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Sampling a year in stories

We asked you to tell us which stories left an impession on you. Here are the five stories that had the most impact on our readers.

THE SURVEYS for our first anniversary issue, which supplied the information for this page as well as the data on page three and almost all of the reader responses throughout the issue, were conducted by Sothea Ines, Ngo Menghourng, Sun Narin and Hem Khemra Suy.

They randomly asked university students if they were regular Lift readers and only conducted surveys with those who confirmed that they were familiar with the publication. As many as 80 people were surveyed, ranging in age form 18 to 42, but the majority of the group were university students.

Sadness filled a city that was shining with bright lights and joyous revelers hours earlier. Some people cried in public after watching
the frightening footage that seemed to run nonstop on Cambodian TV stations. Others sought the comfort of home to share heartbreak or
relief.

Hun Sen joined family members of the victims in comparing the stampede to Pol Pot's regime. But unlike that tragedy - which continued to cripple the Kingdom decades after its demise - the stampede last week was finished before many people knew it started, and rebuilding began with acts of bravery in the midst of the chaos.

by Kounila Keo & Colin Meyn

China's rapidly increasing investment in Cambodian industry has led to closer ties between the two countries, while relations with the US have been frustrated by America's refusal to erase billions of dollars of debt that Cambodia incurred during Lon Nol's regime. While the future is uncertain, there is no doubt that both countries will be important to progress in the Kingdom.

by Tivea Koam & Sun Narin

What does it take to be a real man?

Being used to watching never ending traffic and looking at buildings that reach high into the sky, I really enjoyed the view along the way to Mondulkiri, filled with various types of trees, expansive fields and rolling mountains.

by Dara Saoyuth

Khieu Kanharith, the government's Minister of Information, said he had used Facebook for two years and before that he used several other social networks including hi5. His online savvy is obvious since he usually replies to online messages within a few days if not a few hours. Yet, he is not a complete convert of online communication.
"I think oral communication works better than comments via social net- works," he said. "On Facebook, we cannot post everything - for example, policies that contain thousands of words cannot be condensed to two or three sentences. That is simply not enough to promote a policy."

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