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The fight tearing apart a Virginia Buddhist temple: A monk arrested, worshipers banned from their parents’ graves and a questionable loan

CATLETT, Va. — The brightly painted temple nestled in the farmlands of Fauquier County has been a beacon to thousands of American Buddhists for decades, beckoning devout daily visitors and once-a-year pilgrims alike through its soaring red front gate. But in recent months, the message coming from Wat Lao Buddhavong has not been one of […]

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ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ແລະ ສປປ ລາວ ດຳເນີນກອງປະຊຸມ ປຶກສາຫາລື ວຽກງານປ້ອງກັນຊາດ ສອງຝ່າຍ ປະຈຳປີ ຄັ້ງທີ 14

ທີ່ນະຄອນຫລວງວຽງຈັນ, ສປປ ລາວ – ໃນວັນທີ 5 ທັນວາ 2019, ທ່ານ ນາງ ຣີນາ ບິດເຕີ, ເອກອັກຄະລັດຖະທູດ ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ປະຈຳ ສປປ ລາວ ແລະ ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ອາວຸໂສ ຈາກສູນບັນຊາການກອງທັບ ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ປະຈຳພາກພື້ນອີນໂດ-ປາຊິຟິກ (USINDOPACOM) ໄດ້ພົບປະກັບເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ອາວຸໂສ ຈາກກະຊວງປ້ອງກັນປະເທດ ແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ໃນການປຶກສາຫາລືວຽກງານປ້ອງກັນຊາດສອງຝ່າຍ (BDD) ຄັ້ງທີ 14. ໂດຍການເປັນເຈົ້າພາບ ຂອງ ທ່ານ ພົນຈັດຕະວາ ແກ່ນຈັນ ນັນທະລັງສີ, ຫົວໜ້າກົມພົວພັນຕ່າງປະເທດ ກະຊວງປ້ອງກັນປະເທດ, ໃນການປຶກສາຫາລື ເຊິ່ງໄດ້ຈັດຂື້ນຢູ່ທີ່ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ. ທ່ານ ພົນຕີ ຊູຊານ ວາເຣສ-ລູມ, ຜູ້ຊ່ວຍກອງກໍາລັງພົນ ສູນບັນຊາການກອງທັບສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ປະຈຳພາກພື້ນອິນໂດ-ປາຊີຟິກ, ເຊິ່ງເປັນເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ທະຫານອາວຸໂສຂອງກອງທັບຂອງ ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ກໍ່ໄດ້ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມກອງປະຊຸມປຶກສາຫາລືໃນຄັ້ງນີ້. ທ່ານ ພົນຈັດຕະວາ ແກ່ນຈັນ […]

Laos Quack Damage 2019
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Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

BANGKOK — A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos early Thursday, swaying high-rises in Bangkok and Vietnam’s capital. Residents of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s biggest city, felt prolonged shaking but saw no major damage. Chiang Mai resident Petchnoi Osathaphan said the long shaking left her feeling dizzy. “There are three […]

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Laos: Democracy Activists Arrested

Free All Wrongfully Detained; Permit Peaceful Rally (New York) – The Lao government should immediately release political activists arrested for planning a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Vientiane, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 12, 2019, Lao authorities arrested at least seven activists in the loose network of the unregistered pro-democracy group Lao National Unity […]

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Lao Dam Break Survivors Still Face Hardships in Temporary Shelters

Lao villagers displaced by flooding from a dam breach last year are facing hardships in temporary resettlement areas, with clean water hard to find and toilets unusable, and some are moving back to their former land to make a living, Lao sources say. On July 23, 2018 water poured over a saddle dam at the […]

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Laos, Trying to Build Its Way to an Economic Boom, Could Be Sunk by Debt

Is Laos on the edge of an economic boom, or a bust? Six of the 11 countries in Southeast Asia have an external debt higher than the developing world average of 26 percent of gross national income, according to a report last year by FT Confidential Research, an independent research service from the Financial Times. […]

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Trump taps Tufts University alum to be next ambassador to Laos

President Trump has tapped a Tufts University alum to serve as the next ambassador to Laos. In a statement Tuesday, the White House said Trump will nominate Peter M. Haymond as ambassador to the southeast Asian nation, officially named the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Haymond’s a Foreign Service lifer. The statement described him as “a […]

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Confronting Property Rights and Wrongs in Laos

The issue of property rights looms large as part of various issues that the Southeast Asian country and its people are contending with. When, on July 23 last year, an auxiliary dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower complex in southern Laos collapsed, the torrent unleashed rolled through tens of kilometers of land, even gushing […]

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The Only Way to End Corruption in Laos

A true elimination of the problem will only come with broader political change in the country. Is Laos’ ruling communist party building up to an anti-corruption campaign similar to the ones we’ve seen in China and Vietnam? Since Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith came to power in early 2016, more officials have been dismissed because of […]