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The Flashpoints of Hun Sen’s Cambodia

A conversation with Ou Virak about human rights, China’s rise, and the plight of the Mekong River.

The rising star of Cambodia’s skyline

Hun Chansan is the face of a new generation of young Cambodian architects whose sleek and innovative designs are transforming the Kingdom’s city skylines. At 38, the young architect has already built a towering reputation to match his expansive portfolio of concept designs, which includes Lumiere, Villa Town and the award-winning Noro Mall.

Tuol Sleng Preserves Clothing of Its Victims

The U.S government is funding a program to protect up to 5,000 pieces of clothing stored for decades at Phnom Penh’s infamous Tuol Sleng prison.

Community Fights to Save Endangered River Dolphins

A community in Kratie is banding together to protect the area’s critically endangered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins.

Discovering the ghosts of the Cambodian Riviera’s golden age

Phnom Penh railway station radiates the ghosts of passengers past. It’s a gigantic white wedding cake where signs point commuters to “consignes” and “toilettes”. The destinations listed above most of the ticket counters are optimistic.

Forever Foreign

Many have viewed Vietnam as Cambodia’s arch-enemy, a consequence of history. In the wake of such hostility, ethnic Vietnamese who call Cambodia home are forever seen as strangers.

Grape Expectations

Amid fields of rice in Battambang province, one family branched out into grapes, creating Cambodia’s first bottles of locally-produced wine. Now they have their sights set on conquering the juice market.

The Tuk-Tuk Dwellers

It’s a hard life for some tuk-tuk drivers in Phnom Penh, fighting for customers and a living, and often sleeping in the vehicles they call home.  

Dancing Against Discrimination

Cambodia’s first gay dance company is using classical Khmer dance to break down cultural barriers and challenge society’s preconceptions.

Angelina Jolie: A Divisive Star

Angelina Jolie has regularly described her first trip to Cambodia as “an awakening.”

End of an Era

In the 1960s, Phnom Penh’s White Building symbolized progress—a new Cambodia. Now the housing complex is being demolished, taking an architectural ‘Golden Age’ along with it

Fast Forward

Women in Cambodia’s male-dominated film and television industry are in the minority, but they are determined to make their voices heard

Dirty Business

As lakes are filled around Phnom Penh, sewage and flooding problems worsen. It’s a familiar story and Boeng Tompun presents the next chapter.

The Provocateur

He had led the CNRP through a contentious national election, a doomed detente and a fresh round of lawsuits that sent him packing for Paris. Then, in February, with the CPP on the verge of passing legislation that would punish the CNRP for his court cases, Mr. Rainsy stepped down as party president.

Return To War

Twenty years ago next week, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen toppled First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh after days of factional fighting in Phnom Penh

In the Shadows

With at least 16 of its members in jail, the Khmer National Liberation Front is on the government’s radar. But just what is this obscure group?

Winging It

For the past few months, Mr. Long, who owns a car repair shop on the side of the road about 100 km southeast of Phnom Penh, has been building, flying, and crashing his homemade airplane.

Lone Commune Rejects Major Parties in Cambodia’s Elections

Thma Puok commune, Banteay Meanchey province - During the 2017 election season in Cambodia, two faces dominated the campaign. Posters of Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Kem Sokha were plastered everywhere across the country’s communes. Except in this commune on the Thai border. Here the face of Nhek Bun Chhay ruled.

Communes Through Time

Commune councils have always been intended to govern local affairs—at least in principle. But from their very inception more than a century ago, those running the country have used them more for political purposes than to meet the needs and welfare of residents.

Sibling Rivalry

Two Brothers Face Off in Tightly Contested Takeo Province Commune


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