Voices from Isaan: The Failed Constitution Draft

KHON KAEN – Despite their relief about the rejection of the constitution draft, people in the Northeast are dismayed by the undemocratic drafting process and the prospect of extended military rule. On Sunday, the military-appointed National Reform Council (NRC) voted down the charter draft that the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) had been writing for almost a year. According to Prachatai, at least 85 million baht (about $2.35 million) was spent on the entire process. In…

09/09/2015

Voices from Isaan: A National Unity Government?

KHON KAEN – The economy is a main concern for Northeasterners as they respond to the proposal of installing a national unity government composed of politicians from the main political parties. Last month, members of the National Reform Council (NRC) and conservative social critic Prawase Wasi floated the idea of a national unity government with a politically “neutral” person serving as prime minister. Government members could either be appointed or drawn from those two parties…

08/07/2015

Voices from Isaan: The Constitution Drafting

Voices from Isaan: The Constitution Drafting

People in Khon Kaen express their hopes and worries about the drafting of the country’s new constitution. KHON KAEN – The drafting of Thailand’s twentieth constitution is entering its last…

03/06/2015

Slideshow: Khon Kaen Voters Go To The Polls

Slideshow: Khon Kaen Voters Go To The Polls

On February 2, The Isaan Record traveled around the city of Khon Kaen to hear from voters at the polls. The election proceeded smoothly in Khon Kaen and most parts of Thailand outside of…

02/03/2014

Cashing Out: A Return to Organic Practices

Cashing Out: A Return to Organic Practices

YouTube Version MAHASARAKHAM – In 1996, a group of government officers from the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) proposed an alternative to the reigning model of chemical farming. Buoyed by…

03/15/2012

Fields of Mine: Na Nong Bong, Thailand

Fields of Mine: Na Nong Bong, Thailand

YouTube Version  LOEI – Last February, the farmers of Na Nong Bong village won a small victory in their battle against the gold mine in their backyard. After years of…

09/30/2011

Protest Village Celebrates Second Anniversary

Protest Village Celebrates Second Anniversary

CHAIYAPHUM – The sound of mor lam music, traditional to Northeast Thailand, filled the air last Saturday evening as Khon San villagers and friends gathered to celebrate the second anniversary…

07/20/2011

Election Day in Khon Kaen

Election Day in Khon Kaen

This election day, The Isaan Record visited polling sites around Khon Kaen. The following is a collection of photographs of the day’s events. 0

07/03/2011
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