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The reparations system provided the main frame for commerce with South Vietnam. Between the end of World War II and the early 1970s, Japan was relatively uninterested in acquiring resources from the south but very eager to open new markets there. In 1961, the peak year before the Vietnam War escalated, Japan sold goods worth $65.7 million to South Vietnam (and bought products valued at just $2.8 million). The Japanese also joined the Mekong River project, founded in 1957 by the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East under the direction of the United Nations, to build dams, generate electricity, and control irrigation. By 1967 Japan was the third largest contributor. In 1964 Japan began building sugar mills in South Vietnam capable of giving the glutted world market an additional 150 tons per day, but all such Japanese projects and investments soon ran head-on into the chaos of warfare. By 1963 Japan’s exports to South Vietnam were barely half their level two years earlier; some of the dams and many of the factories started by the Japanese are still unbuilt.

Fire Across the Sea: The Vietnam War and Japan 1965-1975 by Thomas RH Havens, published 1987. Quote on page 18.

Following WWII, France insisted upon reparations from Japan to be paid to the government in Saigon. The amount settled upon equaled $55.6 million, and was paid in full by 11 January 1965.


The International School of Sana'a by Derek H. Matthews in 1977. 

The concept takes into account the educational philosophy of the school. It is also in accordance with the precepts of the United Nations project in Yemen, which encouraged the use of local materials and building methods. The design, whilst being innovative, has resulted in a building that is Yemeni in character, and related to the locality, as well as to the cultural aspirations of the Yemeni people. A feature of Yemeni architecture, with coloured glass set in gypsum framing, is used in the school in the traditional manner as infilling to the arched openings over windows and doors. 

The capital Hanoi is now under a cloud of smog for much of the year. In the south, if sea levels rise by 26 centimeters over the next three decades, as the United Nations currently projects, then almost 70% of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic hub, will experience severe flooding. The Asian Development Bank lists the city as one of the world’s ten most vulnerable to flooding. According to the Vietnamese government’s own estimates as much as a third of the Mekong Delta, the country’s so-called “rice bowl”, will be submerged within decades if sea levels continue to rise. There are already preliminary reports of “climate change refugees” from the region arriving in southern urban centers.

David Hutt,

‘Green resistance mounts in communist Vietnam’, Asia Times

Action1DProject - Press Release

Action1DProject is an online project run by a voluntary group of One Direction fans who have been inspired to create a social media campaign dedicated to promoting the goals of the Action/1D initiative, which have been set up as part of Action/2015.

The 1D fanbase spans global communities and is spread across all age ranges and, as concerned citizens of the world, concerted action by these fans can help to make a difference worldwide. By instigating this campaign as part of Action 2015, One Direction and their team have provided the opportunity for new voices to be heard.

What are we concerned about in our communities? How can we make the world a better place? Over 50,000 actions have already been recorded by One Direction fans online on equality, education and sustainable development.

Action1DProject believes this is a great start, but we can do more. We are launching 100k for Action/1D to boost fan participation through videos, photos, and other media to help Action/1D reach 100k actions and beyond! To do this, we will be:

  • Organising a Thunderclap on 12 August 2015
  • Encouraging the sharing of ideas and actions through our social media channels at action1dproject.tumblr.com and action1DProjct on Twitter
  • Providing background information on Action 2015 and Action/1D
  • Establishing a dialogue on sustainable development and climate change which will continue after Action/1D ends

We want to give the fans a voice hear their thoughts and validate their concerns with the aim of providing a support network and platform to help fans take action.

Schedule of topic discussion and key dates:

28 Jul   15 - Equality in education, work, health care

03 Aug 15 - LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, panssexual) rights

10 Aug 15 - Youth issues

12 Aug 15 - Thunderclap (Youth International Day)

17 Aug 15 - Bullying, mobbing at work, racism and other discriminations

24 Aug 15 - Women’s rights and domestic violence

31 Aug 15 - Hunger and poverty

07 Sep 15 - Peace

14 Sep 15 - Climate change

21 Sep 15 - Recap and summary

For further information about any of the above please contact the Action1DProject team at:




Cool things that will/might happen in the future


  • According to a report released by the National Intelligence Council, the United States will experience the relative decline of its economic and military power, driven both by the rise of new behemoths such as ChinaIndia and the EU and by domestic constraints on its global leadership
  • Futurist Ray Kurzweil puts 2029 as the year most likely for a breakthrough in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). He expects that around this time, computers will reach human intelligence levels, and shortly thereafter surpass the capabilities of the human brain
  • By the end of the decade, the world population is projected to surpass 8 billion people, half a billion more than 2020, representing a slowdown in growth from the 2010s, which are expected to increase the population by 700 million
  • China’s coal production will peak and then rapidly decline in the year 2027


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autumn goals!! just a quick one this week bc i gotta study but check out the united nations project i talk about at the end!!