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Tough new face of US diplomacy in Cambodia

W Patrick Murphy, a veteran American diplomat known for his democracy-promoting ways, is expected to go head-to-head soon with PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.

Is it ‘fair’ to punish Cambodians for gov’t’s actions?

After I published yet another story in Asia Times last week on the possibility of Cambodia being removed from the United States’ and European Union’s preferential trade deals (the GSP and EBA respectively, which grant quota and tariff-free status to some Cambodian exports), I received a message on Twitter posing a question I realize I haven’t yet tried to tackle.

EU, US pressing towards Cambodia trade reprisals

Coordinated withdrawal of Cambodia’s EU and US tariff-free trade privileges would devastate crucial garment exports and flatten the economy.

US, China tensions put Cambodia in potential peril

US concerns about an emerging China-backed facility in Cambodia could put the nation in the middle of an emerging new Cold War.

In Cambodia, past horrors take center stage

Cambodia recently marked “National Anger Day” with a live re-enactment of the savage atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, which the country’s current leader, Hun Sen, served before fleeing to Vietnam, reportedly in 1977.

The new trend of parent care in Cambodia

“It is traditional Asian culture, [that] when children are young, parents look after them, and when parents are old, their children look after them. Children are taught to respect elders, stay with them and care for them when they get old.”

Cultivating the reading habit in Cambodia

For Cambodia, literacy is believed to be one of the most crucial components for country’s development.

Will ‘Made in China’ come to an end?

Manufacturing is the foundation of an economy and has an important role in the history of industrial development. It is also seen as an engine of economic growth.

Minimum wage won’t fix Cambodia’s construction sector

Currently, discussions about the rights and well-being of the working class in Cambodia are centered on the minimum wage.

Cambodian refugees remember Hawke’s legacy

As Australia paid tribute to the recent passing of Bob Hawke, the country’s 23rd prime minister, this author sent a statement of condolence on behalf of Cambodian community in Australia to former prime minister Julia Gillard, describing Hawke as “the greatest peacetime leader Australia has ever had” and who “was an inspiration.”

The injustice of Cambodian justice

The government aims to appear tough on crime, seen in a bulging prison population, but ranked second worst worldwide on a recent rule of law index

Study examines forest loss in Mekong region

Dramatic forest degradation and loss in the Greater Mekong region have both their causes and potential solutions rooted in forest governance, according to a recent publication by researchers from the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), the University of British Columbia, and WWF.

Depressing truth behind Cambodia’s poverty reduction

Whoever said it – Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli or another casualty of Churchillian Drift – it is a useful attitude to take of there being three types of lies: “lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

Robust but restricted: LGBTIQ groups in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is home to 60% of the world’s population – almost 4.5 billion people – including the most populous (China and India) and least populous (Pacific island states) countries in the world.

Cambodian sanctuary ravaged by logging

Corruption is fueling widespread destruction of protected forests; Beng Per Sanctuary north of Phnom Penh has lost 60% of its forest.

Sam Rainsy’s contradictory coup belief

In recent months, Sam Rainsy has raised wildly different theories on how political change could come about in Cambodia, most verging on the fanciful.

Cambodia dreams of an oil gushing bonanza

Singapore’s KrisEnergy will soon start nation’s first offshore extraction but some feel the Apsara project’s prospects are being over-pumped.

From Hobbes to Hun Sen

History doesn’t repeat itself, despite the thoughts of a certain German philosopher, and it certainly doesn’t manifest a dyad of tragedy and farce.

Foreign interference bought Hun Sen’s legitimacy

A report early this month in US media lent credence to rumors that for the last two decades Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, has been paying foreign diplomats who served in Cambodia as his advisers to “cooperate and engage” with the international community and the United Nations.

The Day the Nightmare Started

When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, photographer Roland Neveu captured the start of what became a genocide.