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Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2016

What have we learnt from Hilary and Trump first presidential debate?

This first round presidential debate on September 9, 2016, there are at least 6 key points each candidate were asked to elaborate, but stunning political rhetoric come at large following:

  • Stamina (ជំហរមុតមាំ)= According to Merriam Dictionary: Stamina comes from the Latin plural of stamen  (“warp, thread of life spun by the fates”). The etymology of the word makes sense in light of the initial sense of the word when it entered the language in the middle of the 17th century: “the essential or fundamental parts, elements, or nature of something especially an organism.”

    There must be Brain, Spinal Marrow, Nerves, Tendons, Muscles, Ligaments, Articulations; and for the support and firmitude of all these, there must be some more solid stamina, or a kind of Bones and Cartilagineous contextures….
    -Walter Charleton, Physiologia Epicuro-Gassendo-Charltoniana, 1654

    The sense of stamina meaning “staying power; perseverence” came about in the early 18th century.

    Clinton replied, “Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities and nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.”

    She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina, and I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.
    —Donald Trump, Presidential Debate Transcript, 26 September 2016


    Trump said the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party “doesn’t have the look” or the “stamina” to be president of the United States.

  • Temperament (អាកប្បកិរិយាមារយាទ) = According to Merriam Dictionary: Temperament has been in the English language for a considerable length of time: its use dates back to the 15th century. There are a number of senses of the word which have become more or less obsolete, such as the one that saw a person’s temperament as their character based on the proportion of the four humors in the body (there were choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, andsanguine temperaments).The sense in which both candidates appeared to be using temperament likely had little to do with bile of phlegm, and instead was more in line with the usual modern sense of the word, “the usual attitude, mood, or behavior of a person or animal.”

    I think my strongest asset, maybe by far is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not.
    —Donald Trump, Presidential Debate Transcript

    That’s bad judgment. That is not the right temperament to be commander in chief….
    -Hillary Clinton, Presidential Debate Transcript


    In a heated exchange, the Republican and Democratic candidates took shots at each other’s temperaments.






Watch the whole debate here by US TV:

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2016

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 76

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 76

This part (76), Mr. Sophan described the relationship between Cambodia and Vietnam after many harsh exchanges of attack through Hun Sen’s facebook page as a new show Hun Sen has drawn attention his electorates.

"Cambodia-Vietnam War Monument" is standing majestically in centre of Phnom Penh. Courtesy: horchange.blogspot

“Cambodia-Vietnam War Monument” is standing majestically in centre of Phnom Penh. Courtesy: horchange.blogspot

Interestingly, the war of pen through social media is just an individual exchange of idea and opinion. Cambodia foreign ministry also wrote letter to Vietnamese government through their embassy in Phnom Penh to seek explanation and punishment about this Vietnamese citizens facebooking expression. Vietnamese government responded with its political maturity by stating that the matter is just an individual freedom of expression. It is not representing Vietnamese government at all.

The exchange of attacks through social media intrigued Chinese State military news outlet penned down the brusk as a good step of Prime Minister Hun Sen and praised of his leadership including mentioning his Chinese blood descendant.

He concluded that foreign policy Hun Sen is conducting right now has truly reflected Cambodia’s political turmoils during the cold war: Khmer Rouge was established and trained by Vietnam but took China as its ally to counter-strike Vietnam. But this time, Vietnam has worked to gain many allies and it has achieved more than during that time. This reality shows how Hun Sen’s foreign policy is dangerous for Cambodia?

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2016

Press Release for Voters Registration Inclusiveness

Op-Ed: The CEROC



ថ្ងៃទី១ខែកញ្ញានេះជាថ្ងៃដំបូងនៃការចុះឈ្មោះអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតដោយដាក់បញ្ចូលទៅក្នុង ប្រព័ន្ធបច្ចេកទេសកំព្យូទ័រសំរាប់បញ្ជីអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតថ្មី ប៉ុន្តែអង្គការដឺស៊ីរ៉ក់នៅតែ៖

. បារម្មណ៍ពីអសមធម៌នៃការបង្កើតឈ្មោះក្នុងបញ្ជីថ្មី

. ការដាក់បន្ទុកធ្ងន់ពីសំណាក់រដ្ឋាភិបាលទៅលើគ...


This first of September is the first day of voters registration by establishing new voter list through new technology of computer database, but The CEROC has remained:

  1. Worry on inclusiveness of this new voter list creation

  2. Political influence of government over the National Election Committees (NEC)



Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2016

Voters Registration Must Be Inclusive

Op-Ed: The CEROC

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 75

This part (75) is broadcasted by CMN Radio on 28-29 July 2016, Mr. Sophan Seng articulated on Voters press-release-for-voter-registration-inclusiveness-3Registration that is lacking inclusiveness. NEC have not solely decided to help facilitate those inside the country to access to vote registration comfortably, but Cambodians overseas migrant workers and those permanent is remained negligent. As a recommendation, Mr. Sophan suggested NEC to create “mobile team” to target those “special need group” voters such as those sicks in the hospitals, the very old seniors, remote citizens or minority, and soldiers who are stationing at the borderline etc. This mobile team can also register “Khmers overseas” to vote as well.

What is very clear in argument is the new computer system doesn’t need voters to register at their own commune/sangkat offices because the system can allocate them to their commune/sangkat voting boots by referring to their permanent address. Migrant workers in both domestic and international, should be incentivized through this voting placement allocation mechanism.