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  • In Cambodia, Recycling can be Deadly

    Bronwyn Sloan

    In other countries, scrap collectors scramble for cans and bottles. In Cambodia, especially in provinces which experienced heavy fighting, your local "etchay" may have a stash of bombs and bullets.

    Authorities in Banteay Meanchey district on the Thailand border confiscated 6,000 bullets and more than 1,000 bombs and grenades from scrap collectors in the past two days, saying they posed a threat to public order as the seven raided storage areas are mostly located in built-up areas.

  • Looking good baby!

    Tanja Wessels

    They can't help but be cute, and with so many adorable options out there in Phnom Penh it really is time to dress the kids.

    Unlike us, toddlers have no concept of 'fat days' or concerns over "but I wore that two days ago" and will never retort with "floral?! That's so 2007!" Sure, they go through phases when all they want to do is run around naked or to be Batman forever, but these phases are still cute. Seeing a boy dressed as Spiderman in a supermarket aisle is something that never fails to raise a smile. Dressing children is great fun.

  • The King of the Mountains

    Nick Ray

    Location, location, location, you know the old adage and the magnificent temples of the ancient Khmer empire are no exception. The classic Khmer temple of Phnom Rung boasts Thailand's boldest location, perched atop an extinct volcano, while in Laos the Khmers left their legacy under the shadow of Lingaparvata mountain in the elegant lines of Wat Phu.

  • "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter" (Fantasty

    Geoff Ryman

    What happens when Cambodia's vibrant youth culture is confronted with its not-so-distant past?

    Click for the download page of Geoff Ryman's Hugo Award nominated imaginary novelette, 'Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter'.

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    EAS Interview: History's Horrors Inspired Literary Beauty
    Geoff Ryman talks about his novels and short stories with Cat Barton.

  • Friend of a Friend

    Kathryn Michie

    Most visitors to Phnom Penh, even those on a short trip, have heard of Friends restaurant. Starting out as an NGO concerned with providing practical hospitality training to ex-street children, Friends has earned itself a well-deserved reputation for friendly staff and tasty, reliable food.

  • Plastic bag fashion is fighting poverty, but can it save the world?

    Bronwyn Sloan

    On a balmy tropical night in Phnom Penh earlier this year, a glamorous fashion show took place. But while a catwalk in Southeast Asia might be expected to rustle with the sound of sumptuous silks, it was recycled plastics as "rubbish couture" that shimmered and swirled when the models stepped out in at this unusual event.

  • The Tale of the Haunted Cupboard

    Bronwyn Sloan

    What woke me up I don't know. I just remember realizing there was someone in my house who shouldn't be there, and glancing over to see a robber almost within touching distance going through an antique wardrobe a friend had just left when she went back to Australia.

    She saw me the same time as I saw her. I froze and waited for a knife or a gun, but thankfully she just ran into the night.

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