​Paris Peace Agreements 1991

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

[Demographic Vietnamization: Elections, Military] Vietnamese license plates among CPP campaigners, 20 May 2017

បងប្អូន គិត ថាយួន ដែលចូលមក ឃោសនា​ និងបោះឆ្នោត ឲ្យCPP,​ គេ ត្រឡប់ ទៅប្រទេសគេ វិញ ទេ​?

CNRP’s Use Of Rainsy Ad Draws Ban [the only person Vietnam, Hun Sen fear]

“Wherever we go we talk about Mr. Sam Rainsy,” Ms. Sochua said. “He’s in the hearts of the people wherever they go.”

CNRP’s Use Of Rainsy Ad Draws Ban

The Cambodia Daily | 23 May 2017

A CNRP television spot featuring former party president Sam Rainsy may have been rejected on Monday, but the country’s main opposition has found other ways to promote the exiled leader in its campaigning ahead of the June 4 commune elections.

—Commune Election 2017—
Mr. Rainsy’s voice could be heard on Monday urging voters to support the CNRP along a street in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district, as a tuk-tuk-mounted loudspeaker alternated between songs and political speeches.



“People still love him,” said Keo Sarin, a deputy CNRP commune chief who was among a handful of opposition supporters accompanying the tuk-tuk on Monday. Mr. Sarin said senior CNRP lawmaker Yim Sovann had distributed the audio of Mr. Rainsy’s speech for party members to use.
The CPP, however, blasted the opposition on Monday over its use of Mr. Rainsy’s speeches and image in its election campaign. Ruling party spokesman Sok Eysan said Mr. Rainsy had passed his political sell-by date and was now “obsolete.”

Sam Rainsy: ក្មួយស្រី សុិន ចាន់ពៅរ៉ូហ៊្សេត ជាបេក្ខជន ចៅសង្កាត់ អូរចារ មកពី គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ | CNRP commune candidate Sin Rozeth

២៣ ឧសភា ២០១៧ / 23 May 2017, 07:00
ក្មួយស្រី សុិន ចាន់ពៅរ៉ូហ៊្សេត ជាបេក្ខជន ចៅសង្កាត់ អូរចារ មកពី គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ បានប្តេជ្ញា ធ្វើជាចៅសង្កាត់ បំរើប្រ ជាពលរដ្ឋ និងដោះស្រាយ គ្រប់បញ្ហា ដែលកំពុង ប្រឈម ជូនពួកគាត់ នៅពេល ដែលក្មួយស្រី បានជាប់ ជាចៅសង្កាត់ នៅអាណិត្ត ទី៤ ខាងមុខនេះ។
សម រង្ស៊ី / Sam Rainsy
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[Vietnamization: Koh Tral, PRK] Vietnam and Cambodia too commercialised for you? Try Phu Quoc,[Koh Tral], Vietnam’[Cambodia']s beach paradise

Want a holiday away from tourist hotspots? Then try Phu Quoc, Vietnam's beach paradise
Vietnam and Cambodia too commercialised for you? Try Phu Quoc,[Koh Tral], Vietnam’[Cambodia']s beach paradise
Metro | 23 May 2017
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The permanent population of Phu Quoc [Koh Tral] is roughly 100,000, and as such the island is lacking in structures of global significance, but this doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see, as Ho Quoc Pagoda proves in an instant.

Although it may look like an ancient place of peace and tranquility, construction actually only began in the 1990s [immediately after 10 years of occupation, but still under neo-occupation of CPP].

[BBC video] Artists recreate Angkor Wat's lost carvings

Artists recreate Angkor Wat's lost carvings

BBC | 20 August 2016

A collection of artists including a relative of John Constable have been commissioned to recreate some of the elaborate carvings missing from the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

They are working to recreate features including Apsara figures which once decorated the roof of the 900-year-old monument.

One of the artists is sculptor Sasha Constable - a member of one of Britain's most famous artistic families - who has been based in Cambodia since 2000 and works as a teacher and curator as well as producing her own work.

She enlisted local sculptor Chhay Saron to join her in researching - and making - the pieces.

