To illustrate what I call the overpopulation informal fallacy, we can make a short comparison of two countries: Japan as one industrialized and Colombia as one in development. We have enough information about the Japanese profile as a global economic power. The Colombian profile is more confusing, leading very often to misconceptions and several speculations due to its fame of violence, drug cartels and guerrilla fighting for decades. I think these two very interesting countries are a good sample to demonstrate that overpopulation is a concept intended to manipulate the planet from an egocentric perspective from a privileged minority. Continue reading
Cambodia is among the emergent world economics with positive perspectives for investment, says French newspaper Le Figaro today in its article ‘New emerging countries offer great opportunities.’ The paper follows the recommendations of US Mark Mobius, the chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments and guru of financial markets. Continue reading
In 2012 Cambodia reached 14 million 952 thousand 665 persons, following the statistics of Index Mundo, which prevents that this estimate takes into account ‘the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS.’ Most Cambodians are by now 22 years old, being males younger the women. 32.2 percent of Cambodians are under 15 years old and 3.8 percent are older than 65. Cambodia continues to be a country with a very young population that is growing, though the unemployment rate is low with 0,2 percent as January 2012. In 2012 there was an estimate of 20% of Cambodians living in cities, but it is probably that such percent grew very much during the last year if we see how Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Sihanoukville are growing so fast. Continue reading
Everybody involved in the development and reconstruction of Cambodia, should be reading and studying by now the Statement of the 20th ASEAN Summit hold in Phnom Penh on April 3 and 4. Here you can retrieve the full document. By sure, it will be the inspiration of many policy makers in the country as it is clearly declared : ‘We also agreed to work together based on the priorities to accelerate the building of the ASEAN Community by 2015 and to ensure the achievements of the ASEAN Community beyond 2015‘ (No. 2) It is, therefore, not only the concern of officials and the financial sector, but in a very special way, it must concern all Cambodian sectors, especially education, organizations working for human rights, environment protection, labor and many others. The coming three years must be followed with interest of how a country with so high levels of poverty and other problems, would contribute to the creation of a body such as AEC and how our people will join it. Continue reading
Hua Hin. Visiting ‘Amazing Thailand‘ from the ‘Kingdom of Wonders.’ I got the 2010′s edition of Lonely Planet about Thailand (13th edition, January 2010) to read in my 12 hours bus travel from Sihanoukville to Bangkok. I have to recognize that I admire the work of Lonely Planet. It is real original and well documented. Then it is made upon the research of writers living or working in the country. The history of Thailand, according with this 2010 edition (p. 29-40), is a complete resume. I noticed only a great absent: Cambodia. Actually, it is a pity that the use of references is poor in the article. It is said, for example, that a ‘modern linguistic theory and archaeological evidence‘ - which ones? – ‘suggest that the first true agriculturists in the world, perhaps also the first metal workers, spoke an early form of Thai and lived in what we know today as Thailand (p. 29).’ How can Lonely Planet say it? From where this conclusion came? Continue reading
Bangkok. The unidentified object that fall on the Sisaket Province, bordering Cambodia, could be a satellite debris, declared General Yutthasak Sasiprapa, Thai Defense Minister, reported by MCOT News. On Thursday, December 22 a mysterious object fell from the sky over Srisaket, a Thai village near the Cambodian territory in an empty farm. The noise produced the panic of the villagers that though it was another Thai-Khmer military clash. The Thai police went for inspection and concluded that it could be the part of an aircraft, but the identity still unknown. Military of both countries denied any fire of artillery or gunfire near the border. The Thai Ministry of Defense confirmed that it is likely the pieces of a satellite, probably belonging to ASEAN. The satellite did not burn after it enters to the earth, said the report. The Suranaree Thai airspace forces declared also that there were not shooting over any aircraft. Investigations are under way.
Phnom Penh. Cambodian and Thai troops will pull-out as soon as possible, announced General Tea Banh, the Khmer Defense Minister on Wednesday in this capital. They will follow the International Court of Justice‘s ruling that created a provisional demilitarized zone around the Hindu temple, while compelling both countries to stop military aggression. The millennial compound, built by the Khmer King Suryavarman I (r. 1010-1050) and dedicated to Shiva, is located on Cambodian sovereignty, but both countries claim 4.6 square kilometers around it. It created military clashes early this year.
