Call for support for dissident press

first_imgNews to go further News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Reporters Without Borders has called on the Vietnamese authorities, hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) summit in Hanoi from 12-19 November, to stop harassing the independent press and to allow the emergence of independent media. The organisation also publishes an exclusive plea for democracy and free press written by father Phan Van Loi, the first dissident to bring out an unlicensed newspaper last April.The worldwide press freedom organisation also protested at the steps taken by the government to prevent foreign reporters now in Vietnam from meeting dissidents.”If the leaders attending the APEC summit, particularly George Bush, do not express themselves clearly on the serious failings in Vietnam in respecting freedom of expression, it would be an historic error. The economic development of Vietnam cannot be at the price of forgetting the still precarious state of press freedom”, it said.Reporters Without Borders urged the foreign press at the summit to respond to the emergence of a dissident press and to try to interview dissidents who have been “quarantined” during the summit. The organisation said it could provide the journalists with the addresses of some of them.Police have set up guard posts in front of the homes of several dissidents, including journalists working for independent publications. Hoang Tien, Pham Hong Son, Pham Que Duong and Nguyen Van Dai have been forbidden to leave home. Foreigners are warned not to approach by a board reading: “No foreigners”. The authorities have put up a notice in Vietnamese in front of the home of Nguyen Thanh Giang, which reads “security zone”. Police officers are stationed outside the home of Hoang Tien, one of those behind dissident paper Tu Do Dan Chu (Freedom and Democracy) to prevent any contact during the summit. Ten police officers have been camping in front of the home of Nguyen Van Dai since 14 November. Lawyer and dissident Bui Thi Kim Thanh has been forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.These steps appear to have been decided on 19 October by the public security minister in Hanoi. Security forces were told to be on the alert during the summit and to isolate dissidents. VietnamAsia – Pacific April 7, 2021 Find out more Elsewhere, four Americans of Vietnamese origin and four Vietnamese were sentenced on 10 November to 15 months in prison for “terrorism”. All of them, linked to a radical US-based group, were accused of illegally bringing radio equipment into the country to broadcast anti-government messages. One of them was expelled to the United States a few days later. The other Americans were expected to be expelled shortly.Under pressure from the international community, Vietnam has recently appeared to ease its political stance towards the Internet. For example, several cyber-dissidents, including Pham Hong Son, have been released since 2005. This relative leniency has however also given a boost to the democracy movement, which commendably used the Internet to organise and to post independent news.As a result dissident movement Bloc 8406 launched an online petition, which hundreds of Internet-users signed in their own names, calling on the government to undertake political reform. But the use of the Net by these democrats frightens the authorities, which frequently resort to force to silence cyber-dissidents. Around a score of people have been imprisoned this year for articles posted online. Four of them are still behind bars: Truong Quoc Huy, Le Nguyen Sang (“Nguyen Hoang Long”), Huynh Nguyen Dao (“Huynh Viet Lang”) and Nguyen Vu Binh. Vietnam is also fragrantly filtering the Internet and blocks access to opposition websites run by foreign-based Vietnamese.Since the launch of Bloc 8406 in April, numerous democratic initiatives have been taken countrywide, including the creation of independent media. In October, the foreign ministry spokesman decided that this group was illegal and the security services have constantly harassed its main movers.Finally, Reporters Without Borders offers its support to those running unlicensed newspapers which have started to appear over the past few months in Vietnam. Father Phan Van Loi has succeeded in dodging repeated attacks against the independent press. He puts out a printed version of the newspaper Tu Do Ngon Luan (Freedom and Democracy) which has been secretly distributed since its launch in April this year. In 1998, father Phan Van Loi tried to secretly publish Tin Nha (News from home) abroad, which led to police sanctions. Today, the dissident speaks out and calls on Vietnamese leaders to respect press freedom.The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted, opened for signing, ratification and membership by the General Assembly on 6 December 1966 and by Vietnam on 24 September 1982 says at Article 19: “1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. 2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.” The Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (1992) says in its Article 69: “The citizen shall enjoy freedom of opinion and speech, freedom of the press, the right to be informed, and the right to assemble, form associations and hold demonstrations in accordance with the provisions of the law.” All this shows that theoretically and officially, the Vietnamese state recognises freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But since 1989 (date of the 28 December 1989 press law) until 2006 (date of Decree 56-CP on culture and information, 6 June 2006), the state has published 23 pieces of legislation which have progressively and totally crushed this freedom. Why? The political regime in Vietnam from 1954 to the present day is a communist and totalitarian regime in which the National Assembly (legislative power), the government (executive power), the courts (judicial power), the press (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, Internet… the fourth estate), the Army, the Police (armed forces) are in the hands of the Communist Party which considers them to be its instruments. Almost 600 newspapers and magazines, hundreds of radio and television stations, one hundred web pages in Vietnam are under the control of the party (not counting 3,000 firewalls erected by the Internet police). This monopoly strengthens the government and, of course, boosts the holdings of the Communist Party (particularly the political bureau) but causes huge damage and suffering to the nation and the people. The Communist leaders have now become red capitalists who enrich themselves not only through business (market economy with a socialist orientation) but also by the sale of power (permissions, licensing), by exploitation of ordinary people (collusion with heads of foreign companies), by exporting labour (a kind of human-trafficking), by confiscation of the land of peasants, town-dwellers and the churches (through planning and urbanisation which are hardly ever publicly advertised). Corruption among these leaders is on an unimaginable and shameless scale! The press can report on the facts but this news is tightly controlled and they ever challenged ranking leaders. The Party’s 150 central commissioners are virtually untouchable! As a result, the ordinary people and the religious communities deprived of their small parcels of land become helpless victims. The government becomes a sort of mafia (red mafia). Recently, even a foreign ministry magazine was closed because it published letters of complaint and some weeklies were threatened with closure because they carried articles about the defects in new paper money made of polymer. Imbued with atheist dialectical materialism and a Stalinist-Leninist concept of power, the communist leaders never accept the influence of spiritual forces (religion, the churches) in society, “reactionary” opinions of democrats or competition from political parties. As a result, there is no privately-owned independent press in Vietnam. A few so-called religious magazines are in fact organs of the party, cunningly mixing religious doctrine with Marxist doctrine, putting the power of the party in the same category as spiritual power, putting Ho Chi Minh, major criminal and vicious predator, and the saints on the same level…. Newspapers or official journalists who challenge the management of the party, talk about political pluralism or who seem to encourage it are subjected to immediate punishment or harsh coercive measures. A few pro-democrat militants recently tried to publish magazines both printed and posted on the Internet, but the government quickly cracked down on them. One result of the serious damage of this political monopoly is that Vietnam remains one of the world’s ten poorest countries. Currently, thanks to the spread of cyberspace techniques (Internet, paltalk, skype, blogs…), many citizens can search for, find and spread information and ideas of all kinds, beyond our borders. Faced with this development, the State and the Communist Party cannot remain indifferent. All of this threatens their power. Taking advantage of this situation and this relative leniency (particularly during the APEC summit in Hanoi in Hanoi) we dissidents of the democratic movement, are trying to claim freedom of expression, which is the soul of all freedoms (Voltaire). Now, two independent magazines Tu do Ngon luan (Freedom of Expression) and Tu do Dan chu (Freedom and Democracy), are appearing in written form and circulate more or less openly. (One strange thing, the bi-monthly, Tu do Ngon luan has managed to stay in existence for seven months, since 15 Apri,l and has produced 15 issues!). Two others, To Quoc (The Fatherland) and Dan chu (Democracy) have been launched online. The editors try to present to the government as well as the people, the values of democracy, the dangers of totalitarianism, the crimes of communism and human rights which have been officially and solemnly incorporated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We want to give a message to the Party and to the People: Only the truth frees! Freedom alone is worthy of man. Only Democracy brings progress! Hué, Vietnam,16 November Pierre Phan Van Loi, catholic priest, editor of Tu do Ngon Luan News RSF_en Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 22, 2021 Find out more Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang November 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for support for dissident presslast_img read more