អាជ្ញាធរ​ មូលដ្ឋាន​ នៅ​ក្រចេះ​ រង​ការ​ ចោទ​ថា​ រារាំង​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ មិន ​ឲ្យ​ចូល​រួម​ ឃោសនា ​ជាមួយ​ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង | Local authority in Kratie accused of preventing people from participating in opposition campaigns

យុទ្ធនាការ​ឃោសនា​បោះឆ្នោត​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ នៅ​ខែត្រ​ក្រចេះ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។ Photo provided
យុទ្ធនាការ​ឃោសនា​បោះឆ្នោត​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ នៅ​ខែត្រ​ក្រចេះ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។ Photo provided

អាជ្ញាធរ​ មូលដ្ឋាន​ នៅ​ក្រចេះ​ រង​ការ​ ចោទ​ថា​ រារាំង​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ មិន ​ឲ្យ​ចូល​រួម​ ឃោសនា ​ជាមួយ​ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង

RFA / វិទ្យុ អាស៊ី សេរី | ២៣ ឧសភា ២០១៧



សកម្មជន​ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ នៅ​ខែត្រ​ ក្រចេះ ចោទ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ មូលដ្ឋាន​ មក​ពី​គណបក្ស​ ប្រជាជន ​កម្ពុជា ថា រារាំង​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ មិន​ឲ្យ​ ចូល​រួម​ យុទ្ធនាការ ​ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត​ របស់​ គណបក្ស​ សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ។  ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង ​នៅ​គ្រា ​ដែល​អាជ្ញាធរ​ ភូមិ​ កាប៉ូ សង្កាត់​ អូរឫស្សី ក្រុង​ ក្រចេះ បាន​ហាម​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ណា​ ដែល​ធ្លាប់​ ទទួល​ អំណោយ​ ពី​គណបក្ស ប្រជាជន​ កម្ពុជា រួច​ហើយ មិន​ ត្រូវ​ ចូលរួម​ យុទ្ធនាការ​ ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត ​ឲ្យ​បក្ស​ នយោបាយ​ ផ្សេង​ឡើយ។

បេក្ខជន ​ចៅ​សង្កាត់​ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ នៅ​ខេត្ត​ បាត់ដំបង​ មក​បំភ្លឺ​ តាម​ដីកា​ តុលាការ | Opposition commune candidate in Battambang appears before court

កញ្ញា ស៊ិន ចាន់ពៅរ៉ូហ្សេត បេក្ខជន​ឈរ​ឈ្មោះ​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​សង្កាត់​អូរចារ លេខ​រៀង​ទី​១ នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផ្ដល់​សម្ភាសន៍​ឲ្យ​អាស៊ីសេរី នៅ​ក្នុង​សង្កាត់​អូរចារ ក្រុង​បាត់ដំបង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។ RFA/Hum Chamroeun
កញ្ញា ស៊ិន ចាន់ពៅរ៉ូហ្សេត បេក្ខជន​ឈរ​ឈ្មោះ​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​សង្កាត់​អូរចារ លេខ​រៀង​ទី​១ នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផ្ដល់​សម្ភាសន៍​ឲ្យ​អាស៊ីសេរី នៅ​ក្នុង​សង្កាត់​អូរចារ ក្រុង​បាត់ដំបង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។ RFA/Hum Chamroeun

បេក្ខជន ​ចៅ​សង្កាត់​ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ នៅ​ខេត្ត​ បាត់ដំបង​ មក​បំភ្លឺ​ តាម​ដីកា​ តុលាការ

RFA / វិទ្យុ អាស៊ី សេរី | ២៣ ឧសភា ២០១៧


បេក្ខជន​ ចៅ​សង្កាត់​ មក​ពី​គណបក្ស ​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ នៅ​ខេត្ត ​បាត់ដំបង ចូល​បំភ្លឺ​​ តាម​ដីកា​ របស់ សាលាដំបូង​ ខេត្ត នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ ទី​២៣ ខែ​ឧសភា ដោយ​មាន​ តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ បក្ស​នេះ និង​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​ របស់​ខ្លួន​ ជាង ១០០​នាក់ អម​ដំណើរ។

Postcards from Battambang Court

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ថ្ងៃនេះ កញ្ញា រ៉ូហ្សេត បានចូលបំភ្លឺនៅសាលា ដំបូង ខេត្ត បាត់ដំបង ដោយមាន ការចូលរួម ពីប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ សង្កាត់ អូរចារ យ៉ាងច្រើន កុះករ។   ដោយជាបេក្ខនារី ក្លាហានមកពីគណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ, រ៉ូហ្សេត នាង មិន មានការ ភ័យខ្លាច ឡើយ, ហើយ ពេលការ សាកសួរ ចប់, នាង នឹងបន្ត ការងារ របស់នាង។

[Demographic Vietnamization: Criminal elements, Border] Seven Vietnamese Nationals Charged for Detaining Gamblers

Seven Vietnamese Nationals Charged for Detaining Gamblers

The Cambodia Daily | 23 May 2017

Military police in Svay Rieng province have arrested and charged seven Vietnamese nationals for illegally detaining 13 gamblers who owed them money, according to a court official and military police statement.

