July 28, 2014

Golden memories ... សុវណ្ណអនុស្សារ

From KI reader, Bun Thoeun




To Khmer people,

First of all, Khmer people should learn not to overreact to the problems.

CPP is a formidable opponent because it has been directed and controlled by the WAR’S MERCHANT Vietnam.

The CNRP has fought with such precaution this Yuon's slave party CPP and the one eye monster Hun Sen.

The CNRP cannot win over this CPP with a face to face fight like so many Khmer people wanted it to.

Irrationally condemning the CNRP for its last decision to join the National Assembly would only weaken the CNRP and strengthen Vietnam's grip over Cambodia.

If Khmer people wanted to see Cambodia alive, they must learn how to control their temper, learn how to judge thing better, otherwise they will support Hun Sen and Vietnam without knowing it.

I have followed the CNRP too, and I start to trust the CNRP more and more because the CNRP has delivered a tactical fight that will prevail at the end in the foreseeable future.

I said a thousand times already that this evil Vietnam has occupied or dominated Cambodia and has been laying its Vietnamization over Cambodia more than 30 years.

We must stop dreaming that a few demonstrations or a revolt would dislodge Vietnam out of Cambodia.

Please think this way:

1- In the past, Khmer people could not unite; they have always broken apart after their unification.

For example, Ranarith and Sam Rainsy or the Sam Rainsy party and FUNCINPEC.

This time The CNRP stays united. To me, this is a GIANT accomplishment. We must value thing properly.

2- Have we ever seen Khmer people awake and really worry about Cambodia like at this moment in the past?

NEVER.

We got to give credit to Sam Rainsy, Kem Sokha, and the CNRP for this phenomenal.

Therefore, I would like to exhort to Khmer people to please spend some time to think and learn how to judge the CNRP's actions better. This is a tactical combat; something that is easy and strait is NOT the right answer. And don’t deplore the CNRP yet for not giving you the strait and exact answer you wanted.

Please be patient and stay united with the CNRP.

Bun Thoeun

News [The Phnom Penh Post]

Political Analysis by the Maha Thera Dr. Hok Savann


Jendhamuni: Yuon and Hun Xen were shaken to see such a large protest like this! Now the devils try all kinds of pictures to divide us so the upcoming protests will not be this big...




ចរចានឹងចោរ (ដោយ ហេង ថាល់សាវុធ)


Thai, Vietnamese currencies undervalued by about 40 pct

A Big Mac Photo: McDonalds
The Cambodia Herald, 26-Jul-14

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The currencies of Thailand and Vietnam are undervalued against the dollar by about 40 percent, according to the latest Big Mac Index compiled by The Economist.

The British magazine reported this week that the average price of a Big Mac hamburger in the United States was $4.80 in July. That compared with only $3.12 (99 baht) in Thailand and $2.83 (60,000 dong) in Vietnam, it said.

Given that the burgers sold by McDonalds are essentially the same in each country where the American fast-food chain operates, a raw index shows the baht is undervalued by 35 percent and the dong by 41 percent.

But an adjusted index, taking into account GDP per capita, indicates the Thai currency is actually overvalued against the dollar by 8 percent. An adjusted index for the Vietnamese currency was not available.

The Economist invented the Big Mac Index in 1986 not as a precise measure of currency misalignments but as a tool to understand the theory of purchasing power parity (PPP).

Under this theory, currencies should eventually move towards rates of exchange that would equalise prices for an identical basket of goods and services in two countries.

Thailand pins hopes on new railway to Cambodia




The Cambodia Herald, 26-Jul-14

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Thai officials have joined a foundation stone-laying ceremony in Cambodia for the construction of a railway linking the two countries, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported Saturday.

Linking the border towns of Klong Luek in Thailand and Poipet in Cambodia, "the new line is expected to boost growth in tourism and trade," the report said.

The official news agency said it was hoped that the new line would also enable the neighbouring provinces of Sakeo and Banteay Meanchey to be logistics hubs when the ASEAN Economy Community kicks off next year.

