Search for Laotian Activist Continues

Search for Laotian Activist ContinuesDespite the fact that he disappeared more than two years ago, efforts to discover what happened to Sombath Somphone, an internationally respected Laotian human rights activist and civil society leader, have not ceased. In fact, 145 organizations from six continents have continued to put pressure on the Laotian government, taking their case to 40 United…

The Last Gasp of Resistance

Photo: General Vang Pao  c. 1960 Today, the streets of Vientiane and Luang Prabang are alive with cafes and shops that hark back to the days when Laos was a stop on the so-called hippie trail. The landlocked country, still a mysterious destination for westerners, is teaming with tourists drawn by a combination of inexpensive…

Linking Laos

Life is pretty languid in Savannakhet, a provincial capital in southern Laos. The city has no traffic lights and its dirt or gravel roads lead to green rice paddies or dense forest. It’s not a city to inspire great dreams—except at the Internet Learning Center not far from the mighty Mekong River. “I want to…