On its website, the National Military Police says the group of lenders had been operating inside a Bavet City casino illegally, and had contacted the victims’ relatives to demand that they repay debts in return for the victims’ freedom.

Commune elections 2017: Is the CNRP missing Rainsy?

Rainsy himself said in an email the fact the government had ordered international airlines to ban him from returning home spoke volumes about what he called its “irrational and shameful panic when it comes to my presence and my potential role in Cambodian politics, especially at election times”. 

“Any election under such circumstances can be labelled anything but fair with a level playing field. This violation of basic democratic principles due to a lack of courage and sportsmanship is seriously eroding the Hun Sen government’s legitimacy,” he said. 

Rainsy said that he would be back in Cambodia “within hours” of any lifting of the ban. For some supporters, though, his absence might only stoke further anger with the government come voting day, according to Moeun Tola, head of rights group Central.

“It’s not like a couple of years ago. People are more knowledgeable. They know Sam Rainsy still aligns himself with the CNRP, and people think if the CNRP wins the elections, Sam Rainsy might come back. It’s pushing people,” Tola said.

“If he were here, his presence would help to inspire people’s sentiments, but when most people talk about the CNRP, they are still talking about Sam Rainsy,” he said.

According to Council of Ministers spokesman Siphan, however, the government had moved on from the days when it cared about Rainsy. [The lady protesteth too much.  Sam Rainy is the elephant in the room for both the CPP and the CNRP.  But for the CPP and the Kem Sokha unreformed clique, he's also the ghost haunting them.]

“He no longer has the right to stand or go to vote, so why do you care?” Siphan said. “We don’t care about him. He was a troublemaker. He caused trouble for our community.” 

“What else do you have for me?” he asked.
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Ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy (centre right, blue tie) and current CNRP leader Kem Sokha (centre left) greet supporters in Phnom Penh on the day of Rainsy’s return from self-imposed exile in 2013. STR/AFP

Commune elections 2017: Is the CNRP missing Rainsy?

Phnom Penh Post | 23 May 2017

In a different era, when the Cambodian People’s Party’s rule seemed inviolable, Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote to the King seeking a pardon for opposition leader Sam Rainsy to allow him to return to Cambodia, after four years abroad and a week before the national election.

[Vietnamization: Environmental destruction, Logging, Border] Report fingering tycoon in timber crime taken down [Peal si Peal]

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Authorities inspect a truck owned by Kith Meng’s Ang & Associates that was allegedly transporting timber to Vietnam last month. Photo supplied

Report fingering tycoon in timber crime taken down

Phnom Penh Post | 23 May 2017

A national police spokesman yesterday said a report alleging that tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group was colluding with loggers to launder timber was mistakenly posted on the body’s official site by a “tired” employee who meant to share the information with local reporters but not publish it.

Kirth Chantharith said the post appeared on the National Police website on May 16 but was later removed. It arose from a group social media exchange between a member of the police website team and local reporters from media outlets. 

“On that day, [the individual] was tired and mistakenly posted an article and, frankly, we dropped it immediately after seeing a report about it,” Chantharith said. “It was wrongly uploaded. They meant to share it [with other reporters] but instead it was posted. We also wondered why the police website published an accusatory [item] like that. It is careless.”

Citing anonymous sources, the piece accused the firm of using its licence allowing it to log the reservoir area of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam – which it is building with a Chinese firm – to launder timber sourced from other areas. 

Communities in the dam’s vicinity and anti-logging activists have long levelled such allegations against the company, which has contracted its subsidiary, Ang & Associates, to clear the reservoir.

The company made headlines in April when two of its trucks transporting timber from the Sesan site were seized by customs authorities in Tbong Khmum province.

At the time, an official said the vehicles appeared to be on their way to Vietnam, in violation of a blanket ban on timber exports to Cambodia’s eastern neighbour and of their travel permits, one of which had expired. 

"Kem Sokha, the Opportunist, the Incompetent with a Family of Kardashians and Paris Hiltons"

"Kem Sokha, the Opportunist, the Incompetent with a Family of Kardashians and Paris Hilton"

"Unknown no-body MP of the Ta Son San party who have to feed the fame hunger of ambitious wife and daughters... Heard about the 7USD from US congress to start Cambodian Center for Human Rights NGO because money cannot be given to political parties.  Changed his politician hat and put on NGO hat.  When US money ran out, he consult his friend Nek Bun Chey whose is close to the government.....  Pressure put on him and feeding into his own ego and ambitions of his Kardashian-like women, he jumped back into politics and create his own political party, the Human Rights Party.  He appoint the grandstanding Ou Vireak to replace him at CCHR.  With the blessings and assistance of Hun Sen and the perfect timing of IRI, then a new crop of rookies, headed by Alex Sutton and Jackson Cox, the wealthy godson of Dr. Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader.  It gave him money because they can be influential with him then with Rainsy. And that's how they fund their mansion in Toul Kork.....  Their only skills is feeding their ambitions.  ZERO competence. They're Khmer Kardashians, the Paris Hilton, with the clothes, the cars, the mansion, the botox."
- Anonymous

