A Change of Guard

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Saturday, 23 May 2015



លោក Silvio Gonzato ប្រធាន​នាយកដ្ឋាន​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ និង​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ប្រចាំ​សហភាព​អ៊ឺរ៉ុប (កណ្តាល) និង​លោក Jean-Francois Cautain ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហភាព​អ៊ឺរ៉ុប​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា (ស្តាំ) និយាយ​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នកសារព័ត៌មាន​ក្នុង​អំឡុង​សន្និសីទ​ព័ត៌មាន​កាលពី​ថ្ងៃសុក្រ ទី២២ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៥។ លោក Silvio ធ្វើ​របាយការណ៍​សរុប​នៃ​បេសកកម្ម​រយៈពេល​៤ថ្ងៃ​របស់​លោក​មក​កាន់​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ដែល​បាន​ចាប់ផ្តើម​ឡើង​កាលពី​ថ្ងៃអង្គារ​ ទី១៩ ខែឧសភា។ (រូបថត៖ នៅ វណ្ណារិន/VOA Khmer)

22 ឧសភា 2015

មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​របស់​សហភាព​អឺរ៉ុប​បាន​ថ្លែង​នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​សុក្រ​នេះ​ថា​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​ពុំ​គួរ​យក​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់ស្តី​ពី​សមាគម ​និង​អង្គការ​មិនមែន​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ដើម្បី​ដាក់​សម្ពាធ​លើ​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ឡើយ​ ហើយ​គួរ​តែ​បើក​ចំហ​ឲ្យ​មាន​កិច្ច​ពិភាក្សា​ផង​ដែរ។​

នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​សុក្រ​ដែល​ជា​ថ្ងៃ​ចុង​ក្រោយ​នៃ​ដំណើរ​បេសកកម្ម​របស់​លោក​រយៈ​ពេល​៤ថ្ងៃ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​ លោក​សូវីអូ ហ្គុនស៊ាតូ (Silvio Gonzato) ​នាយក​ផ្នែកប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ និង​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ប្រចាំ​សហ​ភាព​អឺរ៉ុប​ បាន​ថ្លែង​នៅ​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​ព័ត៌មាន​ថា​ សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្តីពី​សមាគមនិង​អង្គការ​មិនមែន​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នេះ​ មិន​គួរ​ជា​ការ​រឹតត្បិត​លើ​ដំណើរ​ការ​របស់​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​នោះ​ទេ។​

ឆ្លើយ​ទៅ​នឹង​សំណួរ​របស់​អ្នក​សារព័ត៌មាន​តាម​រយៈ​អ្នក​បកប្រែ​ពិសេស ​មន្ត្រី​របស់​សហភាព​អឺរ៉ុប​នេះ​ក៏​បាន​ឲ្យ​យោបល់​ថា​ ​កម្ពុជា​ដែល​មាន​អង្គកា​រសង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ជា​ច្រើន​ ដែល​បង្ក​ឲ្យ​មាន​«​ចលនា​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​នេះគួរ​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​គិត​ថា​ គឺ​ជា​ទ្រព្យ​សម្បត្តិ​ដែល​កម្ពុជា​មាន​ មិន​គួរ​គិត​ថា​ ជា​ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង​ដល់​កម្ពុជា​នោះ​ទេ»។

«ប៉ុន្តែ​ច្បាប់​នេះ​ សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​នេះ​មិន​គួរ​ដាក់​កំហិត​តឹងរ៉ឹង​ពេក​ ជា​ពិសេស​ដាក់​កំហិត​រដ្ឋបាល​តឹងរ៉ឹង​ពេក​ទៅ​លើ​ NGO​ ហើយ​ក៏​មិនត្រូវ​ធ្វើ​យ៉ាង​ណា​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​សម្រេច​ចិត្ត​មិន​ឲ្យ​អង្គការ​ណា​មួយ​ចុះ​ឈ្មោះ​នោះ​ទេ ​គួរ​តែ​មាន​ការ​បន្ធូរ​បន្ថយ​បន្តិច»។​

Gov’t sick of border allegations

School of Vice: Sick? Not perhaps as sick as those Khmer villagers are of being robbed of their ancestral farmlands and of Xmer government's habitual denial of Vietnamese land encroachments?


Fri, 22 May 2015 ppp
Meas Sokchea

Government officials yesterday issued a stern rebuke to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, demanding they stop stirring up animosity with “bad propaganda” about Vietnamese border encroachment.

The demand comes shortly after CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An accused the Vietnamese of moving border markers 1 kilometre into Cambodian territory.

Responding to the allegations, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong and Va Kimhong, senior minister in charge of border affairs, accused CNRP lawmakers of fomenting anger towards the government among the general public, and of damaging relations between Cambodia and Vietnam.

“If [Um Sam An] does not understand the map, or does not have the official map, please come get the map from us,” Kimhong said. “Our border committee is not too stingy to explain it to him, but please stop propagandising nonsense that creates misunderstandings.”

Sam An and CNRP spokesmen Yim Sovann and Yem Ponharith could not be reached for comment yesterday.

UN comments not welcome

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong (centre) talks to Claire van der Vaeren (left), UN resident coordinator for Cambodia, yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Hong Menea

Fri, 22 May 2015 ppp
Vong Sokheng and Charles Parkinson

The UN should be seen and not heard, at least when it comes to Cambodia’s controversial draft NGO law, Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong said yesterday.

Taking public issue with comments about the legislation for the second time in as many days, Namhong strongly criticised four UN agencies for statements made on the subject, after calling their heads to a meeting at his office yesterday morning.

“There are no words allowing you to comment or criticise the royal government about the draft law, which is not under your mandate,” Namhong said.

“The draft law has nothing to do with human rights, with children, with the Cambodian population or women.”

That statement was made after Namhong had met with Claire van der Vaeren, UN resident coordinator for Cambodia, UN human rights agency representative in Cambodia Wan-Hea Lee, UN Women Cambodia country director Wenny Kusuma, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Cambodia representative Marc Derveeuw and UNICEF representative to Cambodia Rana Flowers.

