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Welcome to LIFT issue 49

Welcome to LIFT issue 49

Our magazine is about you, Cambodian youth, and the things that we think you will find interesting. This issue we are focusing on foreigners because we know that having people from other countries in the Kingdom has an impact on Cambodians, especially the younger generation who has seen foreigners on TV, in movies and listened to them singing since they were babies.

We have had more stories about, and from, students studying abroad and we can hardly count them, but this week for the first time we have a story about youth from other countries coming to study here (page 6). We also have a story about what makes Phnom Penh unique from the other cities in the world (page 10), and a story about far away people and places in our country (page 12), and how much your location really matters to how you view the Kingdom.

We are launching the Lift/TEDx Phnom Penh Essay contest on our website this week as well. We would love to get your input.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all