Changing Climate Has Major Impacts for Under-Prepared Cambodia

WATCH (in Khmer): Changing Climate Has Major Impacts for Under-Prepared Cambodia

26 November 2015
Cambodia is ranked one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Many of its people rely on agriculture, and the changes to the country’s climate, whether more droughts or more floods, makes them particularly vulnerable. More
November 2015
25 November 2015

Land Grabs Often Driven by Investors Seeking Land, Global Witness Says

Global Witness says Cambodia’s ongoing land crisis is part of a larger global trend, one driven by economics and resource shortages.

Australian Lawmaker Urges Censure of Acts Against Cambodian Opposition

The senator told Australian lawmakers they should pass a resolution recognizing the current acts representing an “extremely bad sign for democracy in Cambodia.”

Jolie Pitt Accepts Honorary Post at Cambodian Film Festival

The festival held in the capital, Phnom Penh, runs Dec. 4-10 and is screening 130 films from 34 countries.

Water Festival Opens, Without Traditional Boat Races

The Water Festival is generally held in November, a tributary of the Mekong River, changes course, due to monsoon rains that fill up its source lake in the Cambodian interior.

Leadership on Climate Change Could Help US Efforts in Asia, Experts Say

Countries in the Asia-Pacific will be particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly extreme weather.

UN Envoy Warns of Potential Political Violence in Cambodia

Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith called on leaders of the CPP and CNRP to restart political talks, following the ouster of opposition leader Sam Rainsy from parliament earlier this month.

Russia and Cambodia Discuss Investment and Debt Collection

Cambodia owes Russia some $1.5 billion in debt incurred after the fall of the Khmer Rouge.

24 November 2015

Cambodia Urged To Cautiously Boost Friendly Ties With Russia

Cambodia and Russia are set to mark their 60th anniversary of relations next year.

Journalists Banned From Covering Portions of Russian Prime Minister’s Visit

Medvedev began his three-day visit on Monday, in a trip meant to strengthen ties between the two countries, which have not been particularly strong in the past.

23 November 2015

Sam Rainsy Remains Abroad as Key Opposition Figures Return to Cambodia

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha appealed to the party’s supporters via Facebook to remain calm and seek peaceful means to change the country.

Russian PM Visits Angkor Wat on Cambodia Trip

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Hun Sen later; the two are expected to sign six agreements.

Obama's Message on Terror: ‘We Do Not Succumb to Fear’

President delivers strong message against terrorism at closing of annual ASEAN meeting and adjoining East Asia Summit

ASEAN Creates 'Community' Encompassing 600+ Million People

Summit host, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, hails establishment of community 'as a landmark achievement' more than a dozen years after concept was first proposed

20 November 2015

International Criminal Court Discusses Role of Civil Society in Investigations

States must ultimately be responsible for protecting their populations from “grave impunity by upholding the system of international justice,” ICC officials said in a statement.

Opposition Leader To Remain in Exile, as Doubts Rise Over Next Elections

The decision to remain abroad was made after a meeting between Sam Rainsy and other senior officials from the Cambodia National Rescue Party in Manila on Friday.

For Some Women, Sex Work Is a Choice, Not a Matter of Trafficking

To conservative Cambodians, sex workers are defying traditional values.

Land Mapping Would Help Ease Disputes, Group Says

Cambodian land disputes are caused by various factors, including land history and political conditions that make them hard to solve.

Foreign Minister Says Cambodia’s Judiciary Is Fair

Cambodia’s foreign minister defended the country’s judiciary before a group of diplomats Thursday, addressing an arrest warrant issued last week for opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Tired of Political Battles, a Ruling Party Member Resigns

Chea Chamroeun says that he would rather focus on communities than remain in a climate of political conflict.

18 November 2015

As Asean Moves Toward Integration, How Will Cambodia Fare?

Experts fear that Cambodia will not be competitive with its Southeast Asian neighbors, as a free flow of goods and services between the 10 Asean members ensues.

From Exile, Opposition Leader Rails Against Arrest Warrant

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Sam Rainsy compared the CPP’s actions to 1997 when Prince Norodom Ranarridh was removed from a power-sharing agreement with the CPP.

CNRP Leader Accuses Hun Sen of Constitutional Coup

Cambodian media reported Wednesday that negotiations are taking place to organize a deal between Sam Rainsy and strongman PM Hun Sen.

17 November 2015

Whitening Cream Warnings Compete With Cultural Desire for Lighter Skin

A 2013 research showed that six of 14 skin-whitening creams had levels of mercury higher than allowed in Asean or the US.

Hun Sen To Join Regional Summits in Malaysia

Hun Sen has expressed a desire to improve Cambodia’s image abroad, but the country’s deep poverty, political divisions and human rights abuses make that a tough case.

Mekong River Dolphin Faces Added Threat of Laos Dam

Laos says it intends to go forward with the Don Sahong Dam project, despite opposition from Cambodia and Vietnam.

In Paris, a Cambodian Restaurant Caught in the Attack

It is unclear whether any Cambodians, who have a large diaspora population in France, were among those killed in the attack.

16 November 2015

Facing Arrest, Sam Rainsy Removed From Parliament

Sam Rainsy, who is abroad, canceled plans to return to Cambodia Monday night, and the Interior Ministry said it is has formed a special committee to handle his arrest.

Cambodia Poised to Arrest Opposition Leader, Violence Feared

A court ordered the arrest of Sam Rainsy on Friday in connection with a defamation case brought by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong in 2008.

14 November 2015

Sewage System Renovations Fail To Mitigate Flooding

Cambodia remains increasingly vulnerable to rains that could grow heavier in a changing climate.

