My Recommendations to SRP

Sam Rainsy’s words have wholly based on empirical observation. Academic analysts have previously found that decentralization and good governance reform in Cambodia is just a step for controlling party to renew their power.

Culture of communist politics is to strengthen its power at the grassroots level, so the introduction of governance/decentralization from aids donors have been helpful to this basic concept. Aids donors have mismatched the concept of governance and decentralization in Cambodian context.

SRP would be the very important party to reveal the misbehavior and unwillingness of the controlling party. Now Sam Rainsy has his inspiring words but it might not be effective at all. To ameliorate the shortage of this genuine decentralization, civil societies and aids donors are the most effective drive.

Considerably, there are some few factors for SRP to develop itself to become the strong opposition party as well as to prepare itself to become government leader. 3 things to consider:

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If the World Could Vote

I recommend visiting http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com if you haven’t heard about it. The website, created by a few guys in Iceland, gives anyone with internet access to vote for who they wish to be the next US President, no matter where in the world they are. Of course, only American votes in the November 4th elections count, but it is great to see what people outside the US think.

Barack Obama 86.8% (544,439 votes)
John McCain 13.2% (82,485 votes)
Total number of votes: 626,927
Countries voted from: 207

Votes received the last…

Hour: 1,473
24 hours: 43,499
7 days: 204,133
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A disaster resilient city?

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Dear Editor,

Flooding in Phnom Penh city  and the surrounding areas has been featured in the news almost every day. This is alarming for the city and its uncertain future.

That some officials in the Phnom Penh authority have laid the blame for such flooding on rainy season is ridiculous. However, this is, to an extent, true because there is a great loss of natural reservoirs that were used to retain rain and storm water. Before they used this excuse, they should have asked how often such occurrence had happened in the past.

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Independence or Paris?

Written by Sophan Seng
Monday, 27 October 2008

Dear Editor,

I am dismayed by the government’s rehearsal for the national independence celebration (‘Bigger and better’ Independence Day, October 23). Of course, Cambodia’s Independence Day on November 9 is important as Cambodia gained full freedom from the French on that day, but I believe the Paris Peace Agreement on October 23 is equally important.

October 23 is considered a renaissance for Cambodia in both economic and political terms. Though Cambodia has encountered problems in terms of fully implementing the chapters of the treaty, the path to democracy in Cambodia lies in the treaty’s stipulations.

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