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sam Rainsy: លោក គង់ គាំ ទីប្រឹក្សា ជាន់ខ្ពស់ គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ បានចូលរួម ឃោសនា រកសម្លេងឆ្នោត | Election campaign with Kong Korm

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២២ ឧសភា ២០១៧ / 22 May 2017, 14:00
Election campaign with Kong Korm

រសៀលនេះ លោក គង់ គាំ ទីប្រឹក្សា ជាន់ខ្ពស់ គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ បានចូលរួម ឃោសនា រកសម្លេងឆ្នោត សម្រាប់ ការបោះឆ្នោត ជ្រើសរើស ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា ឃុំ-សង្កាត់ នៅស្រុក ពាមរក៏ ខេត្ត ព្រៃវែង។  Former president of the Sam Rainsy Party, former CPP minister of foreign affairs (in the 1980s).
សម រង្ស៊ី / Sam Rainsy
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Ruling Party Rally Assembles Crowd of Mixed Allegiances

Ruling Party Rally Assembles Crowd of Mixed Allegiances

The Cambodia Daily | 22 May 2017

Throngs of supporters clad in white shirts and hats emblazoned with the CPP logo officially kicked off the ruling party’s commune election campaign in Phnom Penh over the weekend.

—Commune Election 2017—

As campaigning now moves on to smaller-scale campaigning at the commune level, however, some participants spoke of having been compelled or paid to attend, including some who said they were in fact planning to vote against the CPP on Election Day.CPP supporters gather at Koh Pich island, in Phnom Penh, on Saturday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey Conflict

The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey Conflict

Two months before he was fired, FBI director James Comey inadvertently revealed something about his theological leanings that may have pointed to his inevitable fallout with President Donald Trump.

In March, Gizmodo reporter Ashley Feinberg followed a string of clues to the Instagram and Twitter accounts of a user named after Reinhold Niebuhr, who she believed to be Comey. Many of the user’s tweets had to do with the FBI, including one linking to a report about a meeting between Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and a Russian emissary. But what tipped off this particular account was its user name.

While a student at the College of William and Mary, Comey wrote his undergraduate thesis on Niebuhr. The Protestant theologian seems to have left an impression, judging from Comey’s references to him in public speeches and from this apparent pseudonym. Within a few days of Feinberg’s article, the owner shut the accounts down, though not before sending one last tweet that seemed to confirm the identification: a link to FBIjobs.gov—perhaps a job offer to Feinberg—and a quote from the movie Anchorman: “Actually I’m not even mad. That’s Amazing.”

Together with my colleague Sylvester Johnson, I published a book about the FBI and religion a few weeks before Feinberg outed Comey’s social media accounts. Our book traces the history of the FBI’s interaction with different religious communities and addresses the beliefs of some of its leaders and agents. I realized that Comey and Niebuhr were a part of the story we were trying to tell.

Niebuhr’s moral pragmatism

As Gene Zubovich notes, politicians caught trying to balance moral idealism and clear-eyed realism often look to Niebuhr, who’s earned the nickname “Washington’s favorite theologian.” Jimmy Carter said that Niebuhr was “always present in my mind” as he confronted the prospect of nuclear war. John McCain highlighted Niebuhr’s moral quandary in his 2007 book, Hard Call. In an interview with David Brooks, Barack Obama cited Niebuhr as one of his favorite philosophers; scholars see Niebuhr’s influence in Obama’s tendency to avoid moral absolutes and willingness to acknowledge America’s sins.

How did this particular theologian become so many politicians’ moral and spiritual compass? Niebuhr developed a view known as Christian realism, believing the human ego would undercut our attempts to better the world. According to Niebuhr, people need to shed their self-righteous illusions and perfectionist pretensions to set their sights on more modest solutions. Niebuhr warned that people should never assume they could eliminate evil. In fact, they should be on guard lest their moral ambitions lead them into a self-deluded and destructive pride.

Comey in the Spotlight

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What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey [a brilliant, fascinating long-read!]

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What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.


