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  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • The Testimony of Jesus Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/17/2016 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-17-16 | bible ,Holy Spirit
    Supernatural experiences are happening now with in my Body and Bride but do not let this distract you for though you walk on the waters with me it is My Testimony that keeps you afloat for I AM in and through all things and it is as you cause others to understand My love for them that I elevate you to walk in the heavenlies for you are not earthly bound and it is "My Spirit IN YOU" that performs what seems impossible to others for as Stephen did now you shall do ! Acts 6 Seven Chosen to Serve...
  • Two Chinese killed in 'bomb' blast in Laos: Xinhua

    01/24/2016 10:28:48 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 11 replies
    Reuters via Channel News Asia ^ | 25 Jan 2016 | Unattributed
    Two Chinese nationals were killed and another wounded in a suspected bomb blast in Laos, Chinese state media said on Monday. BEIJING: Two Chinese nationals were killed and another wounded in a suspected bomb blast in Laos, Chinese state media said on Monday, the latest incident in which Chinese citizens have been killed abroad as the country's economic footprint grows. China's embassy in Laos confirmed the blast, which occurred on Sunday morning. The victims had been travelling in a vehicle on the mountain roads of Xaysomboun province, the official Xinhua news agency said. ... Chinese workers have increasingly come under...
  • Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home

    01/17/2016 11:04:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 9, 2016 | Len Wells
    Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home By Len Wells Evansville Courier & Press, Ind. (Tribune News Service) Published: January 9, 2016 ALBION, Ill. The remains of an airman listed as "missing in action" during the Vietnam War have been recovered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, Illinois. He had been missing since Oct. 3, 1969. He was 21 at the time. Cunningham's remains will be flown back to the United States later this month, arriving at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky on Jan 19. His remains...
  • Archbishop of Lagos lauds Buhari for rejecting same sex marriage

    08/09/2015 8:27:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Vanguard ^ | 8/05/15
    Lagos – The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins on Tuesday praised President Muhammadu Buhari for dissociating Nigeria from same sex marriage. Martins, who spoke at the 3rd anniversary of his ordination and installation as the Archbishop of Lagos held at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, said that Buhari’s rejection of same sex marriage on behalf of Nigeria indicated that he was a responsive leader. “About a week ago, the President won the applause of most Nigerians when during his visit to the United States he made it clear that Nigeria considers same sex union as contrary to...
  • Researcher Finds Rare Vietnamese Rabbit

    06/08/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2015 | University of East Anglia
    A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and Vietnam, was first documented by rabbit expert Dr Diana Bell and colleagues from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences in the journal Nature in 1999. It has rarely been seen since. Researcher Sarah Woodfin, who is studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA, set out on a three-month expedition to track the recently-discovered rabbit and study its habitat. But she didn’t expect to see one...
  • Southeast Asian allies of Vietnam war honored at Fort Snelling

    04/18/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-18-15 | Will Ashenmacher
    In what was described as the first occasion of its kind in the country, a memorial to the Southeast Asian forces who fought as allies of the U.S. during the Vietnam War era was dedicated at Fort Snelling on Saturday. The plaque, in the cemetery's Airborne Circle, memorializes the Hmong, Laotian and Khmer special forces units that served in Cambodia and Laos. "I believe that this is probably the first time that they have been recognized specifically in a place like this," Trudell Guerue, president of the Chapter XV 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, said during the dedication ceremony. For Khoa...
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • ASIA/LAOS – A Christian arrested and mocked by the police because refuses to renounce his faith

    06/03/2014 7:01:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/2/2014
    Savannakhet - Five security officers in the village of Loynam, in Nong district in the province of Savannakhet, arrested a Christian man named Sort, they tied him to a pole and then they laughed and kept asking him to give up his Christian faith. The man, who did not give in, is still in prison in Nong. As Fides learns, a year ago, Sort, 40 years old, converted to Christianity, becoming the first Christian in the district of Nong, consisting of about 20 villages. Fearing the spread of Christianity "like a virus", on May 15 the police went to Sort’s...
  • Half The World Doesn't Know About The Holocaust

    05/20/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Laos military plane crash has political consequences

