VIDEO & FEATURE: Life after eviction

Eight months after the implementation of the Thai government’s Master Plan to reforest the country, villagers in Isaan bear the burden of a flawed policy at the cost of their livelihood and health. GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Sarah Sanbar GUEST VIDEO FEATURE by Margaret Kierstead KALASIN – Three thousand rubber trees lie fallen on top of each […]

Thailand’s drought lets rice farmers’ debt grow

In the debt-ridden Northeast, many rice farmers struggle to make ends meet after the government shut off the irrigation systems leaving them without the profits of the second annual rice crop. But for the military government, the drought might help its economic strategy. KHON KAEN – Outside her Khon Kaen home, rice farmer Sumatra Sodatoom […]

Voices from Isaan: the constitution drafting

People in Khon Kaen express their hopes and worries about the drafting of the country’s new constitution. KHON KAEN – The drafting of Thailand’s twentieth constitution is entering its last stage. According to Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will submit the final draft to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) by end of […]

Khon Kaen University student artist convicted for lese majeste

This week, Patiwat Saraiyaem was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for lèse majesté because of his role in the play, “The Wolf Bride.” Patiwat is the most recent student to have been imprisoned under the law, and has been an advocate for Isaan peoples’ rights and democracy for years. On Monday, […]

Voices from Isaan: the impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra

People in Khon Kaen voice their opinions on the impeachment of former prime minister and Pheu Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra. KHON KAEN – Last friday, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), a body hand-picked by the military government, voted with an overwhelming majority to retroactively impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over her role in […]

Martial law in Northeast of Thailand creates common cause between pro-democracy and community rights groups

Six months after Thailand’s martial law is imposed discontent stirs across diverse factions. GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Alexandrea Lee  and Catherine Darin First published on Prachatai English BURIRAM – Sitting cross-legged in a bamboo hut, concealed by tall corn stalks, the 62-year-old man seems at ease, enjoying passion fruit and a cigarette.  Yet, the laughter leaves […]

The interrupted lives of the “Khon Kaen Model” families

Seven months ago twenty-six people were arrested in Khon Kaen and now face charges of terrorism and treason—offences that could exact the death penalty. The case, known as the “Khon Kaen Model,” is the most high-profile case to be tried in a military court since the junta took power in May. Kate Cowie-Haskell and Plia Xiong […]

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