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Activists Demand International Law Regulating Development Projects on Mekong River

– CHIANG RAI – Thai People from Eight Mekong Provinces Networking group met in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district yesterday, with participants concluding that the Mekong was under imminent threat of irreversible damage by proposed hydro-power dam projects on the main tributary in China, Laos and Cambodia. The discussion also highlighted that there were still […]

December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

China and Thai Junta Flip-Flop Over Blasting of Mekong River Inlet in Chiang Rai Province

– CHIANG RAI – At the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Mekong-Lancang Cooperation, China’s central government acknowledged Rak Chiang Khong’s concerns about the impacts on people’s livelihoods of the Mekong River navigation channel improvement project, while indicating the possibility of amending or even cancelling the project. Nevertheless,  Chiang Rai’s local environmentalist group Rak Chiang Khong […]

December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Environment Study Proves Dams and Sand Mining Destabilizing Mekong Delta

  – BANGKOK – The drastic reduction in sediment flow in the Mekong River is threatening the stability of the delta and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on its resources, says a new study by UNESCO and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The study is based on a literature review which found […]

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

Myanmar’s Opium Crops in Decline as Demand for Methamphetamine Increases

– BANGKOK  – A “dramatic” drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. The area under opium poppy cultivation dropped by a quarter between 2015 and 2017, the U.N. […]

December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Golden Triangle is Under Spotlight as illegal Wildlife Trade Hub

– CHIANG RAI – The World Wildlife Fund says the Golden Triangle – a 367,000-square mile area where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet – has become a “breeding ground for illegal wildlife trade”. Tigers, elephants, bears and pangolins are four of the most widely traded species in the Golden Triangle—the border area […]

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

Tears Flow Openly at Historic Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

– BANGKOK – In a national outpouring of grief, Thais across the country turned up late on Thursday night to bid a tearful and final farewell to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej in solemn, centuries-old royal ceremonies. At 10pm, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun presided over the royal cremation for the late King at […]

October 27th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Fond Farewell by Thais and Malaysians

– KUALA LUMPUR – When homemaker Sakhon Saleesongsom heard the grievous news of Thai King King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing in Oct last year, she put on a black ribbon pin in mourning. Over a year on, the 49-year-old from Chiang Rai still fastens the pin to her clothes, in a daily expression of devotion right […]

October 26th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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