Author Archives: Jack Laurenson


Exposed: Allegations of Cruelty and Criminality at K9 Cambodia

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  Editor’s note: This article was originally published in The Khmer Times, and is being reprinted here by the author after being removed from the aforementioned website. Many employment relationships end badly here in the Kingdom, but few culminate in…

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Otres Beach Murder Remains Unsolved & Killer Still at Large

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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. Continue reading

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The Good Life? A Treatise on Raising Meat in Cambodia

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By Pedro El Millardo The former owner of K440 had been asking me to write an article about experiences with farming out in the provinces for some time, which, to be frank, really isn’t interesting at all; basically ground hog…

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

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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…

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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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