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Cambodia Democracy Act is passed by US House of Representatives

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This July, US Representative Ted Yoho succeeded in pushing his Cambodia Democracy bill through the United States House of Representatives from where it will go to the Senate for further debate and a vote which may or may not see the bill passing into law. If passed, the Cambodia Democracy Act will create a requirement for the American president to impose sanctions on individuals deemed responsible by him for acts undermining democracy in Cambodia. Yoho introduced a similar bill last year, which passed the House but did not survive the Senate.

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Thalias Newsletter August 2019

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August newsletter has many great surprises concocted by Thalias Hospitality Group. And they will surely brighten up this upcoming month.


First, we are deeply thrilled to host the French Master Chocolatier and Confectioner Serge Granger at Khéma. Do not miss the opportunity to meet the Chef during our dedicated New High Tea events and learn more about his exceptional techniques.


If this is not enough to satisfy your appetite, we are pleased to announce that Topaz will launch its new menu very soon. Consommé de bœuf au cinq champignons, Matignon de veau à la truffe noire, Pantoufle du Cardinal… Read more below about our brand new mouthwatering dishes.


As we are always keen to share our passion and knowledge about food and cuisine, this newsletter will also focus on the health benefits of sugarcane juice - a staple drink in Cambodia - and a surprising yet delicious ingredient: blood.


On a cultural level, Thalias also wanted to highlight a fascinating work that is building up our knowledge of Angkor and how the Khmer Empire came to end. And, as our company is also fully grounded in the present, it was finally important for us to focus on the trade deal that the EU signed with Vietnam as it highlights a double-standard with the possible loss of access to the EU's Everything But Arms.


Please enjoy the reading and I look forward to continuing the conversation in one of our outlets.


Yours sincerely,
Arnaud Darc,
CEO and Chairman Thalias Hospitality Group

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The Surprising (and Delicious) Health Benefits of Sugar Cane

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A giant grass resembling bamboo, sugar cane was first domesticated in New Guinea before beginning its transformative march around the globe around 10,000 years ago. Unlike the hollow bamboo though, sugar cane stems are almost 90% filled with a sappy pulp with a pleasantly sweet flavour. Processed, it becomes a vital source of the world’s sugar trade, but it can also be eaten raw, a favourite for those looking for a refreshing drink or sweet treat to chew on. But it doesn’t just taste good, sugar cane (in moderation…) can be good for you too.

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Simple Fairness Needed from the EU in Treatment of Cambodia

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On June 30, the EU and Cambodia’s neighbour, Vietnam, signed a groundbreaking new trade agreement that was hailed as the “most ambitious free trade deal between the EU and an emerging economy to date” by Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade,Tran Tuan Anh. Considered a positive development by many the deal nonetheless leads to questions around the EU’s long-standing strategy of linking free trade agreements with human rights objectives. Even the EU’s own lawmakers within the European Parliament — whose approval is required before the deal can go ahead — have raised concerns about Vietnam’s human rights record. Eyebrows have also been raised elsewhere, particularly when one’s perspective incorporates the EU’s recent equivocation on Cambodia’s preferential status under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. By a range of objective standards, Cambodia’s admittedly sometimes difficult relationship with human rights and democracy still stands above that of its neighbour.

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