30 years into a program of "renewal" of its socialist system, Vietnam faces a world dominated by free trade agreements, competition, and global capital.
Three decades ago, Vietnam embarked on what it calls a "renewal" process that brought rapid development after years of war, famine, and poverty.
They are dealing with inflation, difficulties in importing goods, falling oil prices, and worsening economic recession.
Workers hit the streets last week demanding back pay and to protest against wage cuts and the possibility of unemployment.
Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third.
Over ten years, Morales and his supporters have molded a socialist and anti-imperialist government whose future will be affected by the outcome.
The Pope completed his visit to Cuba and was welcomed to the U.S. today.
The United States has never ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the peaceful means to settle disputes.
The cooperatives democratically manage state property which has been loaned to them; this promotes economic incentives for the workers and decentralizes economic authority.
About 30 miles west of this city, one of the largest construction projects since the start of the Cuban revolution in 1959 is taking shape.