Over at Deathpower in Cambodia, there is a discussion of capitalism, poverty and economic transformation. It is certainly worth a look.
Erik Davis warns:
The appropriation of the most important natural resource in mainland Southeast Asia – water – is perhaps the most important story going. The constant damming of the Mekong and other river systems means that less and less water comes downstream. Given that over two-thirds of Cambodia’s entire protein intake comes from fish (and specifically, from the Tonle Sap lake, which is fed by the waters of the Mekong river), this is a complete and total disaster.
In a country which the UN already lists as one of the world’s top twelve “Hunger Spots”, the food resource base is being further rapidly eroded.