Sunken Village: After Evictions, Ethnic Vietnamese Homes Underwater

Floodwaters have inundated a small relocation site inhabited by ethnic Vietnamese residents. The site has no running water or electricity, and a promised garment factory that was supposed to provide the 150-odd families with an employment opportunity remains half finished. To make matters worse, permanent residency cards given to residents are not being recognized by public utilities and private businesses, illustrating the discrimination faced by one of Cambodia’s largest ethnic groups.

From left: Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Wanchalearm Satsaksit; Khliang Huot, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Prime Minister Hun Sen; Front: Wanchalearm Satsaksit and Phnom Penh deputy governor Khliang Huot (Photo illustration: Michael Dickison)

Who Is Wanchalearm?

He worked for the current Bangkok governor and was photographed with an ousted Thai premier and a current Phnom Penh deputy governor. Missing since 2020, Wanchalearm Satsaksit also helped other Thai dissidents flee to Cambodia. But his associates have sought to erase all ties.

Scammed: Duped, Then Ridiculed, Victims in Thailand Left Helpless

Fake callers impersonating police and others in positions of authority are cheating Thais out of their life savings. But the victims often receive little sympathy, and are instead ridiculed for falling for the scams, many of which operate out of Cambodia.

Kickboxers Training to Clinch Competition at Cambodia SEA Games

Nav Srey Pov and other top kun khmer boxers are retraining in kickboxing as they prepare to compete at the Cambodia-hosted Southeast Asia Games next year. They must avoid attacks with their elbows or knees, and stop holding their opponents in clinches, as expectations rise in the country.

Underground Group Chat Teems With Human Trafficking Ads

Every day, posters come to the “White Shark Channel” to plug their services or seek those of others. People smugglers, bounty hunters and even scammers looking for new jobs in the industry are networking in the Telegram group.

White-Hat Hacker Infiltrates Cambodian Scam Operations

A notorious Vietnamese ex-hacker infiltrated Cambodian scam operations’ computers after entrapped workers reached out for help. He collected thousands of internal chat messages and documented the workings of their fake online investment schemes.

Khem Veasna. (Khem Veasna’s Facebook page)

Faith, Failure & Fealty: Khem Veasna’s Curious Path to Nirvana

Khem Veasna has long advocated for democracy, rule of law, and what he has called a true Buddhist path. But after repeated electoral letdowns, his League of Democracy Party has opted out of this year’s election as the leader has taken a stronger spiritual turn.

An excavator digging land near the Fu Hai land project in Preah Sihanouk province's Bit Traing commune on May 29, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Preah Sihanouk Voters Conflicted by Land Issues 

Preah Sihanouk is scattered with shacks and trailer homes after years of land disputes uprooted communities. Residents of the most affected communes question whether their votes can put an end to land conflicts and homelessness.