There are so many things going on in Cambodia outside the narrow scope of my daily life, weekend escapades and area of work.

For those interested in some perspective on current events, ongoing social and political issues, and articles of human interest in Cambodia, here’s the first weekly news roundup!

Photo by: Heng Chivoan

60,000 sign land-dispute petition

By: Cheang Sokha and Chhay Channyda in Phnom Penh Post, July 14, 2010

Around 60,000 people have thumbprinted a letter calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene and resolve a rash of land disputes that have put their homes, farms and livelihoods at risk, community representatives said.

Oum Sok began working as a cyclo driver when he was 18 Photo by: R. Carmichael

Iconic Cyclo Disappearing From Phnom Penh’s Streets

By: Robert Carmichael in Voice of America, July 14, 2010

The cyclo has been a distinctive feature of Phnom Penh’s streets for 70 years, stretching back to the days when Cambodia was a French colony. But this form of transport has begun to fade away.

Photo by Irwin Loy

30 years after Khmer Rouge, killing fields, Cambodia grows new generation of art conservators

By: Irwin Loy in The Christian Science Monitor, June 12, 2010

The Khmer Rouge caused the deaths – by killing, starvation, and disease – of an estimated 2 million Cambodians, including an entire generation of art conservators. With the killing fields in the history books, skilled professionals are now reemerging

Photo by Lianne Milton

He flips, spins, turns his life around

By: Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2010

Deported from the U.S., a former Long Beach gang member makes a name break dancing in Cambodia and becomes a role model.



Cambodian Factories Seek Eco-Friendly Power Alternatives

By: Simon Marks, New York Times, May 27, 2010

There are signs that Cambodia’s garment factories, after a decade of efforts to improve labor standards, are now starting to concern themselves with environmental issues, too.