Today as many join the 'celebration' in Washington, I reflect on the future with thoughts of the past.
I lost friends and school mates in the Vietnam war, as many have in wars and conflicts that followed. Today we will, or some of us will, see politicians speak, bands march, and just regular folks stand in the cold with hope for the next four years. I guess you can hope and plan, but don't count on Happy Days coming back to this country or to the TV.
Many still need jobs, many still see their paychecks shrink, and still many see socialism as a good thing going forward. While things change things still stay the same now don't they?
(ANSA) - Rome, January 21 - Italian energy giant Eni signed a pact Monday with Vietnam's state petroleum agency, continuing its expansion in Asia.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of Eni, and Do Van Hau, president and chief executive of state oil firm PetroVietnam.
The MOU promises greater expansion in Vietnam for Eni and, according to a release, was approved after a meeting between Italy's outgoing Premier Mario Monti, and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.
The arrangement should also allow PetroVietnam an opportunity to expand its activities internationally.
Eni will also share with PetroVietnam certain proprietary knowledge, technology and skills training.