    05/17/2014 3:41:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | 17.05.2014
    They included Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife. Douangchay was also one of the country's deputy prime ministers and a high-ranking member of its Politburo, the main decision-making body for the country's all-powerful Communist Party, which has ruled the single-party state since 1975. The economically poor, landlocked country has a population of seven million. Others killed included Minister of Public Security Thongbane Sengaphone, Vientiane Governor Sukhan Mahalad and at least one other senior ruling party official. Information about the crash, and those on board, came from Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee in neighboring Thailand. Lao National Television showed images...
  • Vietnam-era fliers buried side-by-side at Arlington

    09/23/2013 4:40:39 PM PDT · by Doogle · 24 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 09/22/13 | Jennifer Griffin
    Buried for more than 40 years inside the plane they were flying when they were shot down over Laos in 1969, Major James Sizemore and his navigator Major Howard Andre made their final journey home Monday to Arlington National Cemetery, where they were laid to rest just the way they flew: side by side. A single bugler played TAPS as the families of the airmen gathered and two horse drawn caissons made their way through the cemetery. Overhead, eight civilian pilots performed a tribute flyover at their own expense after the Air Force said it couldn’t perform a traditional flyover...
  • Syrian Rebels Now Picking a Fight with China

    09/14/2013 7:31:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    FrontpageNews ^ | 09/14/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    China doesn’t have the same record of killing foreign enemies overseas that Russia does. But it has a large enough overseas network and piles of cash that it could get the job done if it needed to. Just ask Naw Kham what happened after the Mekong River Massacre. The bodies of the Chinese, the crew of two cargo boats, were found badly mutilated on the Thai side of the river in early October 2011. The killings, the worst slaughter of Chinese citizens abroad in recent memory, angered the Chinese public. Chinese investigators insist that Mr. Naw Kham was the mastermind...
  • Movie Alert: Hot Docs premiere Unclaimed finds a Vietnam veteran left behind for 44 years

    04/25/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 20 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | 04/25/13 | Linda Barnard
    Special Forces Green Beret Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson had forgotten how to speak English over the 44 years since he was left behind in the Vietnam War. But he never forgot that he was a father, husband and an American soldier, born in Alabama, shot down over Laos in a 1968 classified mission.
  • Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

    02/09/2013 3:46:52 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 9, 2013 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno — one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families. Deputies detained 50 people, all of whom were lowland Laotians, a refugee population from southeast Asia that has made its home in California's Central Valley over the past three decades. Investigators say that some of these traditional vegetable growers have become increasingly...
  • Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry [2004]

    01/29/2013 3:19:13 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 81 replies
    world net daily ^ | Published: 10/26/2004 at 1:00 AM | Art Moore
    memory hole reminder The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily. Read more at
  • Lao skull earliest example of modern human fossil in Southeast Asia

    08/22/2012 5:41:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies ^ | Monday, August 20, 2012 | U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    An ancient skull recovered from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, researchers report. The discovery pushes back the clock on modern human migration through the region by as much as 20,000 years and indicates that ancient wanderers out of Africa left the coast and inhabited diverse habitats much earlier than previously appreciated. The team described its finding in a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists, who found the skull in 2009, were likely the first to dig for ancient bones in Laos...

    12/24/2011 11:47:50 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-24-11 | Jedediah
    You are my children of light , you are my children of light , you are my children of light , and in this season of lights , let MY Light shine through you , for MY SEASON NEVER ENDS ! Truly this is a season of lights , but we are to be lights for Christ Jesus in an open season and heaven for him ! Isaiah 60 The Gentiles Bless Zion 1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,...
  • LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! !

    11/18/2011 5:40:51 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 11-18-11 | Jedediah
    LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! ! Listen to "MY" spirit roar for you my children to do and to walk in MY fullness and not your own for it is in MY righteousness you are saved and walk even now . So go in MY all for you and Listen to the whisper of "MY" spirit for soon it shall become a roar as it did for Daniel in the lions den and I shall quench all the firery darts of the enemy for you as well , for you are MY CHOSEN called and...
  • I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation![charismatic caucus]

    10/02/2011 3:24:54 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 10-2-11 | Jedediah
    I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation and "TRUTH" shall be its Robe ! Zechariah 4:9 9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house; his hands shall also finish it. Then you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger] to you. The unction of My Spirit is something to be followed not ignored ! My blessings flow through My Spirit and Guiding counselor of My very Heart ! So understand this ; To reject My Spirit is to deny Me ,...
  • Professor Bruce Herschensohn on “An American Amnesia”