Refugee quartet OK’d for transfer

Fri, 22 May 2015 ppp
Daniel Pye

Cambodia has approved the transfer of four refugees from Australia who were previously housed on the Pacific island of Nauru to be resettled here under an agreement signed between the two countries last year.

General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, yesterday said the approval from Prime Minister Hun Sen had been received on Wednesday.

“We just received the approval yesterday from the government. The government agreed for them to formally move to Cambodia. One is from Myanmar and three are from Iran. One of the Iranians is a woman,” he said.

On the exact arrival date of the four refugees, he said: “The process is going forward with the working group and with Australia; when they will exactly come is still undecided.”

The approval of the refugees for resettlement was made under a scheme signed between Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Australia’s former immigration minister Scott Morrison in Phnom Penh on September 26.

Australia agreed to fund the resettlement of an undetermined number of refugees and also provide an additional A$40 million (about US$31 million) in aid to Cambodia.

The group of refugees was flown in secretly from Nauru last week, according to a refugee advocacy group and refugees still on the island.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Border Watch group discuss Vietnamese encroachments - 22 May 2015

Feeding the Savage and the Tiger

Op-Ed by School of Vice

Cambodia went to war with Thailand a couple of times over the Preah Vihear-related territorial issue, in addition to asking the ICJ to review the underlying legal wrangle that underpinned the conflict between the two countries since 2008. Yet, not once since the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1979 has the Hanoi-installed Phnom Penh regime made any official complaint against Vietnam's land encroachments along the border in the east.

Va Kim Hong [the regime's expert on border affairs] is known to have expressed preference for a policy of shearing chunks of one's flesh off [Cambodia's territory] to feed and satisfy the tiger [Vietnam]. Ke Kim Yan [former RCAF chief] was unceremoniously stripped off his army post for having detailed a series of territorial infringements by Vietnam along the border in an otherwise obligatory routine report expected of his duty as a soldier. The 'leaked' charge or allegation made against Kim Yan was that he was removed from his post due to the vast personal land deals he had accumulated in his name. But if the charge of abuse of one’s position and power, and of massive corruption constituted the real reason behind his demotion, then he was hardly an exception out of all his CPP colleagues holding powerful positions in the military or elsewhere.

It is clear that Mr Hun Sen would rather opt for the policy of 'appeasing the tiger' favoured by Kim Hong whenever the tiger demands to be fed, rather than exploring other possibilities that would not end up violating Cambodia's territorial integrity as affirmed under the terms of the Paris Peace Accords of 1991. Just as he publicly threatened to abolish the monarchy for its perceived reluctance to give the royal seal of approval for the controversial 2005 supplemental Treaty demanded by Vietnam.


ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-05-21 rfa

ទេសរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន លោក វ៉ា គឹមហុង (ឆ្វេង) និង​ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី និង​ជា​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស លោក ហោ ណាំហុង បក​ស្រាយ​ក្នុង​កម្មវិធី​តុ​មូល​ស្ដីពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
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ការ​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​ជុំវិញ​ការ​កំណត់​ព្រំដែន​រវាង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម បាន​ផ្ទុះ​ឡើង​សា​ជា​ថ្មី​ឡើង​វិញ រវាង​អ្នក​ឃ្លាំមើល​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន និង​មន្ត្រី​ជំនាញ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។

អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នៅ​តែ​មាន​ភាព​លាក់លៀម​ជុំវិញ​ការ​កំណត់​បង្គោល​ព្រំដែន​នេះ ដែល​ជា​មូលហេតុ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា ចេះតែ​បន្ត​បាត់បង់​បូរណភាព​ទឹកដី​ម្ដង​ហើយ​ម្ដង​ទៀត​ទៅ​វៀតណាម។

ការ​លើកឡើង​នៅ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​មន្ត្រី​ជំនាញ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បកស្រាយ​រឿង​ជម្លោះ​ព្រំដែន​នៅ​ឃុំ​ជាំ ស្រុក​មេមត់ តាម​រយៈ​កម្មវិធី​តុ​មូល​ស្ដីពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម។

គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ដែល​មាន​សំឡេង​ភាគ​តិច​នៅ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋសភា និង​តំណាង​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ឃ្លាំមើល​កម្ពុជា បង្ហាញ​ការ​សោកស្ដាយ​ចំពោះ​ការ​បក​ស្រាយ​បំភ្លឺ​ពី​មន្ត្រី​ជំនាញ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​ដែល​អះអាង​ថា គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង និង​អង្គការ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ព្យាយាម​គាស់​កកាយ​រឿង​ព្រំដែន​ដែល​ខុស​ពី​ការ​ពិត។


នៅ វណ្ណារិន
20 ឧសភា 2015

លោក ​វីលៀម​ ថូដ​ (William Todd)​ ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​របស់​សហ​រដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​​​ចូល​រួម​នៅ​ក្នុង​ពិធី​​ស្បថ​ចូល​កាន់​តំណែង​របស់​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​នៅ​ក្រោយ​​​​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។

​មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បាន​ឱ្យ​ដឹង​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធ​នេះ​ថា ​ក្រសួង​មហាផ្ទៃ​កំពុង​ធ្វើ​ការ​យ៉ាង​មមាញឹក​លើ​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​សមាគម​ និង​អង្គការ​មិន​មែន​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ ដែល​អាច​បញ្ជូន​ទៅ​កាន់​ទីស្តីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្នុង​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ​ខាង​មុខ​ ខណៈ​ពេល​ដែល​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ និង​មន្ត្រី​ការ​ទូត​ រួម​ទាំង​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​ស.រ.អា នៅ​តែ​ទទូច​សុំ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​បង្ហាញ​ច្បាប់​ដ៏​ចម្រូង​ចម្រាស​នេះ​ជា​សាធារណៈ​ដើម្បី​ធ្វើ​ការ​ពិគ្រោះ​យោបល់។​

