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Mining the Mekong: Land and livelihoods lost to Cambodia’s thirst for sand

Some 45 kilometers, or 28 miles, up the Mekong River from Phnom Penh, Voi Thy sat and watched as 12 boats pumped sand from the riverbed. Another 11 boats, weighed low by their quarry of freshly mined sand, were making the glacial journey past her ...

Gerald Flynn, Vutha Srey

Indigenous rights bill languishes

Thailand is home to over 6 million indigenous people. Yet many are outlawed, denied basic rights, and subject to many forms of oppression. This must change.  According to the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, about 10% of the population belongs to 60 indigenous and ethnic ...

BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN

Vietnam court upholds 9-year jail sentence for democracy activist

A Vietnamese court has upheld a nine-year prison term for prominent human rights campaigner and writer Pham Doan Trang, who was convicted of anti-state activities, her lawyers and state media said. On Thursday, the Hanoi People’s High Court rejected Trang’s appeal of a sentence handed down in December ...

AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

Refugees in Thailand allege detention centre abuse

The detention centre was sweltering as Bangkok’s heat oppressed the crowded room.  Dark steel bars lined the cells while scores of imprisoned migrants counted down the hours of the day. Crammed together in a tight space, the refugees were in a constantly agitated state. The watchful ...

CALEB QUINLEY

The Mekong Delta is yearning for opportunities

If you enter “10.196725, 105.544721” in Google Maps, it will take you to a location in the Co Do District of Can Tho City. An orchard spanning several thousand square meters appears on the screen. Why does the orchard stand alone? Drag the mouse to the ...

Carolyn Turk

Vietnam asks World Meteorological Organization to remove 'nine-dash line'

Vietnam has asked the World Meteorological Organization to respect its sovereignty in the East Sea by removing China’s infamous “nine-dash line.” The Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday that “Vietnam has repeatedly dismissed the so-called nine-dash line as ...

Vu Anh

Mekong Delta could get two new bridges

Construction of two bridges across a Mekong tributary are proposed at a cost of VND9 trillion ($386 million) to replace ferry services currently in use. The Ministry of Transport’s My Thuan Project Management Board has called for building the Tan Chau – Hong Ngu and Vam ...

Ngoc Tai

Overall Mekong River flow patterns do not change–report finding

Two hydropower projects along Southeast Asia’s most important river have had measurable, but moderate, impact on water flow, sediment and fisheries, according to preliminary findings of a report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released last week. With roughly one year of monitoring data, the MRC ...

Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

South Korean company brings eco-friendly livestock production to Laos

Local farmers and members of the Parksarpmai Cooperative Group will be able to upgrade their livestock production, thanks to the support of an agricultural solutions company from South Korea, the Greengoods Company Limited. Through the support of Greengoods Co Ltd, villagers will have a chance to ...

The Star Online

Thai court throws out decade-long legal fight over Laos dam

A top Thai court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt purchases of electricity by the country from a hydropower dam in neighbouring Laos over environmental concerns, bringing an end to a decade-long legal battle. The case brought by 37 villagers from eight provinces along ...

Reuters

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