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The Royal family
“Cambodia’s royal family is a tragedy, comedy and melodrama  all rolled into one that could have provided grist for at least a half dozen Shakespeare plays.”  May, 2006.

Hun Sen
“The thin-skinned Hun Sen has never abided what most consider fair comment about his government– a serious failing.”  Ambassador Carol Rodley, May, 2009

Outlawing adultery
‘‘One CPP insider told the Embassy that the CPP has more mistresses than FUNCINPEC or any other party, and doubted the legislation would have any real impact.”  September, 2006

Chea Vichea verdict
“This disappointing verdict demonstrates that Cambodia’s culture of impunity and poor legal system persists.”  April, 2007

Mu Sochua defamation
“According to Mu, [appeal court prosecutor] Ouk did not take her case seriously and instead spent the time ‘flirting’ with her.”  October, 2009

Freedom of speech
“As Sok An told the Ambassador, whole subject areas such as Angkor Wat or the borders are off limits, as any criticism can lead to instability and ‘anarchy’. ” July, 2009.

House renovations

“The challenges faced by Cambodia in 2009 are of such a different nature from those 10 years ago that, as he [Hun Sen] joked, one of his biggest problems is how much longer it will take before the refurbishment of his house in Phnom Penh is completed.’’ January, 2009

Whaling
“Because Japan is Cambodia’s largest aid donor, Cambodia cannot risk offending on an issue it sees as critical.”  Official speaking before a Whaling Commission vote, May, 2007

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