By Ancient Ruins, a Gay Haven in Cambodia

IT was 10 p.m. in Siem Reap, and while most tourists were tucked in after a long, hot day exploring the temples of Angkor, things were just getting going at a bar called Linga. Pairs of European men in their 30s and 40s wearing unbuttoned collared shirts and checkered krama scarves sipped fruity cocktails and jostled for space with the young Khmer crowd, who huddled around small tables in anticipation of the main … [Read more...]

Cambodia’s dark past clouds minds

One of the worst mental health crises in Asia gets precious little attention and money. By Aubrey Belford — Special to GlobalPost PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Psychiatrist Sotheara Chhim has given more thought than most to the mental burdens carried by Cambodians. Pointing to a glass of water on his table, he describes how the legacy of decades marred by war, genocide and enduring poverty still help push so many here … [Read more...]

History – Bombing of Cambodia

In March 1969, President Richard Nixon authorized secret bombing raids in Cambodia, a move that escalated opposition to the Vietnam War in Ohio and across the United States. Nixon believed North Vietnam was transporting troops and supplies through neighboring Cambodia into South Vietnam. He hoped that bombing supply routes in Cambodia would weaken the United States' enemies. The bombing of Cambodia lasted until … [Read more...]

Cambodia: A different kind of jungle

I still find out if it's real story or fiction but it is well written. Imagine how hard it was in Khmer Rouge Regime. We are in Cambodia. Here, anything can happen. And everything did. I am suddenly surrounded by the impoverished souls of terminally broken people. These, little did they know it then, would turn out to be the future monsters of this lost and tragic nation. They came silently in the night, … [Read more...]