    04/05/2011 10:53:48 AM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 4 replies ^ | 02/01/11 | Ellis Washington
    Does being on the left mean never having to say that you are sorry?—If you are talking about the Vietnam War and who won it 35 years later, that very well may be the case. Regarding the real truth of the Vietnam War after the fall of Saigon, Laos and Cambodia, Senator Fulbright, D-AK, who was also the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee summed up the sentiment of the 94th Congress, “I am no more distressed than if Arkansas had lost the football game to Texas.” “That started the Southeast Asian genocide. You’re talking about one quarter of the...
  • Chinese military vows to enhance cooperation with Laos

    08/02/2011 2:49:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2 August 2011 | Xinhua
    VIENTIANE - The Chinese People's Liberation Army is willing to strengthen cooperation with the Lao People's Army (LPA) in the fields of national defense and military construction, military attache of the Chinese Embassy to Laos Tan Zhaosheng said here on Monday. Tan Zhaosheng made the remark at a reception hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Laos' capital of Vientiane to celebrate the 84th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army."As Laos and China are friendly neighbors and close partners, the Chinese People's Liberation Army is willing to deepen friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation with the LPA in the fields...
  • Chinese Energy Policies Harming Neighbors

    06/23/2011 7:39:02 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 22/06/2011 | John Daly
    China’s omnivorous energy requirements have been attracting increasing attention as of late, as Beijing attempts to secure any and all sources of power for its growing industrial base. Nowhere is this more noticeable than Beijing’s policies in the South China Sea, where Chinese assertions of sovereignty are unsettling the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, all of whom have counter claims on the various shoals and islets. China’s landward neighbors are also feeling the hot breath of Beijing’s mandarins, however, most notably its economic rival India, with whom China fought a brief war in 1962 in the Himalayas over...
  • Laos Hmong leader Vang Pao denied Arlington burial

    02/04/2011 8:38:33 PM PST · by Racehorse · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 February 2011
    The US Army has rejected a request for ethnic Hmong leader Vang Pao to be buried with full military honours in Arlington National Cemetery. Gen Pao led a 15-year CIA-sponsored secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War and, when it was lost, led tens of thousands of his people into exile. He died last month. The army's decision came as mourners attended the first day of a six-day funeral in California. Gen Pao's friends said they would appeal to the White House. "Obviously to everyone who is here today to honour Gen Vang Pao, this is very disappointing," said...
  • Arlington burial for Vang Pao, chief of secret CIA-backed army?

    01/12/2011 4:16:30 AM PST · by edpc · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 Jan 2011 | Zachary Roth
    Some U.S. lawmakers want an Arlington National Cemetery burial for the controversial Laotian Hmong ex-general of a secret CIA-backed army that fought communism during the Vietnam War. Vang Pao, who died in California last week at age 81, commanded thousands of Hmong fighters in a covert U.S.-backed war against North Vietnamese and Laotian communists during the 1960s and '70s. His legendary skills at guerrilla warfare led some followers to see him as a minor deity.
  • Rare sighting in Laos of mysterious beast (twin-horned saola)

    09/17/2010 9:36:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/10 | AFP
    HANOI (AFP) – One of the world's rarest animals, the secretive and mysterious twin-horned saola, has been seen for the first time in a decade, conservationists say. Villagers in Laos captured a saola in August and took it to their remote community, but it died after a few days in captivity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a statement. The animal was photographed before its death, the first confirmed record since 1999 when pictures of wild saola were taken by automatic cameras in Laos, said IUCN, a Swiss-based network of scientists and environmental organisations. No biologist...
  • Washington looks to Laos to contain China’s expansion

    03/28/2010 5:22:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 493+ views
    Asia News ^ | 03/26/10
    » 03/26/2010 16:49 LAOS - UNITED STATES Washington looks to Laos to contain China’s expansion The small Asian nation central to the interests of the two superpowers. The United States intends to strengthen development programs in environmental, humanitarian, commercial and military sectors. Chinese dams on the Mekong threaten the ecosystem of the entire South-East Asia. Vientiane (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The United States intends to strengthen cooperation with Laos to balance the expansion of China in South-East Asia. After decades of suspicions and misunderstandings a hangover from the war in Vietnam, Washington has started a bilateral program of economic development...
  • Klobuchar, Franken condemn Hmong repatriations

