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The Gecko: 18 June , 2004

The Gecko: 18 June , 2004


recent visitor to Pailin says that if you need a decent meal, go to the casino smack

on the border. You won't find anyone working there who speaks Khmer but the food

is free so nobody is complaining.

Also not complaining are the legions of pick-up-truck drivers who are speeding from

Thailand via Poipet to Battambang with jerry cans filled with smuggled gasoline.

Those crafty ex-KR boys! Jumped into the free market like a bear into honey.

** If you want to see sculptures made from AK-47s by artists from the Peace Art Project

Cambodia, they are on display at Talkin to a Stranger.

** Readers will be shocked to learn that a recent World Health Organization study

has determined that "Up to half of all people with serious mental disorders

in the United States and several European countries are not receiving treatment,

and the situation is even worse in some developing countries," according to

a WHO press release.

"The researchers found that the prevalence of having any mental disorder in

the prior year varied widely from 4.3 percent in Shanghai to 26.4 percent in the

United States," the WHO statement said.

The study did not determine what percentage of people with untreated mental disorders

were sending out spam via the internet.

** One US Government employee in town is giving his infant daughter a lesson in democratic

pluralism in preparation for the upcoming US elections.

"Who's the worst President?" he asks her, to which she replies "Bush".

"Who's the best President?" "Bush," comes the reply.

"Who's the most mediocre President?" "Bush" again.

** If you've lost your Kampong Som address book, don't forget that the Sea View Villa

is at: # Seround Dipty, Sihanouk Ville.

** Heartiest congratulations to David King and Le Thi Nguyet Minh on the occasion

of their marriage celebration. The newlyweds are so happy that David says he doesn't

even mind when some of his in-laws call him "country bumpkin" in Vietnamese.

** Alert readers will recognize immediately from the news item below that this is

what has been missing in the Kingdom.

Los Angeles-based journalist Shawn Adler prefaced an interview with Hollywood star

John Travolta by noting "his life's ambition is to open a branch of Scientology

in Cambodia."


  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget