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Laos’s Misguided Drug Regime

Laos, trapped between thriving opium and methamphetamine producers in Myanmar and a reported consumer base of more than two million drug users in China - has sought to limit the impact of drug transit, use and ... Read More...
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Lonely Vigil for Missing Laotian Activist

For Ng Shui-Meng, the past 10 months have been lonely, frustrating and frightening. She has been engaged in a vain struggle to discover what happened to her husband, Sombath Somphone, who almost certainly was k... Read More...
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Making better lives in Laos

For poor smallholders the world over, building a better life takes energy, hard work and commitment day after day. Laos: a rural perspective is a book of photographs that show the daily lives of men and women farmers − growing and selling more nutritious... Read More...
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Landlocked Laos’s Big Plans

Although Laos is soon to join the World Trade Organization, it remains very much Southeast Asia's forgotten country, a landlocked backpacker magnet of unexploded ordnance and bad, winding roads nicely topped of... Read More...
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Laotian Insect farms run into trouble

Promoting consumption of edible insects in Laos may help boost protein-anemic diets, say health experts trying to create regional health standards for insect production, harvesting and consumption. Working... Read More...
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Women and HIV

It is a grim fact that it will be impossible to eliminate new HIV infections across Asia unless the unique needs and perspectives of women and girls are attended to, a fact that the male-dominated medical profession often ignores. With more and more women f... Read More...
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Xayaburi Dam Stopped for Now

Environmentalists appear to have been handed a second rare victory in Southeast Asia with Thursday’s decision by the Mekong River Commission Council to delay for an uncertain period the construction of th... Read More...
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Laos’ Road to Nowhere

A two-lane asphalt road between Nan, Thailand, to Oudomxay, Laos, designed to boost regional trade and tourism, opened in mid-September with characteristic fanfare. Four Lao hill tribe models coyly held up banners welcoming a Thai delegation to their vill... Read More...
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Laos and the Resource Curse

Laos, a landlocked and obscure country of 6.8 million poverty-stricken people, is seeking to develop its way into prosperity through massive investment in dams, mines and plantations, hoping for jobs, risin... Read More...