Danielle Keeton-Olsen
A voter in 2017. (Photo: Heng Vichet)

Gov’t-Linked Groups Dominate Election Observer Registrations

The top NGOs registered to observe next month’s commune election have evident links to state officials — one headed by a prime minister’s son, another by a deputy prime minister, and a third by a ministry’s secretary of state.

Landfilling on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in March 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Boeng Tamok Evaporates Under Government, Developers’ Gaze

Among the first real estate offerings on Phnom Penh’s shrinking Boeng Tamok lake are being put up for sale. Marketing materials show only around 5% of the lake remaining as water in the midst of development projects, military and police bases and state buildings.

Malaysian ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim on April 25, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Malaysian Ambassador: Citizen Rescues More Frequent, Less Violence

Malaysian ambassador Eldeen Hasaini Mohd Hashim discussed the labor issues surrounding online gambling and scam work in Cambodia, the shifting nature of worker recruitment, and diplomatic approaches to addressing the issue amid ongoing citizen rescues.

A spirit house near the site where environmentalist Chut Wutty was murdered in 2012, in April 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Forest Crusader’s Death Couldn’t Stop Destruction in Cardamoms

Environmentalist Chut Wutty was killed 10 years ago today, shot dead by a soldier in the Cardamom forest. The forest was being cleared by a company with high-level connections, including to the military. The area now contains large patches of cleared forest and a cascade of hydropower dams.

Solar panels in Siem Reap. (Karl Baron/Creative Commons)

Cambodian Solar Panels Flagged for Alleged Dumping Into US

Cambodia and three other Southeast Asian countries will be investigated for dumping solar panels into the U.S. market, as a Cambodian Commerce Ministry spokesperson welcomed U.S. officials to investigate.

A satellite map of Sihanoukville's four communes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crimes in Shadows: Sihanoukville’s Grisly Reports, Pressure on Journalists

Murders, kidnappings, corpses on the beach — news reports out of Sihanoukville paint a picture of violent and serious crime in the coastal city. But authorities are increasingly shutting down information about police work and pressuring journalists over negative stories, crime reporters say.