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Independence Monument presents a grand view from Norodom Boulevard when heading south, it anchors your eyes and gives you a sense of destination, where you’re going. This is in stark contrast to most American cities where adherence to strict street grids leaves one with …

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Thrill seekers, Tourists, Ex-pats, Ex-patriots; those of us who live in Cambodia do so for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes we even know what those reasons are.

However, there seems to be some surprise at the results of a recent survey in …

Cambodia Genocide Trial

Firstly let me deal with the phrase “Khmer Law Enforcement? I am well aware of the fact that this is an oxymoron, so let us pass over that one without flaming, heckling, scoffing or general name calling.
The Khmer police should be getting …

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Lee: I’ve never been interviewed before except by the police

440: It’s OK; I’m not working for the Dept of Homeland security. So Lee, you’re sitting there looking very suave and sophisticated with a beer in your hand and your top two buttons casually undone..how …

copshop

Unbeknownst to all but the perpetrators/dealmakers – including evidently everybody else in government – Phnom Penh’s central police headquarters was traded off a year ago to a friend of the family, as it were, in exchange for a new headquarters on twice the land …

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Some people are happy to pay their own way in life. Some other people are unashamed freeloaders who will take anything going, regardless of need or financial circumstance.

Say ”Good morning,” to those NGO employees with 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers.

Now you might think that …

Cambodia Indigenous Land

Some things will always be a mystery; why the Germans decided to be led by a man with a stupid moustache and an obvious case of Napoleon syndrome, why haggis is considered a foodstuff worthy of devotion, why some people think it …

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The Thieves Market

So we arrive at a crossroads of two rough dirt tracks, a couple of blocks South of Psar Orasey. The houses have small wooden market stalls outside, the street corners have low wooden tables laid out, old women sit on the …

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The beginning

So it is a pleasant Saturday morning. I am having a lie in, recuperating from the late Friday evening. For once, the source of my Saturday laziness was not my Friday night intemperance, but was rather due to a series of events …

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Over the coming few weeks we’ll be putting a spotlight on some of the not-so-subtle developments in recent Phnom Penh architecture.

Let’s therefore begin with this quite ridiculous edifice which recently emerged from the dusty, windswept landscape of 63 St and as a comical …