Op-Ed

The truth about the lie of the land

It was Mark Twain who inimitably said: “Buy land, they are not making it anymore.” Sound advice when land is turned into a commodity that is bought and sold in a “free market,” but this is a mythical entity for many people in Việt Nam, because they can only dream of owning a piece of land or a home in the nation’s urban areas.

Op-Ed

We need to be vigilant about vigilantism

It was the stuff of action movies.

Five unarmed men stepped in to foil a group of armed thieves as they were trying to unlock and steal a motorbike.

A violent scuffle broke out, but, unlike in most movies, the heroes did not emerge winners, scathed or unscathed.

Op-Ed

Do we want to reverse or advance our brain drain?

A professor at Hoa Sen University in HCM City who shot to fame when he taught a class on innovation wearing a pair of shorts has come up short at the hand of some bureaucrats’ rigid interpretation of regulations.

Op-Ed

‘Wasting’ our lives, we’ll let our country go to waste

Nothing else will work. More than a year after a hefty increase in fines for littering violations, there has been no appreciable improvement in the situation, not a dent in the magnitude of change that is needed. We can no longer afford to accept inane, comforting messages that say small actions make a big difference. We need big actions that make a huge difference!

Op-Ed

Gov’t lags behind in digital era

During an unprecedented trial between a HCM City taxi firm against Grab, a Uber-type company, for alleged unfair competition, the judge posed a simple but fundemental question: “What field was Grab’s business licence registered in?”

Op-Ed

Much work to be done to end violence against women and girls

Last month a Vietnamese woman in Hanoi was attacked and set on fire by her foreign ex-boyfriend, who allegedly threw petrol at her, leaving her in critical condition with life-threatening burns. This shocking news is a painful reminder of the universality of the issue: there is no safe space from gender-based violence. The #MeToo movement around the world has underscored the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and violence.

Op-Ed

A complex problem we can’t resign ourselves to

On Monday, Deputy Chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee Đoàn Ngọc Hải in HCM City handed in his papers, admitting failure in his efforts to clear pavements of unauthorized vendors and other forms of illegal encroachment.

Op-Ed

No rocket science needed to prevent such blasts

In just several hours on Wednesday, two explosions constantly occurred at the same place in a village in the northern Bắc Ninh Province’s Yên Phong District, killing two people, both of whom are children, and injuring eight others, all are nearby locals.

Op-Ed

Crony capitalism subverts socialist aspirations

In a Đà Nẵng plot that has thickened steadily over the last several years, police are seeking a 42-year-old real estate tycoon, Phan Văn Anh Vũ, for criminal charges of “revealing State secrets.”