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Cambodia's Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

Cambodia's Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

26 May 2015
Joining the circus is a staple for young dreamers around the world and in Cambodia too, where the skills some youngsters learn can turn their lives around. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates. More
May 2015
25 May 2015

Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

Elite crew, trained with US support, recovers and defuses bomb in Mekong River on its first mission.

22 May 2015

Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmi

EU Official Joins Calls for Publicizing Contentious NGO Law

The law should not impose excessive burdens on NGOs or “arbitrary elements” for registration, Silvio Gonzato, EU's top diplomat for human rights and democracy, told reporters Friday.

Unexploded Bomb Recovered from Deep in a River

Cambodian authorities have recovered an unexploded bomb from a river in Kandal province, after a fisherman reported it.

After the Khmer Rouge, Encouraging Dialogue Between Generations

Pheng Pong-Rasy said public forums are conducted at a larger level, educating the young and acting as catharsis for regime survivors.

21 May 2015

19 Killed in Commuter Van Head-on Collision

Twenty people were injured in the crash, after the bus’s driver tried to overtake another vehicle, colliding head on with the van carrying 38 passengers.

Foreign Ministry Cracks Down on Criticism of Contentious NGO Law

The draft law, which has been leaked but never publicly released, would give the government tight control of NGOs.

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law in Cambodia

Critics worry laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications will clamp down on few opportunities for free speech.

Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO school, that was founded in 1994 by nine young men who were refugees during Khmer Rouge, and has helped hundreds of vulnerable Cambodian children and adults from poverty.

20 May 2015

US Ambassador Calls on Government to Release Draft NGO Law

Government officials say they are moving forward with a law to regulate the NGO sector, despite widespread fears such legislation could be used to punish dissent.

Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal.

Tribunal Risks Legitimacy If More Suspects Aren’t Indicted, Critics Say

The tribunal has so far only completed one full trial since 2006, but is has spent about $200 million.

Video WHO: Cambodia's Mental Health Services 'Critically Neglected'

Experts say country has some of world’s worst mental health statistics – yet services remain underfunded.

Education Key to Gender Equality, Experts Say

Education for young girls is not a priority for many Cambodian families, decreasing the odds for gender equality in the future.

Hun Sen Says His Recent Mayweather-Pacquio Rant Was a ‘Joke’

Hun Sen made an impassioned speech, in which he said he wouldn’t pay a $5,000 wager he’d made on Pacquiao, due to unfair judging.

19 May 2015

Recruitment Company Refunding Clients After Fraud Allegations

The company has returned about $400 each to nearly 50 workers, according to the rights group Adhoc.

Hun Sen Trades More Public Barbs With Opposition Vice President

Without mentioning Kem Sokha by name, he said in a speech Tuesday he would “demote” the vice president of the opposition if he continued to speak against him.

Video Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem

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18 May 2015

Russian Real Estate Tycoon Extradited

The Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky was deported Sunday morning, following his arrest Friday.

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law

The government continues to prepare a law on cyber-crimes and a law on telecommunications, but critics worry these will clamp down on one of the few places for true free speech in the country.

Nauru Refugees Awaiting Approval from Prime Minister

Cambodian immigration officials are awaiting the final go-ahead to permit four refugees from the Pacific Island of Nauru to move to Cambodia.

Groundbreaking Ballet Comes to Cambodian Stage

“Pamina Devi,” inspired by Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is the story of feuding between a queen and a king, and the princess caught between them.

Video A Long Way to Go for Mental Health Services in Cambodia

Cambodia has some of the world’s worst mental health statistics – largely due to the effects of Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Yet mental health services remain underfunded and – in the words of the World Health Organization – “critically neglected." There’s little sign of that changing in

16 May 2015

Russian Tycoon Sergei Polonsky Arrested, To be deported

Cambodian authorities arrested Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky today on an expired visa and are working to deport him to Russia in less than two weeks, an immigration official said.

Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

Commerce Delegation Meets With U.S. Businesses

A delegation from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was in the US this week, seeking greater trade ties and deals with large corporations.

15 May 2015

USAID Official Describes Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment

Susan Markham, is USAID’s senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. She spoke to VOA Khmer at the US Embassy.

Multimedia Hundreds More Migrants Land in Indonesia and Thailand

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm that 'some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants'

Video US Weighs Right-of-Passage Display in South China Sea

It would be a challenge to China, which is rapidly manufacturing artificial islands in the disputed territorial waters

South China Sea Dispute Likely Focus of Kerry China Visit

Recent reports say the US is considering using aircraft and military ship patrols to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea

Video Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party

14 May 2015

Video Cambodian Politics at a ‘Turning Point,’ Opposition Leader Says

In an interview with VOA Khmer, Sam Rainsy said dialogue with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party will ensure safety, dignity and freedom of expression for politicians.

