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Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 30, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Return or Limbo: Possible Paths as Kem Sokha Hints at Deal

Speculation has been rife about whether the resumption of Sokha’s trial — nearly two years after it was stopped due to Covid-19 — signaled an imminent political deal that could see the former CNRP president return to politics.

Sorm Sopha, who worked at NagaWorld for 26 years, holds an umbrella and a photo of imprisoned union leader Chhim Sithar during a labor rally on January 14, 2022. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Dismissed After a 26-Year Stint at NagaWorld: ‘My Heart Dropped’

Som Sophea witnessed NagaWorld grow from a cruise ship to a sprawling casino complex. The company recognized her for two decades of service, but fired her during year 26. One month into a labor strike, Sophea says she wants respect for longtime employees.

The Don Sahong dam, with the Sadam channel visible behind it, on August 14, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Mekong Drought, Tonle Sap Fish Shortage Tied to Low Rainfall, Hydropower: MRC

The Mekong river endured three years of drought and its lowest-ever water levels due to minimal rainfall as well as the actions of upstream hydropower dams, which had spillover effects for the Tonle Sap lake and Cambodia’s fishing industry that relies on it, according to a new report.

A NagaWorld workers’ rally on January 13, 2022. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Workers Get ‘Last Call’ From NagaWorld to Quit Strike

Active employees of NagaWorld on strike are getting phone calls from the casino asking them to return to work. Audio recordings of the calls heard by VOD reporters have casino management calling it the “last call.”

A photo taken in Takhmao on the second week of January, 1979, by the Vietnamese military press. (Documentation Center of Cambodia)

No Hun Sen, No Commemorations as Muted Jan 7 Evokes Shift in Tone

The CPP has long heralded “Victory Over Genocide Day” as the second birthday of the country after the dark rule of the Khmer Rouge. But the lack of a public event on a day also branded as pro-Vietnamese hints at changing politics in addition to Covid-19 precautions.