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Remembering Cambodia’s brutal Brother No 2

Nuon Chea, recently deceased chief organizer and ideologue of the murderous Khmer Rouge, epitomized the ‘banality of evil’.

Cambodia: Don’t cry for me

With the disappearance of Cambodia’s sovereignty over its prime seaside as reflected in Australia’s incessant media coverage highlighting Canberra’s concerns that China is “taking over” Sihanoukville for a military base, now is the right time to remind Australia and the international community: We told you so!

Another wild week in US-Cambodian relations

The soap opera that is contemporary US-Cambodian relations continues to deliver surprising plot twists.

A bad day all around for Cambodian media

If the relationship of a journalist to politicians is supposed to be that of a dog to lampposts, as one saying goes, or either at their throat or at their feet, according to another, then Cambodia’s media today are retentive and supine.

Why Cambodia yields to China’s strategic commands

The establishment of a Chinese naval presence in Cambodia is the logical outcome of America’s long-flawed policies towards Phnom Penh.

Joint statement urges probe into Cambodian activist’s death

July 10 marks the third anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human-rights defender Kem Ley.

Cambodia, Thailand reconnect a Cold War-cut link

Newly finished rail link re-establishes train travel between the two neighbors precisely 45 years after the line was cut at the end of the US-Vietnam War.

Is Beijing hitting out at offshoring in Cambodia?

In a telling article published this week in The Diplomat, a strong case was made by two Beijing-based analysts warning investors about the dangers of offshoring garment production from China to Cambodia and Vietnam.

Hong Kong and Cambodia: a common cause

After relentless protests, the Hong Kong administration was forced to cave in, shelving a contentious extradition bill that would have seen people transferred out of the city to any jurisdiction, including mainland China.

Deforestation warming Cambodia, activists say

But government disagrees, says global warming is something happening in other countries.

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.”