“Cambodia’s future is bleak. Democratic forces in opposition to Hun Sen have been impeded by the emerging norm of avoiding conflicts to maintain stability even if stability undermines the development of improved human and civil rights…” — Abdulgaffar Peang-Meth 1997
Sorpong Peou, 2001. “The International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific: Cambodia”. Ashgate Publishing pp.341. Article appeared in Contemporary Southeast Asia on “Understanding Cambodia’s Political Development”. 19, pp.286-308
“Even in the rosiest scenario, democracy will take a long time to put down firm roots in Cambodia. If it is to have a real chance, however, the country’s political elites must begin respecting norms of accountability and transparency, and must get serious about fulfilling the mandate for democratization that they received from the voters in May 1993″. — Julio A. Jeldres, 1996
Sorpong Peou, 2001. “The International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific: Cambodia”. Ashgate Publishing pp.349. Article appeared in Journal of Democracy, Volume 7, Number 1, January 1996 on “Cambodia’s Fading Hopes”. 19
“A preliminary assessment of the political economy of the Royal Government of Cambodia evokes a sense of deja vu . Twin themes of continuity and transformation emerge from the analysis, with attempts to transform the economy frequently undercut by the continuity of malfeasance, corruption, and violence. The Cambodian proclivity for violence in the post-Khmer Rouge period is especially disheartening…” —Ronald Bruce St John, 1995
Sorpong Peou, 2001. “The International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific: Cambodia”. Ashgate Publishing pp.539. Article appeared in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Volume 17, Number 3, December 1995 on “The Political Economy of the Royal Government of Cambodia”.
ប្រាងប្រាសាទខ្មែរនិងរបបវាលពិឃាដ ទឹកទន្លេស័ក្តិសិទ្ធនិងព្រៃឈេីដេីរលុយមិនរួច អតីតកាលដែលពោរពេញទៅដោយភាពមហស្ចារ្យនិងភាពអម៉ាស….ប្រទេសកម្ពុជាគឺដែនដីនៃទឡ្ហីកម្ម។ សហស្សវត្សន៍កន្លងផុតទៅ ទីនេះគឺជាមហាអាណាចក្ររីកចំរេីនខ្ពស់ត្រដែតប្រកបដោយអំណាច ស្ថាបនាទីធ្លាប្រាសាទដ៏ធំស្កឹមស្កៃ។ សព្វថ្ងៃនេះ មួយពាន់ឆ្នាំកន្លងមក ត្រូវបានបំផ្លិចបំផ្លាញដោយជំលោះនិងសង្គ្រាមមហាវិនាសកម្ម ប្រទេសខ្មែរកំពុងតស៑ូក្រាញននៀលដេីម្បីប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ហេីយស្ថិតក្នុងតំបន់ទាបបំផុតនៃចរន្តសេដ្ឋកិច្ចពិភពលោក។ កម្ពុជានៅជាប្រស្នាសំងាត់គួរអោយចាប់អារម្មណ៍សំរាប់ពិភពខាងក្រៅ។ ជាមួយនឹងទំព័រប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តគួរអោយរន្ធត់នៃសង្គ្រាម ភាពអត់ឃ្លាន និងអំពេីឈ្លានពានបរទេសដែលបានគំរាមទៅរកមរណៈភាព ភាពបន្តដង្ហេីមរស់របស់កម្ពជាគឺជាសក្ខីភាពរបស់មនុស្សជាតិក្នុងការប្រឹងរស់អោយខាងតែបាន។ ដោយចន ធូលី ៚ បកប្រែដោយសេង សុភ័ណ
Temples and killing fields, mighty rivers and impenetrable forests, a past filled with glory and decline…Cambodia is a land of contrasts. A millennium ago it was an empire at the height of its power, building the vast temple complexes of Angkor. Now, a thousand years later, ravaged by conflict and a genocidal civil war, Cambodia finds itself struggling with democracy, and on the lowest end of the global spectrum of economic wealth.
Cambodia remains an intriguing enigma to the outside world. With a depressing record of war, famine and invasion that have all threatened to destroy it, Cambodia’s survival is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
By John Tully (2005) in his book “A Short History of Cambodia: from Empire to Survival”.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, by those who watch them without doing anything – Albert Einstein
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them—Socrates
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Stalin 1913: A nation is a historical constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture.