A Change of Guard

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Phay Siphan Criticizes Justice System in Cambodia លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន រិះគន់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​យុត្តិធម៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​ថា​មិន​យុត្តិធម៌

Phay Siphan used to say: "if you have money, you will have justice". Now that his friend, Richer San, is arrested and jailed for fraud, he cries foul that the Cambodian justice system is corrupt.
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2014-09-12 RFA
ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ៦១០
អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​នៃ​ទីស្ដីការ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត​នា​ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៤ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
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មន្ត្រី​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី រិះគន់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​កម្ពុជា ថា​ធ្វើ​ការ​មិន​ត្រឹមត្រូវ។ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ដែល​ធ្លាប់​តែ​សរសើរ​គ្រប់​ម៉ាត់​ពី​ប្រព័ន្ធ​យុត្តិធម៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ឥឡូវ​នេះ​បែរ​ជា​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា តុលាការ​នេះ​មាន​ភាព​មិន​ប្រក្រតី បន្ទាប់​ពី​គូកន​របស់​លោក​ម្នាក់​ត្រូវ​តុលាការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន ពី​បទ​បោកប្រាស់​លុយ ១​លាន​ដុល្លារ។
លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ផ្ទាល់​ក៏​ត្រូវ​បាន​ភាគី​ដើម​បណ្ដឹង​ចោទ​ថា មាន​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នឹង​អំពើ​ឆបោក​ប្រាក់​នេះ​ដែរ។
បន្ទាប់​ពី​មាន​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ថា​បាន​រត់​ការ​ក្រោម​តុ​មិន​បាន​សម្រេច ហើយ​គូកន​របស់ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​ចាប់​ឃុំ​ខ្លួន​មក លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ក៏​នៅ​តែ​ចេញ​មុខ​អះអាង​ថា លោក សាន រីច្ឆឺ (San Richer) ជា​មនុស្ស​ស្អាតស្អំ។ លោក​ថែម​ទាំង​បាន​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា តុលាការ​កម្ពុជា ចាប់​ខ្លួន​មិត្តភ័ក្ដិ​របស់​លោក​ដោយ​ប្រញិបប្រញាប់​ពេក​ណាស់ ហើយ​មាន​ភាព​មិន​ប្រក្រតី​ទៀត​ផង។
កាល​ពី​សប្ដាហ៍​មុន លោក សាន រីច្ឆឺ ត្រូវ​បាន​ចាប់​ខ្លួន បន្ទាប់​ពី​សាលា​ដំបូង​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​ពី​បទ​ឆបោក​ប្រាក់ ១​លាន​ដុល្លារ ពី​ម្ចាស់​គ្លីនិក​ព្យាបាល​ធ្មេញ ម៉ាស្ទ័រ​ឃែរ (Master Care Dental) គឺ​អ្នកស្រី អេង លីគង់។
ករណី​ឆបោក​ប្រាក់​នេះ ក៏​ជាប់​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នឹង លោក ស៊ីវ ស៊ីចាន់ អតីត​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក ប្រចាំ​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ ដែល​ជា​ខ្មែរ​អាមេរិកាំង និង​ជា​អ្នក​និពន្ធ​សៀវភៅ​មួយ​ឈ្មោះ ឆ្អឹង​មាស (Golden Bones) រួម​ជាមួយ​និង​ជនជាតិ​អាមេរិកាំង ពីរ​ម្នាក់​ទៀត។ បច្ចុប្បន្ន លោក ស៊ីវ ស៊ីចាន់ និង​មនុស្ស​ពីរ​នាក់​ផ្សេង​ទៀត នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​ត្រូវ​បាន​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​នៅ​ឡើយ​ទេ ដោយសារ​អ្នក​ទាំង​បី​កំពុង​ស្នាក់នៅ​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក។

NA [Kem Sokha] asks Labor Ministry to provide Korean-language test for free to workers


PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The National Assembly asked Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng to provide Korean-language test paper for free to or sell in the lowest price for workers as the current test paper costs USD 24.


The call was made by Kem Sokha, acting president of the National Assembly, following the request by Mrs. Ke Sovanrath, president of the National Assembly's commission on health care, social and veterans' affairs, youth rehabilitation, labor and vocational training.



In a letter on Tuesday Ke Sovanrath said that the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training is selling Korean-language test at USD 24 for workers who want to take the test to go to work in Korea.



She said most of workers are currently jobless, and they don't have enough income to pay USD 24 for the test paper.



Sovanrath also asked the ministry to upload the test forms in its website in order for the workers to download them for free of charge.

NA's acting president [Kem Sokha] meets with senior British official

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The National Assembly's acting president Kem Sokha (R) meet with Tom Dodd, Britain's head of ASEAN Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Photo/Kem Sokha's Facebook


PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The National Assembly's acting president Kem Sokha on Wednesday met with Tom Dodd, Britain's head of ASEAN Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


The two sides discussed cooperation between Cambodia and Great Britain, and reinforcement of the National Assembly through role of opposition party, according to Facebook of Kem Sokha, also vice president of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

The Rise of China and the Future of the West

Can the Liberal System Survive?



By G. John Ikenberry
FROM OUR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2008 ISSUE
, www.foreignaffairs.com

The rise of China will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century. China's extraordinary economic growth and active diplomacy are already transforming East Asia, and future decades will see even greater increases in Chinese power and influence. But exactly how this drama will play out is an open question. Will China overthrow the existing order or become a part of it? And what, if anything, can the United States do to maintain its position as China rises?
Some observers believe that the American era is coming to an end, as the Western-oriented world order is replaced by one increasingly dominated by the East. The historian Niall Ferguson has written that the bloody twentieth century witnessed "the descent of the West" and "a reorientation of the world" toward the East. Realists go on to note that as China gets more powerful and the United States' position erodes, two things are likely to happen: China will try to use its growing influence to reshape the rules and institutions of the international system to better serve its interests, and other states in the system -- especially the declining hegemon -- will start to see China as a growing security threat. The result of these developments, they predict, will be tension, distrust, and conflict, the typical features of a power transition. In this view, the drama of China's rise will feature an increasingly powerful China and a declining United States locked in an epic battle over the rules and leadership of the international system. And as the world's largest country emerges not from within but outside the established post-World War II international order, it is a drama that will end with the grand ascendance of China and the onset of an Asian-centered world order.
That course, however, is not inevitable. The rise of China does not have to trigger a wrenching hegemonic transition. The U.S.-Chinese power transition can be very different from those of the past because China faces an international order that is fundamentally different from those that past rising states confronted. China does not just face the United States; it faces a Western-centered system that is open, integrated, and rule-based, with wide and deep political foundations. The nuclear revolution, meanwhile, has made war among great powers unlikely -- eliminating the major tool that rising powers have used to overturn international systems defended by declining hegemonic states. Today's Western order, in short, is hard to overturn and easy to join.
This unusually durable and expansive order is itself the product of farsighted U.S. leadership. After World War II, the United States did not simply establish itself as the leading world power. It led in the creation of universal institutions that not only invited global membership but also brought democracies and market societies closer together. It built an order that facilitated the participation and integration of both established great powers and newly independent states. (It is often forgotten that this postwar order was designed in large part to reintegrate the defeated Axis states and the beleaguered Allied states into a unified international system.) Today, China can gain full access to and thrive within this system. And if it does, China will rise, but the Western order -- if managed properly -- will live on.
As it faces an ascendant China, the United States should remember that its leadership of the Western order allows it to shape the environment in which China will make critical strategic choices. If it wants to preserve this leadership, Washington must work to strengthen the rules and institutions that underpin that order -- making it even easier to join and harder to overturn. U.S. grand strategy should be built around the motto "The road to the East runs through the West." It must sink the roots of this order as deeply as possible, giving China greater incentives for integration than for opposition and increasing the chances that the system will survive even after U.S. relative power has declined.

Cambodian PM's visit to Nanning a success: senior official

Khmerization: What measures the success of Hun Sen's trip because according to some reports he came back home empty-handed. In the past, he always brought back a huge sum of debts (loans) from China.
Give our kids a better deal 
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen addresses the opening ceremony of the 11th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sept. 16, 2014. The expo kicked off here on Tuesday, with over 2,300 companies from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) attending the event. Photo/Xinhua


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's just-concluded visit to China's Nanning city for the 11th ASEAN-China Expo is a "success", contributing to further enhancing Cambodia's ties with China and ASEAN, a senior official said Tuesday.


"The prime minister's visit to Nanning is a success in terms of politics and economics," Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport upon Hun Sen's return from Nanning.



