Foreword to this blog:
The main story in this blog was written in August 2017, and then as if I had yet again tempted fate, certain things came to pass. Therefore I have added an update regarding the arrest of Opposition Leader Kem Sokha; a surprising exchange I have had with his daughters, and my response to a strange piece in the Khmer Times.
Cambodians love dancing in formation, but will they dance to the ruling party's tune in 2018?
“Problem of understanding how modern rebellions come about is the reporting of them”
So coined Peter Beaumont of the Guardian in 2011. His article helps to explain the onslaught on media in Cambodia today. The ruling party thinks if no reporting, no rebellion! Let's examine the context starting with a personal digression.
A lot of things happen to me over a beer. Back in 1997 one Saturday afternoon, overlooking Lake Malawi with the mountains of Tanzania and Mozambique in distant view, my quiet beer was abruptly disturbed by an enormous explosion. Buildings around me were obliterated. If it was not for the only solitary brick construction - a small toilet block - protecting me, I may well have suffered the same fate.