Neither insurance nor assurance: Vietnamese agriculture left in the lurch

Storms, floods, other disasters are not uncommon, but Vietnamese farmers can only lament: "Perhaps it’s just God’s plan."

Boy killed in school bus symptomatic of social apathy to child protection

A few days ago I took my child through the gates of a beautiful school for a new chapter in his life: first grade.

What the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has meant in 25 years

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an overarching framework for establishing legal order for the seas and oceans, promoting maritime development and cooperation.
August 10, 2019 | 01:11 pm GMT+7

Child’s death in a car is a reminder our human mind needs guidelines

The tragic recent death of a Hanoi schoolboy opens our eyes to the blind spots in the brain and memory. But proper protocols and guidelines can help minimize these inherent flaws.
August 08, 2019 | 10:18 am GMT+7

On fertile agricultural land, Vietnam’s shooting itself in the foot

Vietnam, a naturally agricultural country, has been unthinkingly destroying its arable land in chasing a skewed development vision.
August 06, 2019 | 03:00 pm GMT+7

Sidewalks and traffic: a false trade-off

When I was writing my book "Hanoi Promenade," I often wondered what makes the city so special, so attaching.
July 30, 2019 | 02:24 pm GMT+7

Vietnam should forget about high speed railway until 2030

An expensive high-speed railway is a nice dream, but let’s get real and build better roads between provinces first.
July 25, 2019 | 01:00 pm GMT+7

Mail-order wedding brokers little more than traffickers

Brokers marry off Vietnamese women to Korean men for money, apathetic to the fact they are putting them in harm’s way.
July 23, 2019 | 01:00 pm GMT+7

Hospital violence: medical workers, patients, public all to blame

“Do your job as a doctor! Why do you keep asking questions?” yelled a woman in my face, smashing my desk.
July 21, 2019 | 09:15 am GMT+7

When people die on our streets without help, humanity dies

Whatever the reason, not helping people injured in traffic accidents reflects badly on us as individuals and as a society.
July 16, 2019 | 08:03 am GMT+7

No country for rivers

Vietnam used to be rich in water resources, but pollution has all but killed most of its rivers and other water bodies.
July 09, 2019 | 07:44 am GMT+7

Vietnam has miles to go in dealing with sexual abuse of children

Acknowledgment of sexual abuse of children as a serious problem has been belated; dealing with its aftermath is virtually uncharted territory.
July 02, 2019 | 02:13 pm GMT+7

Inflection point reached, definition of ‘public’ land imperative

Huge losses often mark the sale of public land in Vietnam to private buyers, a major shortcoming in land administration.
June 25, 2019 | 09:35 am GMT+7

Child bullying is so normal that it’s not even seen as bullying

Adults are instilling in children a depowering mindset when they bully the young ones with tasteless jokes and pranks.
June 18, 2019 | 08:01 am GMT+7

Alcohol destroyed my brother’s life. Don’t let it destroy yours

As long as drinking is a cultural necessity and worn as a badge of social honor, there will be a price to pay.
June 13, 2019 | 06:32 pm GMT+7
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