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    When the French ruled Indochina, they had a shortage of white collar workers in Cambodia and Laos, so solved it by bringing in many thousands of Vietnamese, which, understandably, didn’t please the Cambodians and Laotians too much. Most of these Vietnamese would be kicked out in waves, sometimes violently, as happened in Cambodia during the...
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    28 Waver1 > Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring


    no, they mostly talk about Universal National Service. and it's MOSTLY because they want the pretty ones to be assigned to Washington, DC.

    didja notice that in the most recent written (pardon the pun) draft legislation for it, there was a proviso that 15% of the conscripts would be "selected" by endorsement of VIPs to receive full-free-rides to college?

    "selection by endorsement" was HarveyWeinstein's plan


    Don't forget that before the Harvey Weinstein show, it was commonly believed by the elites that them keeping their end of the deal, would result in the 19 year old girls still keeping their mouths shut when they got to age 49.

    Some mention the draft in a different context, but that’s certainly unwanted to have a mandatory service (in the US) in peace time.

    The 15% being selected is interesting, not for what you’re suggesting but more generally for the power it would grant.

    What happens when the US dollar collapses and foreign imports become prohibitively expensive? Poverty. Massive unrest.

    We’re on course for eventually having large numbers of unemployed. And it’s the young who get violent. Employing them in some sort of “National Service” would keep them out of trouble. It also allows for social engineering, and it helps reduce the birthrate since couples would put off having children for an additional 2 years.

    I’m not praising this idea. I’m saying that, from the elite perspective (which is not my perspective), it makes sense.

    Alternatively, I’ve tried to encourage people not only to home school but to start college early (15 or 16) and to even take online courses, so that one can work at the same time (and not be brainwashed by a college English prof).

    Similarly, I’ve tried to push for higher market wages rather than government dependence. It’s interesting how the elite essentially pursues the opposite. The populist vision is a large, independent middle class (and otherwise decentralised power); the elite vision is a servile, dependent population.

    I suppose a draft proposal is too dangerous then. Ty.

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    I indeed don't know much about Cambodia, Vietnam, nor Syria for that matter. It's a great argument for why the US shouldn't be involved. When we do get involved: locals blame us, some legitimate abuse results, foreign interests sway us, other special interests sway us.

    As you say: in Syria, Israel and Turkey are expanding. And the Saudis/Qatar are expanding their head chopper brigade. All we hear about is bad bad Iran. Israel is of course the dominant influence on the US. Israel seems to want not only part of Syria but also part of Lebanon. And Christians are unsurprisingly the biggest losers.

    Which side is the truly "good" side in such a conflict? Even Israel can present an argument. The US needs to get out and stay out.

    And the term people need to remember is: Ethnic cleansing. That's what's truly taking place. The US should cease taking part in such a thing. And so much history, including ancient communities, are lost forever. Personally, if I'm being honest, I believe the US intentionally supports the head choppers.

    But I live in a democracy. Voters are too stupid to understand events, or to even much care. Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring. The draft is why the Vietnam War became unpopular.

    28 Waver1 > Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring

    no, they mostly talk about Universal National Service. and it’s MOSTLY because they want the pretty ones to be assigned to Washington, DC.

    didja notice that in the most recent written (pardon the pun) draft legislation for it, there was a proviso that 15% of the conscripts would be “selected” by endorsement of VIPs to receive full-free-rides to college?

    “selection by endorsement” was HarveyWeinstein’s plan

    Don’t forget that before the Harvey Weinstein show, it was commonly believed by the elites that them keeping their end of the deal, would result in the 19 year old girls still keeping their mouths shut when they got to age 49.

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    Some mention the draft in a different context, but that's certainly unwanted to have a mandatory service (in the US) in peace time.

    The 15% being selected is interesting, not for what you're suggesting but more generally for the power it would grant.

    What happens when the US dollar collapses and foreign imports become prohibitively expensive? Poverty. Massive unrest.

    We're on course for eventually having large numbers of unemployed. And it's the young who get violent. Employing them in some sort of "National Service" would keep them out of trouble. It also allows for social engineering, and it helps reduce the birthrate since couples would put off having children for an additional 2 years.

    I'm not praising this idea. I'm saying that, from the elite perspective (which is not my perspective), it makes sense.

    Alternatively, I've tried to encourage people not only to home school but to start college early (15 or 16) and to even take online courses, so that one can work at the same time (and not be brainwashed by a college English prof).

    Similarly, I've tried to push for higher market wages rather than government dependence. It's interesting how the elite essentially pursues the opposite. The populist vision is a large, independent middle class (and otherwise decentralised power); the elite vision is a servile, dependent population.

    I suppose a draft proposal is too dangerous then. Ty.

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  • @Anonymous
    America doesn't need a draft man. Poor folk fought for the American Communists in Iraq, Poor folk who didn't have the money to fix their own cars are "drafted" by 3 square, roof, routine, uniforms, training and hopefully a ticket the hell out of dodge.

    I don’t especially want a draft. I just thought it an interesting explanation for why Americans opposed Vietnam yet don’t seem to mind current wars. (I find a variety of ideas “interesting”.)

    Maybe a better reason is the body count, and obviously I don’t want the body count to rise.

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  • @Linh Dinh
    Hi Joe,

    A few months ago, I wrote in Back to the USA, "Hong Kong’s murder rate per 100,000 people was only 0.4 for 2016. With 7.347 million people, it had 28 murders. By contrast, Philadelphia tallied 278 homicides for a population of 1.568 million." Violent street crimes are much lower in East Asia than the US, and I pointed to a main reason for this gap"

    Year after year, American blacks commit murders at roughly seven times the rate of whites, a fact that’s blamed by many on socioeconomic factors, historical resentment and/or ongoing racism, while others attribute it to a low IQ, innate lack of impulse control and/or propensity for violence. A century from now, will blacks still be an underclass in any multicultural societies still existing? How about in five hundred years?

    Without a significant black population, East Asian societies don’t have to deal with this debate or problem. I’ve wandered unfamiliar Saigon, Hanoi and Singapore streets in the middle of the night without any fear of being shot or stabbed, and I’ve done the same in many European cities, including Istanbul and war-time Kiev.
     
    In Phnom Penh, I walked all over, at any time, and felt zero fear for my safety.

    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested. Some kidnapping stories, spread on the Internet, have turned out to be rumors, but Vietnamese kids have also been rescued in China and returned to Vietnam. Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart. Here is one Vietnamese television feature on the phenomenon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10UV2BBx30A

    And here's the Overseas Security Advisory Council on Vietnam:

    Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

    Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

    Another increasingly common tactic is for a female to approach a male victim on the street, touching him suggestively while propositioning him in order to distract the victim and pick his pockets.

    While violent crimes (homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping) of foreigners remains relatively rare, the four to six weeks prior to the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) typically see a surge in crime. This occurs because individuals preparing to return to their families and villages for the holiday may seek to obtain high-value gifts/cash to satisfy traditional gift-giving requirements. During the one-week national Tet holiday, police and public security agencies remain at full operational staffing in order to maintain peace and order in crowded public spaces and to respond to the increase in residential burglaries and domestic disputes.

    While sexual assault of foreigners by Vietnamese citizens does not appear to be common, in March 2015, a female passenger reported that a xe om (motorbike taxi driver) attempted to sexually assault her when she hired him to drive her to her hotel.

    Residential security is generally good as long as appropriate security measures are in place. This includes the use of good deadbolt locks, securing all man-passable entries, and use of alarms and perimeter walls/gates. This is particularly true for those residences near the water, as they may be vulnerable to river pirates.
     
    Last week, I
    wrote:

    On my first evening in Phnom Penh, I met a woman from Valencia. Planning on a quick Cambodia visit, she had to stay on because a man on a motorbike had snatched her backpack, which contained her passport, but that’s what she got for leaving it in the front basket of her rented bike. Muy estúpido. Julia was anxious to move on to Thailand, then Vietnam.
     
    So Cambodian and Vietnamese thieves will snatch your belongings, especially if you're really careless, but the chance of getting assaulted on the streets is minimal.


    Linh

    Thanks for answering so thoroughly, this is quite interesting.

    Neither Vietnam nor Cambodia make it to the top 50 countries with highest intentional murder rate, I wonder whether the lack of Black-Mulatto and “Native” populations (Amerindian, Papuan NGs varieties and Innuit) has anything to do with that fact.

    On a side note, the story of the Chinese organ snatchers is quite mind-blowing. I’ve read something about Chinese organ harvesting from Falung Gong practitioners, but I thought at the time the whole thing was anti-Chinese propaganda.

    By the way, have you considered starting a youtube channel? you could do mini documentaries with live photographs (fixed shots) and a voice-over (preferably yours) basically reading your posts, and some interviews to the characters you find in your journey.
    You could direct your following to the channel, and could use it to sell more books and gain more followers. Maybe we could even chip in for microphones and a portable tripod. On the other hand perhaps it’s too much extra work with the DIY editing, just thought I would love to see video versions of your posts about your trips and the people you find on youtube, and I guess other followers would also.

    Just some ideas. Cheers.

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    Fascinating reading as always about a part of the world about which I don’t know all that much but am learning more and more.

    Are there many ethnic Chinese in Cambodia and have they dominated commerce in the same fashion as they’ve done throughout Southeast Asia? Years ago I read a book called “The Two Vietnams” by a French journalist named Bernard Fall. He said in so many words that the Vietnamese and Chinese get a long like cats and dogs.

