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Mekong Commission failure: dam the river and damn the region

Evidence of the climate crisis is everywhere. The Mekong River has recorded historically low dry-season flows for the third year in a row, alongside an increase in the frequency of extreme flood events. Its delta is continuing to sink and shrink, while its riverbanks erode, ...

LAN MERCADO

Why has Da Nang taken the lead in digital transformation?

The central city of Da Nang topped the Digital Transformation Index (DTI) rankings in 2020 for localities nationwide in all three key pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society, according to the DTI 2020 Report released several days ago by the Ministry of ...

Ho Giap - Nguyen Hien

Major clothing brands contribute to deforestation in Cambodia, report finds

A drone camera soars over a timber yard where thousands of tons of logs are strewn across the ground. In one clip, a bulldozer scoops up a heap of wood while black smoke billows out of its exhaust pipe. In another, workers load wood onto ...

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

Illegal gold mines operate unchecked in Myanmar’s Kachin state since coup

Illegal gold mine operations have run unchecked in the capital of Myanmar’s Kachin state since the military seized power 10 months ago, raising concerns for villagers who spent years protesting a massive Chinese-backed dam project in the early 2000s. Local sources along the Irrawaddy River in ...

Reported by Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Facebook removes accounts targeting critics of Vietnam’s government

Facebook’s parent company removed a network of accounts on the platform that coordinated attacks against Vietnamese activists who criticized the government, but Hanoi said the removed accounts belonged to “anti-state” elements. In its Adversarial Threat Report published Wednesday, Meta said users of the accounts abused Facebook ...

Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

Mekong-Lancang nations collectively fight fake news

Mekong-Lancang nations are cooperating well to fight fake news in the region, according to the National secretariat of Cambodia for Mekong-Lancang Cooperation. “Mekong-Lancang nations have been sharing information with each other to prevent fake news in the region, especially in the context of the spread of ...

Sar Socheath

Laos Will Open $5.9 Billion Railway as Debt to China Mounts

Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China’s poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical mountains from the Laotian capital, Vientiane, to ...

Kurtenbach contributed from Bangkok

U.N. says about half of Myanmar's people could sink into poverty in 2022

Urban poverty is on course to triple in Myanmar, pushing nearly half the population below the poverty line next year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the twin impact of the pandemic and a military coup threaten progress made in the past decade. The army ...

Reuters

Cambodia’s law leaves domestic workers unseen and unprotected

It has been ten years since Cambodia first imposed a ban on sending Khmer domestic workers to Malaysia following dozens of reports of abuse by Malaysian employers, including overwork, sexual harassment and verbal and physical assault.  Since then, the Cambodian government has taken several steps to ...

DOLPHIE BOU AND ANJU MARY PAUL

Udon Thani poised to grow as hub of Greater Mekong region

A plan is afoot to transform Udon Thani into a hub of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday. The plan was announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during his visit to the northeastern province, during which he pledged to stay on ...

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