In search for enlightenment: Life of communists in the mystical forest of Dong Phra Jao

It was also where locals were educated politically, and was a critical and important point in the political development in Isaan. The Isaan Record visits the site to learn about the life of those who searched for enlightenment, living as communists in the vast forest; those who reflect on what they learned after living in Dong Phra Jao.

Part II : The rediscovered heroes of democracy in Sakon Nakhon (12)

The geography and history of freedom fighters set Sakon Nakhon off from the rest of Isaan. Though youth protests have been slow to start and lack some of the vigor seen in other Isaan provinces, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, has played an important role in linking the province’s past with the new generation’s protests.

Part I: Sakon Nakhon stirs: Students and academics continue a decades-old struggle (11))

The geography and history of freedom fighters set Sakon Nakhon off from the rest of Isaan. Though youth protests have been slow to start and lack some of the vigor seen in other Isaan provinces, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, has played an important role in linking the province’s past with the new generation’s protests. (See “Part II: Sakon Nakhon’s rediscovered heroes of democracy” tomorrow.)

For female activists and politicians, gender equality is an uphill fight

At a forum in Sakon Nakhon, activists, politicians, and academics discussed the role of women in activism and politics. The event was organized by Rajabhat Sakon Nakhon University, in collaboration with The Isaan Record and several other organizations.

Court confirms jail sentence in legal battle over land rights in Sakon Nakhon

The Supreme Court of Thailand confirmed a three-year sentence against Kong Phongsakban, a 64-year-old farmer from Jatrabiab village in Sakon Nakhon Province who was charged with encroaching on government land.

SPECIAL: Isaan folk tales (part seven)

The two Isaan folk stories today come from Roi Et and Sakon Nakhon. The lessons from these two tales are clear: Don’t cross the gods and don’t shoot white squirrels.

SPECIAL: Isaan folk tales (part six)

Our Isaan folk tales series today takes us to Nakhon Phanom in the corner of the Northeast and back west to Sakon Nakhon. Today’s tales recount the stories behind some of the region’s most important temples and lakes.

Sakon Nakhon court jails villagers for forest encroachment

The ongoing clash between the government’s forest reclamation policy and community land rights in the Northeast came to a head on October 21st. At the provincial court in Sakon Nakhon Province, nine villagers from Jatrabiab village received their sentences for encroaching on protected forests.