    12/29/2009 4:49:20 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 635+ views ^ | 12/29/09 | Kevin Diaz
    In a nod to the growing Hmong populations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the states’ four U.S. senators teamed up in a joint statement Tuesday opposing the Thai government’s plans to forcibly repatriate more than 4,000 Hmong refugees back to Laos. The four Democrats, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota and Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, say they “strongly condemn” the Thais’ decision, which they say ignores the objections of the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and international human rights groups. The statement reads in part: “We share the concern of many of our Hmong-American constituents whose loved...
  • Disgruntled medics to quit Hmong refugee camp

    12/28/2009 2:01:40 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies · 417+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 12/28.2009 | ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT
    The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) yesterday announced its withdrawal from the Hmong camp in Huay Nam Khao, Phetchabun province, after operating there for nearly four years. The reason, they say, is the Thai military's restrictions and coercive tactics. The withdrawal is a further embarrassment for the Abhisit adminstration, which recently suffered a bruised image due to the Navy's inhumane push-back of the Rohingya boat people. Gilles Isard, MSF's head of mission in Thailand, said the Thai military's scare tactics to pressure ethnic Lao Hmong to accept a forced return to Laos and its intensifying restrictions on MSF's activities, such as...
  • Thailand moves to send Hmong back to Laos

    12/27/2009 10:54:59 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies · 738+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 28 , 2009 | JERRY HARMER
    PHETCHABUN, Thailand – Thailand sent army troops with shields and batons to evict some 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers Monday and send them back to Laos despite strong objections from the U.S. and rights groups who fear they will face persecution. Under tight security, more than 1,000 of the Hmong were loaded onto covered military trucks and driven out of the camp toward buses waiting near the Lao border, Thai authorities said. Journalists kept at a distance from the camp could see many children inside the trucks. With the eviction under way, the United States called for it to stop....
  • Thailand starts deporting Hmong refugees back to Laos

    12/27/2009 5:13:58 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies · 1,024+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Monday, 28 December 2009 | BBC
    Thailand has begun deporting a group of about 4,000 ethnic Hmong back to communist Laos, despite international concerns for their safety. Thai officials said unarmed soldiers began closing a camp for Hmong refugees in northern Phetchabun province. Thailand describes them as economic migrants. The Hmong say they face persecution in Laos because they sided with US forces during the Vietnam war. The UN had urged the Thais to call off plans to deport them.
  • History Haunts The Plain Of Jars

    12/09/2004 3:10:21 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 764+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-9-2004 | Sebastien Berger
    History haunts the Plain of Jars By Sebastien Berger in Laos (Filed: 09/12/2004) Deep in the mountains of northern Laos is one of the most dangerous archaeological sites ever. The last remnants of an ancient civilisation are next to 30-year-old craters and unexploded US ordnance left by the greatest aerial bombardment of all time. Little is known of the people who carved the huge sandstone containers that give the Plain of Jars its name. The purpose of the artefacts is not known though they are believed to be connected to burial rituals. Archaeologists are mystified by the ancient stoneware containers...
  • Forest Of Broken Urns

    04/06/2007 2:37:36 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 604+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 4-6-2007 | Karen J Coates
    Forest of Broken Urns Volume 60 Number 2, March/April 2007 by Karen J. Coates Borneo's unexplored past is dying by the chainsaw. Tony Paran sits near a jar that held the remains of one of his ancestors. Soon, the forests that shelter these jars will be logged. (Jerry Redfern) Walter Paran was a lucky boy. Three minutes out his front door lay an old grave in the forest marked by big stone slabs, a broken jar, and human bones. A few minutes another way was a pit where the riches of the dead were purportedly buried. What more could an...
  • The Plain of Jars: Bombs & Mystery in Laos[Graphics Warning]

    10/24/2009 11:03:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 27 replies · 2,089+ views
    Dark Roasted Blend ^ | Feb 2008 | Avi Abrams & Chris Mitchell
    Built by mysterious ancient people for mysterious purposes (image credit: Chris Mitchell) Ancient Laos legends tell of the giants who drank water from these enormous mysterious "cups". Similar sites were also found in Thailand and in North India. Their locations are strung along a straight line, which suggests that they were built on some kind of a trade route. Chris Mitchell from Travel Happy sent us his travelogue about this ancient site: The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia’s most enigmatic tourist attraction. Situated in the remote north east of Laos, the mountainous communist country which has only...
  • Authorities in Laos Jail, Threaten to Kill Christians

