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Researchers Funded by NASA Seek Ways to Improve Dams on Mekong River

– CHIANG RAI – Researchers backed by multi-million-dollar grants from NASA are heading to Southeast Asia’s Mekong River region to find ways to improve dams so they are less harmful to people and the environment. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) will spend three years analysing sites in the lower Mekong River basin in Thailand, […]

March 16th, 2018 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

China Defends Dam Building on Mekong River as Activists Head to Court

  – BEIJING – Officials from southwest China’s Yunnan province have defended a plan to build a dam in the region as “fully legally compliant”, after an environment group took developers of the project to court last month for violating laws. The Beijing-based Friends of Nature had filed a suit against the 113-megawatt Huilong Mountain […]

March 14th, 2018 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Cross-Border Collaboration: The Antidote to Censorship and Press Intimidation in Thailand

  BANGKOK – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) collaborates with journalists all around the world to break stories such as the Paradise Papers, Panama Papers, Evicted and Abandoned, Fatal Extraction and more. This series gives you the inside story of what it’s like being an investigative reporter and explores some of the challenges […]

March 10th, 2018 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Sheltering Teen Moms: Emergency Home Offers Crisis Care in Thailand

– BANGKOK – Mon began dating her boyfriend when she was 14 years old. They met online. A few months in, “he wanted to have sex,” she recalled. “He did not use any protection. I was scared at first, but he said he would take all responsibility.” Soon after, Mon learned she was pregnant. But […]

March 1st, 2018 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Study Finds Thailand’s Elderly at Risk of Abuse, Abandonment and Lack of Care

  – BANGKOK – Thailand’s elderly are most at risk of abuse, abandonment and being duped out of money by their own children or those close to them, and the number of senior rape victims is also on the rise, according to a recent study that was revealed at a Bangkok seminar yesterday. Chulalongkorn University […]

February 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Featured,Lifestyles | Read More »

Are China’s Investment Taking over the Mekong?

– BEIJING – China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors. Last week, China and Cambodia signed 19 agreements during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s meeting in Phnom Penh with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Northern Authorities Act to Stop Northern Farmers Lighting Fires to Clear Land

– CHIANG MAI – By the end of the year, Chiang Rai and other northern provinces of Thailand will be put on high alert for summer haze. The conditions from February to April are dry, increasing the risk of wildfires. But it’s also the period when farmers light fires to clear their land for crop […]

December 25th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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