Wearing the traditional student uniform of white shirt and black pants, Noom is the apparent epitome of a regular middle-class medical student from Isaan. But the future doctor is unusually critical of Thailand’s health care system and its “demi-gods in white.”
Recently released from Bangkok Remand Prison, Patiwat Saraiyaem laughs as he tells his story. Mixed with passion, fear, disappointment, and hope, he proudly speaks about his life as an actor, a prisoner, a monk, and a molam singing activist.
A small school in Nong Khai Province is setting an example in adhering to Thailand’s human rights obligations seeing its Lao pupils become student leaders. But hundreds of thousands of other migrant students are left unschooled.
“That’s a threat. I’m afraid enough as it is. Stop your threatening me,” Nittaya Muangklang spits back at a national park officer in argument over the eviction of her village, a fate that many communities of small-scale farmers in the park are facing.
After their push for a revolution failed, Isaan’s communist rebels moved on to other battles . This is the third part in a special series on Northeasteners’ experience of fighting for the communist movement.
In the 1960s, thousands of farmers in the Northeast joined an armed rebellion against the state. This is the second part in a special series of articles on their experience of fighting for the communist movement.
On August 7, Thais across the country will vote in a referendum on a military-backed constitution. On the same day in 1965, thousands of farmers took up arms against the military-ruled state that had promised a new constitution for years.