Should Isaan’s salty treasure be unearthed?

The Northeast is sitting on massive deposits of potash and rock salt. As Thai and foreign investors are preparing to dig up this treasure, local communities worry about an environmental crisis, writes guest contributor Bamphen Chairak.

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.

Perched on a poison treasure

Communities in Sakon Nakhon province fear China’s investment in potash mining could imperil agriculture and the environment. A photo story by Visarut Sankham.

Grandmas weave for radical change

Villagers in Loei have fought a decade-long battle against a gold mine that they claim has poisoned the land around them. Their ongoing protest to the mine has cost the community both time and money. But the efforts of a weaving cooperative has alleviated their financial burdens substantially. Last Saturday, villagers celebrated the opening of a new weaving center.

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