Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cambodia PM Can Not Deliver to Youth

There are three issues in Cambodia that the PM has not addressed, can not find solutions for and young voters should judge him for:

1/ decent employment;

2/ protection of workers’;

3/ living wage.

Poor and destitute youth would rather be working in Cambodia if there were jobs that pay living wage. Our youth continue to seek opportunities because there is no hope for better opportunities inside Cambodia.
Why do youth risk their lives outside of Cambodia?

PM to workers: ‘don’t go’

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:01

វង្ស សុខេង

The Phnom Penh Post

Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Vong Sokheng
The Phnom Penh Post

Lamenting the steady stream of Cambodian men who are repatriated after falling victim to fishing boat slavery, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday a lack of communication, not employment, was driving citizens to risky jobs abroad (sic!).

At a graduation ceremony, the premier told students the demand for agricultural workers in Cambodia was high but said advertising these positions remained a problem.

“In Ratanakkiri [province] the labour force wage is high – up to US$5 per day,” he said.

“Cambodia is now in the situation where it lacks labour (sic!), while a number of Cambodian people migrate for work outside the country, even if it is illegal.”


Women Courageous Reporters of World War II – Film

We Can do it!

And we Did it!

Proud of my journalists sisters, in particular the young women from the local newspapers.

Women Make Movies

Film Segment

No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII

A film by By Michele Midori Fillion – 2011

When World War II broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontline that she abandoned her husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be reunited. Ruth Cowans reporting was hampered by a bureau chief who refused to talk to her. Meanwhile photojournalist Dicky Chapelle wanted to get so close to the action she could feel bullets whizzing by. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how these three tenacious war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations in World War Two when battlefields were considered no place for a woman.

Narrated by Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies, this film features an abundance of rich period archive, interviews with modern female war correspondents, as well as actresses bringing to life the written words of these remarkable women. Their repeated delegation to the sidelines to cover the womans angle succeeded in expanding the focus of war coverage to include the human cost of war, demonstrating how the destruction of one war leads to the next. By wars end, women reporters brought home a new kind of war story more personal and all-encompassing, reaching beyond the battlefield and deep into human lives.

The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Dr. Wangari Maathai really was inspirational.

Her biography moved me a great deal.

The life of a true activist , a true defender of her people’s interests so vividly and openly shared with the readers.

I understood the lonely life and the non-sense charges one must face when one chooses that path.

I have the very great chance of having a family totally behind and walking along with me on this long journey.

As i am facing another law suit, my strength and energy remain unmoved by the mounting threats and intimidation.

< font size=”5″>Land is life to our people. Land is dignity for the entire family.

I learn this as I watch and hear the pain of our villagers who stand ready to go all the way to keep their land.

Be part of their strength. Keep the fight going.

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Iona Spirituality Institute
Soulful Healing and Spiritual Transformation:? How Trauma Impacts Spirituality
During Black History Month and as we celebrate the beginning of Spring, The Berry Forum invites you to this tribute to Nobel Laureate and environmental champion, Wangari Maathi. Our facilitator for the evening will be Berry Forum Convener and friend of Wangari, Dr. Danny Martin, who will open us to the legacy and challenge of this inspired eco-activist.

Please join us!
Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Professor Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her they were walking long distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing from their fields, and their children were suffering from malnutrition.

‘Well, why not plant trees?’ Maathai suggested. These women found themselves working successively against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and government corruption, until they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.

Through TV footage and chilling first person accounts, Taking Root documents the dramatic confrontations of the 1980s and ’90s and captures Maathai’s infectious determination and unwavering courage. Cinema verit footage of the tree nurseries and the women and children who tend them brings to life the confidence and joy of people working to improve their own lives and ensure the future and vitality of their land.

Taking Root captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai’s thirty-year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy.

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Large Protest in India

The secret behind the man identified by the deputy prime-minister as the possible shooter at the factory that produces PUMA shoes could trigger such a mass protest.

Living wage is another possibility.

Price of gasoline is going up in Cambodia while the price on the global market is going down.

This is another possibility.

The opposition is always accused of being behind any protest. I think that by putting these issues under the carpet and looking at scapegoats, the government is showing its incompetence.

The opposition jumped from 2 to 11 seats at the January Senate e lection. Why?

Local elections are just 3 months ahead.

These are very local issues.

We have reasons to hope for more gains despite all odds: massive vote buying and the partial role of the National Election Committee.

