Gov’t Impasse Is Killing Dream for Democracy
October 13, 2007, 3:36 am
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Gov’t Impasse Is Killing Dream for Democracy

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh



ike the road to heaven, the road to democracy in Iraq is very rough and fatal. Yet, the renewed pledge by US President George W Bush recently gives the Iraqi people a bit of a hopeful dream for democracy.

 Sadly, the US and the international community seem to forget about Cambodia as they’ve turned most of their attention to Iraq. It’s been 10 months now since the national elections were held in Cambodia. Despite endless talks between the three victorious parties, there is not much hope that a new government is going to take shape soon. Continue reading


The damned Yali Falls
October 13, 2007, 3:26 am
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The damned Yali Falls

Moeun Chhean Nariddh



he International Atomic Energy Agency may be unaware, but the Yali Falls dams Vietnam has been constructing in recent years can well be as destructive as an Atomic bomb.

         Already it has caused about 40 Cambodian deaths as well as other destructions to people’s homes, animals, crops and environment.

 We know that Vietnam has been such a good neighbor of Cambodia. However, we should not rule out the possibility the two friendly countries become unfriendly. The conflict that we wish to avoid would follow. Continue reading

Democracy in a flash
October 13, 2007, 3:15 am
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Democracy in a flash

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh



ollowing a protracted political crisis that has put Cambodian democracy on hold, the government’s latest “lightening policy” seemed to have shown a bright path for Cambodia to move forward.

I am pleased to see that together with this “lightening policy” the government has dropped all charges against human rights activists, journalists and opposition politicians and that these political figures and journalists could resume their work. Continue reading