Mekong River Commission (MRC) Announces Laos Intentions to Build “Fourth Dam” on Mekong River

The Pak Lay dam will be the fourth hydropower dam on the mainstream Mekong River after the Xayaburi, Don Sahong and Pak Beng dams.

Mekong River Commission (MRC) Announces Laos Intentions to Build “Fourth Dam” on Mekong River

CHIANG RAI – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced yesterday that Laos has formally notified the Commission of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstem of the Mekong River. The notification triggers commencement of the Prior Consultation procedure under the MRC’s Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA). Pak Lay […]

Loss of Innocence: Teens Procuring Teens into Sex Work in Thailand

Police say underage procurers a growing problem in burgeoning flesh trade, the Bangkok Post's Wassayos Ngamkham said

Loss of Innocence: Teens Procuring Teens into Sex Work in Thailand

  PATTAYA – The recent arrest of a 17-year-old girl who procured an underage girl for an Indian tourist in Pattaya highlighted the recent crackdown on prostitution and human trafficking rings whose perpetrators and victims are getting younger, according to police. Police have vowed tough action against both procurers and customers who are increasingly resorting […]

Asia’s Oceans Have Become a Dumping Ground for Plastic Waist

Asia’s Oceans Have Become a Dumping Ground for Plastic Waist

  BANGKOK – About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans every year, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic being tipped into the sea every minute of every day. More than half comes from five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, according to a 2015 […]

Three Year Study Finds China-Backed Sambor Dam Would Destroy the Mekong River

A controversial dam project in Cambodia could "literally kill" the Mekong River, according to a confidential report on the environmental impact of the proposed structure.

Three Year Study Finds China-Backed Sambor Dam Would Destroy the Mekong River

  BANGKOK – A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River’s biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian government. The report, posted this month on the […]

Alarms Raised as Thailand Oceans Drown in Plastic Waste

The network estimates that around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans each year.

Alarms Raised as Thailand Oceans Drown in Plastic Waste

  CHAMPUN, Thailand – In February of last year a patch of plastic trash almost 10 kilometers long was seen floating off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand in Chumpon province, prompting a wake-up call about the plastic pollution problem which has become increasingly serious in recent years. Tara Buakamsri, Thailand country director for […]

Gun Crime and Violence in Thailand: A Problem that Can’t be Solved?

If you shoot home intruder you have a chance to face felony murder but many home intruders who kill home owners still live free.

Gun Crime and Violence in Thailand: A Problem that Can’t be Solved?

  BANGKOK – When Sunantha Ratchawat was hit, her body went numb. It was dark inside the bar, popular with young Thais drinking and dancing and on this night, it was crowded. Music – American hip hop – was blasting through the venue’s speakers. Sunantha, who goes by the name of Pam, was in her […]

Getting Away with Murder in Thailand

Construction tycoon's alleged shooting of a rare leopard has turned the spotlight on the country's culture of impunity..

Getting Away with Murder in Thailand

  BANGKOK – A group of protestors gathered outside the Bangkok Art & Culture Center in the heart of the Thai capital wearing homemade paper masks in the likeness of a black panther. The dozens of Thais who showed up for the improvised gathering one recent Sunday afternoon weren’t there for an animal-themed costume party, […]

Mekong River Commission Reaches Out to China to Avert Dam Damage

China’s participation key to minimizing losses from Mekong dams, says head of Mekong River Commission Pham Tuan Phan

Mekong River Commission Reaches Out to China to Avert Dam Damage

The future of the Mekong River Basin was in the spotlight again at the third summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), held on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Mekong flows from China (where it is known as the Lancang), through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. However, it is rapidly being changed by large […]

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