Khaosod

Rebutting US Claims, China Says Dams Unrelated to Thai Drought

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok on Monday dismissed a US-funded study accusing China’s dams of hoarding water in the vital Mekong River. In a statement released to Khaosod English, the embassy said the extreme drought felt by Mekong’s downstream countries in 2019 were caused by exceptionally ...

Khaosod English

US Study Insists China's Dams to Blame for Mekong Drought

China’s massive dams on the Mekong River exacerbated last year’s extreme drought in downstream countries including Thailand, researchers from a US government-funded study said on Wednesday. The researchers discuss the findings – originally published by American research company Eyes on Earth Inc. – in a video conference organized ...

Khaosod English

They, Too: Thai Women Reporters Share Tales of Sexual Harassment

Sexism and dangers women face in the Thai workplace are well known, partly thanks to reporters who highlight those issues in their work. But the journalists themselves rarely tell their own stories. This is hardly a surprise. Those working in the media, after all, are trained ...

Asaree Traitrakulpanich

UN Warns Mekong River Is A Disaster Hotspot

The Mekong River basin was identified as a major disaster risk hotspot by the United Nations today. Poor people living close to the river suffer high exposure to flood and drought, according to a report released today. A UN official also called for the nations in ...

Human Smugglers Work with Corrupt Thai Officials: UN Report

As much as 80 percent of irregular migrant workers were ferried into Thailand by smuggling services, sometimes with the help of corrupt Thai officials, a recent report by the United Nations said. In a report released at a news conference last week, the UN Office on ...

Pravit Rojanaphruk

Opinion: Mekong Region Needs to Overcome Drought Together

Drought, follows flood and storm, is among the most influential natural disasters in the world. According to 2018 publication on the International Disaster Database website, 16% of people affected by disasters in 2018 were affected by droughts. Over the past few decades, countries along the Lancang-Mekong ...

Dr. Liu Hui

Thailand 'Prostituting its Resources,' Says Top Nature Photographer

As one of Thailand’s foremost marine conservation photographers, Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai sees on a daily basis dead baby sharks discarded as trash by fishing trawlers, tourist speedboats crushing coral, and dead whales cut open and full of plastic. “We are prostituting our resources for others to ...

Asaree Thaitrakulpanich

Thailand slips further in latest corruption index

Thailand dropped three positions in the latest corruption index released Tuesday by a Berlin-based transparency watchdog. []Elsewhere in the region, the general trend showed mixed results, with Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam ranking lower and other ASEAN countries improving their standings.  Keep reading ...

Rising Mekong No Cause for Alarm: Engineer

A state engineer Thursday dismissed panicked reports in the media and online that the Mekong River is about to flood. Water released upriver from Thailand by a Chinese dam has caused levels to rise downriver between Thailand and Laos, but despite local news and social ...

ASEAN faces test in handling China: ex-Indonesian FM

How ASEAN handles China’s rise will be a crucial test for a block which has failed to find its voice as a community on critical issues, a former Indonesian foreign minister said earlier this week. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, has shown “perfect ...

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