Category Archives: Commentary


A Tale of 2 Cambodias

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Disparity of income is nothing new and we are told seemingly on a weekly basis that the chasm between rich and poor is widening further and further around the globe. The system involving the rich getting richer, whilst the poor…

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No Country For Solo Ladies

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How many solo females do you know in Phnom Penh? And I don’t mean unmarried. I mean alone. I mean, Western women who’ve wandered into Cambodia with no connection to any NGO, government, volunteer program, research project or other human…

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Liam Strother: Conman and Thief in Cambodia

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Liam Strother is 26, from Scotland and has spent the past few months traveling around Cambodia gaining the trust of tourists, expats and local businesses and then stealing from them. In Sihanoukville, he is reported to have left a trail…

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British Big Business in Cambodia and the Scourge of Plastic Bags

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  Take a look outside of your house. Chances are, if you live in the west you will see a few plastic bags hanging in the branches of a tree or floating about along the street. The quantity will vary…

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“We don’t allow students to cheat here, but…”

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Tim LaRocco examines the for-profit private education sector in Cambodia and finds a system not fit for purpose: “We don’t allow the students to cheat here,” the head teacher of a well-known language school in Phnom Penh explained to me…

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Tales of the Superstitious

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Do you have any superstitions? Salute solitary magpies, count rosary beads, throw spilled salt over your shoulder, have an irrational fear of the number 13, which is antagonised further when that day of the month falls on a Friday? Such…

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14 Months in Siem Reap

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or…

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The CTN Roadshow

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Life out in the provinces can get pretty dull. Hot humdrum days follow long, hot nights, with only regular meals of rice and palm wine to break the dusty monotony. There’s also sleeping and bitching about the neighbours- two other…

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Golden Soriya, 4am Drunks and Addictive Arcade Games

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Pedro heads into the dark underbelly of the nocturnal expat scene and chances upon a weirdly addictive computer fish game Addiction is a right can of worms. Late last year, in a BBC Newsnight debate, the less cool, God bothering…

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Is Imprisoned Sex Offender Jason Baumbach Engaged to Marry his Cambodian Child Sex Victim?

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Monday’s edition of the Phnom Penh Post included an article about Sebastian Reuiji, a Dutch convicted pedophile who was recently released from police custody in Siem Reap province. Apparently, Reuji will not be deported from Cambodia, because Cambodian authorities often…

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