The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Vietnam are looking for local candidates for four scholarships to engage in academic programs on global environmental issues that will include trips to the U.S. next year. College freshmen and juniors who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities and indicate a serious interest in the environment are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues, which is scheduled to begin next June and last for five weeks. They should be between 18 and 25 years old, have a sustained high level of academic achievement as indicated in grades, awards, and teacher recommendations, and be committed to returning to their home universities upon completion of the SUSI program. A serious interest in learning about the United States and a good command of English are required for prospective candidates. Successful applicants … [Read more...] about U.S. government seeks Vietnamese students for environment scholarships
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Vietnamese Agent Orange victims have slammed the U.S. court dismissal of the Agent Orange case against chemical companies and said they would legally fight the decision until justice had been achieved. On March 10, U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein dismissed the lawsuit, saying he disagreed that the allegedly toxic defoliants and similar U.S. herbicides should be called poisons banned under international rules of war. "His verdict is completely unreasonable and unjust," Nguyen Trong Nhan, vice president of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin told Reuters a day after the decision. "The ruling by the US federal court shows its irresponsibility toward miseries of millions of AO victims and their families in Vietnam," stressed the association later in a declaration. "We will pursue the suit until justice is done," the declaration said. Continuing the fight Lawyers representing Vietnamese Agent Orange victims plan to appeal to the Second … [Read more...] about Agent Orange victims blast U.S. verdict, vow to keep fighting
The year 2004 saw new signs of rapid development in the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, and the trend is expected to continue into the next year. The U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1995 and in 2001 the two countries struck a landmark bilateral trade agreement, allowing two-way trade between the two countries. "Bilateral ties between our two nations will continue to flourish in 2005," said Nguyen Duc Hung, an official from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Hung just returned from Washington, D.C. to attend a government seminar on Vietnam-U.S. relations. He quoted Michael Marine, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, as telling the U.S. Senate that a prosperous and dynamic Vietnam playing a leading role in Asia will benefit the U.S. and the American people. In a recent meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi, the ambassador also said the extensive and intensive expansion of bilateral relations between Vietnam and … [Read more...] about Vietnam-U.S. relations to continue expanding next year
The United States will support Vietnam 's efforts to combat avian and pandemic influenza under a three-year project. The US Embassy in Vietnam on Sept. 23 issued a press release stating that funding during the first year will be 3.6 million USD. The project will focus on the five provinces of Ha Nam and Hung Yen in the north, Quang Tri in the central region and Can Tho and Kien Giang in the south of Vietnam as the basis for testing and applying risk reduction practices in local settings. Other provinces will be included as appropriate and feasible. Working particularly at the local level with health, agriculture, and rural development officials, activities will include public communication campaigns and training for animal and human health workers to help them and their communities monitor, prevent and control avian and pandemic influenza. The project will also encourage other villages to take special measures to reduce the risk and spread of disease, especially in provinces at high … [Read more...] about U.S. helps combat influenza in Vietnam
Minh Pham, 33, broke down in tears after expressing regret in a New York courtroom and recognizing the severity of his punishment in America five months after pleading guilty to terrorism charges. A Muslim convert who left Vietnam as a baby and spent most of his life in Britain, Pham travelled to Yemen in December 2010 to receive military training from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a group that has claimed repeated attacks on the West. He returned to Britain, where he had left behind his 8-months-pregnant wife, in July 2011 after offering to carry out a suicide attack and being instructed to bomb civilians arriving at London's busiest airport from Israel or America, the court heard. "I made a very serious mistake," Pham told Judge Alison Nathan before choking up at the prospect of spending decades in a maximum-security American jail separated from his family. Dressed in navy prison scrubs, an orange T-shirt and orange canvas shoes, he denied that he had ever intended to … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-born Al-Qaeda recruit sentenced to 40 years in U.S.
The Obama administration partially eased the ban in October 2014 in an effort to help Vietnam improve its maritime security capabilities and in response to “modest” improvements in Vietnam’s human rights record. Vietnamese officials have since called for the ban to be fully lifted. To Hanoi, the continuation of the ban means that relations, including military ties, have not been fully normalized. Here lies the difference in views between the two sides. As Hanoi and Washington began to explore substantive ways to boost ties earlier in the U.S. rebalance to Asia, U.S. officials forged the link between removal of the ban and progress on human rights as a way to maintain leverage. The linkage was made on the premise that Vietnam has an interest in seeking closer security cooperation with the United States in the face of China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea. The strategic milieu of U.S.-Vietnam relations has evolved since then. While it was … [Read more...] about Fully lifting U.S. lethal arms ban will add momentum to U.S.-Vietnam relations
Tribune Watchdog report Memories of the Vietnam War are dimming, but veterans and Vietnamese nationals who were exposed to Agent Orange and other dioxin-laced defoliants are still experiencing devastating health effects, and birth defects have brought the impact into a second generation. Yet the U.S. government has yet to make full amends, either in the U.S. or overseas. To report this series, the Tribune interviewed nearly two dozen civilians and former soldiers in Vietnam as well as researching thousands of pages of documents and traveling to the homes of veterans in the U.S. Travel in Vietnam was supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Part 1 of a Tribune investigation finds that U.S. officials have neglected a lasting problem even as the health fallout has spread. Do Thi Hang, 19, experiences a seizure as her father Do Duc Diu, 58, tries to keep her from injuring herself. Hang suffers from frequent seizures as a result of fluid that accumulates in her brain, … [Read more...] about Agent Orange’s lethal legacy: For U.S., a record of neglect
Iran has blocked a web-based embassy provided by the U.S. government to Iranians only a day after it was officially launched, local Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. In October, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that her country was planning to open a virtual embassy for Iranians by the end of this year, which would provide them with online access to U.S. visa and education information. Shortly after Clinton's remarks, the Islamic Association Union of Iranian Students vowed to occupy the virtual embassy once it was launched, as what their predecessors did to the U.S. embassy 32 years ago. Seyyed-Ali Mousavi, secretary of the students' movement said that they would not allow the United States to enter Iran. On Wednesday, Iranian lawmaker Hassan Ghafourifard said the launch of the U.S. virtual embassy aims at creating a rift between the Iranian people and their government, the state IRIB TV website reported. Iranians are not interested in having anything to … [Read more...] about U.S. virtual embassy to Iran blocked: Iranian media
The U.S. government agency created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill plans in coming weeks to unveil tougher financial requirements for offshore oil producers aimed at protecting taxpayers from the risk of cleaning up abandoned oil rigs, an agency executive told Reuters. Under the new guidelines, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will demand additional guarantees to cover producers' legal obligation to plug offshore wells and dismantle rigs in the Outer Continental Shelf once they have extracted oil and gas, according to Renee Orr, chief of Strategic Resources at the agency. Currently, companies are exempt from providing supplemental bonds for the cleanup-process, known as decommissioning, if the total estimated liability is less than half of their net worth. The stricter bonding rules, which will demand more capital of more companies, were proposed by the federal agency in September and will be implemented this year, Orr said. They follow more than 80 bankruptcy … [Read more...] about U.S. offshore regulator to unveil tougher environmental safeguards
Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters. The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to continue working in the United States, the documents said. Alphabet Inc’s Google, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Intel Corp, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], IBM Corp, Marriott International Inc and other top U.S. companies are listed as members, one of the documents shows. Intel, Uber and Univision Communications Inc [UVN.UL] confirmed their membership, but the other companies did not immediately comment. It is possible that plans to launch the group could change. “We’re pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.