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Rights Groups Call on Laos to Release Dissident Chinese Lawyer

Rights Groups Call on Laos to Release Dissident Chinese Lawyer

By Sebastian Strangio
Lu Siwei was arrested on July 28, as he tried to board a train from Vientiane to Bangkok, and is expected to face deportation soon.
Laos, Cambodia Urge US Not to Send Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

Laos, Cambodia Urge US Not to Send Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

By Sebastian Strangio
The two nations were heavily bombed by the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s, and remain seriously impacted by unexploded cluster bombs.

Could an Australian Solar Farm Challenge Lao Energy Ambitions?

Could an Australian Solar Farm Challenge Lao Energy Ambitions?

By Luke Hunt
With ambitious plans to export Australian solar power to Singapore, Sun Cable could reshape ASEAN’s future power demands.

Asian Synthetic Drug Trade Continues to Surge, UN Says

Asian Synthetic Drug Trade Continues to Surge, UN Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Regional methamphetamine seizures dropped slightly in 2022, according to the U.N., but other indicators suggest that the supply "has remained very high or unchanged."

Is Laos a Criminal State?

Is Laos a Criminal State?

By Kearrin Sims
Last week's attempted execution of a prominent government critic points to the recent rise of lawlessness and a sharp decline in public safety.
Lao Government Critic Shot Dead in ‘Brazen’ Attack, Rights Group Says

Lao Government Critic Shot Dead in ‘Brazen’ Attack, Rights Group Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Anousa “Jack” Luangsuphom was shot twice by an unidentified gunman in a Vientiane coffee shop on April 29.

Laos Is Not in a Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ – But It Is in Trouble

Laos Is Not in a Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ – But It Is in Trouble

By Anjali Bhatt
Laos is disturbingly reliant on investment from China – and no one knows how much, and under what terms. 
Time Is Running out for Indonesia to Turn the Tide on Myanmar

Time Is Running out for Indonesia to Turn the Tide on Myanmar

By David Hutt
If Indonesia ends up the steward of ASEAN’s failure over Myanmar, Laos – the next chair – will be the gravedigger.

Smoke and Heat: Breaking Records in Southeast Asia

Smoke and Heat: Breaking Records in Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
The long-range forecasts paint a bleak, hot outlook, with suffocating heat and smoky air across Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

Laos-China Railway Launches Crossborder Passenger Service

Laos-China Railway Launches Crossborder Passenger Service

By Sebastian Strangio
The 1,000-kilometer line reflects the growing economic integration of southern China and mainland Southeast Asia.

Laos Takes Another Step Forward on Controversial Mekong Dam

Laos Takes Another Step Forward on Controversial Mekong Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The China-backed Pak Lay hydropower project is just one of nine dams that the Lao government has planned for the Mekong River.
The Last Days of Beautiful Luang Prabang  

The Last Days of Beautiful Luang Prabang  

By Tom Fawthrop
UNESCO experts insist that a huge dam would destroy the “authenticity and integrity” of the World Heritage Site in Laos.

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