Peace talks with
Cambodia have resumed, avoiding a border war over real estate near an ancient
temple. The basic problem is that the current 730 kilometers long border was defined
in 1907 by the placement of only 73 border markers. This has left the exact
location of the border open to interpretation. Occasionally these
interpretations clash, as is happening now.
In the capital, someone threw a bomb
into a camp occupied by market stall operators protesting being evicted from
their current location, to make way for new stall operators. The bomb wounded
fifteen. There have been several similar bombings in the last few months.
November 4, 2008: Two bombs went off in a marketplace in the
south, killing one and wounding over 70. The murder rate down south continues
to run at several times the national average, as Islamic terrorists continue to
try and drive non-Moslems out of the area. Anti-Moslem vigilantes strike back,
killing suspected terrorist leaders.
November 1, 2008: Over 60,000 pro-government demonstrators
assembled in the capital. Wearing red shirts, the demonstrators came in from
rural areas, where the government gets most of its votes. Police were largely
successful in keeping the pro and anti-government demonstrators from clashing
with each other.