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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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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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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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The Fairytale Complex: 419s in Cambodia

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As the western target market has become more aware, with only the really, really stupid and old folk with Alzheimer’s responding to African princes, new markets and opportunities are emerging where uneducated folk are given access to the internet without a crash course on who roams cyberspace looking to make a fraudulent buck or three. Word is slowly getting out, thanks to community phone in programmes on ABC Radio, but when I get asked whether a 6 headed naga caught in Kampong Cham going viral on Facebook is real, or if the Zika virus had been really been sprayed over Phnom Penh by Vietnamese agents, then it’s pretty safe to bet that safe internet safety steps are still in their infancy in Cambodia. Continue reading

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Property ownership update – Khan Daun Penh

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This week has been an interesting one for real estate in Phnom Penh, especially if you are a foreigner who owns or was planning to own a soft title property in your own name in the central area of Khan…

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Fugitive Belgian paedophile Pieter Ceulen under arrest after surrendering to police in Phnom Penh

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  Fugitive convicted paedophile Pieter Ceulen is in police custody and facing extradition to serve a 19 year prison sentence in Belgium after his lawyers negotiated a surrender today.  He was arrested by Child Protection Unit officials at Independent Monument…

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Where are they now? Psychologist Dr Ken ‘Carrington’ Wilcox

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  Longtime readers of Khmer440 will surely remember the name Kenneth Drew Wilcox. Wilcox is a psychologist who had a private practice in Phnom Penh from about 2005 through 2010. Dr. Wilcox’ online resume says that he started his private…

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Restaurant review – Il Forno

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It’s disappointing when you go into a restaurant expecting to love it, and come away underwhelmed. That’s exactly what happened when I took two loved ones to Il Forno recently. Everything about the place, a relatively new upscale contemporary Italian…

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