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  • Cambodia rejects paying 'dirty debt' to the US(major hurl alert)

    03/22/2017 8:39:31 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 21th March 2017 | Vannarith Chheang
    The United States has renewed its demand for Cambodia to repay a war debt of $500m amid President Donald Trump's push to improve the state budget. Such a demand has met with an outcry from Cambodian political leaders and their people, who have consistently called the debt "dirty" and "blood-stained". Clearly, the memory of the United States' war in Indochina continues to shape Cambodian perceptions of and foreign policy towards the US. Cambodia is reluctant to pay the debt. However, should the US keep forcing Cambodia to service the debt, its moral high ground may be adversely affected. "I have...
  • A Frightening History of the Militant Greens: Jacki Daily Show!

    01/11/2016 3:08:55 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/8/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    A Frightening History of the Militant Greens Robert Zubrin’s book, Merchants of Despair, shows how some of the most tragic events of the 19th and 20th centuries were inspired by radical environmentalists who used the “green” agenda to mask scary ambitions.
  • Good intentions not good solution

    10/06/2009 9:08:49 PM PDT · by ancientart · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | October 2, 2009 | Art Marmorstein
    In the wonderfully funny movie Mom and Dad Save the World, one of the heroes admits that his people are not so bright. But what we lack in brains, he says, we make up for in ...good intentions. Gentle mocking here of the frequent appeal of the incompetent for tolerance of their mistakes: How can you blame us if our intentions are good? The trouble is that much of what's really rotten in the world is due to people who thought that their good intentions would ensure a favorable result. Maybe the best example of this: former president Jimmy Carter....
  • When US Troops Left Too Soon

    05/11/2015 4:42:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, a moment vividly encapsulated by the frenzied scene of South Vietnamese desperately trying to reach the last helicopter on the roof of the American embassy. April was also the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, when Robert E. Lee capitulated to Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War to an end.The two episodes seemingly have little to do with each other. But each, in its way, illustrates one of the bleakly recurring themes of US military history: When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the...
  • Dig Site May Hold Marine Missing from Vietnam War

    02/20/2015 11:05:20 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/20/2015 | Matt Burke
    The newly established Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has dispatched a remains recovery team to the Cambodian island of Koh Tang, where three Marines were left behind following the final battle of the Vietnam War. The excavation site is believed to hold the remains of Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove, Pfc. Gary Hall or Pvt. Danny Marshall, according to official documents from DPMAAs predecessor, the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command. The three-man gun team was left behind in the confusion of a troop withdrawal following a brutal May 15, 1975, battle between about 200 U.S. Marines and entrenched...
  • Court to start genocide trial of top Khmer Rouge leaders

    07/29/2014 4:25:07 PM PDT · by BlueHorseShoe · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 07-29-2014 | AFP
    Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court was Wednesday set to begin a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape. The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related crimes against humanity. The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 88, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, was completed late last year, with the verdict -- and possible sentences --...
  • Orphan of the collective The Elimination by Rithy Panh

    06/02/2013 9:16:18 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Asia Times ^ | 05/31/2013 | Joe Freeman
    PHNOM PENH - Cambodian-born filmmaker Rithy Panh has built a career out of documenting life in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia. His topics may be set well after the killings, but they always seem to be playing out in the shadows of history, with one eye on the past and one in the present. His film Site 2 explores the lives of a Cambodian family of refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge's terror to the relative safety of a border camp in Thailand. In The Land of the Wandering Souls, development clashes with buried secrets when laborers working on a project to...
  • UN peacekeepers cross the line of warfare in the Congo

    04/23/2013 6:01:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 23 April 2013 | Jeni Whalan
    The idea that peacekeepers should not initiate military action has prevailed ... until now. Jeni Whalan says the new "intervention brigade" in the Congo has stretched the institution of peacekeeping to breaking point. There's a fine, but critical, line between keeping the peace and waging a war.For the blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeepers deployed in some of the world's worst conflict zones, it's a line that is constantly, violently tested - by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the early 1990s; by rebels who this month killed five peacekeepers in South Sudan. Yet the greatest challenge may have come from the...
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Forgotten Hero Finally Home

