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Festival celebrates community-driven development in Si Sa Ket

On July 4, a festival celebrated the final day of an international summit promoting community-driven development in Si Sa Ket.

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New mining legislation in Thailand – Who will really benefit?

As a new mining law comes into force this month, civil society groups worry that it will cutback people’s participation and expedite mining projects.

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“Pop Aye” film review: it’s not about the elephant: homecoming and flagship species

Pop Aye is about a middle-aged man facing a midlife crisis. It is a road movie about coming to terms with living and dying. It isn’t really about elephants, yet everywhere you look around here, there’s an elephant.

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Den Khamlae – The disappearing face of a land rights movement

Den Khamlae had been a prominent land rights activist in Chaiyaphum province for the past three decades. Until he suddenly disappeared in April 2016.

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Dying from distance – Part 1: One man’s looming fate

An ailing man struggles to navigate Thailand’s revered healthcare system — one that often fails to care for its neediest patients




Jailed for resistance – Forest community fights in the face of eviction

A land rights activist whose husband was disappeared last year is serving a six-month sentence in prison for encroaching on national forest reserves. Her fellow community members continue to organize resistance as their numbers dwindle.

Health or high yields? : Pesticides ban divides farmers in the Northeast

Farmers in the Northeast are divided over a proposed ban of two widely used pesticides
Culture Interviews

“Things about Home” – A conversation with filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul talks about the role of Khon Kaen City in his films, political issues in Isaan, and his current project in Colombia.

As rice turns yellow, debt is growing on flooded fields

Rice farmers in the Northeast are struggling to cope as the recent floods destroyed one million rai of rice paddies.
Culture Opinion

In the wake of Yingluck’s departure: poetry as food for thought

In the wake of Yingluck Shinawatra's departure from Thailand, Peera Songkünnatham explores the failure of political poetry to conceive of a future beyond the current political gridlock.