Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

SIEM REAP – The four member countries of the Mekong River Commission today confronted predictions of social and environmental disaster if damming and other development projects in the region are allowed to proceed as planned. The warnings, contained in a 3,600-page report prepared by the MRC Council, point to negative trade-offs between water, energy, and […]

China’s Belt and Road Money Floods Environmental Concerns Over Mekong Dam Construction

China’s Belt and Road Money Floods Environmental Concerns Over Mekong Dam Construction

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – The prime ministers of the four countries in the downstream Mekong River basin agreed this week to boost collaboration for sustainable development, but turned noticeably quiet about the environmental impact from hydropower dam projects that have increased thanks to Chinese help. Cambodia’s Hun Sen, Thailand’s Prayut Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc […]

Thai Public Sees Corruption Same or Worse Under Junta Rule

Thai Public Sees Corruption Same or Worse Under Junta Rule

– BANGKOK – According to a survey released on Thursday by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, Corruption has got worse in Thailand under Junta Rule. The Corruption Situation Index (CSI) points to a worsening of corruption, despite the junta’s longstanding claim that the 2014 coup was […]

Are China’s Investment Taking over the Mekong?

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 […]

Thailand’s Military Government Ignoring the Risks on the Mekong River to Appease China

Thailand’s Military Government Ignoring the Risks on the Mekong River to Appease China

. . CHIANG RAI – The Prayut Chan-o-cha Government made an out-of-the-blue decision that paves the way for the demolition of the Mekong River’s rocky outcrops for the sake of “improved waterway navigation” near Chang Saen, Chiang Rai. Thailand’s Military installed governments backing of China’s blasting plan of the Mekong River inlet in Chiang Rai […]

Premarital Agreement: Love, Money, and Marriage

Premarital Agreement: Love, Money, and Marriage

In Thailand, it is not unusual to see established men marrying younger Thai women. There are also instances where couples are in their second relationship and both bring their own assets into a marriage. In these circumstances, it may be prudent to sign a premarital agreement. A premarital agreement outlines the division of the property, […]