f Jayavarman VII is known among Cambodians and the rest of the world as the greatest monarch that Cambodia ever produced for having ruled the country (then the Khmer Empire) to its zenith; if Chey Chettha II is known as the worst of the worst for ceding huge parts of Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, to Vietnam to satisfy his Vietnamese wife, Princess Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van of the Nguyen Dynasty; and if the late King Norodom Sihanouk is known as the “playboy king” for being a womanizer during his adulthood, a “madman” for being a genius, a “red king” for joining hands with the Communists or the “royal crusader” for demanding his country’s independence from France…then, what exactly does the present King Norodom Sihamoni want his fellow Cambodians and the world to know him for?
November 12, 2014
Last week, World Teachers’ Day was celebrated around the world, marking the 20th anniversary of its declaration by the Unesco General Conference in 1994. In Cambodia, the annual Teachers Day celebrations were initiated by Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen in 1997 to acknowledge the important contributions of teachers in the country’s efforts to expand education opportunities for all.
October 14, 2014
Fifty years ago, when European integration was gathering steam, most of Asia remained mired in poverty. As countries in the region gained independence, national rather than regional identity was paramount. So was getting food on the table.
October 13, 2014
America’s anti-trafficking sweetheart Somaly Mam is back—phoenix like, unscathed and sweet-voiced—only four months after a takedown that was described alternately as devastating and unfair (by Ms. Mam’s newly vocal support team), justified but unfortunate (by Newsweek, who published it in May), or extremely old news (by folks who live in Cambodia and have heard the allegations, seen through her stories themselves, or read them in local papers for years).
October 2, 2014
I spent a year volunteering in Cambodia in 2007 and 2008 and many months working at Afesip, an NGO working with trafficked women and girls. I was impressed by the tireless work Afesip carried out for young marginalized girls and women in Cambodia. I saw first-hand the difference their interventions made, not only to women and girls but also to the wider family networks and the broader community. An important strength of Afesip was its grassroots nature, local knowledge and ability to work with women and girls across Cambodia.
October 2, 2014
We know that literacy is the basis for lifelong learning that contributes to poverty reduction, democratization, and sustainable development. Literacy is critical for improving quality of life by allowing literate citizens to seek alternative solutions for enhancing health and nutrition, empowering citizens to proactively participate in community development, and inspiring citizens to value gender equality for the attainment of overall family happiness.
September 11, 2014
In an article published in The Cambodia Daily on September 3, Phnom Penh City Hall called for the demolition of the White Building. Destroying the White Building would translate into a tremendous loss for Cambodia, as it would destroy a significant site of urban heritage and one of the most vibrant communities of continuous artistic production.
September 5, 2014
I am writing to correct the article “Boeng Kak Factions Brawl Over Police Base” (June 30, page 1). On June 28, my Boeng Kak community gathered and went to the military base construction site in Boeng Kak, which is on an area that is part of a dispute between a company and 40 families that remains unresolved.
July 3, 2014
We are very disturbed by the article “Flouting Orders, Police Use Condoms as Evidence” (June 26, page 1). The article highlights two separate court hearings in which prosecutors used condoms as evidence of procuring prostitution. The contradiction between the use of condoms as an effective public health tool and the use of condoms as evidence against sex work needs serious consideration from relevant ministries.
July 3, 2014
Though long forgotten by most, Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of the July 2, 1994 coup attempt by senior CPP figures against co-Prime Ministers Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen.
July 2, 2014