When Jim Comey first learned that Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales were on their way to the George Washington Hospital room of John Ashcroft, his first call for help was to Bob Mueller. Comey knew that the White House chief of staff and the White House counsel would try to push the attorney general to renew the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, code-named STELLAR WIND. Comey, who was then Ashcroft’s deputy, had spent the preceding weeks leading the charge against the White House and especially Vice President Dick Cheney against the program, which the Justice Department’s lawyers had determined was illegal. For days, Comey had weathered intense pressure to reauthorize STELLAR WIND, the debate escalating as the program’s expiration date neared. Cheney’s office had told Comey in no uncertain terms that if the program wasn’t OK'd, Americans would die—and their blood would be on Comey’s hands.

That night, though, Comey knew he had an ally to call. He asked Mueller, the ramrod-straight FBI director, to meet him at the hospital, but as his own car raced toward the hospital—its grill lights flashing and siren wailing—Comey realized that Mueller wouldn’t make it before the White House officials, so he asked for help: Don’t let them remove me, he asked Mueller.

Comey knew that Card would have Secret Service protection with him, and he was worried about being forcibly ejected by agents from Ashcroft’s hospital room. Ashcroft, weakened from gallbladder problems, was in no condition to sign off on STELLAR WIND—he’d legally turned the reins over to Comey while he was incapacitated—but, Comey feared, if the White House could isolate Ashcroft, who knew what it would do? Comey thought fast: Ashcroft had his own FBI security detail, and so he asked Mueller to call ahead and tell them not to allow the attorney general to be left alone. It was, in an extraordinary showdown between the White House and Justice Department, perhaps the single most extraordinary moment of the tumultuous Bush years: The FBI director ordering his agents to resist the Secret Service if they tried to remove the deputy attorney general from the attorney general’s bedside. As motorcades converged on the hospital from across Washington, everyone involved wondered: Just how far would this situation escalate?

It was all the more remarkable because no one outside of a tiny circle of high-ranking officials had any idea the cinematic showdown was playing out. It would be more than three years before Comey first mentioned that night’s drama, and the full details would trickle out only in the years thereafter.

The story of that March 11, 2004, showdown—how it came to light and what it says about the motivations and the moral compass of the two men now at the heart of a new Washington showdown—should deeply worry the Trump White House.

យុទ្ធនាការ ​ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត ​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​ ចាប់ផ្តើម ​ដោយ​មិន​ មានបញ្ហា ​សន្តិ​សុខ ​ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ | Commune elections campaing begins without serious security concerns

ទិដ្ឋភាព​ទូទៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ដំបូងនៃ​​យុទ្ធនាការ​ឃោសនា​រក​សំលេង​​ឆ្នោត​របស់​គណបក្សសង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​ ​ដែលមាន​សកម្មជន​ និង​អ្នកគាំទ្រ​​ជា​ច្រើន​ពាន់នាក់​ចូលរួម នៅរាជ​ធានីភ្នំពេញ​ ថ្ងៃទី​ ២០​ ខែ​ឧសភា​ ឆ្នាំ២០១៧។ (ខាន់​ សុគុំ​មនោ​/ VOA)

យុទ្ធនាការ ​ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត ​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​ ចាប់ផ្តើម ​ដោយ​មិន​ មានបញ្ហា ​សន្តិ​សុខ ​ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ

VOA / វីអូអេ | ២១ ឧសភា ២០១៧

គណបក្ស​ នយោបាយ​ ទាំង​១២​  ដែល​ចូលរួម​ ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​ ជ្រើស​រើស​ ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​  បាន​ចាប់​ផ្តើម ​យុទ្ធនាការ ​ឃោសនា​ គោល​នយោបាយ​ បម្រើ ​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​  កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ សៅរ៍​ ម្សិល​ម៉ិញ​នេះ​ នៅ​ក្នុង​ បរិយា​កាស​ សន្តិសុខ ​ល្អ។  មក​ទល់​ថ្ងៃ​ ទី​ពីរ ​នៃ​យុទ្ធនា ការ​ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត​ ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​ អណាត្ត ទី​៤​នេះ​ មិន ទាន់​មាន​ បញ្ហា​ហិង្សា ​ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ​ ណា​មួយ ​នៅ​ឡើយ ​នោះ​ទេ។

បញ្ហា​សនិ្តសុខ​ និង​សុវត្ថិភាព​ នៅ​ក្នុង ​រយៈពេល​ ពីរ​ថ្ងៃ​ ដំបូង​ នៃ​ការ​ ធ្វើ​យុទ្ធនាការ​ ឃោសនា ​បោះឆ្នោត ​ជ្រើស​រើស​ ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ ឃុំ​-សង្កាត់​ ដែល​បាន​ ចាប់​ផ្តើម​ កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ សៅរ៍​ កន្លង​ទៅ​  មាន​លក្ខណៈ​ ល្អ​ប្រសើរ​  ទោះ ​ជា​មាន ​ករណី​ ប៉ះទង្គិច​ ដោយ​ពាក្យ​សម្តី​ របស់​ អ្នក​ចូលរួម​ ការ​ឃោសនា ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នេះ។​ 