    10/09/2012 9:38:02 AM PDT · by pfflier · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9 Oct, 2012 | DAN ELLIOTT - AP
    "For 37 years, Delouise Guerra never knew for certain what happened to the young man she called her baby brother, an 18-year-old Marine from Colorado who was missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash on the other side of the world. The Defense Department, however, told Guerra two months ago it had positively identified the remains of the man who disappeared so long ago, Pfc. James Jacques. The Colorado Marine was killed during the rescue of the crew of the S.S. Mayaguez, an American cargo ship seized by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge two days earlier on May 12, 1975.
  • Atheist Communists slaughtered more than 100 Million people in the last century

    05/16/2012 11:05:31 AM PDT · by Milagros · 30 replies
    Book ^ | 2009 | Harold Eberle
    Harold Eberle: "Christianity Unshackled: Are You A Truth Seeker,"Destiny Image Publishers, 2009 Stalin was responsible for about 20 million deaths and Mao Zedong's regime for approximately 70 million. Pol Pot, who led the Communist Party faction known as the Khmer Rouge, killed over 1.5 million of his own Cambodian people.6 Add to these numbers the atrocities committed by Soviet dictators like Lenin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev. Also add atheists like Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-il. All total, atheistic regimes have slaughtered more than 100 million people within the last 100 years. That averages to more than 1 million people per year....
  • She's Still Haunted by Khmer Rouge Atrocities in Cambodia

    04/23/2012 9:36:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 04/23/2012 | Greg Mellen
    The face of Sath Om reveals even more than her chilling words. The pain seems so immediate and real, it is as if time has stopped. "It's still real," the 92-year-old survivor of the Cambodian genocide says through translation as the tears flow. "It's like a stick in your eyes when it's remembered." Om has harrowing stories of life during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 when upward of 2 million Cambodians died from malnutrition, disease and murder in the country's notorious Killing Fields. Om was burned out of her house and had to run...
  • Khmer Rouge chief jailer gets life in prison.

    02/03/2012 9:48:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | February 2 2012 | staff
    Survivors of the regimes reign of terror hailed the decision to increase the original jail term of 30 years handed in 2010 to Kaing Guek Eav. The the commander of Tuol Sleng prison, where at least 15,000 men, women and children deemed enemies of the regime were tortured and then executed in "killing fields" outside Phnom Penh. The (victorious Cambodia communist) regime attempted to create an ideal society by forcing city residents to work as peasants in the countryside, purging intellectuals, middle class people and any supposed enemies of the state... about one-third of the population, are believed to have...
  • Prosecutor at Cambodias Khmer Rouge trial says henchmen cannot shift blame to Pol Pot

    11/22/2011 4:32:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Prosecutor at Cambodias Khmer Rouge trial says henchmen cannot shift blame to Pol PotBy Associated Press, Published: November 21 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Pol Pots close confederates cannot solely blame their late leader for the atrocities that took place under Cambodias Khmer Rouge regime, a prosecutor at the countrys U.N.-backed genocide tribunal said Tuesday. Andrew Cayley said that like Pol Pot, the three aging former members of the regime now on trial exercised life-and-death authority over Cambodia while in power in 1975-79. The accused cannot credibly claim they did not know and had no control over the crimes that occurred...
  • Khmer Rouge leadership to face genocide trial

    09/18/2010 3:03:34 PM PDT · by Thebaddog · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 16 Sep 2010 | Ian MacKinnon
    Four senior Khmer Rouge leaders have been indicted for their pivotal role in deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians in the "killing fields" during the Maoist regime's four-year reign of terror three decades ago.The UN-backed genocide tribunal said the aging quartet would face charges including war crimes and crimes against humanity in a trial likely to open by the middle of next year. The long-awaited trial will put in the dock the regime's chief ideologue known as "brother number two", Nuon Chea, 84, nominal head of state, Khieu Samphan, 79, the foreign minister, Ieng Sary, 84, and his wife, Ieng Thirith,...
  • From the Killing Fields to the Tea Party: Cambodian refugee runs for Congress...

