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 […]

International diplomats to speak at Isaan Human Rights Festival in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – The Seventh Annual Isaan Human Rights Festival will be held on December 10th at Khon Kaen University’s Kwan Mor Hotel. This year’s event features talks by Western diplomats, presentations on human rights issues facing Isaan communities, and screening of human rights-related films. The event is funded primarily through the European Union’s “Thailand-EU […]

NEWS IN BRIEF: Khon Kaen green market to open November 7

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Jenny Vainberg KHON KAEN – Khon Kaen will open a green market this Friday, November 7, from 3 – 7 p.m. at Bueng Kaen Nakhon near the Bua Luang Restaurant. Teerasuk Teekayupun, the mayor of Khon Kaen, is set to speak at the opening of the market. Government and public health officials, […]

POLL: Coup Divisive, but government performance rated highly

KHON KAEN – The results in many Bangkok-based polls since the coup in May display a Bangkok-centric bias or they rapturously praise the work of the military junta. The Bangkok-based pollsters also say they have surveyed people nationwide but do not provide any details to back up the claim. On October 1 and 3, The […]

Foreigners on buffaloes plow the way to restoring Thailand’s public image

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Jane Okerman and Hannah Thompson KHON KAEN – In an effort to restore Thailand’s image abroad after a May 22 military coup, a coalition of local organizations hosted its first Foreigner Friendship Festival last Sunday in front of Khon Kaen University’s Golden Jubilee Convention Hall. The lighthearted event featured Isaan-themed activities such […]

Reconciliation trainings target northeastern villages

KHON KAEN – Under a temple pavilion, 60 Red Shirt villagers watched a projected image of a candle on a screen. A military staff member asked everyone to close their eyes, sit silent and meditate while she read aloud. “How was it that we kept a hold on our country and avoided being colonized by […]

Eviction on the horizon for Chaiyaphum community

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Emma Tran and Jenny Dunn CHAIYAPHUM— As part of the military government’s new forestry policy, the 277 residents of Baw Kaew village in Khon San District received a thirty-day eviction notice on August 26. The notice, issued by the Forest Industry Organization (FIO), cited Order 64/2557 of the National Council for Peace […]

Khon Kaen model raises questions in the Northeast

KHON KAEN – Since the May 22 coup d’état, Thailand’s military has tried to sweep the country clean of weapons to quell fears of a violent uprising. But in Isaan, the heartland of the Red Shirts, some of the soldiers’ actions have raised doubts about the military’s intentions. Red Shirts here believe that the military […]

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