Keep on truckin! There's a new wrinkle in the on-going land dispute between
Vietnam and Cambodia.
While debate still rages on the issue of border
demarcations, anonymous sources have revealed that Cambodians have been
unwittingly donating thousands of tons of precious heartland to their eastern
neighbor for free.
The gifts-in-kind of Khmer land have been made since
time immemorial but thanks to the modern miracle of rapid de-forestation,
topsoil loss is on the rise with Vietnam's Mekong Delta the proud benificiary.
One source said that the delta is now expanding in some areas at a rate of 80
meters per year.
Conspiracy theorists note that with all the logs
smuggled to Vietnam in the last decade this could be part of an acres-wide plot.
However, it is rumored that plans are afoot to remedy the situation.
Talk has been heard of an ingenius, multi-year, sustainable, eco-friendly,
cost-effective, gender-sensitive proposal to bring the soil back.
suggested World Bank funding the scheme envisions a convoy of lorries driving to
the delta, identifying the Khmer soil and trucking it home.
The woman from Anlong Veng who grudgingly turned over the remains of
murdered Belgian Michel Baran visited Phnom Penh this week. All she wanted, she
said, was to re-coup the $10,000 she spent in her exhaustive efforts to secure
the remains so they could be returned to the family. The Belgian Embassy was not
** Incoming US Ambassador to Cambodia Kent Wiedemann
ruffled a few journo feathers in Bangkok before his arrival in Phnom Penh. At
the request of the US Embassy in Bangkok reporters who cover Cambodia were
invited to meet with the new ambassador. Several cut short vacations in southern
Thailand and trekked to the City of Angels only to be told at the last minute
the lunch was cancelled as Wiedemann was ill. Fair enough. But wouldn't it have
been okay to join the envoy while he was recuperating beside the pool at the
** Parliamentarian Chhou Leang Huot wins the quote of the
week award: "If politicians had bad intentions you would see it
** You can't beat the cops. They're too
quick-witted. One guy pulled over for running a red light was told: "Just give
me $2 for a beer and we'll let you go." The driver responded: "But beers are
only a dollar." Came the reply: "Okay. Give me $2 for two
** Congratulations to Chris Fontaine and Laura Ngo on the
birth of Max, a fiesty lad weighing in at 3.2 kg.