នេះ ​បើតាម​ ការ​បញ្ជាក់ ​ពីមន្ត្រី​ ជាន់​ខ្ពស់ ​របស់​ អគ្គស្នងការ​ដ្ឋាន​ នគរបាល​ ជាតិ​ និង​អ្នក​ សង្កេត​ការណ៍ ​បោះឆ្នោត ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។

US Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Cambodian Government

“[T]he only federal court with jurisdiction over a case where the defendant is a foreign government is the Washington DC court,” Mr. Sklar said in an email yesterday. “Initially we were able to file the case in California because Hun Manet was present in that jurisdiction as an additional named defendant. When that circumstance changed…the case had to be shifted to the Washington DC court.”
Mr. Sklar said he intended to refile the case against the Cambodian government with the federal court in Washington.

US Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Cambodian Government

The Cambodia Daily | 22 May 2017

A U.S. lawsuit accusing the Cambodian government of the wrongful imprisonment of a CNRP official was dismissed by a judge earlier this month because the court did not have sufficient jurisdiction over a foreign government after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s oldest son was dropped as a co-defendant in the case last month, according to those involved.
Opposition official Meach Sovannara, who is a dual U.S.-Cambodian citizen, originally brought the suit against Lieutenant General Hun Manet, who holds several top military posts, and the Cambodian government last year for Mr. Sovannara “arbitrary, extra-legal and long-term detention.”

Opposition CNRP official Meach Sovannara is escorted into the Supreme Court in 2015 for a bail hearing. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

មន្ត្រី​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល ​មាន​ទស្សនៈ​ ខុស​គ្នា ​ចំពោះ ​ការ​អំពាវនាវ ​របស់​ អាមេរិក ​ទាក់ទិន​ នឹង​ការ​ គំរាម​ ប្រើហិង្សា​ មុន​ពេល ​បោះឆ្នោត | Gov't officials have different opinions re US call on threats, intimidation before elections

រូបឯកសារ៖ លោក​ សុខ ឥសាន​ អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យគណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា​ ផ្តល់​បទ​សម្ភាសន៍​ជាមួយ​ VOA​ នៅ​ឯទីស្នាក់ការគណបក្ស​​ ​ក្នុង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១២​ ខែ​តុលា​ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦​។ ​(ហ៊ាន​ សុជាតា​/ VOA​)

មន្ត្រី​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល ​មាន​ទស្សនៈ​ ខុស​គ្នា ​ចំពោះ ​ការ​អំពាវនាវ ​របស់​ អាមេរិក ​ទាក់ទិន​ នឹង​ការ​ គំរាម​ ប្រើហិង្សា​ មុន​ពេល ​បោះឆ្នោត

VOA / វីអូអេ |

សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក​ បាន​ស្នើ​ ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​ កម្ពុជា​ ជៀស​វាង​ ការគំរាម​កំហែង ​ និង​ការ ​បភិត​បំភ័យ ​ខាង​នយោបាយ ​ ខណៈ​ ដែល​យុទ្ធនាការ​ ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត​​ ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​ រយៈពេល​ ១៤​ថ្ងៃ​  ឈាន​ចូល​ មក​ដល់។  ក្រុម​មន្ត្រី នៃ​គណបក្ស កាន់​អំណាច ​មាន​ទស្សនៈ​ ខុស​គ្នា ​ចំពោះ​ សេចក្តី​ អំពាវ​នាវ​ របស់​ ប្រទេស ​មហា​អំណាច​នេះ។​


ក្រុម​មន្ត្រី​ នៃ​គណបក្ស​ កាន់​អំណាច​ នៅថ្ងៃ​ អាទិត្យ​នេះ ​ បាន​ប្រតិកម្ម​ ក្នុង​ជំហរ ​ផ្ទុយ​គ្នា​ ​តបទៅ​ នឹង​ សេច​ក្តី អំពាវនាវ​ របស់​ សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក ​ ក្នុងការ ធានា​ ឲ្យ​បាន ​នូវ​បរិយាកាស​ សេរី​ នៃ​ការ អនុវត្ត សិទ្ធិ​នយោបាយ ​និង​ការ​ បញ្ចេញមតិ​  ដោយ​គ្មាន​ ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង។

Once-jailed ex-commune chief in Kampong Cham helps wife recapture his seat

“Do you know who I am?”

