Will The Real Leo Clifton Please Stand Up

We need to talk, once again, about the real Leo Clifton, now also going by the name Leander Royvon. And possibly Jessica Murphy. I didn’t ever intend to revisit the exploits of this controversial British expatriate, the alleged nitrous oxide dealer who later became an amateur YouTube-educated dog trainer, enthusiast…

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Otres Beach Murder Remains Unsolved & Killer Still at Large

When Denis Goncharov’s butchered body was discovered floating in a shallow ditch some 400m from Sihanoukville’s popular Otres Beach on July 19 2015, police quickly identified their prime suspect – the man’s best friend and business partner, Dmitry Sidorov. The details of this horrific killing shocked the coastal community that was already reeling from a recent surge in violent crime and unrest linked to feuding Russian gangs. Goncharov had been the victim of a frenzied knife attack that allegedly began while he was still riding his motorcycle. Police allege that the attacker was his passenger, and began knifing him as they travelled together.

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Would the U.S. State Department cover up a bar fight involving an embassy staffer at Golden Sorya Mall?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about press freedom in Cambodia and the troubling lack of transparency from Cambodia’s ruling elite. The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh recently issued a statement condemning Cambodian authorities for abruptly shutting down the National Democratic Institute, an NGO committed to government…

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Midnight in Cambodia

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 rally in front of Phnom Penh’s Vietnamese market is scheduled…

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Mekong Shadows

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 topics and a few insightful non-fiction books too). Moore has…

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Solo Man Mark Coutelas arrested on ice charges

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, 57, has been arrested by military police in his Sihanoukville guesthouse on…

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