Kalasin villagers stopped from protesting petroleum drilling

KALASIN – On August 9 at 9:00 A.M., Thailand’s Minister of Energy, Narongchai Akrasanee, visited the Dong Mun petroleum-drilling site (DM-5) in Krung Kao sub-district, Tha Khun Tho district, in Kalasin province. Around 100 villagers from three community organizations waited on the road to the drilling site, hoping to deliver a letter asking for the […]

Northeasterners mark 50th anniversary of the communist armed struggle

NAKHON PHANOM – Fifty years ago, Comrade Tang fought for communism in the first violent clash between communist fighters and Thai security forces. Last week, at 88 years old, he marked the anniversary with a call for democracy. In the early morning on August 7, villagers and local politicians flocked through the gate of Nabua’s […]

Six hundred protesters demand to keep Khon Kaen’s central bus terminal

KHON KAEN- Yesterday 600 protesters, organized by the group, “Rak Pattana Baw Kaw Saw 1,” gathered at the Khon Kaen Provincial Hall to voice their concern over the government’s decision to close Khon Kaen’s original bus terminal and consolidate all bus transportation in the city’s new bus terminal, 7km from the city center. Khon Kaen […]

Voices from Isaan: a national unity government?

KHON KAEN – The economy is a main concern for Northeasterners as they respond to the proposal of installing a national unity government composed of politicians from the main political parties. Last month, members of the National Reform Council (NRC) and conservative social critic Prawase Wasi floated the idea of a national unity government with […]

US activists support detained thai students and protest military rule in Thailand

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – On Monday morning, employees of the Royal Thai Consulate-General of Los Angeles and nearby pedestrians were greeted by protesters standing in support of the 14 students who were arrested in Bangkok on June 26. The event was organized by the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), a non-profit network […]

Apichatpong’s ‘Cemetery of Splendour’ Draws standing ovation at Cannes

At the world premiere of Cemetery of Splendour at Cannes Film Festival last week, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s newest work was well received. But despite receiving a standing ovation and being celebrated among film critics, the director came home empty-handed in the prize ceremony. Set in his hometown Khon Kaen, Cemetery of Splendour (Thai: Rak Thi Khon […]

NEWS UPDATE: Seven student activists in Khon Kaen are released on bail

KHON KAEN – This morning, seven student activists from Khon Kaen University were released on bail of 7,500 baht from police custody after being charged with violating the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) ban on political gatherings. The student activists from the Dao Din group had staged an anti-coup protest at Khon Kaen […]

Students set to be charged for anniversary protest of the coup in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – Seven Khon Kaen University students who held a sign reading, “Anti Coup,” at Khon Kaen’s Democracy Monument this afternoon have been detained at the Khon Kaen Police Station. The students from the activist group Dao Din said on the group’s Facebook that it is likely they will be charged with violating Article […]

Khon Kaen University’s transition to autonomy leaves uncertain future

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed bills to privatize Khon Kaen University and three other higher education institutions. The continuing privatization of Thailand’s universities raises concerns among student activists and academics who warn of soaring tuition fees, exclusion of lower income students, and too much power moving into the hands of too few.

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