Agricultural college sees surge in demand

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleLimerick students won’t take cuts lying downNext articleCouncillors row over Joint Policing Committee John Keogh THE number of applicants to courses at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry has tripled in the last five years.In 2009 the college was threatened with closure as the demand for agricultural courses was so low, but now the college is forced to turn away students due to the high number of applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Principal John McCarthy told Limerick Post: “Since 2008 there has been a two to three-fold increase in our numbers and that has been across the board in all courses. Depending on the courses, we can’t accommodate all the applicants at this stage.“This year we have nearly 400 students; about four or five years ago we would have had between 100 to 120 and that was about it. Just a few short years ago I was campaigning with politicians to try to keep the college open and now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”Points for the college’s Higher Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation, run in conjunction with LIT, have also risen, reflecting the increase in demand.Salesian Agricultural College is also privately paying two extra teaching staff to cope with the surge in student numbers.Mr McCarthy continued: “We also have a direct entry Certificate in Agriculture where we take 100 students and we have a long waiting list for that at the moment. Our Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation takes 26 students and we had about 60 applicants this year.”Regarding possible factors that may have led to the rise in popularity for agricultural courses, Mr McCarthy explained:  “First of all there are now a huge amount of young people looking at the area of agriculture. Secondly the jobs just are not there elsewhere, so people see the positives in having a business at home and getting work and an income from that. During the Celtic Tiger years the income from farming wouldn’t have been able to compete with a lot of other areas.” WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsAgricultural college sees surge in demandBy John Keogh – September 2, 2013 720 center_img TAGSagricultureeducationMusic LimerickSalesian Agricultural College Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

