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Rare human rights event gathers Isaan communities and foreign diplomats

Among heavy security presence, hundreds of Isaan community members and foreign missions from five countries gathered at a rare human rights event last week in Maha Sarakham.

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Isaan’s rickshaw drivers pedal into an unknown future

Cycle rickshaws have survived both Thailand’s rapid modernisation and a ban from the streets of Bangkok. But almost 150 years after making its first appearance, the three-wheeled vehicle is becoming a rare sight in the Northeast.

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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

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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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