“You know who I am. I am Seang Chet, the one who was released from prison,” he said. “Vote for the CNRP.”
Seang Chet uses a loudspeaker to announce the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s policies as his rally passes through Kampong Siem district.
Seang Chet uses a loudspeaker to announce the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s policies as his rally passes through Kampong Siem district. Ananth Baliga

Once-jailed ex-commune chief in Kampong Cham helps wife recapture his seat

Phnom Penh Post | 22 May 2017

Former Sam Rainsy Party Commune Chief Seang Chet kicked off the two-week commune election campaign period on Saturday in the bed of a truck plastered with Cambodia National Rescue Party banners, calling out a rhetorical question to nearby villagers: “Do you know who I am?”

Indeed, Chet’s profile extends well beyond his Srok commune constituency in Kampong Cham province, albeit not for the reasons he may have hoped. Chet was thrust into the national spotlight last April after being swept up in authorities’ enthusiastic investigation of an alleged love affair between CNRP President Kem Sokha and a hairdresser named Khom Chandaraty.

The commune chief was accused of attempting to bribe Chandaraty’s mother to deny the affair for $500 – a sum he says was sent to him by overseas party supporters to supplement the hairdresser’s loss of a job, and which was never accepted by the family. Picked up by the Anti-Corruption Unit, Chet spent nearly nine months in pretrial detention, with a swift two-minute trial finding him guilty of bribing a witness and sentencing him to five years in prison.

Election Rules for Media Called a Threat and a ‘Reminder’

Election Rules for Media Called a Threat and a ‘Reminder’

 The Cambodia Daily | 22 May 2017

Officials yesterday said government-issued media guidelines for election coverage which prohibit the publication of news that affects the country’s “social stability” were just a “reminder” of existing laws, but some NGOs said the issuing of the code of conduct was an act meant to “stifle dissent.”
—Commune Election 2017—
The 12-page guidelines, issued by the National Election Committee (NEC) and dated September of last year, prohibit “the publication or dissemination of news that affects public order, causing fear or violence to occur” and news that “affects national security, political and social stability.”

Local English-language newspapers for sale at a newsstand in Phnom Penh on last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

In a letter dated May 11, the Information Ministry warned that media outlets must abide by these guidelines or face being shut down.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក ​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល ​កម្ពុជា​ ធានា​ សេរីភាព​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ ក្នុង​រដូវ​កាល​ បោះឆ្នោត | US calls on Cambodian govt to guarantee people's freedoms during election season

ក្បួន​ហែ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ (ឆ្វេង) និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ឃោសនា​រក​សំឡេង​ឆ្នោត​សម្រាប់​បោះឆ្នោត​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​អាណត្តិ​ទី​៤ នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។
ក្បួន​ហែ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ (ឆ្វេង) និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ឃោសនា​រក​សំឡេង​ឆ្នោត​សម្រាប់​បោះឆ្នោត​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​អាណត្តិ​ទី​៤ នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។

សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក ​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល ​កម្ពុជា​ ធានា​ សេរីភាព​ ពលរដ្ឋ​ ក្នុង​រដូវ​កាល​ បោះឆ្នោត

RFA / វិទ្យុ អាស៊ី សេរី | ២០ ឧសភា ២០១៧


ក្រសួង​ ការ​បរទេស​ សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក បាន​អំពាវនាវ​ ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ កម្ពុជា ជៀសវាង ​ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង ​ផ្នែក​នយោបាយ ខណៈ​ គណបក្ស​ នយោបាយ​ បាន​បើក​ យុទ្ធនាការ​ រយៈពេល​ ពីរ​សប្ដាហ៍ សម្រាប់ ​ការ​ឃោសនា​ បោះឆ្នោត ​ជ្រើសរើស ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ ឃុំ-សង្កាត់​ អាណត្តិ​ ទី​៤។

អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ សម្រាប់​ តំបន់​ អាស៊ី​ ខាង​កើត នៃ​ក្រសួង​ ការ​បរទេស​ សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក អ្នកស្រី អាលីសា អែដវឺតស៍ (Alicia Edwards) បាន​ថ្លែង ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ វ៉ាស៊ីនតុន ថា, សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក ជំរុញ ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល ​កម្ពុជា ដើម្បី​ ធានា​ ថា, ​គ្មាន​ ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង​ លើ​បរិយាកាស​ នយោបាយ និង​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ គោរព​ សេរីភាព​ បញ្ចេញ​មតិ​ របស់ ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ កម្ពុជា ទាំងអស់។  នេះ​ បើ​ យោង​តាម​ ទីភ្នាក់ងារ​ សារព័ត៌មាន​ សហរដ្ឋ​ អាមេរិក អេភី (AP)

A Mighty Fortress (arr. Johann Kim) sung by Cambodian Hosanna Choir & Ensemble in Korean!