He said China has highly valued the presence of Hun Sen at the expo.



"The expo was a good opportunity for Prime Minister Hun Sen to hold bilateral talks with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli to discuss cooperation and to seek aid for the development of Cambodia," he said.

Monks from Stung Meanchey Pagoda faced expulsion for helping land-grab victims ព្រះសង្ឈស្នេហាាជាតិ នៅវត្តស្ទឹងមានជ័យ កំពុងប្រឈមមុខនិង គ្រោះថ្នាក់




China targets online brokers [Love has no boundary as long as it does not lead to abuses of Cambodian women like in China]

A screenshot of rosebrides.com, showing profile photos of potential Cambodian brides.
A screenshot of rosebrides.com, showing profile photos of potential Cambodian brides.
Single Cambodian women are “extraordinary”, boasts a matchmaking website called rosebrides.com that offers 69 eligible Cambodian brides in search of a foreign husband.
Such online bride advertisements are the targets of a new anti-human-trafficking initiative in China, where police on Monday announced they would stamp out the marriage-brokering services to prevent the exploitation of women from poorer countries. And Cambodian officials are keen to help scrub the internet of profiteering brokers.
“We support the crackdown and elimination of these websites,” Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said. “Marriage websites, and any kind of bride brokerage involving a middleman, is illegal in Cambodia.”
Yet ample bride-shopping opportunities for a quickfire, mail-order wedding persist. To get around the legality of selling brides, some websites disguise their services as dating sites. At rosebrides.com, “gentlemen” are warned that “mail order brides don’t exist”, but can peruse five searchable pages of Cambodian “mail order brides”. The women, aged 19-51, are arranged like items up for auction, with clickable mug shots and details on their height, weight and what kind of man they want.
Other sites offer group package tours catering to men from Singapore, China and Japan. In exchange for $5,000-$12,000, some pledge a 90 per cent success rate after the men take a five- to seven-day gander. Others guarantee the women’s virginity, and a few even promise a replacement wife if the first runs away within a year.

Naga eyeing institute land [This is religious sacrilege!]

Workers from the neighbouring NagaCorp construction site demolish a section of wall at the Buddhist Institute in May
Workers from the neighbouring NagaCorp construction site demolish a section of wall at the Buddhist Institute in May. Heng Chivoan
NagaCorp, the parent company of Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino, has confirmed that it is eyeing land occupied by the Buddhist Institute for a new hotel development, a revelation that comes mere months after the government proclaimed in no uncertain terms that the institute was there to stay.
The expression of interest, made in a conference call with NagaCorp investors on August 7, confirms the suspicions of activist monks, but the government says no concrete proposal has come its way.
Philip Lee, chief financial officer of NagaCorp, told investors and analysts during the August conference call that the company had plans for Naga3 – a hotel without gaming operations – which, if approved, would result in relocating the Buddhist Institute not far from its current location.
“Now, it is important to note that … presently Naga3 is very much in planning. It is conceptual. We are in discussions with the authorities to develop that location,” Lee is quoted as saying in the call’s transcript, which has since been removed from the company’s website.
“So we are working – we have proposed or at least to build Naga3, which will comprise – in the centre, you see that pyramidal kind of structure.… And on the left of it, the white structure would be the new office of the Buddhist Institute.”
Yesterday, Mark Brown, chief operating officer of NagaWorld, said the company was in talks with the Cambodian government over the land.
“For Naga3, the image is our dream and does not represent actual event,” Brown told thePost via email.
“We hope we can convince the government to grant the rights of usage of the land, which unfortunately, has not been obtained yet.”

Testing for civil service on radar [Sar Kheng is perceived as less corrupt and less power-hungry than Hun Sen]


Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on government ministries to clean up their civil service entrance tests, which are widely perceived to be plagued by corruption, and pointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports drastic reform of this year’s grade 12 final exams as an example.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for students of the University of Human Resources, Kheng said the strict clampdown on cheating in the grade 12 exams – which resulted in abysmally low passing rates – could be a boon to human resources if implemented in the civil service as well.
Despite pockets of criticism for the grade 12 testing crackdown, Kheng said, "if we did not start [somewhere], we would never experience of any kind of reform, and this is a good start".
Noting that some of the 11 students nationwide to receive an A grade on the exams came from humble families while many wealthy students failed, Kheng went on to assert that nepotism and position-buying was far from ideal.
“Thus, to make institutions work effectively, ministries will also have to follow [the Education Ministry's] move in order to have intelligent [staff],” he said.

