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Kampot province produces salt for the local market - a total of 80,000 tons of salt per year from more then 3 million hectares of land is distributed around the country.

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Transitioning Cambodia

This project has been in the making for many years. It started off as a feeling. When I first got to Cambodia, I felt I had arrived in a place were anything was possible. Cambodia was booming with opportunity, and it was deeply forgiving of mistakes. It was the ideal place to set up as 24-year-old photographer with very little experience in the freelance market, and I started off by looking for jobs to keep me afloat. It was a slow start, as all freelance photographers can probably relate to; small jobs here and there, the odd big contract and a lot of time for blog posts, internet updates and importantly personal projects

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Water Festival Returns to Cambodia

After a three year hiatus Bon Om Touk, or the Cambodian Water Festival, returned to the Kingdom last week. Meant to mark the the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap river – and the associated fishing and agricultural fertility that brings – the festival is one of the biggest holidays in Cambodia. Over three days of races, long boat crews from all over Cambodia converge on the capital, seeking to win honour (and hopefully a piece of the prize money) for their home towns. Despite the historical and cultural importance of the festival, the tragic stampede incident in 2010, which saw roughly 250 dead and 750 injured led to the suspension of the event for three years – though strong arguments could be made that the government, fearing large gatherings of people during the past year of civil unrest, had ulterior motives for cancelling last year’s celebration.

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Bridging the Gap: Collaboration Between Media and Development

Thank you to every one who was able to attend Wednesday’s panel-discussion “Bridging the Gap - Collaboration Between Media and Development” at the Meta House.

We had great panel of experts from both the journalism and development sectors. Giving voice to the humanitarian industry, Sharon Wilkinson has worked for more then 25 years in the in both Asia and Africa, and Jon Morales is a program manager from the Asia Foundation.

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Waiting for the King

This morning King Norodom Sihamouni and Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the opening ceremony for a new neuroscience centre at Calmette Hospital. The shiny new building which has been filled with advanced high-tech equipment is a big step forward for Cambodia. Here are images of the people who waited for the King and the Prime Minister as they visited the centre.

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Cambodia Cellcard ad discriminatory against LGBT people

Last month, Cambodia’s second largest telecom provider Mobitel – operator of the Cellcard network – released a TV commercial poking fun at transgender people and consequently upsetting many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The spot had its debut on the social network Facebook, where it received 323 likes, 144 shares and a mountain of “LOL’s“ from Cambodian users, who but for one exception found it very amusing.

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Commemoration on Veng Sreng

A small ceremony held by activists and monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) was held yesterday near the Canadia garment factory complex on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A group of around fifty people, a mix of monks and citizens, gathered to show their support for the four dead and the twenty-three detainees still being held by the government after deadly clashes early in January. The group gathered as the sun set, lighting candles and incense. Though bail hearings for the detainees are scheduled later this month, little is known about what fate awaits them.

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Crackdowns in Phnom Penh

The last few days have been some of the most dramatic in Cambodia’s recent history. Not since 1998 has the country seen such violence. Wide-spread and large-scale protests combined with strong anti-government sentiments created a powder keg environment, and the police crackdown on garment factory workers, and others protesting on their behalf, was the spark that set it all off.

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Monks March for Human Rights

“Monks must not fuck,” he said, his round bespectacled face full of humor. We were getting a crash course on the fundaments of life as a Buddhist monk, the popping of Redbull cans echoed in the open space of the pagoda’s dining hall. The large room, divided into inadvertent sections by ornately decorated pillars, was full of people in various states of fatigue – the citizen activists finishing styrofoam containers of rice and dried fish, the monks downing 250ml energy drinks.

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New Tearsheets

Here's a collection of our tearsheets from different online publications about the recent clashes and protests in Phnom Penh.

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Clashes between CNRP supporters and police after a day of protest

An attempt of passing through a barricade, that were blocking the riverside of Phnom Penh, were stopped by police using Tear Gas and Water Cannons against a thousand CNRP supporters.

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CNRP supporters continue their protest through the streets of Phnom Penh.

Hundreds of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters marched from Freedom Park to the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom. Supporters confronted police and passed through barricades that were meant to prevent people from marching.

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Cambodia opposition start three-day protest to contest election result

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy started a planned three-day protest with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh together with thousands of supporters to contest the election results.

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Post election rally by the CNRP

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha from the Cambodia National Rescue Party held speeches at Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh 9 days after the 2013 Cambodian general elections. The CNRP are contesting the preliminary election results that found the ruling CPP party to have a 68 seat majority in parliament. Sam Rainsy told the large crowd gathered in the park that there would be no more negotiations with the CPP until they had admitted defeat, and that large scale demonstrations would ensure if they refused.

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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy starts his campaign around Cambodia

After 4 years of self-exile and with just one week left before the elections, CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) leader Sam Rainsy starts a seven days campaign tour travelling through 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces. Thomas followed Rainsy (and vice president Kem Sokha) for 2 days together with Cambodia Daily's journalists Phorn Bopha and Zsombor Peter in Kompong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville.

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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy comes back to Cambodia after 4 years of exile

CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) president Sam Rainsy finally returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile. Tens of thousands of supporters waving flags and wearing white caps with the party's logo, lined the road for kilometres from Pochentong airport and greed with joy at his passage.

We will follow Sam Rainsy for the next days in his tour around the provinces, trying to figure out if his return could be determined for the results of this political elections.

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Blood sugar in the South East Asia Globe