The Red, White, & Blue Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Nearly two dozen members of the U.S. Congress have written to the heads of Facebook and Google urging them not to comply with a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, saying the legislation is in violation of international human rights standards and raises concerns under the country’s trade obligations.

google logoThis is rich, coming from the greatest human rights violator in the world, bar none, and a country that regularly and extensively monitors the online activities of its own law-abiding citizens and anyone else they can sink their claws into via Google, Facebook, and other companies, regardless of nationality.   (Long live Edward Snowden!)  

Here’s a dictionary definition of HYPOCRISY:  the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.  If the shoe fits, wear it, and it certainly does in this case.  (Long live the Tor Project and encrypted email and chat!)  

Radio_Free_Asia_(logo)Follow this link to read this article in its entirety:  US Lawmakers Urge Facebook, Google Not to Comply With Vietnam Cybersecurity Law.  As always, consider the source.  RFA is a propaganda organ of the US government.  It broadcasts and publishes online news, information, and commentary to listeners in East Asia while “advancing the goals of U.S. foreign policy.”  Even if the truth doesn’t set you free, it will make you a more well-informed national and global citizen.    

Bonus!  

Read these 2010 and 2013 articles and weep (and/or get angry): EXCLUSIVE: GOOGLE, CIA INVEST IN ‘FUTURE’ OF WEB MONITORING

Secret program gives NSA, FBI backdoor access to Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft data

Peace, MAA

Postscript:  Cybermemo to those two dozen hypocrites in the US Congress and their fellow travelers:  Rome is burning!  Instead of throwing stones from your rather large and crumbling glass house and wasting precious time talking out of both sides of your sanctimonious maw, why not try putting out some of the fires?  HintUse water not gasoline.  

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Happy 8th Anniversary to An Int’l Educator in Viet Nam!

wp 8 anniversaryWordPress dutifully reminded me earlier this week that it was the 8th anniversary of my blog.  Time waits for no one.  The fall of 2009 was a season of many personal and professional changes and transitions.  My very first blog post was a sign that I once again had relative freedom of speech and I haven’t looked back since. 

I believe it’s safe to say that this blog has met and, at times, exceeded the expectations of its subtitle.  I do know that it’s read by quite a few people, both in and out of the profession, from the public, non-profit, and private sectors in Viet Nam, the US, and many other countries.

Here’s to many more years of An International Educator in Viet Nam with a healthy dose of information, insights, and intrigue! 

MAA