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  • @Weaver1
    I indeed don't know much about Cambodia, Vietnam, nor Syria for that matter. It's a great argument for why the US shouldn't be involved. When we do get involved: locals blame us, some legitimate abuse results, foreign interests sway us, other special interests sway us.

    As you say: in Syria, Israel and Turkey are expanding. And the Saudis/Qatar are expanding their head chopper brigade. All we hear about is bad bad Iran. Israel is of course the dominant influence on the US. Israel seems to want not only part of Syria but also part of Lebanon. And Christians are unsurprisingly the biggest losers.

    Which side is the truly "good" side in such a conflict? Even Israel can present an argument. The US needs to get out and stay out.

    And the term people need to remember is: Ethnic cleansing. That's what's truly taking place. The US should cease taking part in such a thing. And so much history, including ancient communities, are lost forever. Personally, if I'm being honest, I believe the US intentionally supports the head choppers.

    But I live in a democracy. Voters are too stupid to understand events, or to even much care. Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring. The draft is why the Vietnam War became unpopular.

    America doesn’t need a draft man. Poor folk fought for the American Communists in Iraq, Poor folk who didn’t have the money to fix their own cars are “drafted” by 3 square, roof, routine, uniforms, training and hopefully a ticket the hell out of dodge.

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    I don't especially want a draft. I just thought it an interesting explanation for why Americans opposed Vietnam yet don't seem to mind current wars. (I find a variety of ideas "interesting".)

    Maybe a better reason is the body count, and obviously I don't want the body count to rise.
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  • @Anonymous
    Perverts, yes of course. The US State Department let everyone know about perverts. The black guy who managed My Lai will tell the citizens that we’re going to get the pervert.

    But what’s going on on the background? Well you wouldn’t know if someone is getting pushed off their land or swindled badly because of the horrible perverts in the news. Oh the poor children. The children of Syria, oh won’t the people think of the children.

    I indeed don’t know much about Cambodia, Vietnam, nor Syria for that matter. It’s a great argument for why the US shouldn’t be involved. When we do get involved: locals blame us, some legitimate abuse results, foreign interests sway us, other special interests sway us.

    As you say: in Syria, Israel and Turkey are expanding. And the Saudis/Qatar are expanding their head chopper brigade. All we hear about is bad bad Iran. Israel is of course the dominant influence on the US. Israel seems to want not only part of Syria but also part of Lebanon. And Christians are unsurprisingly the biggest losers.

    Which side is the truly “good” side in such a conflict? Even Israel can present an argument. The US needs to get out and stay out.

    And the term people need to remember is: Ethnic cleansing. That’s what’s truly taking place. The US should cease taking part in such a thing. And so much history, including ancient communities, are lost forever. Personally, if I’m being honest, I believe the US intentionally supports the head choppers.

    But I live in a democracy. Voters are too stupid to understand events, or to even much care. Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring. The draft is why the Vietnam War became unpopular.

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    America doesn't need a draft man. Poor folk fought for the American Communists in Iraq, Poor folk who didn't have the money to fix their own cars are "drafted" by 3 square, roof, routine, uniforms, training and hopefully a ticket the hell out of dodge.
    , @Karl
    28 Waver1 > Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring


    no, they mostly talk about Universal National Service. and it's MOSTLY because they want the pretty ones to be assigned to Washington, DC.

    didja notice that in the most recent written (pardon the pun) draft legislation for it, there was a proviso that 15% of the conscripts would be "selected" by endorsement of VIPs to receive full-free-rides to college?

    "selection by endorsement" was HarveyWeinstein's plan


    Don't forget that before the Harvey Weinstein show, it was commonly believed by the elites that them keeping their end of the deal, would result in the 19 year old girls still keeping their mouths shut when they got to age 49.
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  • @KingChoppo
    Dear Linh Dinh,
    I'm an Australian expat in my thirteenth year living in China.
    My first exposure to your journalism came via informationclearinghouse.info
    I was instantly captivated by your frank style and excellent accompanying photography.
    I thoroughly enjoy all of your posts.
    ICH now rarely publishes your stellar work, more's the pity for them.
    I'm glad you have this new platform for your unique perspective.
    I applaud your integrity and honesty.
    Keep battling!

    Many thanks, KingChoppo. At ICH, there were a few bourgeoisie Reds who would freak whenever I said anything negative about Communists, and they kept going on and on about it, so I ditched ICH. So many people have but a single issue through which they see everything. So much righteous self absorption.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Weaver1
    You write: "In small country politics, everybody is always accusing everybody else of being a foreign lackey, and most of the time, all of them are at least partially correct."

    That's sad to read.

    In the ideal, Cambodia would be fully sovereign. The diversity of nations is the wealth of mankind. It makes the world much more interesting when people are "from somewhere", have a home, a nation.'

    I only know two things about Cambodia: Angkor Wat and Pol Pot. And I've also read (favourably) that Cambodians don't tolerate foreign perverts.

    The ideal of "progressing forward" should include preserving as much as we can of the old world, as well as the environment.

    Perverts, yes of course. The US State Department let everyone know about perverts. The black guy who managed My Lai will tell the citizens that we’re going to get the pervert.

    But what’s going on on the background? Well you wouldn’t know if someone is getting pushed off their land or swindled badly because of the horrible perverts in the news. Oh the poor children. The children of Syria, oh won’t the people think of the children.

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    • Replies: @Weaver1
    I indeed don't know much about Cambodia, Vietnam, nor Syria for that matter. It's a great argument for why the US shouldn't be involved. When we do get involved: locals blame us, some legitimate abuse results, foreign interests sway us, other special interests sway us.

    As you say: in Syria, Israel and Turkey are expanding. And the Saudis/Qatar are expanding their head chopper brigade. All we hear about is bad bad Iran. Israel is of course the dominant influence on the US. Israel seems to want not only part of Syria but also part of Lebanon. And Christians are unsurprisingly the biggest losers.

    Which side is the truly "good" side in such a conflict? Even Israel can present an argument. The US needs to get out and stay out.

    And the term people need to remember is: Ethnic cleansing. That's what's truly taking place. The US should cease taking part in such a thing. And so much history, including ancient communities, are lost forever. Personally, if I'm being honest, I believe the US intentionally supports the head choppers.

    But I live in a democracy. Voters are too stupid to understand events, or to even much care. Some talk of returning to the draft to end the warring. The draft is why the Vietnam War became unpopular.

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  • Dear Linh Dinh,
    I’m an Australian expat in my thirteenth year living in China.
    My first exposure to your journalism came via informationclearinghouse.info
    I was instantly captivated by your frank style and excellent accompanying photography.
    I thoroughly enjoy all of your posts.
    ICH now rarely publishes your stellar work, more’s the pity for them.
    I’m glad you have this new platform for your unique perspective.
    I applaud your integrity and honesty.
    Keep battling!

    Read More
    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    Many thanks, KingChoppo. At ICH, there were a few bourgeoisie Reds who would freak whenever I said anything negative about Communists, and they kept going on and on about it, so I ditched ICH. So many people have but a single issue through which they see everything. So much righteous self absorption.
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  • Cambodia makes good, cheap beer, so I was sitting in some lunch place with yet another can of Angkor, after having polished off a plate of fatty pork with rice. Two tables away, a girl sat, doing her homework. She had a machine that sang out, “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!” and so on....
  • It’s so easy to just study on one’s own rather than in a classroom.

    US schools do often teach Spanish and even Chinese. Well, I don’t know the statistics, but both are common in the schools in my area, even for elementary school children. The languages that interest me aren’t taught in local universities, and I wouldn’t benefit from attending a course anyway. I tend to view US schools more as daycare and as workfare for teachers though.

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  • When the French ruled Indochina, they had a shortage of white collar workers in Cambodia and Laos, so solved it by bringing in many thousands of Vietnamese, which, understandably, didn’t please the Cambodians and Laotians too much. Most of these Vietnamese would be kicked out in waves, sometimes violently, as happened in Cambodia during the...
  • You write: “In small country politics, everybody is always accusing everybody else of being a foreign lackey, and most of the time, all of them are at least partially correct.”

    That’s sad to read.

    In the ideal, Cambodia would be fully sovereign. The diversity of nations is the wealth of mankind. It makes the world much more interesting when people are “from somewhere”, have a home, a nation.’

    I only know two things about Cambodia: Angkor Wat and Pol Pot. And I’ve also read (favourably) that Cambodians don’t tolerate foreign perverts.

    The ideal of “progressing forward” should include preserving as much as we can of the old world, as well as the environment.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Perverts, yes of course. The US State Department let everyone know about perverts. The black guy who managed My Lai will tell the citizens that we’re going to get the pervert.

    But what’s going on on the background? Well you wouldn’t know if someone is getting pushed off their land or swindled badly because of the horrible perverts in the news. Oh the poor children. The children of Syria, oh won’t the people think of the children.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Statues are a big deal. Both when they go up and when they’re sometimes torn down.

    The summer statue event of August last year seemed to be another carefully designed black box that succeeded in creating angry people and confrontation. “For their own good” as the designers might insidiously say. There are problems in the past that can be avoided in the future but enabling people to square off with one another has no such noble goals in mind. People are so caught up they can’t hear or see the contempt that is being aimed at them.

    Following Trump’s shithole comment heard ’round the world, Chris Hedges wrote about US assassins (and their Vietnamese wives) at work murdering people in El Salvador including Church leaders. So the design there was to destroy the country to protect coffee, sugar cane and cotton with angry people, violence and confrontation to this day.

