Category Archives: Cambodia

Cambodian newspapers shut down | Media | guardian.co.uk

Two newspapers critical of the Cambodian ruling party – The Water & Fire News and The World News – have been shut down permanently by the government.

via Cambodian newspapers shut down | Media | guardian.co.uk.

Cambodia urged to stop sending maids to Malaysia – BusinessWeek

A Malaysian workers’ rights group urged Cambodia on Friday to stop supplying housemaids to Malaysia, claiming many are abused and made to work like slaves because of inadequate protection.

via Cambodia urged to stop sending maids to Malaysia – BusinessWeek.

World Bank Freezes Loans to Cambodia | News | Khmer-English

The World Bank said Tuesday it will stop loaning money to Cambodia until the government reaches a deal with thousands of residents who are under threat of eviction in a huge development project.

via World Bank Freezes Loans to Cambodia | News | Khmer-English.

Cambodian Capital Modernizing Fast | Economy and Business | Khmer-English

Ten years ago, the infrastructure in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, was in poor condition. Power outages were frequent. Heavy rains and poor telecommunications slowed commerce and limited outside contacts.

via Cambodian Capital Modernizing Fast | Economy and Business | Khmer-English.

You should watch 'Enemies of the People' on PBS tonight

UPDATE 7/13: Watch in full, online, through the PBS website, now until August 12.

I’ve seen it already. You should see it, too. From the synopsis:

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain largely unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist who lost his family in the conflict and spends a decade gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. From the foot soldiers who slit throats to Pol Pot’s right-hand man, the notorious Brother Number Two, Sambath and co-director Rob Lemkin record shocking testimony never before seen or heard, in Enemies of the People. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media. Winner of the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize. (90 minutes)

Read more here or check your local listings here, but it’s likely on at 10 p.m. tonight. You can also catch it streaming tomorrow through August 12. Just make sure to watch it.

UPDATE 7/13: Watch in full, online, through the PBS website, now until August 12.

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In Cambodia, Comedians Double as Government Propagandists – Julia Wallace – International – The Atlantic

In the state-aligned media that dominates the country’s airwaves, enormously popular comedians, often bearing the rank of colonel in the prime minister’s personal bodyguard unit, inject the party line into Cambodian popular culture

via In Cambodia, Comedians Double as Government Propagandists – Julia Wallace – International – The Atlantic.

Brinkley tells story of Cambodia’s curse | Stanford Daily

In an appearance at the Stanford Bookstore on Wednesday afternoon, author and communication professor Joel Brinkley signed copies of his new book, “Cambodia’s Curse,” offering an inside look into the difficulties facing the country and discussing his research for the book.

via Brinkley tells story of Cambodia’s curse | Stanford Daily.

Aid to Cambodia rarely reaches the people it’s meant to help – The Washington Post

Representatives of more than 3,000 governments and donor organizations are meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday. If past experience is indicative, they will pledge to provide hundreds of millions in aid.

via Aid to Cambodia rarely reaches the people it’s meant to help – The Washington Post.

The Beleaguered Cambodians by Margo Picken | The New York Review of Books

More than thirty years after an estimated two million people died at the hands of Pol Pot’s regime of Democratic Kampuchea, trials of senior Khmer Rouge leaders and those most responsible for the deaths are at last taking place in Cambodia. On July 26, the first to be tried, Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Duch, was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity—a sentence that he and the prosecution have since appealed. Duch directed Security Prison 21, also known as Tuol Sleng, where at least 14,000 prisoners, mostly Khmer Rouge cadres and officials, were tortured and killed.

via The Beleaguered Cambodians by Margo Picken | The New York Review of Books.

Khmer Proverb

Drop by drop your cup is filled, while a hose leaves your cup empty.

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