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Stories about Laos

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

How a Hmong Song Tradition Is Kept Alive in the American Midwest

Kwv txhiaj has its origins in southern China and Southeast Asia, is several centuries old and is kept alive through its singers. One of them calls the US Midwest home.

Seen Southeast Asia From a Bird’s Eye? Try an Astronaut’s Lens

Southeast Asia’s capital cities are among the most photographed and famous destinations in the world. But what do they look like from space?

Speaking Up for the Big Endangered Elephant in the Room

"So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis."

Big Brother Mouse and an Elephant: Innovative Ways of Delivering Books in Laos

"At book parties we read aloud, play games, sing songs about books, and give every child a book of their own, usually the first one they ever owned."

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

Southeast Asia's Tigers Are in Desperate Need of Saving

Forest loss and poaching have led to the decline in the number of wild tigers. Organizations are fighting to bring them back from the brink.

VIDEO: How a Laos Dam Project Could Endanger Communities in Cambodia

EarthRights International has uploaded a video about the threat posed by a mega dam construction in Laos to communities situated along the Mekong River in Cambodia. Laos and Cambodia are...

Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics

Global Voices looks at 19 infographics that help explain the promising future ahead for Southeast Asia, as well as the obstacles to greater regional prosperity.

Video Animation Explains How Principle of “Free Prior and Informed Consent” Can Empower Indigenous Peoples

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has uploaded a video animation explaining the principle of “Free prior and informed consent” or how communities should have the right to decide for the...

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

Search and Destroy Mission for the 80 Million “Bombies” in Laos

Al Jazeera's 101 East episode tackles the efforts of women workers in Laos to find and destroy unexploded cluster bombs dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War era....

Sexual Abuse of Children in Tourism in Southeast Asia

The Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, an initiative of the Australian government, has released a study about the prevalence of sexual abuse of children in the Southeast Asian region. It cited...

Interview with Wife of Laos NGO Leader Sombath Somphone Who Went Missing in 2012

Writing for the Southeast Asia Globe, Kearrin Sims interviewed Shui Meng, wife of the disappeared Laotian development worker Sombath Somphone. Sombath, a prominent NGO leader in Laos, went missing in...

Laos Development NGOs Silent on Human Rights

Writing for The New Mandala, Randall Arnst bemoaned the silence of Laos devleopment NGOs over the disappearance of prominent NGO worker Sombath Somphone: …while UN rights bodies have repeatedly raised...

Human Rights Situation in Laos

The International Service for Human Rights has prepared a briefing paper on the human rights situation in Laos: Human rights defenders prefer to be known as ‘community workers’ and are...

VIDEOS: Vintage Southeast Asia in the British Pathe Archive

Many of the films in the British Pathe collection are valuable resource that could teach us a lot about Southeast Asia's recent past and even the present.

Video Shows How the U.S. Dropped 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

Mother Jones uploaded a video which simulates the 600 bombing missions conducted by the United States in Laos between 1965 to 1973 during the Vietnam War era.

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