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The Battery of Southeast Asia Has a Short Circuit

Sep 03, 2018 | 0 comments

The Government of Laos has seized upon natural resource exploitation and development to breathe some life into their struggling economy. Unfortunately, the government lacks the training and skill set to exploit the resources in an environmentally friendly and physically safe manner. The responsibility for this situation rests with those outside of Laos. From the outset of the withdrawal of the U.S. in 1975 and their support for the Hmong mercenary forces fighting the North Vietnamese and the local Pathet Lao forces, Kaysone Phomvihane, became the head of the country with no experience or training in the basic tenets of government....

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Illegal Drugs to Support an Illegal War in Laos

Nov 07, 2016 | 0 comments

We have touched on the sale of illegal drugs as a means to fund certain aspects of the illegal war in Laos. In actual fact, some high levels in the Thai Government at the time benefited, as well as many in the so-called government of Laos. Porous borders, blind eyes, and huge financial incentives underscored the ability to cultivate and produce narcotics at a very low cost. Several incidents come to mind in the author's past experience in Thailand and Laos.In the late sixties, Colonel Chang of the Thai Communist Suppression Organization, Khun Toy, whose father was an influential member...

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