The Thai-Cambodia border is teeming with arms smugglers. The Thai media accuses the Cambodian Defense Ministry of their direct involvement in weapons smuggling. But the Thai military’s involvement also needs questioning.
Cambodia’s position at the geographical heart of Southeast Asia makes it an attractive base for criminals and militants. Hun Sen says he is standing up to illicit activity.
Forty years ago Henry Kissinger ordered a bombing campaign which tore apart Cambodia’s rural villages. Washington now wants a post-war loan paid back and quietly ignores the half a million people killed by US bombs. Hun Sen has sent them a stern reminder of the price his country already paid.
Hun Sen’s government plagues the trials of surviving Khmer Rouge members and few are brought to justice for their horrific crimes.
Dam construction in Laos has an enormous detrimental impact on the Mekong river, and the people who depend on it for their livelihood in Vietnam and Cambodia. Laos is doing little to address the situation. Cambodia and Vietnam suffer from the drastic consequences of dam construction.
LinkedinTwitterFacebook3The staggering discrepancy in sand figures reported by Cambodia unravels the mixed feelings the Cambodian government holds towards the complete ban on the sand dredging…
Rural Cambodians make up almost 80% of the population but, unlike their fellow countrymen in the cities, are held back with poor or limited public services and a lack of transparency in government policies.
The staggering difference between how much sand Cambodia and Singapore say has been exported from the former to the latter since 2007 highlights a tangled web of legal, societal and ecological issues that will take some unravelling. The numbers don’t add up and Cambodia’s ruling elite may stand among the accused.
LinkedinTwitterFacebook2A series of big-money investment deals has brought ASEAN nations politically and economically closer to China. But in this big-stakes diplomatic game, the banker in…
LinkedinTwitterFacebook1Family debt is dragging young children in Cambodia into dangerous and exhausting working environments that can leave them maimed and exhausted. But without their contribution,…