Socialism Is Alive and Well … in Vietnam

by Frank Joyce

Southeast Asian nations could offer a way for countries like ours to become more democratic and prosperous.

Vietnam is mentioned in the news quite often these days. But the references are almost always in relation to Iraq. What’s not being covered is what’s going on in Vietnam itself — which is unfortunate, because economically, politically and socially, it might just be the most interesting and inspiring nation on the planet.

Socialist art in Vietnam

In the interest of full disclosure, my affection for Vietnam goes way back. As an anti-war activist I met with Vietnamese liaisons to the anti-war movement on several occasions. In 1970 I visited Hanoi and was profoundly impressed with the character and resolve of the people, not to mention the beauty of the country itself. Even then, during wartime, the food was terrific, too. Continue reading

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Closing Speech by the New General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam

Nhan Dan Online

Newly elected Party General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong.

The new General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), the 11th tenure, Nguyen Phu Trong, delivered a speech closing the 11th National CPV Congress in Hanoi on January 19.

The following is the full text of the speech.

After nine days working in a serious, urgent manner in a democratic and solidarity atmosphere with a high sense of responsibility before the Party and people, the 11th National Party Congress has successfully concluded with the completion of all set items on the agenda.

The Congress has engaged in energetic, frank and democratic discussions and unanimously adopted documents of great importance and strategic, long-term significance for the country’s development: The Platform on National Construction in the Transitional Period to Socialism (supplemented and developed in 2011), the Socio-economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020, political orientations and tasks for the five years from 2011-2015 and the Party Statute (supplemented and revised). Continue reading