As Thailand’s air pollution crisis continues, ecology expert Chainarong Setthachua proposes ways to reduce the burning of sugarcane, one of the main causes of the smog.
Harmful algal blooms are turning lakes across the Northeast green resulting in environmental and human health issues. Anthony C. Kuster proposes a cost-effective remedy to expedite lake restoration that has only recently come to Thailand.
Anthony KusterJanuary 4, 2020
An analysis of Thailand’s sugar industry hampered by low world sugar prices, farmers consistently growing at a loss, and local opposition to new sugar mills as the government champions “Smart Farming,” an 80 percent increase of sugarcane production by 2026, and 29 new mills in the Northeast. How do these plans square up with reality?
The Isaan RecordOctober 10, 2019
Local people’s demands for development in Mukdahan’s Don Tan district are at odds with the development of a special economic zone in the province.
The Isaan RecordJuly 10, 2019
A new political party seeks to change almost everything about Thai politics, starting with how public policy is formed. But a legal hurdle could trip them up before they reach the starting line of the electoral race.
The Isaan RecordAugust 4, 2018
At a Mahasarakham University forum, experts and civil society members discuss how to increase public participation in policy-making.
The Isaan RecordJuly 24, 2017
A small school in Nong Khai Province is setting an example in adhering to Thailand’s human rights obligations seeing its Lao pupils become student leaders. But hundreds of thousands of other migrant students are left unschooled.
The Isaan RecordDecember 6, 2016
The Cabinet’s decision to hike the salaries of subdistrict and village leaders may just be a move to undermine the power of local administrative bodies, argues Arunee Santhitiwanich.
Arunee SanthitiwanichNovember 26, 2016
Business people and state officials are chomping at the bit for Mukdahan’s Special Economic Zone but locals are divided over the new development policy.