First built in 1926, the line was abandoned during Cambodia's civil war. The section from Poipet to the Banteay Meanchey provincial capital of Sisophon, which is connected to Phnom Penh, has recently been undergoing rehabilitation.

Thai fishing trawlers list illegal migrant workers


Sunday Nation/ANN, 27-Jul-14

BANGKOK (Sunday Nation/ANN) -- The operators of 3,315 fishing trawlers have submitted lists with the names of 54,789 migrant workers - 44,357 of them undocumented, the Department of Employment revealed Saturday.

Pichit Nilthongkham, director of the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, said that by the July 21 deadline set by the junta for all fishing trawlers to report their migrant workers, some 3,315 trawler operators had complied.

Of the 54,789 migrant workers, only 10,432 were legal.

As there are about 10,000 fishing trawlers in operation, Pichit urged all operators to submit a list of names and register undocumented migrant workers at any of 22 coastal service centres by August 21.

Quote of the Day...






'Many of the people here miss the point.
Many supporters do not say civil wars are the option they want, but they want defiance and do not want the CNRP to be such a scaredy-cat with their rushing into parliament the moment their MPs were in jail!!!'


Reader

Mour Ley: The "Gang of Two" and the betrayal of the will of the people


Dear compatriots:

Everyone is still familiar with the "Gang of Four" of China (Jiang Qing, Wang Hongwen, Yao Wenyuan, Zhang Chunqiao) who were leaders during "Cultural Revolution" from 1966 to 1976 in China and finally were accused of committing treasonous act against the will of the people of China. They were trial and imprisoned. The Gang of Four of China actually did not offer any favoritism nor political deal to foreign enemy against the will of the people. But regardless, their political manoeuvres were absolutely intolerable by the people's will. Similarly, Mr. Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha who are now seen as the " Gang of Two" of Cambodia and the betrayal of the people's WILL are currently labeled by students and Cambodians inside and abroad as classical "traitors" to their country (Cambodia) as their current " political deal", venture, or shameful agreement with Mr. Hun Sen, the head of illegitimate and puppet government of Vietnamese is historically unacceptable, intolerable, and must be condemned by the will of the people. Cambodian people cannot tolerate this type of "treasonous leadership" that has been manipulatively lied to people for over a year through mass demonstrations against Mr. Hun Sen and his puppet government costing at least six deaths, many wounded, and many many more jailed. Now both of them join the same "puppet government" with the same enemy of the will of the people since July 28, 2013. By joining Mr. Hun Sen's partnership, Mr. Rainsy and Sokha likely have a chance to indirectly help spawning more Vietnamese in Cambodia and a promising trust guaranteeing that CPP will definitely win the next election as million of younger Vietnamese (now 16 years of age and up) will have the rights to vote by then in the next two years.

រៀនរស់ជាមួយរឿងរ៉ាវ Learn to live with problems...


Read by my Dhamma Brother, Venerable Nanda
Written by Mr. Kuy Sothon

From KI reader, Pissed Off

Caption: Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua, from the opposition Sam Rainsy party, pleads with riot policemen to stop a forced eviction of villagers at a slum village in the centre of Phnom Penh, Jan. 4, 2012. Cambodian lawmakers from the opposition Sam Rainsy party visited the village after authorities forcefully evicted villagers from the Borei Keila community in the capital. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)


I sincerely want to wish Sam Rainsy all the best in his efforts to fight for justices for Cambodians in the parliament.

Now that the CNRP has decided to work within the CPP corrupt structure of government, Sam Rainsy still needs as much support from Cambodians as possible so that the strongest pressure possible can be applied on the CPP government to protect the interests of the common people.

Cambodians should never leave their fate in the hands of any politicians; it appears that Cambodians are now mature enough politically to keep their elected politicians on the right track.

