Government

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour announces new digital academy

The Ministry of Labour launched the Digital Skill Development Academy (DISDA), a newly established unit that will oversee digital skill development for the workforce; and a new DSD application via an event entitled “Building Thailand Digital Workforce”. During the event, DISDA, in collaboration with the Thailand arm of ...

Alita Sharon

Thailand says $11M seized in wildlife trafficking sting

Thailand s anti-money laundering authorities said Wednesday they have seized or frozen more than 330 million baht ($11 million) worth of assets in a sting operation against a suspected wildlife trafficking ring. The March 12 operation targeted Boonchai Bach, a Vietnamese and Thai citizen who was arrested in 2018 ...

AP news wire

Government of Laos Dissolves Ministry of Science and Technology

The government of Laos has dissolved the Ministry of Science and Technology, transferring its departments to various different ministries. According to a notice issued by the Politburo of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Ministry of Science and Technology has been dissolved, leaving Laos with just ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Hold Meeting to Discuss Myanmar Crisis

Southeast Asian foreign ministers will hold a special meeting on Tuesday on the political crisis in Myanmar, the Indonesian foreign ministry said, as the regional and international community condemned a deadly weekend crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. The online meeting was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ...

Ronna Nirmala

Human Rights Abuses in Laos Are Rampant. International Businesses Should Take Action.

Authoritarianism in Laos is at the root of illegal land grabs, land grievances, and ongoing human rights violations. The upcoming elections in Laos are unlikely to change this. International business stakeholders, however, can do more to support local communities and uphold fundamental human rights. The Lao ...

Malaak Jamal and Jenny Wang

Crackdown on "Encroachers" in Kaeng Krachan Forest Begins

Fresh evidence of apparent forest clearing and burning in the deep jungle of Kaeng Krachan National Park has been presented to the public to substantiate claims and the forest suppression operation by forest officials, while Karen supporter groups have condemned the latest suppression move and ...

B.Tribune

Myanmar's young 'Generation Z' protesters take on the military

Following the coup in Myanmar on February 1, many people were in a stupor. But this didn’t last long. Less than 72 hours after the military took power, people across the country took to the county’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, to articulate their anger and frustration ...

Rodion Ebbighausen

Marijuana seized on Mekong river bank

A patrol of the Mekong Riverine Unit seized 635 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana on the bank of the Mekong river in Tha Uthen district in the small hours of Monday. The patrol spotted a pickup covered with canvas on the bank of the Mekong river near ...

PATTANAPONG SRIPIACHAI

Advantage China, as democracy slides from view in Southeast Asia

As Myanmar’s dark era of junta rule began winding down in 2011 with the bold reforms initiated by the quiet ex-general, President Thein Sein, other events happening across Southeast Asia gave reformists hope this was not an isolated instance of democratic progress.   That year, Yingluck Shinawatra ...

Bhavan Jaipragas

The guardians of Siamese rosewood

“We bury a GPS tracker in the wood. We call them rabbits,” says Cheewapap Cheewatham, director of Thailand’s Forest Protection and Fire Control Bureau, part of the forestry department. He tells China Dialogue that they used to just impound as evidence cut rosewood they found ...

Ryn Jirenuwat, Tyler Roney

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