Current Affairs

Searching for truth in the Kingdom of lies: an interview with Chuwit Kamolvisit

Former massage parlour kingpin Chuwit Kamolvisit says the country’s political establishment remains as hypocritical and divided as ever. But that doesn’t mean he wants out. “In the morning, when I wake up, I drink a coffee and I read the paper. What is today’s bullshit, today’s lie? I never believe anything that’s written in the

When the well runs dry

With clean water increasingly hard to come by, the fight for fresh water threatens to plunge Southeast Asia into chaos. Despite its precipitous rainfall, Southeast Asia is far from immune from the water conflicts that many believe will become the hallmark of 21st century geopolitics. Since the Second World War, none of the earth’s precious

A blessing for all

Cambodian psychotherapist Sathya Pholy works as a consultant for microfinance providers VisionFund, as a doctor for the Phnom Penh Counselling Centre and as the host of Love Talks with Dr Sathya Pholy, a weekly radio show on Love FM 97.5

Cambodia’s lensmen

Local photojournalists have gradually replaced foreign professionalsand are now enjoying greater exposure on the international market

Brothers across borders

Renowned Cambodian psychotherapist Sathya Pholy brings a message of peace and brotherhood to Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese societies

Time for redemption

 The Cambodian government is at last opening up its prison system as it struggles to provide adequate facilities for a growing population. Cambodia’s prison system is in crisis due to appalling levels of overcrowding, violence and disease. There are currently 11,000 guests of the state, which is not a high number when set against the

Crossing the divide

An extraordinary meetings of minds will take place in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines next month as the Bridges programme makes its third visit to the region

Brothers in arms

 Two Mexican families played an unsung role in enabling Fidel Castro to topple the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and bring communism to Cuba

A natural born killer

 When the heavens light up, seek shelter or risk becoming a victim of Cambodia’s serial murderer

A balanced contender

 The Lexus IS250 is a promising newcomer with bags of style and enough punch to give those swaggering German cruisers a run for their money

Lost in the urban jungle

 The inevitable conflict between humans and the natural environment could spell the end for Hong Kong’s endemic pythons and their fragile ecosystem

New flesh eating plant found

A new species of Nepenthes, a carnivorous pitcher plant that boosts its nutrient intake by catching and digesting insects, has been discovered in the Cardamom Mountains. The discovery was made by Fauna and Flora International and verified by François Mey, a botanist who specialises in pitcher plants. Only around 120 species of Nepenthes are known,