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Welcome to LIFT issue 60

Welcome to LIFT issue 60

Now that Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to a ceasefire on the border area around Preah Vihear, the threat posed by Thailand has subsided, but for the past few weeks, there have been plenty of reasons to fear for the safety of Cambodian territory and people.

As often happens in times of trauma, people around the country united to rally behind the troops defending us. In this issue we find out how people supported the soldiers, and who made sure t5he money made it to the front lines (page 10).

We also talk to young writers searching for a new voice that will connect with the next generation of Cambodian readers (page 12). We find out what they re doing to compete with technology, TV and other distractions that their forbearers didn’t have to compete with.

The TEDx videos have been online for about a week, and our constructive Cambodian has some comments, and check out our ever evolving face3book page  at


  • 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