Cambodians are not just for McCain
November 5, 2008, 3:52 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion

Cambodians are not just for McCain

The Phnom Penh Post, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

 

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t’s interesting to read about the different schools of thought regarding the future president of the United State of America in Kay Kimsong’s story, “McCain comes out on top in Cambodia,” Monday, 3 November 2008.

 

For Cambodians, we would support any US president who can help us build our democracy and free economy.

 

However, like many other Cambodians, I would prefer Senator Barack Obama to Senator John McCain for his own history and the history of Cambodia. Continue reading



Neither Side Has Advantage In Border Conflict
October 25, 2008, 6:03 am
Filed under: International Issues

Comment

 

 Neither Side Has Advantage In Border Conflict

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

The Cambodia Daily, Tuesday, October 21, 2008

 

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t’s interesting to read about observers’ comments on the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia in article “Defense Analysts: Thais in Advantage at Temple,” October 17, page 29.

 

Regardless of advantage or disadvantage for Cambodia or Thailand, we can say that both sides will be the great losers unless this conflict ends soon.

 

During the past several decades, Cambodia has experienced an immense tragedy: from a harsh civil war to genocide and to another civil war. Almost two million people have lost their lives as a result. Continue reading



Cambodia’s Magic War With Thailand
August 19, 2008, 2:51 am
Filed under: Culture, International Issues

Comment

Cambodia’s Magic War With Thailand

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Phnom Penh Post, Tuesday, 12 August, 2008

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arly this month, The Nation newspaper in Bangkok reported that many Thai residents in Si Sa Ket province which borders Cambodia wore yellow to help protect Thailand from black-magic spells cast by Khmer “wizards” who met at Preah Vihear Temple during the solar eclipse early this month.

On August 1, Bun Rany, the wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, led Buddhist monks and soldiers to the ancient Hindu temple to call upon their ancestors to protect the temple.

The Nation wrote that Thai media reports said that the mysterious black-magic spells by Khmer wizards would not only protect the temple but also weaken Thailand. Meanwhile, some Thai astrologers were reported to have urged local people to wear yellow to deflect the spells.

Whether the Thai astrologers considered the solemnly organized prayer at the temple Cambodia’s cast of magic spells on Thailand, the use of magic by Cambodians has prevailed for centuries. Continue reading



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

 

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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



Pay Up, Patriots!
October 13, 2007, 3:29 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion 

Pay Up, Patriots!

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

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ear farmers and countrymen! This is an appeal for your contributions to our efforts in raising money to compensate for the recent damage to the Thai Embassy and businesses in Phnom Penh.

         We know that you were not involved with this destruction. But since this damage was caused by our fellow patriots, and we know that you are all patriots, you will also be included in whatever way to pay for this destruction.

 The initial estimate of the damage claimed by the Thais was around $24 million. Indeed, this number looks like we will owe a great deal of money. Continue reading



Resigning East Timor PM a Role Model for Other Leaders
October 13, 2007, 3:03 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion

Resigning East Timor PM a Role Model for Other Leaders

 

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

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e welcome the decision of East Timorese Prime Minster Mari Alkatiri and his admission of responsibility for the recent violence in his country (“E Timor’s Prime Minister Agrees To Step Down,” Tuesday, Page 1).

His resignation is a role model for the leaders of other new democratic countries in seeking peaceful means rather than violence to end a political crisis for the sake of the country. Continue reading



Thai Coup Does Not Bode Well
October 2, 2007, 2:04 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion

Thai Coup Does Not Bode Well

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

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s Cambodians, we are saddened by the military coup in Thailand that ousted the democratically elected prime minister and his government. 

The coup is not only bad for Thai democracy. It also sets a bad example for other nations in Asia, especially neighboring countries which are mostly led by communist and military governments. Continue reading