Champagne With Dictators

Champagne With Dictators

Posted Mon 30 Jul 2018, 9:49pmUpdated Fri 3 Aug 2018, 12:15pm

Op-Ed: Four Corners

Australia accused of failing to stand up for democracy as Cambodia descends into dictatorship.

“You don’t drink champagne with the dictators.” Opposition Leader

For more than three decades Cambodia has been ruled by one man, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who came to power in the country’s first democratic elections after the horror years of the Khmer Rouge.

Australia played a key role in the peace deal that ended the bloody civil war, but the once bright hopes for democracy have long since faded.

“We were tremendously successful in bringing peace to Cambodia, but we weren’t at all successful in bringing democracy and human rights.” Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans

Ahead of this weekend’s elections, the Hun Sen regime launched a ruthless crackdown on the political opposition and free press. On Monday, in her first story for Four Corners, reporter Sophie McNeill travels to Cambodia to confront the man whose political opponents have been imprisoned and assassinated in mysterious circumstances.

Sophie McNeil: The world says this is not a democracy…

Hun Sen: No, no, no. No this is not (right).

While steadily cementing their grip on power, Hun Sen and his family and cronies are accused of amassing enormous wealth through a corrupt and nepotistic system.

“There’s nothing that happens there that they don’t control, and that is corruption in its most egregious form. That’s what it’s like in Cambodia. It is a Mafia state.” Patrick Alley, Director Global Witness

Four Corners has uncovered evidence of how the regime’s wealth has been used to buy properties and businesses in Australia, where some of Hun Sen’s relatives have established a base for building support, sometimes through threats and intimidation.

“They allow this foreign government to intimidate our people, Australian citizens, and those who come here to study. This is not right.” Hong Lim, Victorian MP

Since 2014, Australia has granted the regime $40 million in additional aid, in return for taking some of Australia’s unwanted refugees, and the Turnbull Government upgraded ties with Cambodia last year. While the US has begun moves to sanction the regime by freezing assets and blocking visas, international observers accuse the Australian Government of cosying up to Hun Sen.

“I would like to see Australia take a strong stance, (to) come out openly and condemn the Hun Sen regime. They’re not doing that.” US Congressman

While hopes for democracy have disintegrated, China has moved to dramatically expand its presence and power in the country.

“Cambodia has the coast, Cambodia has minerals, Cambodia has forest, Cambodia has a dictator. You can buy it all.” Opposition Leader

As Hun Sen prepares to tighten his grip on power after this weekend’s elections, Cambodia’s democracy campaigners say they feel abandoned.

“Cambodia look up at the people of Australia. We envy you. You live in a world of democracy, but your Government is disappointing. Very disappointing.” Opposition Leader

Champagne with Dictators, reported by Sophie McNeill and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 30th July at 8.30 pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 31st July at 1.00pm and Wednesday 2nd August at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on the ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, on ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.

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It is time to listen the will of the CNRP Voters

ខ្ញុំគិតថាដល់ពេលដែលត្រូវស្តាប់និងធ្វើតាមអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតអោយសមាជិកឃុំ-សង្កាត់ទាំងអស់នោះហើយ អោយទៅអង្គុយតវ៉ានៅចំពោះមុខតុលាការក្នុងការកោះហៅតំណាងរបស់ពួកគេ ដោយសុខចិត្តចូលគុកបើគេចាប់ដាក់គុកនិងមិនញញើតជាមួយការគំរាមឬការអុចអាល…ខ្មែរក្នុងនិងក្រៅប្រទេសនឹងជួយស្រាក់ដៃគ្នាជាថវិការជួលមេធាវីខ្លាំងៗការពារពួកគេនៅចំពោះមុខច្បាប់។

I think that this is time to listen and follow the will of voters of CNRP commune-sanghat leaders. They could shoulder to protest at the court of those verdicts against their representatives. They accept to sleep in prison if they are arrested. They will not fear by threat or discouraged by inciting. All Khmers domestically and international shall afford to support them financially to get high professional lawyers to defend them in front of the laws accordingly and collectively.


