Author Archives: letters2pppapers

Commune elections: A question for the CNRP

[Published in the Khmer Times on 15 June 2017.] The just completed commune elections raise an interesting question for the opposition CNRP. As is well known, for the last four years, the CNRP has claimed that it “really” won the … Continue reading

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‘Analysts’ and the KR trials

[Sent to the Phnom Penh Post on 9 May 2017. Not published.] Your Tuesday article “KRT judges have ‘deep concerns’” states that “analysts” doubt that the judges told the full truth in expressing their concerns, and that these “analysts” further … Continue reading

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Bombs and debts

[Published in the Khmer Times on March 27, 2017.] Your account (March 23) of the unexploded US bomb removed from a pond in Kandal is not unrelated to the $500 million “debt” that the US claims is owed to it … Continue reading

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Islamophobia and its apologists

[Sent to the Phnom Penh Post on March 12, 2017. Not printed.] The Opinion piece “Islamophobia and free speech in Canada” by Canadian radio talkback host Andrew Lawton in Friday’s Post is a rather blatant defense of Islamophobia. For most … Continue reading

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Memo to Cambodian English-language newspapers

To: English-language papers in Phnom Penh Subject: “Rubber stamping” Date: 2 March 2017 I have noticed an increasing tendency for you to use the term “rubber stamp” when referring to actions by Cambodia’s elected parliamentary bodies, especially in headlines: the … Continue reading

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