Friday News Roundup

From RFA
US Senator Dismisses Cambodia’s Defense of Decision to Jail Opposition Chief
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has rejected the Cambodian government’s defense of its decision to imprison opposition leader Kem Sokha ahead of his trial on charges of “treason,” and vowed to uphold a threat of banning Cambodian officials from traveling to America if he is not freed “immediately.”

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From Reuters
Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals
By Rina Chandran
For generations, Tep Them’s family has grown rice, reared cattle and collected resin from the forest to eke out a living and set aside a little extra. Not any more.

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From Pen America
Why Free Expression Advocates Must Watch Cambodia Closely
By James Tager
Treason. Incitement. Tax fraud. These are some of the charges that the government of Cambodia has been levying against NGOs, newspapers, radio stations, and opposition politicians.

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From Reuters
Cambodia PM: ‘100:1 odds’ on dissolution of opposition party
The odds of the dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party now stand at 100 to 1, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday, ahead of a court ruling expected to decide the matter next week.

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From Reuters
Cambodia marks independence from France with doves, balloons
Cambodians on Thursday marked the 64th anniversary of the country’s independence from France by releasing doves and balloons into the sky at the Independence Monument in the capital Phnom Penh.

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From VNA
Cambodia: Flow of Vietnamese tourist declines 14.5 percent
The number of Vietnamese tourists, the second-most common visitors to Cambodia, fell in the first nine months of this year by 14.5 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism.

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From Xinhua
Cambodia’s rice export to China up 59 pct in 10 months
Cambodia had exported 142,768 tons of milled rice to China in the first 10 months of 2017, a 59-percent rise over the same period last year, according to the latest report on Thursday.

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From NDO/VNA
Exhibition featuring Cambodian culture opens in Hanoi
An exhibition featuring Cambodia’s culture was opened at the Vietnam Culture-Art Exhibition Centre in Hanoi on November 8. The event forms part of the activities of the Cambodian cultural week jointly hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Art (MCFA) to mark the two countries’ five-decade-old relations.

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From Hollywood Reporter
How Angelina Jolie’s New Film Captured a Child’s View of Horror and Heartbreak
By Carolyn Giardina
Jolie and Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle adopted the POV of their young leading lady to show conflicting themes of happiness and darkness in ‘First They Killed My Father.’ Says Mantle, “Every single color in this picture resonates certain feelings.”

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From The San Jose Mercury News
Deportations of Vietnamese, Cambodians leave Bay Area Asian immigrants shaken
By Tatiana Sanchez
More than 200 Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants across the Bay Area and nationwide were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October in never-before-seen roundups that have left communities shocked and fearful, according to local and national immigration activists.

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