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Laos would benefit from Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Myanmar is one of Bangladesh’s closest neighbors with historic connectivity going back centuries. The 271 km long Bangladesh-Myanmar border is very important for Bangladesh due to its strategic position, although at present the area is militarized due to its ongoing internal conflicts. Were this to be resolved, Bangladesh could develop routes via Myanmar to access […]

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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 […]

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Laos Sees Huge Jump in COVID-19 Cases, While Lockdown in Cambodia Threatens Food Security

Laos on Monday saw its biggest jump in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, since the pandemic began more than a year ago, as the impoverished nation expanded a lockdown and added additional capacity at treatment centers to deal with the drastic rise in infections. Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, director general of the Communicable […]

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COVID Closures, Embassy Intervention Strands Hundreds of Lao Fishermen in Malaysia

Hundreds of Lao migrant fishermen are stranded in Malaysia after the Lao Embassy in Kuala Lumpur took control of their return travel plans to arrange pricier flights, which had already been complicated by coronavirus restrictions, the fishermen told RFA. Drawn by the prospect of well-paid work at sea, around 700 Lao migrants traveled overland through […]

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Ex-Singaporean Diplomat Says ASEAN May Have to Expel Cambodia and Laos

PHNOM PENH — Former Singaporean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan said on Friday that Southeast Asian countries needed to consider revoking ASEAN membership for Cambodia and Laos for allowing an external power to exert influence on them, a thinly-veiled reference to their proximity to China. Bilahari Kausikan was speaking at a webinar organized by Singapore-based ISEAS Yusof […]

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Thai Protests Inspire Rare Online Government Criticism in Neighboring Laos

Days of demonstrations in Thailand, where protesters are calling for regime change, have inspired a rare outpouring of frustration with the government by netizens in neighboring Laos, where criticism of the one-party Communist state is strictly forbidden and punishable with hefty prison terms. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday ended an emergency decree banning […]

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Exclusive: Taking power – Chinese firm to run Laos electric grid amid default warnings

(Reuters) – The poor, small Southeast Asian country of Laos is set to cede majority control of its electric grid to a Chinese company, as it struggles to stave off a potential debt default, people with direct knowledge of the agreement said. The deal comes at a time when critics accuse Beijing of “debt trap […]

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Lao Farm Worker Beaten, Tied Up, in Dispute at Chinese Banana Plantation

A young Lao worker was beaten, shocked and tied up by his employers at a Chinese banana plantation in northwestern Laos in a dispute over working hours, his relatives said. Lou Xiong’s relatives say he was beaten and shocked by Lao and Chinese employers at a Chinese banana plantation in Hin Heuap District of Vientiane […]

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 The United States’ longstanding support of the Lao health

Continuing the United States’ longstanding support of the Lao health sector, #AmbHaymond presented 88,000 specially-treated mosquito nets funded by the United States through the USAID – US Agency for International Development to Vice Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Muangpak at a ceremony in Vientiane this morning. “The United States is proud to continue working with the Lao PDR and […]

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Support Sunny Rubeck for Judge in Charlotte, North Carolina

I’m heading into my 10th year of practice and I have never been in front of an Asian-American judge. This is surprising since I live in the biggest city in N.C. So your friend has decided to make a change and I’m running for judge! You know that asking for help has never been easy […]