Pushing the elected politicians right back onto the right track through criticism, though sometimes it can be harsh, disappointment and anger are the means by which Cambodians can use to their advantage and benefits.

As long as the CNRP leaders continue to be flexible with readiness and willingness to listen to the grassroot supporters, Cambodians from all walks of life and political affiliations who want to see changes should continue to join together and give the CNRP the support it needs to fight hard and ferociously for changes within the system though the likelihood of success is minuscule and the task can be daunting.

សុំនិយាយផង!


អ្នកនយោបាយ​ត្រូវរ៉ូវ​គ្នា កងកម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​ខណ្ឌដូនពេញ ប្តូរ​ឈ្មោះ និង​ភារកិច្ច​ដែរ​!





(ថ្ងៃទី 26 កក្កដា 2014, ម៉ោង 07:46:AM) | ដោយ: លី សិលា - CEN


ភ្នំពេញ: ពេលនេះ គេអាច​និយាយថា មកពី​អ្នកនយោបាយ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា និង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បាន​ចរចា​ឯកភាពគ្នា ដើម្បី​បញ្ចប់​ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ ទើប​កងកម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​របស់​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខណ្ឌដូនពេញ ពេលនេះ បាន​ប្តូ​រទាំង​ឈ្មោះ​ទៅ​ជា "​ប្រជា​ការពារ​" និង​ប្តូ​រទាំង​ភារកិច្ច​ការងារ​របស់​ខ្លួន ពី​វាយ​បង្ក្រាប​បាតុកម្ម​មិន​រើសមុខ មក​ជា​ធ្វើ​កិច្ចការ​សង្គម សំអាត​ផ្លូវ និង​កាយ​សំរាម​ចេញពី​លូ នៅ​ពេល​ភ្លៀង​។​

​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ បាន​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​តាម​ហ្វេ​សប៊ុក​ថា "​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៥ ខែកក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ មេឃ​កំពុង​ភ្លៀង​ធ្លាក់ កំលាំង​ប្រជា​ការពារ​ខណ្ឌដូនពេញ បាន​ដើរតួនាទី ដើម្បី​ថែរក្សា​សន្តិសុខ​សណ្តាប់ធ្នាប់​ជូន​បងប្អូន​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ផង និង​មាន​តួនាទី​ចូលរួម​សំអាត​បរិស្ថាន​ទីក្រុង​ផង ដើម្បី​មុខមាត់​ប្រទេសជាតិ​យើង​ទាំង​គ្នា នៅ​ពេល​មេឃ​កំពុង​ភ្លៀង​ធ្លាក់ កំលាំង​ប្រជា​ការពារ​ខណ្ឌដូនពេញ បាន​ដើរ​កាយ​សំរាម​ចេញពី​មាត់​អណ្តូង​លូ ដើម្បី​អោយ​ទឹក​ហូរ​បាន​លឿន​ចូល​ក្នុង​បណ្តាញ​លូ ក្រោម​ការដឹកនាំ​របស់​លោក គួច ចំរើន អភិបាល​នៃ​គណ​:​អភិបាលខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ ហើយ​លោក​បាន​ដឹកនាំ​អោយ​ធ្វើ​ជា​ប្រចាំ​នៅពេលដែល​មាន​ភ្លៀង​ធ្លាក់​"​។​

មេដឹកនាំ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​ពន្យល់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​អំពី​ការ​ចូល​សភា

យុទ្ធសាស្រ្ដសង្រ្គោះជាតិសម្រុកចូលរដ្ឋសភា




By គាំ ច័ន្ទរស្មី, David Boyle and Griff Tapper, July 27, 2014

ពហិការ​មិន​ស្បថ​ចូលកាន់​តំណែង​របស់​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​បាន​ទាញ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋសភា​ជាតិអាណត្តិ​ទី៥​ធ្វើការ​ជា​ឯកបក្ស​ដ៏យូរ​បំផុត​មួយ​ក្នុង​ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ​លទ្ធិប្រជាធិប្បតេយ្យ​ដ៏ក្មេងខ្ចី​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។​

