As far as Prey Sar prison authorities are concerned, the three days of Khmer New Year are just like any other days. But for two prisoners—a rogue Cambodian-American lawyer locked up for assaulting journalists and a British businessman accused of defrauding millions from U.K. pension funds—the average day can be quite odd.

April 16, 2014

Killings over environmental and land disputes around the world are on the rise and Cambodia ranks near the top, according to a new report by Global Witness.

April 16, 2014

Ath Thorn, the embattled president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (CCAWDU), said yesterday that he plans to call on his members—mostly garment factory workers—to help fund a $25,000 bail order that would keep him from being detained on allegations of incitement.

April 16, 2014

Cambodia urgently needs public finance reform to address its persistent budget deficit, which is caused by one of the lowest tax revenues in the developing world, according to a report from the Deloitte University Press.

April 16, 2014

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has written to King Norodom Sihamoni to wish him luck on the occasion of Khmer New Year, less than two weeks after the government condemned him for supposedly disrespecting the King.

April 16, 2014

Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung has been awarded this year’s John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, an annual prize worth $50,000 given by the New York-based Asian Cultural Council.

April 16, 2014
IN BRIEF

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was scheduled to depart for the Netherlands last night to attend a Liberal International conference in Rotterdam with other leaders of liberal parties from around the world.

Two men were seriously injured on Friday when an anti-tank mine exploded beneath them as they plowed their farmland in Battam­bang province’s Sampov Loun district, local police said yesterday.

The Geneva-based Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders yesterday called for intervention in the Preah Vihear governor’s effort to shut down an NGO that supports ethnic Kuoy people who are fighting a land-battle with a Chinese sugar company in the province.

Nine Cambodian workers returning home from Thailand died Friday in a car crash, the first major traffic disaster in the lead up to Khmer New Year.

Cambodia and Japan signed a joint agreement Friday to work toward lowering carbon emissions in Cambodia with the help of Japanese technology.

Som Bunnarith and his wife after the job interview with the National Center of Disabled Persons. (Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom)

Som Bunnarith is looking for a job. He has two university degrees, one in marketing, another in English. He speaks Thai. He is eloquent and hard working. He is also blind and disfigured, the result of an acid attack nine years ago.

This photo taken in the early 2000s shows the heavy damage caused to National Road 11 in Prey Veng province during the 2000 floods that devastated the country. This 1970 jeep was Mr. Gascuel’s vehicle at the time. (Alain Gascuel)

When Alain Gascuel produced his first atlas in 2003, it was a matter of necessity. Cambodia’s roads had been mapped in the 1980s. Then, with the country engulfed in conflicts through the 1990s, no update had been done for years.

One of the exhibits at the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum. (T. D. Bhutia)

It was textiles that brought Indian traders to Southeast Asia over a millennium ago, and it was textiles that brought India and Cambodia together this week for the opening of the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum in Siem Reap City.

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