Linguist Saowanee T. Alexander talks about the evolution of the term “red buffaloes” that had been used pejoratively to describe Red Shirts and supporters of the Pheu Thai Party. But in recent years, pro-democracy activists have reclaimed the slur, partly shifting its derogatory usage.
Ten years have passed since the killings of Bloody May, yet those responsible are still walking free and blameless in the eyes of the law. Out of the 94 killed, 26 were from Isaan. Today, justice is still waiting to be served, writes Wirawat Somnuek.
The short story “The Northeast” by Isaan writer Tee Anmai links memories of war with the deadly crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010.
Ten years after the bloody crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010, the traumatic events are still haunting families of those killed, injured or locked away, and all the others who had watched from afar in disbelief. The Isaan Record revisits the event and its aftermath through a series of articles, interviews, short stories and videos.
The Isaan Record05/01/2020
Local activists are launching a new effort to shut down for good a rubber factory and its processing plant that have been affecting 12 villages in Udon Thani.
The Isaan Record02/29/2020
The military-dominated government has enjoyed a free ride so far, running roughshod over people’s rights and issuing threats when challenged. But last month, the regime got a wake-up call. Saowanee T. Alexander reflects on the Run Against Dictatorship events that erupted throughout the Northeast last month.
Saowanee T. Alexander02/11/2020
As the government is pushing for a massive expansion of sugarcane and the construction of 29 new sugar mills in the Northeast, many communities are pushing back. But others welcome the development projects, hoping for a boost of local economies.
The Isaan Record11/01/2019
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 Record09/25/2019
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.