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Lanterns for the Mid Autumn Festival

By: Jonny Platt Posted: September-30-2009 in
Jonny Platt

The mid-autumn festival, or Tet Trung Thu as it is known in Vietnam, is a major festival celebrated on the 15th of the 8th Lunar Month every year. This year, it falls on Saturday 3rd October.

The Highlight of the Past Week

By: Norbert Klein: editor, The Mirror Posted: September-28-2009 in
Norbert Klein: editor, The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 631 - Sunday, 27.9.2009

In some weeks, there is some important event attracting the attention of many people – a kind of theme of the week. In other weeks, there are even several items which compete for top attention – though different people are interested, or even affected differently, and it may not be easy to agree what can be considered for special attention.

Sex and Siem Reap City

By: Diana Saw Posted: September-16-2009 in
Diana Saw

Sex and Siem Reap city

So one of my Khmer pals has a young French man pursuing her. He's not the first one. My friend has never agreed to go out with barang men because she is suspicious of them -- with good reason. One of her friends has been dumped by a string of Western expats after going to bed with them. One of these men left her with a child before returning to his country of origin. The poor Khmer girl keeps asking what is wrong with her, why do men all leave her. It does not occur to her to stop seeing the expat men she favours.

Officials of the Opposition Parties and of the Ruling Party Will Discus Mutual Tolerance in Front of Diplomats

By: The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-15-2009 in
The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 630 - Monday, 14.9.2009

“About 200 Khmer politicians from the five parties that have seats in the National Assembly, government officials, many ambassadors in Phnom Penh, and also civil society representatives will meet at the National Assembly on Tuesday, 15 September 2009, for a serious discussion about democracy in Cambodia.

“This workshop is organized by the secretariat of the National Assembly with support from UNDP, with the assistance plan for legislative organization, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Inter-Parliamentary Union.

America Suspects Four Products in Cambodia Related to the Use of Child Labor

By: The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-13-2009 in
The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein

“The national activity plan aims at reducing the number of children between the ages of 5 and 17 who are doing work in Cambodia to only 10.6% in 2010, and to 8% in 2015. Also, the Royal Government of Cambodia has joined in some programs led by the USA to stop the most serious forms of child labor in different sectors, as stated by the US Department of Labor.

“The USA hopes that continued cooperation to solve this problem will totally eliminate child labor in Cambodia, and they hope that all forms of exploitation and human trafficking are being reduced.

Reactions to the Sentences on Three Young People to Serve One Year in Prison on the Accusation of Being 'Gambling Agents'

By: The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-08-2009 in
The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 629 - Monday, 7.9.2009

“Phnom Penh: On 1 September 2009, the Phnom Penh Court heard and sentenced three persons, who were hired to write football betting receipts and lottery papers, and to take care of game machines for children, to serve one year in prison each – the sentencing was accompanied with noisy crying from their relatives.

“A judge of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Ms. Sem Sakola, convicted Mr. Sok Vy – 28, Ms. Phat Linda – 23, and Ms. Suon Sreymuoy – 22, to serve one year in prison, starting from the day they were arrested on 29 August 2009, and ordered them to pay Riel 7 million [approx. US$1,700] each in fines under the accusation of being ‘gambling agents.’

Khmer Language Teaching Is Included in a Thai Government Approved Curriculum

By: The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-06-2009 in
The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 628 - Saturday, 5.9.2009

“Though there have been some hostilities regarding border disputes, the Thai government has included Khmer language teaching into the state curriculum at many schools, following a request by the Khmer Language and Culture Association of Surin Province (LCASP).

Stiff drinks lift male spirits

By: Nguy Ha Posted: August-23-2009 in
Nguy Ha

“This transforms an 80-year-old man into an 18-year-old boy. When a husband drinks it, his wife will absolutely worship him. After drinking one small cup, you can have sex for a whole night without rest.” Hoa, a seller of medicinal wine shop says.

Both men and women prick their ears up to listen to conversations with friends or vendors of ‘medicinal’ wines. All men want to be heroes in bed, and the effects promised by these home-brewed herb or animal based wines offer some two million Vietnamese men suffering from erectile dysfunction hope, according to the country’s leading urologist, professor Tran Quan Anh.

A widow's remarkable tale

By: MAG Posted: August-03-2009 in

"Not being able to live on your own land is like being denied the use of a part of your body” - Em Saoud Mashmoushi, shopkeeper and widowed mother of nine, Bsaba village

In 1977, Em Saoud Mashmoushi witnessed her husband being shot and killed outside their house in Bsaba village in the Chouf Mountains. Two months pregnant with the couple’s ninth child, she was also hit in the back by a bullet, but miraculously both she and the baby survived.

Year of the Golden Pig

By: Marc Pollack Posted: January-01-2008 in
Marc Pollack

Year of the Golden Pig, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints, by Sasha Constable and Vincent Broustet opened Wednesday at Java Café and Gallery.


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