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 […]

Isaan poor targeted by junta’s forest policies

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Evan Gershkovich A report on how the government’s new forest policy impacts the poor far more than the rich landowners and resort operators the government claims to be targeting. SAKON NAKHON- On October 1, 37 villagers of Jatrabiap village were arrested and held on bail for charges of illegally reclaiming and occupying […]