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I didn’t want to write this review. In fact the very act of simply watching this harrowing documentary by Rithy Panh required a sharp intake of breath and I silently cursed the editor for giving it to me as the opening credits rolled.

I …

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My recent article entitled White Girls in Phnom Penh elicited a spirited response from a couple of fellows who either saw themselves in it or thought they did. I must admit, I’m not always so tactful; in the case of lardasses I can see …

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I will share what I have learned over the past few years about debating and family politics in Cambodia. Have you ever wondered how votes on controversial subjects in Cambodia with large numbers of voters come out with unanimous decisions and ridiculous score lines …

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During the last couple of months we have all had occasion to have to wear a raincoat, I myself seem to have gathered a small collection of them over the last few rainy seasons without even realising it.

From my original, old faithful, thick, …

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The Lord Playboy Fine Dining Register: La Marmite

French, with a hint of Italian and Asian. 80, Street 108 (Near Street 51) Phnom Penh. Open 08.00 to 22.00

I know in the past I may have made a few disparaging remarks about the French. It …

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In this column, each week Dave Finch will review one of the DVDs that arrive on the shelves of Phnom Penh’s Russian Market at around the time they hit the big screens in the USA. “The Last Hangman” has an October release in the …

‘Vishna Strai Kr’mao’ is a feel good movie; a rags to riches tale of good luck, good sense and good looking girls. A romantic comedy Khmer story that seems to have a bit of a Cinderella theme.

The trailer can be viewed here: …

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I’ve just returned home to Cambodia from my annual trek to America. Being one who prefers being on the ground I generally go overland to Bangkok, not to mention that, at least until recently, it’s been quite a bit cheaper to fly from there.

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Dusting off an old archaeological survey of Takeo I found some time ago, I headed down to the provincial capital recently in search of several obscure pre-Angkorean temples. Even with specific place names, it’s not always easy to find these sites. Most people you …

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Cambodia is a mass grave, a shallow hole in the ground, blood-soaked, bone-filled, holding the rotten corpses of the millions slaughtered by Pol Pot’s psychotic, genocidal Khmer Rouge regime.

Ironically, though, it is this brutal, bloody history that is helping Cambodia rise phoenix-like, Lazarus-like, …