មកដល់​ម៉ោង​នេះ​ លោក​ ភឿក​ ឡំ​ ទី២០!
​ ១-លោក​ ផាន់ រ៉េត​ អតីជំទប់ទី១សង្កាត់ក្តុលដូនទាវ​២-លោក​ រឿន កែម​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់ក្តុលដូនទាវ​ ៣-កញ្ញា​ ស៊ិន​ ចាន់​រ៉ូហ្សេត​ អតីតចៅសង្កាអូរចារ​ ៤-លោក​ ម៉ក់ រ៉ា​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់ទួលតាឯក​ ៥-លោក​ ឃួន ចំរេីន​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់ចំការសំរោង​ ៦-លោក​ សុឹម ឡៅ​ អតីតសមាជិកប្រតិបត្តិបក្សសំពៅលូន​ ៧-លោក​ ​ស៊ិន​ សាន​ អតីតសមាជិកប្រតិបត្តិបក្សស្រុកសំពៅលូន​ ៨-លោក​ គង់ ប៊ុន​ហ៑ាង​ អតីតសមាជិកប្រតិបត្តិខេត្ត​ ៩-លោក​ ថោង សារឿន អតីតប្រធានប្រតិបត្តិបក្សស្រុកគាស់ក្រឡ​ ១០-លោកក​ ឌឹម សារឿន​ អតីតសមាជិកក្រុមប្រឹក្សាខេត្ត ១១-លោក​ ខាន់ ប៊ុន​ផេង​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់ព្រែកព្រះស្តេច​ ១២-លោក​​ ពួក លីហាក់​ អតីតសមាជិកក្រុមប្រឹក្សា
ខេត្ត​ ១៣-លោក​ តន់​ សាម៉ន​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់វត្តគរ​ ១៤-លោក​ ហម​ អ៊ាប​ អតីតក្រុមប្រឹក្សាស្រុកសង្កែ​ ១៥-លោក​ យួម​ ដូង​ អតីតក្រុមប្រឹក្សាក្រុងបាត់ដំបង​ ១៦-លោក​ វី​ វ័ន្ត​ អតីតក្រុមប្រឹក្សាស្រុកសង្កែ​ ១៧-លោក​ សាំង​ ប៊ុន​ម៉ៅ​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់រងទី១​ សង្កាត់​ស្វាយប៉ោ​ ១៨-លោក​ ស៊ុន​ ចំរេីន​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់ពាមឯក​ លោក​ សុខ​ សុភក្ដិ​ ជំទប់ទី១​ ឃុំព្រែកនរិន្ទ​ លោក​ ភឿក​ ឡំ​ អតីតចៅសង្កាត់សំរោងក្នុង៕
ក្រុងម៉ុងរ៉េអាល់​ ថ្ងៃ​ទី​០៣​ ខែ​ឧសភា​ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៩ – ពីអតីតសមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាសោ ចាន់ដេត
Courtesy: Phnom Penh Post
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Toby Leung’s Charity Work Improves Lives of Child Sex Trafficking Victims

យោងតាមអត្ថបទនេះ ការជួញដូរមនុស្សនិងការលក់ក្មេងស្រីទៅបំរើពេស្យាចារគឺមានស្អេកស្អៈនៅប្រទេសខ្មែរ។ ក្នុងរបាយការណ៌នេះ ក្នុងមួយឆ្នាំអង្គការAIMរំដោះក្មេងបាន១៦០០នាក់ អាយុរវាង៨ទៅ១៨ឆ្នាំ។ មានក្មេងស្រីអាយុ១៤ឆ្នាំត្រូវបានជួយសង្គ្រោះ តែជាអកុសលមុនការសង្គ្រោះ២២ថ្ងៃ ក្មេងស្រីម្នាក់នេះត្រូវបានគេរំលោភផ្លូវភេទដោយមនុស្ស១៨៩នាក់។ ដែលគួរអោយរន្ធត់បំផុតគឺព្រោះតែភាពក្រីក្រ កូនស្រីអាយុ២ឆ្នាំក៏ត្រូវបានម្តាយលក់ទៅអោយមេបនដែរ។ រឿងនេះ ធ្វើអោយយើងនឹកដល់លោករ៉ាត់ រត្នមុនី ដែលគ្រាន់តែថៃបកអោយទូរទស្សន៌រុស្សុីថតរឿងការលក់កូនស្រីធ្វើពេស្យាចារ ត្រូវបានតុលាការដាក់ឃុំឃាំងបន្សល់ទុកអោយភរិយានិងកូនតូចរស់នៅកណ្តោចកណ្តែង។ នេះជាបទរំលោភសិទ្ធិមនុស្សធ្ងន់ធ្ងរដោយតុលាការអសមត្ថភាពមួយនេះ។ រដ្ឋាភិបាលហាក់ដូចជាជំនាញខាងមិនទទួលស្គាល់សេចក្តីពិតដើម្បីដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាពិត ដោយប្រើប្រាស់តុលាការដើម្បីការពារមុខមាត់ខាងក្រៅក្នុងន័យប្រជាភិថុតិប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្លួនឯង។ សូមតុលាការពិចារណាដោះលែងលោករ៉ាត់ រត្នមុនីជាបន្ទាន់ដើម្បីទទួលស្គាល់ការពិតនៃជំងឺសង្គមមួយនេះនិងរួមគ្នាដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាដោយសុទ្ធិចិត្តទាំងអស់គ្នា។

Toby Leung’s Charity Work Improves Lives of Child Sex Trafficking Victims

By hailey on May 1, 2019 in NEWS Op-Ed: Jayne Star

Toby Leung’s Charity Work Improves Lives of Child Sex Trafficking Victims
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At the end of April,Toby Leung (梁靖琪) and a group of successful businesswomen in Hong Kong set off to Cambodia as volunteers to support the Agape International Missions (AIM). The charitable organization hopes to help child sex trafficking victims by creating safe housing and teaching survival skills. Toby hopes to rebuild the girls’ confidence and give them a new chance in life.

