The history of Vietnam is one of the longest continuous histories in the world, with archaeological findings showing that human settlements as far back as around half a million years ago and a cultural history of over 20,000 years.
Ancient Vietnam was home to some of the world's earliest civilizations and societies - making them one of the world's first people who practiced agriculture.
The Vietnam War and Shell oil companies: Between 1972 and 1975, the last three years of the Vietnam War, Shell Vietnam (the local "operating company" of the Shell Group) controlled half of Vietnam’s oil supply.
A book by Louis Wesseling, the President of Shell Vietnam during that period, revealed that Shell failed properly to control the oil shipments which flowed through indirect channels to the Viet Cong.
According to his book “Fuelling the war: revealing an oil company’s role in Vietnam”, Shell knowingly employed as a manager a notorious former senior police official with a “fearsome and well-deserved reputation” who “had already shown his inclination to settle security matters by military action with little compunction about killing, innocents along with suspects”.
Wesseling later served as CEO of Shell companies in South America and the Middle East and collaborated on drafting the "Shell Group Business Principles".
From YouTube.com Last Dragon of Vietnam
Vietnam's last Emperor, Nguyen Vinh Thuy, came to the throne in 1926 as Bao Dai or "Keeper of Greatness" after the death of his father Emperor Khai Dinh.
Educated in France he was not allowed to carry out the reforms he wished but after the Japanese occupation declared the independence of the Empire of Vietnam.
However, the country was soon engulfed by the August Revolution led by the Communist VietMinh. In 1945 he abdicated as Emperor but later returned to lead the Saigon-based State of Vietnam as Chief of State.
In 1955 he was overthrown in a rigged election by his U.S.-backed Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem. He lived in exile in France until his death in a military hospital in Paris in 1997.
He is one of only two emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty not buried in Vietnam.
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Mass Raid Against Degar Christians Posted Press Release — 03 October 2012
We, the indigenous Degar people, have completely lost our hope for life here in this world. It is true to us the indigenous Degar people when we look at what has happening to our ancestral homeland and our people’s living condition before and after1975. The only hope left for us is our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This hope might not be true to most people in the world but our faith gives us confidence in the coming again of Christ and that He will receive us into Himself. Then, there will be no more sickness and no more sufferings.
But, the Vietnamese government also wants to destroy this last and only hope of ours by forcing us to believe in its government and to worship its communist party. We, the indigenous Degar people, know that we cannot protect this only hope of ours but we do believe and trust that the United States, European Union and the United Nations can help us.