    08/28/2010 1:59:11 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 5 replies
    wsj online ^ | 082810 | BY MICHAEL MOYNIHAN
    Lowell, Mass. Sam Meas isn't your typical congressional candidate. For one thing, the Cambodian refugee doesn't know his birthday. "I tell people I am 38 years old plus or minus two years." In 1973, Mr. Meas's father was sent to be "re-educated" by the Khmer Rouge and was never heard from again. During the chaos following the regime's collapse in 1979, Mr. Meas was separated from his mother. He never saw her again. Marching night and day toward the Thai border with a cousin, Mr. Meas recalls stepping over corpses and watching bloated bodies float down jungle waterways. After years...
  • Chris Matthews Compares Conservative Republicans to Murderous Khmer Rouge Regime

    02/02/2010 5:11:23 AM PST · by kingattax · 46 replies · 3,018+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 02/01/2010 | Ken Shepherd
    Appearing on the January 29 "Rachel Maddow Show," fellow MSNBCer Chris Matthews compared Republican conservatives to the Khmer Rouge, the murderous Communist regime that racked up a body count of some two million during its reign of terror: What's going on out there in the Republican Party is kind of a frightening, almost Cambodia re-education camp going on in that party, where they're going around to people, sort of switching their minds around saying, if you're not far right, you're not right enough. Matthews was on the program to discuss President Obama's live televised exchanges with Republican Congressmen earlier in...
  • Intrepid larrikins defied Pol Pot's killers

    09/29/2009 8:41:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 7 replies · 692+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 15 | Mark Dodd and Marianne Harris
    IN late November 1978, in the Killing Fields of Cambodia, a 35-year-old Sydney pub and club worker Ronald Keith Dean signed a confession that he was an operative for the CIA. Three weeks later, another Australian, David Lloyd Scott, signed a similar statement detailing years of anti-communist activity and a long career with the premier US spy agency. Dean and Scott, two knockabout Aussies, who had embarked on a Southeast Asian yachting adventure and strayed into contested waters, thinking they were in Thailand, were, of course, nothing of the sort. Captured by the Khmer Rouge and undoubtedly terrified in Pol...
  • He's Not Jimmy Carter

    09/03/2009 3:54:29 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 25 replies · 998+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 3, 2009 | Quinn Hillyer
    Conservatives are taking too much solace in the precipitous drop in Barack Obama's approval ratings, and too many of us are overconfident that his administration is merely a replay of the hapless presidency of Jimmy Carter that was easily swept out in a landslide election. Today's situation is far different, far more conducive to our political adversary's political power, than that which faced Carter. And Obama is an entirely different breed of cat. He's more ruthless, more tactically savvy, and has far more dangerous objectives... In short, the wonderful conservative success in August should not hide the reality that our...
  • Cambodians Still Traumatized

    08/31/2009 4:44:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2009-08-27
    Will the long-awaited trial of Khmer Rouge leaders ease Cambodians' trauma, or stir painful memories? A Cambodian psychiatrist has testified at the trial of a confessed Khmer Rouge torturer that up to 40 percent of Cambodians suffer psychological trouble as a result of the factions brutal four-year rule. According to research conducted after the Khmer Rouge period, two out of five Cambodians have [suffered] mental problems and psychosocial crises. This figure is highup to 40 percent of the population, Chhim Sotheara said. Studies this year also found that some 14 percent of Cambodians aged 18 and older have suffered post-traumatic...
  • Revealed: The Khmer Rouge's face of torture

    05/02/2009 1:54:50 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 35 replies · 970+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 2, 2009
    A groundbreaking documentary sheds new light on atrocities committed in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-1979. The regime killed a greater proportion of their own people - more than 1.7 million men, women and children - than any other regime in the 20th century. Five Khmer Rouge leaders are now in court facing justice, including Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, who was head of Security Prison 21 (S21). But prison interrogator Ta Chan continues to live in a remote Cambodian village. While he has not been charged with any crime, survivors say Ta Chan played a...
  • Khmer Rouge defendant expresses 'heartfelt sorrow'

    03/31/2009 10:16:47 AM PDT · by angkor · 24 replies · 711+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2009 | GRANT PECK ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (AP) - The man who ran the Khmer Rouge's notorious S-21 prison in Cambodia accepted responsibility Tuesday for torturing and executing thousands of inmates and expressed "heartfelt sorrow" for his crimes. Kaing Guek Eav (pronounced "Gang Geck Ee-uu"), better known as Duch ("Doik"), told the U.N.-backed genocide tribunal he wanted to apologize for his actions under the Khmer Rouge, whose radical policies while in power from 1975 to 1979 left an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians dead. Duch, 66, who commanded the group's main S-21 prison, accepted responsibility for the crimes committed there, "especially the torture and execution...
  • Long-Delayed First Khmer Rouge Genocide Trial to Begin in Cambodia

