BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) - An alleged plot to kill Thailand's caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has set the tone for a bitter exchange between pro and anti-government groups as campaigning officially began, Thursday, for general elections scheduled Oct. 15.
By Sutthida Malikaew
HOI AN, Vietnam - "More people come to Hoi An, but I can sell less," Kim Chi, owner of an art gallery in this central Vietnamese town, says in a bored tone.
Tran Dinh Thanh Lam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Jul 31 (IPS) - Environmental experts warn that Vietnamese eating habits are responsible for a rapid depletion of the country's rich biodiversity and that entire ecosystems are being destroyed to tickle the palates of the affluent.
By Lam Vu Thach*
VAN NAM, China - From Lao Cai in Vietnam's border with China, all you need is only a short walk cross Kieu bridge, or about 10 minutes on a boat, to go abroad. Ha Khau, a town in Van Nam in China, is a crowded and busy market with all kinds of merchandises, most of which are cheap consumer goods such as clothes, shoes, blankets, candies and cookies, and other necessities.
BANGKOK, Jul 21 (IPS) - The death of Ta Mok, 'The Butcher', from natural causes, was a disappointment to many Cambodians who survived the unspeakable atrocities that he and other leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge perpetrated on a hapless population, but never paid for.
By Lin Zixin
BANGKOK - A nine-fold increase in school dropouts over the past five years, coupled with the high incidence of child labour, highlight the vulnerabilities and instability that comes with life on Cambodia's border with Thailand.
By Lynette Lee Corporal
LUANG PRABANG, Laos (Imaging Our Mekong) - The sound of a siren cuts through the woods of Pha Tiung village outside as a member of the roving team of National Unexploded Ordnance Lao (UXO Lao) programme used a bullhorn to warn villagers living nearby to stay clear.
By Ung Hung*
SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- Ku! ku! ku! ku! At dawn, Chea Rut holds her husband by the hand as they leave their home and take a 'tuktuk' for the 100-kilometre trip to Poipet (a town on the Cambodian side near Cambodia-Thailand border). They pay 20 baht (50 U.S, cents) to two tickets to cross the border to Aranyaprathet on the Thai side of the border, and head straight to hospital there.
By Mu Qian*
In his spare time, 70-year-old Du Fuchao likes to sing a ballad, not only for his own enjoyment but also to tell young villagers about the history of their village and people.
By Sutthida Malikaew
DANANG, Vietnam- With its strategic location in the centre of Vietnam and its rich natural resources, the long-asleep city of Danang is confident it will become a key destination along the East-West Corridor.