Tonle Sap's youth, illegal fishing crackdowns and Cambodian agriculture strategy

Two essays reported by Fiona Kelliher and Chea Sameang with poignant photos and video by Nigel Dickinson explored how the children of Tonle Sap Lake perceive their futures and the impact of illegal fishing crackdowns. Jack Brook covered the struggles and new strategies being pursued in Cambodia's agriculture industry. Historian Ang Cheng Guan wrote about a diplomatic crisis prompted by Singapore's interpretation of Cambodian and Vietnamese actions in the Khmer Rouge period. Following a Thai rapper's performance with traditional sticky rice, contributor Mark Cogan argued Thailand's repressive policies diminish its soft-power ambitions.

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