តាម​ការ​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ពី​លោក ​ខៀវ សុភ័គ​ ​អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ក្រសួង​មហា​ផ្ទៃ​ ដែល​ជា​សាមី​ក្រសួងធ្វើ​សេចក្តី​ព្រាងច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​សមាគម ​និង​អង្គការ​មិន​មែន​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នេះ​ បាន​ប្រាប់​ VOA​ ខេមរភាសា​ថា ​ក្រសួង​មហា​ផ្ទៃ​កំពុង​ធ្វើ​ការ​ប្រជុំ​ពិភាក្សា​ជា​ប្រចាំ​ ដើម្បី​កែ​សម្រួល​ផ្នែក​ខ្លះ​នៃច្បាប់​នេះ​ មុន​ពេលបញ្ជូន​ទៅ​ទី​ស្តី​ការ​គណៈ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី។​ ក៏​ប៉ុន្តែ​លោក​មិន​អាច​បញ្ជាក់បាន​ថា​ មាន​ការ​កែប្រែ​ផ្នែក​ណា​នៃ​ច្បាប់​នោះ​ទេ។​
លោក​ អំ សំអាត​ អ្នក​សម្របសម្រួល​បច្ចេកទេស​នៃ​អង្គការ​សិទ្ធិមនុស្ស​លីកាដូ (ឆ្វេង) ​ថ្លែង​នៅ​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទព័ត៌មាន​អំពី​យុទ្ធនាការ«ឈប់​និង​ពិគ្រោះ​យោបល់​លើ​ច្បាប់ស្តី​ពី​សមាគម​និង​អង្គការ​មិនមែន​រដ្ឋាភិ​បាល» កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ​ទី​៤ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។ មាន​តំណាង​អង្គការ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ជាតិ​និង​អន្តរជាតិ​ប្រមាណ​២៧០ ចូល​រួម​នៅ​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​ព័ត៌មាន​នោះ អំពី​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​អង្គការ​ដ៏​ចម្រូងចម្រាស់​នេះ​ដែល​ពួក​គេបារម្ភ​ថា ច្បាប់​នេះ​មាន​ចេតនារិតត្បិត​សេរីភាព​របស់​ពួក​គេ។ (នៅ វណ្ណារិន/VOA)

«និយាយ​រួម​គឺ​ថា អ្វី​ដែល​ឈរ​លើ​មូលដ្ឋាន ​ដែល​បាន​ដាក់​ឆ្លង​ជា​មួយ​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​តាំង​ពី​យូរ​ណាស់​មក​ហើយ​ហ្នឹង។​ យើង​គ្រាន់​តែ​កែ​សម្រួល​ឲ្យ​ស្រប​តាម​សភាព​ការណ៍​បច្ចុប្បន្ន។​ ហើយ​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នោះ​គឺ​ឋិត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ការ​ពិភាក្សានៅឡើយ​រវាង​ក្រសួង​មហាផ្ទៃ​ជា​មួយ​បណ្ដា​ក្រសួង​ផ្សេងៗ​ទៀត​ដែល​ពាក់​ព័ន្ធ»។​

សៀវភៅ «ពេលពពកធ្លាក់ពីលើមេឃ»

Thursday, 21 May 2015

China and 'might makes right' at sea


SINGAPORE (Straits Times/ANN) -- The main theme of Mr Mark Valencia's commentary published in The Straits Times last Saturday is that if the United States Navy exercises rights of navigation and overflight in the waters surrounding the reefs on which China is constructing artificial islands through reclamation, the US will be engaging in "gunboat diplomacy".

He also argues that a more "peaceful and civil option" would be for the US to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and use its dispute settlement mechanisms to resolve the legal issues relating to navigation and overflight, as this approach would be preferable to the "might makes right" principle and the precedent it sets.

Mr Valencia fails to mention that in January 2013, before China started its massive reclamation works on the reefs, the Philippines instituted a case against China under the Unclos dispute settlement mechanism.

The Philippines requested that the Unclos Arbitral Tribunal rule on the legal status of the reefs occupied by China, as well as on the rights and jurisdiction of China in the waters surrounding them.

Unfortunately, rather than accepting this option to resolve the dispute in accordance with Unclos, China refused to participate in the case before the arbitral tribunal.

Instead, it adopted a policy of non-appearance and non-participation, and began undertaking large-scale reclamation works on the very features whose status is in dispute in the case.

ILO seeks to address transport risks for Cambodian workers

Everyone is at risk of traffic mishap in Cambodia; not only commuting factory workers. Scene like this one of an overloaded 'taxi' on the road and highway of the country is far from being uncommon. Passengers are normally jammed together into rideable space like cattle or sardines, including on the open roof-top of the vehicle. This means that even a little sudden stop or jolt could cause serious injuries to the passengers and drivers. All this begs the question: What is the point of having a government that refuses to consider introducing even basic safety measures for everyone's sake? - School of Vice



PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for measures to address the risk Cambodians face travelling to work following a horrific accident in Svay Rieng Tuesday.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the ILO office for Cambodia, Laos and Thailand said it "heard with great sadness of the death of 19 workers and severe injury of over 20 workers" in the accident between a bus and a van.

"The ILO extends its deepest sympathy to the families and dependants of those killed and injured, knowing that,
for many, the pain of their loss will be made worse by the uncertainty that will come from the loss of household income earned by a loved-one.

"This loss of life is yet another reminder of the risks that thousands of workers face every day in simply making their journey to work," the statement said. 

Cambodia warns 4 UN representatives for criticism of draft NGO bill

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong speaks to reporters after a meeting with four representatives of the UN agencies. Photo/The Cambodia Herald

School of Vice: Well, obviously, these NGO bill critics haven't fully grasped the terms of the "Culture of Dialogue" yet?


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong Thursday warned four representatives of the UN agencies for their criticism of a draft NGO law in a meeting.

The meeting was convened after Wan-Hea Lea, representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Cambodia, Rana Flowers, head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)- Cambodia, Marc Derveeuw, representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Cambodia, and Wenny Kusuma, representative of UN Women-Cambodia, criticized the Draft Law on the Association and the Non-Governmental Organization on the Phnom Penh Post newspaper last week.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Hor Namhong said he told the representatives to perform their activities by respecting the UN Charter and their specific mandate.

He said the Article 2, Paragraph 7 of the UN Charter, stipulates that "Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the UN to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state."

 "I told them that in their capacity as UN agencies, they must respect the UN Charter's article 2," said Hor Namhong, who is also a deputy prime minister.