A Mighty Fortress (arr. Johann Kim) sung by Cambodian Hosanna Choir & Ensemble

The year 2017 is especially celebrated by the reformed church,for her birth year is exactly 500 years ago when Martin Luther hung 95 Theses at the door of Aller Heiligen Kirche in Wittenberg. As Cambodia Hosanna Choir and Ensemble were invited to perform a special program for a Christian conference in Phnom Penh, they praised God with this historic piece (melody composed by M. Luther, harmonized by J. S. Bach, Coda including inversion of the melody added by Johann Kim) for the first time with almost full instrumentation including Timpani.

2017년은 종교개혁 500주년으로 특히 개신교에서는 중요하게 기념하는 해이다. 500년전 10월 31일 마틴 루터는 95개조항을 Wittenberg 의 교회 문에 붙여 종교개혁의 포문을 열었다. 캄보디아 호산나 합창단과 앙상블이 기독교모임에 특별찬양으로 초대되었을 때 처음으로 팀파니를 포함한 악기로 이 역사적인 곡(마틴 루터의 선율과 바하의 화성, 그리고 부족한 나의 코다가 어울어진 곡, 이 코다에는 선율의 inversion 이 들어있다.)을 연주하며 하나님을 찬양하였다.

Congratulations to Sam Rainsy, the newly-elected vice-president of Liberal International!

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២០ ឧសភា ២០១៧ / 20 May 2017


International conference in Andorra

ថ្ងៃនេះ នៅក្នុងសន្និសីទ អន្តរជាតិ មួយ នៅប្រទេស អង់ដរ (Andorre) ទ្វីបអឺរ៉ុប ខាងត្បូង។  គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ ជាសមាជិក ពេញសិទ្ធិ នៃអង្គការ សេរីនិយម អន្តរជាតិ (Liberal International) ដែលប្រមូលផ្តុំ គណបក្ស នយោបាយ សេរីនិយម មិនឆ្វេង មិនស្តាំ, គឺ នៅកណ្តាល ឆាកនយោបាយ ក្នុងប្រទេស នីមួយៗ ទូទាំង ពិភពលោក។  ខ្ញុំ ទើបតែ បានជាប់ ឆ្នោត ជាអនុប្រធាន មួយរូប នៃអង្គការ សេរីនិយម អន្តរជាតិនេះ។  ក្នុងចំណោម អនុប្រធាន ដទៃទៀត មាននាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ប្រទេស ប៊ែលហ្សិច លោក Charles Michel និងនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ប្រទេស កាណាដា លោក Justin Trudeau។

Today at an international conference in Andorra. The CNRP is a full member of Liberal International (LI), a world's grouping of like-minded center-oriented liberal political parties. I have just been elected a vice president of LI. Other vice presidents include Belgium's prime minister Charles Michel, and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau.

សម រង្ស៊ី / Sam Rainsy
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Cambodians rally ahead of polls as US warns of intimidation

Cambodian Buddhist monks join the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) rally during the first day of the country’s commune election campaign at outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Ten of thousands of Cambodians kicked off a two-week campaign period Saturday for local elections that are seen as important indicators of how the big political parties are doing nationally. (Heng Sinith/Associated Press)
Cambodians rally ahead of polls as US warns of intimidation

AP / Washington Post | 20 May 2017

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month’s local elections, which will gauge the support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year.

The U.S. State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June 4 communal elections started Saturday with tens of thousands of supporters of Hun Sen’s ruling party and the main opposition party flooding the streets of the capital.

What is the ASEAN way? BBC World Service


What is the ASEAN way?

Cambodian activist Theary Seng asks South East Asian leaders, including Malaysian Opposition MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, what the ASEAN way means.

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Duration: 2 minutes

Vote CNRP!


Kem Sokha's Facebook, 20 May 2017
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He took over as CNRP president in the internal coup with the aid of Hun Sen.

I will vote CNRP this June 4 IN SPITE of Kem Sokha in a lesser-evil decision as a matter of triage.

I greatly encourage everyone to do the same; it's the SMART AND RIGHT thing to do in light of the harsh reality.

Do not give up; do not sit out; do not vote to split the democratic voices; we cannot be purists in these situations.
Sam Rainsy's Facebook, 20 May 2017
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Sam Rainsy -- the only person Hun Sen and Vietnam fear -- was forced to resign to save the party from dissolution from an amended Law on Political Parties, with the understanding the seat of president to be left vacant till a year from now.