CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2002 |
Few things define Southern California's Vietnamese American community more than its passionate brand of anti-Communism, on display in heated discussions along the sidewalk cafes of Little Saigon and in frequent demonstrations. That's what makes the case of Van Duc Vo different. His activism went beyond words to action, making him a folk hero to many in Little Saigon and a wanted terrorist in Vietnam. Vo, 42, of Baldwin Park, is being held in a Los Angeles jail, accused by the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001 |
The FBI is examining the activities of an Orange County group of self-styled freedom fighters that has been branded a terrorist organization by the Vietnamese government. Chanh Huu Nguyen, president of the group called Government of Free Vietnam, said FBI agents visited the group's headquarters at a Garden Grove office complex twice over the last two weeks, spending hours asking about the organization's activities.
September 15, 2001 |
A Vietnamese court sentenced six people to up to 20 years in prison in a corruption case that has touched off widespread public anger. Two government officials were acquitted, a court official said. The court ruled that the guilty officials collaborated in awarding a contract to Van Thien, a small private company, to build a $13.6-million entertainment complex despite its lack of construction experience. The defendants consisted of six government officials, a banker and a businessman.
September 11, 2001 |
Vietnamese authorities are targeting critics of the Communist Party and Buddhists in a new crackdown, religious and human rights groups charged Monday. The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said more than a dozen political dissidents were detained and interrogated last week in what it described as "the largest and most systematic effort to intimidate Vietnamese dissidents in a long time."
November 18, 2000 |
Sharing a dais with a flower-bedecked bust of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, President Clinton on Friday reached beyond Vietnam's government to appeal to the country's overwhelming young population as the force for change in this Communist state. The president, on a historic visit to Vietnam, used carefully worded but obvious language to call for basic human rights, from freedom of religion to the right to political dissent.
August 18, 2000 |
On Sundays, the magnificent Catholic cathedral on Nha Tho Street is packed for Mass. Pagodas throughout the country again buzz with activity. Small groups of farmers gather outside the Communist Party headquarters here almost daily to meet with officials who hear--and sometimes act on--their grievances. The press is no longer just a monolithic propaganda machine, and scores of lively newspapers have sprung up. Artists have newfound leeway to choose their topics and display their work abroad.