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Russia pushes an ‘OPEC’ for natural-gas nations

October 30, 2008

The nations with the world’s three biggest reserves of natural gas – Russia, Iran, and Qatar – are quietly moving ahead to form a “gas OPEC,” an organization modeled after the oil cartel.

By Fred Weir
The Christian Science Monitor
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In Tehran last week, representatives of the Russian natural-gas monopoly Gazprom met with counterparts from Iran and Qatar and agreed to create “a big gas troika.” The group will meet quarterly to discuss pricing and supplies. Between them, these three countries hold an estimated 55 percent of known global gas reserves. The possibility of a cartel has long been opposed in Washington and European capitals.

The new cartel plan may be finalized Nov. 18, when Russia hosts a forum of gas-exporting countries in Moscow, including possible additions to the group such as Algeria, Indonesia, Libya, and Venezuela.

For Russia, which blames the US for causing the current global financial crisis and the attendant collapse of oil and other commodity prices, forging new energy-based international relationships holds political promise. “There is a clear desire in Moscow to work toward breaking what it perceives as US dominance of the world economy, but it’s way too soon to predict where this global crisis is leading,” says Masha Lipman, an expert with the Carnegie Center in Moscow. “If the US should really go into decline, I suppose we shall see new groups of states, and new contenders, come forward.”

As global energy prices plunge, cooperating with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to stabilize markets has gained fresh traction in the Kremlin while the long-discussed idea of creating a “gas OPEC” of leading producers is suddenly getting a big push from Moscow.

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Singapore new destination for Vietnamese labor

March 20, 2008

By Manh Duong and Nguyen Thuy
Thanh Nien
Vietnam National Youth Federation
March 20, 2008
 

Singapore has emerged as an attractive labor market for Vietnam, offering workers high salaries and good working conditions.  

The number of Vietnamese workers in Singapore was still modest, said Tran Quoc Ninh, vice chairman of the Vietnam Labor Export Association, but the island-nation would surely become an important labor market in the very near future.

The Overseas Manpower Service Company (SULECO) recently clinched a deal to send 70 workers to Singapore, SULECO deputy director Tran Van Thanh said.

They would work as restaurant assistant managers, sales managers, delivery men and postmen, and get salaries of SGD1,400 to 1,800 (US$1,000 to 1,300) per month, the highest salaries Vietnamese workers got anywhere in Asia, he said.

Singapore has so far been hiring personnel from countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines for such jobs.

United Micro Electronics Corporation was the first Singaporean company to recruit skilled workers through the Vietnamese labor agency Sovilaco last year.

The recruitment tendencies have changed due to three main factors: Vietnam’s trade promotion activities since its admission to the World Trade Organization, the successful operation of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province, and the capabilities of Vietnamese students and workers.

The female workers supplied by Sovilaco said they had found perfect working conditions and there had been no conflicts or incidents.

The workers at United Micro Electronics, for instance, get a lot of benefits, ranging from high allowances and free housing to access to the gym and the Internet.

Other traditional markets rarely offer such working and living conditions.

Last year, 107 Vietnamese laborers died in Malaysia and one-third of the deaths were believed to stem from heart and respiratory diseases.

The statistics have had a strong effect on many Vietnamese workers who were planning to work in Malaysia.

According to the Vietnamese Overseas Labor Management Bureau, the target of sending 26,000 guest workers to Malaysia this year may not be achieved.

The bureau added it expected to send 10,000 guest workers to new markets in the Middle East, mainly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, this year.

More than 470,000 Vietnamese nationals are working in 40 countries and territories around the world.

Qatar seen bankrolling Hamas

March 5, 2008

By Nicholas Kralev
The Washington Times
March 5, 2008

JERUSALEM — Palestinian officials yesterday said Hamas is receiving millions of dollars from the Gulf state of Qatar, some of which they suspect is used to purchase weapons.
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The comments were issued as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s peace mission faltered under new Israeli air and ground assaults on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ rejected her request to resume peace talks.
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Miss Rice repeatedly demanded during a visit to the region that the militant Islamist Hamas, which rules Gaza, stop launching rockets at Israeli cities.

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Vietnam to send 100,000 migrant workers to Qatar

January 12, 2008

The Khaleej Times
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 January 2008
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HANOI- Communist Vietnam plans to send 100,000 guest workers to oil-rich Qatar over the next three years, expanding its migrant labour programme in the Middle East, state media said Saturday.

The two countries’ labour ministers signed an agreement on the programme in Hanoi on Friday after Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung visited the Gulf emirate in mid-December, the Vietnam News daily reported.

Vietnam last year sent 85,000 workers abroad—mostly to Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and other Asian countries—generating income and reducing unemployment at home, where 1.5 million people enter the job market every year.

About 10,000 Vietnamese already work in Qatar, says Vietnam’s government, which sees the Middle East, including the oil and gas-rich Gulf states, as a promising growth market for its labour exports.

Vietnam has set a target of sending 100,000 workers abroad every year by 2010, according to the Department of Management of Overseas Labourers.

Migration experts and state media have highlighted cases of exploitation of Vietnamese migrant workers who often have been trapped under harsh conditions in overseas jobs while struggling to repay large loans and air fares.Labour Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Nhan told a workshop last week that Vietnam’s labour exports will comply with international law, ‘protecting participants, especially the rights and interests of labourers,’ the Vietnam News reported.