ទោះបីជា​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នយោបាយ​ក្រោម​សម្ពាធ​ដែល​ធ្វើឡើង​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃទី២២​ ខែ​កក្កដា​ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤​នេះ​បាន​បង្ហាញ​ពី​ការ​បង្រួប​បង្រួម​ជាតិ​ និង​ បញ្ចប់​ការ​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ​ដ៏យូរ​នេះ​ក្តី​ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ​វា​បាន​ក្លាយ​ជា​ស្នូរ​សង្ស័យ​បន្លឺ​ឡើង​ដល់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​បក្ស​នេះ​ចំពោះ​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​ និង​ភាព​ជា​អ្នក​ដឹកនាំ​របស់​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ដែល​មាន​ជំហរ​ដាច់ខាត​ចំពោះ​ការ​ទាមទារ​របស់​ខ្លួន​តាំង​ពី​ដំបូងៗ​។ ​

សម្រាប់​កម្មវិធី​សោតទស្សន៍​អនឡាញ​ «គតិឧត្ដមជន»​ សប្ដាហ៍​​ទី១​នេះ​ លោក​ស្រី ​មូរ សុខហួរ ពន្យល់​ពី​ករណីកិច្ច​ចាំបាច់​ដែល​បក្សប្រឆាំង​ត្រូវ​ត្រឡប់​ទៅកាន់​រដ្ឋសភា​ជាតិ។

Novice monk brings food to jailed father - All things are possible in this realm of 'Samsara'...



'គួរអោយសង្វេគណាស់ ម្ចាស់ថ្លៃ...ញ៉ូមពុកជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ នេនតូចយកបាយទៅអោយញ៉ូមពុក នេនតូចគ្មានទីពឹងទៀតទេ។'

ILCHN

July 27, 2014

Sokha on the 9th person to complete NEC reform

'Dreamer' or 'Realist' - Where do you stand on the nation's socio-political crises and their conceived practical solutions?




'For the people, who think that they can bring Hun Sen down with a popular uprising, they are living with their wildest dream which would turn Cambodia into a worst nightmare like Syria.
Look at the current problems in the world, Cambodia has never been at the center stage of the world crisis, it has always been a side show.
Think it over if you want to topple HS with a civil war. Talk with common sense and don’t let the anger takes over you, it might cloud your thinking.'

Reader

.....

'If we don't defy Hun Sen for fear of a civil war, then we have to agree to live under Samdach's rule and hope that the Vietnamese will have mercy upon us and slow down the influx of their people into Cambodia. Perhaps we can also hope that they will slow down the process of deforestation as well; in addition we can tell the Khmer Krom to not bother coming to Cambodia since it will soon be in the same situation as Kampuchea Krom.'

Reader

Opposition may not take seats


'If the CPP do not agree to CNRP's proposal to select an independent ninth member of NEC, it only means that CPP is not sincere with the recent political agreement with CNRP. So CNRP, don't take oath to join parliament just to be rubber stamp members of parliament.'

KI Media reader

zimbio
Sat, 26 July 

2014 ppp
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea and Daniel Pye


Reforming election body still a sticking point between the government and the CNRP

Opposition politicians may postpone taking their seats in parliament if an agreement over the composition of a reformed election body cannot be reached in the coming days.

The decision over who will fill the ninth spot on the National Election Committee – reserved for a “consensus” member who will hold the balance of power – could prove problematic as civil society members who may be suited to the job are seen by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party as aligned with the opposition.

Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party spokeswoman Mu Sochua said yesterday that if all nine members were not agreed on after the working group discussions, opposition politicians would postpone taking the oath of office.

“If they don’t accept our technical demand, which is that the nine members of the NEC must be selected . . . we are not going to take the oath,” she said.

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said that three cross-party working groups had been created to implement the fine print of an agreement reached between CNRP president Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

“It will take about two weeks to complete the amendment of the constitution, the amendment of the election law. Also we have to prepare the candidates for the NEC. We have to complete the legal framework,” he said.

