Isaan Lives – “I believe the villagers will protect me.”

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Genevieve Glatsky, Jaime Webb, and Megan Brookens A train roared past as Kovit Boonjear, a man with a long pony-tail and mischievous look in his eyes, smoked a cigarette behind his modest home in one of Khon Kaen’s slum communities. “I never give interviews,” he said with a smile and more than […]

The value of village health volunteers In times of universal health care

For 35 years, Thailand’s primary healthcare system has rested on the shoulders of a legion of Village Health Volunteers. Now that Thailand has had universal healthcare for some years, is this model – which was originally established to boost poor rural communities’ access to essential healthcare – obsolete? GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Zoe Swartz, Mariko Powers, […]

Isaan Lives – “It’s better to give than to receive”

The Isaan Record unveils today a new section called “Isaan Lives.” It will feature the stories of Isaan people—the low, the mighty; the rich, the poor; the actively engaged and those just carrying on with their work and lives. We debut with the work and life of a Village Health Volunteer who takes care of […]

NEWS UPDATE: Seven student activists in Khon Kaen are released on bail

KHON KAEN – This morning, seven student activists from Khon Kaen University were released on bail of 7,500 baht from police custody after being charged with violating the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) ban on political gatherings. The student activists from the Dao Din group had staged an anti-coup protest at Khon Kaen […]

VIDEO & FEATURE: Life after eviction

Eight months after the implementation of the Thai government’s Master Plan to reforest the country, villagers in Isaan bear the burden of a flawed policy at the cost of their livelihood and health. GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Sarah Sanbar GUEST VIDEO FEATURE by Margaret Kierstead KALASIN – Three thousand rubber trees lie fallen on top of each […]

Thailand’s drought lets rice farmers’ debt grow

In the debt-ridden Northeast, many rice farmers struggle to make ends meet after the government shut off the irrigation systems leaving them without the profits of the second annual rice crop. But for the military government, the drought might help its economic strategy. KHON KAEN – Outside her Khon Kaen home, rice farmer Sumatra Sodatoom […]

Voices from Isaan: the constitution drafting

People in Khon Kaen express their hopes and worries about the drafting of the country’s new constitution. KHON KAEN – The drafting of Thailand’s twentieth constitution is entering its last stage. According to Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will submit the final draft to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) by end of […]

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