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The Insidious Nature of Human Trafficking: Vietnam

The Insidious Nature of Human Trafficking: Vietnam

January 12, 2008
By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 12, 2008
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The government of communist Vietnam and a lot of their fellows in business with Vietnam are not going to like this much but it should be known that Vietnam is a state sponsor of human trafficking.The veneer of “disgust over human trafficking by the government of Vietnam” looks like this: a crackdown on human trafficking covers over Vietnam’s worst offenses. The article from Than Nien News on December 26, 2007 (see the article “Human Trafficking Crackdown in Vietnam” below) is a fine example of how the official, state controlled media paints a picture of righteousness and propriety against human trafficking inside Vietnam.The truth is that the communist government of Vietnam sanctions and profits from human trafficking.

Just yesterday, January 11, 2008, an article ran in Nhan Dan, a Vietnamese Communist State News Service, under the banner headline “Vietnam and Qatar Sign Labor Co-Operation Pact.”

The article states, in part, that an “agreement was inked by Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Qatar Minister of labour and State Social Affairs Sultan Bin Hassan Al-Dhabit Al-Dosari.”

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is a criminal who made a lot of money on this deal. She is a madam if you prefer kindness. In fact, she is a slave trader.

The article continues, “The Qatar government has licensed its businesses to recruit an additional 25,000 Vietnamese workers besides the current 10,000. The country plans to increase the number of Vietnamese guest workers to 100,000 within the next three years.”

There is no mention of any people from Qatar traveling to Vietnam to work.

Here is what happens to a “guest worker” who arrives in Qatar. Upon arrival, the “guest worker’s” passport and other papers are confiscated. The best looking young women are assigned to work in brothels and other businesses that are hidden by a veneer of propriety. Many of the girls are told they are “entertainers.” It doesn’t take long to realize this means prostitute.

Other women are assigned as “domestics” and work as maids in private households. These women are routinely raped or expected to “service” the master of the house regularly.

Anyone attempting to escape from this system of state sponsored exploitation will find his or her photograph published in the newspaper with a caption like this: “Hong Nguyen has run away from her rightful employer at 5623 Persian Gulf Way. She is a Vietnamese national without passport or travel documents. She is an illegal alien in Qatar. Any person coming into contact with this criminal should notify the police at this phone number: ( ****). Her employer has offered a reward for her return to lawful work in the guest worker program.”

When I passed the main state police station in Qatar, one of my hosts opined, “That is the building where people go in and never come out.”

Men who arrive in oil-rich Arab nations like Qatar suffer a similar fate. They work 14-20 hours a day in the most miserable conditions. American dogs have a MUCH better life than these human beings.

Another of Vietnam’s state sponsored human trafficking scams is the marriage brokering business. Young women are promised better lives, good money and a nice life style if they marry a foreigner. Foreign men line up to look over hundreds of pretty, young, naïve, willing and submissive women. The men are often from South Korea, China, or Taiwan.

The government of Vietnam makes a little money from every “marriage.” The men pay a fee gladly.

Once the Vietnamese “wives” are in their new homes in Taiwan or elsewhere, their passports are confiscated and they often become sex slaves. Abuse of these young people is terrible — too terrible to describe here.

If the young “wife” escapes, she has no local language skills and is unlikely to find a decent job because she has no documents and is obviously an illegal alien.

So it is our suggestion that readers dismiss the glowing reports from Vietnam and other countries engaged in exporting human beings for profit. That is called human trafficking and is one of the most despicable crimes against humanity.

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“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
— Winston Churchill

Human Trafficking Crackdown in Vietnam 

Local authorities will intensify their operations in 2008 to stop the trafficking of women and children across the Chinese/Cambodian
border.

Ministry of Public Security Vice Director of Social Order and Crime Investigations, Colonel Dang Quoc Nhat, said, women and children smuggling in Vietnam is very serious and complicated, requiring increasingly cunning methods.

As many as 900 human trafficking cases involving 1,600 traffickers and 2,200 smuggled women and children were detected from 2005-2007.

Police and border guards have also uncovered several rings that trafficked women and children from Vietnam via Laos to Thailand, Africa or Europe to be sex workers. Economic difficulties, unemployment and poor education, especially in mountainous and remote areas, were the major factors in the trafficking increase.

Adapted from: “Human Trafficking Crackdown.” Thanh Nien News, 26 December 2007.

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http://www.humantrafficking.org/updates/768

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Vietnam and Qatar sign labor co-operation pact

Vietnam to send 100,000 migrant workers to Qatar

Vietnam and Qatar sign labor co-operation pact

January 11, 2008

From Nhan Dan (Vietnamese Communist State News Service)
January 11, 2008

Vietnam and Qatar signed a labour co-operation agreement in Hanoi on January 11, launching a new phase in bilateral ties in labour and social affairs.

The agreement was inked by Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Qatar Minister of labour and State Social Affairs Sultan Bin Hassan Al-Dhabit Al-Dosari.

The Qatar government has licensed its businesses to recruit an additional 25,000 Vietnamese workers besides the current 10,000. The country plans to increase the number of Vietnamese guest workers to 100,000 within the next three years.

“As Vietnam is open its embassy in Qatar soon, we will assign an attaché in charge of coordinating with the local authorities in managing Vietnamese workers,” Minister Ngan said.

Before the signing ceremony, the two ministers held talks to discuss in details issues related to labour co-operation, particularly vocational training for Vietnamese workers, and the management and protection of their interests in Qatar .

Later on the day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung gave a reception to the visiting Qatar labour minister.

He told the guest that labour co-operation is the shortest way for the two countries to boost their cooperation and expand trade and investment and attain higher economic growths.

“The labour cooperation agreement will provide a full and close legal framework for the sending of Vietnamese workers to Qatar ,” Deputy PM Hung said.

He emphasised that the two sides need to collaborate in training Vietnamese workers not only in professional skills, but also in the language, culture and customs and the law of Qatar.