Call Me Stormy

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Cambodia’s Land Swindles

In Cambodia, when developers want to create a new apartment complex or retail center, they don’t negotiate to buy the land from the current owners or occupants. They simply grease the palms of local officials, call out the constables and move in the bulldozers. This is what happens in societies where the public has no legal recourse, and no access to guns, to defend themselves from corrupt rulers.

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