Party leader Rainsy has been approved to become a member of parliament for Kampong Cham province, NEC secretary general Tep Nitha confirmed yesterday.

Cheam Yeap, a senior CPP politician, said the permanent committee of the National Assembly would convene on Monday to discuss Rainsy taking up a seat in the National Assembly.

At Phnom Penh Municipal court yesterday, CNRP deputy president Kem Sokha was questioned over a protest organised by party members that turned violent earlier this month.

Sokha said: “The judge asked me what I knew about the violence on July 15. I said I did not know anything about it because I was not there.”

7 points demand

CNRP president's address

Delegates speak at conference

CNRP party congress

សំណើនេះល្អ (ឮថាខាង CNRP ធ្លាប់ស្នើហើយ? តែ CPP មិនព្រម)


សមាសភាព គ.ជ.ប.ថ្មី គួរតែ៣+៣+៣


Cambodian voters: 'out of focus' or 'in the frame' after one-year long political impasse coming to an end? - School of Vice



(ដោយជូលាងហាក់)


លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យនៅស្រុកខ្មែរ គេយល់ព្រមទទួលទាំងអស់គ្នា ទាំងបក្សនយោបាយកាន់អំណាច ទាំង
បក្សប្រឆាំងទាំងរាស្ត្រសាមញ្ញជាទូទៅ។ ម្នាក់ៗចង់ឃើញជាតិលូតលាស់រុងរឿងសម្បូរសប្បាយក្លាយជា
រដ្ឋធូរធារនឹងគេ។  តែព្រលឹងវិញ្ញាណ នៃអាត្មានិយមនោះ គឺនៅរស់រវើក ក្នុងខ្លួនមេដឹកនាំខ្មែរមួយចំនួន។
ទោះយ៉ាងណា ក្នុងពេលប៉ុន្មានថ្ងៃមុននេះ បក្សហ៊ុនសែន និងបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ដូចជាបានចាប់ដៃ ត្រូវរ៉ូវ
មូលមតិគ្នាធ្វើការជូនជាតិ  និងដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាទាំងអស់  ជូនប្រជាពលរដ្ឋរបស់ខ្លួន។  ការពិភាក្សាបាន
ចូលមកដល់រឿងចុងក្រោយមួយ ដែលរាស្ត្រនិងបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិចង់បាន។ គឺការកែទម្រង់គណៈកម្មាធិ
ការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត ឬ គ.ជ.ប.។


គេបន្តថាទម្រង់ថ្មី នៃគ.ជ.ប.នេះ ក៏ចាំបាច់ត្រូវដាក់បញ្ចូល ក្នុងរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញផងដែរ ដើម្បីការពារវិវាទដែល
អាចកើតឡើងជាយថាហេតុនាអនាគតកាល អំឡុងពេលបោះឆ្នោត។  យើងអាចសួរថា តើមេដឹកនាំខ្មែរ
បច្ចុប្បន្ន មានការគោរពកោតក្រែងចំពោះរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដល់កម្រឹតណាដែរ? ខ្ញុំយល់ថារដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញនៅកម្ពុជា
ប្រហែលជាពុំមានឥទ្ធិពលឬអំណាចខ្លាំងក្លា លើអ្នកគ្រប់គ្រងរដ្ឋ នាបច្ចុប្បន្ននេះទេ។ គេបាននិងកំពុងតែ
ធ្វើអ្វីៗតាមទំនើងចិត្ត ឥតមានក្រែងរអារ ចំពោះមតិរាស្ត្របន្តិចណាឡើយ។ មានជាអាថ៌ ដូចជាការផ្តល់ដី
សម្បទាន, ប្រគល់ឱ្យដាច់, ជាច្រើនម៉ឺន ឬរាប់សែនហិកតាទៅបរទេសតាមព្រំដែនខ្មែរយួន តើរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ
បានអនុញ្ញាតិឱ្យពួកគេប្រព្រឹត្តដូច្នេះដែរឬទេ?  គេធ្វើបាបរាស្ត្រតាមទំនើងចិត្ត តើរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ បានការពារ
រាស្ត្រ ដោយវិធីណា?  គឺអត់សោះតែម្តង។


