• AsiaWATCH

    End Executions

    In the early days after the 2005 arrest of the so-called ‘Bali Nine’ Australians, Indonesian authorities stated they faced heroin charges that could result in the death penalty. The spectre of standing before a firing [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Guilty of Genocide

    PHNOM PENH – Last week, around four decades after a Vietnamese invasion ended the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, a United Nations-backed court found genocidal leader Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen guilty of genocide [...]
  • Foreign Correspondence

    Garbage Feeds Thousands

    Homeless and poverty is an increasing issue in affluent Australia. In Melbourne, considered among the world’s most liveable cities, Dumpster Diving through the bins of supermarkets to salvage what’s left is now common. By Morgan [...]
  • Foreign Correspondence

    Hurley Scroggins: 1961-2018

    Hurley Scroggins, journalist and owner of what was the greatest little bar in Phnom Penh, passed away on October 4. Following the closure of Cantina, Michael Hayes, co-founder and former publisher of the Phnom Penh [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    China in Cambodia

    Rarely have Beijing and its minions been seen in such a dreadful light. The arrival of mainland Chinese in their droves as developers, financiers, restaurateurs, boiler room operators, gamblers, construction workers and tourists is sorely [...]
  • Ricketson spent 14 months behind bars before his three week trial ended with a guilty verdict and a six year jail term
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    Ricketson Pardoned

    Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has returned to Australia after his six-year sentence for spying — following a trial sharply criticized by human rights groups and politicians — was pardoned by Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni. But he [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Cambodia’s ‘Election’

    Arguably the real story of Cambodia’s 2018 election was that Prime Minister Hun Sen has effectively pulled the bamboo curtain down on a quarter century of multiparty democracy in the Southeast Asian state. Read more. [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Pham Xuan An: The Punji Trap

    During the Vietnam War, journalist Pham Xuan An covertly straddled two worlds. As a correspondent for Time and Reuters, An was a champion of the Western liberal media; as a spy for Hanoi, he played [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Phnom Penh Post Sold

    Australian miner Bill Clough has ended months of speculation and announced the sale of The Phnom Penh Post – effectively the last bastion of independent journalism in Cambodia – to a Malaysian investor for an [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    SE Asia’s Tough Elections

    Four pending general elections have the potential to reshape Southeast Asian political dynamics with the recent slide towards autocracy raising fears that the ballot box will become little more than a tool for entrenching authoritarian [...]