Cambodian Artist’s Unique Work Captivates Worldview of Resilience

The flexibility of Ali’s artwork about Cambodia’s history of violence, erasure, and resilience can be universally understood, Evans recently told VOA Khmer.

True ‘Dialogue’ Means Accepting Criticism, Analyst Says

Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha has remained a vocal critic of the ruling party and its leaders, and Hun Sen has criticized him in return.

Photo Exhibit Captures Portraits of Migrant Workers

A new photo exhibit in Phnom Penh documents the stories of abuse faced by migrant workers abroad.

For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Sense of Pride

Cambodian audience members said they found the film touching, reminding them of Cambodia before the war and the Khmer Rouge. Some said the film made them feel proud to be Cambodian.

13 May 2015

Cambodia Should Seek Regional Trade Deal, Economists Say

US President Barack Obama is working toward a Trans-pacific Partnership with many other countries, but economists say Cambodia should first focus closer to home.

Migrant Workers Need Better Protection, Advocate Says

In the worst cases, workers find themselves in terribly abusive situations, which can lead them to be disabled or mentally ill for life, he said.

12 May 2015

Fishermen Return Home After Ordeal in Indonesian Waters

There were 59 in all, officials said later. Some 300 fishermen have been rescued from indentured service in recent months.

11 May 2015

Lawmaker Cites Immunity in Questioning Over 2014 Demonstrations

Mu Sochua had led a number of non-violent demonstrations during the political deadlock that followed 2013 elections.

Hun Sen Says ‘Culture of Dialogue’ Doesn’t Trump Courts

Members of parliament still have the power to call government officials for questioning, he added.

09 May 2015

Khmer Krom Unlikely To Benefit in Asean Integration, Advocate Says

Chau Serey, vice president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation, told “Hello VOA” that most Khmer Krom are poor farmers with few skills and few prospects.

Job Seekers Want Money Returned from Recruitment Agencies

In a statement Thursday, Adhoc said the two companies had failed to fulfill their promises to job seekers.

08 May 2015

Photogallery Photo Exhibit Captures Portraits of Migrant Workers

A new photo exhibit in Phnom Penh documents the stories of abuse faced by migrant workers abroad.

07 May 2015

Cambodian-American Artist Awarded for Work on Identity

The Sovereign Art Foundation has named Anida Yoeu Ali, a Cambodian American artist, winner of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Holocaust Museum Adds Khmer Rouge Exhibit

The exhibitions will run through October 2017 and are free and open to the public.

06 May 2015

Lost Loved Ones and the Agony of ‘Ambiguous Loss’

South African journalist Robert Carmichael has covered Cambodia for many years and has just published a book looking at the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime on survivors.

Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Roll

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” is a slice of Cambodian life, showing how its pop culture was growing after the country’s independence from France.

Cambodia Project Improves Nutrition Among Rural Poor

'Fish on Farms' project helped 300 households establish vegetable gardens, create ponds in which to raise fish to combat poor nutrition

05 May 2015

NGOs in Cambodia Warn Against New Draft Law

Some NGO workers say recently proposed law is designed to stop land rights demonstrations, and may slow economic development

UN Agency Concerned Over More Montagnard Asylum Seekers

Rights workers say they know of at least 23 more asylum seekers currently in hiding in the remote province.

02 May 2015

Spanish Activist Urges More Action for Environment

Gonzalez Davidson said he has been working outside Cambodia now to continue the campaign to save the valley, but he would also like to one day return to Cambodia.

Understanding Khmer Rouge History ‘Critical,’ Author Says

The study of Khmer Rouge history is a politically sensitive topic in Cambodia, because some government officials have roots in the regime.

Tribunal Observer Cites Concerns Over Lack of Action

Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials strongly oppose the prosecution of additional cases.

Video Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Roll

An American documentary on Cambodia’s rock-and-roll scene from the 1950s and 1960s “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” screened this week in the suburbs of Washington.

01 May 2015

Draft NGO Law Remains a Concern, Expert Says

“For now, it would be better if there is no such law,” governance expert Ok Serei Sopheak told “Hello VOA” Monday.

Recalling Kent State, 45 Years Later

The May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University came after then President Richard Nixon ordered an invasion of Cambodia.

Arts Organization Visits US To Bolster Support

A delegation from Cambodian Living Arts, which fosters Khmer art and culture, is visiting the US, seeking more support for its work.

Cambodian Survivor of Nepal Quake Flies Home

A staffer at the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, Khoun Sopheak had been in Nepal since August 2014, studying media and human rights issues there.

May 2015

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40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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20 May 2015
It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal. That’s what we’re going to talk about today … healing through the arts. Craig Dodge, the Director of Sales and Marketing of ‘Phare’, the Cambodian Circus, in Siem Reap, recently dropped by VOA’s TV Studios in Washington DC.

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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

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Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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