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Punting on Bokor’s Colonial Charm

Published on May 5, 2013 by Luke Hunt

ASIAWATCH — Architects and historians say a conglomerate’s US$1 billion plan to build a gaming centre on Bokor Hill could mean it losing its unique French heritage, Luke Hunt Reports. Hidden in the clouds on a mountain overlooking the provincial capital of Kampot in Cambodia’s south sits a relic of a long-gone French colonial era. For decades a Catholic church, possibly the oldest in the country, remained abandoned here as wars were waged for decades on the flat lands below. Under the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge, churches _ alongside all forms of religious life _ were anathema and systematically destroyed, believers persecuted and clergy exterminated by the Communists. In Phnom Penh, the 19th century Notre Dame Cathedral became the first building....

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Feiz Muhammad: One Lead for the Boston Bombing

Published on Apr 23, 2013 by Luke Hunt

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — In the United States, a picture is emerging of the personalities behind last Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Thanks to the technologies of the digital age, the histories of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been traced from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Russia and Chechnya, with links found as far away as Australia and Malaysia. As authorities sifted through the two suspects’ social media accounts, from Twitter to YouTube and beyond, they came across a rant by Australian cleric Feiz Muhammad, an advocate of jihad and violence in the cause of militant Islam, among other sentiments from the Muslim fringe. Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat. .

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