 He said this draft of law has nothing to do with human rights, with children, with Cambodian population or women.

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law in Cambodia

May 20, 2015 voa
Phorn Bopha

The Cambodian government is drafting laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications, but critics worry these laws will clamp down on the few opportunities for free speech in the country.

The Internet, social media and mobile devices have all allowed a space for expression that has been unprecedented in the country. Conversations about poverty, deforestation and land grabs are free from government control.

In a new report, Going Offline? The Threat to Cambodia’s Newfound Internet Freedom, the rights group Licadho says the new laws, if passed, would expand governmental authority into cyberspace and curb those freedoms, potentially by going after service providers.

“Freedom of expression is a right that many Cambodians have never truly experienced,” Am Sam Ath, technical coordinator for Licadho, said in the report. “It comes as no surprise that as soon as Cambodians found a way to have their voices heard, the government has begun a comprehensive effort to once again silence them.”

Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said the Licadho report does not reflect the government’s intent. The cyber-crime law is meant to crack down on “hackers,” he said.

However, Am Sam Ath said the report, which took two years to compile, is well-sourced and aimed to provide food for thought for government policy. So far the laws have been kept secret. They should be made public, he said, “so that the relevant groups can give comments.”

CAMBODIA: "Cambodians can remain pawns, or can hang together against Sen's autocracy"


About the Author:

Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth is retired from the University of Guam, where he taught political science for 13 years. He currently lives in the United States. He can be contacted at peangmeth@gmail.com. 

August 17, 2010

Two weeks ago, I presented in this space a contrast of reporter Benoit Bringer's "Cambodge: Les enfants de la decharge" (Cambodia: The Children of the Garbage Dump), a five minute video, and his gallery of photos, showing how Cambodians scavenge Phnom Penh's public garbage dump just to survive; and Andrew Marshall's "Khmer Riche," published in the Jan 12 Sydney Morning Herald, showing the life at the opposite end of Cambodians' economic spectrum – Cambodia's "rich kids" who can spend ",000 on drinks in a single night" and whose parents' "newly built neoclassical mansions (are) so large that (Phnom Penh's) old French architecture looks like Lego by comparison."

The contrast serves to forecast Cambodia's unpleasant future, a future the international community sought to avoid when it established the 1991 Paris Peace Accords and invested billion to set Cambodia on a productive course. The current situation in Cambodia and the future it foretells represent an international failure.

Economic Inequality, Conflict, Revolt

Theories abound about economic inequality and its linkage with dissent, unrest, and rebellion by the disadvantaged.

Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) had linked the well-being of a political community with the well-being of the citizens who make it up, and economic inequality with the revolt of the disadvantaged. His analysis on the causes of revolution—"The passion for equality is at the root of revolution," Aristotle said--has inspired students of politics and theorists until today.

Vietnam encroaches Cambodian border about 1400m deeper into Cambodian territory

ច្រកភ្នំដិន: យួនរំកិលព្រំដែនចូលដីខ្មែរ ១៤០០មែ៉ត្រ ដោយគិតពីព្រំដែនចាស់នៅព្រែកវិញតេ មកព្រែកជីកថ្មី"ប្រឡាយ៧៩" (យោងតាមរបាយការណ៏លោក កែ គីយា៉ន កាលណោះជាអគ្គមេបញ្ជាការនៃកងយោធពលខេមរភូមិន្ទ ឆ្នាំ១៩៩៩)។ ពីប្រឡាយ៧៩(ព្រែកជីកថ្មី យួនជីកឆ្នាំ១៩៧៩ សម័យយួនគ្រប់គ្រងខ្មែរ) ទៅព្រែកវិញតេ ចំងាយប្រមាណ១៤០០មែ៉ត្រ។ ព្រំដែនសព្វថ្ងៃនៅត្រឹមប្រឡាយ៧៩ ហើយបង្គោលតំរុយព្រំដែនលេខ២៧៥ នៅខាងជើងប្រឡាយ៧៩ប្រមាណ១០មែ៉ត្រ ដូច្នេះបើខ្មែរចង់ប្រើទឹកប្រឡាយ៧៩ ត្រូវសុំការអនុញាតពីយួន។ តាមការចុះពិនិត្យជាក់ស្តែងរបស់ខ្ញុំ យួនពិតជាចូលដីខ្មែរនៅច្រកព្រំដែននេះ១៤០០មែ៉ត្រដូចរបាយការណ៏លោក កែ គីមយា៉ន មែន។ យួនមកឃាត់មិនឲ្យខ្ញុំថតរូបលើដីខ្មែរក្បែរព្រំដែនថ្មីហើយឲ្យក្មេងជើងកាងម្នាក់មកដណ្តើមប្រដាប់ថតរូបនិងរកវាយអ្នកថតរូប។ ប៉ូលីសម្នាក់សក្តិបួនទំនងជាមេប៉ុស្តិច្រកព្រំដែនភ្នំដិនតាមសំលេងនិយាយស្រដៀងយួន ប្រហែលជាយួនហើយចរិចការពារនិងកាន់ជើងយួនដែលខុសពីប៉ូលីសខ្មែ្មរម្នាក់នៅទីនោះទំនងកាន់ជើងខ្ញុំ ពេលយួនមករករឿងខ្ញុំមិនឲ្យថតរូប បើបងប្អូនមិនជឿសាកទៅច្រកភ្នំដិនលមើលឃើញប៉ូលីសនោះហើយ ឲ្យយួនធ្វើមេប៉ុស្តិព្រំដែន ធ្វើម្តេងឲ្យគាត់ការពារព្រំដែនខ្មែរ ការពារផលប្រយោជន៏ខ្មែរ? ខ្លោងទ្វារជូនដំណើរកងទព័យួនត្រលប់ទៅវិញឆ្នាំ១៩៨៩ ដែលគេទើបវាយចោលនៅទីនោះ។ ស្រុកគិរីវង់ ខេត្តតាកែវ10/5/2015
Posted by UM SAM AN page on Sunday, May 10, 2015
RFA: លោក វា៉ គីមហុង ថាការលើកឡើងរបស់លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន ពីការរំកិលព្រំដែន មិនពិតទាល់តែសោះ15/5/2015
Posted by UM SAM AN page on Friday, May 15, 2015