ឥឡូវចូលមកដល់រឿងផ្លាស់ប្តូរសមាសភាព គ.ជ.ប.ដែលគេសម្រេចយករូបមន្ត ៤+៤+១ ដែលមានន័យ
ថា គេនឹងតម្រូវឱ្យមាន៤នាក់ មកពីបក្សប្រជាជន, ៤នាក់មកពីសង្គ្រោះជាតិ  ហើយម្នាក់ទៀតជាជនទី៩
នឹងត្រូវសម្រេចជ្រើសរើសយកដោយមានការព្រមព្រៀងគ្នា ពីបក្សទាំងសងខាង។  ខ្ញុំយល់ថារូបមន្តនេះ
ក៏អាចបន្សល់ទុក នូវឫសគល់នៃបញ្ហា ដែលនឹងបណ្តាលឱ្យមានភាពវឹកវរ រញ៉ីរញ៉ៃ ធ្វើឱ្យនយោបាយខ្មែរ
ជាប់គាំងដដែលជាដដែល ដូចកាលមិនទាន់មានរូបមន្តថ្មីនេះ  ដែលខ្ញុំយល់ថា វានៅតែមានច្រកចូលនៃ
ភាពរកាំរកូស ស្ទះដំណើរការប្រទេស ដោយចៀសមិនផុត។  រូបមន្តនេះ ខាងបក្សប្រជាជន ក៏បានយល់
ព្រមភ្លាមៗដែរ។  ត្រង់ចំណុចនេះ យើងរាល់គ្នាគួរយល់បានខ្លះៗហើយ ដែលគេយល់ព្រមភ្លាមៗនោះ។


Dr So Naro on current political developments

Cambodians need Leaders to continue struggle outside Parliament.

Never lose hope. Khmer people must continue anti Dictatorship.

កំុអស់សង្ឃឹម ប្រជាពលរដ្ធខែ្មរនៅតែបន្តប្រឆាំងអំណាចផ្តាច់ការ។

Dr. So Naro Weekly Talk on July 26, 2014



អណ្តើកស៊ីត្រកួន Khmer Mahori song

ទស្សនៈនិងការរំពឹងរបស់យុវជនចំពោះដំណោះស្រាយនយោបាយ

Human rights group wants Australia to press Vietnam on political prisoners, forced labour


"People have gone to prison for simply redistributing leaflets which have information criticising the government, sometimes alleging corruption by officials," said Ms Pearson.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop (L), speaks with the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung (R),
during a meeting in Hanoi on 19 February, 2014.Reuters

Enigmatic Stranger: Unfortunately, Australia's own current policies towards victims of rights violations from states such as Vietnam and Cambodia are hardly grounds for optimism!


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ABC Online, July 26, 2014

Australia must press Vietnam on its jailing of political activists, curbs on free speech and use of forced labour in drug treatment centres, says Human Rights Watch, as officials from both countries prepare for human rights talks on July 28.

"Vietnam is one of the most repressive, closed countries in Asia," Elaine Pearson, the group's Australia director, told ABC's The World.

"We see large numbers of people who try to criticise the government, bloggers and so on, actually get thrown in prison for lengthy terms.

"A lot of people don't see that side. They see Vietnam as an economic powerhouse but the government keeps a very tight lid, particularly, on freedom of assembly, freedom of association and also religion."

Video: Assessing human rights in Vietnam
Zoe Daniel speaks with Professor Carl Thayer from the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales.


