Friday, November 28, 2008
With tourist numbers to Cambodia already falling, the crisis at Bangkok's two airports is helping no-one, least of all Thailand. They seem hell-bent on becoming Enemy No 1, and it's succeeding. They've also accused Cambodia of laying landmines at Preah Vihear. What next? Are Cambodia putting arsenic in the Mekong River - whoops, that was a story this week too. In other news, Siem Reap Airways have been grounded; foreigners can marry Khmers again; rumours abound that Angelina Jolie and Brad will be here for the opening night of Where Elephants Weep; Global Witness and the monkey rights groups attack the government again; Somaly Mam gets 1 million Euros from Germany; Placebo will play Angkor Wat; the new OK Condom gets its public airing on Monday; and Cambodian monks get some more bad press with the rape of a British woman in Battambang. Oh, there are two photography exhibitions in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh but very little, if any, local involvement amongst the exhibitors, hence I haven't bothered to mention them. As you can see, it's just another week in Cambodia.