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Catch up in the Rugby week that was: June 27 – July 3… Sorry its a long one… BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 04: Will Genia runs with the ball during a Queensland Reds Super Rugby training session at Ballymore Stadium on July 4, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Week in Review: June 13-19 | June 6-12 | May 30 – June 5 | May 23-29 | May 16-22 | May 9-15 | May 2 – 8 In the wake of ticket sales, National team kits are steadily becoming the summer trend. Scotland, Wales, France and South Africa have all revealed their surprising (I never said it was a good surprise) new strips in time for the summer internationals. Obviously wanting to start a revolution, Wales have gone one step further and have stepped out with a state of the art kit. Check out their innovative kit material…Other side of the world…Down on the South Island, Ma’a Nonu has secured a rugby future, similar to that of James Haskell. The dreaded midfielder has re-signed with the NZRU for a further two years and has also guaranteed Super Rugby play in 2012/13, after signing with Auckland based Blues. After the World Cup, Skux will head to Japan to join James Haskell at Tokyo based Ricoh Black Rams.Making our way into the Southern Hemisphere, Super Rugby semi-finals took place in Brisbane and Cape Town. The Reds were able to beat the Blues for a second time this year, 30-13, to claim a spot in the final as Suncorp, on July 9th. If you didn’t check it out, you’re definately missing out. The things Quade Cooper, with partner Will Genia are capable of, is astounding.On the other side of the ocean, the Crusaders easily raced passed the Stormers to join the Reds in Brisbane next weekend. Got some time? Check out highlights of both semi’s here… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will Genia – A beast at a game of Bulldogs! News out of the England camp is that James Haskell will return to London Wasps for the 2012/13 season via Japan. Before he heads back to the club where he became a household name, James will join Tokyo based, Ricoh Black Rams after the World Cup. He has obviously developed the travel bug, as he intends to also play a season in the Super Rugby franchise before he returns to London.On a history front, England’s oldest rugby player, Brian Pope celebrated his centenary birthday on the 26th of June. The RFU presented him with an engraved silver salver and the England Rugby Internationals Club will also be giving him a framed picture and match report from his England playing days. Pope received Cambridge Blues for rugby and represented Blackheath. However he is also famed for a hole-in-one on the St. George’s course in Sandwich, which this year will host the Open. Applause all round!Between the 19-23 June, rugby fans got together with the Munster squad in the Cycle for Paul Darbyshire. He was head of strength and conditioning at Munster, and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease in September. Sadly Paul passed away on Monday 20th June, on the second day of the journey. Here’s a moving clip from stage 1 of the journey…The England U20 boys made it into the Junior Rugby Championships in Italy and faced a very strong Baby Blacks side. The game highlighted the talent and strength of both sides as they went head to head in Padova. The New Zealanders were victorious, claiming a 33-22 win over England. This means that the Baby Blacks (Don’t really believe they are all under 20) are yet to be beaten in the history of the U20 tournament. Check out the highlights…World Cup time…Preparations for the World Cup are going well, especially ticket sales. Tournament organizer the RNZ have announced that they have hit the £100 million mark in sales, showing that the rugby community are totally behind the event. Tickets are going fast. Have you got yours yet?
February 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here NH Mike McFadden 17 COMMENTS Steve Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply February 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm February 20, 2018 at 11:31 am Mike, what is it about so many folks today that makes them want an easy out? Imagine Jesus saying, “Oh no! The cross is too painful, too hard, too risky, too much! Thank our wonderful Papa God that He considered we humans worth the risk, the pain, the difficulty, thus granting each of us the possibility at salvation. John Bunyan in his wonderful book, Pilgrim’s Progress, had his protagonist, Christian, face all sorts of difficulties and hardships, but he delivered him on the other side victorious. We need to persevere and we too will win the glorious prize. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom charles towne Reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Richard Sommerfeld Don, How often do we have the opportunity to brighten another person’s day? Sometimes what we do for others is the greatest gift we can give to a lonely, grief stricken world. So often we miss opportunities that were preordained by the father for us to see fulfilled. I wonder if some of those challenges were intended for us to work a miracle of love in a lonely world? Yeah, Just wondering? Chaz Hey Chaz, Always thought provoking, it occured to me that the difference is one of mindset! Think about yourself and you have problems, think about your fellow man and you have opportunities! We are told to love one another, not ourselves because we already have someone pretty special who loves us enough to die for us so I think we should t hink about His example when we interact with our fellow man. Let the focus be love and things just change for the best! Every once in a while,I try to remind myself of this with those RAK’s (random acts of kindness) it is a little sad that people find this so astonishing! February 19, 2018 at 7:59 am Steve, thank you so very much for the vote of confidence. That you are blessed and encouraged brings me great joy. Blessings to you and yours my friend. Chaz CSG Richard, I can always count on you to take the subject to another level, to another possibility. You are so right. This world’s woes seem less overwhelming, less dark, and the possibilities are so much greater, so much brighter and encouraging, in fact profoundly so when our focus is blessing others in Christlike service and love. Your comment provokes and stimulates ideas of possibility, that if followed have the potential of changing not only our lives but the lives of everybody we meet with ever greater aspirations of service and hope to the world. Blessings on you my friend. Chaz Reply charles towne February 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm Oh, Wow! CSG, Wise words indeed. Your words, “I can hardly wait for tomorrow so I can have some more fun!” are especially insightful, helping us through life in a way that must be pleasing to God. If we could only focus our attention on others instead of ourselves we would realize genuine happiness. I guess your phrase, “I think it turned them into givers instead of takers.” Is especially meaningful to me. May Papa God bless you and yours is my sincere prayer, Chaz February 21, 2018 at 10:40 am Ej Reply Just like the WIND strengthens the Tree, so do the Winds of Strife Strengthen us. Reply OOPS! Chaz February 20, 2018 at 12:23 am Kristin, what you describe is the human condition. Invariably, in order to be effective, it, life is best approached in the same way one eats an elephant, one bite at a time. This is called,”baby steps” and it is probably the best way to approach anything. This can and will result in a permanently changed life resulting in delicious service to mankind. Thank you so very much for your comment. Chaz Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. February 20, 2018 at 7:54 am EJ, DO i EVER APPRECIATE YOUR MOST FITTING AND APPROPRIATE ANALOGY. If the tree is protected from the wind it is a weak tree, and it will break at the first real trial. Yes, most fitting. God bless you and yours my friend, Chaz February 21, 2018 at 1:22 pm Great “re-frame”! I tend to lean towards the more positive vocabulary…..”challenges”. These challenges often take us outside of our comfort zone, thus making everyone uncomfortable. This is such an important step to change and growth! I say bring it on…make me uncomfortable….it is a sign of moving forward…a sign of learning…and a sign that we are rising to the occasion! Wonderful article Charles! charles towne charles towne Kristin Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Great perspective Chuck! Even during “troubled times” there are opportunities available. God provides, we just need to pay close enough attention to notice them when they appear. Hope all is well with you and yours my friend. God bless Reply It’s always encouraging to read these inspirational articles about faith and hope Reply Reply February 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply charles towne charles towne February 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm charles towne Reply Reply InspirationBy Charles Towne The story is told of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as he was walking down a street in New York City one day he was suddenly accosted by a stranger.Being quite famous Dr. Peale was accustomed to having people approach him on the street, except for the fact that this time the desperate man rushed up and grabbed Peale by the lapels exclaiming in a frantic voice, “Please Dr. Peale, you have to help me, I’ve