Sheltering Teen Moms: Emergency Home Offers Crisis Care in Thailand

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 […]

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 […]

Activists Demand International Law Regulating Development Projects on Mekong River

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 […]

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

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 […]

Environment Study Proves Dams and Sand Mining Destabilizing Mekong Delta

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 […]

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

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. […]

Golden Triangle is Under Spotlight as illegal Wildlife Trade Hub

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 […]

Tears Flow Openly at Historic Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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 […]