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The Fairytale Complex: 419s in Cambodia


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


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


  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


  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


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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Charlie Chaplin’s Cambodia


Charlie and Paulette were big news, the reporters descended, and Charlie entertained them “with much courtesy and charm” in the hotel bar (presumably the Elephant Bar). Phnom Penh, he said, was charming, the palaces and pagodas delightful, the Cambodian houses picturesque. He felt he had to question whether French Colonial villas (the ones the Europeans lived in) were perhaps a little suburban and uncomfortable, but the wide boulevards, built over newly-reclaimed canals, were the equal of those in Paris. Asked if he might consider making a movie in Cambodia, he didn’t rule it out, but also didn’t see it happening in the immediate future. He would, however, undertake to publicise Indochina as a tourist destination on his return home. Continue reading

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Singlets, Sok Bun, Sam Rainsy and the case of the missing PhD: 2015 – a year in review

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As 2015 draws to a close, it is a good moment to take a step back and look at some of the highlights – and lowlights – of the last twelve months on Khmer440, and beyond. It’s been a helluva…

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Plagiarism, phonyism and buffoonery at the Khmer Times: Part 2 – The fake letters to the editor


The Khmer Times fabricated these letters in an apparent campaign to manipulate public opinion, by deceiving its readers about what other members of the community were really saying about Cambodia’s most important political issues of the day. This scheme demonstrated a blatant disregard for journalistic ethics, which are based on telling readers the truth about what is happening around them, rather than trying to hoodwink them. The fact that Mr. Mohan actually thought his clumsy campaign of deceit would work is a profound insult to the intelligence of the Khmer Times’ readers. Continue reading

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To live and die in South East Asia


Death and taxes are the only things certain in life so they reckon. Well death anyway: some people never pay taxes. Where you choose to live invariably impacts on where you’re likely to die and, in some cases, how. Some…

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Convicted UK paedophile Paul Prestidge arrested in Phnom Penh


A convicted British paedophile has been arrested at his home in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district after UK authorities asked their Cambodian counterparts to keep on eye on his activities. Paul Prestidge, 35, from Plymouth in the UK, was convicted…

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