Cambodia's stolen warriors

A special two-part investigation explores how a famous Cambodian temple statue ended up in a New York auction house.


Last updated: 17 Sep 2014

When he leafed through Sotheby's auction catalogue last year, archaeologist Simon Warrack could not believe what he saw. With a starting bid of $2m, a life-sized, 500-pound warrior statue dating back to the Cambodian Khmer dynasty was to be auctioned in New York. The catalogue boasted: 'If one could choose only one sculpture to symbolise the glory of Khmer art, this figure could fulfill such a challenge'.
What the catalogue neglects to mention is that the spectacular statue watched over the temples of Koh Ker for more than 1,000 years, before Khmer Rouge looters cut him and his twin brother off their pedestals in the early 1970s. By selling scores of ancient artefacts like these to international art smuggling cartels, the communist group financed their bloody war in Cambodia, which claimed the lives of two million people.
Archaeologist Simon Warrack is working on the restoration of the Koh Ker temples. He knows only too well where the two famous warriors once stood. He points at empty pedestals. Foot stumps are all that remain.
"Sotheby's must be aware of the bloody history of these statues. If this deal isn't stopped, it's a carte blanche for art smugglers around the world," he says.
Tess Davis, an American lawyer and smuggling expert, is trying to get the statue featured in the Sotheby's catalogue returned to Cambodia.
"I think it is very important, that now that the war is over, now that Cambodia is recovering and coming back stronger than ever, that these pieces be reunited. It's not just about art. It's more important than that."

Information Minister sends CCIM's application for a radio and TV license to technical officials to examine ក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន​បញ្ជូន​ពាក្យ​សុំ​អាជ្ញាប័ណ្ណ​វិទ្យុ និង​ទូរទស្សន៍​របស់ CCIM ទៅ​មន្ត្រី​ជំនាញ​​

