Author Archives: Tim LaRocco

Midnight in Cambodia

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In a subterranean bunker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, members of a secret government organization–Angkor–meet to discuss how the ruling regime can maintain their loosening grip on power with national elections on the horizon. At the same time, a major anti-immigration…

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Mekong Shadows

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In 2012, a collection of short stories called ‘Phnom Penh Noir’ was released, edited by the highly talented Christopher G. Moore, author of the Vincent Calvino series of books (as well as some very cerebral essays on a number of…

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Solo Man Mark Coutelas arrested on ice charges

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From being a familiar face on Australian television, to chiropractor, to drugs busts in Sihanoukville – it’s a pretty steep decline over a couple of decades.  The star of the iconic Australian tv commercials for soft drink Solo, Mark Coutelas,…

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James Ricketson detained on ‘espionage’ charges in Cambodia

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Controversial Australian film-maker, James Ricketson, 68, has been charged under Article 446 of the Cambodian Criminal Code for “receiving or collecting information, processes, objects, documents, computerised data or files, with a view to supplying them to a foreign state or…

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Decision 2017 – should we be worried, and what can we do?

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As tensions mount ahead of Sunday’s important local elections – and set the tone for the run up to 2018 – Tim LaRocco offers some wise advice to expats keen to get involved in the local political process. Don’t! Continue reading

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The Khmer440 Games

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations a year of superlative events have been planned by the ten member states, perhaps the most auspicious alternative sporting event in history is being…

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A road trip through Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri

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As the holidays were approaching my wife and I were gifted with a surprise: a week of time off between Christmas and New Year’s. Having already made plans in country for the New Year’s Eve weekend, we decided that instead…

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The people you most want to avoid in SE Asia (and everywhere else also)

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Call it expat privilege, call it snobbery, but let’s be honest; once you’ve been living in Asia for a while there are certain stereotypes that you go out of your way to avoid and who you would happily see being…

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British couple Imogen and Robert Goldie-Wells found hanged in Sihanoukville guesthouse

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A young British couple were found dead, presumably hanged in a suicide pact, in the Sihanoukville apartment they shared on the evening of Sunday January 1st.  It is believed they died together the previous night. Imogen Goldie-Wells, 28, and Robert Goldie-Wells,…

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2016 – The Khmer440 year in review

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  2016 has been a hell of a year, with the underdog, the anti-establishment figures and the disaffected finding themselves the people’s champions. Whether it was Leicester City winning the EPL, or the Chicago Cubs winning something in American cricket, or plucky Scotsman…

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