It would be nice if journalists didn’t have to focus on the negatives so often, but it is more important to inform than to feel good.
This week, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed what has long been suspected, that he is grooming his eldest son, Hun Manet, for leadership of the country. “As his father,” Hun Sen declared, “I have to support my son and train him so that he is capable”.
At first glance, Cambodia is insignificant. Indeed, with a GDP per capita in 2019 of only $1,620 and a growth rate hovering below seven percent, Cambodia is far from an East Asian economic powerhouse.
Hun Sen brags that military vehicles from China cost taxpayers nothing, but that raises troubling questions about the funds' sources .
Prime Minister Hun Sen slashes national budget by 50% at a time the nation desperately needs Covid-19 relief spending.
As it navigates a post-Covid recovery, Cambodia needs to strike a balance between the US and China.
Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent critic of the Thai government, has been missing and presumed dead since June 4. Eyewitnesses claim he was abducted in Phnom Penh, where he had lived since fleeing his homeland in 2014.
Unlike Europe, North America and recently Russia, Southeast Asia does not seem to have been hit as hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of total deaths and confirmed cases.
At Cambodia’s crown jewel, there’s “not a single selfie stick in sight” as tourists evaporate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is almost as if COVID-19 were specially designed to wreck Cambodia's 2020.
Government's strong hand and international aid have led to zero deaths from COVID-19.
Plans in Cambodia for a massive tourist resort on an out-of-the way island don‘t add up and may serve a different goal.
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
With the stalwarts of the Cambodian economy, tourism and garments, set to be decimated by the economic downturn, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on agriculture to step in and pick up the slack. A badly neglected sector struggling to survive with outdated methods, technology and extreme weather events, how can this be done?
The coronavirus has created a survival crisis for rural communities and, consequently, for wildlife.
Overcrowding in Cambodia’s prisons has long been a problem. During a pandemic, it’s a ticking time bomb.
Giving a talk at a conference in Prague in early March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was still spoken of in “it-won’t-happen-here” tones in Europe, I was asked by the moderator to give my word of the year.
Understanding the full impact that the coronavirus pandemic will have on the world is a timely and complicated process.
The governments of some countries in Southeast Asia have been playing Russian roulette with their citizens’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amnesty International released a report condemning human rights abuses committed during Cambodia’s ongoing war on drugs. Here’s how the media covered the story.