Xayaburi Dam Threatens Mekong River’s Giant Catfish
June 24, 2013
Xayaburi Dam Threatens Mekong River’s Giant Catfish
The Xayaburi Dam poses a problem for the Mekong River’s fish and the people living beside it.
Xayaburi Dam Threatens Mekong River’s Giant Catfish
More North Koreans Hiding in Laos
June 11, 2013
More North Koreans Hiding in Laos
Many fear that 20 North Koreans, hiding in South Korea’s Vientiane embassy, could be deported.
More North Koreans Hiding in Laos
Laos Approved for U.S. $5 Billion Loan for Rail Project
April 18, 2013
Laos Approved for U.S. $5 Billion Loan for Rail Project
Laos has just gone deeper into debt with a U.S. $5 billion loan to build a Thailand-Vietnam rail link.
Laos Approved for U.S. $5 Billion Loan for Rail Project
Pressure Mounts on Laos Over Missing Activist
February 22, 2013
Pressure Mounts on Laos Over Missing Activist
International concern over human rights in Laos is growing over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
Pressure Mounts on Laos Over Missing Activist
What Will WTO Membership Mean for Laos?
February 07, 2013
What Will WTO Membership Mean for Laos?
Laos’ recent WTO membership stands to benefit the country significantly. But the gains will take work.
What Will WTO Membership Mean for Laos?
January 23, 2013
Laos Finally Called Out over Xayaburi Dam
Are regional tensions over the Xayaburi Dam coming to a head?
Laos Finally Called Out over Xayaburi Dam
The Curious Case of Sombath Somphone
January 09, 2013
The Curious Case of Sombath Somphone
Many are demanding answers regarding Sombath Somphone’s disappearance in Laos.
The Curious Case of Sombath Somphone
Laos' Debt Raising Eyebrows
December 14, 2012
Laos' Debt Raising Eyebrows
As the country undertakes a number of large infrastructure project some wonder if its ambitions outstrip its capabilities.
Laos' Debt Raising Eyebrows
Laos'
November 17, 2012
Laos' "Different Face" of Poverty
While Laos has been the beneficiary of rapid economic growth, not all are seeing its benefits.
Laos' "Different Face" of Poverty
Laos Proceeds With Dam Despite ASEM Summit
November 07, 2012
Laos Proceeds With Dam Despite ASEM Summit
Laos’ biggest diplomatic achievement in decades may be overshadowed by dam construction.
Laos Proceeds With Dam Despite ASEM Summit
The New
November 01, 2012
The New "Battery of Asia?"
Laos intends to build more than 70 dams along tributaries of the Mekong River. While there are rich profits to be made, is the cost too high?
The New "Battery of Asia?"
Laos Ready for WTO
October 12, 2012
Laos Ready for WTO
Laos seems on the brink of reaching an important milestone. What happens next may be of even greater importance.
Laos Ready for WTO
Is the Party Over in Laos?
October 05, 2012
Is the Party Over in Laos?
A crackdown on bars in northern Laos reveals deeper problems with tourism in this small, landlocked country.
Is the Party Over in Laos?
Lao Government Strikes Back
August 25, 2012
Lao Government Strikes Back
Prime Minister Thongsing’s recent tirades suggest a shakeup is coming.
Lao Government Strikes Back
Laos Cozies up With Thailand
August 15, 2012
Laos Cozies up With Thailand
Much to Vietnam’s displeasure, Lao-Thai relations are better than ever.
Laos Cozies up With Thailand
Battle for the Mekong Heats Up
August 02, 2012
Battle for the Mekong Heats Up
Laos’s Xayaburi dam project faces opposition throughout the region over its ecological impact.
Battle for the Mekong Heats Up
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