(April 21, 1999) This project completed in 1994 has proved to be a social and environmental disaster. It is a monument to bad development thinking and bad government. It has enough moral potential to magnify the importance of this remote protest.
Development-Indochina: recession puts brakes on megaprojects
(April 16, 1999) At a recent symposium on the ‘Comprehensive Development of the Greater Mekong Subregion’ here, representatives mostly from the private sector, government and regional funding agencies complained that the Asian economic crisis had further put off chances of rapid growth for the Mekong Basin.
Damming the Se San
(April 1, 1999) Proposed dams on the Se San River; Case studies and appendices.
Thai villagers occupy dam site, make demands
(April 1, 1999) More than 5,000 villagers have set up camp at the Pak Mun Dam site on the Mun River in Thailand and are demanding compensation from the Thai government and the World Bank for their losses due to development projects. The eight groups of villagers have been affected by various development projects, including six dams which have depleted fisheries, in northeast Thailand.
Pak Mun demonstration
(March 26, 1999) Eight villager groups affected by various development projects have united in struggle at the Pak Mun dam site in Thailand.
Pak Mool Protesters Seek Relief
(March 25, 1999) MORE than 3,000 villagers, who have been affected by the Pak Mool Dam project in Ubon Ratchathani, have gathered at the dam site demanding compensation for a permanent loss of their occupation — freshwater fishing.
Lao dam argument doesn’t hold water
(March 22, 1999) Laos has pinned its economic future on the Nam Theun 2 dam, but there is no buyer for its power and no commercial lenders in sight, writes Grainne Ryder.
Minister of Finance responds
(March 16, 1999) I would like to thank you for your letter of January 29th, 1999 expressing concern over the accountability of institutions with international mandates.
Thailand’s flawed electricity privatization
(February 20, 1999) Thailand needs a new electricity system that makes the rights of consumers and citizens preeminent.
What Thai citizens should know about Canada’s nuclear power program
(February 1, 1999) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) wants to sell a CANDU (Canadian Deuterium Uranium) reactor to Thailand. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited has not had a single order for a CANDU reactor in Canada since 1982, but in the last decade, AECL has sold four reactors to South Korea, two to China, and two to Romania. Now it is hoping for additional sales to these countries, as well as to Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. AECL’s sales are taxpayer financed through the Export Development Corporation, a federal Crown corporation.
Laos dam resettlement plan approved
(January 22, 1999) A (USDollar) 1.2 billion hydropower project seen as crucial for one of Asia’s poorest countries cleared a major hurdle yesterday when affected communities in Laos supported a resettlement plan.
Thais buy into Shan rebel power play
(December 21, 1998) A Thai dam builder has asked tribal Shan rebels in the Golden Triangle war zone if it can build a hydroelectric barrage across the Salween River. The Shan States Army has already given the developer, MDX, permission to survey the area, Shan sources say.
(December 1, 1998) The Ministry of Industry last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Canadian and South Korean partners to develop Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant.
(November 29, 1998) As many developed countries close down their nuclear power plants, nuclear industry sales teams are turning to the Asia Pacific to hock their wares. Using a variety of public relations tactics, biased information is being presented to the Thai people, particularly in the provinces where the plants will likely be located.
Half-lives and half-truths
(November 29, 1998) ENERGY: With increasingly successful alternatives, has the promise of nuclear power run out of steam?