    09/15/2009 8:35:51 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 5 replies · 444+ views
    Compass Direct ^ | 09/11/09 | Compass Direct
    Authorities in Laos Jail, Threaten to Kill Christians Local official tells pastor to renounce faith; church member expelled, children denied schooling. LOS ANGELES, September 11 (CDN) — Authorities in Laos last week jailed a church leader in Savannakhet Province for embracing Christianity and threatened to expel him unless he renounces his faith – and kill him if his arrest is made public, according to a human rights organization. Officials from Liansai village, from Saybouthong sub-district and from Ad-Sapangthong district on Sept. 3 arrested Thao Oun, an elder at Boukham Church, at his home and forced him at gunpoint to the...

    08/23/2009 2:15:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 81 replies · 3,878+ views
    LAOS - "LAO SOLDIERS DECAPITATE TWO-MONTH-OLD GIRL AHEAD OF SENATOR WEBB'S VISIT Infant used as target practice during military attacks that leave 26 civilians dead." August 20, 2009
  • Face of Defense: Sergeant Volunteers for Recovery Effort

    08/21/2009 4:15:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Airman Ian Hoachlander, USAF
    CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C., Aug. 21, 2009 – A senior noncommissioned officer assigned here recently returned from a recovery mission to find the remains of an American pilot in Laos. Air Force Master Sgt. Wesley Housel sifts through dirt while conducting a recovery mission in Houaphan province, Laos. Housel was part of a 10-member recovery team on a deployment to recover the remains of Americans lost during the Vietnam War. DoD photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Master Sgt. Wesley Housel of the 437th Operations Support Squadron spent a 36-day deployment as a digger assigned to...
  • US removes Laos, Cambodia from trade blacklist

    06/18/2009 1:25:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 243+ views
    AFP ^ | June 13, 2009
    US President Barack Obama removed Laos and Cambodia from a trade blacklist, opening the way for US loans to companies doing business in the former US adversaries. The United States has been boosting ties with both Southeast Asian nations. But the decision on Laos was sharply criticized by campaigners for the country's Hmong minority, which says it faces persecution. In brief declarations, Obama said Cambodia and Laos had each "ceased to be a Marxist-Leninist country," a designation that prevented financial support by the US Export-Import Bank for businesses operating in the two nations. The move, which still must go through...
  • Stories Requested from Freepers & Friends Who Moved to USA from Authoritarian Countries

    05/16/2009 8:49:17 PM PDT · by bootless · 146 replies · 3,807+ views
    self ^ | 05.16.09 | bootless
    Hello everyone, I'm working on a book about my passion (and, I think, yours): American exceptionalism through the eyes of immigrants who haven't always had the fortune of living in freedom. This book consists of first-person stories of Americans who lived under authoritarian regimes: Cuba, Eastern bloc countries (Poland, Russia/former USSR), Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Laos, and so on. Unfortunately, there are many, many such countries to choose from. The local talk station I listen to has broadcast calls from new Americans who came here for liberty, which they weren't accorded in their homeland. Every call I've ever heard from one of...
  • Cookbook Shares Hmong Recipes

    05/10/2009 6:09:35 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies · 2,426+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 9, 2009 | Sandra Kallio
    No wonder Hmong cookbooks are rare, considering the challenges Sheng Yang and Sami Scripter faced collecting recipes: • Written forms of the language were not used until the 1950s -- and even now, spelling varies. • Recipes have been passed down through generations without the use of measuring cups and spoons. • Cooks varied each dish according to what was in season or available when an animal was slaughtered. • A people without a country and a population forced to flee their lands, the Hmong incorporated methods and ingredients of other cultures, so what is considered Hmong food has evolved....
  • Korea Eyeing SE Asia for Energy Resources(& cheap labor: 10% of China)

    05/03/2009 8:38:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 05/04/09
    Korea Eyeing SE Asia for Energy Resources MAY 04, 2009 07:56 “Advance into CLV, an alternative to the post-China era!” Countries are increasingly setting their sights on Southeast Asian countries in preparation for the era in which China loses its attraction as a base for manufacturing and a consumer market. The Korean government and companies are paying close attention to “CLV,” namely Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The three countries offer more investment opportunities than Thailand and Singapore, where advanced economies have gained the upper hand. In addition, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have shown interest in learning from Korea’s experience of...
  • Khmu Christians in Laos Stand Firm Despite Intense Persecution