Last November, Toby first spoke about her visit to Cambodia to help child sex trafficking victims. Her accounts that girls as young as two years old were sold into prostitution by their own parents shocked many, but also raised awareness in how people can help.

“The plane ride from Hong Kong is only two hours, but it’s a completely different world [in Cambodia]. The rescued girls are all very pure and innocent; a little toy can make them really happy. It is hard to believe that they had experienced such trauma. Due to poverty, some two year-old girls are sold into prostitution, losing their childhood innocence at such a young age,” Toby said.

The 36-year-old actress is a big supporter of AIM because they rescue approximately 1,600 young girls from the ages of 8 to 18 every year. Aside from Toby, many other successful women joined the mission, including a member of the Hong Kong Bar Association, a jewelry brand owner, and an event planner.

Realizing the impact their efforts leave, female volunteers usually return to Cambodia for multiple missions. One of the volunteers recounted a story where a 14-year-old girl was sold, and was eventually rescued. Unfortunately, during the 22 days of waiting for help, 198 people raped her. This story always brings tears to her eyes. Another volunteer shared the story of an 8-year-old survivor who was eventually adopted in the United States and later started her own business as an adult. She now joins these types of missions to help other unfortunate young girls.

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Did Socrates corrupt the mindset of Athens youths?

Quotes of Socrates=សុភាសិតពីលោកសូក្រាត

An unexamined life is not worth living.
ជីវិតដែលមិនបានពិនិត្យដិតដល់គឺរស់ទាំងគ្មានតំលៃ

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
ចំណេះដឹកពិតប្រាកដមាននៅក្នុងការដឹងគឺអ្នកមិនដឹងអ្វីទាំងអស់។

To find yourself, think for yourself.
ចង់រកខ្លួនឯងអោយឃើញ គិតខ្លួនឯង

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
ពេលការដេញដោលបានបញ្ចប់ ការជេរប្រមាទនឹងក្លាយទៅជាឧប្បករណ៌សម្រាប់អ្នកចាញ់។

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
ចូរប្រុងប្រយ័ត្នពីភាពឥតន័យពីជីវិតរវល់ជាប់ជានិច្ច។

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
ការអប់រំគឺជាដើមចមនៃអណ្តាតភ្លើង មិនមែនជាការដាក់បំពេញទៅក្នុងប្រឆេះទេ។

By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
និយាយគ្រប់បញ្ហានៃអាពាហ៌ពិពាហ៌៖ ប្រសិនបើអ្នករកបានភរិយាល្អ អ្នកនឹងមានសុភមង្គល តែបើអ្នករកបានភរិយាអាក្រក់ អ្នកនឹងក្លាយទៅជាអ្នកទស្សនៈវិជ្ជា។

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
មានអំពើល្អតែមួយគត់គឺវិជ្ជា និងអំពើអាក្រក់តែមួយគត់គឺអវិជ្ជា។

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
ខ្ញុំមិនអាចបង្រៀននរណាម្នាក់បានទេ ខ្ញុំអាចគ្រាន់តែធ្វើអោយពួកគេគិតប៉ុណ្ណោះ។

តាមពិតសិស្សរបស់សូក្រាតគឺប្លាតូបានបកស្រាយយ៉ាងច្បាស់អំពីការចោទប្រកាន់នោះ ហើយការចោទប្រកាន់ដែលពោរពេញទៅដោយលោភៈដូចជាពួកSophistsក្រុមអ្នកនយោបាយពុករលួយច្រណែន ដោយទោសៈគឺការខឹងទៅលើពាក្យសូមទោសApologyរបស់សូក្រាតនៅចំពោះមុខតុលាការ ដែលប្រការនេះមិនមែនជាការទទួលកំហុសថាពង្វក់យុវជនអោយប្រព្រឹត្តអំពើពុករលួយទេតែជាការការពារខ្លួនself-defenceប៉ុណ្ណោះ និងមោហៈគឺការវង្វេងពីការពិតរបស់តុលាការជាពិសេសគណៈវិនិច្ឆ័យJuryដែលត្រវបានគ្របដណ្តប់ដោយអវិជ្ជាគឺជំនឿលើអាទិទេពក្រិចសម័យនោះយូរយារមកណាស់មកហើយ ផ្ទុយពីសូក្រាតដែលរមែងប្រកាន់ខ្ជាប់លើសច្ចធម៍Truthប៉ុណ្ណោះ។

Plato’s Apology of Socrates: 10 Key points
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