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: [email protected]
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".