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The Gecko: 27, September 2002


a new email info service about Cambodia is causing heads to turn and tails to

wag. It's called "Khmer Intelligence" and describes itself as "a non-government

organization whose objective is to collect sensitive information from non-easily

accessible sources to help Khmer and foreign observers better follow and understand

the situation in Cambodia." Its tidbits of intel are classified as (1) semi-official,

(2) very reliable, (3) reliable, and (4) rumour. No sources are given but its list

of "subscribers" is growing like a weed. Someone named Ka Samngat, who

it seems is based in Paris, runs the operation.


To get on the list email:

A US-based organization calling itself Partners for Change has warned that Cambodian

street children could be killed, as part of an emailed fund raising drive. Under

the subject heading "Save Cambodian Street Children, donate by 9/11", the

group warns that: "there are many children living on the streets (including

many orphans from the war). We have learned of plans for the city to look 'more presentable

to the world' by removing from the streets (and possibly killing them)." It

says donations of $20 or more by check can be sent to a San Francisco post office


If we didn't have to eat then we wouldn't have to think about food. The famous

Tibetan monk Milarepa sorted this problem out. After meditating for a bunch of years

he managed to trim his diet down to just nettles soup.

However, those closer to earth still wrestle with how to please the palate. The

owners of Topaz have mulled over this issue. Their new restaurant K West along the

riverfront, set to open soon, plans to tackle the problem head on with a menu that

will include Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Fajitas, Nachos, Burgers, Steaks, Khmer

and Thai food and Asian breakfasts.

Fresco is another shop that aims to please. If you have a passion for Middle Eastern

food try some of their Hummus, but make sure to spice it up with some olive oil (which

they sell), minced garlic and lemon juice. Check out their subs too-you'll forgo

that urge to become a monk.

History buffs are eagerly awaiting a new book on the PRK and the SOC by Evan Gottesman,

to be published by Yale University Press in November. Their website says "the

book is based on previously undiscovered internal government and party documents".



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