Thursday, 17.1.2008: American Movie Star Attempts to Campaign Pushing China to Help to End Violence in Darfur, but Cambodian Authorities Are Likely to Reject the Attempt

Posted on 18 January 2008. Filed under: Week 543 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 543

“Phnom Penh: The 63-year-old American movie star Mia Farrow, now a UNICEF good-will ambassador wants to come to Cambodia at the end of the campaign, urging the Chinese government to help to end abuses in Darfur in the western part of Sudan, but Cambodia is likely not to allow the event.

“According to a report of Reuters, the American movie star had started a campaign with an Olympic-style torch relay, in order to push China, which has good relations with the government of Sudan, to help to end abuses in this area of conflict, ending the campaign in Cambodia, after she had already carried on the campaign which had started in Chad, near to Darfur.

“The same source said that Cambodia is the sixth country through which the American actress Mia Farrow carried the torch, after starting in Chad, and moving through Rwanda, Armenia, Germany, and Bosnia.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information and the government’s spokesperson, did not answer his telephone; as for Mr. Khieu Sopheak, the Ministry of Interior spokesperson, he did not answer his telephone either on the afternoon of 16 January, but he told the Herald Sun [Australia] that Cambodia does not welcome such a campaign, and Cambodia will also not allow any gathering for such an Olympic-style torch relay.

“He told the same source that whoever conducts the event would face a trial.

“So far, the crisis in Darfur is still the hottest in the world. Violence has killed approximately 200,000 people during five years of war, starvation, and diseases.

“Mia Farrow was born on Monday 9 February 1945. She started making movies in 1964 until now. She is also playing a role as a UNICEF good-will ambassador.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4491, 17.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #52, 16-22.1.2008

  • Mr. Keat Chhon Asks Municipality to Reduce Lightening in Streets [in attempt to save fuel]
  • Chhang Youk [Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia]: Khmer People Know the Value of Life More Than All Other People Do [because the Khmer people lived through a regime of mass killings

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1547, 17.1.2008

  • Ms. Ho Naun [Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian – verbally] Attacked Mr. Sam Rainsy in National Assembly Session [Sam Rainsy had said some investors are a mafia, then Ho Naun said that what Sam Rainsy said is not in line with the purpose of the session, and it also contradicts the facts]
  • Opposition Leader [Sam Rainsy] Leads 300 Workers [of Cambodia Apparel Industry Garment Factory – Samraong Tong, Kompong Speu] to Strike [demanding that the factory accept three worker representatives, who were dismissed without reason, back at work]
  • Bird Flu Recurs in India
  • Cold Weather and Avalanches Kill 85 People in Afghanistan

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #93, 17.1.2008

  • Four-Years Anniversary of Death of Mr. Chea Vichea [leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia]; the Demand for the Arrest of the Real Murderers Still Continues
  • US Tries to Reduce Chinese Influence in Cambodia

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6247, 17.1.2008

  • National Assembly Adopts Agreements to Protect Japanese Investments, as a Result of the Visit of Head of the Royal Government of Cambodia [to Japan in June 2007]
  • 6,517 Unexploded Grenades Collected [by police] from a House of a Scavenger in Poipet to Be Destroyed [by Cambodian Mine Action Center]
  • 224 Soldiers to Be Assigned Temporarily as Military Police to Maintain Security for Elections [Banteay Meanchey]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3366, 17.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Government Serves Yuon [Vietnamese] Company [Tan Bien – phonetic – for which the Cambodian government provided 8,100 hectares of land, including the land of 1,300 families in Santuk District, Kompong Thom, for a rubber plantation] without Thinking about the Sufferings of the Khmer Citizens

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4491, 17.1.2008

  • American Movie Star Attempts to Campaign Pushing China to Help to End Violence in Darfur, but Cambodian Authorities Are Likely to Reject the Attempt
  • Shanghai Group [of China] Will Contract Construction of Road 62 from Tbaeng Meanchey to Preah Vihear Temple [Preah Vihear]
  • Illegal Logging of Luxury Wood Trees Is Rampant in Thala Barivat District [Stung Treng]
  • Forestry Officials Seized a Car Transporting Wood, Then They Drove It to Their Office and Hit a Motorcycle Driver Who Died from the Accident [16 January – Svay Leu, Siem Reap]

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