The Ugly Thugs Running Vietnam Aren’t Experimenting With Democracy

Thomas A. Bass

Vietnam is a moiré pattern: Squint at the country one way and you get an aspirational society zooming into the future. Squint another way, and you get an old-fashioned jailer of anyone who refuses to toe the party line. The sunshine lobby focuses on Vietnam’s lovely beaches, food, and allure as a tourist destination. Human rights reporters focus on patterns of (...) (23/01/2016)

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