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Since April 2017, the editor of the site has been Liam Gammon, assisted by associate editor Mish Khan. Since its inception the site has devoted its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asia, and especially Thailand and Myanmar. Increasingly its focus stretches to Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, ...
IT'S never easy to uproot and leave home to start over in a foreign place, especially if you're expected to work in a new environment, make new friends, adjust to culture shock or pick up a new language. All while struggling to feel at home. No matter how many times you've visited the place prior, actually ...

On a trip to visit his wife, Robert Gotzfried saw something he'd never seen in his home city of Munich, Germany: street barbers. He was in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, when he noticed how barbers did their work outdoors. “These places were simply visually appealing to me, so I decided to make it ...
As I have noted before in these pages, Vietnam and Cambodia share an important defense relationship as part of their wider diplomatic ties. Most notably, Vietnam provides the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) with military equipment, infrastructure, and training, while both countries have also ...
On Monday, CNRP working group member Kong Meas—who is currently based in Thailand amid a crackdown on the opposition, media and civil society ahead of Cambodia's general election in July—told RFA's Khmer Service the deal was intended to prevent members of his party from regrouping, ...
According to a policy paper released by the Center for Global Development, Cambodia will likely see a significant rise in debt to China as a result of the Belt and Road Initiative. At the end of 2016, Cambodia's total public and publicly guaranteed debt was $6.5 billion, a relatively low percent of the country's ...

Cambodia has become more autocratic and its government's claim of stable economic development rests on uncertain basis, according to a comprehensive new report. The Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI), published on Thursday, claims that the quality of Cambodia's democracy, market ...
Indeed, at a time of growing inequality, how do we ensure a positive, meaningful impact from fintech on the people of Cambodia and Asia? The unmet need for basic banking services is significant across much of Southeast Asia. Only 27 percent of the region's 600 million inhabitants had a bank account in ...
HLH Group Limited said it has entered into a sales and purchase agreement to sell its 98-room hotel in its D'Seaview project in Sihanoukville, Cambodia for S$15.7 million. D'Seaview is HLH group's first freehold mixed-use development venture in Cambodia, comprising 737 residential units and 67 ...
Phnom Penh: Cambodian singer Kak Channthy, the lead singer and songwriter of the Cambodian Space Project, died last week in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Dubbed the Cambodian Amy Winehouse, Channthy was killed when the tuk-tuk she was travelling in was struck by a car. "She was a Cambodian ...
Cambodia's last breeding population of leopards are rapidly declining. In just a five-year period, the number of Indochinese leopards there has dropped by 72 percent, according to a new study published in early February in Royal Society Open Science. A team of researchers led by Oxford University's ...
BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Spring Airlines, China's first and largest budget carrier, plans to further consolidate and expand its flight network in the countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Cambodia, as it is seeing increasing traveling demand to those destinations. “We plan ...
Investment in Cambodia nearly doubled to $6.3 billion last year, up from $3.6 billion in 2016, an official at The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) said today. The remarks came at a Cambodia-China Business Forum in Phnom Penh, organised by the UN's Industrial Development Organization, ...
Shrinking political and civic space in the Kingdom is highlighted in a new report from the United Nations' human rights commissioner and secretary-general ahead of a UN Human Rights Council discussion this month on Cambodia. The report, signed on February 2 and published on Monday, covers a ...
Following last month's launch of the Venezuelan government-backed Petro coin, Cambodia is considering launching its own crypto project named Entapay, a press release for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Blockchain Summit reported March 2. The Blockchain Summit, which will be ...
The US sent its first shipment of food-grade soybeans to Cambodia last week, exporting a total of 14 tonnes to both Cambodia and Myanmar to be processed in the receiving countries, according to US media reports. The shipments were sent to soy milk and tofu companies in the Kingdom, potentially ...
Yet again, the Kingdom this year burns brighter than its neighbours, with fires in Cambodia being detected from space at a much higher rate than any other country in the region, according to a NASA report published last week. It's likely a product of both naturally occurring blazes and also those caused by ...