Tribunal Observer To Speak Before International Criminal Court

Long Panhavuth told VOA Khmer the court is unlikely to launch investigations into similar crimes in the Asia Pacific.

Video Khmers in Long Beach Marked 62th Independence Day​

Cambodian consular general marked Cambodia’s Independence Day for the first time in Long Beach, CA. on November 9.

Contentious Draft Law To Regulate Unions Approved for Assembly Debate

The draft law will now be debated in the National Assembly, where the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has a majority and will likely pass it.

Warrant Issued for Arrest of Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy

The arrest warrant comes just one day after Hun Sen publicly insulted Sam Rainsy, calling him a “traitor’s son.”

13 November 2015

Hun Sen Decries Opposition's Cambodia-Myanmar Comparison

PM counterattacks after opposition leader Sam Rainsy hails voting in Myanmar and says Cambodia's ruling party wants to sidestep democracy.

Cambodia Issues Arrest Warrant for Rainsy

Cambodian court issued warrant for opposition leader of CNRP, Sam Rainsy, over 2008 defamation case that he says was pardoned.

12 November 2015

US Professor Examines the Idea of ‘Professional Girlfriends’ in Cambodia

“Sex, Love, and Money in Cambodia: Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships” looks at the intimate lives of Cambodian women and the idea of “transactional relationships.”

Video Changing Climate Has Major Impacts for Under-Prepared Cambodia

Cambodia will participate the global summit on climate change in Paris this December. World leaders will meet to find ways to curb climate change, much of which is the responsibility of developed countries, but with can severely impact poorer countries.

Heavy Use of Cambodia’s Natural Resources Has Climate Effects, Experts Say

Cambodia is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, because of its reliance on agriculture and fisheries in a changing hydrological system.

In Myanmar Election, Lessons for Cambodia

Koul Panha, head of the election monitoring watchdog Comfrel, said the people in Myanmar have been respectful to each other following the election.

11 November 2015

Lawmakers File Attempted Murder Suit Against Attackers

They have sued for $25,000 each in damages, and are asking for charges that would mean lifetime imprisonment for their assailants.

Photographs Intimately Depict Life of Cambodian Classical Dancer

An exhibit of the project is currently running at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh.

Despite Health Risks, Processed Meats Remain a Main Course

A recent report from the World Health Organization says that processed meats can increase the odds of cancer.

10 November 2015

Cambodia’s Opposition Seeking Support for Free and Fair Elections

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha are visiting Japan this week, calling on support for improved democracy in Cambodia through free and fair elections.

Video Cambodia Marks Independence Day

Thousands of Cambodians gathered near Independence Monument in Phnom Penh Monday, celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the nation’s independence from colonial rule.

Cambodian Competitiveness Ranks Low in Global Market

According to the World Economic Forum 2015, Cambodia was ranked 95th in competitiveness, surpassing only Myanmar among countries in Asean.

09 November 2015

Cambodia Marks Independence Day

Cambodia left 90 years of French colonialism on this day in 1953.

07 November 2015

Video Election 2018 a Decisive Year for Cambodia Politics

oung politician like Kem Monovidya sees that 2018 will be a decisive year to shape the future of Cambodian politics because the ruling party has failed to live up to their promises or simply ignore voters' concerns.

06 November 2015

Photogallery In Photos: Kate Webb, An Outstanding Correspondent of the Vietnam War

A photo gallery of Kate Webb, war correspondent and Phnom Penh bureau chief for United Press International (UPI) in 1970 after reporting the Vietnam war between 1967 and 1969.

"War, Genocide and the Fragile Peace in Cambodia" by Sirik Savina

Researcher Sirik Savina writes a reflection article discussing the legacies of Kate Webb and the Cambodian war on the 24th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement.

05 November 2015

With Higher Wages Come Questions of Workers’ Productivity

Cambodia’s garment sector is a major economic driver in the country, earning some $3 billion from exports in the first half of 2015.

Hun Sen Says Attackers Were Not Anti-Opposition Protesters

Hun Sen says the group of men were angered at the opposition lawmakers for calling them “Vietnamese puppets.”

Jailed Senator Denied Appeal for Release on Bail

Senator Hong Sok Hour, a lawmaker for the opposition, is accused of posting fake documents related to the Vietnamese border online.

Three Charged for Assaults on Lawmakers, But No ‘Masterminds’ Arrested

Last week’s attacks followed anti-opposition protests endorsed by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and took place in plain view of police, who stood by.

03 November 2015

Filmmaker Sees Online Censorship as Danger to Cambodian Democracy

Freedom of expression online plays an important role in Cambodia’s developing democracy says Ellen Grant, who recently produced a documentary called "Cyber-Democracy: Cambodia, Kafka's Kingdom."

Three Suspects in Custody in Beatings of Opposition Lawmakers

The Ministry of Interior announced late Tuesday that the men—Chay Sarith, 33; Mao Hoeurn, 34; and Suth Vanny, 45—had turned themselves into police Tuesday afternoon.

02 November 2015

Quick To Criticize, Drivers Forget They Have a Role in Snarled Traffic

The government has sought to break up traffic congestion through new laws, more roads, traffic lights, and security cameras at major intersections.

Amid Tensions, Two Sides Vow To Continue Political Dialogue

CNRP has already sent a letter to National Assembly President Heng Samrin, saying they will not suggest another party member to replace Kem Sokha.

Cambodia Pins Economic Hopes on AEC

Cambodians expect 'seamless transition' when ASEAN Economic Community is launched in two months and hopefully heralds second investment wave.

November 2015


40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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24 November 2015
The U.S. navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. VOA Khmer's Hong Chenda narrates.

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