Report about Vietnam moving in border posts deeper into Cambodian territory

RFA: "រដ្ខាភិបាលបដិសេធរឿងយួនរំកិលព្រំដែនចូលដីខ្មែរនៅច្រកតន់ហន់"។ លោក វា៉ គឺមហុង ថាលោក កែ គឹមយា៉ន ដែលឆ្នាំ១៩៩៩ជាអគ្គមេបញ្ជាការនៃកងយោធពលខេមរភូមិន្ទនិងបច្ចុប្បន្នជាឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី មិនមែនជាអ្នកជំនាញកិច្ចការព្រំដែននិងកុំនិយាយ កែ គឹមយា៉ន ប្រមាណ១០ឆ្នាំហើយនិយាយថាចូលដីខ្មែរ ប៉ុន្តែយើងដេញទៅវិញហើយ។ ខ្ញុំសូមប្រាប់លោក វា៉ គឹមហុង ថារបាយការណ៏លោក កែ គឹមយា៉ន ដែលបញ្ជាក់ថាយួនរំកិលព្រំដែននៅច្រកភ្នំដិនមកត្រឹមប្រឡាយ៧៩នាឆ្នាំ១៩៩៩ ចំងាយ១៤០០ មែ៉ត្រ ខ្ញុំទៅមើលនៅទីនោះថ្មីៗនេះ យួននៅរំលោភដីខ្មែរ១៤០០មែ៉ត្រដដែល មិនដែលដេញយួនទៅវិញឬដោះស្រាយបានមកវិញដូចគាត់ថាទេ កន្លែងខ្លះមានតែយួនចូលបន្ថែម។ គាត់ថាព្រំដែនសព្វថ្ងៃនៅច្រកតន់ហន់មិនកំណត់ដោយប្រឡាយ៧៩ទេ ខ្ញុំសូមឲ្យគាត់ទៅមើលនៅច្រកតន់ហន់ ដោយផ្ទាល់ ព្រំដែននៅប្រឡាយ៧៩ឬទេ? គាត់ថាយកផែនទីតម្កល់នៅUN តាមខ្ញុំដឹងគាត់យកផែនទីខ្នាត1/50.000 ដែលយួនធ្វើថ្មី ផ្ទុយមាត្រា២នៃរដ្ឋធម្មនុញដែលចែងថាត្រូវយកផែនទីខ្នាត 1/100.00018/5/2015
Posted by UM SAM AN page on Monday, May 18, 2015

Students Movement calls on the government to request Thailand to respect the 1904-1907 Franco-Siam Treaty of Thailand-Cambodian border


មន្រ្តីឆ្នាំ១៩៩៩ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មានប្រសាសន៏ថា "ការដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាព្រំដែនត្រូវយកបទពិសោធន៏ពីការដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាព្រំដែនរវាងប្រទេសឡាវនិងប្រទេសចិន គឺថាបើឡាវចូលដីចិន ឡាវយកទៅ បើចិនចូលដីឡាវ ចិនយកទៅ ។ គេយកទៅតាមភូមិសាស្រ្តជាក់ស្តែងនៃការរស់នៅរបស់ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ។ ឯកម្ពុជាវិញដូចគ្នាដែរ បើកម្ពុជាចូលដីវៀតណាម កម្ពុជាយកទៅ វៀតណាមចូលដីកម្ពុជា វៀតណាមយកទៅ គឺយកទៅតាមភូមិសាស្រ្តនៃការរស់នៅរបស់ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋជាក់ស្តែង" ។ ខ្ញុំយល់ថាកន្លងមកក៏ដូចបច្ចុប្បន្ន មានតែយួនរំលោភយកដីខ្មែរ ឯខ្មែរចូលយកដីយួនគ្មានទេ នៅពេលរដ្ឋាភិបាលដោះស្រាយរបៀបនេះ ដោយមិនផ្អែកលើផ្លូវច្បាប់ សន្ធិសញានិងផែនទីដែលសម្តេចតាតម្កល់នៅ UN ជាធំនិងជាផ្លូវច្បាប់ ដោយគ្រាន់យកវាជាគោលក្នុងការចរចាបញ្ហាព្រំដែន ដោយគូសបន្ទាត់ព្រំដែនថ្មី នោះអ្នកដែលខាតបង់គឺកម្ពុជា។ អញ្ចឹងហើយបានមានការដោះដូរភូមិខ្មែរជាច្រើនទៅឲ្យយួននៅតាមជាយដែន ដូចជាត្រូវរក្សាទុកភូមិកំណើតលោក ហេង សំរិន ចំនួន២ដែលយួនថាជាភូមិរបស់គេ ត្រូវយកភូមិខ្មែរ២ផ្សេងទៀតទៅឲ្យយួនវិញនិងដីស្រែខ្មែរជាច្រើននៅតាមព្រំដែនត្រូវយួនអះអាងថាជាដីរបស់គេ ហើយរដ្ឋាភិបាលយើងឲ្យទៅយួនដោយស្របច្បាប់ គ្មានការតវា៉ដ៏ខ្លាំងក្លាដូចការតវា៉ជាមួយថៃ។ យើងមិនចង់ឲ្យរដ្ឋាភិបាលធ្វើសង្គ្រាមជាមួយយួនទេ ប៉ុន្តែត្រូវដោះស្រាយដោយទ្វេភាគីដោយប្រកាន់ជំហររឹងមាំដូចចរចាជាមួយថៃ ហើយបើដោះស្រាយដោយទ្វេភាគីមិនចេញទេ ត្រូវប្តឹងទៅតុលាការយុត្តិធម៌អន្តរជាតិ "ICJ" មិនមែន "ICC" ដូចដែលសម្តេចតាបានឈ្នះក្តីនៅតុលាការ""ICJ" ជាមួយថៃរឿងប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារឆ្នាំ១៩៦២ និងដូចដែលកម្ពុជា"លោក ហ៊ុន សែន" ប្តឹងថៃទៅ "ICJ" រឿងប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារនាពេលថ្មីៗនេះ ។ ហើយយួនក៏ទទួលស្គាល់យុត្ថាធិការរបស់តុលាការ "ICJ" ដែរ ។ ម្យា៉ងទៀត យើងអាចប្តឹងបញ្ហាព្រំដែនទៅប្រទេសហត្ថលេខីទាំង១៨មាន "UN" ផង ហើយថៃនិងវៀតណាមក៏ជាប្រទេសហត្ថលេខីនៃកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងទីក្រុងបា៉រីសឆ្នាំ១៩៩១។ SMD បានចូលគាល់សម្តេចតា២ដង និស្សិតប្រមាណ៥០នាក់ជួបលោក ហ៊ុន សែន ១លើក គាល់សម្តេចក្រុមព្រះ នរោត្តម រណឫទ្ធិ កាលណោះព្រះអង្គជាប្រធានរដ្ឋសភា១លើក និងជួបលោក វា៉ គឹមហុង ២ដង រឿងបញ្ហាព្រំដែន។ ស្ថាបនិកSMD មាន លោក សារ៉ូ សីុវុត្ថា លោក កែវ ហុកលី ខ្ញុំ អ៊ុំ សំ អាន លោក មែ៉ន ណាត អន្ទិត ជិន ចាន់ណា និងនិស្សិតជាច្រើនរូបទៀត ដែល SMD បង្កើតឡើងក្នុងពេលបាតុកម្មទម្លាក់លោក ហ៊ុន សែន និងមិនទទួលស្គាល់លទ្ធផលបោះឆ្នោតឆ្នាំ១៩៩៨ ដែលមានបាតុករស្លាប់ជាច្រើននាក់។

