News Summary: Vietnam blogger arrested

News Summary: Vietnamese police arrest blogger for criticism; minister warns of dissent

Associated Press

POSTED CRITICISM: Vietnamese police arrested one of the country's best known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government.

CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT: The arrest of Pham Viet Dao, 61, intensifies a crackdown against Internet-fuelled dissent in the one-party, authoritarian state. It also indicates the level of concern in the Communist Party over the threat posed by Internet activism.

NO MORE MONOPOLY: Up until a few years ago, the party had a monopoly on information in the country. Now, scores of blogs and Facebook accounts report gleefully on its failings and internal feuding, reaching millions of people and helping spread anger at its long rule.

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Massive Alligator Strolls Casually Past Florida Tourists

      Video shows the gator without a care in the world.

      Inside Edition
    • Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

      European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling ...

      Associated Press
    • Grieving Husband Demands Harsher Sentence for 'Melrose' Star Who Killed His Wife: 'Justice Has Not Been Done'

      Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer will not return to prison for the fatal drunken driving crash that killed Helene Seeman.

      Inside Edition
    • Green fouls LeBron, appears to mock him for flopping

      OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green and LeBron James went at it again in the first half of the Cavaliers' visit to Golden State on Monday.

      Associated Press
    • Grandfather Stops Kidnapping In 'Tug of War' With Woman in Park Over 3-Year-Old: Cops

      Cops say Lindsay Frasher wrapped her arms around the girl, but her grandfather refused to let go.

      Inside Edition
    • Flying cars are real, and Airbus is making them this year

      If there's one thing that the year 2000 and beyond really let us down on it's the unfulfilled promise of flying cars. Sure, there are airplanes that can be driven on city streets, but they're not exactly commonplace, and definitely not as impressive as what 80s sci-fi movies had led us to believe. Now Airbus, one of the biggest aviation brands on the planet, is promising to do its part to clear up traffic congestion with autonomous flying taxis, and it plans on having a working prototype flying high by the end of this year. As Reuters reports , Airbus CEO Tom Enders announced the company's plans to continue development within its Urban Air Mobility division of a single-person autonomous flying vehicle at a recent tech conference in Germany. "We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously," Enders said. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground." Enders also cited the potential for flying cars to provide some much needed relief for city infrastructure like roads and bridges — after all, flying cars don't stress the pavement. What's more, Rodin Lyasoff, the CEO of A^3, Airbus's advanced projects group, suggests that flying cars are actually much closer to reality than we think. “Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there,” he says on the company's website. But Lyasoff also notes that one of the biggest hurdles currently is the technology that will allow the vehicles to avoid collisions when flying autonomously, though he says solving that issue is already a top priority. The company's current plans of having a single-passenger craft in the air within the next 12 months are ambitious, but seemingly within the realm of possibility, so grab your air sickness bag and strap in because the future is just around the corner.

      BGR News
    • Chiefs' Andy Reid believes holding should have been no-call

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn't believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called.

      Associated Press
    • Teen slain in 'rape-murder fantasy' was friend to the lonely

      GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table.

      Associated Press
    • Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

      Taiwan begins two days of military drills simulating an attack by China as the government sought to reassure the public in the face of deteriorating relations with Beijing.

      AFP Videos
    • Inside Edition
    • Trump 'won't be worse than Obama,' says Venezuela's president

      Venezuela's socialist leader said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was the victim of a global "hate campaign" and could not be worse than outgoing Barack Obama. On the campaign trail, the conservative Trump criticized Venezuela's ruling Socialists for oppressing their own people, but Maduro refrained from firing back in his first public comments on the Republican's election win. "He won't be worse than Obama, that's all I dare say.

      Reuters
    • Inside Edition
    • Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

      The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. ...

      Associated Press
    • Apple’s TV plans are finally starting to take shape

      Apple finally seems to be warming up to the the fact that it needs original programming if it ever hopes to compete in the TV space. To be sure, there are no shortage of movies and TV shows available for purchase and rental via iTunes, but Netflix has demonstrated that a stable of high-quality and exclusive content is what really moves the needle in today's ever-evolving entertainment age. Late last week, word surfaced that Apple was finally preparing to dive into the realm of original content head first. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal , Apple has been busy talking with producers about developing episodic shows similar in style to hit shows like HBO's Westworld and Netflix's Stranger Things . This is a promising development given that shows like  Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps  aren't exactly thrilling programs capable of attracting a wide audience in the same way that a show like House of Cards can pull in viewers. In the wake of that report, Apple Music chief and longtime music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine explained Apple's goals in the media space while appearing at a Television Critics Association event this past weekend. Iovine's remarks were originally relayed by The Hollywood Reporter . "At Apple Music, what we're trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video," Iovine said. "If South Park walks into my office, I am not going to say you're not musicians, you know? We're going to do whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose. We're going to try." Reports indicate that Apple's first stab at compelling original programming may hit Apple Music before the end of the year. As a final point, it's worth noting that Apple's deep pockets could certainly help it roll out any number of hit shows. As we've explained previously, Apple would only need $538 million in order to cumulatively produce one season of each of the following shows: Game of Thrones Breaking Bad House of Cards Orange is the new Black Arrested Development Mad Men Marco Polo The Wire The Big Bang Theory Sons of Anarchy All in all, it's reassuring to see that Apple finally seems to have a semblance of a strategy in a space that it's ignored for far too long.

      BGR News
    • 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier vs. 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

      The first Chevrolet Volt came to outrun the Toyota Prius. The new one hopes to kill it. A tale of two plug-in hybrids.

      Car and Driver
    • Steelers downplay Tomlin's vulgar description of Patriots

      PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live-streamed the giddy celebration in Pittsburgh's locker room after an 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City.

      Associated Press
    • Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

      ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre.

      Associated Press 43 min ago
    • 8 Injured in Shooting at Miami's MLK Park

      Miami-Dade police say eight people including five children were injured in a shooting at MLK park Monday following the city's annual MLK Day parade. (Jan. 16)

      Associated Press Videos
    • Ice cracks force shutdown of UK Antarctic station

      A British research station on an ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off on an iceberg, the British Antarctic Survey said on Monday. Sixteen people who were due to stay during the Antarctic winter between March and November will now be moved out, the BAS said in a statement. "It is prudent for safety reasons to shut down the station as a precautionary measure and remove its people before the Antarctic winter begins," it said.

      AFP
    • Mark Hamil as ‘The Joker’ thrashes Donald Trump yet again

      Outside of his memorable roles in Star Wars , Mark Hamill over the past few decades has enjoyed an incredibly successful run as a Hollywood voice over actor. Taking a look at Hamill's impressively long resume, his voice work as the Joker from  Batman: The Animated Series  truly stands out as something iconic. Last week, Hamill thought he'd have a little fun and decided to record one of Donald Trump's widely circulated tweets using his patented and quintessentially evil Joker voice. The result was nothing short of stunning. This week, Hamill was at it again, this time reading Trump's recent Twitter tirade about Meryl Streep. As for some quick background, Streep during last week's Golden Globe Awards show trashed President-elect Donald Trump without mentioning him by name. "There was one performance this year that stunned me," Streep said in part. "It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back." Never one to ignore a insult or even a perceived slight, Trump predictably took to Twitter where he called Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood." In a new audio recording titled "Return of Trumpster", Hamill once again delivers a homerun. And for anyone who missed Hamill's first effort, here it is below for your listening enjoyment. https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/817901534948179968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw As Trump prepares to take over the Oval Office this week, we can expect to hear more Hamill as Joker as Trump audio recordings in the weeks and months ahead.

      BGR News