New website about Sombath Somphone

The disappearance of our friend Sombath has attracted attention from around the world. You can find our more at this website:

The site includes information about Sombath’s work, in addition to reports and statements of concern. This quote from the Bangkok Post captured my own feelings:

The news was a shock … The 60-year-old activist had never been regarded as an enemy of the state. He founded the Participatory Development Training Centre in Vientiane to promote development and education ….  His work as a social developer was internationally recognised…  Not surprisingly, he was called ‘one of the most respected and influential voices for sustainable people-centred and just economic and social development in Laos’.

Please share this link with your friends and colleagues:


I saw this phenomenon a few days ago, and managed to catch it this afternoon while walking on Malling Downs. Apparently caused by ice crystals that cause a mock sun to appear either side of the real thing at a distance of 22°.