Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001 - Political Science - 273 pages
Moving from the 1950s to the present, Zachary Abuza explores Vietnamese politics and culture through the lens of the internal debates over political reform. Abuza focuses on issues of representation, intellecutal freedom, the rise of civil society, and the emergence of a loyal opposition, assessing the prospects for change. He finds that, while some mildly dissident groups may add impetus to the effort, internal party protest remains the most legitimate - and most likely - form of political dissent in the country. His analysis offers a compelling portrayal of the extraordinary contradictions that are at the core of contemporary Vietnam. Abuza explores contemporary Vietnamese politics through the lens of the internal debates over political reform.
 

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Wholy OK about your writing. Sure, there're so many stories behind the vietnamese iron
curtain that the media ignores which must be told to the public. First of all, corruption as
well as human
rights' violation. Like other dictatorships in the world, the vietnamese one
is not better, even the worst. In page 137, the author relates the smuggling's story of Cai
thi Tam (whose name has been changed into Nguyen thi Ky), Van Tien Dung's wife. Who
is Dung? He was one of the prestigious general officers of the RSVN, who served as the
commander of the the 320 infantry division during the french war and had participated in
the legendary battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Afterwards, he led the Ho Chi Minh's cam
paign to invade South Vietnam which ended by the communist takeover of Saigon after
the collapse of the RVN in 1975. Of course, the case of Dung's wife is not the only one.
Other rumors concerning the wife of Vo Nguyen Giap, another famous general of RSVN
had been previously registered, and, at present, in regard to Nguyen Tan Dung, its prime
minister and his family. Despite the strong will of the Vietnamese communist regime to
fight against corruption, this awful flail seems far from to be resolved as the communist
propaganda uses to claim until now!
 

Contents

Dissidents and Democratization in Vietnam
1
The Nhan VanGiai Pham Affair the 1967 Purge
41
The Debates over Democratization and Legalization
75
The Battle over Intellectual Freedom and Freedom
131
Religious Freedom and Civil Society
183
Coping with Internal Dissent
211
Conclusion
235
Index
259
About the Book 273
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