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Archive for August, 2008


Monday, August 25th, 2008

I’ll be away from my email connection and difficult to reach by phone from August 26th until Sept 1st. Finally out in the bushes again somewhere… CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/1999: VIP’s waiting for Mr Hun Sen, Prime Minister, arriving from donor’s meeting in Tokyo     

An emerging market

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

If this is not proof of Cambodia little by little integrating the world economy: marketing guru’s have found out that  the emerging middle-class is willing to spend money on its offspring. Shoppping malls with playgrounds and toy shops are popping up left and right. (VIJ2008063) CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/08/2008: Playground at the Sydney shopping mall on Kampuchea […]

Unions hold forbidden demonstration

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Just before the next leg of negotiations this monday between Thailand and Cambodia about the border dispute, a demonstration planned (and prohibited by the municipality) in front of the former National Assembly by two of the main unions to support Cambodia’s Preah Vihear turned out into a two-man protest with Rong Chhun, head of the […]

Phnom Penh in Beijing’s footsteps

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Mr Martin Parr, regarding your story on the Beijing Auto-show, may I add that Phnom Penh is doing its best in catching up selling gas guzzlers which no american or european citizen with a sound mind wants to buy anymore… An american car company held a three-day show of its new products at the Chenla […]


Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Upstream the Mekong is reaching alert levels (VIJ2008060)…

Heading for a deadlock?

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Total Votes Cast: 6,010,277 CPP: 3,492,374 (58%) SRP: 1,316,714 (21%) HRP: 397,816 (7%) NRP: 337,943 (6%) FUNCINPEC: 303,764 (5%) The SRP, HRP and NRP don’t agree with the results, claiming  widespread vote rigging, and threaten to boycott the opening session of the National Assembly. Sounds quite familiar… CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 8/08/2008: SRP press conference regarding the […]

Time to cheat or time to learn?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Over the last three days some 80000 students were passing their final examinations (Bacalauréat) at high schools all over the Kingdom (VIJ2008056). Cambodia being Cambodia and corruption sneaking in every interstice, there is no reason why these examinations would be fair and square. That is despite police blocking the streets around the schools to prevent […]


Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sent DVD’s x 396 images of latest production to Magnum… CAMBODIA. Prasat Preah Vihear (Preah Vihear). 21/07/2008: Cambodian soldier at bordergate at foot of 11th century temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage during military stand-off for border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.