Phay Siphan warns that the government will take actions against those who insulted the government លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ព្រមាន​ចាត់​វិធាន​ការ​អ្នកប្រើពាក្យ​អសុរោះ ប្រមាថ​ និង​បរិហាកេរ្ត៍មន្រ្តីរដ្ឋាភិបាល​

ដោយ៖​ ស៊ុន​ ណារិន និង​ឡាយ សាមាន​ | ថ្ងៃពុធ ទី20 ឧសភា 2015, 

អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​ទីស្តីការគណៈរដ្ឋមន្រ្តី លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន
អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​ទីស្តីការគណៈរដ្ឋមន្រ្តី លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធនេះ ព្រមាន​ចាត់​វិធាន​ការផ្លូវ​ច្បាប់​លើ​អ្នកលេង​ហ្វេសប៊ុក​​​មួយ​ចំនួន ដែល​បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់ពាក្យ​អសុរោះ ប្រមាថមើលងាយ និងបរិហារកេរ្តិ៍​លើ​ថ្នាក់​​ដឹក​នាំ​រដ្ឋា​ភិបាល។​
លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន បានលើក​ឡើង​បែបនេះ​នៅលើហ្វេសប៊ុកផ្លូវការរបស់លោក ដោយ​ភ្ជាប់ជាមួយរូបថតរបស់​​រដ្ឋមន្រ្តីក្រសួងការបរទេស លោក ហោ ណាំហុង ដែលកំពុង​រង​ការ​រិះគន់​ពី​បណ្តាញសង្គមហ្វេសប៊ុក​នាពេលថ្មីៗ ក្រោយ​ពី​លោក​បាន​ចេញ​លិខិតដាក់​ទៅ​រដ្ឋសភា​ ដោយ​អះអាង​ប្រជា​ជន​ខ្មែរនៅ​ភូមិជើង ឃុំជាំ ស្រុកមេមត់ ​ខេត្ត​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ​ កំពុងដាំដំណាំ​លើ​ដីវៀតណាម។​
លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន បាន​សរសេរ​នៅលើ​ហ្វេសប៊ុកជា​លក្ខណៈ«លិខិតចំហរចំពោះជនអគតិ និងអសីលធម៌​»ថា ក្នុងរយៈពេលថ្មីៗនេះ លោក​បានសង្កេតឃើញជនមួយចំនួនបានប្រើប្រាស់ប្រព័ន្ធព័ត៌មានសង្គមបាន​ប្រើប្រាស់ពាក្យអសុរោះ ប្រមាថមាក់ងាយ បំផ្លើស និងវាយប្រហារបរិហារបង្កាច់កេរ្តិ៍​ដល់មន្ត្រីរាជការ និង​ថ្នាក់​ដឹកនាំមួយចំនួន។ លោក​បន្ត​ថា​តាមការស្រាវជ្រាវ អាជ្ញាធរមានសមត្ថកិច្ចបានរកឃើញនូវមុខសញ្ញាមួយចំនួនខ្លះនៅក្នុងស្រុក និងមួយចំនួនទៀតនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកាណាដា សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក និងអូស្រ្តាលីជាដើម​។
លោក​បាន​សរសេរ​ថា​«ការប្រមាថ និងការបរិហារបង្កាច់កេរ្តិ៍​ គឺមានចែងនៅក្នុងក្រមព្រហ្មទណ្ឌនៃព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា និងមានទម្ងន់ទោសជាធរមានស្រាប់។ ការប្រមាថ និងការបរិហារបង្កាច់កេរ្តិ៍​ គឺមិនស្ថិតនៅក្នុងសេរីភាពក្នុងការបញ្ចេញ​យោបល់ឡើយ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែវាជាការរំលោភសិទ្ធិ និងសេចក្តីថ្លៃថ្នូររបស់បុគ្គល ដែលត្រូវទទួលបានការគោរពរួមទាំងច្បាប់ជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ។ មិនត្រឹមតែប៉ុណ្ណោះសេរីភាពOnline ក៏រាប់បញ្ចូ​លថាជាការរំលោភបំពានផងដែរ»
លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ​បានព្រមាន​ចាត់វិធានការផ្លូវច្បាប់​លើ​ជនទាំងនោះ។ លោក​បាន​សរសេរ​ថា​«យើងខ្ញុំនឹងចាត់វិធានការណាមួយទាំងផ្លូវបច្ចេកទេស និងផ្លូវច្បាប់ ដើម្បីរក្សាសេរីភាព និងសេចក្តីថ្លៃថ្នូរក្នុងការប្រើប្រាស់Online នេះ»
VODមិនអាច​ទាក់​ទង​លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ដើម្បី​បញ្ជាក់​បន្ថែមលើ​បញ្ហានេះទេ។​