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​ក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មានមិន​ទាន់​ឆ្លើយតប​ជា​ផ្លូវការ មក​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឯករាជ្យ​ក្នុងស្រុក​មួយ ដែល​សុំអាជ្ញាប័ណ្ណ​វិទ្យុ និង​ទូរទស្សន៍ក្នុង​បំណង​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យមាន​តម្លាភាព​ក្នុង​ការផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ព័ត៌មា​ន ដូច​ដែល​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ទាំងពីរ​បាន​ព្រមព្រៀង​គ្នា​កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​២២ កក្កដានោះទេ​។​
ក្នុង​កិច្ចព្រមព្រៀង​២២ កក្កដា រវាង​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា និង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បាន​ព្រមព្រៀង​គ្នា​កែ​ក្បាលម៉ាស៊ីន​ដឹកនាំ​រដ្ឋសភា តាម​បែប​លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ និងបាន​សន្យា​បើកទូលាយ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឲ្យមាន​តម្លាភាព​។
​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​កម្ពុជា​ដើម្បី​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឯករាជ្យ​ហៅ​កាត់​ថា CCIM ចេញ​សេចក្តីប្រកាស​ព័ត៌មាននៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​កញ្ញា ម្សិលមិញ​ថាខ្លួន​បាន​ដាក់​លិខិត​ទៅ​ក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន ដើម្បី​សុំ​អាជ្ញាប័ណ្ណ​វិទ្យុ​ផ្ទាល់​ខ្លួន​ជា​លើក​ទី​៤ ក្នុង​បំណង​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឲ្យបាន​ទូលំ​ទូលាយ​ដល់​សាធារ​ណ​ជន ពិសេស​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យមាន​ការគោរ​ព​សិទ្ធិមនុស្ស និង​លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​។​
VOD មិនអាច​ទាក់ទង​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន​លោក ខៀវ កាញារីទ្ធ ដើម្បី​បាន​ទទួល​ព័ត៌មាន​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នឹង​ការសម្រេច​លើ​ពាក្យ​សុំ​របស់ CCIM បាន​នៅឡើយ​ទេ​។​
មន្ត្រី​ជាន់ខ្ពស់​ផ្នែក​រដ្ឋបាល​នៃ​ក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន ​ដែល​មិន​ព្រម​ប្រាប់​ឈ្មោះមកកាន់​អ្នកយកព័ត៌មាន​ VOD ថា​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​ការសុំ​អាជ្ញាប័ណ្ណ​វិទ្យុ និង​ទូរទស្សន៍ របស់​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​កម្ពុជា​ដើម្បី​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឯករាជ្យ​នោះបាន​ទៅ​ដល់​ដៃ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ហើយ ហើយ​ថា​ករណី​នេះ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​បាន​ចារ​ឲ្យ​ប្រធាន​សោតទស្សន៍​ជា​អ្នកសម្រេច​។ លោកមានប្រសាសន៍ថា «រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​គាត់​ចារ​ឲ្យ​ខាងសោត​ទស្សន៍​ចាត់​ចែង ខាង​ឯក​ឧត្តម​ ប៊ុត បូ​វុត។ មើល​ទៅ​ប្រ​ហែល​ជា​មិនបាន​ទេ បង​សួរ​ទៅ​ខាង​សោត​ទស្សន៍ណា​បង​»។
ទោះជា​យ៉ាងណា ​VOD មិនអាច​ទាក់​ទងអគ្គនាយកដ្ឋាន​ព័ត៌មាន និង​សោតទស្សន៍ លោក ប៊ុត បូ​វុត​ បាន​ទេដោយ​ទូរស័ព្ទ​ចូលតែ​មិន​មាន​អ្នកទទួល​។
សេចក្ដីប្រកាស​របស់​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​កម្ពុជា​ដើម្បី​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ឯករាជ្យ បាន​ស្រង់​ប្រសាសន៍លោក​ ប៉ា ងួនទៀង ប្រធាន​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​នេះ​ថា «​បើក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន​ផ្ដល់​អាជ្ញាប័ណ្ណ​តាម​ការស្នើសុំ នោះ​VOD នឹង​ធ្វើ​ជា​ម្ចាស់​លើ​ស្ថានីយ​វិទ្យុ និង​ទូរទស្សន៍​ដោយ​ខ្លួនឯង ហើយ​ក៏​នឹង​ដំណើរការ​ផ្សាយ​ព័ត៌មាន​នយោបាយ​ដោយ​ឯករាជ្យ​ជា​ភាសា​ខ្មែរ នៅក្នុងប្រទេស​នេះ​ផងដែរ​»។ លោក​ប៉ា ងួនទៀង បន្ថែមថា «​វា​ក៏​បញ្ជាក់ឲ្យ​ឃើញ​ច្បាស់​ពី​ជំហាន​ដំបូង ក្នុង​ការអភិវឌ្ឍ​ផ្នែក​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ចម្រុះ និង​ឯករាជ្យ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​»​។

A representative of Lorpeang villagers sue and MP from the CPP for issuing him with a bounced check [She should be charged with fraud] តំណាង​អ្នក​ឡពាង​ប្ដឹង​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​ប្រជាជន​ថា​ចេញ​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ​មិន​អាច​បើក​លុយ

