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Khmer King Norodom Sihamoni - A dancer, a puppet, a prisoner of the palace?

Monarch Wears a Hollow Crown in a Kafkaesque Kingdom.

BY SOVANNARITH KEO | NOVEMBER 12, 2014  –  The Cambodia Daily.

If Jayavarman VII is known among Cambodians and the rest of the world as the greatest monarch that Cambodia ever produced for having ruled the country (then the Khmer Empire) to its zenith; if Chey Chettha II is known as the worst of the worst for ceding huge parts of Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, to Vietnam to satisfy his Vietnamese wife, Princess Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van of the Nguyen Dynasty; and if the late King Norodom Sihanouk is known as the “playboy king” for being a womanizer during his adulthood, a “madman” for being a genius, a “red king” for joining hands with the Communists or the “royal crusader” for demanding his country’s independence from France…then what, exactly, does the present King Norodom Sihamoni want his fellow Cambodians and the world to know him for? 1,198 more words


North Korea stays rent-free in Cambodia.

In the UK, the North Korean Embassy operates out of a simple house in West London. In the US and France, the pariah state has no diplomatic representation. 139 more words


Book Review: Hun Sen's Cambodia


On January 11, 1979, four days after Vietnamese troops and Cambodian rebels swept into Phnom Penh and toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, the leadership of the freshly proclaimed People’s Republic of Kampuchea touched down at Pochentong airport. 880 more words


Cheeky inequalities in Cambodia.

By government sub-decree, the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has granted a hefty pay raise – to himself and to his long-serving ministers.

Hun Sen and senior government members are set for a monthly salary hike as part of “sweeping changes to senior government and high-ranking civil servant bonuses”. 174 more words


Hun Sen's Cambodia

Hun Sen’s Cambodia, by Sebastian Strangio (blog here), published by Yale University Press and Silkworm Books, will be available at Monument Books from 27 October. 839 more words