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.
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.
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.
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.
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.