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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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Archaeologists Upending Long-held Understandings of Angkor’s “Collapse”

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The story of the rise and fall of Southeast Asia’s greatest premodern empire is known to us all in some shape or form. But the dominant narrative, that Angkor was abruptly abandoned after the city was attacked from the neighbouring kingdom of Ayutthaya in 1431 CE, bringing about a cataclysmic end to the mighty Khmer Empire that had endured for more than 600 years, has been under scrutiny for some time. More light on this “doomsday” scenario has been shed by recent research* at the site, and specifically at the iconic temple Angkor Wat, which looked at events before and after that final fall. Many gaps still remain in our knowledge of how the Khmer Empire came to end, but it is becoming clearer that the temples that sat at the centre of capital life were not abandoned. At least not in one swoop.

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Blood Lines — Savouring Life’s True Essence

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Even among eager meat eaters, there is a thin red line, drawn in blood, that some cannot bring themselves to cross. For some, the reluctance boils down to ancient cultural taboos. For others, it is perhaps a little too ‘elemental’ for them to stomach. No matter how well seasoned and cooked, there is something about blood in soups, cakes or sausages that can make us feel we’re dining out on a raw, almost primeval side. For some, that’s all part of the satisfaction, for other not so much. Indeed, many even feel revulsion at the mere prospect. But there is much to savour in blood’s rich, nutritious flavours.

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Thalias Newsletter July 2019

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Thalias Hospitality Group has been working hard in the past weeks in order to best meet the expectations of our guests. You will find in this newsletter two new Free Flow Lunch options that will surely delight the food lovers who are reading us: a Free Flow Grill BBQ at Malis Siem Reap and an updated Free Flow Lunch at Khéma. And as we are always eager to share our passion for good food, we also decided to tell you more about two very different delicacies: French fries and insects.


As a French company, we could not but also talk about Bastille Day that will happen on July, 14th. We give you here some tips to celebrate the French National Day in Cambodia, especially thanks to the dedicated events organized by the French Chamber of Commerce, both in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. On a European level, Thalias Hospitality also wanted to highlight the great work done by EuroCham Cambodia through the third edition of the White Book that features a set of policy recommendations developed collectively by the members of The European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia.


I applaud them all for such great initiatives.


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

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