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The Gecko: 22-November-2002

Long-time readers of the Post regularly ask "What's Nate Thayer up to these

days?"

Well, according to AdAge.com Nate is suing Ted Koppel and his employer ABC "for

more than $30 million" over ABC's usage of Nate's video footage of Pol Pot taken

in Anlong Veng back in 1997.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Oct.

30. The story goes on to say that Nate is accusing Koppel and ABC of "copyright

infringement, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, tortious interference with business

relations, and fraud."

Charles Ray was confirmed as Ambassador to Cambodia by the US Senate on Nov 12.

The embassy says he will arrive in Phnom Penh "sometime after Christmas".

Logging companies' recently-submitted Forest Management Plans (FMP) and Environment

and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) include some real gems.

TPP's ESIA noted on soil types: "there are partly alluvial-ancient dirt."

Also, "Trees must be felled at once, but not to be remain standing during period

of cutting." As for wild animals, "In the presence, tigers have been poaching

in the forest concession areas."

Youry Saco reported: "There are many more kinds of animals including spineless

animals which play an important role in evolution and the ecological system."

The Timas Company, in the section on "observed mammals", listed: one chameleon,

two mountain turtles, and one eel. Kingwood identified a "district dog"

while Mieng Ly Heng said there were "district pigs" in their area.

Colexim's ESIA noted: "The community inside the concession area can be properly

managed without impairing on the company's operation." But they cautioned: "However,

the answer they gave is out of reality and made as to treat and protect of their

own benefits characterized as a conflict of interest, this protection is fully against

the right on sharing benefits between concessionaire and local communities."

Pheapimex's FMP for Stung Treng/Rattanakiri said: "The company fixes the main

road better because it is important for transportation and the road makes the transportation

move in the right direction." But in their Kampong Thom concession they reported

"All development projects are always harmful to society and environment."

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