From Factory to University


A a very promising program in Bangladesh after the desastrous collapse of the Rana factory that saw thousands of workers dead, mainly rural poor young women.

Big brands can pay their dues to society by sponsoring workers to gain university degrees.




Silencing the Opposition




Kem Sokha- Vice President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party

“They can strip him off his position as vice- president of the National Assembly but they can not strip him off the hearts of the people”.

Originated as a ” sex scandal “, MP, Kem Sokha’s case is now going to the next stage: corruption.

Anti-Graft Body Opens Investigation Into Sokha

The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit can’t be more clear: the prosecutor will prosecute and Kem Sokha will be faced with the lifting of  his parliamentary immunity.

Kem Sokha is a true figure of integrity who has had to pay highly for his stance for human rights, democracy and justice.

Pro-government protest to strip him of his position as First Vice-President of the National Assembly that led to a savage attack on two opposition lawmakers the same day is part of this political scenario.

The detrimental consequences of such politically staged scenario trickle down to those who stand for rule of law, justice and a clean government. They become targets of the government and end up facing a court system that is seriously lacking independence.

Very dark clouds in the horizon for government  critics.

But the people will continue to demand change.


Cambodian Women and Leadership- Achievements and Barriers


Women’s Leadership: A Case Study From Cambodia



An Inclusive Economic Growth

imagePresident Obama said the words that we want him to say at the opening of the U.S.Asean Summit in Sunnylands yesterday.

” As leaders we have to answer to the aspirations of our people, reaffirm that a strong, prosperous and inclusive society requires good governance, rule of law, accountable institutions, vibrant civil,society and hop holding human rights”.

He summarizes the agenda as:

1/ economic growth that is inclusive, creating employment for all;
2/ mutual security, peaceful resolutions to disputes;
3/ human dignity, respect for human rights;
4/ development that is sustainable.

He uses the case of Burma as a good model.

More work to be done. I am returning to Washington DC early March for follow up work.

Hundreds of Cambodian Americans from around the country were protesting strongly and visibly at the summit site yesterday.

Standing for Democracy in S.E. Asia

What should be on front and center burners when president Obsma meet with ASEAN leaders today in Southern California.

Who Has President Obama Invited to the U.S.?