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A member of the so-called 'Red Shirt Villages' attends a meeting near Khon Kaen, Thailand on July 2, 2011 (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)

Ubon Red Shirts still languish in jail, continue fight through letters

By Wed, Jan 02, 2013 7:05PM UTC Comments Off A member of the so-called 'Red Shirt Villages' attends a meeting near Khon Kaen, Thailand on July 2, 2011 (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)

UBON RATCHATHANI — For over two years, four Ubon Ratchathani Red Shirt members have remained imprisoned for their alleged role in the arson of the Ubon Ratchathani provincial hall following the April-May military crackdown on anti-government protests. But the bars of their prison have not been able to keep them completely locked up. Even from...

Toxic leaks fuel Thai villagers’ fight against gold mine

By Thu, Nov 22, 2012 3:00PM UTC Comments Off Toxic leaks fuel Thai villagers’ fight against gold mine

By The Isaan Record LOEI – In the past month, the walls of a gold mine’s tailings pond in Na Nong Bong, Loei have collapsed not once but three times. The tailings pond, which holds the waste water used to dissolve the gold from the ore, contains extremely high levels of cyanide and other chemicals...

Panel Garners Red Shirt Support for the International Criminal Court

By Wed, Oct 17, 2012 3:30PM UTC Comments Off Panel Garners Red Shirt Support for the International Criminal Court

By The Isaan Record KHON KAEN – Cheers erupted the instant former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s face appeared on the projection screen, but they were not cheers of support for the former figurehead. The enraptured audience was instead hailing the speaker’s assertions accompanying the slide. At Khon Kaen University’s College of Local Administration last Saturday,...

Opinion: Thai migrant workers’ return to Libya is premature

By Thu, Mar 22, 2012 12:32PM UTC Comments Off

By The Isaan Record In early February, Department of Employment (DOE) director Prawit Kiengphon authorized the return of Thai workers to Libya. More than 10,000 Thai refinery and construction workers were evacuated from the North African nation in March 2011 after an uprising broke out which resulted in the overthrow of Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s authoritarian regime....

Thailand – Cashing out: A return to organic practices

By Fri, Mar 16, 2012 9:01AM UTC 5 Comments Thailand – Cashing out: A return to organic practices

By The Isaan Record MAHASARAKHAM – In 1996, a group of government officers from the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) proposed an alternative to the reigning model of chemical farming. Buoyed by their idealism and Japanese funding, they initiated a pilot program that trained and established a small network of organic farmers. The result is...

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