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  • @Linh Dinh
    Hi Joe,

    A few months ago, I wrote in Back to the USA, "Hong Kong’s murder rate per 100,000 people was only 0.4 for 2016. With 7.347 million people, it had 28 murders. By contrast, Philadelphia tallied 278 homicides for a population of 1.568 million." Violent street crimes are much lower in East Asia than the US, and I pointed to a main reason for this gap"

    Year after year, American blacks commit murders at roughly seven times the rate of whites, a fact that’s blamed by many on socioeconomic factors, historical resentment and/or ongoing racism, while others attribute it to a low IQ, innate lack of impulse control and/or propensity for violence. A century from now, will blacks still be an underclass in any multicultural societies still existing? How about in five hundred years?

    Without a significant black population, East Asian societies don’t have to deal with this debate or problem. I’ve wandered unfamiliar Saigon, Hanoi and Singapore streets in the middle of the night without any fear of being shot or stabbed, and I’ve done the same in many European cities, including Istanbul and war-time Kiev.
     
    In Phnom Penh, I walked all over, at any time, and felt zero fear for my safety.

    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested. Some kidnapping stories, spread on the Internet, have turned out to be rumors, but Vietnamese kids have also been rescued in China and returned to Vietnam. Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart. Here is one Vietnamese television feature on the phenomenon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10UV2BBx30A

    And here's the Overseas Security Advisory Council on Vietnam:

    Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

    Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

    Another increasingly common tactic is for a female to approach a male victim on the street, touching him suggestively while propositioning him in order to distract the victim and pick his pockets.

    While violent crimes (homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping) of foreigners remains relatively rare, the four to six weeks prior to the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) typically see a surge in crime. This occurs because individuals preparing to return to their families and villages for the holiday may seek to obtain high-value gifts/cash to satisfy traditional gift-giving requirements. During the one-week national Tet holiday, police and public security agencies remain at full operational staffing in order to maintain peace and order in crowded public spaces and to respond to the increase in residential burglaries and domestic disputes.

    While sexual assault of foreigners by Vietnamese citizens does not appear to be common, in March 2015, a female passenger reported that a xe om (motorbike taxi driver) attempted to sexually assault her when she hired him to drive her to her hotel.

    Residential security is generally good as long as appropriate security measures are in place. This includes the use of good deadbolt locks, securing all man-passable entries, and use of alarms and perimeter walls/gates. This is particularly true for those residences near the water, as they may be vulnerable to river pirates.
     
    Last week, I
    wrote:

    On my first evening in Phnom Penh, I met a woman from Valencia. Planning on a quick Cambodia visit, she had to stay on because a man on a motorbike had snatched her backpack, which contained her passport, but that’s what she got for leaving it in the front basket of her rented bike. Muy estúpido. Julia was anxious to move on to Thailand, then Vietnam.
     
    So Cambodian and Vietnamese thieves will snatch your belongings, especially if you're really careless, but the chance of getting assaulted on the streets is minimal.


    Linh

    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested… Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart.

    Oh is that all?

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  • 10 Linh Dinh > During my recent trip to Cambodia, my wife was in Saigon

    round-eyes says: when cat is away, mice can play

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  • @Joe Correa
    Hey Lihn, awesome read, as always.

    I wanted to ask, how high are the crime rates in Cambodia and Vietnam? This people are, judging by your pictures, dirt poor, Brazil's, Venezuela's or Kingston's slums levels. Did you feel threatened or had a bad experience in any of your trips to the area, or heard any horror stories or warnings from fellow travellers?

    Cheers

    Hi Joe,

    A few months ago, I wrote in Back to the USA, “Hong Kong’s murder rate per 100,000 people was only 0.4 for 2016. With 7.347 million people, it had 28 murders. By contrast, Philadelphia tallied 278 homicides for a population of 1.568 million.” Violent street crimes are much lower in East Asia than the US, and I pointed to a main reason for this gap”

    Year after year, American blacks commit murders at roughly seven times the rate of whites, a fact that’s blamed by many on socioeconomic factors, historical resentment and/or ongoing racism, while others attribute it to a low IQ, innate lack of impulse control and/or propensity for violence. A century from now, will blacks still be an underclass in any multicultural societies still existing? How about in five hundred years?

    Without a significant black population, East Asian societies don’t have to deal with this debate or problem. I’ve wandered unfamiliar Saigon, Hanoi and Singapore streets in the middle of the night without any fear of being shot or stabbed, and I’ve done the same in many European cities, including Istanbul and war-time Kiev.

    In Phnom Penh, I walked all over, at any time, and felt zero fear for my safety.

    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested. Some kidnapping stories, spread on the Internet, have turned out to be rumors, but Vietnamese kids have also been rescued in China and returned to Vietnam. Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart. Here is one Vietnamese television feature on the phenomenon:

    And here’s the Overseas Security Advisory Council on Vietnam:

    Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

    Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

    Another increasingly common tactic is for a female to approach a male victim on the street, touching him suggestively while propositioning him in order to distract the victim and pick his pockets.

    While violent crimes (homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping) of foreigners remains relatively rare, the four to six weeks prior to the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) typically see a surge in crime. This occurs because individuals preparing to return to their families and villages for the holiday may seek to obtain high-value gifts/cash to satisfy traditional gift-giving requirements. During the one-week national Tet holiday, police and public security agencies remain at full operational staffing in order to maintain peace and order in crowded public spaces and to respond to the increase in residential burglaries and domestic disputes.

    While sexual assault of foreigners by Vietnamese citizens does not appear to be common, in March 2015, a female passenger reported that a xe om (motorbike taxi driver) attempted to sexually assault her when she hired him to drive her to her hotel.

    Residential security is generally good as long as appropriate security measures are in place. This includes the use of good deadbolt locks, securing all man-passable entries, and use of alarms and perimeter walls/gates. This is particularly true for those residences near the water, as they may be vulnerable to river pirates.

    Last week, I wrote:

    On my first evening in Phnom Penh, I met a woman from Valencia. Planning on a quick Cambodia visit, she had to stay on because a man on a motorbike had snatched her backpack, which contained her passport, but that’s what she got for leaving it in the front basket of her rented bike. Muy estúpido. Julia was anxious to move on to Thailand, then Vietnam.

    So Cambodian and Vietnamese thieves will snatch your belongings, especially if you’re really careless, but the chance of getting assaulted on the streets is minimal.

    Linh

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    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested... Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart.
     
    Oh is that all?
    , @Joe Correa
    Thanks for answering so thoroughly, this is quite interesting.

    Neither Vietnam nor Cambodia make it to the top 50 countries with highest intentional murder rate, I wonder whether the lack of Black-Mulatto and "Native" populations (Amerindian, Papuan NGs varieties and Innuit) has anything to do with that fact.

    On a side note, the story of the Chinese organ snatchers is quite mind-blowing. I've read something about Chinese organ harvesting from Falung Gong practitioners, but I thought at the time the whole thing was anti-Chinese propaganda.

    By the way, have you considered starting a youtube channel? you could do mini documentaries with live photographs (fixed shots) and a voice-over (preferably yours) basically reading your posts, and some interviews to the characters you find in your journey.
    You could direct your following to the channel, and could use it to sell more books and gain more followers. Maybe we could even chip in for microphones and a portable tripod. On the other hand perhaps it's too much extra work with the DIY editing, just thought I would love to see video versions of your posts about your trips and the people you find on youtube, and I guess other followers would also.

    Just some ideas. Cheers.

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  • > It’s well known that Cambodia’s street food is inferior to what’s found in Thailand or Vietnam

    Ron Unz pays cash money for these uncontestable truths to get published

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  • Hey Lihn, awesome read, as always.

    I wanted to ask, how high are the crime rates in Cambodia and Vietnam? This people are, judging by your pictures, dirt poor, Brazil’s, Venezuela’s or Kingston’s slums levels. Did you feel threatened or had a bad experience in any of your trips to the area, or heard any horror stories or warnings from fellow travellers?

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    Hi Joe,

    A few months ago, I wrote in Back to the USA, "Hong Kong’s murder rate per 100,000 people was only 0.4 for 2016. With 7.347 million people, it had 28 murders. By contrast, Philadelphia tallied 278 homicides for a population of 1.568 million." Violent street crimes are much lower in East Asia than the US, and I pointed to a main reason for this gap"

    Year after year, American blacks commit murders at roughly seven times the rate of whites, a fact that’s blamed by many on socioeconomic factors, historical resentment and/or ongoing racism, while others attribute it to a low IQ, innate lack of impulse control and/or propensity for violence. A century from now, will blacks still be an underclass in any multicultural societies still existing? How about in five hundred years?

    Without a significant black population, East Asian societies don’t have to deal with this debate or problem. I’ve wandered unfamiliar Saigon, Hanoi and Singapore streets in the middle of the night without any fear of being shot or stabbed, and I’ve done the same in many European cities, including Istanbul and war-time Kiev.
     
    In Phnom Penh, I walked all over, at any time, and felt zero fear for my safety.

    In Vietnam, many people fear having their small children snatched from the street and taken to China, to have their organs harvested. Some kidnapping stories, spread on the Internet, have turned out to be rumors, but Vietnamese kids have also been rescued in China and returned to Vietnam. Adults have also been tricked into coming to China, with the promise of work, but then are killed for their kidneys, livers and heart. Here is one Vietnamese television feature on the phenomenon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10UV2BBx30A

    And here's the Overseas Security Advisory Council on Vietnam:

    Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

    Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

    Another increasingly common tactic is for a female to approach a male victim on the street, touching him suggestively while propositioning him in order to distract the victim and pick his pockets.

