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A government security force member, in black clothes, beats a protester outside Freedom Park as other protesters run away in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday. Pic: AP.

Cambodia: Protesters, violence return to Phnom Penh’s streets

By Tue, May 06, 2014 12:33PM UTC Comments Off A government security force member, in black clothes, beats a protester outside Freedom Park as other protesters run away in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday. Pic: AP.

The return of protesters to Phnom Penh’s streets has been slowly gathering pace and so have the incidents of violence....

Cambodia’s garment factory workers: Ripe for exploitation

By Sat, Jan 11, 2014 12:38PM UTC 3 Comments An injured Cambodian worker escapes from riot police during clashes in Phnom Penh last November. Pic: AP.

Eight days after the crackdown on garment factory workers and opposition rallies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia seems normal this weekend. The national television continues its regular programs showing Thai and Korean soap operas, karaoke videos and news about curious things in the West like the polar freezing in US or "national news" like the January 7's Liberation Day Anniversary. The crackdown gets some mentions on TV, such as to announce that factories are filing cases in court against trade unions for "incitement to strike, damage to property and assets"....

Cambodian PM says ready for talks with opposition

By Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:06AM UTC Comments Off Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s long-serving prime minister said Wednesday that his party was willing to talk with the opposition to resolve complaints that last weekend’s general election was unfair. The gesture, from a leader not usually given to compromise, represents an acknowledgement that his opponents’ strong showing in the polls could threaten his...

Cambodian opposition makes gains in parliament

By Sun, Jul 28, 2013 10:24PM UTC Comments Off Sam Rainsy, left, leader of Cambodia National Rescue Party, greets villagers. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition appeared to make significant gains in parliament in Sunday’s general election, while the ruling party claimed a victory that would deliver another mandate for long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen. Khieu Kanharith, a spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, said on his Facebook page that his party won...

Philippines govt spokesman shoots from hip, shatters peace process progress

By Thu, Jan 03, 2013 5:33AM UTC 2 Comments Philippines govt spokesman shoots from hip, shatters peace process progress

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was again in his element when he immediately castigated the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its political umbrella, the National Democratic Front (NDF), for terminating a ceasefire that was supposed to end on January 15. Lacierda can only be lying, or being unforgivably ignorant, in conveniently blaming the CPP...

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