Multiple hydropower dams on the Mekong River and its tributaries have impacted fisheries and flooded villages, with benefits reaped by energy companies while costs are borne by fishing households. With more dam projects planned in the Mekong region, environmentalists warn that the consequences to countries like Cambodia could be severe.
Author Archives: Andrew Nachemson
Andrew Nachemson is a Cambodia-based reporter covering politics and human rights. Formerly with the Phnom Penh Post, he resigned during a mass staff exodus following the paper’s sale to a Malaysian investor with ties to the Cambodian government. His article on the lingering effects of Agent Orange in Cambodia won the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting.
How Fair Will Thailand’s Long-Awaited Election Be?
After five years of military rule, Thais will finally get to vote on 24 March. But between the adoption of a 2017 constitution and members of the military forming their own party, questions abound as to the fairness of the polls.
Trade and Leverage: The Cambodian Dilemma
Cambodians will soon vote in an election that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s already set to win, but the real game-changer for the country is being decided behind closed doors at the European Union.
The End of Cambodia’s Free Press
Once the home of independent radio stations and newspapers, press freedom in Cambodia has been steadily crushed. It’s leaving Cambodians uninformed and allowing the powerful to operate with impunity.
Hun Sen’s Struggle for Legitimacy
With Cambodia’s main opposition party out of the race, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party victory at the upcoming general election is assured. The challenge for Hun Sen, then, is not remaining in power, but maintaining the legitimacy to rule.