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Partying for Obama in Phnom Penh

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 11:48 AM

PHNOM PENH -- As John McCain prepared to concede the 2008 Election, expats at the Foreign Correspondents' Club momentarily disappeared in a cloud of silly string and fake snow. But their shrieks and shouts didn't.

Chants of "Obama! Obama!" and "Yes we can!" echoed through the popular Phnom Penh restaurant,...

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Obama in Cambodia

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 11:17 AM

PHNOM PENH -- Since early September, American nationals have flocked to Phnom Penh's Foreign Correspondents' Club restaurant every Saturday night. The political debates they come to watch may have happened days earlier -- and been replayed on TV multiple times. And, as with the Palin vs. Biden debate, electricity blackouts...

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Democracy, Cambodian Style

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2008 | 4:06 PM

KOMPONG CHAM -- As voting came to a close in Cambodia's national elections Sunday, I stood outside makeshift polling station 1660, waiting to watch the ballots counted. Just over 500 Cambodians had voted at this rural outpost -- the downstairs of a wooden stilt house -- in the country's fourth...

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