    03/30/2009 6:03:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 265+ views ^ | March 30, 2009
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia A former teacher accused of carrying out the murderous policies of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge will finally face trial Monday, as prosecutors launch their first case against the hardcore communists who turned the country into a killing field three decades ago. A U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal has charged Kaing Guek Eav, 66, with committing crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as torture and homicide. The tribunal is seeking to establish responsibility for the brutal 1975-79 misrule of the group, when an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died of starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution. "Cambodians...
  • Pol Pot Sister-in-Law Pleads for Mercy in 'Killing Fields' Court

    02/26/2009 12:31:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,144+ views
    Pol Pots 76-year-old sister-in-law, Ieng Thirith, pleaded with a Cambodia court to grant her mercy and not find her guilty of contributing to the deaths of the at least the 1.7 million who perished in that countrys "killing fields." The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, and, under Pol Pot, a Marxist leader, and the support of China, the Khmer Rouge forced millions of people to work on communal farms, and ultimately contributed to families dying of starvation, overwork and disease not to mention execution. Nearly all of Cambodias lawyers, doctors, artists and intellectuals were killed. Most...
  • Khmer Rouge Pretrial Ends After Clash Over Evidence

    02/19/2009 11:01:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 172+ views
    VOA ^ | 18 February 2009
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys have clashed in Cambodia over evidence at a pretrial hearing for the man who once ran a notorious Khmer Rouge prison. Defense lawyers for Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, argued Wednesday against using a film documenting torture as evidence before a genocide tribunal. Prosecutors insisted on introducing the film shot by Vietnamese soldiers shortly after they drove the Khmer Rouge from power in 1979. The pre-trial hearing has ended with an official trial date yet to be announced. The United States on Wednesday expressed strong support for bringing to justice senior leaders responsible for the...
  • Thirty years on, Khmer Rouge torturer faces justice

    02/16/2009 6:43:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 16, 2009 | Ek Madra
    Thirty years after the fall of Cambodia's "Killing Fields" regime, 78-year-old Chum Manh will finally see his torturer stand trial. Nearly every Cambodian family lost loved ones during the 1975-79 period of Khmer Rouge rule that claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives. Despite their role in one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century, none of Pol Pot's surviving henchmen ever faced justice. Until now. The U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal opens its first trial on Tuesday when 66-year-old Duch, also known as Kaing Guek Eav, faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and homicide while he ran...
  • Finally, Khmer Rouge leaders will face justice for Mass Murder

    01/28/2009 12:06:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 677+ views
    The Gazette ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2009 | NORMAN WEBSTER
    Trials of five brutal leaders will begin next monthFinally, at everlastingly long last, someone is to answer for the atrocities of the Khmers Rouges - in particular, the savagery of 1975-79, when they ruled all of Cambodia. Agence France-Presse reports from Phnom Penh that Feb. 17 is the day the regime's torturer-in-chief will go on trial in the capital for crimes against humanity. Kaing Khek Iev, better known as Duch, is the first of five scheduled to go before a UN-sponsored tribunal for one of the great crimes of the 20th century. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians out of a...
  • Ragged chorus flies Timor's tattered flag (touches on Iraq etc)

    05/30/2006 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 674+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 May 2006 | Piers Akerman
    THE kumbaya crowd which pressed for East Timor's independence must shoulder much of the blame for the failure of its dysfunctional Government. But while the collective of liberation theologists and civil rights lawyers cheered Fretilin's Portugese-educated Marxist guerrilla leaders, the same candle-wavers protested against the toppling of the mass murdering Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Yet East Timor, with a population estimated at about one million, whose independence was internationally recognised on May 20, 2002, is now arguably in proportionately worse shape than Iraq, population 26 million, where the first election under its new constitution took place just last December. The...
  • Cambodians mark 30 years since fall of Pol Pot

    01/07/2009 12:52:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies · 1,237+ views
    Reuters Via Boston .com ^ | January 7, 2009 | By Ek Madra
    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thousands of Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge "Killing Fields" marked 30 years Wednesday since the fall of Pol Pot's ultra-Maoist regime, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. Up to 80,000 people packed into the capital's Olympic stadium for a rally organized by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), descendant of the puppet government installed by Hanoi after its troops ousted Beijing-backed Pol Pot on January 7, 1979. "We have always remembered those who sacrificed their lives to save us from genocide," aging CPP President and former guerrilla Chea Sim told the cheering crowd....
  • Prayer Request for Christian Friend's Mission Back Home to Cambodia