ឡោក ខេង ៦២០
អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​រឿង​តំណាង​អ្នក​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ប្ដឹង​ពី​បទ​ចេញ​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ​មិន​អាច​បើក​លុយ នា​បន្ទប់​គណៈកម្មការ​ទី​១​រដ្ឋសភា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Ouk Savborey
ជម្លោះ​ដី​នៅ​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ឃុំ​តាជេស ស្រុក​កំពង់ត្រឡាច ខេត្ត​កំពង់ឆ្នាំង ក្លាយ​ទៅ​ជា​មាន​បណ្ដឹង​ពី​តំណាង​អ្នក​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ប្ដឹង​ទៅ​តុលាការ​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ចោទ អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ដែល​ជា​សមាជិក​គណៈកម្មការ​ទី​១​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា ថា​បាន​ផ្តល់​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ (Check) មិន​អាច​បើក​យក​ប្រាក់ ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​តំណាង​តវ៉ា​ក្នុង​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ឈប់​ទាមទារ​ដី​ពី​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ខេ.ឌី.ស៊ី (KDC)។
ចំណែក​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង បំភ្លឺ​ថា មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ ២​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ​នេះ គឺ​ផ្តល់​ឲ្យ​ដើម្បី​ទិញ​រឿង​ជម្លោះ​ដី​បោះ​ចោល​បញ្ចប់​ជម្លោះ។
តុលាការ​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ កោះ​ហៅ លោក រាជ សីម៉ា ជា​ដើម​បណ្ដឹង និង​ជា​តំណាង​អ្នក​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ទៅ​សាកសួរ បន្ទាប់​ពី​បុរស​រូប​នោះ ប្ដឹង​ចោទ អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ពី​បទ​ចេញ​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ​មិន​អាច​បើក​លុយ​បាន។
ក្រោយ​ពី​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​តុលាការ លោក រាជ សីមា អាយុ ៣៤​ឆ្នាំ តំណាង​អ្នកភូមិ​ឡពាង ឃុំ​តាជេស ស្រុក​កំពង់ត្រឡាច ខេត្ត​កំពង់ឆ្នាំង ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា គាត់​បាន​ប្រាប់​ទៅ​តំណាង​អយ្យការ​សាលាដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ថា​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ​ដែល​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង ផ្ដល់​ឲ្យ​គាត់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៧ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ មាន​ស្នាម​លុប និង​ដាក់​ថា លោក រាជ សីមា ជា​អ្នក​ខ្ចី​លុយ ចំនួន ១​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ​ទៅ​វិញ។ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ​ការ​ចរចា​រវាង​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង តំណាង​ឲ្យ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ខេ.ឌី.ស៊ី គឺ​ឲ្យ​លុយ​គាត់ ២​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ ព្រោះ​​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​មិន​អាច​ទិញ​ដី​ទំហំ ៤.០០០​ម៉ែត្រការ៉េ និង​សង់​ផ្ទះ ៥ គុណ ៦​ម៉ែត្រ បញ្ចប់​ការ​ប្ដឹង​ទាមទារ​ដី​ពី​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ខេ.ឌី.ស៊ី ទេ។
លោក រាជ សីមា បន្ត​ថា ក្នុង​មូលប្បទានប័ត្រ​ដែល​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង ផ្តល់​ឲ្យ​គាត់​មាន ២​សន្លឹក គឺ​មួយ​សន្លឹក​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ខេ.ឌី.ស៊ី មាន​ទឹក​ប្រាក់ ១​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ និង​​មួយ​សន្លឹក​ទៀត​ជា​របស់​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង មាន​ទឹក​ប្រាក់ ១​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ។ ក្នុង​ទឹក​ប្រាក់ ១​ម៉ឺន​ដុល្លារ​របស់​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង មាន​ស្នាម​គូស​លុប​មិន​អាច​បើក​ពី​ធនាគារ​ពាណិជ្ជ​ទី​មួយ​បាន។
លោក​បន្ត​ថា ប្រាក់​គាត់​បាន​ទទួល​បាន​ជាក់​ស្តែង​ពី​អ្នកស្រី ឡោក ខេង ចំនួន ៣.០០០​ដុល្លារ ក្នុង​ពេល​ចរចា៖ «សែក​មួយ​គេ​ដាក់​ឈ្មោះ​ថា ជា ខេង និង​សែក​មួយ​ទៀត​ដាក់​ឈ្មោះ​ថា ឡោក ខេង។ ២​សន្លឹក​នេះ​ស្រាប់តែ​ខ្ញុំ​ទៅ​បើក សែក​របស់ ឡោក ខេង បែរ​ជា​អត់​បាន​ប្រាក់ ហើយ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ហ្នឹង ករណី​ដោះ (ដោះដូរ) នៅ​ភូមិ​ឡពាង ខ្ញុំ​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា ជា​ករណី​ដែល​បោក​ខ្ញុំ អ៊ីចឹង​ហើយ​បាន​ជា​ខ្ញុំ​ប្ដឹង​អំពី​លោក​ជំទាវ ឡោក ខេង ពី​បទ​ឆបោក និង​ចេញ​សែក​ស្អុយ​ឲ្យ​ខ្ញុំ»

Ten Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Referendum

By ALASTAIR JAMIESON, NBC News
LONDON -- Britain is under 72 hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime vote on Scottish independence that could break up the 307-year-old United Kingdom, splitting apart one of America’s key global allies. With polls suggesting that a Scottish split from the rest of Britain is a real possibility, lawmakers including Prime Minister David Cameron are making urgent appeals to save Britain its biggest constitutional upheaval since the War of Independence that led to the creation of the United States.
What will be voted on?
More than 4.2 million people in Scotland -- or 97 percent of the adult population -- have registered to vote on whether or not to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Scotland was an independent country until 1707, when the Act of Union with England led to the creation of Great Britain and, ultimately, the United Kingdom -- which also includes Northern Ireland and Wales.

