Welcome to LIFT issue 59

Welcome to LIFT issue 59

If you have strolled through Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, or any other urban centre recently, there is a good chance you have walked by a cafe coffee shop. If you are a Cambodian student or professional, you probably stopped by for a drink and a chat with friends.

It seems that, regardless of how many coffee shops are built and opened, there are just as many people looking for a new place to kick back, log on, or get down to work and get a few refreshments. In this issue we look at who’s driving the ever-rising demand for cafes and who’s benefitting form all these customers (page 12).

Our other feature looks at the impact made possible by Khmer blogging and we ask one of the most read young political bloggers in the Kingdom what she thinks about the censorship situation these days (page 10).

We spotted our youth of the week on a trip to Battambang (page 4), and we have a double dose of “What’s new,” with reviews of  movie and an new art space just for Cambodian youth.

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  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release