    While violent crimes (homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping) of foreigners remains relatively rare, the four to six weeks prior to the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year) typically see a surge in crime. This occurs because individuals preparing to return to their families and villages for the holiday may seek to obtain high-value gifts/cash to satisfy traditional gift-giving requirements. During the one-week national Tet holiday, police and public security agencies remain at full operational staffing in order to maintain peace and order in crowded public spaces and to respond to the increase in residential burglaries and domestic disputes.

    While sexual assault of foreigners by Vietnamese citizens does not appear to be common, in March 2015, a female passenger reported that a xe om (motorbike taxi driver) attempted to sexually assault her when she hired him to drive her to her hotel.

    Residential security is generally good as long as appropriate security measures are in place. This includes the use of good deadbolt locks, securing all man-passable entries, and use of alarms and perimeter walls/gates. This is particularly true for those residences near the water, as they may be vulnerable to river pirates.
     
    Last week, I
    wrote:

    On my first evening in Phnom Penh, I met a woman from Valencia. Planning on a quick Cambodia visit, she had to stay on because a man on a motorbike had snatched her backpack, which contained her passport, but that’s what she got for leaving it in the front basket of her rented bike. Muy estúpido. Julia was anxious to move on to Thailand, then Vietnam.
     
    So Cambodian and Vietnamese thieves will snatch your belongings, especially if you're really careless, but the chance of getting assaulted on the streets is minimal.


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  • Yo Linhjo:

    This was a fine article, but there is one article on illegal immigration that your readership desires the way a man dying of dehydration desires a bottle of Perrier!

    You want to win a Pulitzer? You touched on it once, Buddy. Your ticket to greatness here, and internationally will be a article (Which will grow into a book) on the African male prostitutes in Vietnam!

    Imagine the titillation and acclaim this one will generate. Get in deep with them, Buddy, you can ride this story to international acclaim, take my word on this one.

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  • “(Flies) were buzzing all around her, like some kinetic nimbus,…” Brilliant image! Thank you.

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  • The folks who killed the priests and threw the statues into the rivers are a bit more complicated than the ol’ they were Communist.

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  • Hi Linh,

    Just showed this article to Jack Reese and I emphasized kids in vicinity of “wretcbed” smelling (open) dump. Jack reflected, said, “The world ain’t a good place, no compassion.”

    F.Y.I., this morning there was an “administrative lockdown” threat at a Wyoming Area School District kindergarten. So you know, it”s located across the Susquehanna river from Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

    Unlike Cambodian youth, Americans are presumed “safe” given mandate for Municipal Solid Landfills. But it appears the children depicted in this article are not worried about getting shot while thumbing through garbage & textbooks.

    Thank you for the amazing education!

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    Cambodia is known too for land mines. Year after year USAID provides money for land mine clearing. Imagine a place where land mines are a problem after all these years.

    China is doing joint military anti-terror exercises with the Cambodian Army but where are the women’s rights, tranny and racial empathy, gender based rappers and the web pages saying this is the goodness that we do on behalf of the poorishness? Dueling Oxfam’s – that type of thing.

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  • Cambodia makes good, cheap beer, so I was sitting in some lunch place with yet another can of Angkor, after having polished off a plate of fatty pork with rice. Two tables away, a girl sat, doing her homework. She had a machine that sang out, “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!” and so on....
  • @Brabantian
    Wonder if our good Linh Dinh will be able to comment on another Unz writer's quite-breaking-the-mould Cambodia travel story -

    Israel Shamir's 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax ... suggesting it was cooked up jointly by the Vietnamese invading Cambodia (a country they have tried to dominate on & off for centuries) ... & by the West & USA & Anglos, who wanted a big story to help distract from the horrible war crimes of their decades in Vietnam

    The Pol Pot Cambodian genocide story indeed made the West look as if it was somewhat justified in making war on 'SouthEast Asian barbarians' ... Shamir claimed he really couldn't find locals who supported the 'genocide' story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

    I’m also interested to find additional support for whichever version, and have kept quiet to avoid influencing what Dinh will think, feel and do one way or another: the same reason psychologists doing studies don’t tell the participants what’s the study truly about. Such a thing distorts the results.

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  • When the French ruled Indochina, they had a shortage of white collar workers in Cambodia and Laos, so solved it by bringing in many thousands of Vietnamese, which, understandably, didn’t please the Cambodians and Laotians too much. Most of these Vietnamese would be kicked out in waves, sometimes violently, as happened in Cambodia during the...
  • @Linh Dinh
    Hi Dan,

    Nearly always, I travel alone. As anyone who has traveled can attest, one's itinerary and agenda must be compromised with the addition of just one more person, and that's only natural, for no two people will want to do exactly the same things all day long, over several days. Plus, I tend to travel rough, which often means long bus or train rides, and often sleeping on them, and at each destination, I will likely spend hours walking around each day, in cold or heat, and often through very poor, and sometimes quite dodgy, neighborhoods, so you can see why my wife isn’t eager to join me. My wife didn’t accompany me to any of the many places I visited in my book, Postcards from the End of America.

    During my recent trip to Cambodia, my wife was in Saigon. OK, enough of this stuff, for there are much more important and interesting issues to discuss!


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    Hi Linh,

    Many Thanks. And Continuing Good Traveling!

    Dan

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  • @Frankie P
    Linh,

    These glimpses of other cultures are valuable and interesting. I appreciate them, even though as a long time resident of Asia (Taiwan) who has traveled in many Asian countries, they are not as foreign, exotic and otherworldly as they might be to Americans who haven't ventured beyond the shores of their country. I'm puzzled as to why you frame this kind of writing in terms familiar to American readers of Unz (Illegal immigrants), even though the nature of illegal immigration in the two places are completely different phenomena. I feel that this framing is an error, and it will serve to confuse your readers. Let me explain through an example. I have been teaching corporate English training programs to Taiwanese employees of international and local companies for many years, and I enjoy raising social issues and looking at the bewildered faces of my students as they try to process the information I give them about illegal immigration in the US. As you may or may not be aware, there are many foreign workers in Taiwan, mainly from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. They work in factories as operators, in private homes as elder care givers, etc. Their passports are routinely confiscated by their employers, and they are sometimes treated badly. Some run away and become "illegal immigrants". They find work under the table, in restaurants, agriculture, etc. If they are caught by authorities, they are held in a detention center until arrangements are made to return them to their home country. I introduce ideas to my students about facts like this: Illegal immigrants in California (and other states, I guess) can go to the DMV and take a driver's license test and acquire a California Driver's license. A look of confusion comes over the faces of my students, who ask whether it's necessary to have an ID to take a test. Yes, I say. But they don't have US papers. Yes, I say, and they inform the government employees at the DMV that they don't have US papers. Do you mean they tell them that they are illegal? ask the students. Yes, I say. Why don't they arrest them? the students say. On it goes, with the students ultimately coming to the conclusion that the US is a crazy place with no respect for its own laws. My goal has been accomplished, for this is what I think, and I want to show them. My point, dear Linh, is that you should show us the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia in its own terms, without adding confusing headlines that will cause your readers to envision the situation in their own countries rather than the facts on the ground where you are.

    Frankie P

    Frankie,
    You might as well teach them Taiwanese who has the authority to print the US dollar.
    Gato

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  • @Dan Hayes
    Hi Linh,

    I'm not that much interested in inquiring strangers about their personal affairs. But because of your writings I do not regard you as a stranger. With these preliminaries out of the way, may I ask you a somewhat personal question?

    Here goes. I know that you are married, hopefully happily. May I inquire whether your wife accompanies you in your latest Indochinese adventures? Or is she still ensconced in Philly? If not now, will she meet you at some future date? Or is the purpose of these visits are to establish the feasibility of you and your wife permanently returning to your native shore?

    Just asking.

    Hi Dan,

    Nearly always, I travel alone. As anyone who has traveled can attest, one’s itinerary and agenda must be compromised with the addition of just one more person, and that’s only natural, for no two people will want to do exactly the same things all day long, over several days. Plus, I tend to travel rough, which often means long bus or train rides, and often sleeping on them, and at each destination, I will likely spend hours walking around each day, in cold or heat, and often through very poor, and sometimes quite dodgy, neighborhoods, so you can see why my wife isn’t eager to join me. My wife didn’t accompany me to any of the many places I visited in my book, Postcards from the End of America.

    During my recent trip to Cambodia, my wife was in Saigon. OK, enough of this stuff, for there are much more important and interesting issues to discuss!

    Linh

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    Hi Linh,

    Many Thanks. And Continuing Good Traveling!

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  • Hi Linh,

    I’m not that much interested in inquiring strangers about their personal affairs. But because of your writings I do not regard you as a stranger. With these preliminaries out of the way, may I ask you a somewhat personal question?

    Here goes. I know that you are married, hopefully happily. May I inquire whether your wife accompanies you in your latest Indochinese adventures? Or is she still ensconced in Philly? If not now, will she meet you at some future date? Or is the purpose of these visits are to establish the feasibility of you and your wife permanently returning to your native shore?

    Just asking.

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    Hi Dan,

    Nearly always, I travel alone. As anyone who has traveled can attest, one's itinerary and agenda must be compromised with the addition of just one more person, and that's only natural, for no two people will want to do exactly the same things all day long, over several days. Plus, I tend to travel rough, which often means long bus or train rides, and often sleeping on them, and at each destination, I will likely spend hours walking around each day, in cold or heat, and often through very poor, and sometimes quite dodgy, neighborhoods, so you can see why my wife isn’t eager to join me. My wife didn’t accompany me to any of the many places I visited in my book, Postcards from the End of America.

