Andrev Vltchek offers a different perspective on Cambodia's Khmer Rouge period
There is actually only one thing that I want to know: how Communist was the Khmer Rouge, and was it the ideology, the Marxist ideology, that drew farmers to the ranks of the movement?
San Reoung thinks for a while, then replies, weighing each word:
“It was really not about the ideology… We did not know much about it. I was, for instance, very angry with the Americans. I became a soldier at the age of 17. And my friends were very angry, too. They joined Khmer Rouge to fight Americans, and especially the corruption of their puppet dictator Lon Nol, in Phnom Penh.”
posted by Vibrissae
on Aug 7, 2014 -
is a travel website that focuses on Vietnam and Cambodia. It is the work of one man, Australian Mark Bowyer
, who has lived in Vietnam since 1993. There are the usual reviews of hotels, restaurants and tourist sites, travel tips and advice, but what makes it really special are videos and blog posts about local people and events, fascinating stories told with charm. [more inside]
posted by maggiemaggie
on Jul 4, 2014 -
Cambodia Daily just ran two controversial features on Somaly Mam, a well-known trafficking survivor and head of the anti-trafficking non-profit, the Somaly Mam Foundation
that funds shelters in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Somaly Mam, Cambodia's most well-known anti-trafficking activist, partly due to Nicholas Kristof whose "live tweeting" a brothel raid with Somaly Mam was roundly criticised by other NGOs in Cambodia
, is accused of false stories of abuse, murder and kidnapping of young women, and the organization of hugely over-paying top staff including Somaly Mam herself. [more inside]
posted by syncope
on Oct 16, 2013 -
You think you need more than one string to make some totally captivating, subtly expressive and utterly soulful music? Well, you wrong
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 5, 2013 -
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 30, 2011 -
has recently posted a new version
of his wildly popular video*
"Luv(sic) Pt.2". This time, rather than the streets of Japan, he filmed it in the villages of Cambodia. The result is similar, yet very, very different.
posted by Toekneesan
on Feb 10, 2011 -
Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature
by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on May 19, 2010 -
“I have seen many Anne Franks in Cambodia.
...Under Pol Pot, many children were separated from their families. They faced starvation and were sent to the front to fight and die,” she explains. “Like Anna, they never knew peace and the warmth of a home.”
by Sayana Ser
with help from the Dutch embassy in Cambodia (Kampuchea, Khmer), The Diary of Anne Frank has now become one of the most popular and discussed books in this war-torn country.
posted by parmanparman
on Oct 7, 2008 -
The 1960's and early 70's saw an explosion of creativity and an astonishing variety of stylistic influences coming together in the pop and rock music of Cambodia.Tragically, almost all of the artists of that era were executed (or otherwise perished) during the nightmarish Khmer Rouge years. The following MySpace Music
pages will help you to get acquainted with some of the wonderfully eclectic and adventurous music of this fertile period: Pen Ron
, Yos Olarang
, Rous Sareysothea
, Sin Sisamouth
, Vor Sarun
, Houey Meas
, So Savoeun
, Eng Nary
, In Yeng
, Choun Malai
, Mao Sareth
, Sem Touch
, Chea Savoeun
, Toche Teng
, Teth Sombath
, Pen Rom
, Em Songserm
and Choun Vanna
. Also, these related pages: Cambodian Rock
, Radio Khmer Sitya
, Cambodian Style
and Cambodian Soundtracks
: For personal recommendations, check the hover-overs accompanying each link.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 15, 2007 -
The modern slave trade is thriving.
