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Bonnie Brereton: finding democracy in Buddhist murals

Art historian Dr. Bonnie Brereton talks about Buddhist murals as a “democratic vision of society,” and a growing recognition of the shared culture in a region stretching from central Isaan to Laos.

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The Waiting Game (Part 1): Rising waters to submerge Chi River Basin communities

This is part one in a series telling stories about how community members’ everyday lives have been affected by flooding. In the past two weeks, the threat of rising waters has brought uncertainty to the lives of one community in the form of flooded fields, crop failure, and restoration efforts.

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Isaan men navigating the pitfalls of Thainess and modernity

How Isaan men navigate the pitfalls of Thainess in the television show The Face Men Thailand.

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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.

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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.




Sugarcane is stealing the thunder of the organic rice movement in Amnat Charoen

In 2012, thousands of locals in Amnat Charoen proudly participated in a walk to promote alternative agriculture, but five years later, many organic rice farmers are switching to sugarcane.

Roi Et’s “Land of Gold” promotes local tourism

Named after the golden land of Buddhism and once a Lao city-state, Suwannaphum District today strives to become a tourism destination.

New push for potash mining hits opposition in Isaan

As mining companies are rushing to dig up one of the world’s largest potash deposits, local opposition is growing in the Northeast

The Waiting Game (Part 2): Flooded communities struggle with insufficient aid

Two communities in Khon Kaen struggle with this year's flooding. Donations have come in from private organizations and companies, yet many needs remain unaddressed.

Welfare cards draw mixed responses in the Northeast after one month

One month after the military government issued welfare cards to low-income earners, the policy is drawing mixed reactions in the Northeast.