#BREAKING – four car pile up and second crash close Shannon…

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Email Print NewsBreaking news#BREAKING – four car pile up and second crash close Shannon dual carriagewayBy Staff Reporter – March 9, 2016 1425 Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSfeatured center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleRAI #foodoscars hail Limerick’s best food and wine winnersNext articleMolly ordered to return items she took from Jason’s house Staff Reporter The crash scene on the N18 this Wednesday morning – pic @LimerickFireEMERGENCY services are attending the scene of a four car pile up on the N18 Limerick to Ennis Road near Cratloe which has caused huge delays in the area for motorists.Four units from Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with the four car crash on the southbound lane of the N18.The carriageway between Junction 4 Cratloemoyle and Junction 3 Coonagh West is has been reduced to one lane following the collision.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One lane has reopened to traffic.A second crash near Setrights Tavern did not require the attendance of emergency services but has effected traffic congestion.Gardai, emergency paramedics and member of the Fire and Rescue service are at the scene dealing with the major incident and motorist are advised to the avoid the area and both lanes.Three people have been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment but their injuries are understood to be non-life threatening. Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Someone’s hero

first_imgView of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, HI 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Murdoch Michael Murdoch is the Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union in Clatskanie, Oregon. He serves on the board of the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington as … Web: Details December 7th of our most recent year past marks the 78th anniversary of a date that will live in infamy, to use words of the very man who signed into law the Federal Credit Union Act.I like to believe that we are all, each of us heroes in our own little way. There’s a magic to our brains, our hearts, and when we use this magic in service of others, well, that’s heroism.Saturday, December 6, 1941—Friday was payday and scores of members of Hickam Federal Credit Union, located at Pearl Harbor Naval/Hickam Air Base, were flowing into the shop, deposits and payments at the ready. The credit union distributed roughly $5,000 in receipts on that Friday and Saturday.The credit union’s offices were housed in a large hangar on Hickam Field, which made it easier for members – many of them active duty – as they had no payroll deductions available, and automatic deposit had yet to be conceived. As such, members were often asked to leave their passbooks for redistribution for a few days after (staff recorded deposits, withdrawals, and payments for members in a small booklet known as a passbook).Sunday, December 7, 1941—Just shy of 8 am, the first of more than 360 warplanes dipped from the clouds above Oahu and into view of American civilians and military personnel. Though it took time for many on the ground to realize the gravity of the situation, the concussion from ordinance and thudding of gunfire was more than enough to alert former Hickman FCU Treasurer Philip Ward Eldred, who lived only a few blocks from the credit union.Eldred peered from his windows and immediately recognized the large, red suns on the wings of these aircraft. Imperial Japan was at war with the United States, but Eldred couldn’t help thinking of his members. He bolted from his home and into the din and the glare of history unfolding in waves before him. A thick blanket of oily smoke already hung in the air over battleship row. Eldred watched helplessly as Japanese warplanes strafed civilian traffic all about him. And still, he couldn’t help thinking about his members.He charged toward his office, desperate to secure records held in the vault and in two, large steel lockers. He was a mere few hundred yards from the credit union when an Aichi D3A Carrier Bomber opened up on those rushing across Hickam Field. Eldred was no match for the two Light 97 machine guns mounted at the front of the airplane and he was cut down there. He was 36 years old.Less than 5 minutes later, a cluster of 100 lbs. bombs fell, one of which struck the credit union, sending office equipment, documents, and a 600 lbs. safe out of the hangar and onto the airstrips. Almost all of the memberships’ passbooks were destroyed, including the bulk of Hickam FCU’s most important records. A whirlwind of burning paper and debris danced over the destruction.Wednesday, December 10th, 1941—As the smoke lifted and the dread of the aftermath shown, Hickam FCU’s board convened. Hundreds of accounts, loans, and passbooks had to be recreated, many from memory. The offices were destroyed. It was decided Hickam FCU would suspend business, minus taking deposits, as the credit union began to rebuild.Wednesday, January 7th, 1942 —Members of the credit union rallied behind their institution, fully supporting the decisions of the board. By the new year, almost $60,000 in notes were obtained and more than 400 passbooks, accounting for $74,000 in shares were reissued, equal to roughly $1,859,124.20 today. A small structure was erected to serve the many displaced, as best the credit union knew how.Sunday, January 11th, 1942—After the cooperative energies of the board and staff, the amazing support of the credit union’s members, (most if not all of the membership agreed to transfer assets to a special reserve, foregoing dividends so that the credit union could keep its doors open) Hickam FCU reopened. The shop is still thriving today, with assets of $582 million and some 48,000 members.While the heroism of the day goes unmatched by countless and the memory of those lost forever remembered, it’s important to believe that we are all heroes in our own way. There’s a magic inside of us, and when we use it in the service of others, we can be heroes. It’s special to remember this as we work, tirelessly, to protect our members, our industry, and each other. As a credit union employee, you may often find yourself immersed in the lives of many, and while it might not always seem like it, you are very often someone’s hero.last_img read more