Cambodian people angry with Vietnam for violating Cambodian border, they enter Cambodian territory to spray pesticide on their crops

១៨ ឧសភា ២០១៥ / 18 May 2015 កាលពីម្សិលមិញនេះ ក្រុមប្រឹក្សាឃ្លាំមើលកម្ពុជា ដែលដឹកនាំដោយ លោក ម៉ៅ ពិសេស បានដឹកនាំក្រុមយុវជនចុះទៅពិនិត្យមើលព្រំដែន កម្ពុជា-យួន និងផលដំណាំប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរដាំហើយត្រូវបានជនជាតិយួនបាញ់ថ្នាំបំផ្លាញ នៅភូមិជើង ឃុំជាំ ស្រុកមេមត់ ខេត្តត្បូងឃ្មុំ។
Posted by Sam Rainsy on Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sam Rainsy's speech in America

១៨ ឧសភា ២០១៥ / 18 May 2015 - Long Beach, California.ខ្ញុំបានអត្ថាធិប្បាយ ពីវប្បធ៌មសន្ទនា ក្នុងពិធីជួបសំណេះសំណាល ជាមួយបងប្អូនជនរួមជាតិខ្មែរ នៅទីក្រុង Long Beach ក្នុង រដ្ឋ California សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក កាលពីថ្ងៃ ១៦ ឧសភា ២០១៥។I elaborated on the culture of dialogue at a meeting with the Cambodian community in Long Beach, California, on 16 May 2015.
Posted by Sam Rainsy on Monday, May 18, 2015

Namhong lays into US ambassador on NGOs កម្ពុជា​មិន​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​នឹង​ការ​រិះគន់​របស់​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក

វីល្លៀម ថត ៦១០
ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា លោក វីល្លៀម ថត (William Todd) ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​យក​ព័ត៌មាន នា​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៣ សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong has called out the US ambassador to Cambodia for the latter’s criticism of the Kingdom’s controversial draft law on NGOs.
Namhong wrote in a statement yesterday that his ministry was “dismayed” over an article written by Ambassador William Todd that criticised the proposed legislation.
“The words expressed by the foreign Ambassador to Cambodia are extremely insolent, even if he is a representative of a big country,” Namhong wrote.
He went on to cite the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, of which Cambodia and the US are signatories. “All members of the United Nations, big or small, shall respect each other in an equal manner, and abide by the above Convention and the international practice of courtesy in interstate relations,” the statement reads.
Todd’s piece, published on Sunday, took aim at the country’s draft law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations. The ambassador wrote that the Kingdom’s “image is affected by the draft law” and warned that the “world is watching” its next moves.
 កម្ពុជា​មិន​ពេញ​ចំពោះ​ការ​រិះគន់​របស់​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ លោក វីល្លៀម ថត (William E. Todd) ជុំវិញ​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​សមាគម អង្គការ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ជាតិ និង​អន្តរជាតិ ច្បាប់​គ្រប់គ្រង​សហជីព និង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​ទូរគមនាគមន៍ និង​អ៊ីនធឺណិត។​
​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស និង​សហប្រតិបត្តិការ​អន្តរជាតិ​កម្ពុជា ថា បាន​ផ្ញើ​លិខិត​មួយ​ច្បាប់​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​ឧសភា ជូន​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក លោក វីល្លៀម ថត ថា​មិន​គួរ​ព្រហើន​ហ៊ាន​លូកដៃ​ចូល​ក្នុង​កិច្ចការ​របស់​កម្ពុជា ឡើយ បើ​ទោះ​បី​លោក​តំណាង​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​មហា​អំណាច​ក៏ដោយ។

Hun Sen threatens to strip Kem Sokha of role [Hun Sen is at Kem Sokha's and the CNRP's throat all the time]

Opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha
Opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha speaks with supporters in Kampot province on Sunday, where he made comments about the CPP trying to divide CNRP leadership. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to have opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha sacked from his position as National Assembly deputy president if he insists that the ruling party is trying to divide the opposition.
On Monday, Sokha gave a speech to a group of supporters in Kampot town where he said the Cambodian People’s Party was attempting to divide the Cambodia National Rescue Party ahead of the next election in 2018.
Hun Sen did not mention Sokha by name, but said “someone is trying to cause divisions. If he said that, he would be breaking the culture of dialogue. The culture of dialogue cannot be affected; it means that if we don’t harm them, they don’t harm us.
“I just want to tell him that it is not up to him whether or not this has broken the culture of dialogue,” he said. “The CPP has lots of work to get on with and has no time to waste trying to divide you. Whether there is a split or not depends on you.”
He also said he had phoned CNRP president Sam Rainsy, in the United States on a speaking and fundraising tour, and compared the relationship of the two leaders to a married couple.
“It’s like being husband and wife,” he said. “Even if the in-laws are against you, we want to stay together. A split won’t happen.”

PM calls out tax fraudsters [Hun Sen's uncle is a tax cheater]

Prime Minister Hun Sen talks at an annual financial meeting
Prime Minister Hun Sen talks at an annual financial meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh where he voiced his concern for corruption in the land sector. Photo supplied
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday voiced his displeasure with the rampant corruption present in the Kingdom’s land sector, issuing a veiled warning to citizens who forge receipts in order to dodge property taxes.
During his annual review of the country’s public financial management reform program in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen raised the issue by recounting a story about his uncle’s alleged financial misdeeds in Preah Sihanouk province. Apparently, Hun Sen’s relative reported on his tax form a 1-hectare plot of land worth some $40,000, but wrote that it was valued at only 45 million riel, about $11,000, in order to avoid paying proper taxes.
“I asked him why, and he said, ‘This way, we pay less tax,’” the premier said. “I said, ‘You are stealing the tax and are in cahoots with the Preah Sihanouk tax officers.’”
Though Hun Sen acknowledged that his uncle cheated the government for roughly 75 per cent of the actual tax owed, he admitted that he did not ask who had assisted him and had no intention of punishing those involved.
“I did not ask,” he said. “I will ask when I go back.”
He added that the tale was meant to highlight just how ubiquitous such practices are in the country.
“We do not need to increase taxes – [we need] to collect all taxes,” he said. “This is what I’ve seen with my own eyes.”

