1. Rain falling softly

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    The rain falling softly upon her face,
    Takes her to a magical place.
    The rain falling softly in her hair,
    Lets her soul float upon the air.
    The rain touching her lips,
    Give her the breath of life in little sips.
    The rain falling softly from the sky,
    Lets her know that heaven,
    Is where good souls fly.

    Poem title: Rain
    ~Lot of Poems

  2. November 16

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    I read this poem a while ago, to remind Cambodian how the Vietnamese government tortured Khmer, killed Khmer  in 1976, and they continue to hurt us until these days…Many of our heroes and patriots sacrificed their lives for our nation, religion, culture and our language….
  3. Stay strong, Cambodia

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    We must go through the Demonstration if we need to…
    We must fight till our last breath… Do not be afraid…
    I want to dedicate this song to all Khmer heroes, patriots, and especially my courageous team in Cambodia.
  4. Brief info on Cambodian National Elections

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    Cambodia Opposition (CNRP) Claims Win in Sunday Election

    CPP registers 60 seats, not 68.
    CNRP registers 63 seats, not 55.

    CPP is an acronym of the Cambodian People’s Party (formerly Cambodian Community Party founded by Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh in the 1950s as part of the Indochinese Community Party, which later broke up into 3 communist parties in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam).

    CNRP is an acronym of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, a newly joint force between the two opposition political parties called the Sam Rainsy Party, SRP, and the Human Rights Party, HRP.

    The CNRP is challenging the preliminary results by calling on involved parties to establish an independent joint fact-finding committee with representatives from the CPP, CNRP, the United Nations, the NEC, and nongovernmental organizations to investigate and solve the irregularities.

    NEC, National Election Committee, is appointed by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, which heavily biased toward the ruling party, CPP.

    9.5 million voters are figures given by NEC before the 07.28.2013 parliamentary elections.

    Despite his royal pardon, the NEC prevented Sam Rainsy from voting or contesting in the elections, saying it was too late for him to re-register as a voter as his name had been removed from the voters list following his convictions.

    Before the elections commence, the CNRP, civil societies and international observers showed that there are more than 1.2 million voters missing from the voters’ registries and 200,000 of them are duplicate names. Of the 1.2 million missing voters, majority of them would vote for the opposition CNRP.

    Sam Rainsy states, “It’s very unjust for Cambodians, and I know that the Cambodian people will not accept this.” He said, “If [election officials] insist on using the figure declared by the CPP, we absolutely do not accept it.” If those numbers become the official result, he said, “I believe there will be a massive rally from the Cambodian people.”

    EU-the European Union, the U.S. State Department and TI-Transparency International express their strong statements yet that the elections result in many irregularities and need it to be taken in measures.

    The parliament elections take place every 5 years. In 2008, CPP registered 90 seats out of 123. The SRP registered 26 and HRP with 3.

    Hun Sen, formerly a Cambodian communist junior guerrilla fighter defected to Vietnam in the late 1970s, subsequently Vietnam invaded Cambodia and installed Hun Sen as the prime minister. He is the longest-serving leader in Southeast Asia. He is known as strongman in Cambodia. His counterparts in other countries, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia all fell from grace.

    SRP is formerly led by Sam Rainsy. His father is formerly Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia in the 1950s-60s. He has survived several assassinations as he is the archrival to Hun Sen.

    In 1993 when the United Nations organized the first democratic national elections in Cambodia, the CPP lost the elections. However, Hun Sen’s CPP forced the winning party FUNCINPEC to share power by having two prime ministers. Cambodia being the only country in the world to have two prime ministers. Four years later in 1997, Hun Sen toppled his partner through bloodshed and has ruled Cambodia with iron-fist ever since.

    Cambodia becomes independent in 1953 from France. In 1970 Cambodia entered a 5-year civil war. In 1975-79 Cambodian communists took over the country and turn Cambodia into year zero, where her populations were cut off/shield off from the rest of the world, Vietnamese invasion in 1979 until the United Nations broker a peace deal in 1991.

    CPP has been winning national elections since 1998 ever since it installed NEC.

    Cambodia has experienced 5 mandates parliamentary elections with 4 out of 5 polls marred with irregularities, frauds, intimidates, threats, vote buying, murders, political assassinations, house burn down, journalists killings, extra-judicial killings, defamations, and lawsuits.

  5. Peaceful Love

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    There is peace in my soul
    For such a long awaited time
    There is love in my life
    A love of melody and rhyme.
    Once you took hold of my heart
    I knew no other could have reached
    As whispered fate took my hand
    To levels only you could reach…

    Source: 1lovepoems

  6. Current situation in Cambodia: Mass demonstrations on the way

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    According to opposition leader, we won at least 63 seats, while corrupted government won 60. The corrupted government said they won 68 seats and opposition, 55. US calls for review of election ‘irregularities, but the corrupted government rejected this full and Transparent Investigation.

    Mass demonstrations throughout the country will be the final option for the opposition if its request for a joint committee to review election “irregularities” is not met, Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy said .

    On Monday (July 29) at a press conference, CNRP president Sam Rainsy rejected the election results due to the gross irregularities prior to and during election day: “Fifteen per cent of voters – about 1.2 to 1.3 million – were unable to vote because of list irregularities. There were also about 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names.”

    The people spoke loud and clear prior to election day amidst fear and intimidation that they want change.  They not only spoke loudly, they acted loudly by going to the polls and exercised their legal right, and every indicator said they voted CNRP, despite the powerful CPP election machinery and threat of civil war.

  7. Gentle and Beautiful Speech

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    Think how often you say to yourself, "If only I hadn't said that," or something like "When I saw the look on her face, I knew that what I said had hurt her feelings." Wrong speech causes us many problems. We lie and then get caught in it; we say something nasty about a co-worker and get him into trouble; we speak inconsiderately and offend a client or friend; we spend a whole day in meaningless chatter and get nothing clone.

    These bad habits of speech are not new. The Buddha considered the practice of Skillful Speech so essential to one's personal and spiritual development that he gave it its own step on the path to happiness. Skillful Speech, the Buddha told us, has four qualities: It is always truthful. It is uplifting, not malicious or unkind. It is gentle, not crude or harsh. It is moderate, not useless or meaningless.

    A person who is known for gentle and beautiful speech, the Buddha explained, will quickly be trusted and respected. Such a person enjoys a calm and peaceful state of mind and is able to interact with others lovingly. Have you noticed, for instance, that people tend to speak to us as they have heard us speak? If we are known to exaggerate or to lie, others find it easier to lie to us. If we habitually malign others, people find it easier to speak harshly of us. The converse is also true. If we are known for truthfulness, our words are more readily believed. If we have a reputation for discretion, others find it harder to spread gossip about us. If our speech is always kind and gentle, others feel embarrassed to swear or speak crudely in our presence.

    Skillful Speech
    ~by Bhante Gunaratana
    Source: http://www.dharmanet.org/

  8. What it means to Love

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    As far as the ocean is wide
    through miles and miles of sea;
    You will be someone special
    a true miracle to me.
    As high upon the mountain tops
    as high as one can climb;
    You will be so dear to me
    the best friend I can find.
    As many stars that twinkle
    throughout the heavens above;
    You will be a bright reminder
    of what it means to love.

    Source: 1lovepoems  #love  


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