Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop, an author and filmmaker, has been based in Asia for more than 30 years. He has been a contributor to various media including The Economist, Guardian and SCMP. He has also directed the documentary “Killing the Mekong, Dam by Dam”.

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Opinion | Why Thailand should step in to halt the Luang Prabang dam project

Thailand does not need the power from the Lao dam and, to honour its Unesco commitments, can help pull the plug in the Thai developer’s project.

Thailand does not need the power from the Lao dam and, to honour its Unesco commitments, can help pull the plug in the Thai developer’s project.

15 Jul 2021 - 4:32AM
Review | The Road: new book shines a light on Indonesia’s 50-year forgotten war in West Papua as it flares again

In a new book, Australian journalist John Martinkus documents West Papuan indigenous tribes’ fight to recover ancestral lands annexed by Indonesia.

In a new book, Australian journalist John Martinkus documents West Papuan indigenous tribes’ fight to recover ancestral lands annexed by Indonesia.

6 Jun 2020 - 11:11AM
Review | The Mekong is mighty no more: demise of the great river system lamented in Brian Eyler’s new book
  • The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong by Brian Eyler sounds a stark warning about the impact dams are having along the once-mighty river, cites the failures of both Western and Asian agencies, and calls for solutions to stem the damage before it is too late
  • The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong by Brian Eyler sounds a stark warning about the impact dams are having along the once-mighty river, cites the failures of both Western and Asian agencies, and calls for solutions to stem the damage before it is too late
8 Mar 2019 - 11:36AM
Experts renew quake fears over Xayaburi dam on Mekong River in Laos

Earthquake experts have renewed concerns about the potential for a seismic disaster hitting the massive Xayaburi dam, which is well under construction on the Mekong River in a quake-prone location in Laos.

Earthquake experts have renewed concerns about the potential for a seismic disaster hitting the massive Xayaburi dam, which is well under construction on the Mekong River in a quake-prone location in Laos.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Red-shirts 'ready to resist' Thai army coup, set up capital in Chiang Mai

Some supporters say they expect popularly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to retreat to Chiang Mai and set up government there if the army tries to take power in Bangkok amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Some supporters say they expect popularly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to retreat to Chiang Mai and set up government there if the army tries to take power in Bangkok amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

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Myanmar monks say most oppose anti-Muslim campaign

The image of Myanmar's Buddhist clergy has undergone a battering in recent months, as saffron-robed monks incite discrimination and violence against Muslim communities.

The image of Myanmar's Buddhist clergy has undergone a battering in recent months, as saffron-robed monks incite discrimination and violence against Muslim communities.

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Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary had US$20m in Hong Kong account

The death of Ieng Sary - one of three Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide and war crimes before a tribunal in Phnom Penh - may have also killed off attempts by victims and their families to recover his assets and hidden wealth, including a bank account in Hong Kong.

The death of Ieng Sary - one of three Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide and war crimes before a tribunal in Phnom Penh - may have also killed off attempts by victims and their families to recover his assets and hidden wealth, including a bank account in Hong Kong.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:19PM
Controversial Mekong dam could devastate local population

Environmentalists are again raising concerns about the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, saying efforts to make the project in Laos more "fish friendly" are not serious, and employ untested technology.

Environmentalists are again raising concerns about the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, saying efforts to make the project in Laos more "fish friendly" are not serious, and employ untested technology.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:51PM
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Proposed Laos dam on the Mekong raises ecological fears

Nineteenth-century Mekong explorers marvelled at the wetlands of Siphandone in southern Laos, a district of spectacular waterfalls, swirling rapids, steep narrow gorges and myriad islets.

Nineteenth-century Mekong explorers marvelled at the wetlands of Siphandone in southern Laos, a district of spectacular waterfalls, swirling rapids, steep narrow gorges and myriad islets.

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