Category: Laos

Laos, Thailand

Laos foots the bill for power-hungry Bangkok


Bangkok’s ever increasing electricity consumption is perpetuating injustice in Laos, writes DANNY MARKS. Seven months ago, in May, Bangkok’s latest shopping mall, Central Embassy, celebrated its opening with aplomb, attracting several thousand Bangkok celebrities to this glitzy affair. The 144 000 square-meter luxurious and futuristic-looking mall was described by Travel & Leisure magazine as a ‘monster […]


Missing Sombath a test for ASEAN


ASEAN’s weak response to the disappearance of Lao community worker Sombath Somphone, writes KEARRIN SIMS,  raises questions about the strength of the institution’s commitment to human rights. Nowhere in Asia has seen the formation of stronger regional partnerships than those within ASEAN. In 2015 the institution will attempt to undertake yet another step forward in […]