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    Activists in the line of fire

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 04/05/2014

    » While the details in the case of the missing Mr Porlajee remain unclear, some human rights activists say it has highlighted threats routinely made against environmental campaigners and human rights activists.

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    Wild elephants on the edge of existence

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 13/04/2014

    » ‘Stop the truck and turn the lights off now!” shouted 57-year-old Somporn Mee-im to his colleague, Mai, driving the pickup.

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    Road to Dawei paved with anguish

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 02/03/2014

    » From the Tenasserim mountains which form the Thai border to the bright blue Andaman waters of Myanmar’s west coast, a swathe is being cut through communities sitting in the way of progress.

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    Falling under a relentless dry spell

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 09/03/2014

    » In his office at Rangsit University, the country’s best-known climate expert, Seree Supratid, is staring at a computer screen intently, his face showing signs of concern.

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    Struggling to unearth a grain of truth

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 02/02/2014

    » The government's rice-pledging scheme, long plagued by claims of mismanagement and corruption, is facing increasing scrutiny as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) probes into caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's involvement.

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    Tigers' final frontier

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 23/02/2014

    » Park ranger Onsa peers out from under his cap and raises an antenna, scanning for radio signals from deep in the thick forests of Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    Taking it to the streets

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 12/01/2014

    » With the myriad street protests that have raged across the country in recent years, it is easy to forget that such an expression of public discontent is only a fairly recent phenomenon.

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    Hope still flows for poisoned Klity

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 29/12/2013

    » 'It's still there, in the creek's water, and the villagers are still worried about it, the lead which has been contaminating their creek for decades,'' said Supaporn Malailoy, a lawyer who has been advocating on behalf of the residents who live near Klity Creek.

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    Voices of the dammed

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 17/11/2013

    » Thong feels lost in both senses of the word. After being told the plan to build a dam on the nearby Mae Wong stream had been revived, the cassava farmer, who preferred to use a pseudonym, feels defeated in his campaign to oppose the project. He is also unsure of which direction his life will take in the wake of the decision.

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    Paving a piece of paradise

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 27/10/2013

    » Dech Khieonarong is one of many residents of Tak's Umphang district who cheered when the government announced it was reviving a plan to construct a new road from Khlong Lan to the remote town in the midst of a protected wilderness. Weary of traversing the 164km of arduous road with, by his count, more than 1,000 hairpin curves, he volunteered to head a committee of locals to push for the construction of the ''new'' Khlong Lan-Umphang road, a large part of which was actually constructed more than 40 years ago by the military as part of its efforts to suppress communist insurgents. The military managed to cut 115km of road through the deep forest inside Mae Wong National Park, 30km from Umphang in the 1970s. The military backed off on completing the road to Umphang because of objections that it would compromise the Western Forest Complex. Over the years the military road fell into disuse and is now overgrown and impassable in some places.

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