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Cambodia’s strongman is trying opposition politicians en masse

But one lucky critic seems to be getting gentler treatment.

American bombing 50 years ago still shapes Cambodian agriculture

Farmers avoid fertile areas whose soft earth may contain unexploded ordnance.

Cambodians are bingeing on microfinance loans

The downturn brought on by covid-19 will test the industry.

Why has the pandemic spared the Buddhist parts of South-East Asia?

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have had only tiny outbreaks.

South-East Asia’s biggest river is drying up

Chinese dams are partly responsible

Rapid economic growth props up Cambodia’s strongman

But his strangulation of democracy imperils the country’s biggest industry.

The European Union threatens the mainstay of Cambodia’s economy

It is considering imposing tariffs on Cambodian garments

A “slight correction on democracy” in Cambodia

Abolish the opposition, silence criticism and call it a fair election.

Hun Sen, Cambodia’s ruler, has been in power too long

A country boy, Hun Sen gets up early and works hard. He is said to spend hours every morning on his treadmill, to counter the ravages of his earlier years as a field commander and chain-smoker.