Cambodia is considering the development of its own national cryptocurrency after being inspired by the launch of the Venezuelan Petro in February. The Cambodian crypto project would be named Entapay, and is expected to be proposed at a blockchain summit of Southeast Asian nations in its capital, ...
Xiong Bo, Chinese ambassador to Cambodia, said that China has a good cooperation with Cambodia in all sectors and noted that it plans to strengthen military cooperation in the future, including the support for hospitals. “China will help to improve treatment at this hospital for giving better service to ...
In a bid to increase consumer trust in locally made products and build up the made-in-Cambodia brand, a new government directive is urging businesses in the kingdom to apply for a recently launched quality label for local products. The directive, issued last Wednesday, bears the signature of Minister of ...
A live-fire exercise along the Cambodian-Lao border yesterday in Stung Treng province's Siem Pang district, where a conflict with Laos arose last year, was not to demonstrate power or threaten any neighbouring countries, according to the Ministry of National Defence. Defence Ministry spokesman General ...
At sunrise the Unesco world heritage site of Angkor glows blood red. The forest's dawn chorus, as startlingly cacophonous as a car alarm, drowns the towering babel of global tongues. Each day up to 10,000 tourists visit this tropical metropolis that once supported a million people, making it the planet's ...
On 26 February the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on Cambodia in the light of worrying political developments and the continuing deterioration of democracy, respect of human rights and the rule of law. In its conclusions the Council strongly urges the Cambodian government to stop using the ...
Preliminary results from Sunday's poll showed the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) claimed all 58 elected seats in the Senate, according to the National Election Committee (NEC), further entrenching the dominance of the CPP and Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985.
Cambodia looks set to add three new airlines this year to bring the total number of operating carriers to 10, an unsustainable number in the long term, according to research released today by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). Cambodia Airways, China-backed KC International Airline and ...
Thai coffee brand Inthanin has announced plans to open its first store in Cambodia next month, with the ultimate goal of establishing over 100 outlets in the country. Cambodia-based RCG Retail is partnering with Inthanin to open a Phnom Penh store in March, followed by a second outlet in Siem Reap in ...
The western Cambodia city, its bright lights and big hotels fed by an overflow of visitors to the ancient city of Angkor, now caters in somewhat slapdash fashion to an international potpourri of imported tastes and flavors. But what are the best choices for those seeking to actually experience the classic cuisine ...
Cambodia's ruling party is assured of a sweeping victory in the election of a new Senate after the only real opposition to it was eliminated. The Senate has minor decision-making powers in Cambodian politics, primarily rubber-stamping legislation, but the foregone conclusion of Sunday's vote will be a ...
The Corruption Perception Index was released by Transparency International yesterday and ranks countries based on perceived levels of public sector corruption, with Cambodia dropping five places from last year to rank near the bottom of the Asia-Pacific region. It was ranked below all Asean member ...
Not as much for Hun Sen, the prime minister of Cambodia. His warnings of war, revolutions, closure of media outlets, jailing of journalists accused of spying, the dissolution of the opposition party ahead of elections, and incarceration of its members have recently been less scrutinized, in part perhaps ...
"Its owner has been incredibly supportive, and has taken responsibility and is paying all of her expenses while she is in Cambodia. "Fiona herself doesn't want it (the buffalo) to come to any harm, but it had obviously been on the loose. "She's really lucky because it's her legs rather than her stomach or head ...
Mu Sochua, a former lawmaker for Battambang province with the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November, demanded that Hun Many explain the messages. “As we have already seen in the hacked video and photos, it was really serious to the ...
"I'd been in Cambodia for two years. I love the country and greatly respect the people and the culture. "I didn't know that attending a social poolside event, which happen almost every day in Siem Reap, would be offensive to the Cambodian culture. "I meant no disrespect to the Cambodian people.
The "facade" of free press in Cambodia "collapsed" in 2017, according to the annual report of the country's preeminent media watchdog, released Wednesday. Optimism that media development in the country was headed in the right direction has evaporated, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media ...
