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Ubon Ratchathani village fed up with the foul smell of urbanization

Thailand’s impending garbage crisis is putting a strain on communities in the Northeast as municipalities are rushing to modernize their waste management systems, often with unwanted consequences for local residents.

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The March of Resilience: Loei villagers protest against the reopening of a gold mine

In November villagers in Loei Province protested the renewal of a forest use license for the Phuthapfa gold mining site, operated by Tungkum Ltd (TKL). If the TAO grants the license, Tungkum Ltd will once again have all the licenses needed to restart operations in the gold mine.

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Six years after – No closure for Red Shirt families in the Northeast

Six years after the military crackdown on Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok, their relatives in the Northeast are stuck between a desire for closure and a will to continue the movement’s struggle.

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Luk Thung – The sound of political protest and Isaan’s cultural revival

In this interview, James Mitchell talks about his new book, which traces the evolution of the Thai music genre luk thung from its working class origins to becoming Thailand’s most popular music.

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From Loei to Oaxaca and back again: lessons from people’s struggle against mining in Mexico

A year after their return from Oaxaca, Mexico, two members of an anti-mining activist group in the Na Nong Bong village in Loei Province reflect on the lessons they learned from a two-week exchange with North American counterparts.

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Ubon Ratchathani village fed up with the foul smell of urbanization

Thailand’s impending garbage crisis is putting a strain on communities in the Northeast as municipalities are rushing to modernize their waste management systems, often with unwanted consequences for local residents.
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Six years after – No closure for Red Shirt families in the Northeast

Six years after the military crackdown on Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok, their relatives in the Northeast are stuck between a desire for closure and a will to continue the movement's struggle.
Features

The March of Resilience: Loei villagers protest against the reopening of a gold mine

In November villagers in Loei Province protested the renewal of a forest use license for the Phuthapfa gold mining site, operated by Tungkum Ltd (TKL). If the TAO grants the license, Tungkum Ltd will once again have all the licenses needed to restart operations in the gold mine.
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Isaan Lives: “Are We Holier Than Thou?” – Struggling against the convoluted views of Thailand’s modern ‘life-savers’

Wearing the traditional student uniform of white shirt and black pants, Noom is the apparent epitome of a regular middle-class medical student from Isaan. But the future doctor is unusually critical of Thailand's health care system and its "demi-gods in white."
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From Loei to Oaxaca and back again: lessons from people’s struggle against mining in Mexico

A year after their return from Oaxaca, Mexico, two members of an anti-mining activist group in the Na Nong Bong village in Loei Province reflect on the lessons they learned from a two-week exchange with North American counterparts.

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40 years on – Northeasterners remember a Bangkok massacre
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40 years on – Northeasterners remember a Bangkok massacre

On the 40th anniversary of the massacre at Thammasat University on October 6, 1976, four contemporary witnesses from the Northeast recall their memories of that day and the ensuing consequences.
Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara: “Thailand’s authoritarian system is incompatible with human rights.”
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Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara: “Thailand’s authoritarian system is incompatible with human rights.”

Former National Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara talks about the human rights situation in the Northeast, lèse-majesté law, and the new constitution.
The legacy of Ban Chiang: Archaeologist Joyce White talks about Thailand’s most famous archaeological site
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The legacy of Ban Chiang: Archaeologist Joyce White talks about Thailand’s most famous archaeological site

How pieces of ancient pottery from a village in northeast Thailand challenged prevailing ideas of the prehistory of Southeast Asia, how it fell prey to international smuggling, and what’s being done to return the smuggled items to Thailand.
Luk Thung – The sound of political protest and Isaan’s cultural revival
Interviews

Luk Thung – The sound of political protest and Isaan’s cultural revival

In this interview, James Mitchell talks about his new book, which traces the evolution of the Thai music genre luk thung from its working class origins to becoming Thailand's most popular music.