How Isaan’s alternative energy future could shine bright
Northeast Thailand has the potential to become a solar power hub. But with high installation costs, the government should do more to promote the use of alternative energy.
Thailand dreams of a sugary future as farmers struggle to survive
Thailand’s ten-year sugar plan glowingly envisions more than doubling sugarcane production and making the country the “bio-hub” of Southeast Asia. But in the Northeast where nearly half the country’s sugarcane is produced, growers both large and small are struggling to keep their heads above water. Part of our special series Sweetness & Power.
Sugarcane’s bitter effects on the environment
Are the environmental costs of sugar production worth suffering for a substance that contributes nutrition-less empty calories to the human diet? Part of our special series Sweetness & Power
What lies below should stay below
Fearing an environmental crisis that could end their traditional way of life, a local protest group in Sakon Nakhon is fighting against a Chinese mining project.
Lao women in Isaan’s karaoke bars: “Men certainly don’t pretend we’re waitresses.”
Under the guise of waitresses in karaoke bars, Lao migrant women continue to work in the sex trade in the Northeast, despite the risk of arrest and deportation.