    12/08/2008 10:14:40 AM PST · by tang-soo · 21 replies · 804+ views
    Email ^ | 12/8/2008 | A friend
    Introductory note from church friend telling others of Suzie's upcoming trip Please be praying for Suzie as she makes the monumental trip back to the land of her birth to share the Story with her family. If you haven't met Suzie, you sure need to make a point to seek her out. She is an amazing young woman with tremendous resiliency and a true testament to the power of God over you even when you don't know who He is quite yet. Suzie came to the US speaking very little English....became a US citizen and a college grad. She is...
  • Khmer Rouge's Top Woman Facing Trial

    05/21/2008 5:57:50 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 190+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 21, 2008 | Komfie Manalo
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AHN) - The former social welfare minister and the most powerful woman in the Khmer Rouge, Ieng Thirith, 76, on Wednesday appeared for the first time at a U.N.-backed genocide court in Cambodia. Thirith is facing charges of crimes against humanity during Khmer Rouge's brutal four-year reign in Cambodia in the late 1970s that had killed an estimated three million people from torture, starvation and forced labor. She has filed for bail on the charges, but the court has yet to decide on her petition. Earlier, the genocide court denied the petition for bail of three of...
  • American leftists were Pol Pot's cheerleaders

    04/10/2008 8:01:03 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 75 replies · 2,272+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 30, 1998 | Jeff Jacoby
    The death of Pol Pot, 23 years to the day after he and the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia, occasioned long backward glances at one of the 20th century's most horrific genocides. It was noted everywhere that the communist reign of terror in Cambodia lasted nearly four years and that at least 1 million human beings -- by some estimates as many as 2 1/2 million -- were murdered in an orgy of executions, torture, and starvation. "In the name of a radical utopia," The New York Times recalled in its long obituary, "the Khmer Rouge regime had turned...
  • Subject of 'Killing Fields' dies of cancer

    03/30/2008 9:48:22 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 25 replies · 895+ views
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2008 | AP via CNN
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dith Pran, the Cambodian-born journalist whose harrowing tale of enslavement and eventual escape from that country's murderous Khmer Rouge revolutionaries in 1979 became the subject of the award-winning film "The Killing Fields," died Sunday, his former colleague said. Dith Pran founded an awareness project dedicated to educating people about the Khmer Rouge regime. Dith, 65, died at a New Jersey hospital Sunday morning of pancreatic cancer, according to Sydney Schanberg, his former colleague at The New York Times. Dith had been diagnosed almost three months ago. Dith was working as an interpreter and assistant for Schanberg...
  • Khmer Rouge torture chief weeps at "Killing Fields" (U N-backed tribunal)

    02/26/2008 12:45:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 329+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/08 | Ek Madra
    CHOEUNG EK, Cambodia (Reuters) - The chief torturer under the Khmer Rouge "Killing Fields" regime wept and prayed on Tuesday as he led the judges who will try him for crimes against humanity around the mass graves for some of its victims. Duch, also known as Kaing Guek Eav, accompanied 80 judges, lawyers and other officials of a U.N.-backed tribunal to the 129 graves, uncovered after a Vietnamese invasion sent the Khmer Rouge back to the jungles in 1979. "I saw Duch kneel in front of the trees where Khmer Rouge soldiers smashed children to death," a policeman told reporters...
  • Ex-Khmer Rouge Head Of State Arrested

    11/19/2007 10:30:54 AM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 116+ views
    ap/cbs NEWS ^ | 11-19-07
    UN-Backed Genocide Tribunal Arrests Former Khmer Rouge Head Of State Khieu Samphan In Cambodia The U.N.-backed genocide tribunal in Cambodia arrested the former Khmer Rouge head of state Monday following his release from a hospital in the capital, officials said. Khieu Samphan, 76, was the fifth senior Khmer Rouge official to be detained by the long-delayed tribunal ahead of trials that are expected to begin next year. The arrests come almost three decades after the group fell from power, with many fearing the aging suspects might die before they ever see a courtroom. Police escorted Khieu Samphan from the hospital...
  • Dawn arrest for Khmer Rouge leader

    11/12/2007 2:49:07 PM PST · by CRBDeuce · 21 replies · 103+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/11/2007 | AP
    Ieng Sary, who served as foreign minister in Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime, was brought before the country's U.N.-backed genocide tribunal with his wife on Monday to face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith, who was minister for social affairs in the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge government, were served with arrest warrants at dawn...the communist Khmer Rouge are widely blamed for the deaths of some 1.7 million people from starvation, disease, overwork and execution. None of the group's leaders has faced trial yet.
  • Khmer Rouge 'Brother Number Two' questioned

