Drums herald fruit festival
October 27, 2007, 8:05 am
Filed under: Culture

Drums herald fruit festival

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

Every year, 29 days from the first waning moon night of Asoch, the non-stop, heart-stirring sound of the drum-like Chaiyums is heard all over Cambodia.

The Asoch is the eleventh month of the lunar calendar and the music implies it is now the period of the Kathin festival, which begins on October 27 in 2007.


One of the distinguishing characteristics of Bon Kathin is its fruit which benefits both religiously and humanly. Continue reading

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Burmese junta repeating Khmer Rouge’s Mistakes
October 17, 2007, 9:36 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion: The Nation, Thailand

Burmese junta repeating early acts of Khmer Rouge

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

T

he world may be a bit relieved to see that the situation in Burma has calmed down following a violent crackdown on recent pro-democracy protests. But, it may be just the beginning of the worst nightmare ever to engulf this authoritarian country.

As various democracy-loving nations have started to bombard the Burmese regime with condemnations and economic sanctions, the Burmese authoritarian leaders may choose a more horrifying option by following the mistakes of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In many ways, the Burmese regime is already turning Burma into a country like Cambodia under Democratic Kampuchea. Continue reading



Suspension of NRP Show Bad for Cambodia
October 16, 2007, 10:16 am
Filed under: Freedom of Expression

Opinion

 

 Suspension of NRP Show Bad for Cambodia

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

I very much regret that the Beehive Radio station briefly halted a political party radio program deemed critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen (“Radio Station Suspends NRP Show for Criticizing PM,” Monday, page 16).

 I feel that this suspension of the Norodom Ranariddh Party’s program and the prior screening of its show are just a sign of self-censorship that is still disturbing press freedom in Cambodia. Continue reading



Royalist Party Radio Program Suspended
October 16, 2007, 10:14 am
Filed under: Freedom of Expression

Royalist Party Radio Program Suspended

 

The “Royalist Voices” radio show produced by the Norodom Ranariddh Party was suspended for three days over the weekend by the FM105 Beehive Radio station which claimed that it was critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The Beehive Radio station Director Mam Sonando told The Cambodia Daily newspaper that he suspended the show on October 11 because of inappropriate comments by hosts regarding a remark made by Hun Sen in a speech on October 8. Continue reading



The Gossipy Man
October 14, 2007, 4:58 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

Khmer Folktale

The Gossipy Man

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

  

O

nce upon the time, there lived a man named Ream. He was the door-keeper of a millionaire.

           People who wished to see or to contact the millionaire always had to ask Ream first to know whether the millionaire was at home or not, or whether they could or could not see the millionaire. People could go to see the millionaire only after having received Ream’s permission. Before allowing a person to see the millionaire, Ream always asked the person about his/her name, whereabouts and intentions. Continue reading



…while the forgotten wounded struggle on
October 14, 2007, 4:54 am
Filed under: Social Issues

…while the forgotten wounded struggle on

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

SIX months after grenades shattered their lives, Hor Sinnath faces life as a paraplegic, Neang Chanthan suffers violent headaches and convulsions, and Poeu Sinan, Koh Sovantha and Hath Seng still face the prospect of losing their legs or feet to amputation.

For them and others, the nightmare of March 30 – when four grenades ripped through a crowd of Khmer Nation Party (KNP) demonstrators outside the National Assembly – is far from over.

They require on-going, expensive medical treatment, which they cannot afford, if they are to be spared permanent damage. Continue reading



March ’97 grenade victim now labor rights activist
October 14, 2007, 4:51 am
Filed under: Social Issues

March ’97 grenade victim now labor rights activist

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

Her face turned grim as she recalled how grenade shrapnel struck her legs three years ago while she was holding a banner at a protest in front of the National Assembly on March 30, 1997.

“I thought that I wouldn’t have a future, that they would cut off my legs,” said 23-year-old garment factory worker Poeu Sinan.

Now, things have changed. Though scars and pieces of shrapnel are still in her legs, this brutality doesn’t seem to scare her away from doing what she did then. Sinan now finds herself in an active role to protect her rights and that of other workers. Continue reading