More news of the ebbs and flows of Cambodia coming your way.

Cambodia Is Hard Sell for Investment Companies

By: Simon Marks in New York Times, June 29, 2010

Douglas Clayton arrived in Phnom Penh in 2007 to start a private equity fund, looking to get $100 million in funds under management. His firm, Leopard Capital, started in 2008, is one of four private equity funds here backed by overseas investors, and the first to have completed an investment.

“Anyone can announce they want to start a fund, but getting investors to back you is a challenge,” Mr. Clayton, Leopard’s chief executive and managing partner, said in an interview.

Photo by: Bejan Siavoshy

Young dancers open minds by spinning on their heads

By: Bejan Siavoshy in Phnom Penh Post, June 28, 2010

While residents of Street 460 in Tuol Tompoung flocked home as dusk settled last Wednesday night, Tiny Toones founder Tuy Sobil, better known by his dance moniker “KK”, sat cross-armed with a widening grin on his face as local kids filed into the NGO’s youth centre.

Diplo at Pontoon in Phnom Penh!

Cambodia: Action Needed To Eliminate Torture

Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission in Scoop Online, June 26, 2010

As the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is commemorated globally, the people of Cambodia continue to face serious problems relating to guaranteed rights against torture. As far as legislation is concerned, Cambodia has been a party to all UN conventions relating to civil rights and rights against torture. Recently, it also ratified the optional protocol relating to prevention of torture, cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment and punishment. However, the common saying in Cambodia is that while all these documents are being signed, these have little practical value for the people.

Female artist wows Phnom Penh

By: Peter Olszewski in Phnom Penh Post, June 25, 2010

Siem Reap’s 21-year-old photography student Try Sophal was a big winner on June 24 at the awards ceremony and exhibition of the You Khin Memorial Women’s Art Prize at Java Café and Gallery in Phnom Penh.

Computer Game Saves Children From Landmine Scourge

By: Robert Carmichael in Voice of America, June 24, 2010

Decades of war have left Cambodia with millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance that kill and injure hundreds each year. A new approach to educating children about mines was tested last week in Phnom Penh, and is likely to be rolled out to other nations in the coming years.