    09/18/2007 6:30:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 187+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/07 | AFP
    PAILIN, Cambodia (AFP) - The most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, was being questioned Wednesday by police and officials from Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal, a source close to him told AFP. Police blocked the road to the house of Nuon Chea in northwest Cambodia as the tribunal officials swept in. Shortly after 6:00 am (2300 GMT Tuesday) a convoy of police and Khmer Rouge tribunal vehicles was seen arriving at Nuon Chea's house, where he has lived freely since surrendering to the government in late 1998. "It is the order from the top to block the road and...
  • Khmer Rouge official to reveal crimes (former chief of a Khmer Rouge prison)

    08/01/2007 9:32:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 503+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/07 | Ker Munthit - ap
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The former chief of a Khmer Rouge prison is willing to testify about the communist regime's atrocities that led to an estimated 1.7 million deaths in the 1970s, Cambodia's genocide tribunal announced Wednesday. Duch, 64, also known as Kaing Guek Eav, on Tuesday became the first top Khmer Rouge figure to be indicted for offenses committed when the Khmer Rouge held power from 1975-79. He was charged and detained by order of the U.N.-backed international tribunal's foreign and Cambodian judges. Duch headed the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, where some 16,000 suspected enemies of the regime...
  • Khmer Rouge Figure Is First Charged in Atrocities

    07/31/2007 11:04:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 593+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | SETH MYDANS
    BANGKOK, July 31 A tribunal in Cambodia charged the commandant of the main Khmer Rouge torture house with crimes against humanity on Tuesday, bringing the first charge in a long-delayed trial in the deaths of 1.7 million people in the late 1970s. The commandant, Kaing Guek Eav, 64, known as Duch, was the leader of the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh where at least 14,000 men, women and children were tortured and sent to killing fields. Only a handful survived. Two weeks ago, prosecutors announced that they had submitted to the tribunal a list of five potential defendants...
  • Khmer Rouge prison chief charged

    07/31/2007 11:18:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 811+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | Ker Munthit - ap
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodia's international genocide tribunal charged the head of a Khmer Rouge torture center with crimes against humanity on Tuesday, a historic first indictment against a top figure in the communist regime that created Cambodia's infamous killing fields. The suspect, Kaing Guek Eav, has acknowledged heading the S-21 prison, where the Khmer Rouge's suspected enemies were tortured before being taken to killing fields near the capital. An estimated 1.7 million people died from hunger, disease, overwork and execution when the Khmer Rouge was in power in 1975-79. The 62-year-old, also known as Duch, was one of five...
  • This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like - by David Corn. (photos)

    10/01/2006 7:58:27 AM PDT · by dennisw · 83 replies · 5,654+ views
    davidcorn. ^ | 9 2006 | david corn
    September 28, 2006This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like As Congress has debated legislation that would set up military tribunals and govern the questioning of suspected terrorists (whom the Bush administration would like to be able to detain indefinitely), at issue has been what interrogation techniques can be employed and whether information obtained during torture can be used against those deemed unlawful enemy combatants. One interrogation practice central to this debate is waterboarding. It's usually described in the media in a matter-of-fact manner. The Washington Post simply referred to waterboarding a few days ago as an interrogation measure that "simulates drowning."...
  • 27 Years Later, a Formal Inquiry Begins Into Khmer Rouge Atrocities

    08/06/2006 5:26:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies · 463+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 6, 2006 | SETH MYDANS
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Aug. 1 More than 27 years after the mass killings and after nearly a decade of wrangling between Cambodia and the United Nations, formal proceedings have begun against surviving leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. On July 10, a special prosecutors office opened its investigation into one of the last centurys most sustained atrocities, in which 1.7 million people died from 1975 to 1979 through torture, systematic killings, overwork, starvation and disease. A first shipment of 383,149 pages of evidence, contained on 524 reels of microfilm, was delivered to the prosecutors on July 17. snip......
  • Passing of Khmer Rouge "Butcher" mourned by victims (Liberals found in every culture news)