Cambodia's long march towards democracy

Cambodia has just taken a crucial step toward more participatory politics. But further progress toward democracy is likely to be slow and evolutionary rather than sudden and dramatic.

MP- elect Mu Sokhua released from detention - zimbio

BY PETER BARTU , ANDREW GRANT JULY 25, 2014 FP

On July 22, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen finally announced a deal to end a ten-month standoff between the government and the opposition, which has been boycotting parliament as part of its protest against disputed elections last year. Rainsy has now agreed to let his party take up seats in the National Assembly in exchange for an overhaul of the election commission, the release of eight opposition leaders arrested in recent clashes with government security forces, and a grab-bag of other reforms. Though still controversial, the deal may yet herald a new turn in Cambodian politics.

Since 1993, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) led by Hun Sen has dominated Cambodian politics in semi-authoritarian fashion. The CPP held regular elections, but the opposition never had a chance of winning due to widespread fraud, intimidation, and lack of capital. In 2013, however, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) shattered this paradigm. The new opposition coalition came within a whisker of beating the CPP on a platform saying that they'd had "enough" and promising "change," which appealed to a youthful, tech-savvy, and urban-centric demographic excluded from the spoils of political power, tired of rampant corruption and the oligarchic management of the economy, and unhappy at the prospect of dynastic succession among nouveau-rich families and clans.

Though the change and fallout of the Arab Spring reverberated globally, Cambodia's "almost democratic breakthrough" in 2013 and this week's deal are best understood as part of a slow evolution rather than a "revolutionary" change or upheaval as in the Middle East. The CNRP's near victory was possible because of elite miscalculation and infighting within the CPP, the opposition's newfound organization, and tacit support from Cambodia's neighbors. (Both Vietnam and China are equally weary of Hun Sen's reign.)

Hun Sen has long recognized that the CPP, which initially came to power on the coattails of the Vietnamese in 1979, needs legitimacy from the ballot box to cement its claim to rule. Periodic elections, however flawed, offered a fig leaf for continued authoritarian rule, allowing Cambodia's leaders to assert their superiority to Vietnam and China. They also set the stage for the genuinely contested parliamentary election last year.
Dissent within the party has been simmering for years. Over time, Hun Sen has become an institution that eclipses all others, including the CPP, the military, and the police. 

The party and its leader habitually renew their vows, but for at least the past five years Hun Sen has ruled by fiat, ignoring the CPP's Standing and Central Committees, and in no small way contributing to the CPP's malaise.

Military chief could become Thai PM


Martial law was imposed two days before the army seized power in May [EPA]

A Thai junta member has announced the military will stay in control of the country under a new constitution.
AJ: 23 Jul 2014 

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser has said, outlining details of an interim constitution.

A member of the ruling military council on Wednesday added that martial law, imposed two days before the army seized power on May 22, would remain in force for the foreseeable future.

The military, under army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, said it acted to restore order after months of political turmoil as protesters tried to topple the government of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Yingluck was forced to step down on May 7 after being found guilty of abuse of power by the Constitutional Court.

Cambodia hosts traditional wedding fair


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PHNOM PENH, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A Cambodian traditional wedding exhibition kicked off here on Friday evening, aiming to maintain and enhance Khmer culture and civilization, officials said.

The three-day fair brought together 67 exhibitors who were doing businesses in cosmetics, dress-style designs, furniture, hotels, decorative ornaments, catering service, fruits, flowers, photographing and souvenir, said Te Kaklika, vice-chairwoman of Real Gold Event Management Co. Ltd, which co-organized the event with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

The event is being held at the Diamond Island Exhibition Center in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She said a show of traditional Khmer wedding ceremony was also staged at the exhibition.

Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona said the fair aimed to maintain and promote the customs and traditions of Khmer wedding.

"It is also to show Khmer's beautiful culture and civilization," she said at the opening ceremony of the fair.

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៤+៤+១ អាមួយចុងក្រោយជាលេខបង្កប់ (ដោយ​ យឹម កិច្ចសែ)