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Voices from Isaan: two years under military rule

Voices from Isaan: two years under military rule

This week marks the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup d’état on May 22, 2014. The Isaan Record talked to people in Khon Kaen city and surrounding districts about two years of military rule.

05/23/2016

Planting the seeds of herbicide-free farming in Yasothon

Planting the seeds of herbicide-free farming in Yasothon

Many farmers in Na Samai subdistrict of Yasothon province have recently shifted to abandon herbicides in their farming practices. The critical factor in this remarkable trend seems to be the power of social networks.

05/19/2016

Chaiyaphum communities win partial victory in their fight against eviction

Chaiyaphum communities win partial victory in their fight against eviction

One thousand people from six communities in a national park in Chaiyaphum province gained a partial victory in their long-standing fight against eviction after negotiating an extension with state officials on Thursday as the military government continues to crack down on communities established inside park boundaries across the country.

04/04/2016

New dinosaur makes nine from Thailand’s Northeast

New dinosaur makes nine from Thailand’s Northeast

Fossil bones found by farmers digging a new pond in northeast Thailand have been identified as a new species of dinosaur – the ninth dinosaur species found in this part of Thailand and the sixth found nowhere else on earth.

01/24/2016

Khon Kaen green market celebrates one-year anniversary

Khon Kaen green market celebrates one-year anniversary

Khon Kaen Green Market might appear just like any ordinary market in the Northeast but it is of a different kind. The market, which celebrates its first anniversary on December 18, strives to sell only chemical-free products, creating healthy and safe options for the city’s people.

12/18/2015

Rising political movement in the Northeast defies military rule

Rising political movement in the Northeast defies military rule

Today, about 80 activists, academics, and villagers from the Northeast and Bangkok pushed the boundaries of the military government’s restrictions on political gatherings by attending a political seminar in Khon Kaen City, despite efforts by the authorities to block the event.

12/10/2015
Interview & Opinion

Is the key to happiness a daughter in Europe?

While Europe worries about trafficking and the so-called refugee crisis, Isaan villagers are still building their hopes on women’s migration and labor abroad, writes Social Anthropologist Sine Plambech in this guest commentary.

04/06/2016

Public education in the Northeast producing inequalities

Today, the education system in Northeast Thailand is increasingly geared towards making money. Public schools see opportunity in capitalizing on middle class students, creating economic elitism in education by granting privileges to a small group of selected students, comments guest contributor Natchanon Ongjui.

03/28/2016