As the country holds its breath for the outcome of the Bangkok shutdown operation, it is business as usual in the mountainous North when it comes to forest destruction to feed agro-business.
It's that time of the year when the haze problem in the North is returning to threaten people's health and the tourism industry, one of the region's most important sources of income.
When the haze problem got serious a few years ago, the fingers were pointed at the hill peoples. They were the easy targets because they have long been stereotyped as forest destroyers from slash-and-burn cultivation.
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