A government psychiatric hospital unexpectedly released a dissident late today after spending nearly two weeks there. Tiwagorn Withiton was admitted against his will on July 9 after wearing a shirt with the slogan, “I lost faith in the institution of the monarchy.”
Barred from returning to the US, photographer Chris Beale found himself in Khon Kaen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look into what the city looked like during the shutdown.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Phaiwan Chala lost his job as a truck driver. When he couldn’t pay the rent for his room in Bangkok anymore, he became homeless.
The Isaan Record18/05/2020
Business owners in Khon Kaen City worry about their livelihoods as the COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting the local economy.
The Isaan Record26/03/2020
Khon Kaen youth are taking to social media to lambast former Future Forward Party MP Thitinan Saengnak for switching allegiances from the opposition to the government. Party officials remind Thitinan that his votes came from the appeal of party policies.
The Isaan Record25/02/2020
As the government is planning to build 29 new sugar mills, each equipped with a power plant, in Isaan before 2024, communities are responding, fearful that the projects will impact local livelihoods and the environment.
The Isaan Record25/09/2019
A new political party seeks to change almost everything about Thai politics, starting with how public policy is formed. But a legal hurdle could trip them up before they reach the starting line of the electoral race.
The Isaan Record04/08/2018
Activists of the “People GO Network” are close to completing their march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in protest against the military government.
The Isaan Record14/02/2018
Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.