Behind the curtain

A recent World Bank report found that doing business in Laos is becoming easier. But has real progress been made on the ground or is the all-powerful communist party simply paying lip service to the major financial institutions?

The disappeared

The whereabouts of renowned Lao development worker Sombath Somphone remain unknown and the case has become a cause célèbre. Southeast Asia Globe spoke to his wife, Shui Meng, about the man behind the media attention