    04/13/2009 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    Fourteen Khmu Christian families in Laos are standing strong in their faith, despite the Communist government forcing them to relocate to another village and their homes and church building being destroyed, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. In 2003, the families were evicted by the government and relocated to another village where they were moved again. "After these 14 families stayed at this village for a year, the Communist party members of the village found out that the head of the village loved them," VOM contacts said. "[The village leader] even allowed them to build a bamboo church...
  • Laos: There are mice in my rice!

    12/25/2008 1:26:36 PM PST · by indianbob · 16 replies · 849+ views
    All News Web ^ | 25-12-2008 | A Chan
    A chef in the capital city of Laos, Vientiane got a surprise yesterday according to local media. He bought a well known local brand of vacuum sealed rice in a plastic bag and when he opened it
  • Jars of wonder, jars of hope [ Laos Plain of Jars ]

    12/07/2008 12:52:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 831+ views
    Myanmar Star ^ | Sunday, December 7, 2008 | unattributed
    Belgian archeologist Julie Van Den Bergh... "The jars date back to the Early Iron Age (500BCE-200CE). But who made these jars? ..." The jars are in clusters, some with as many as 400 of the structures. Some are 3m tall and weigh 13 tons. Several come with angular or round disks that could have been lids, carved with images of humans, monkeys or tigers... French archeologist Madeleine Colani... in the 1930s... interpreted her findings on the sites as a prehistoric crematorium. At Site 1, she discovered a cave with handmade chimney openings. The cave floor showed the remains of burnt...
  • Lao Officials Release Christians from Stocks as Restrictions on Worship Still in Force in Village

    11/17/2008 10:40:00 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 681+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | November 17, 2008 | Michael Ireland
    Note: The following text is a quote: Monday, November 17, 2008 Lao Officials Release Christians from Stocks as Restrictions on Worship Still in Force in Village By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service LAOS (ANS) -- Lao officials have released three prisoners from Boukham village, Savannakhet province, after several weeks of detention, but restrictions on Christian worship in the village are still in force, says a news report from Compass News Direct. Pastor Sompong Supatto, 32, and two other believers, Boot Chanthaleuxay, 18, and Khamvan Chanthaleuxay, also 18, were released on Oct. 16 against the wishes of the...
  • As Pakistan's Taliban take control of town, military stays in fort

    07/08/2008 4:24:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 98+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 7/8/08 | Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers
    DARRA ADAM KHEL, Pakistan — The Taliban fighters were sitting in the back of a pickup, parked right outside the army fort in Darra Adam Khel, a wild town in Pakistan's troubled northwest that's famous for its arms bazaar. The Islamic militia, linked with al Qaida, has controlled Darra for about six months. Wrapped in head scarves, with just their eyes showing, and bristling with weaponry, its members patrol the streets and impose their own austere rules. They've become such a routine sight in the town that no one pays them any attention. The security forces, when they emerge from...
  • China Farms the World to Feed a Ravenous Economy

    05/04/2008 6:44:19 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 164+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | May 4, 2008 | The Associated Press
    (CHALEUNSOUK, Laos) -- The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees — their sap destined for China. All 60 families in this dirt-poor, mud-caked village of gaunt men and hunched women are now growing rubber, like thousands of others across the rugged mountains of northern Laos. They hope in coming years to reap huge profits from the tremendous demand for rubber just across the frontier in China. As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the world for mining and logging...
  • Laos fears China's footprint [China to build Chinese city in Laotian capital]

    04/06/2008 12:46:05 PM PDT · by charles m · 18 replies · 287+ views
    AP ^ | 4/6/2008 | DENNIS D. GRAY
    VIENTIANE, Laos - A high-rise Chinatown that is to go up by Laos' laid-back capital has ignited fears that this nation's giant northern neighbor is moving to engulf this nation. So alarmed are Laotians that the communist government, which rarely explains its actions to the population, is being forced to do just that, with what passes for an unprecedented public relations campaign. The "Chinese City" is a hot topic of talk and wild rumor, much of it laced with anxiety as well as anger that the regime sealed such a momentous deal in virtual secrecy. The rumblings are being heard...