Island dream on hold, for now

Koh Dek Koul, the former island residence of fugitive tycoon Sergei Polonsky
Koh Dek Koul, the former island residence of fugitive tycoon Sergei Polonsky, off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province in January. Griff Tapper
Speaking during an interview in December, fugitive Russian tycoon Sergei Polonsky told thePost of his ambitious scheme to build a $1 billion eco-tourism network on the islands he claimed to own off the Cambodian coast.
He said the admittedly self-financed project, titled “Project Archipelago”, would be a place of respite for tourists looking for something more than a simple vacation.
“Here there wouldn’t be any nationalities, there wouldn’t be any religious dogmas, there would be no warlike aggression,” he said.
“It’s very important what we are doing here.”
But after the tycoon’s deportation for an overdue visa on Sunday morning to face charges of embezzlement in his homeland, the fate of his assets in the country remains unclear.
Polonsky claimed to own or co-own eight islands off the Cambodian coast, two of which saw significant development.
On Koh Dek Koul, his headquarters and the subject of a legal dispute with his former partner Nikolai Doroshenko, he built an extravagant lair, complete with a fully-equipped office for his legal and administrative staff and a rooftop swimming pool.
On Koh Damlong, some 60 kilometres from the Cambodian coast and the first step in Project Archipelago, Polonsky just finished setting up a resort earlier this year, where tourists could buy a night in one of the 25 bungalows for $40.

When Will Thailand Hold its Election?

The junta pushes back polls to make way for a referendum on a new constitution.

By Prashanth Parameswaran
May 20, 2015 The Diplomat

Image Credit: Flickr/Prachatai
Thailand’s ruling junta delayed a general election by at least six months on Tuesday, in yet another sign that their grip on power will not be loosening anytime soon.

According to Reuters, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told reporters that polls would take place in August 2016 at the earliest to allow for a referendum to be held on a contentious new draft constitution (See: “Thailand Completes Troubling New Constitution”). The Thai cabinet had earlier agreed that a referendum should be held on the constitution, following the recommendation of the Constitutional Drafting Committee.

“It will take place around August or in September,” Wissanu reportedly said.

As I reported previously for The Diplomat, members of the Thai junta, including Wissanu himself, had already suggested as early as last December that while February 2016 was the earliest that an election would be held, the date could be pushed back by a further three months until May 2016. (See: “No Thai Election Until At Least February 2016: Deputy Prime Minister”).

At that time, some were already skeptical that the timetable made sense. As I noted then, Pornchai Trakulwaranont, the prominent vice rector for administration at Thammasat University, told Xinhua that the process of carrying out a referendum would likely push polls back further out into mid-2016. He argued that while it would take at least three months to hold the referendum, there would also need to be an additional three to four months spent addressing issues coming out of the referendum and potentially modifying the draft charter.

Cambodia: Between China and the United States

Cambodia is forging a path for itself between the United States and China.

By Veasna Var
May 20, 2015 The Diplomat

Image Credit: suphanat via Shutterstock.com
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is facing two major strategic challenges: its collective unity and balancing between China and the United States as they compete for influence in the region. As an ASEAN member state, one of the major challenges for Cambodia’s current and future strategic situation is and will be the competition for influence between the United States and China. This strategic challenge will shape Cambodia’s current and future agenda for political reform, economic development, foreign policy, and national defense.

Both China and the United States have been competing for interest and influence in Southeast Asia in general and in Cambodia in particular. As a result, Cambodia faces tough decisions in choosing between the two superpowers and in balancing its relationships with China and the United States so that Cambodia’s interests are not compromised. Cambodia is also striving to gain the most possible benefit out of this superpower rivalry.  In particular, Cambodia will need to carefully balance its relationship with China to ensure that effective Cambodia-U.S. relations are not compromised. Both China and the United States are considered to be vital to Cambodia’s economic and security development, and a collaborative approach will deliver an optimal outcome for Cambodia.

It is clear that Chinese and U.S. strategic interests in Cambodia are conflicting. The national elections in July 2013, while a major breakthrough in Cambodian politics, have clearly shown that both ruling and opposition parties have used China and the United States for their political objectives. During the election campaign, the opposition party called on the United States and the West for political support accusing the ruling government of not respecting democratic principles, violating human rights, injustice, and corruption. In response, U.S. lawmakers from both the House and Senate threatened to cut aid to Cambodia if the election was not ‘credible and competitive.’ In the political deadlock following the election, while both the United States and the European Union refused to recognized the result and called for Cambodia to independently investigate alleged election irregularities. China promptly endorsed the result and congratulated Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for their victory. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi also visited Cambodia to further strengthen and expand relations and cooperation adding that its success would ensure continuation of a healthy relationship with China.

Golden memories ... 'ស្ដាប់បងច្រៀងបំពេ'

CNRP activists’ trial begins

Wed, 20 May 2015 ppp
Meas Sokchea
CNRP official Meach Sovannara waves to supporters at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning where he attended the trial of five fellow opposition activists accused of leading an insurrection. Heng Chivoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday began the trial of five opposition activists charged with inciting an insurrection last year following the 2013 general election.

Judges and prosecutors grilled the opposition activists, claiming they knowingly entered Freedom Park despite it being closed at the time, and asked why they joined protests that had already turned violent at that point. Six other activists, including opposition information head Meach Sovannara, had their court appearances postponed until May 26.

One of those questioned was Khin Chumroeun, the president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s youth wing, who relayed his version of the events that took place last July, when a group of 39 security personnel were beaten while attempting to forcibly disperse a rally.

Chumroeun claimed that he saw about 1,000 people gathered near the park and spotted security forces with weapons when he told his students to “retreat” from the protest site.

“I walked on Naga Bridge . . . I told [my people], because I saw guards holding bats,” he told the court. “A security guard led others to beat people on Naga Bridge . . . I am a citizen, and I did not lead any insurrection. I just asked [them] to open Freedom Park.”

Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

អ្នកថតរូបសត្រូវបដិវត្តន៍ (វគ្គ បញ្ចប់)