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Governor on Interpol List Three Years After Shooting

An international arrest warrant has finally been issued for Chhouk Bundith, the former governor of Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City who went into hiding before being found guilty of shooting three garment workers three years ago, according to National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith.

Chea Dara, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, addresses military officers, police and company representatives during a workshop at Prime Minister Hun Sen's office building in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Chea Dara, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, addresses military officers, police and company representatives during a workshop at Prime Minister Hun Sen's office building in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Military Seeks More Money From Private Firms

More than five years after Prime Minister Hun Sen launched a government patronage initiative pairing private companies with military units, Defense Minister Tea Banh led a workshop Wednesday asking companies to keep the money coming.

Report Challenges Gov’t Land Concession Claims

Cambodia is experiencing a “total system failure” of its forest management regime in the face of the government’s widespread and unlawful use of concessions meant for growing crops to let companies harvest timber, according to a new report by U.S.-based environmental protection group Forest Trends.

Pich Sy Yun, director of the Koh Kong department of mines and energy, addresses protesters Wednesday outside the Botum Sakor district office. (Mother Nature)
Anti-Dredging Protests in Koh Kong Called Off

Representatives of about 100 villagers and activists in Koh Kong province on Wednesday said they decided to temporarily halt their campaign against two sand-dredging companies because a group of suspected agitators had appeared in the area.

Interior Ministry to Launch Own TV Station

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday signed an agreement with a Chinese media company to launch its own radio and digital television stations next year, with the firm planning to invest more than $30 million into the joint venture.

A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)
A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)

Temple on High

From the very start, this temple was meant to be special. Why else would people build it on top of a mountain that, more than a thousand years after the first structure was erected, is still a long and arduous climb to reach?

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

End of the Road

Road 140 in Kompong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district (Chris Mueller/The Cambodia Daily)

The note was concise, just five lines of Khmer script scrawled in gold ink on a leaf of notepad paper. “Final word,” it read. “1: Sell my truck to pay for concrete. 2: Get $1,000 back from Ly Oun at Prey Phdao [market] and pay teacher Chamroeun for the gravel.” The message ended with the word “goodbye.”

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Lawmaker Asks PM for Probe of Try Pheap’s SEZ

CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asking for an investigation of Try Pheap’s Special Economic Zone in Ratanakkiri province, saying that the timber magnate is misusing the site to export illegally logged trees to Vietnam.

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