got some problems, and I just can’t handle them anymore!”Dr. Peale said, “If you will let go of my coat my good man, I will take you to a place that is full of people that don’t have any problems.”The man, greatly encouraged by this promise of help, replied enthusiastically “Sir if you could do that I would give everything I own to go there, and I will be forever in your debt!”Dr. Peale said, “You may not want to go there once you see the place, but come along, it is just a couple of blocks away.”Dr. Peale led the man to Forest Lawn Cemetery where, with a sweep of his hand Dr. Peale Pointed at all of the grave markers, and said, “Look, friend, there are tens of thousands of people in there, and I can assure you that not one of them has any problems!”It has been said that the true judge of a man’s character is in direct relationship to the size of his problems and how he handles them. I agree with that wholeheartedly. Always keep in mind that only dead people are trouble-free, therefore, having troubles in your life is a pretty good indication that you are still alive.The deal breaker for each and every one of us is how we approach those hard places in life, as insurmountable problems, or as challenges?Some people view their problems as detrimental to their lives, others see problems as challenges, and once seen in that light, they are no longer problems but opportunities.Perhaps you have had experiences in your life that made you stronger. I know I have. Perhaps, just perhaps, those experiences made you more aware, opened your eyes to new opportunities that possibly changed your life.My opportunity, which I must admit to having perceived as a problem for several years, is caring for my beloved wife, Nancy.Afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease as well as having survived multiple sclerosis for over forty years has admittedly been a challenge I would not have chosen, but such a challenge has offered me an incredible opportunity for personal growth, and to be something I don’t believe I would have been without the “problem.”Remember, the only people that don’t have problems are dead, so be thankful for your challenges.Thank you, Papa God, for calling me out beyond myself, far beyond my depth, in service to my sweet wife. And thank you for giving me the ability and the stamina, both physical and emotional, to endure what some could possibly call the impossible task. Thank you for your wonderful love Father, and for the opportunity to bless others with a smile and a kind word of hope and encouragement. In Jesus wonderful name I ask it, Amen February 18, 2018 at 9:07 am Dear NH, YOU ARE SO RIGHT! And yet it is as we venture outside of our comfort zones that we grow physically, mentally, as well as spiritually, so I agree, BRING IT ON, LORD, BRING IT ON!!! Thanks so much for the comment, Chaz Don Lindsey Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 February 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply Very thought provoking article as usual and my fellow readers comments are spot on as usual. I learned a very important lesson in life many years ago to face every challenge head on. Perseverance and prayer can solve any problem if we put our minds to it. What doesn’t break us makes us… Yes, it is so true that our problems dwindle when we take time to help others, instead of wallowing in ourselves. When my sons were growing up, many times I would make a little game out of doing random acts of kindness. By encouraging them to help others, it was actually teaching them manners, as well as getting their minds off of themselves. They thought it was fun to hold the door open or pick up something for someone. Of course, as they grew up, I think it helped turn them into givers instead of takers. If we could all just put forth a little effort in helping others, we would be happier, more fulfilled people and the world, a better place. It is amazing how even words of encouragement can brighten a dark, dreary day. Wow, I can hardly wait for tomorrow, so I can have some more fun! Thanks Chuck, once again, for reminding and encouraging us to be more like Christ. charles towne Reply February 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm February 19, 2018 at 6:28 am February 22, 2018 at 8:26 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleNelson leads the way in huge fundraising and spending periodNext articleAt a loss over school shootings Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 21, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply Gosh, I don’t even know what to say. The article and all of your readers comments are so important and so true. Most of my life I have wallowed in all of my messes and problems, feeling I didn’t have anything extra to give or offer other people. Over time, but with quite a way to go, I have started to learn this better way of being in and looking at the world. Thank you Charles and for all the people already living this way…it helps pave the way for the rest of us. A RESPONSIBLE PARENT
