Tuesday News Roundup

From The BBC
What a Facebook experiment did to news in Cambodia
By Ben Paviour
Until recently, video blogger Catherine Harry was a Facebook success story in Cambodia. Her page, A Dose of Cath, featured a series of outspoken first person videos on taboo topics like virginity and menstruation that never got airtime on TV.

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From VOA
Hun Sen to Attend US-ASEAN Summit Alongside Trump
By Aun Chhengpor
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to attend a series of high-profile regional meetings in the Philippines next month, including the U.S.-ASEAN Summit with President Donald Trump, marking the first time the two leaders will meet.

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From Time
Cambodia Is Becoming ‘Openly Authoritarian’ in Its Crackdown on Opposition
Eli Meixler
The leader of Cambodia’s political opposition sits in solitary confinement in Correctional Center 3, a maximum-security prison near the Vietnamese border.

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From Asia Times
Cambodia clampdown threatens Chinese interests
By David Hutt
Western trade sanctions imposed against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s political clampdown would tangentially hit China’s substantial investments in the country.

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From East Asia Forum
Cambodia’s illiberal democracy swinging towards autocracy
By Carlyle A Thayer
Since 2016, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has set about deliberately dismantling his country’s democratic system. Month by month, the country’s political opposition has been eviscerated through a combination of coercion and judicial means, known as ‘lawfare’.

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From The Diplomat
The Difficult Discussion on Cambodia’s Forests
By Tyler Roney
At the beginning of the year, Cambodia’s Environment Ministry found itself in a quarrel with U.S. space agency NASA over forest coverage.

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From AFP
Clock ticks on Cambodia opposition as court date looms
Cambodia’s Supreme Court will start hearings next month expected to result in the dissolution of the main opposition party, as Prime Minister Hun Sen chops down his political rivals before a general election.

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From Thompson Reuters Foundation
From Bhutan to Cambodia, early warning saves lives in floods
Floods in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013 killed more than 400 people, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed crops, livestock and homes. This year, despite heavy rains, there have been fewer casualties and less damage, due in part to automated water gauges that can alert about 70,000 families to impending danger.

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From Fibre 2 Fashion
Cambodia to witness slower growth in garment exports
Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports is expected to see a slower growth of around 5 per cent this year compared to 7 per cent in 2016. But the trend is a normal market occurrence and does not indicate an overall decline or is linked to the political situation, say industry experts.

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