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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 f...
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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...
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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 with the Laotian Health Ministry, the Food and Ag...
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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 profe...
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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...
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Crucial Meeting Tomorrow on Laos’s Xayaburi Dam

A crucial meeting takes place tomorrow in Siem Reap, Cambodia, among the ministers of the Mekong River Commission on whether to proceed with the US$3.5 billion Xayaburi Dam, the first of 11 large dams proposed for the Mekong River. The dam is opposed by a ...
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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...
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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...
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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 desti...
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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 i...