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- ASEAN lawmakers decry court ruling against opposition leader
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights expressed disappointment at today’s ruling from the Constitutional Court disqualifying opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The group calls for an end to the judicial harassment of opposition members and human rights defenders in Thailand.
The post ASEAN lawmakers decry court ruling against opposition leader appeared first on The Isaan Record.20 November 20 2019Opinionhttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19344
- Sulak Sivaraksa: Behind the audience with the King
Sulak Sivaraksa has been charged with royal defamation no less than six times. Speaking to The Isaan Record, he tells the story of his audience with King Rama X, and how it purportedly led to a military court dropping the most recent case against him. He also talks about the need for Thailand to allow its Isaan Lao to celebrate their culture and ethnicity.
The post Sulak Sivaraksa: Behind the audience with the King appeared first on The Isaan Record.15 November 15 2019Interviewshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19277
- A dark future for Isaan’s ‘white gold’ despite new rubber subsidies?
Thailand, the world's largest exporter of rubber is feeling the brunt of the US-China trade conflict. Despite a new price guarantee scheme, rubber farmers in the Northeast are set to be hit the hardest.
The post A dark future for Isaan’s ‘white gold’ despite new rubber subsidies? appeared first on The Isaan Record.11 November 11 2019Featureshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19221
- “Pai Dao Din” talks of freedom in an imprisoned land
Just sharing a link on Facebook put Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, or “Pai Dao Din”, in prison for more than 870 days. Today, though out of jail, he yet endures an imprisoned freedom. He says imprisonment completely changed his views, especially on the Thai judicial process.
The post “Pai Dao Din” talks of freedom in an imprisoned land appeared first on The Isaan Record.9 November 09 2019Interviewshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19191
- For female activists and politicians, gender equality is an uphill fight
At a forum in Sakon Nakhon, activists, politicians, and academics discussed the role of women in activism and politics. The event was organized by Rajabhat Sakon Nakhon University, in collaboration with The Isaan Record and several other organizations.
The post For female activists and politicians, gender equality is an uphill fight appeared first on The Isaan Record.8 November 08 2019Newshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19165
- Roi Et protesters clash with authorities at sugar mill hearing
As the government is pushing for a massive expansion of sugarcane and the construction of 29 new sugar mills in the Northeast, many communities are pushing back. But others welcome the development projects, hoping for a boost of local economies.
The post Roi Et protesters clash with authorities at sugar mill hearing appeared first on The Isaan Record.1 November 01 2019Newshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=19094
- More than just a pretty face: A look into the lives of Khon Kaen’s beer pretties
“Beer Pretty” is the name commonly given to the women, usually dressed in suggestive, tight skirts, who encourage customers to buy their brand of beer in restaurants throughout Thailand. But who are these women? A peek into the lives of beer pretties shows there’s more to them than just selling beer.
The post More than just a pretty face: A look into the lives of Khon Kaen’s beer pretties appeared first on The Isaan Record.15 October 15 2019Featureshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=18895
- Junlaholaan: An Isaan band playing the sound of sincerity
Coming out of sleepy Sakon Nakhon, Junlaholaan is a genre-bending band that seems to be striking a chord with a rapidly growing number of listeners in Isaan and beyond.
The post Junlaholaan: An Isaan band playing the sound of sincerity appeared first on The Isaan Record.12 October 12 2019Interviewshttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=18869
- Sweetness & Power (17) – “Smart Farming” sugar plan crashes into bitter reality
An analysis of Thailand's sugar industry hampered by low world sugar prices, farmers consistently growing at a loss, and local opposition to new sugar mills as the government champions “Smart Farming,” an 80 percent increase of sugarcane production by 2026, and 29 new mills in the Northeast. How do these plans square up with reality?
The post Sweetness & Power (17) – “Smart Farming” sugar plan crashes into bitter reality appeared first on The Isaan Record.10 October 10 2019Opinionhttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=18828
- Sweetness & Power (16) – Sinister cycle: The sugar savior
Questioning the role of sugar in Thai society, especially in Isaan, a region with the highest number of people suffering from chronic diabetes in the country, Kridpuj Dhansandors asks whether the problem has been handled the right way.
The post Sweetness & Power (16) – Sinister cycle: The sugar savior appeared first on The Isaan Record.30 September 30 2019Opinionhttps://isaanrecord.com/?p=18723