Villagers Fight for Law Dean’s Rights

KHON KAEN – One hundred and fifty members of the Isaan People’s Network protested outside Khon Kaen University’s Office of the President yesterday to demand justice for the recently dismissed Acting Dean of the Law Faculty. Just two weeks earlier, Kittibodi Yaipool, who was awaiting his promotion to Dean, found instead that he was banned […]

Candidates Share Decentralization Policies

KHON KAEN – MP candidates from nine different political parties took the stage in a Khon Kaen University auditorium on Tuesday afternoon to present their respective party platforms on local governance and decentralization. In a campaign season largely dominated by populist-policy one-upmanship, this event focused more on the parties’ commitments to local democratic development in […]

Where Have All the Students Gone?

KHON KAEN – Khon Kaen University’s lone May 19 Red Shirt demonstration was something exceptional. Though there were the well-known calls for an end to double standards, the requisite declarations of love to capital-D Democracy, and one young man sporting the macabre face-paint of a corpse, the student rally could not have been more unconventional. […]

“Vote No” on the March in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – Over 150 “Vote No” supporters paraded through Khon Kaen City yesterday as part of their ongoing Northeastern campaign. Representatives from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the For Heaven and Earth Party led the crowds on their march. PAD launched the nationwide “Vote No” campaign on June 4 because its leaders […]

One Year Gone: Closure Slow to Come in Khon Kaen’s Courts

KHON KAEN – Most days Prasatiphon Sumaha comes alone. She drives in from Mahasarakham to see her brother, to tell him about their niece and how things are at home. He complains about his asthma (it has been getting worse in recent days) and asks about his case. But today is a bit different. Inspired […]

Udon Demonstrators Arrested, Transmission Line Nears Completion

UDON THANI – Sanong Chaiyanataan sits on his porch in Kumphawapi district, transmission towers fading out of sight in either direction. There is a pit in his backyard and 15 people have been arrested on his land. Just 24 hours earlier, on Friday morning, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) tried to push ahead […]

UDD Predicts Northeastern Vote

KHON KAEN – Pheu Thai will win 80 of Isaan’s 126 constituency MP seats in the upcoming election, Northeastern Red Shirt leaders projected this past Sunday. Approximately 150 UDD provincial and district level leaders met at Khon Kaen University’s Mo Din Daeng Hotel to share their election forecasts and formulate their campaign strategies. Khon Kaen’s […]

Time is Running out for Buriram Villagers

BURIRAM – Non Dindaeng district police investigators filed trespassing and destruction of government property charges against three village leaders yesterday for their village’s continued settlement on disputed land in the Dongyai Forest Preserve. The charges stem from an ongoing land dispute between the members of the Kao Baat forest village, the Ministry of Natural Resources, […]

Khon Kaen Farmers Protest Price Disparities

KHON KAEN – As youth partook in a football match in the background, rice farmers from three Khon Kaen districts gathered on the lawn of the provincial hall to challenge a game that mill companies have played with them for years. Arriving early Monday morning, 800 farmers from Nam Phong, Muang, and Sam Soong districts […]

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