Remembering Prince Sapphasitthiprasong: the modernizer of Ubon or its pacifier?

Prince Sapphasitthiprasong was the one who brought urban planning to Ubon Ratchathani. He might be called the father of modern Ubon. But he was also the one who launched the campaign against the Holy Man Rebellion in Trakan Phuet Phon District. The rebels were hopelessly outgunned and the crackdown led to the death of more than 300. A local historian and restaurant owner weighs in on how the people of Ubon Ratchathani remember this Bangkok-appointed governor.

Remembering the suppression of the “Phi Bun” Rebellion 120+1 years on

The tale of resistance surrounding Isaan’s Holy Man Rebellion in Ubon Ratchathani province, called “The Battle of Non Pho,” was passed down from generation to generation. Much folklore and many poems recalled the event of 121 years ago. Non Pho was a killing field, shelled by the government’s cannons, where over 400 people died. Local residents hope to build a local history museum in order to memorialize the tragic history of that day, one that has otherwise been fading.

Khon Kaen’s railway community sets to vanish as high-speed train arrives

Soon, communities along railroad tracks in Khon Kaen will be forced to leave to make way for the construction of a high-speed train railway that connects Korat and Nong Khai. There is still no plan to relocate the more than 700 families residing in its way. The Isaan Record memorializes the people of Mittraphap community in this shortening period before they vanish.

Threat of new industrial park looms over the heritage of an ancient Khon Kaen town

Residents are rallying against a proposed 4,000-rai bioeconomy project in Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen. The major concern is that the project might turn the area into a new pollution hotspot as in Rayong’s industrial estate Map Ta Phut. The project and its potential effects have aroused concerns that the environment might be damaged and the historical heritage of the ancient town, Mueang Phia, might suffer destruction.

High-speed rail threatens displacement of Khon Kaen’s urban poor

way for construction of a high-speed railway. Residents are caught in a limbo as they have nowhere else to go. The only thing they can do is wait for the order that will force them out from a place where they’ve lived their whole lives.

Mo Lam Bank denies involvement in the burning of a portrait of King Rama X in Khon Kaen

Mo Lam Bank denies involvement in the burning of a portrait of King Rama 10 in Khon Kaen, confirms that he’s been in the care of the court

Article 112 imprisons artists

“People are scared to express themselves because of this law. Writers are afraid to mention it, even in fiction, if it’s related to the king or the royal family”Teerapol Anmai, academic and artist criticized about Article 112.

A new kind of political power emerges in Sisaket (7)

“So, if you want to point fingers at who’s behind this movement, I can say I know who’s behind these rallies. It’s Gen. Prayut. You’re the one who built this movement that’s set on bringing you down.”

LGBTIQ man from Sisaket dreams of gender equality (4)

Thailand’s LGBTQ+ community is pushing for the legal protection of gender equality but still faces many obstacles, especially the prejudice of government agencies. Advocating for a law against gender discrimination appears to be a long, uphill task. Guest contributor Chawinroj Terapachalaphon weighs in.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (26) – Crushing democracy: From Red Shirts to Future Forward Party

Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on how the ruling class have constructed a politico-military complex, and co-opted state institutions in a bid to keep democracy at bay.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (23) – Lessons of the defeat of the Red Shirts

“Back in 2010, I thought the protests were taking us close to a change towards a democratic system, where everyone would be under the constitution.” “But it didn’t turn out like that. We lost. We failed,” says Thanat Thammakaew, who is known by his pen name Phu Kradat. The prolific Isaan writer reflects on the Red Shirt movement.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (16) – To the Isaan people who died in Bangkok in 2010

The political violence of 2010 claimed the lives of at least 94 people. Out of that number, 36 were confirmed to be from Isaan. Adithep Chanthet takes a look at the lives of five of those killed, what took them to the capital, their economic backgrounds, and their political ideas.

“They’re distorting our democracy” – Isaan politicians’ daughter between hope and despair for Thai democracy

Born into a family of politicians in Ubon Ratchathani, Sudarat Phithakphonphanlop learned from a young age what it means to be a representative of the people. In this interview, the 23-year-old shares her views on Thailand’s democracy after the election and talks about her political ambitions.