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It retained its own separate legal and education systems and was granted its own devolved parliament in Edinburgh in 1999 but control of defense, borders and taxation remain with the U.K. parliament in London’s Westminster and ultimate authority lies with Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain's government agreed to recognize the referendum, gambling that a likely 'No' vote would kill off the issue of Scottish independence for decades. But with polls now putting a 'Yes' vote within reach, the U.K. faces the serious prospect of a break-up.
Why does Scotland’s independence vote matter to America?
The White House says Thursday’s poll is “an internal matter” for Britain, but there are good reasons why the United States is nervous that one of its key global allies could be about to break apart.
Chief among these is the future of the joint U.S. and U.K. nuclear deterrent system. Scotland is home to 58 U.S. Trident II D-5 missiles leased from Washington by the British government, but Scotland’s government wants to ban nuclear weapons on moral grounds within four years of gaining independence. That could force London to relocate the weapons to alternative bases in England or return the weapons to the U.S., costing billions of dollars and leaving NATO without a European nuclear deterrent precisely at a time of heightened security concern.

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An independent Scotland would have its own defense force and would likely remain an American ally, but any weakening of Britain’s defense capability would be a worry for the Pentagon. In January, former U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates said cuts in defense spending were already threatening Britain’s “ability to be a full partner.” Almost 30 members of Congress have signed a resolution calling for the U.K. to remain united, saying it was “important for U.S. national security priorities in Europe and around the world.”

Cambodia deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign


PHNOM PENH, Sept 17 Wed Sep 17, 2014

(Reuters) - Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that had helped to stoke a year-long political crisis.
About 500 textile workers rallied in an industrial suburb of Phnom Penh, demanding a sharp hike in the monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, as dozens of soldiers armed with assault rifles watched. Witnesses said army helicopters flew over the factories earlier.
About 100 police were also deployed at economic zones in Svay Rieng province, bordering Vietnam, where garment workers also gathered, Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union Movement of Workers, told Reuters.
"Why is our government so afraid of its own people, especially people who are only protesting to earn a basic salary?" said Naly Pilorge, director of rights group Licadho.
Licardo said two union leaders were arrested by police.
But no incidents of violence were reported.
The growth of the garment sector has become a vital but troublesome issue for the government of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen.
 
It has been a boon for the fledgling economy, providing as many as half a million jobs and generating $5 billion annually, but frequent protests by increasingly assertive unions have tested the government's patience.
At stake if the campaign leads to prolonged strikes is the possibility of reduced orders from firms that outsource to Cambodian factories, such as Gap, Nike, H & M Hennes & Mauritz and Zara, owned by Inditex.
"We want to send a message to all buyers that they must provide a basic wage," Ath Thon, president of the biggest independent union, the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, told reporters at the rally.
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Cambodia's garment sector is dwarfed by those in China and Vietnam, but lower wages have lured brands to the country. However, complaints about "sweat shop" working conditions and a crackdown by security forces in January, which killed at least five people, could damage the reputations of the brands.
Instability in Cambodia comes as Myanmar offers generous tax breaks to manufacturers and Vietnam, which exported $18 billion worth of textiles last year, negotiates a raft of global trade deals to slash tariffs.
Ath Thon said an alliance of union activists was also lending support for Wednesday's campaign in numerous capital cities by delivering petitions to Cambodian embassies and high street stores selling garments made in Cambodia.
IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries, said campaign activities had taken place in Australia, Belgium and Switzerland.

