Cambodia

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (centre L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Dubious electoral endorsements are becoming normal for dictators worldwide.

A supporter of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shouts slogans during a demonstration in Phnom Penh on December 17, 2013. (Tang Cchin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals

Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.

An image released November 13, 2017, shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.

There’s No Escape From Australia’s Refugee Gulag

One branch of Canberra's notorious offshore detention system has closed. But the men who were imprisoned there are now stranded on a remote Pacific island that doesn't want them.

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

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This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

Cambodian police man a barricade outside a prison in Trapaing Phlong in Tbong Khmum province on September 11, 2017, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is being held after being detained last week.   
Politicians from Cambodia's embattled opposition movement on September 11 protested outside the far-flung border prison where their leader has been held for alleged treason, as strongman premier Hun Sen threatened to dissolve a party floundering under his protracted crackdown.  / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

While Cambodian Democracy Withers, Washington Stands Aloof

While Obama’s “pivot” to Asia gave rights advocates cause for hope, Washington’s longstanding indifference to Cambodia ensured minimal leverage.

Cambodian people cover their heads with local newspapers as they wait to pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk at the cremation site near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on February 2, 2013.  A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital on February 1, for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history.  AFP PHOTO/TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness

Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017.
Tuk-tuks blaring pop music and flag-waving party faithful on Saturday led a rally by Cambodia's embattled opposition for upcoming commune elections, a bellwether for efforts to end the three-decade rule of strongman Hun Sen in next year's national polls. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.

Cambodian protesters burn Vietnamese flags during a protest in front of the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh on October 8, 2014. Cambodian protesters demanded Vietnam to recognise that Kampuchea Krom, which is now a part of Vietnam, is Cambodia's former territory. AFP PHOTO/ TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Wants China as Its Neighborhood Bully

Phnom Penh's pivot toward Beijing has less to do with the United States than hatred for Vietnam.

A security officer assists former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea at the tribunal in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on February 4, 2008.  Nuon Chea sought to delay his first public hearing before Cambodia's genocide tribunal, saying that he needed his foreign lawyer to appeal his detention by the court. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ CHOR SOKOUNTHEA (Photo credit should read CHOR SOKOUNTHEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodians Need Somebody to Speak for Their Ghosts

The U.N. tribunal that just upheld Khmer Rouge convictions is slow, biased -- and entirely indispensable.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - JULY 28:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote with his wife Bun Rany (L) during the Cambodian general elections on July 28, 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodians go to the polls today in the fifth parliamentary election since 1993. 123 seats in the National Assembly are up for grabs to eight listed parties, with the main contenders being the ruling Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP) and the leading opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) led by Sam Rainsy.  (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Dictators Everywhere Are Stumping for Trump

From Cambodia to Zimbabwe to North Korea, the Republican nominee has cornered the authoritarian autocrat demographic.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless

The family of Cambodian dictator Hun Sen sits on at least $200 million. But it might not save them from populist anger.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - JULY 22:  Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen addresses the media before a meeting with Sam Rainsy, President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, aimed at resolving the year-long political deadlock on July 22, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meets today with the President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Sam Rainsy, for "final talks" on an agreement to end the year-long political deadlock between the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the CNRP, a week after eight CNRP Members of Parliament-elect were arrested and charged with crimes of insurrection and incitement to violence. The deal on the table is based on a principle agreement dating back to April 2014 between Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy, which includes a February 2018 national election and reform of the National Election Committee.  (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

Cambodian PM: Never Mind, Don’t Call Me Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander

The Cambodian prime minister has walked back on a request that journalists call him by his full name.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Shows Off His Beach Bod to Celebrate Ramadan

Heads of state tend to use social media to proliferate flattering images of themselves. Not Hun Sen.

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Cambodian Leader: That’s ‘Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander’ To You

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has demanded that reporters refer to him using his official title.

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Cambodian PM Says He Won’t Pay Up on $5,000 Mayweather v. Pacquiao Bet

The comment is somewhat startling given that the Cambodian government forbids its citizens from gambling.

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