Not his Kind of Party

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Russell Crowe in Command
November 24, 2003 Issue
 

ASIA
 Indonesia: Antiterror academy
 Thailand: Poisoned canals
 China: N. Korean brides


BUSINESS
 China: Boom or bust?
 Fast Food: Taco Bell in China?


ARTS
 Books: Life abroad


NOTEBOOK
 Diplomacy: Sorry, Mr. Rumsfeld
 China: Serial killers
 Vietnam: Old guard speaks out
 Milestones
 Verbatim
 Letters


GLOBAL ADVISOR
 In-flight vino, to go
 Hong Kong's hot tables
 Is there a doctor in the lounge?


CNN.com: Top Headlines
Given that he stood accused of "abusing democratic freedoms," the 10-month prison sentence handed down to Tran Dung Tien in Hanoi last Wednesday was light. Tien, 78, had openly criticized corruption in Vietnam's Communist Party, but he's no garden-variety dissident. Tien joined the revolt against the French in the 1940s, was a longtime Party memberand for a few years served as the personal bodyguard of Ho Chi Minh.

Vietnam frequently jails citizens who call for reform or democracyand it even has a problem with its Old Guard. "These guys are considered dangerous," says a Western diplomat in...

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