    During my recent trip to Cambodia, my wife was in Saigon. OK, enough of this stuff, for there are much more important and interesting issues to discuss!


    Linh

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  • I watched “First They Killed My Father,” a film by Angelina Jolie about the Cambodian genocide and it was very good.

    I highly recommend it. On Netflix.

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  • @Frankie P
    Linh,

    These glimpses of other cultures are valuable and interesting. I appreciate them, even though as a long time resident of Asia (Taiwan) who has traveled in many Asian countries, they are not as foreign, exotic and otherworldly as they might be to Americans who haven't ventured beyond the shores of their country. I'm puzzled as to why you frame this kind of writing in terms familiar to American readers of Unz (Illegal immigrants), even though the nature of illegal immigration in the two places are completely different phenomena. I feel that this framing is an error, and it will serve to confuse your readers. Let me explain through an example. I have been teaching corporate English training programs to Taiwanese employees of international and local companies for many years, and I enjoy raising social issues and looking at the bewildered faces of my students as they try to process the information I give them about illegal immigration in the US. As you may or may not be aware, there are many foreign workers in Taiwan, mainly from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. They work in factories as operators, in private homes as elder care givers, etc. Their passports are routinely confiscated by their employers, and they are sometimes treated badly. Some run away and become "illegal immigrants". They find work under the table, in restaurants, agriculture, etc. If they are caught by authorities, they are held in a detention center until arrangements are made to return them to their home country. I introduce ideas to my students about facts like this: Illegal immigrants in California (and other states, I guess) can go to the DMV and take a driver's license test and acquire a California Driver's license. A look of confusion comes over the faces of my students, who ask whether it's necessary to have an ID to take a test. Yes, I say. But they don't have US papers. Yes, I say, and they inform the government employees at the DMV that they don't have US papers. Do you mean they tell them that they are illegal? ask the students. Yes, I say. Why don't they arrest them? the students say. On it goes, with the students ultimately coming to the conclusion that the US is a crazy place with no respect for its own laws. My goal has been accomplished, for this is what I think, and I want to show them. My point, dear Linh, is that you should show us the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia in its own terms, without adding confusing headlines that will cause your readers to envision the situation in their own countries rather than the facts on the ground where you are.

    Frankie P

    Why are you thinking about arresting someone? Only the worst sort of people want to arrest people, prosecute them, and judge them. You be the judge. The immoral immigrants are what – fun loving party people or harmful louts?

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  • His stars and stripes top hat was nowhere to be found.

    I bet he still had his star spangled codpiece, tho!

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  • Probably that’s why he keeps on pedalling the scaremongering nonsense of China exporting people to other countries. Though Vietnam has 4.2% of its population living abroard while China only 3.6% (majority of overseas Chinese went to South East Asia hundreds of years ago).

    PS. Got to love Linh Dinh’s choice of wording here: “Cambodia lost a third of its land to Vietnam , and another third to Thailand” in order to put Vietnam as a “passive non aggressor”. Had Vietnam “lost” one third of its land to China, he’d definitely choose to use some other strong words, such as, “stolen“or “land-grabbed.”

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  • Every F* Time!

    Another so-called Saigonese/South-Vietnamese/Viet Kieu, who turned out to be from Nam Dinh!

    It seem that half of the Overseas Vietnamese are originally from Nam Dinh. That over-populated province with 1200 persons/km²!

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  • This can be “solved” by force. If Cambodians want to retain their national identity, they should put Vietnamese under control & stop their demographic expansion; the same with Vietnam & the Chinese. Where there is a will, most such things are achievable (Israel and Arabs, Japan and the rest of the world).

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  • Linh,

    These glimpses of other cultures are valuable and interesting. I appreciate them, even though as a long time resident of Asia (Taiwan) who has traveled in many Asian countries, they are not as foreign, exotic and otherworldly as they might be to Americans who haven’t ventured beyond the shores of their country. I’m puzzled as to why you frame this kind of writing in terms familiar to American readers of Unz (Illegal immigrants), even though the nature of illegal immigration in the two places are completely different phenomena. I feel that this framing is an error, and it will serve to confuse your readers. Let me explain through an example. I have been teaching corporate English training programs to Taiwanese employees of international and local companies for many years, and I enjoy raising social issues and looking at the bewildered faces of my students as they try to process the information I give them about illegal immigration in the US. As you may or may not be aware, there are many foreign workers in Taiwan, mainly from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. They work in factories as operators, in private homes as elder care givers, etc. Their passports are routinely confiscated by their employers, and they are sometimes treated badly. Some run away and become “illegal immigrants”. They find work under the table, in restaurants, agriculture, etc. If they are caught by authorities, they are held in a detention center until arrangements are made to return them to their home country. I introduce ideas to my students about facts like this: Illegal immigrants in California (and other states, I guess) can go to the DMV and take a driver’s license test and acquire a California Driver’s license. A look of confusion comes over the faces of my students, who ask whether it’s necessary to have an ID to take a test. Yes, I say. But they don’t have US papers. Yes, I say, and they inform the government employees at the DMV that they don’t have US papers. Do you mean they tell them that they are illegal? ask the students. Yes, I say. Why don’t they arrest them? the students say. On it goes, with the students ultimately coming to the conclusion that the US is a crazy place with no respect for its own laws. My goal has been accomplished, for this is what I think, and I want to show them. My point, dear Linh, is that you should show us the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia in its own terms, without adding confusing headlines that will cause your readers to envision the situation in their own countries rather than the facts on the ground where you are.

    Frankie P

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    Why are you thinking about arresting someone? Only the worst sort of people want to arrest people, prosecute them, and judge them. You be the judge. The immoral immigrants are what - fun loving party people or harmful louts?
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    Frankie,
    You might as well teach them Taiwanese who has the authority to print the US dollar.
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  • Hi Linh,

    I’m continuing to enjoy your adventures in Indo-China (or is that geographic nomenclature now politically incorrect?).

    I liked the fact that the Buddhists who rescued the statue and refused monetary compensation were nevertheless well rewarded in food staples by the Catholic Church.

    And the students in the Church school wore uniforms even in a tropical climate – that’s the way it should be!

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  • Cambodia makes good, cheap beer, so I was sitting in some lunch place with yet another can of Angkor, after having polished off a plate of fatty pork with rice. Two tables away, a girl sat, doing her homework. She had a machine that sang out, “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!” and so on....
  • Her ancestors built the greatest city in the world, Angkor, under a king, Jayavarman II, who declared himself “The Universal Monarch.” Now, the Cambodians are sneered at by even the Vietnamese, who never managed to build anything distinctive in wood, much less stone, but that’s history for you, for over time, all elephants will become dogs, to riff on a Vietnamese proverb.

    So, not really.

    Compare with Constantinople, Rome, London, etc.

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  • Traveling, I prefer to be on the ground, for that’s how you get an overview of the countryside. The bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh took more than seven hours, but that included 30 minutes for lunch, plus 45 more at the border. My seatmate was a young fellow, Morris, from Halle, Germany, and we...
  • @Truth
    LOL, how many times does he have to write "my wife" in an article?

    LOL @ you, none above. Though an enraged Lini was listing four or five passing references to ‘wife’ over two or three years, his style is relying on depicting himself as alone, except the few in Europe when with Refuvsky.

    Or do you lack reading comprehension?

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  • @Anonymous
    The Khmer Rouge hated education so much they used to shoot teachers in the middle of class. Now whether or not America is controlled by ignorant assholes trying to thwart human progress it may eventually pay a dividend to play dumb with the herd especially on the social media. Money=bondad.

    Somebody commented: “The Khmer Rouge hated education so much they used to shoot teachers in the middle of class. Now whether or not America is controlled by ignorant assholes trying to thwart human progress it may eventually pay a dividend to play dumb with the herd especially on the social media.”

    Below is a video on The Frankfurt School “Founding Father” radical fundamentalists who have managed to shoot their distorted education methodology / language into both ZUS teachers and students.

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  • @Jonathan Revusky

    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own.
     
    Sorry that I don't know how to say this diplomatically, but based on the results you are describing, you are surely going about things wrong.

    A key tool to use is some sort of SRS, i.e. spaced repetition system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition

    I use this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anki_(software)

    Or have a look through some of what comes up on this topic on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=anki+tips+and+tricks

    Another classic misconception that I have noted in people who have trouble learning languages is this one: they think that learning less vocabulary is easier than learning more vocabulary.

    Probably you read the above and are thinking: huh?

    Yes, you read correctly. I am saying that learning MORE vocabulary is EASIER than learning less. At least within certain ranges.

    Think about it. If you did not know English or any other Indo-European language, and you were asked to remember the word "television", you would likely forget it quickly. However, if you were given the words: "television", "telescope", "telephone" with an explanation of how all three words use this tele- root, it would actually be easier to learn all three words than just one!

    I am pretty sure that it is easier to learn (I mean, AND retain) several thousand words in a language than several hundred, because the repeated roots start forming a sort of fabric in your mind. So, I am pretty sure that ineffective language learners make a very big mistake trying to learn a sort of minimal set of practical words.

    My sense of things is that understanding the above concept, in conjunction with a spaced repetition memory tool like Anki, would drastically improve your results.

    Great stuff thank you. I will use this to help me learn spanish.

