Tag Archives: Cambodia

today’s holiday: Denmark Constitution Day


Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More… Discuss

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today’s holiday: Surin Elephant Round-Up


Surin Elephant Round-Up

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand, where elephant training is a tradition. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, and elephant basketball. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne (2004)


Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne (2004)

From 1941 to 2004, Norodom Sihanouk held several leadership positions in Cambodia—including king, prince, president, prime minister, and head of state. He saw Cambodia through the difficult years of the Vietnam War, the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and the occupation of his nation by Vietnamese forces in the late 1970s. He abdicated his kingship twice, once in favor of his father and once in favor of his son, Norodom Sihamoni. After the second abdication, what became Sihanouk’s official title? More… Discuss

People and places: The Mekong Delta


Brick factory - Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Brick factory – Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mekong Delta

The Mekong River—the longest river in Southeast Asia—flows from southern China through Tibet, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, where it enters the South China Sea. The sediments it carries on the 2,700-mile (4,350-km) journey form the vast, extremely fertile Mekong Delta, which occupies southeast Cambodia and southern Vietnam. One of the greatest rice-growing areas in Asia, the densely populated delta region has been called a “biological treasure trove.” What did scientists recently discover there? More… Discuss

 

today’s holiday: Cambodia Queen Sihanouk’s Birthday


Cambodia Queen Sihanouk’s Birthday

 

English: Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Mon...

English: Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Monique) of Cambodia during a visit in Romania, in 1972 Category:Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her Majesty Norodom Monineath Sihanouk is the mother of King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia. The birthday of the Queen Mother is a national holiday in Cambodia, with government offices, schools, and many businesses closed. The holiday is a relatively quiet one, with no lavish festivities normally planned. This is in contrast to the three-day celebration of King Sihanouk‘s Birthday, the former king and late husband of Queen Sihanouk. More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: LON NOL OUSTS PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK OF CAMBODIA (1970)


Lon Nol Ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia (1970)

Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk’s Cambodian government in 1955 and later served as premier under him. In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk and assumed control of the government. His unsuccessful attempts at suppressing the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas plunged the country into civil war, and he fled the country in 1975 with the Communist takeover imminent. What prompted Nol to resort to the use of “magic sand” as a military defenseMore… Discuss

 

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GLOBAL FUND BRIBERY RUMORS CONFIRMED


Global Fund Bribery Rumors Confirmed

Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has played a key role in combating these diseases, but it has recently also been plagued with allegations of corruption. A two-and-a-half year investigation by the Global Fund has substantiated some of these allegations, finding that two Cambodian officials accepted bribes from two mosquito net suppliers in return for the awarding of contracts. The Global Fund has since suspended its contracts with the suppliers in question.More… Discuss