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Archive for November, 2009

DAY 77

Friday, November 27th, 2009

That’s it. The last day of the first Khmer Rouge trial. There is just one thing missing: THE VERDICT. But will it make a difference? Will the condemnation of ONE mean the page can be turned? Of course not.

Day 76

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Penultimate day of the (first?) Khmer Rouge trial. This was also the latest (brilliant) speech as a defense lawyer by François Roux.

Day 75

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This was defense day… Last statements… And even more crowded than yesterday.

Day 74

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Prosecutor’s day. Very crowded courtroom today… The visitors visit in shifts…

Day 73

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

There we go again… The last straight line before the verdict: the final statements by the Civil Party Lawyers today, the prosecutors tomorrow. Then the defense lawyers. And finally Duch’s statements. Verdict? March 2010?

Development developing

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Koh Pich Island, once the vegetable garden of Phnom Penh, has become a sunday outing for people from the Penh, dreaming of their brand new 4 bedroom villa in the middle of a park with (nice?) statues.

Social Land Concessions: the last chance?

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It is the place where you might end up after having been bullied, cheated and/or evicted, when you are at the end of the line. It is the place where you should be able to start your life again. But can you really? Does it give you a feeling of security? I try to give […]

Cleaning up the border

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It seems the village at the foot of the Preah Vihear cliff will soon be relocated. To make way for a tourism complex when the row with Thailand about the border will be settled and now that it takes only 6 or 7 hours on good roads to get there from Phnom Penh or three […]