Friday, November 28, 2008

Just another week

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.
A monk in Battambang wearing my brother Tim's sunglasses


Blogger rjhintz said...

Hi Andy, I'm not that surprised about the claim that additional landmines are being placed at Preah Vihear. It would actually be normal procedure to place "above ground mines," such as so-called Claymores (see Wikipedia M18A1) around defensive positions, whether Thai or Cambodian military.

These are the kind that are picked up and removed when the military leaves their position, but they are landmines, of a sort, nonetheless and it makes for good media copy.

November 28, 2008 at 11:25 PM  

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