our contemporary situation.

By Rev. Martin Luther King, 4 April 1967

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I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. Continue reading

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The Martin Luther King you don’t see on TV

From our archives. By JEFF COHEN and NORMAN SOLOMON*

MartinLutherKingBeyondVietnam It’s become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.”

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years – his last years – are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole. Continue reading

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Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, JR

By ISAAC SANEY*

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

The annual U.S. holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King is a time for serious contemplation of his actual legacy. The pervasive and dominant narrative freezes in place King’s politics and philosophy, transfixing his thinking to August 28 1963: the March on Washington and his “I Have A Dream Speech.” Of course, selective quotes of “I Have A Dream Speech” are deployed to render a de-radicalized version of King. The subsequent development – up to his April 4, 1968 assassination – of his views on capitalism and imperialism are ignored. Continue reading

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40 years on, the Vietnam War continues for victims of Agent Orange

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By MARJORIE COHN*

The war in Vietnam resulted in the deaths of more than 58,000 Americans and more than 3 million Vietnamese. Twenty years ago, the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations in an effort to put the terrible legacy of the war behind them. But for the survivors—both Vietnamese and American—the war continues. About 5 million Vietnamese and many U.S. and allied soldiers were exposed to the toxic chemical dioxin from the spraying of Agent Orange. Many of them and their progeny continue to suffer its poisonous effects.  Continue reading

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John Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry

 By JOHN PILGER / johnpilger.com

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty. Continue reading

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This day in 1975: Vietnamese people’s victory over US imperialism

In war there are the two factors – human beings and weapons. Ultimately, though, human beings are the decisive factor. Human beings! Human beings!” – General Vo Nguyen Giap, People’s Army of Vietnam

Victory monument in Xuan Loc, Vietnam

Victory monument in Xuan Loc, Vietnam

This posting also includes:

  • “Activities across Vietnam celebrate Liberation of Saigon and Reunification of Vietnam”;
  • “Vietnam’s great economic achievements since liberation”

April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the total victory of the Vietnamese people over U.S. military aggression and its division of the country. Continue reading

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Condemn Parliament’s decision to dishonour Vietnam’s April 30 victory!

 

Toronto demonstration in 1970 in support of the Vietnamese people's heroic fight against U.S. imperialism, part of worldwide support for their just cause.

Toronto demonstration in 1970 in support of the Vietnamese people’s heroic fight against U.S. imperialism, part of worldwide support for their just cause.

On April 23 Royal Assent was granted to Bill S-219, Journey to Freedom Day Act, officially designating April 30 each year as “Journey to Freedom Day” in reference to individuals who left Vietnam for Canada after the victory over U.S. forces on the same day in 1975. Despite amending the name of the bill from the Black April Day Act in the face of opposition to the divisive and provocative legislation, the debate in the House of Commons and the text of the bill itself makes it clear that what is being targeted is the historical verdict rendered against U.S. imperialism and the tremendous victory for freedom and independence. Continue reading

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On whose calendar is April 30 a Black Day?

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

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Mass demonstration in Toronto against the Viet Nam War.

By LOUIS LANG

The House of Commons began debating a private member’s bill on February 5, which is to mark April 30 as the day South Vietnam supposedly fell under the power of an authoritarian and oppressive communist regime. Many Canadians and the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada have opposed this bill as a flagrant insult to the Vietnamese people for whom April 30, 1975 is an historic day when the Vietnamese people won total victory against the armed forces of the United States who were forced to retreat from Saigon and admit defeat. Continue reading

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US ‘perception management’: The ‘evil enemy’, from Reagan to Obama

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration pioneered “perception management” to get the American people to “kick the Vietnam Syndrome” and accept more U.S. interventionism, but that propaganda structure continues to this day getting the public to buy in to endless war, writes ROBERT PARRY*.

(Dec. 28) – To understand how the American people find themselves trapped in today’s Orwellian dystopia of endless warfare against an ever-shifting collection of “evil” enemies, you have to think back to the Vietnam War and the shock to the ruling elite caused by an unprecedented popular uprising against that war.

While on the surface Official Washington pretended that the mass protests didn’t change policy, a panicky reality existed behind the scenes, a recognition that a major investment in domestic propaganda would be needed to ensure that future imperial adventures would have the public’s eager support or at least its confused acquiescence. Continue reading

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Pentagon falsifies history of Vietnam war

The Pentagon invokes history-as-such to justify aggression and war in West and Central Asia. To maintain its empire, the U.S. must have a compliant working class and people in the homeland. An accommodating working class plays no conscious role in making history in its own interests with its own perspective. Workers who do not question the history-as-such presented by the ruling elite soon lose their bearings in the present. – TS

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The Pentagon has hijacked the history of the Vietnam War, magically transforming it into a memory to honour and cherish. Continue reading

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Why no-one remembers the peace-makers

‘Football remembers’? Celebrating war over and over and peace once | ADAM HOCHSCHILD*

world war 1 beastGo to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so – with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries – long after you’re dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes? Consider the 2003 invasion of Iraq, now widely recognized as igniting an ongoing disaster.  America’s politicians still praise Iraq War veterans to the skies, but what senator has a kind word to say about the hundreds of thousands of protesters who marched and demonstrated before the invasion was even launched to try to stop our soldiers from risking their lives in the first place? Continue reading

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US chemical weapons dumped in Okinawa

The US has refused to clean up chemical weapons left on its military bases in Okinawa from the Vietnam War – over 40 years ago – despite their serious threat to the safety and well-being of the people of the Japanese island. “Decades of Pentagon pollution poison service members, local residents and the future of the island,” writes JON MITCHELL.* Reminiscent of CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, which it sprayed with Agent Orange during the 1960s, “The Pentagon continues to do everything it can to evade responsibility for the damage its bases cause.” When the US ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, it falsely said it had not left chemical weapons in any other nation’s holdings. The fact remains that it is the US that poses the greatest potential and actual danger of unleashing biological, chemical and nuclear weapons against humanity.

Barrels of unidentified U.S. chemicals lie strewn across land in the Northern Training Area, 1972. Courtesy of Robin Poe. (Click to enlarge)

Barrels of unidentified U.S. chemicals lie strewn across land in the Northern Training Area, 1972. Courtesy of Robin Poe. (Click to enlarge)

The Asia-Pacific Journal – In June 2013, construction workers unearthed more than 20 rusty barrels from beneath a soccer pitch in Okinawa City. The land had once been part of Kadena Air Base – the Pentagon’s largest installation in the Pacific region – but was returned to civilian usage in 1987. Tests revealed that the barrels contained two ingredients of military defoliants used in the Vietnam War – the herbicide 2,4,5-T and 2,3,7,8-TCDD dioxin. Levels of the highly toxic TCDD in nearby water measured 280 times safe limits.1

The Pentagon has repeatedly denied the storage of defoliants – including Agent Orange – on Okinawa.2Following the discovery, it distanced itself from the barrels; a spokesperson stated it was investigating if they had been buried after the land’s return in 19873 and a U.S. government-sponsored scientist suggested they may merely have contained kitchen or medical waste.4 However, the conclusions of the Japanese and international scientific community were unequivocal: Not only did the barrels disprove Pentagon denials of the presence of military defoliants in Japan, the polluted land posed a threat to the health of local residents and required immediate remediation.5 Continue reading

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Agent Orange was buried on Okinawa

U.S. chemical warfare continues to plague humanity, even while Washington accuses others of its own crimes. JON MITCHELL* reports on “war surplus” found on a U.S. military base on Okinawa, an island off the coast of Japan, covered up by the Pentagon. U.S. forces sprayed Agent Orange at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick during the 1960s, also denied and denied and denied by the American and Canadian governments.

Workers unearth barrels at the U.S. Kadena Air Base, January 2014.

Workers unearth barrels at the U.S. Kadena Air Base, the Pentagon’s largest installation in the Pacific region, January 2014.

Asia-Pacific Journal (Aug. 11) – More than six months after dozens of rusty chemical barrels were unearthed from former U.S. military land in Okinawa City, their contents have been identified – and they appear to offer conclusive proof that the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange was buried on the island. Continue reading

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Eduardo Galeano: Lied-about wars

Galeano.MirrorsAdvertising campaigns, marketing schemes. The target is public opinion. Wars are sold the same way cars are, by lying.

In August 1964, President Lyndon Johnson accused the Vietnamese of attacking two U.S. warships in the Tonkin Gulf.

Then the president invaded Vietnam, sending planes and troops. He was acclaimed by journalists and by politicians, and his popularity skyrocketed. The Democrats in power and the Republicans out of power became a single party united against Communist aggression. Continue reading

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US veterans demand justice from Agent Orange spraying at CFB Gagetown (II)

Agent Orange Association of Canada supports US action, demands end to impunity. Part II in a series; for Part I, visit here

CFB Gagetown locator map.3(Mike Staples, Daily Gleaner NB) – THE co-president of the Agent Orange Association of Canada Inc. is applauding an announcement last week by the State of Maine to have the U.S. federal government recognize environment hazards associated with military training at Gagetown.

Carol Brown Parker said it’s encouraging to see Maine Gov. Paul LePage involved. Continue reading

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The Michelin File: Drive to empire

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Michelin rubber plantation in Vietnam, circa 1930 | Photo from Francois Dennis Fieve’s website, History of French Rubber Plantations (http://belleindochine.free.fr/Caoutchouc.htm)

Seventh in a series of articles on the Nova Scotian elections by TONY SEED*

THE MEDIA DISCOURSE around Michelin promotes that the “average” salary at a Michelin factory in Nova Scotia is $49,000, a product of a “union-free environment.” This disinformation aims to hide the source of wealth, the exploitation of labour in America and France and the super-exploitation of plantation workers in Brazil and Indo-China. It conceals that it is Nova Scotian labour which contributed to creating the material base of modern productive capacity in the province, whose fruits are controlled by a predatory French multinational.

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‘Liberty visits’ (I): Return of the ‘Dial-a-sailor’ program?

 ‘It is a deplorable situation indeed when the Canadian government and major media make themselves immoral instruments of prostituting Canadian women and girls, repeating outright lies as if they were facts. The message is unmistakable. Canadian women and girls: head for the bars on the weekend to look for well-heeled American sailors.’

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