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Vietnam Blocks Facebook and Cracks Down on Human Rights Activists During Obama Visit

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Vietnam has blocked Facebook during U.S. President Obama's visit to the country and cracked down on human rights activists.


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roxy H (350)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 10:02 am
the thing that bothers me the most about this meeting is the fact he is PUSHING the TPP on this visit!
President Obama is in Vietnam promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Vietnam? Really?

A year ago the post "Obama To Visit Nike To Promote the TPP. Wait, NIKE? Really?," noted how Nike pioneered moving jobs out of the country to take advantage of low wages and lack of environmental protections in places like Vietnam, which led to many of the problems in our economy today. It seemed that Nike was possibly the worst company to use to support claims that the TPP would benefit the American economy.

President Obama is scheduled to visit Nike's Oregon headquarters on Friday to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Yes, Nike -- a company that grew to billions by outsourcing jobs to overseas sweatshops, a company that sets up P.O.-box subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes, a company that uses threats to extort tax breaks from its "home" state.

roxy H (350)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 10:12 am
so blocking FACEBOOK might be a reason why ... they trying to hide all the evil crap hahahaha but its just soooo crappy we already know.. o.o
During Obama's three-day visit, much emphasis is expected to be placed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal (TPP) and an embargo that prevents Washington from selling arms to Hanoi. But not much traction is expected on either front.

As the biggest trade deal in a generation, the TPP is set to usher in a new period of growth for export-oriented Vietnam, whose economy is already expanding at the fastest pace in seven years.

"Vietnam is going to be the best beneficiary of TPP. Textiles and the apparel sector will see the greatest benefits in term of an immediate slash of tariffs in the U.S. and other markets," said Eric Shimp, policy adviser at international law firm Alston & Bird.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 10:19 am
Feel so sorry 4 the sane people in the horrid oppressive hole. Human rights are non-existent there as is animal welfare.thx Dareen

Animae C (507)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 3:30 pm
Thanx Darren

John De Avalon (36)
Friday May 27, 2016, 2:13 am
The Vietnamese people are remarkably forgiving given the history of American actions in the war ...


John De Avalon (36)
Friday May 27, 2016, 2:19 am
Doesn't this just sum up the futility of war!!!!!

40 years ago they were killing each other without scruples, mercy or regret. And all down to political ideology.

Now, Vietnam has embraced capitalism, there's money to be made and they're 'new best friends'!


Sheryl G (359)
Friday May 27, 2016, 4:31 am
Very true John, and so the American people need to think about these things before rushing off to other wars of misadventures.

And it didn't take 40 years to see the insanity of it all. I recall stories how USA soldiers were told to capture a hill. They fought tooth and nail to get up that hill, soldiers saw their buddies heads being blown off right next to them. Once up the hill and had it secured they were told to LEAVE it!

You don't think that messed with the one's who survived heads? I know it did, I knew someone who told me the story, he was an extremely angry person who turned to drugs and drinking to try to escape that horrid memory.

Not to mention the sheer disregard of our Nation to those who died on that hill or were physically maimed for life. The parents who never got to see their son again, the women who never got to hug their husband again or the young child who would never know his Father. All for what?

But coming back to today........the hypocrisy of it all. The USA, the so called shining example and beacon to the world of Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Wanting to have trade with Countries who offer little of it but on one hand we say we won't deal with Countries who are not striving for human rights on the other hand we DO business with those exact Nations. We are cozy in bed with Saudi Arabia now one can't be more of an abuser to Human Right and Civil Liberties than that Country - we even make sure they have weapons.

The USA is so full of contradictions that we look like Swiss Cheese.

Money talks......the Corporate and the Bankers run and own the world. They don't care who they have to use and abuse or even kill to get what they want. And the beat goes on.......and the beat goes on......

Janet B (0)
Friday May 27, 2016, 10:21 am

Birgit W (160)
Friday May 27, 2016, 1:21 pm
Natasha and Dandelion say it all. Thanks for sharing.

Mandi T (366)
Friday May 27, 2016, 1:24 pm
Tx Darren

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday May 27, 2016, 1:49 pm
Noted. Thanks, Darren.
So, their government (as well as our own) just wants to keep people in the dark and prevent them from sharing information. I thought we fought against dictatorships. I thought the U.S. was against suppressing people's freedom and right to know. The curtains are coming down, we have to make sure that information like this gets shared. People need to be angry and protest.

TOM TREE (247)
Friday May 27, 2016, 4:17 pm
Scary Stuff ! UNBELIEVABLE !!

TOM TREE (247)
Friday May 27, 2016, 4:17 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday May 27, 2016, 7:55 pm

Vietnam needs help in dealing with China and the USA needs help in more countries to buy its DEBT!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 27, 2016, 11:51 pm
It's a dirty little pool. . .

Britain is kowtowing to the Chinese (Nuclear power) for business opportunities, completely ignoring the Chinese record in animal, human and environmental rights/issues.

The USA debt fountain has been largely created by the Corporate Capitalist machine, and of course, the US is keen on Britain staying in the Euro, as well as maintaining that "special relationship" it has with Britain.

No one country can be looked at and shown as a paradigm or model for how all all should run, except with the possibility of Iceland, given they jailed all the corrupt bankers.

Roger G (148)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
noted, thanks

Trish K (29)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 2:17 pm
Vietnam is doing as they are told. The United States of America is dead. It has become a corporation and allows politicians to play the parts of congressmen, representatives and president. Of course we want Great Britain to play along, they are us.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 12:29 am
Shared that link of yours over social media, Roxy.

Monika A (94)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 3:17 am
Freedom of Opinion and Vietnam, these two words can be thought of as polar opposites, if I remember rightly in July 2009 Vietnam's neighbour China had shut down Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Both of these countries are famous for control of forms electronic communication and expressions - masters of a colonisation the public sphere through the state.
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