Vietnamese military doctors in South Sudan (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping activities in war-torn South Sudan has gained praise from international media. On its official website peacekeeping.un.org, the UN Peacekeeping called the presence of Vietnam’s first level-2 field military hospital in Bentiu as a “historic arrival”, and the “green beret” force has been welcomed by the UN and the UN Mission in this African country. Despite formidable challenges in the nation, Vietnamese doctors will successfully complete their mission, it said. In the writing “ RAAF flies Vietnamese peacekeepers to South Sudan”, Australia’s analysis firm “The Strategist” affirmed that the Vietnamese hospital’s operations in South Sudan not only show the country’s increasing role in the international arena but it also offers opportunities for Vietnamese and Australian militaries to step … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan grabs int’l headlines
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It took the fall of a US movie mogul to breach the culture of silence around sexual assault and harassment in France, but French feminist Caroline De Haas believes the country has turned a corner. "There will be a before and an after #balancetonporc," she told AFP. The #balancetonporc (expose your pig) hashtag is the French variant of the #metoo campaign launched in response to the plethora of abuse allegations that toppled movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Over the past week, social media accounts in France -- like in the US -- have been awash with accounts of harassment or assault, with tens of thousands of women (and some men) adding their names to the list of alleged victims. Since the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein, In a country long seen as soft on sexual harassment -- where the predatory style of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was an open secret before he was brought down by a US assault case brought by a hotel maid -- feminists see the flood of testimonies … [Read more...] about Is Weinstein scandal a watershed for French women too?
Vietnam’s 40-year reconstruction cause after its reunification in 1975 has been hailed as a success story, with major international organisations and media taking note of the country’s rapid socio-economic development. The United Nations said a fter reunification, due to the severe damages caused by many years of war, policy weaknesses and a difficult international environment, Vietnam’s economy experienced a long period of crisis during the 1970s and 1980s. To overcome these difficulties the Doi Moi (renovation) process was initiated in 1986, and on the back of the reforms, the country has seen rapid economic growth. Since 1990, Vietnam’s GDP nearly tripled based on an average annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 percent - up until the global economic crisis in 2008. Growth suffered in 2008 (6.2 percent) and 2009 (5.3 percent) and is estimated to remain sluggish in 2010. Nevertheless, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line, … [Read more...] about Vietnam 40 years after reunification from international perspective
Friday's Tale Retirement age in suspense Son Nguyen Friday, Apr 27, 2018,20:19 (GMT+7) Retirement age in suspenseSon Nguyen The plan to adjust the retirement age gets stuck again when the issue is revisited this week. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs submitted the plan to the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee this Monday, seeking approval to gradually extend the retirement age to 65 years for men and 60 for women. Though it is agreed that such a change is inevitable to keep the social insurance fund from going bust, there is no single viable way to do so, as seen in debates covered in local media these days. Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung, speaking to the committee, stressed that changing the retirement age is imperative, as the social insurance fund has neared the brink of collapse. To win lawmakers’ support, Dung reasoned that “not a single country in the … [Read more...] about Retirement age in suspense
Culture authorities in Vietnam plan to collect opinions on whether or not the swimsuit segment should be dropped from beauty contests. Le Tuan Minh, deputy head of the Agency for Performing Arts under the culture ministry, said his unit will start polling the question on June 22. “The agency wants related organizations to have a voice in this. The fact that organizers of Miss America have decided to cut the swimsuit part shows they want to focus on evaluating the contestants based on their knowledge, which should be encouraged,” Minh said. He said Vietnam does not have any regulation on banning the swimsuit competition and its continuity depends on the decision of the organizers. Current legal documents on beauty contests do say that priority should be given to beauty of the mind, culture and other characteristics of contestants rather than their appearance. Opinions on the bikini inclusion or exclusion will be collected for five months and a draft decree based on the … [Read more...] about Bikini or no bikini: that is the question