Sri Lanka's LOLC Group acquires 60% stake in Cambodian microfinance company for US$ 20.3 million

Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 11:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) has acquired a 60 percent stake in Thaneakea Phum Cambodia (TPC), a rapidly growing, regulated microfinance institution in Cambodia, for US$ 20.3 million.
The acquisition was through LOLC' s fully owned subsidiary, LOLC Micor Investments Ltd. (LOMI), the microfinance arm of LOLC, the company said in a stock market disclosure Tuesday.
The LOLC Group said it has received all required regulatory approvals, including approvals from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka, National Bank of Cambodia and the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia for the acquisition.
TPC is the 5th largest microfinance company in Cambodia with a gross loan book of US$ 100 million, LOLC said.
TPC has 52 branches distributed throughout Cambodia, with a total staff of 1,100 personnel and currently has a customer base of 170,000 microfinance borrowers.
Further, it has a strong capital base and maintains a capital adequacy ratio of 16.8%, enabling the company to withstand potential shocks as well as providing a stable platform for strong growth, LOLC said.
This is LOLC's second overseas acquisition. The company first ventured into Cambodia in 2006 through its investment in PRASAC Micro Finance Institution Ltd (PRASAC), the largest microfinance Company in Cambodia. LOLC Currently holds 22.25% of PRASAC.

The movie "Sbek Kong" to be screened in Thailand with high hopes ល្បីដល់ថៃរឿង "ស្បែកគង់" បញ្ចូលសម្លេងម៉ាញាក់សាច់ :D [VideoClip]

រឿង "ស្បែកគង់" ជាខ្សែភាពយន្តខ្នាតធំមួយប្រចាំព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា ហើយក៏មានភាពល្បីល្បាញដល់ប្រទេស
នានាជាច្រើន។ ប្រិយមិត្តមួយចំនួនក៏បានទស្សនារួចមកហើយ សំរាប់អ្នកដែលរស់នៅក្នុងទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ ទីរួមខេត្តកំពង់ចាម និងខេត្តក្រុងមួយចំនួនទៀត។ សំរាប់ថ្ងៃទី 17-21 ខែកញ្ញានេះក៏មានបញ្ចាំងនៅខេត្តបាត់ដំបងយើងផងដែរ អ្វីដែលកាន់តែពិសេសសំរាប់ថ្ងៃនេះគឺរឿង "ស្បែកគង់" ដែលជារឿងបែបវាយប្រហារ​​​​ កាប់ចាក់ លាយឡំជាមួយឈុតឆាកកំប្លែង ស្នេហា ការឈឺចាប់បានលេចចេញក្នុងការបញ្ចូលសម្លេងជាភាសាថៃនៅវគ្គខ្លីៗ ហើយនឹងចាក់បញ្ចាំងជាផ្លូវការនៅថ្ងៃទី 23 តុលាខាងមុខនេះនៅក្នុងប្រទេសថៃតែម្តង។ ចង់ដឹងទេថាតើវាពិសេសដល់កម្រិតណា? មានតែទៅទស្សនានៅវីដេអូខាងក្រោមទាំងអស់គ្នាទើបដឹង។
សរសេរអត្ថបទដោយ: កៅ រក្សា 
"Sbek Kong" dubbed in Thai
Khmer Movie Trailer - Sbek Gong ស្បែកគង់ [Sbek Kong]. Dubbed in Khmer

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

China’s military spending: is there a new arms race?


A 12% increase in China’s military spending may sound muscular: but as a proportion to GDP it has remained constant since 2000.AAP/EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW

As the world’s second largest military power, China’s announcement of a 12% increase in its military budget has elicited grumbles from Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. But what does this increase signal regarding China’s intentions, and how does it affect the balance of power in the Western Pacific?
China’s military strength over the last decade has been characterised by modernisation and double digit growth. It includes the development of military flagship programs such as its first aircraft carrier and anti-ship hypersonic missiles that can theoretically breach current generation US naval defences.
Moreover the estimated US$132 billion budget probably understates total defence spending since it leaves out many items, including procurement. The true budget is often estimated at almost double the official figures.
The announcement also comes against a background of China’s seemingly uncompromising claims of sovereignty over the whole of the South China Sea and the heightened tensions with Japan over the East China Sea. Likewise the United States has committed to its “pivot” (or rebalance) to Asia, and aims to have 60% of US naval capacity located in the Pacific by 2020. Other major players such as Japan and India are strengthening their defence ties and Japan has also recently announced its own increases in it military budget.
China points out, correctly, that its $US132 billion defence budget is still well below the USA’s level of $527 billion. Nevertheless this comparison, based on market exchange rates, probably understates China’s relative position. Comparing expenditures based on estimates of the actual purchasing power of each currency in its own country suggests that China’s real spending is closer to 70-80% of the United States. Moreover the USA’s budget is declining, and its military is globally stretched.
So is there a new arms race in Asia?