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Lao Farm Worker Beaten, Tied Up, in Dispute at Chinese Banana Plantation

A young Lao worker was beaten, shocked and tied up by his employers at a Chinese banana plantation in northwestern Laos in a dispute over working hours, his relatives said. Lou Xiong’s relatives say he was beaten and shocked by Lao and Chinese employers at a ...

RFA's Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

The Large-antlered muntjac — Southeast Asia’s mystery deer (Commentary)

A blue whale has a big heart the size of an adult wild yak. Everyone knows the plight of blue whales — as everyone likewise knows the plight of tigers, elephants and pandas. But few know the threats to wild yaks. And even fewer know ...

Joel Berger and Minh Nguyen

Expected rise of malnutrition in Kingdom

Leading global organisations and NGOs have come together to urge Cambodia to focus on children’s rights to healthy diets as rates of malnutrition are in danger of rising amid the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic. The call was made in a joint statement from Unicef, the World Food ...

Som Kanika

Are China’s dams responsible for droughts along Mekong River?

Chinese dams aren’t the problem causing droughts for downstream nations along the Mekong River – they are part of the solution – says a Chinese study released in July. The study is an attempt to pour water on claims by a rival US-backed investigation that blamed dams ...

Maria Siow

Myanmar to build SEZ connecting Greater Mekong Sub-Region East-West Economic Corridor, West Yangon Industrial Park

Myanmar will implement a Special Economic Zone project in Mon State and West Yangon Industrial Park project, said Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thaung Tun during a Myanmar-Japan Investment Dialogue held via video conference on July 29. The special economic zone in Mon ...

Cambodian Environmental Group Calls For End to Development on Phnom Penh’s Boeung Tamok Lake

Development on one of the last large lakes in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is impacting communities that rely on it for their livelihoods and causing significant flooding in the city as the result of runoff during heavy rains, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, calling for ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Myanmar: Sex education in schools sparks debate over morality

A new school textbook, which features a fictional same-sex couple and young students who find themselves attracted to the opposite sex, has sparked outrage in Myanmar. The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Buddhist monks and conservative parents protested the distribution of the book, calling ...

Cape Diamond (Yangon)

Laos Builds Road and Workers’ Camp for Luangprabang Dam Ahead of Formal Approval

A Thai dam developer has begun clearing land for a large-scale Mekong River dam near the ancient Lao capital Luang Prabang before signing a hydropower sale pact required for approval, raising concerns from downstream communities already hit hard by Laos’ aggressive damming of the vital ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

How eco-tourism saved this stunning Cambodian valley and is key to attracting visitors back after Covid-19

“Mind your head, you are too tall!” warns Rin Rith with a big grin as we dodge another low-hanging branch, the motorbike he is driving skidding along a forest path made muddy by a rain shower. We are hurrying to the base of Mrech Kongkep ...

Peter Ford

PM works with Mekong Delta provinces

On August 1, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucheld a working session in Can Tho with 13 Mekong Delta provinces and cities on removing difficulties for production and business activities and boosting the region’s economy. This is the fourth working session of the government leader with Mekong ...

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