Prayers and buffalo races at Cambodia’s Festival of the Dead
Hundreds gathered on Wednesday to watch horse and buffalo races at Vihear Sour Pagoda, northeast of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, on the last day of the annual Festival of the Dead.
— Bangkok Post
Watching Cambodia’s free press and democracy fade away
Within the span of three weeks, the mirage of pluralism, democracy and freedom of press in Cambodia had been shattered.
— International Examiner
Experts Fear Economic Impact of Political Tensions in Cambodia
Cambodia’s economy relies heavily on textile manufacturing, tourism, real estate and construction, which are all easily impacted by political upheaval, analysts said.
— VOA Cambodia
Cambodia’s Hun Sen a master of manipulative, ruthless rule
Now 65, Hun Sen is the world’s longest-serving prime minister and among its longest-ruling leaders – alongside the likes of Angola’s José Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.
— Asia Times
Australia urged to stop Cambodia returning persecuted refugees to Vietnam
Australia has been urged to pressure its refugee resettlement partner Cambodia to halt the “imminent return” of 29 Montagnard refugees to Vietnam where they face violent persecution.
— The Guardian
China, Cambodia agree to cement bilateral cooperation, party-to-party exchanges
China will work with Cambodia to implement the important consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hun Sen, and to consolidate mutual political trust and comprehensively deepen strategic cooperation
China, Cambodia agree to strengthen bilateral relations
Cambodia is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China in sectors including economy and trade, push forward the cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, strengthen people-to-people exchanges, boost communication and coordination between the two sides on regional and international affairs.
— ECNS (EN)
Angelina Jolie’s new Cambodia movie is powerful but Hollywood can never escape itself entirely
The film’s fragmented style works to communicate a child’s traumatic experience, with its confusion and gaps in recollections. Yet this more creative approach may leave Jolie open to criticism about historical accuracy. Ung’s own memoir has been criticised for the historical and cultural inaccuracies you might expect from a child’s memory.
— Asian Correspondent
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