Category: Cambodia

Poppy McPherson: Cambodian Textile Workers Who Supply UK Clothing Stores ‘Starving’ And Suffering ‘Mass Faintings’

By the time London Fashion Week comes to a close, 58 high-end designers will have shown their collections. Rail-thin models will have walked the runways. Debate will have raged over size zero. In Cambodia, meanwhile, garment workers stitching clothes that supply the UK high street are malnourished to the point of collapse. According to a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Cambodia, Timor, and Ideology

Four topics arise in this connection: (1) Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years, (2) Cambodia immediately before these years, (3) Cambodia immediately after these years, and (4) East Timor. It should be evident why these topics arose dramatically in the 1970s. And apart from the first, they still do, for reasons to which I’ll return.  Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Sick, Sick Cambodian Stories

Do you know how one can turn a little child; say 5 or 6 years old, into the most productive beggar? I did not know, but I was told by a mother who was pimping her own girls at night, while forcing them to beg during the day: “Make sure that the kids are suffering Read more…

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Paul Street: America’s Unworthy and Invisible Victims Before and Since 9/11

In a great propaganda victory for the culture of nationalistic imperialism, millions of Americans have been trained to think of the “Vietnam War” in terms of what the Vietnamese “did to us.” It is true that 58,000 American soldiers died (tens of thousands more were crippled and sickened and an equal number committed suicide since Read more…

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Saul Landau: Naked Empire

Millions of Americans drink "unhealthy" water; military suicides escalate; schools erode and health programs collapse. — The New York Times  In ten years of a new Century, U.S. systemic dysfunction became more dramatic. The government responded by retreating down the ancient Egyptian River The Senate passed a $626 billion "defense" budget without discussion. Since 1947, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Obama, China and the Dollar

President Obama is in Asia this week and has promised to say something about the exchange rate between the Chinese yuan and the U.S. dollar. It would be good if some enterprising journalist asked him why the United States is worried about the Chinese dumping their dollars, and why U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner recently Read more…

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John Pilger: Thirty Years On, The Holocaust In Cambodia And Its Aftermath Is Remembered

The aircraft flew low, following the Mekong River west from Vietnam. Once over Cambodia, what we saw silenced all of us on board. There appeared to be nobody, no movement, not even an animal, as if the great population of Asia had stopped at the border. Whole villages were empty. Chairs and beds, pots and Read more…

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Robert Miller: The Khmer Rouge and Cold War Geopolitics

  Introduction:   The Khmer Rouge was surely one of the most brutal and barbaric regimes of the 20th century. According to Ben Kiernan, a genocide scholar who has spent many years in Cambodia and can speak the Khmer language, the death toll for the years that the Khmer Rouge were in power “was between Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Khmer Rouge & Cambodia

March27, 2009 — Top Khmer Rouge (KR) leaders are going on trial in Cambodia. You have some history with Cambodia and have written extensively on the KR. Do you believe a United Nations trial is the best way forward, or should it be left to the Cambodian people? I think it should be left to Read more…

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John Pilger: Cambodia’s Missing Accused

At my hotel in Phnom Penh, the women and children sat on one side of the room, palais-style, the men on the other. It was a disco night and a lot of fun; then suddenly people walked to the windows and wept. The DJ had played a song by the much-loved Khmer singer, Sin Sisamouth, Read more…

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