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Belgian, b. 1948
'Hearths of Resistance' is now available
Apr 11, 2015
The following photographs are just a small sample of ‘Hearths of Resistance’, the 5th ebook published by John Vink. It focuses on the social and political turmoil during the 18 months after the 2013 legislative elections in Cambodia. With the opposition CNRP gaining a surprising 55 of the 123 seats at the National Assembly, this was the first serious democratic challenge for Prime Minister Hun Sen...
Apr 6, 2015
This was an assignment for The Cambodia Daily which ran the story by Matt Blomberg, Ouch Sony and myself in long-form on their website, including a 2-minute video.
The inauguration this April 6 of the US$127 million, Japanese funded, Tsubasa suspension bridge crossing the Mekong at Neak Loeung seals the economic fate of a small town and the livelihood of...
Carnival Hits the Cobblestones in Binche
Feb 18, 2015
Carnival has hit the cobblestones of the ‘Région du Centre’, a string of small cities like La Louvière, Morlanwelz, Haine-Saint Pierre, located in a former industrial area between Mons and Namur in Belgium. Several of those cities boast the presence of ‘Gilles’ during the Mardi Gras celebrations but the one and only genuine ‘Gille’ is the one from the city of Binche. Nowhere else is the ‘Gille’ more...
‘Hearths of Resistance’, the Cambodian Year of 2014 in review.
Jan 24, 2015
The July 2013 legislative elections in Cambodia, which saw a major shift of votes in favour of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), were followed by a political deadlock, the CNRP refusing to take its seats at the National Assembly unless significant reforms for the next elections were agreed upon by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). All through the second half of 2013, the...
'Je Suis Charlie' in Phnom Penh
Jan 8, 2015
Following the targeting of the satirical weekly 'Charlie Hebdo' by three armed men and the assassination of 12 people in Paris, the French community of Phnom Penh, joined by many others, gathered (where else?) at the bar of the 'Institut Français' to pay respect to freedom of speech.