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  • @daniel le mouche
    Without a doubt, I think. He was healthy as an ox, and should have lived into his 90s. I've read that the testicular cancer he died of can be created by pointing a laser from a distance.

    He drank an enormous amount of coffee which doesn’t correlate with testicular cancer. The Rulers wanted his head no doubt about that, they still want Venezuela.

    Speaking of rebukes and double-plus good Democracies that produce coffee:

    https://www.voacambodia.com/a/us-cutting-aid-to-cambodia-for-recent-democratic-setbacks/4272907.html

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    @The Alarmist
    Despite being born American, I speak and read several languages fairly well and read several others comfortably, but most of my business dealings are done in English for two simple reasons: They naturally orient toward the Anglo-American world and its financial products, and, perhaps more importantly, because of the justifiably low expectations my foreign counterparts have of Americans' ability to transact in a foreign language.

    What I really love is the arrogance of non-English speakers to actually discuss negotiating tactics while still at the table, assuming I don't understand ... sometimes I break into the side-discussions with a local bon mot just to fire a friendly warning shot. If you could just see their faces ....

    Finance-schminance. The real arrogance is from whom hath the firepower to back up their swindles. The late 70s was it for the United States. Oh sure as shit people got rich after that time – all the way to today. But Most Americans’ balls are literally inches away from the bandsaw – they are all slaves to private equity. They invest in their own slavery. Americans love the sting of the lash. One day they’ll hold the lash to whip ‘em down.

    Without irony most of the websites devoted to controversy, data harvesting and propaganda are connected to the same funding from the financial elites who process and feed the comments sections to the FBI and Homeland Security. Who has empathy for the victims of tyranny? No one if they don’t know.

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  • @Escher

    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true–along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place–with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. ‘The Empire’, as he called it, truly IS evil.
     
    Chavez certainly died rather suddenly - IMO under suspicious circumstances.

    Without a doubt, I think. He was healthy as an ox, and should have lived into his 90s. I’ve read that the testicular cancer he died of can be created by pointing a laser from a distance.

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    He drank an enormous amount of coffee which doesn't correlate with testicular cancer. The Rulers wanted his head no doubt about that, they still want Venezuela.

    Speaking of rebukes and double-plus good Democracies that produce coffee:

    https://www.voacambodia.com/a/us-cutting-aid-to-cambodia-for-recent-democratic-setbacks/4272907.html

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  • Despite being born American, I speak and read several languages fairly well and read several others comfortably, but most of my business dealings are done in English for two simple reasons: They naturally orient toward the Anglo-American world and its financial products, and, perhaps more importantly, because of the justifiably low expectations my foreign counterparts have of Americans’ ability to transact in a foreign language.

    What I really love is the arrogance of non-English speakers to actually discuss negotiating tactics while still at the table, assuming I don’t understand … sometimes I break into the side-discussions with a local bon mot just to fire a friendly warning shot. If you could just see their faces ….

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    Finance-schminance. The real arrogance is from whom hath the firepower to back up their swindles. The late 70s was it for the United States. Oh sure as shit people got rich after that time - all the way to today. But Most Americans' balls are literally inches away from the bandsaw - they are all slaves to private equity. They invest in their own slavery. Americans love the sting of the lash. One day they'll hold the lash to whip 'em down.

    Without irony most of the websites devoted to controversy, data harvesting and propaganda are connected to the same funding from the financial elites who process and feed the comments sections to the FBI and Homeland Security. Who has empathy for the victims of tyranny? No one if they don't know.

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  • @daniel le mouche
    Not the best logic. Still, if you like, start at the top, with Alexander Cockburn, the founder and chief of Counterpunch till he died a few years ago. He was adamantly against any and all forms of 'conspiracy', mainly anything to do with 911. He agressively wrote on this often, belittling the conspiracy nuts. Yet he had a pet conspiracy of his own, that global warming was a hoax. I agree with him there, for once. Anyway, he was a very arrogant elite and elitist, though of course he created a persona of the populist.
    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true--along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place--with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. 'The Empire', as he called it, truly IS evil. He was right on many things, it seems to me (I look forward to the Unzer onslaught of abuse, wahoo!!).
    Back to Shamir's article, I read that at the time too and was very disturbed by it, though it fit in, I came to see, with everything else I seem to know. Mainly, this means... The government does nothing but lie to us 24/7, all but all of it is total fucking bullshit. So why not Pol Pot? JFK was, 911 without doubt, all these fucking stupid bullshit phoney 'attacks'. They're evil, all right. I do remember 1984, though can't figure out in my thickness how an Etonian/ BBC elite like Orwell a) wrote it, and b) got it published, publicized, etc. Maybe they just LOVE fucking with those few of us left with a brain and heart.

    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true–along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place–with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. ‘The Empire’, as he called it, truly IS evil.

    Chavez certainly died rather suddenly – IMO under suspicious circumstances.

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    Without a doubt, I think. He was healthy as an ox, and should have lived into his 90s. I've read that the testicular cancer he died of can be created by pointing a laser from a distance.
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  • @jacques sheete

    It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).

     

    Try to spend time around little kids who are speaking the language you want to learn. They usually speak simple sentences, speak more slowly than adults, often more clearly than adults and it's usually very easy to understand what they want to communicate. Besides, they typically don't seem to mind repeating the same things endlessly, especially if you can make it into a game.

    One time in Cambodia, we were sitting outside a small store and the neighborhood kids had a great time teaching us how to count. They loved laughing at our pronunciation but we soon learned and we all had a fun time.

    I’ll second this. I was also taught how to count in Cambodian by a little kid. For his part, he was so happy to be useful and respected by a foreigner and for my own part, I was glad to be taught by a native.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Hide
    The American educational system is largely ineffective, inefficient, and ant-life-enhancing. Everyone deep down knows this. Most are in denial of the degree of destructiveness of this mis- and dis-educational monster. A few of us spiritually wake up and try to overcome the twisting that school and the media has done to our brains by reading Unz.com, Linh's and other's articles, and seeking the Truth where we can. The soul of the monster is composed of the sum of all influential psychopaths, that feel pleasure by manipulating our suffering. Their easily identified with technology. Guess whose preventing that?

    The Khmer Rouge hated education so much they used to shoot teachers in the middle of class. Now whether or not America is controlled by ignorant assholes trying to thwart human progress it may eventually pay a dividend to play dumb with the herd especially on the social media. Money=bondad.

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    Somebody commented: "The Khmer Rouge hated education so much they used to shoot teachers in the middle of class. Now whether or not America is controlled by ignorant assholes trying to thwart human progress it may eventually pay a dividend to play dumb with the herd especially on the social media."

    Below is a video on The Frankfurt School "Founding Father" radical fundamentalists who have managed to shoot their distorted education methodology / language into both ZUS teachers and students.

    https://youtu.be/cY0CvFErWHc
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  • @Joe Hide
    The American educational system is largely ineffective, inefficient, and ant-life-enhancing. Everyone deep down knows this. Most are in denial of the degree of destructiveness of this mis- and dis-educational monster. A few of us spiritually wake up and try to overcome the twisting that school and the media has done to our brains by reading Unz.com, Linh's and other's articles, and seeking the Truth where we can. The soul of the monster is composed of the sum of all influential psychopaths, that feel pleasure by manipulating our suffering. Their easily identified with technology. Guess whose preventing that?

    “The American educational system” de-educates, dumbs down now – in service to the Globalist NWO. You didn’t know?

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2018/03/the-architects-of-western-decline-a-study-on-the-frankfurt-school-and-cultural-marxism/

    There are many articles on the subject.

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  • @Brabantian
    Wonder if our good Linh Dinh will be able to comment on another Unz writer's quite-breaking-the-mould Cambodia travel story -

    Israel Shamir's 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax ... suggesting it was cooked up jointly by the Vietnamese invading Cambodia (a country they have tried to dominate on & off for centuries) ... & by the West & USA & Anglos, who wanted a big story to help distract from the horrible war crimes of their decades in Vietnam

    The Pol Pot Cambodian genocide story indeed made the West look as if it was somewhat justified in making war on 'SouthEast Asian barbarians' ... Shamir claimed he really couldn't find locals who supported the 'genocide' story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

    I married into a Cambodian family. One generation up, of ten siblings, one was killed. The rest of the family had left the city some years back and had blended into the countryside. If I’m counting relatives correctly, ~10% of the other adults in the extended family were killed, and a few children died either of disease, malnutrition, or both. This is among a mostly rural population, from a village that had a decent local cadre headman (he was protected by the appreciative villagers after the Vietnamese came through; they knew how bad it could have been). I don’t think the standard 1/6th estimate is unreasonable. Death tolls did vary; if you were one of the population expelled from the cities, you were a) a target, b) lacked a useful country skillset, c) had weaker/non-existent local ties.

    Generously, Shamir heard what he wanted to hear.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    From 1979 to 1991, Washington indirectly backed the Khmer Rouge, then a component of the guerrilla coalition fighting the Vietnamese installed Government in Phnom Penh.

    Reagan-Bush support of Pol Pot was largely unreported. The United States gave economic, military, and political support to Pol Pot, and voted for over a decade to have his government retain Cambodia’s UN seat, but eventually urged his trial for war crimes by the mid-90s. Pol Pot really tried to bring light to the darkness even better than Nixon and Kissinger could have hoped for. Bombing a million people to death and setting things up for an even more exciting future.

    Here’s the famous controlled opposition protest of those secret Cambodia bombings repackaged for more commercial purposes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zCsFvVg0UY.

