Category: Cambodia

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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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Edward Herman: Aggression Rights and Wrongs

A recent book by Michael Vickery, Cambodia: A Political Survey, dramatizes once again the fantastic double standard that operates in cases of cross-border attacks by the weak, and U.S. targets, and the strong, especially the United States. Vietnam invaded Cambodia in December 1978, quickly defeating the Khmer Rouge and pushing its remnant forces into Thailand. Read more…

: His Story is Our Story

"After years of civil war that was exacerbated by America’s bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in eastern Cambodia, the Khmer government of Lon Nol fell to Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge forces in April 1975…Within forty-eight hours, Khmer Rouge forces had evacuated the city’s [Phnom Penh] two million residents, who, because of Read more…

David Mcneill: Suffer Little Children: Legacies of War in Cambodia

Despite a "crackdown" on rampant illegal sex, Cambodia is still a world capital of pedophilia. At 12, Pov knows the sexual geography of the riverfront area in Phnom Penh like the seasoned prostitute he has become. The four middle-aged Frenchmen in front of us? "They like girls," he explains, giggling. "Small girls." The sun-blackened and Read more…

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Chris Green: Noam Chomsky and Lew Rockwell

I think what Rockwell may have in mind (see below) about Chomsky praising Khmer Rouge economic policies was the quote that David Horowitz and Peter Collier attributed to him in their 1985 Washington Post article where Chomsky allegedly said in 1975 that the Khmer Rouge were brining a new era of peace and prosperity to Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: Apartheid in South Africa and Israel

Apartheid in South Africa and Israel

Joshua Holland: Iraq Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

  According to a new study, 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since the 2003 invasion, the highest estimate of war-related fatalities yet. The study was done by the British polling firm ORB, which conducted face-to-face interviews with a sample of over 1,700 Iraqi adults in 15 of Iraq‘s 18 provinces. Two provinces — Read more…

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