Fair Observer: Best of the Month

February 27, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of February. By February, the new year loses its newness and 2013 is no exception. While all of us have settled into 2013, the world continues to be as eventful as ever. Italy has had yet another election. Kerry is off on his first foreign trip as Secretary...

Mekong Countries at Odds Over Mega-Dams

February 05, 2013

Governments are struggling to decide whether the Mekong River should continue to feed 60 million people or become a source of hydroelectric power. What started as a debate about a hydroelectric dam has become a high profile dispute over the future of food security in the Mekong region. The...

Laos: Silencing Civil Society

February 04, 2013

The abduction of the highly respected community leader Sombath Somphone sheds light on the challenges Lao society has to face. Though usually depicted as a country filled with wild nature populated by people with an outstanding laissez-faire mentality, discourse regarding Laos has shifted these...