The Dept of State estimates
that 800,000 to 900,000 human beings are trafficked - brought across borders and forced to labor. Among them, DOS estimates, hundreds of thousands are minor children. Some of those children - as young as 5 years old - are being sold as slaves and kept in cages while they are raped and sold for sex
, some servicing as many as 30 men a day. They are bought for as little as $10
from desperate parents
. But all is not lost: Somaly Mam
, a former child prostitute, is the Mother Theresa of Southeast Asian child prostitutes, using AFESIP
as her vehicle for saving them. Glamour
awarded her their Woman of the Year honor, and she has been lauded in other ways
internationally. Cambodian sex traffickers weren't as happy with her, though - her opponents kidnapped her 14-year old daughter, held her hostage for days, and raped her. It's hard to be on the wrong side of this issue, but some advocates
raise a few hackles by claiming legalized prostitution and porn contribute to sex trafficking and child prostitution. Sex trafficking, and child prostitution, is a sizeable problem
in the US as well. Although trafficking is illegal in the US
, combating trafficking is tough in part because victims often fear authorities, personal reprisals, harm to their families at home, or even deportation (although special visas - T visas
- are available to them in certain circumstances). In Southeast Asia (and throughout the world), child sex tourism is even harder to stop.
posted by Amizu
on Jan 24, 2007 -
60s/70s psych, crossover, beat, and a go-go from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam
with band/music scene histories, streaming audio, cover art, etc. Part of a large site
devoted to 60s/70s progressive music around the world.
posted by carter
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Angkor Wat guide.
"Published in 1944 in Saigon, republished in 1948 and again in Paris in 1963, The Monuments of the Angkor Group
by Maurice Glaize remains the most comprehensive of the guidebooks and the most easily accessible to a wide public, dedicated to one of the most fabled architectural ensembles in the world." Now online, updated, with maps and photos. (More Angkor Wat links in this previous post
.) Via Plep
posted by languagehat
on Nov 14, 2005 -
Angelina Jolie: Cambodian.
Has anyone else noticed that the press doesn't really know what to make of her lately, if ever. I mean, she broke up Brad and Jen! But she does good work for humanity! But she's crazy and seems like she may have had sex with her brother! But she's a good actress! Who makes bad movies! Well, apparently Cambodia wants her. Cambodia and every 16-year-old boy on the planet, as well as most of the girls.
posted by maxsparber
on Aug 12, 2005 -
A year ago, NYT reporter Nicholas Kristof purchased two Cambodian prostitutes (discussed here
Today, he's published an update
, along with a multimedia presentation about the girls' lives.
posted by mudpuppie
on Jan 19, 2005 -
25 years in a non-existant war
In 1979, a Khmer Rouge guerrilla fled to the hills of Cambodia when his village was attacked by Vietnamese troops. He and a small group of friends and family lived in the dense forests for 25 years, emerging in 2004 to discover that the war was over and that Pol Pot was dead. They had been fearful of any human contact, believing everyone to be the enemy.
posted by BradNelson
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Nicholas Kristof (of the NY Times
; reg. req.) bought the freedom of two young Cambodian prostitutes
in order to return them to their villages... but it wasn't as simple as you might think. It's easy to be cynical (yes, he's using it as grist for columns; yes, it's a drop in the bucket), but isn't it better than doing nothing? Anyway, it's a fascinatingly messy story. (He discusses why he picked these particular girls, and addresses some of the moral issues, here
—scroll down to January 20.)
posted by languagehat
on Jan 21, 2004 -
The work of Cambodia's Army of Peace
is known throughout the world, and a Southeast Asian Peace Army or Shanti Sena
is in the works for 2002.
Gandhi called for a Shanti Sena for national defense in 1942. Because the Japanese did not invade, India has used a "Shanti Sena" for combatting riots rather than homelands defense. (The Rainbow Gathering also calls its security people "Shanti Sena, or the Peace Army."
A short history of grassroots initiatives in unarmed peacekeeping from 1932 to the Present"
shows that many of the Peace Army initiatives preceded Gandhi. Narayan Desai
is one of Gandhi's successors. Californian Sanderson Beck
offers comprehensive links to religion, non-violence, and peace movements.
Peace Brigades International
is known for its work in the Balkans, Colombia, Indonesia and the Middle East. Working directly on terrorism, as well as war, is the Sarovodaya Movement of Sri Lanka.
Prize for the most highly focused "Peace Army" goes to the North Koreans. Governments always come up with money for soldiers, but they don't hire unarmed, non-violent peacekeepers. Howcome?
posted by sheauga
on Mar 2, 2002 -
Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:
British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be
extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese
crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of
its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian
elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human
intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold
and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.
posted by jhiggy
on Oct 5, 2000 -