    See if you can spot the Cambodian.

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  • “Less than 1 percent of American adults today are proficient in a foreign language that they studied in a U.S. classroom,” and 95% of the languages they do learn are European.”

    And among the 1%, how many know a system of measurement other than the United States customary units, e.g. the International System of units (SI)?

    (Question for those who want to sign FTAs with the U.S., Canada, and the UK).

    ”The United States customary units are a system of measurements commonly used in the United States. The United States customary system (USCS or USC) developed from English units which were in use in the British Empire before the U.S. became an independent country. However, the United Kingdom’s system of measures was overhauled in 1824 to create the imperial system, changing the definitions of some units. Therefore, while many U.S. units are essentially similar to their Imperial counterparts, there are significant differences between the systems.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_customary_units

    ”The International System of Units is the modern form of the metric system, and is the most widely used system of measurement. It comprises a coherent system of units of measurement built on seven base units.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_System_of_Units

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  • @Gringo
    Israel Shamir’s 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax …

    I once got into an online discussion about Venezuela with a commenter who cited a Counterpunch article on Hugo Chavez's accomplishments. The Counterpunch article made some numeric claims about those accomplishments that were utter nonsense- claims that could be easily refuted with well-documented numbers.

    From that experience, I would believe a Counterpunch article as readily as I would a claim that Earth recently got invaded by monsters from planet Mars.

    Not the best logic. Still, if you like, start at the top, with Alexander Cockburn, the founder and chief of Counterpunch till he died a few years ago. He was adamantly against any and all forms of ‘conspiracy’, mainly anything to do with 911. He agressively wrote on this often, belittling the conspiracy nuts. Yet he had a pet conspiracy of his own, that global warming was a hoax. I agree with him there, for once. Anyway, he was a very arrogant elite and elitist, though of course he created a persona of the populist.
    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true–along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place–with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. ‘The Empire’, as he called it, truly IS evil. He was right on many things, it seems to me (I look forward to the Unzer onslaught of abuse, wahoo!!).
    Back to Shamir’s article, I read that at the time too and was very disturbed by it, though it fit in, I came to see, with everything else I seem to know. Mainly, this means… The government does nothing but lie to us 24/7, all but all of it is total fucking bullshit. So why not Pol Pot? JFK was, 911 without doubt, all these fucking stupid bullshit phoney ‘attacks’. They’re evil, all right. I do remember 1984, though can’t figure out in my thickness how an Etonian/ BBC elite like Orwell a) wrote it, and b) got it published, publicized, etc. Maybe they just LOVE fucking with those few of us left with a brain and heart.

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    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true–along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place–with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. ‘The Empire’, as he called it, truly IS evil.
     
    Chavez certainly died rather suddenly - IMO under suspicious circumstances.
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  • Israel Shamir’s 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax …

    I once got into an online discussion about Venezuela with a commenter who cited a Counterpunch article on Hugo Chavez’s accomplishments. The Counterpunch article made some numeric claims about those accomplishments that were utter nonsense- claims that could be easily refuted with well-documented numbers.

    From that experience, I would believe a Counterpunch article as readily as I would a claim that Earth recently got invaded by monsters from planet Mars.

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    • Replies: @daniel le mouche
    Not the best logic. Still, if you like, start at the top, with Alexander Cockburn, the founder and chief of Counterpunch till he died a few years ago. He was adamantly against any and all forms of 'conspiracy', mainly anything to do with 911. He agressively wrote on this often, belittling the conspiracy nuts. Yet he had a pet conspiracy of his own, that global warming was a hoax. I agree with him there, for once. Anyway, he was a very arrogant elite and elitist, though of course he created a persona of the populist.
    Also, what you say about Chavez is likely wrong, though who can say through all the endless propaganda vomited on us daily? He stood up to the Man, that much seems to be true--along with Castro. His heart seemed to be in the right place--with his (and other downtrodden and oppressed) people. 'The Empire', as he called it, truly IS evil. He was right on many things, it seems to me (I look forward to the Unzer onslaught of abuse, wahoo!!).
    Back to Shamir's article, I read that at the time too and was very disturbed by it, though it fit in, I came to see, with everything else I seem to know. Mainly, this means... The government does nothing but lie to us 24/7, all but all of it is total fucking bullshit. So why not Pol Pot? JFK was, 911 without doubt, all these fucking stupid bullshit phoney 'attacks'. They're evil, all right. I do remember 1984, though can't figure out in my thickness how an Etonian/ BBC elite like Orwell a) wrote it, and b) got it published, publicized, etc. Maybe they just LOVE fucking with those few of us left with a brain and heart.
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  • The American educational system is largely ineffective, inefficient, and ant-life-enhancing. Everyone deep down knows this. Most are in denial of the degree of destructiveness of this mis- and dis-educational monster. A few of us spiritually wake up and try to overcome the twisting that school and the media has done to our brains by reading Unz.com, Linh’s and other’s articles, and seeking the Truth where we can. The soul of the monster is composed of the sum of all influential psychopaths, that feel pleasure by manipulating our suffering. Their easily identified with technology. Guess whose preventing that?

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    • Replies: @Anon
    "The American educational system" de-educates, dumbs down now - in service to the Globalist NWO. You didn't know?

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2018/03/the-architects-of-western-decline-a-study-on-the-frankfurt-school-and-cultural-marxism/

    There are many articles on the subject.

    , @Anonymous
    The Khmer Rouge hated education so much they used to shoot teachers in the middle of class. Now whether or not America is controlled by ignorant assholes trying to thwart human progress it may eventually pay a dividend to play dumb with the herd especially on the social media. Money=bondad.
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  • @Brabantian
    Wonder if our good Linh Dinh will be able to comment on another Unz writer's quite-breaking-the-mould Cambodia travel story -

    Israel Shamir's 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax ... suggesting it was cooked up jointly by the Vietnamese invading Cambodia (a country they have tried to dominate on & off for centuries) ... & by the West & USA & Anglos, who wanted a big story to help distract from the horrible war crimes of their decades in Vietnam

    The Pol Pot Cambodian genocide story indeed made the West look as if it was somewhat justified in making war on 'SouthEast Asian barbarians' ... Shamir claimed he really couldn't find locals who supported the 'genocide' story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

    Shamir claimed he really couldn’t find locals who supported the ‘genocide’ story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

    I don’t know about that, but I do know that I was with some people in Phnom Penh and they wanted to go to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum but that sort of thing disgusts me so I bowed out. Instead, I cruised the neighborhood and found myself in what appeared to be a run down park, complete with numerous neighborhood urchins playing about. As I as meandering around, I noticed that it seemed to be a trash dump with bits of clothing sticking out of the ground here and there. On closer inspection I noticed bones and teeth. I had apparently come upon a large, but very shallow mass grave.

    I’m pretty sure it was Choeung Ek because nearby was a pagoda like structure filled with human skulls, and the trees were part of a lychee orchard. It was sickening, and I “didi’d” outta there on the double.

    So, I don’t know anything genuine about “genocide,” but I do suspect that some pretty hideous mass killings went on there.

    Why did G-wd create “humans? And I hope she’s damned Kissinger for eternity.

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  • @Biff
    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own. My Thai relatives explain, that children can get it all done in a matter of a couple of weeks - this is true of course of all children learning their first language. It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).
    But I’m in it for the long haul, and my wife(who speaks exceptional English, considering she got a Master degree from a university in the U.S.) says the learning of the second language never ends.

    Well at least I can count in Thai, but usually the store clerks can spit the numbers out in English, quicker than I can in Thai - they seem proud in their ability to do that.

    Humbling.

    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own.

    Sorry that I don’t know how to say this diplomatically, but based on the results you are describing, you are surely going about things wrong.

    A key tool to use is some sort of SRS, i.e. spaced repetition system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition

    I use this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anki_(software)

    Or have a look through some of what comes up on this topic on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=anki+tips+and+tricks

    Another classic misconception that I have noted in people who have trouble learning languages is this one: they think that learning less vocabulary is easier than learning more vocabulary.

    Probably you read the above and are thinking: huh?

    Yes, you read correctly. I am saying that learning MORE vocabulary is EASIER than learning less. At least within certain ranges.

    Think about it. If you did not know English or any other Indo-European language, and you were asked to remember the word “television”, you would likely forget it quickly. However, if you were given the words: “television”, “telescope”, “telephone” with an explanation of how all three words use this tele- root, it would actually be easier to learn all three words than just one!

    I am pretty sure that it is easier to learn (I mean, AND retain) several thousand words in a language than several hundred, because the repeated roots start forming a sort of fabric in your mind. So, I am pretty sure that ineffective language learners make a very big mistake trying to learn a sort of minimal set of practical words.

    My sense of things is that understanding the above concept, in conjunction with a spaced repetition memory tool like Anki, would drastically improve your results.

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    Great stuff thank you. I will use this to help me learn spanish.
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  • @Brabantian
    Wonder if our good Linh Dinh will be able to comment on another Unz writer's quite-breaking-the-mould Cambodia travel story -

    Israel Shamir's 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax ... suggesting it was cooked up jointly by the Vietnamese invading Cambodia (a country they have tried to dominate on & off for centuries) ... & by the West & USA & Anglos, who wanted a big story to help distract from the horrible war crimes of their decades in Vietnam

    The Pol Pot Cambodian genocide story indeed made the West look as if it was somewhat justified in making war on 'SouthEast Asian barbarians' ... Shamir claimed he really couldn't find locals who supported the 'genocide' story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

    Yes. I had forgotten this article by I. Shamir.