Find your Zen moment in Cambodia this fall on an 11-night wellness tour. The trip led by Linden Schaffer, wellness expert and author of "Living Well on the Road," begins in Siem Reap, known for its star attraction, the temple complex of Angkor Wat. While there, participants will celebrate Pchum Ben, the ...
FILE: Cambodian students from the Royal University of Fine Arts re-enact torture executed by the Khmer Rouge during their reign of terror in the 1970s to mark the annual Day of Anger at Choeung Ek, a former Khmer Rouge "killing field" dotted with mass graves, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ...
A ballot box donated by the Government of Japan is seen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia ... PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia's 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after ...
The report also notes that the Ministry of National Defence nominated 86 female officers in 2017, including one major general, and among new National Police recruits, 24 percent were women. Ros Sopheap, executive director of Gender and Development for Cambodia, said the gains listed by the council ...
Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin on Tuesday afternoon met with the newly appointed Indian ambassador and both sides vowed to further bilateral cooperation, trade and investment between the two nations. Ambassador Monika Jain said relations between Cambodia and India have been growing and ...
One of those to be deported was New Zealander Paul Brasch, 33, who was working in Cambodia as a tour guide. Seven of them, from New Zealand, the UK and Canada, were granted bail last week and have now left the country. Three others - from the UK, Norway and the Netherlands - will face trial for ...
In July last year, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a speech to his supporters shortly after his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) suffered unexpected losses in local elections. Dressed in a military uniform, the long-time ruler did not mince his words. He warned his opponents to “prepare their coffins” ...
Human rights groups have condemned Thailand for deporting a Cambodian woman who fled her country to avoid prosecution after a video shared on social media showed her throwing a shoe at an image of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Sam Sokha was forcibly returned to Cambodia on Thursday after a Thai ...
"Samdech [Sar Kheng] also informed the delegates that Cambodia generally fulfills its obligation to take its citizens, but everything had to be thoroughly discussed," he said. "Samdech also asked that the U.S. government increase financial support to Cambodian citizens returning to Cambodia so that they ...
CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Political opponents have been jailed or driven into exile, the media is muzzled and the voices of civil society are barely heard these days. Cambodia's authoritarian regime has swept clear the field of potential political rivals as Prime Minister Hun Sen prepares for general elections ...
The real cause of these tragedies lies in the illegal logging industry in Cambodia that supplies China's insatiable demand for rosewood timber to be turned into luxury furniture. This industry was valued at a whopping $2 billion by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency in 2014, with ...
TORONTO — Two Canadians who faced charges in Cambodia of producing pornographic photos during a party were on their way home Friday after a court allowed their release. Eden Kazoleas and Jessica Drolet were among seven foreigners freed after being arrested last month for allegedly posting ...
New bipartisan legislation introduced today in the US Senate seeks to impose a new array of sanctions on Cambodia and postpone any discussion of forgiving the country's $506 million war-era debt. The bill, drafted by Republican Senator Lindsay Graham and cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin, Ted ...
Hong Lim, a congressman for Australia's Victoria State, wrote in a statement on Thursday that he was saddened by the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the political opposition in Cambodia, and called on the Australian government to consider sanctions against Phnom Penh. Australia and Cambodia ...
During the 21 months he spent imprisoned in the secret Khmer Rouge prison code-named S-21, Bou Meng found a strange comfort in his prison uniform: black cotton shorts and sometimes, when he was lucky, a shirt. “It was very cold at night, as I remember,” he told VOA Khmer in a recent interview.
Four Britons facing trial on pornography charges over a raucous party in Cambodia have been granted bail. The group were among 10 foreigners arrested two weeks ago in the tourist hot-spot of Siem Reap. A Cambodian court granted bail to seven of the foreigners, a court spokesman said Thursday.


 

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