Millions of Indian workers strike for rights

The strike is a headache for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in wake of weakening economic growth [Reuters]

Millions of workers in India have begun a 24-hour strike to demand improved rights for employees and to protest over rising prices.
Tuesdays strike, one of the biggest in recent times, is being backed by all 11 major trade unions in the country, including the left affiliated All India Trade Union Congress [AITUC] and Indian National Trade Union Congress [INTUC] linked to ruling Congress party, local television station NDTV said.
The strike marks the latest test for Manmohan Singh’s government, which has has been shaken by a succession of corruption scandals and popular protests sin ce the prime minister’s Congress party won a second term in 2009.
The governments appeal on Monday failed to impress the unions, who want the government to take measures to contain inflation, provide universal social security cover for workers in the vast unorganised labour sector, and to stop selling stakes in state-run companies.
“We will have to think about our future course of action if the government does not come forward with proposals on how it will react to our demands,” G Sanjeeva Reddy, president of INTUC, told Reuters news agency.
The strike threatens to disrupt transport and port operations, while banks and post offices could also be closed.pan>
Workers from state-run telecom companies and postal department will also join the shutdown, which comes amid weakening economic growth and a slew of state-level elections.
Last week, the country’s labour minister said the government was ready for talks on any labour-related issues, NDTV website reported.
But AITUC leader Gurudas Dasgupta rejected it saying, “The government had enough opportunity earlier to sit with unions to discuss the issues”.
Bond market volatility
The protests are not expected to significantly affect banks and financial markets in Asia’s third-largest economy, but traders said there could be some volatility in the bond market if volumes are lower than normal.
“Volumes could be lower, but settlement should happen,” said a senior dealer at a state-run bank.
Hit by high interest rates, stubborn inflation and a stuttering reform agenda, India’s economy is expected to grow by about seven per cent in the fiscal year ending March, compared with earlier expectations of about nine per cent growth.
Congress is currently fighting five state elections, including one in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state.
Tuesday’s strike will be India’s 14th general strike since the country opened up its economy with major reforms in 1991.

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SEVEN – A Play for Women’s Vital Voices

SEVEN women telling the truth about justice and how
to fight for it. MU SOCHUA talks about lighting each
candle light in
each village in Cambodia, with Cambodian women.
If you are interested in performing it in Cambodia, let
me know. I have the script.

Review: Seven women, seven voices,

seven stories that rise above | The Salt

Lake Tribune

Seven women are profiled in Pygmalion

Productions poignant and empowering

production of

Seven, currently in its regional premiere at

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Here

are their

stories: Inez (Betsy West) was raised

Protestant in Northern Ireland and became

an activist for

workers rights …

MP Mu Sochua, to attend Global Ambassador’s Program in Haiti

February 23, 2012

photograph by Cattleya Jaruthavee

On February 28 to March 1, 2012 Cambodian Member of Parliament Mu Sochua will act as a Global Ambassador for the launch of the Vital Voices and Bank of America global mentoring program “The Global Ambassador’s Program” in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The program seeks to resolve the women’s leadership gap by connecting the expertise of the world’s top women from business, media, government and civil society to outstanding emerging local women leaders. The 2012 program’s Global Ambassadors include: American actress and activist Maria Bello; Minister of Agriculture in the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Florence Chenoweth; a Marketing Executive at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Constance Morella, the former United States Government Ambassador to the OECD.

Haitian women’s voices are barely present in the country’s social and economic decision making processes. Currently, women make up less than 3% of Haiti’s Parliament. As a result, throughout the course of the past few months, Haitian women’s organizations have hosted 308 focus groups for women across the country to identify and develop policy platforms regarding key issues affecting Haitian women. The Global Ambassador’s Program will provide a space for local leaders to meet, consult, and develop their policy platforms under the mentorship of the Global Ambassadors.

During the program, Haitian women leaders will draft a set of policy priorities based on the issues identified by Haitian women across the country. Each Global Ambassador, including MP Mu Sochua, will mentor two extraordinary Haitian women leaders as they lead this consultative process to produce a National Women’s Platform. On March 1, the National Women’s Platform will be presented to President Michel Martelly to ensure the acknowledged policy priorities are accounted for in the next legislative cycle.

For more information regarding The Global Ambassador’s Program and Global Ambassador MP Mu Sochua, visit:

Return of Main Opposition Leader – a Must for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas speaking up for free and fair elections.

Finally, someone who takes a stand with democrats in Cambodia.