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Taking 12 Steps in Cambodia

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Dave H visits an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Phnom Penh and considers the treatment options for both expat and Khmer alcoholics in a drinker’s playground. Continue reading

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Cambodia as My ‘New Colossus’

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Tim LaRocco opines on his impending return to Cambodia as an expat I’m a New Yorker born and bred, and thus, a creature of particular routines and habits. I eat the same breakfast everyday (toasted everything bagel with an egg,…

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Weekly News Round Up

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It’s been a busy week for crimes and other incidents involving foreigners in Cambodia. Here’s Porky Pig’s round up of stories translated from the Khmer press: 18th June, 2014, 10:28 am Elderly Englishman Arrested for Taping Session with Sex Worker…

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How Khmers Make Ends Meet aka Blood is Thicker than Bor Bor

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Last time I gave a little personal insight to the polar opposite worlds of a high-up ranking family in the big city and a cow farming bunch in the wilds of Kampong Cham. Official sources state that almost 20% of…

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A Remarkable Man

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Tim LaRocco looks at the NGO industry in Cambodia and finds a remarkable man a world away from the fat salaries, colonial lifestyles and dishonest fundraising that have come to typify the aid sector. I first met Johnny Phillips in…

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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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7 Things You Should Know About Cambodia’s Politics

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Tim LaRocco has put together a primer for those seeking a basic need-to-know understanding of the political situation in Cambodia I recently asked my college students in the Introduction to Political Science course I teach to play word association with…

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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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The Diseased Temple Dog and Me

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Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson encounters a disconcerting side of Khmer rural life: the treatment of stray animals The dog was a right old mess. Its patchy fur exposed grey skin gathered into folds and each eye was blood…

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Village Coffee Wars

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Fed up with Costa, Brown, Gloria Jean, Spinelli and other soulless, corporate Starbucks wannabees? Nathan Thompson reviews the homely Khmer coffee shops in his village many miles away from the glitz of Phnom Penh’s BKK1. We douse ourselves in coffee….

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