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Why Do We Love Thai Women So Much?

– No, this isn’t some tawdry sex-pat rumination. It is merely a short discussion about what it is we men find so appealing about the women that populate this magical country. And when I say “men”, I don’t just mean foreign men. During my nearly two decades of living in Thailand I’ve never met a […]

June 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

US Embassy in Bangkok Helps Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Flee to America

– BANGKOK – Stuck in a Bangkok jail with a deportation order against her, Chen Guiqiu waited with dread over what seemed certain to come next. A Thai immigration official showed her surveillance video of the jail entrance, where more than a dozen Chinese security agents were waiting. Within minutes, Chen feared, she and her […]

May 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

China’s Huge Dam Projects Choking the Mekong River

– A river is born high in the Tibetan Plateau, before snaking its way 3,000 miles south and emptying itself into the South China Sea. On its journey, it passes through six countries, sustaining their ecosystems and local economies, its fisheries providing a lifeline for 60 million people in its lower basin. The Mekong changes […]

May 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Donations Pour in to Save Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand

– LAMPANG – What is believed to be the world’s first elephant hospital has been saved from closure after more than 20 million baht in donations streemed in from elephant lovers all over the world. Since the founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, Soraida Salwala, announced the organisation’s closure early last week due […]

March 18th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Conservationists Oppose Plan to Dredge Mekong River in Chiang Rai

–   BANGKOK –  Conservationists in Thailand are worried that dredging the Mekong River would destroy ecosystems supporting numerous fish and bird species in the 180km stretch that flows past the northern province of Chiang Rai. The drop in fish population would affect millions of people – not just those living in riverside communities, they […]

March 9th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Striking a Balance Between Conservation and Development of the Lower Mekong

. . CHIANG RAI – The Lower Mekong has been a hotspot for mega-projects and developments initiated by the governments of Mekong River Basin countries and big private investors. Depending on who you speak to, there are naturally differing perspectives in regard to the future of the Mekong River, as most people living along the […]

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Green and Healthy, or Dirty and Dangerous? East Asia’s Cities Grapple with Growth

. . BANGKOK – As millions of people pour into East Asia’s cities each year, the region’s governments face the pressing task of easing the enormous strain on resources and infrastructure, and limiting residents’ exposure to disasters and climate change risks. “In future, two out of every three people will live in a city,” said […]

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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