    07/22/2006 4:13:24 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 15 replies · 458+ views
    BBC News online ^ | 22 July 2006 | BBC News
    Hundreds pay respects to Ta Mok In a traditional Buddhist funeral ceremony, incense was burned and prayers recited over Ta Mok's body, which was daubed with white powder. The ceremony took place in Ta Mok's former stronghold of Anlong Veng, in the north of Cambodia. Ta Mok, who died on Friday, was the regime's military commander and linked to many atrocities of the 1970s. About 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge, through a combination of starvation, disease and execution. Ta Mok was the only Khmer Rouge leader who refused to bargain with authorities following the collapse of the...
  • Former Khmer Rouge military commander dies

    07/20/2006 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 7/20/06
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Former Khmer Rouge military commander Ta Mok died Friday as he awaited trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, his lawyer said. The notoriously brutal commander had been in government detention since his capture in 1999. He was transferred from prison to a military hospital last month suffering from high blood pressure, tuberculosis and respiratory complications. He had been in and out of a coma since last week. Ta Mok was believed to be 80. His lawyer, Benson Samay, said that he died at 4:45 a.m. Friday. Ta Mok, whose real name is Ung...
  • Thirty years on, the nightmare of Pol Pot's terror haunts a widow in a Paris suburb

    01/28/2006 9:17:22 PM PST · by tbird5 · 19 replies · 714+ views
    guardian ^ | January 27, 2006 | Jon Henley
    France faces moment of truth over events that ended embassy siege in Cambodia He is safe, she thought. But he was not. Four days later two French gendarmes dragged Ung Boun Hor, the former speaker of the Cambodian national assembly, to the compound gates and delivered him, with six other alleged "traitors", to a platoon of waiting Khmer Rouge soldiers.
  • Fugitive ex-Khmer Rouge commander arrested in Cambodia

    10/25/2005 7:47:27 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 5 replies · 557+ views
    TODAYonline ^ | October 26, 2005 | AFP
    A former Khmer Rouge commander convicted in February of the 1994 murders of three Western backpackers but on the run from authorities was arrested in Cambodia, an official told AFP. Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered one-time guerrilla Chhouk Rin jailed for the abduction and murder of an Australian, Briton and Frenchman earlier this year but authorities had not managed to capture the 51-year-old. "He was arrested this afternoon (Tuesday) at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT) in Oddar Meanchey province," interior ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said. Chhouk Rin was arrested in Trapeang Prasat district in northwestern Anlong Veng -- one of the final...
  • Welcome to the killing fields cafe... (re-live life under Pol Pot!)

    10/02/2005 8:08:43 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 10 replies · 491+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 30, 2005 | Ek Madra
    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A new Cambodian cafe is offering diners a slice of life under the Khmer Rouge, with a menu featuring rice-water and leaves, and waitresses dressed in the black fatigues worn by Pol Pot's ultra-Maoist guerrillas. Newly opened across the road from Phnom Penh's notorious Tuol Sleng "S-21" Khmer Rouge interrogation and torture center, the cafe is meant to remind Cambodians of the 1975-1979 genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died. But the set "theme menu" of salted rice-water, followed by corn mixed with water and leaves, and dove eggs and tea at $6 a...
  • Left-Wing Monster: Pol Pot

    08/08/2005 6:30:33 PM PDT · by Cecily · 9 replies · 931+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | August 8, 2005 | John Perazzo
    Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist Party that ruled Cambodia from 1976-1979. "Khmer Rouge" (or Khmer Reds) was the French rendering of the organizations official name: the "Communist Party of Cambodia," later the "Party of Democratic Kampuchea" and also the "Communist Party of Kampuchea," or CPK. (Kampuchea is the local name for Cambodia.) Pol Pot was born Saloth Sar in what is now the province of Kompong Thong, Cambodia in 1925. He came from a prosperous farming family that in 1931 moved to the capital, Phnom Penh, where the young Pol Pot learned some of...
  • Still Crazy After 20 Years [Did Bono, Madonna's aid to victims also aid their executioners]

    07/11/2005 5:55:16 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 48 replies · 1,301+ views ^ | Monday, July 11, 2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    The first time Bono and Madonna got together to save Africa, the unintended consequence was the death of perhaps as many as 100,000 people. That's aid expert David Rieff's conclusion in the July 2005 issue of the resolutely liberal American Prospect magazine regarding the end result of Live Aid in 1985. Billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth," Live Aid was a multivenue rock concert held on July 13, l985, in London and Philadelphia in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. With an estimated 1.5 billion viewers watching the live broadcast in 100 countries, the event reportedly...