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Still a lot to do in the protection of women’s rights in Cambodia. In many labor cases, women continue to get less salaries than men. Sexual violence against girls and women does not see to stop: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, child prostitution, human traffic… The current problem of Cambodian maids in Malaysia that face untold human rights abuses, has not yet a satisfactory solution. Husbands that abandon their wives and children to let them without social protection plus the big number of women living under poverty. Continue reading
Request for the indication of provisional measures. The Court finds that both Parties must immediately withdraw their military personnel currently present in the provisional demilitarized zone defined by it,
and refrain from any military presence within that zone and from any armed activity directed at that zone. Continue reading
Sihanoukville. The Autonomous Port of Sihanoukville was enlisted among the 12 more efficient ports of Asia by the Benchmarking the Efficiency of Asian Container Ports report,  which was published on last February 18 at the African Journal of Business Management. The research evaluated 69 Asian ports for five years and found that the Chittagong port of Bangladesh is the top efficient port of the continent, followed by the Philippine ports of Zamboanga and General Santos. The port of Sihanoukville is located at the 5th position after the Chinese Xiamen and overcoming Davao of Philippines, Yantian of China, Lianyungang of China, PSA Int. of Singapore, Tianjin of China, Mumbai of India, and Guangzhou of China. The remaining 47 ports are both scale and technically inefficient. Although most of the ports, like the one of Cambodia, are limited in modern equipments, the study followed the operated performances. The globalization tests the efficiency of world ports since there is an increase in sea trade. The Sihanoukville Port has an area of 125 hectares and, besides being a main trade point for Cambodia, it became also an international tourist destination.
Sihanoukville. Cambodia is 38 in the failed states index 2011, just behind Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and just a little better than Burkina Faso and Togo. In the Southeast Asian region, Burma won the first position as the most failed states, according to the index with the position 18, while Thailand (79) and Vietnam (88) were inside the borderline group. Indonesia (64), Philippines (50) and Laos (46), were sharing with Cambodia in the in danger position. Somalia is the 2011 top world failed nation with Sudan, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, doing the five top positions. Continue reading
Phnom Penh. Nine Japanese companies were approved to operate in Cambodia and 14 more are applying, reported the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Although the current Japanese crisis, it is increasing its investment in countries like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Bangladesh. In 2010 only six Japanese companies applied and got the approval of Phnom Penh. The same as with other strong economies, Japan is attracted by the political stability of Cambodia, as well as low labor costs. Japan is more interested in the textile sector and its companies on the Khmer soil will invest about 211 million US dollars, while it is expected to generate 36 thousand jobs. The other two big investors in the Cambodian economy are China with 7.74 billion US dollars and South Korea with 3.4 billion. As for Japan, its main investments in the Southeast Asian region have been in China, Malaysia and Thailand. In Cambodia the first Japanese companies are Yamaha , Suzuki, Ajinomoto, Sumitormo Wiring Systems Ltd, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Brother Industries Ltd.
New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations. Continue reading
Phnom Penh. The minister of defense of Cambodia, Tea Banh, said this morning at the Pochengton Airport that he will meet his Thai counterpart, Prawit Wongsuwon, this Wednesday evening in Jakarta during the 5th ASEAN meeting of ministers of defense. Tea Banh mentioned also that the meeting with Wongsuwon is prepared by the Indonesian minister of defense, Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Both leaders will speak about the border conflict.
Sa Kheo, Tailandia – Banteay Meanchey, Camboya. Promoted by the intellectual Buddhist Thai leader Sulak Sivaraksa, a group of monks of the Thai province of Sa Kheo and the Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey, did a march for peace among the two countries in the Dhamma Yatra pilgrimage. The activity was framed inside the celebrations of the Visak Bochea that remembers the birth, enlightening and passing away of Buddha that, according to the tradition, occurred miraculously during the same month and date. The Thai group left from the Mai Sai pagoda in the Aranyaprathet district and their Cambodian colleagues from the O’Chrov pagoda district. They met at the international Thai-Khmer Friendship bridge. The activities were made by prayers and lighting of candles for peace and they will continue until tomorrow Wednesday at the Mai Sai pagoda. Cambodia and Thailand are among the most Buddhist countries of the planet and they shared the same school of Theravada Buddhism. The Joint Dhamma Yatra is a bi-national effort to promote peace and friendship among both countries.
Kuala Lumpur. Mariko Takeuchi, a Japanese nurse of 36 years old, who worked at the Shinjuku district clinic in Tokyo, could face death penalty in Malaysia if the judges find that she is responsible of brining 3,5 grams of methamphetamine on October 31, 2010, into the country. The nurse took her own defense of her difficult case, but her lawyer, Sallehuddin Saidin, said to the press that the possibilities to demonstrate her innocence are reduced. The drug was found in a hidden compartment of a suitcase that Takeuchi said was of an acquaintance. She was traveling from Dubai to Tokyo, doing transit in Kuala Lumpur. A person she calls ‘Alex’ asked her through his driver to bring the suitcase. Takeuchi does not know the name of that driver. The drug had a value of 350 thousand US dollars on the streets.
Sa Kheo (Thailand). The persecution by the Thai police of a truck that was transporting illegal migrants into the Sa Kheo province, border with Cambodia, ended in an accident that left four women and four men in the hospital last May 11. The deputy for the border relations between Cambodia and Thailand, Lo Mithona, said to the press that the Cambodians were smuggled into the neighboring country by human trafficking networks. A similar case occurred on April 24 when the Thai police allegedly shot to another truck with illegal migrants causing its rollover. Six persons died in that accident.