Cambodia 2009: The year that was
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Cambodia 2009: The year that was

This blog-post intends to highlight some of the major events and interesting stories happened in Cambodia in 2009. The dispute between Cambodia and Thailand, the biggest one in recent history, remains unsolved until now; the impact of the global financial crisis on Cambodia is much felt as more and more garment factories have been shut down; latest charges on Khmer Rouge leaders by UN-backed war crimes court is one of the top national news for Cambodians and international observers.

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In 2008, a day after Preah Vihear temple was listed as UNESCO’s World Hertiage Site, some hundred thousands of Phnom Penh residents gathered at Wat Phnom to celebrate their historical, national pride, which has also posed an upsurge of nationalism among people in Cambodia and Thailand; the event was followed by Cambodia tit-for-tat over Thaksin. Photo: Tharum Bun
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Yet, this post doesn’t necessarily reflect what took place in the country in general, but rather to conclude the year with some news articles published by world’s media. You may find that a number of major stories I miss in include in the list of Camobdia-related news. It’s probably the right time to reflect on what you’ve been up to Cambodia’s national affairs, and here it’s:
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December

Cambodia’s ‘plane of shame’: The Phnom Penh Post

China’s £750m aid ‘not linked’ to Cambodia’s Uighur deportations: Scotsman.com news
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Thai spy pardoned in Cambodia: Forbes
/>Cambodia’s king pardoned a Thai man Friday who had been sentenced to seven years in prison for spying on Thailand’s fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a case that soured relations between the neighbors.
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Thai Jailed In Cambodia Over Thaksin Flight Leak: The New York Times
/>A Thai engineer was jailed in Cambodia for seven years for spying on Tuesday after he obtained flight details of fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a ruling likely to prolong a bitter row between the two countries.
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Cambodia’s Rainsy loses immunity: BBC News
/>The government has defended its use of the courts, saying in one case a critic had attempted to cause “chaos and confusion” with inaccurate remarks.
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Cambodian revolution: The Age
/>A once-struggling nation is starting to rival its better-known neighbours, writes Louise Southerden.
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Textbook sheds light on Khmer Rouge era: BBC News
/>Khamboly Dy has expanded that paragraph to an entire textbook for the Documentation Centre of Cambodia, an organisation which gathers evidence about Khmer Rouge atrocities.
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Cambodia’s ‘Jungle Woman’ admitted to hospital: The Independent
/>Two years ago she emerged from the jungles of Cambodia wild, unkempt, unable to speak and apparently having been missing for almost 20 years.
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Cambodia Warming to Idea of Foreign Ownership: New York Times
/>Some observers here say that confidence in the market actually was boosted when the long-awaited proposal to allow foreign ownership was introduced by the Ministry of Land Management in April.
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Exiled Thaksin in Cambodia kicks up trouble for Thailand: The Christian Science Monitor
/>Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long provoked Thailand’s government by rousing opposition at home. Now he’s inflamed regional tensions by becoming an economic adviser to rival Cambodia.
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October
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Global slowdown tatters Cambodian garment industry: Taiwan News Online
/>Cambodia – The global recession forced the closure of 77 garment factories in Cambodia in the first nine months of 2009, throwing more than 30,000 people out of work, the government said.
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September
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Typhoon kills dozens in Vietnam, Cambodia: Sydney Morning Herald
/>In Cambodia, authorities said the homes of thousands of people had been evacuated as the storm packed winds of up to 145 kilometres (90 miles) an hour.
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Cambodia accuses Thai troops of burning boy alive: Reuters
/>Cambodia accused soldiers from neighbouring Thailand on Wednesday of burning a boy alive after shooting at villagers in a disputed border region, a claim Bangkok said was baseless.
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Victims of Cambodian forced evictions speak out: Reuters
/>Land ownership is a controversial issue in Cambodia, where legal documents were destroyed and state institutions collapsed under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s and the civil war that followed.
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Cambodia Hopes New National Airline Will Boost Tourism: Deutsche Welle
/>Cambodia Angkor Air currently has three planes, including one airbus A321. It is expected to purchase more aircrafts next year. The airline also plans to expand its
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August
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Cambodia pulls back troops from disputed temple: Reuters
/>Cambodia began a partial withdrawal of troops from its disputed border with Thailand on Thursday, a move likely to ease tensions between the two over a 900-year-old Hindu temple.

Cambodian Nationalism Unleashed: Far Eastern Economic Review
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Cambodia: A land up for sale?: BBC World Service
/>Cambodia’s recent stability, following decades of violence, has attracted a rapid boom in tourism and a race among foreign and local entrepreneurs for prime real estate on which to build new resorts.
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Miss Landmine beauty pageant cancelled in Cambodia: guardian.co.uk
/>A beauty pageant for victims of Cambodia’s millions of landmines has been cancelled after the government denounced the event as an insult to disabled people.
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July
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Thaksin not in Cambodia: Hun Sen: Bangkok Post
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June
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Cambodia considers opening Angkor Wat at night: USA TODAY
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Pol Pot paintings saved my life, S-21 survivor says: Reuters
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May
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Korea, Cambodia to Strengthen Ties: Arirang News
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CAMBODIA:  Chevron Silent on Bribery Allegations: IPS
/>U.S. energy giant Chevron is under fire for failing to disclose the amount of money it allegedly paid to secure rights to drill for offshore oil in corruption-ridden Cambodia.
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April
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Hope blooms in Cambodian resort: BBC News
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March
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Global downturn threatens Cambodian garment success: Reuters
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February
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IMF warns global downturn poses risks for Cambodia: Reuters

January
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Efforts to Limit Khmer Rouge Trials Decried: The New York Times