Can officials be trusted to make responsible statements during a crisis?

If Vietnam fails to deal seriously with officials' irresponsible talk, they are likely to play fast and loose with facts during a crisis.

How can Vietnamese people manage a water supply monopoly?

It's easy to criticize a water monopoly at times of crisis. But, if there are systemic shortcomings in holding it accountable, our hands are tied.

Gravy train speeds up in the twilight of officials' careers

In Vietnam, corruption gets entrenched as state officials act to maximize their take towards the end of their careers and beyond.
October 15, 2019 | 07:35 am GMT+7

Hotel vandalizing Ma Pi Leng Pass highlights clueless administration

The recent commotion surrounding the Panorama hotel in Ha Giang shows the provincial administration’s ineptitude in managing its most precious resources.
October 10, 2019 | 01:15 pm GMT+7

For Vietnamese, infrastructure may no longer connote development

For Vietnamese, infrastructure projects are synonymous with delays, cost overruns and a lack of safety.
October 08, 2019 | 07:34 am GMT+7

Time to take bolder actions for clean air and people's health

During the last two weeks, the citizens of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City had been choked by heavily polluted air in the streets.
October 05, 2019 | 07:57 am GMT+7

Reflections on the passing of General Giap and the end of an era

Six years have passed but the memory of the great general's death and funeral are still fresh in my mind.
October 01, 2019 | 02:35 pm GMT+7

Flares can burn recent gains made by Vietnamese football

The high popularity of Vietnamese football can be undermined by the shooting of flares, keeping fans away from league games.
September 24, 2019 | 12:51 pm GMT+7

Is Rang Dong fire vicinity really safe now?

Conflicting information about the aftermath of the recent Hanoi warehouse fire is causing confusion and uncertainty among the public, especially after authorities’ tardy response.
September 17, 2019 | 10:12 am GMT+7

The problems with Vietnam's limited healthcare funding

The current healthcare system in Vietnam does not benefit the poor when it limits the fund that could aid them to get access to healthcare service.
September 14, 2019 | 11:37 am GMT+7

Why Southeast Asia shouldn't worry about 'brain drain'

The brain drain is a myth that reduces skilled migration to a zero-sum game in which one country "gains" brain-power which is "drained" out of another.
September 08, 2019 | 09:25 am GMT+7

Beautiful churches from a distant north

Century-old churches in northern Vietnam are an attraction worth preserving.
September 06, 2019 | 02:08 pm GMT+7

Hanoi fire re-exposes major risk management shortcomings in Vietnam

Near Bien Hoa airport, I've met citizens anguished that they were not informed of dioxin dangers at the most contaminated spot in the world for 40 years.
September 04, 2019 | 10:45 am GMT+7

Patriotism: The tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost (1874-1963).
September 02, 2019 | 06:15 pm GMT+7

Saigon's waste management isn't working, and citizens are paying the price

The most ambitious waste management facility in Saigon never lived up to its expectations, but the damage it has done is increasingly evident.
August 29, 2019 | 02:43 pm GMT+7
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