The interrupted lives of the “Khon Kaen Model” families

Seven months ago twenty-six people were arrested in Khon Kaen and now face charges of terrorism and treason—offences that could exact the death penalty. The case, known as the “Khon Kaen Model,” is the most high-profile case to be tried in a military court since the junta took power in May. Kate Cowie-Haskell and Plia Xiong […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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