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Previous articleLegend and TCU graduate Dan Jenkins dead at 89Next articleWomen’s basketball to rely on senior leadership in Big 12 tournament Marley Capper RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Marley Capper is a senior, majoring in political science and journalism, minoring in communication studies. Capper works for Texas House Representative Matt Krause, and as group fitness instructor for the University Recreation Center. Capper hopes to attend law school, and pursue a career in politics and political reporting. Facebook Marley Capperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marley-capper/ printJoe Donoghue, sophomore cadet and the Battalion’s guidon bearer, holds up guidon during formation. Photo by Marley Capper.In efforts to create a bigger presence on campus, TCU’s Army ROTC program allowed cadets to bring a buddy to their Thursday morning physical training.Asia Smith, senior Cadet Captain and future operations assistant, came up with the idea to allow students who are not in ROTC to experience a morning physical training.“A lot of my non-ROTC friends ask what it’s like to be a cadet, so I thought it’d be a fun way to give them insight,” Smith said.Skylar Black, a senior cadet and public affairs officer, said that students seemed to be intimidated by ROTC members, which is why the program wanted to host an event to break the stigma. Cadets and their friends show up early in the morning for physical training. Photo by Marley Capper.Heidi Lemelin, a sophomore communication and educational studies double major, said she has a lot of ROTC friends and wondered how the program prepared them for the army. The morning consisted of three laps around the field inside the track, eight rounds of 20 ranger-partner pushups, 40 meters of walking lunges and air squats followed by another three laps around the field.“I liked the range of workouts we went through because it worked out different muscles and parts of our body,” Lemelin said.Lemelin said that despite the intensity of the workout, she was able to keep up and enjoyed it. “It was a cool atmosphere to be a part of because even though they were waking up early, they enjoyed it because they were all doing it together,” Lemelin said. Ryan Kaylor, a junior cadet, said seeing the ROTC members push themselves is what he thinks motivated the buddies to keep up and do well. Ryan Kaylor, junior cadet (back), performs ranger partner push ups with Jack Dinnie, Second Platoon Sergeant (front). Photo by Marley Capper.TCU’s ROTC program currently has 96 cadets enrolled in the program, 82 of which are on a contract and/or scholarships. Eighty of those on contract or scholarship have full scholarships and nine cadets have pending scholarships for the fall of 2019. Marley Capperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marley-capper/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Air Force ROTC’s year in a glance Marley Capperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marley-capper/ Marley Capper Fort Worth plans to increase civic, community engagement budget Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Marley Capperhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marley-capper/ ReddIt California protestors want to go back to work Twitter Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Students respond to ‘Joker’ mass shooting threats TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history
Organisation The joint letter to the Trade Commissioner can be read here. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia FranceGermanySpainEurope – Central AsiaCroatia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Internet RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan In order to protect journalists, the signatory organizations recommend adopting appropriate human rights standards, mandatory human rights impact assessment in due diligence processes, a system for adding surveillance technology to the EU control list, and mandatory transparency and disclosure criteria for export licensing by member states. Alors que les négociations sur la refonte du règlement sur les exportations des technologies de surveillance, interrompues par la crise sanitaire du Covid-19, reprennent ce mois-ci, Reporters sans frontières (RSF), au côté d’une coalition d’ONG, appelle la Commission européenne a revoir la nouvelle proposition de compromis afin de renforcer la protection des journalistes et de leurs sources. In an open letter to European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, RSF, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations warn against any further weakening of the Commission’s position in the talks on the EU dual-use recast. June 7, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2020 Spyware exports: RSF urges European Commission to step up efforts to protect journalists RSF_en Receive email alerts Recent cases show that digital spyware developed in the EU are still being sold to repressive governments throughout the world despite the existence of export controls. For example, the Colombian magazine Semana recently disclosed that surveillance software developed by the Spanish company Mollitiam Industries was bought by the Colombian armed forces, which has used it to illegally spy on supreme court judges, politicians, journalists and journalists’ sources. The targets included Semana’s editor Alejandro Santos, and some of his reporters, after they published articles about crimes committed by members of the military. June 8, 2021 Find out more FranceGermanySpainEurope – Central AsiaCroatia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Internet RSF News Help by sharing this information News News to go further Signatory organizations:Access NowAmnesty InternationalBrot für die WeltCommittee to Protect JournalistsFédération internationale pour les droits humains (FIDH)Human Rights WatchPrivacy InternationalReporters sans frontières (RSF) Related documents joint-ngo-letter-on-dual-use-recast_june-2020.pdfPDF – 81.98 KB Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more
News 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 press
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