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Rector Says Student Was Warned Against Activism

After a Khemerak University student was jailed in Phnom Penh on Saturday over a social media post calling for a “color revolution” in Cambodia, the school’s director Monday claimed that politics had “poisoned” students at his institution.

Ieng Thirith, Former Khmer Rouge Minister, Dies at 83

Ieng Thirith, Pol Pot’s former minister of social affairs, died on Saturday at the age of 83, according to a statement released by the Khmer Rouge tribunal, where she previously faced charges of crimes against humanity before being deemed unfit to stand trial.

The Cycle of Rice: Transplanting

In Kep province, farmers have spent the past several weeks transplanting rice seedlings that will be harvested in about four months. Thus begins the first of a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Witness Tells Khmer Rouge Tribunal of Forced Marriage

A witness at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Thursday told of how she and her family risked death if she did not agree to a marriage arranged by a Khmer Rouge chief in her sector.

Former KR Cadre Tells of Fears After Purge at Dam

A former platoon chief at the Trapeang Thma Dam worksite in Banteay Meanchey province told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Wednesday of widespread fear among upper cadre there following the Southwest Zone’s purge of the site’s brutal commander.

Japan Plans to Give Additional $200M for Highway Expansion

Japan plans to give an additional $200 million in “soft” loans to Cambodia early next year to be used to expand National Road 5 under the Southern Economic Corridor development framework, an official from the Japan International Cooperation Agency said Thursday.

Corruption Takes Toll on SMEs, Report Says

A majority of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia believe corruption has adversely affected their businesses, according to a report released Wednesday by Transparency International Cambodia (TIC).

Kingdom of Queens

Krin Sopheap says the most difficult part of his transformation into Gaga Rainbow is applying his makeup. “I’m not yet an expert at putting on makeup,” the 22-year-old native of Pursat province admitted. “I only know [how] to do about 50 percent of it.”

Subedi Calls on Gov’t, Opposition to Serve, Not Rule

In a farewell statement Thursday, outgoing U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi said that despite improvements, both the government and opposition needed to better ensure the rights of Cambodians.

Region Set to Be Largest Manufacturing Hub

Over the next decade, Cambodia’s “cheap youthful labor” will help to propel Southeast Asia past China to become the world’s largest manufacturing hub, according to a report released by ANZ Bank on Friday.

Industry Reps Call for Shift to Legal DVDs

In the face of ineffectual law enforcement, shops selling illegal DVDs continue to operate unimpeded, film industry representatives said at a workshop in Phnom Penh on Monday, calling for greater efforts to convince both retailers and consumers to move away from pirated titles.

Amid Slow Sales, Some Aeon Tenants Leave Mall

Less than 10 months after the $200-million Aeon Mall opened its doors to Phnom Penh’s consumers, at least seven tenants at Cambodia’s largest shopping center have shuttered their businesses, complaining of disappointing foot traffic, construction disturbances and overly thrifty patrons.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Coming to Cambodia

Krispy Kreme, the U.S. doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, plans to open 10 shops in Cambodia over the next five years, according to the company.

Pagoda Shoe Guards Cash In on Holiday

Cambodians who flooded into Phnom Penh’s pagodas during the Khmer New Year holiday this week carried with them a range of offerings for their ancestors.

Bayon Airlines Launches Flights to Sihanoukville

Cambodia Bayon Airlines made its inaugural flight to Sihanoukville on Sunday, more than three months after the Chinese airline opened a daily route between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap City.

US First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit Cambodia

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cambodia this month to promote the White House’s Let Girls Learn education initiative, according to a statement released by the Office of the First Lady on Tuesday.

Magic Kingdom

Keo Joch, a middle-aged fisherman from Kep province, sits in a plastic chair and speaks in a quiet voice, calmly describing in an on-camera interview how the spirit that comes to inhabit his body helps those who seek its healing powers.

Cycle of Rice: Power and Politics

In rural Cambodia, rice handouts buy allegiance. This is the seventh in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

‘We Are Angkorian’

Surrounded by statues of the Buddha crafted by his own hands, the most imposing standing more than 3 meters, Tep Thean is quick to acknowledge that his work cannot compare to the accomplishments of craftsmen of the Angkorian period some 800 years ago. To Mr. Thean, even the suggestion of a comparison is humorous, but the gap between his creations and those of his ancestors is far from a concern to the 41-year-old stonemason.