Lao News:

Lao Farmers Driven From Their Land by Foreign Concessions, Rising Costs

Lao villagers have given up farm work in growing numbers in recent years due to rising costs and the loss of land to large development projects, with many now moving to the cities to find work instead as laborers, Lao sources say. Hardest hit has been the cultivation of rice, an important staple food in […]

Human Rights:

Chinese Billionaire Who Helped Rights Lawyers Describes ‘Inhumane’ Detention

Agriculture billionaire Sun Dawu, who is currently standing trial in the northern Chinese province of Hebei on a slew of charges that rights activists say are politically motivated, was subjected to “cruel and inhumane treatment,” his defense team said. Sun, 67, is on trial at the Gaobeidian Municipal People’s Court amid unprecedented security that lawyers […]

Asian News:

Thai Government’s Bungled Vaccine Rollout Unites Historically Divided Public in Anger

BANGKOK – Anger is building at the administration of Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha for a slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which has left just 5% of Thais inoculated amid the deadliest wave of the coronavirus pandemic to hit the country, and as health officials warn the worst is yet to come. Thailand reached a record […]

U.S. News:

US Considering Ways to Aid Cubans

The United States is examining potential ways to aid the people of Cuba following anti-government protests this month that were the biggest on the island nation in decades. Senior administration officials who spoke to news agencies on the condition of anonymity said the steps under consideration include changes to remittances that would allow people in […]