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  • Globalists are insanely arrogant,or arrogantly insane. You figure it out.
    They are still rolling up the boulder up the hill.
    They are negligently not realizing that the hill is now so steep that boulder will crush them.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/never-mind-the-north-korea-meeting-trump-was-just-babbling.htm

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  • “Since Americans already know English, so to speak, most don’t feel the need to bother with any language. Just hanging out and texting, they’ve mastered valley girl, Ebonics, death metal, double-wide or snark in ALL CAPS. Why think outside the continent-sized box when you’re already inside the belly of the beast?”

    If you are born to the sacred language of the Anglo-Zionist Empire, there is no need to bother with other tongues.

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  • @Biff
    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own. My Thai relatives explain, that children can get it all done in a matter of a couple of weeks - this is true of course of all children learning their first language. It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).
    But I’m in it for the long haul, and my wife(who speaks exceptional English, considering she got a Master degree from a university in the U.S.) says the learning of the second language never ends.

    Well at least I can count in Thai, but usually the store clerks can spit the numbers out in English, quicker than I can in Thai - they seem proud in their ability to do that.

    Humbling.

    It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).

    Try to spend time around little kids who are speaking the language you want to learn. They usually speak simple sentences, speak more slowly than adults, often more clearly than adults and it’s usually very easy to understand what they want to communicate. Besides, they typically don’t seem to mind repeating the same things endlessly, especially if you can make it into a game.

    One time in Cambodia, we were sitting outside a small store and the neighborhood kids had a great time teaching us how to count. They loved laughing at our pronunciation but we soon learned and we all had a fun time.

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    I'll second this. I was also taught how to count in Cambodian by a little kid. For his part, he was so happy to be useful and respected by a foreigner and for my own part, I was glad to be taught by a native.
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  • Wonder if our good Linh Dinh will be able to comment on another Unz writer’s quite-breaking-the-mould Cambodia travel story -

    Israel Shamir’s 2012 quite striking CounterPunch article after his travels in Cambodia, said that locals repeatedly told him the Cambodian genocide was largely a hoax … suggesting it was cooked up jointly by the Vietnamese invading Cambodia (a country they have tried to dominate on & off for centuries) … & by the West & USA & Anglos, who wanted a big story to help distract from the horrible war crimes of their decades in Vietnam

    The Pol Pot Cambodian genocide story indeed made the West look as if it was somewhat justified in making war on ‘SouthEast Asian barbarians’ … Shamir claimed he really couldn’t find locals who supported the ‘genocide’ story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc

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    Yes. I had forgotten this article by I. Shamir.
    , @jacques sheete

    Shamir claimed he really couldn’t find locals who supported the ‘genocide’ story, tho everyone agreed some thousands were killed in political purges etc
     
    I don't know about that, but I do know that I was with some people in Phnom Penh and they wanted to go to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum but that sort of thing disgusts me so I bowed out. Instead, I cruised the neighborhood and found myself in what appeared to be a run down park, complete with numerous neighborhood urchins playing about. As I as meandering around, I noticed that it seemed to be a trash dump with bits of clothing sticking out of the ground here and there. On closer inspection I noticed bones and teeth. I had apparently come upon a large, but very shallow mass grave.

    I'm pretty sure it was Choeung Ek because nearby was a pagoda like structure filled with human skulls, and the trees were part of a lychee orchard. It was sickening, and I "didi'd" outta there on the double.

    So, I don't know anything genuine about "genocide," but I do suspect that some pretty hideous mass killings went on there.

    Why did G-wd create "humans? And I hope she's damned Kissinger for eternity.

    , @Narith Heng
    I married into a Cambodian family. One generation up, of ten siblings, one was killed. The rest of the family had left the city some years back and had blended into the countryside. If I'm counting relatives correctly, ~10% of the other adults in the extended family were killed, and a few children died either of disease, malnutrition, or both. This is among a mostly rural population, from a village that had a decent local cadre headman (he was protected by the appreciative villagers after the Vietnamese came through; they knew how bad it could have been). I don't think the standard 1/6th estimate is unreasonable. Death tolls did vary; if you were one of the population expelled from the cities, you were a) a target, b) lacked a useful country skillset, c) had weaker/non-existent local ties.

    Generously, Shamir heard what he wanted to hear.
    , @Ivan K.
    I'm also interested to find additional support for whichever version, and have kept quiet to avoid influencing what Dinh will think, feel and do one way or another: the same reason psychologists doing studies don't tell the participants what's the study truly about. Such a thing distorts the results.
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  • Africans speak multiple language. Motivation is the key.

    There are many ways to learn a language. Pick a method that is appealing to you so you will stick with it. One way is to learn the 1000 to 2000 most common words using flash cards or Anki. Put the target word on one side and a picture representing the word on the other — don’t use English or whatever language you speak.

    After learning the most common words, spend at least 100 hours repeatedly listening to audio (in the target language) with transcripts. After you reach an intermediate level of understanding, learn non-Latin alphabets, concentrate on speaking and pronunciation, and listen to native content. Learn numbers as needed that often come up in conversation, such as how old you are or how many children you have.

    GLOSS has downloadable audio with transcripts and 50Languages teaches beginner level phrasebook dialogues.

    https://gloss.dliflc.edu/

    http://www.goethe-verlag.com/book2/EM/

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  • @Biff
    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own. My Thai relatives explain, that children can get it all done in a matter of a couple of weeks - this is true of course of all children learning their first language. It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).
    But I’m in it for the long haul, and my wife(who speaks exceptional English, considering she got a Master degree from a university in the U.S.) says the learning of the second language never ends.

    Well at least I can count in Thai, but usually the store clerks can spit the numbers out in English, quicker than I can in Thai - they seem proud in their ability to do that.

    Humbling.

    Here’s a good method for learning the Thai alphabet quickly:

    https://countryoftheblind.blogspot.com/2012/11/learn-thai-alphabet-in-one-hour.html

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  • At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own. My Thai relatives explain, that children can get it all done in a matter of a couple of weeks – this is true of course of all children learning their first language. It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).
    But I’m in it for the long haul, and my wife(who speaks exceptional English, considering she got a Master degree from a university in the U.S.) says the learning of the second language never ends.

    Well at least I can count in Thai, but usually the store clerks can spit the numbers out in English, quicker than I can in Thai – they seem proud in their ability to do that.

    Humbling.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Here's a good method for learning the Thai alphabet quickly:

    https://countryoftheblind.blogspot.com/2012/11/learn-thai-alphabet-in-one-hour.html
    , @jacques sheete

    It’s the one thing where kids have it easy(little pricks!).

     

    Try to spend time around little kids who are speaking the language you want to learn. They usually speak simple sentences, speak more slowly than adults, often more clearly than adults and it's usually very easy to understand what they want to communicate. Besides, they typically don't seem to mind repeating the same things endlessly, especially if you can make it into a game.

    One time in Cambodia, we were sitting outside a small store and the neighborhood kids had a great time teaching us how to count. They loved laughing at our pronunciation but we soon learned and we all had a fun time.
    , @Jonathan Revusky

    At the moment I’m trying to learn/memorize the Thai Alphabet. After three months I’ve got less than half of it locked up, and I’ve yet to form a single sentence of my own.
     
    Sorry that I don't know how to say this diplomatically, but based on the results you are describing, you are surely going about things wrong.

    A key tool to use is some sort of SRS, i.e. spaced repetition system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition

    I use this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anki_(software)

    Or have a look through some of what comes up on this topic on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=anki+tips+and+tricks

    Another classic misconception that I have noted in people who have trouble learning languages is this one: they think that learning less vocabulary is easier than learning more vocabulary.

    Probably you read the above and are thinking: huh?

    Yes, you read correctly. I am saying that learning MORE vocabulary is EASIER than learning less. At least within certain ranges.

    Think about it. If you did not know English or any other Indo-European language, and you were asked to remember the word "television", you would likely forget it quickly. However, if you were given the words: "television", "telescope", "telephone" with an explanation of how all three words use this tele- root, it would actually be easier to learn all three words than just one!

    I am pretty sure that it is easier to learn (I mean, AND retain) several thousand words in a language than several hundred, because the repeated roots start forming a sort of fabric in your mind. So, I am pretty sure that ineffective language learners make a very big mistake trying to learn a sort of minimal set of practical words.

    My sense of things is that understanding the above concept, in conjunction with a spaced repetition memory tool like Anki, would drastically improve your results.
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  • Traveling, I prefer to be on the ground, for that’s how you get an overview of the countryside. The bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh took more than seven hours, but that included 30 minutes for lunch, plus 45 more at the border. My seatmate was a young fellow, Morris, from Halle, Germany, and we...
  • @iffen
    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark

    Very well put.

    It's as if you were admiring a great painting and then you notice in the foreground that there is a small paint-by-the-numbers splotch.

    Unfortunately, iffen, a necessary corollary of liking South East Asia is disliking Jewish culture.

    They represent opposite values.

    So it makes sense that as Linh describes what he appreciates, he will include a remark or two about the opposite kind of thing.

    It’s the cherry on top, the final flourish that creates symmetry.

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  • Thx. It is very funny, whether or not true. My meeting a young PRC citizen, lost in Tokyo, took him to a light pizza place I like (I paid, of course, as is the custom), give a little travel advice, interesting places that other.than rare domesticc tourists don’t go to, pointed him to the entrance that is the less crowded entry to the Japan Rail line.

    Right now, rain is very heavy, but becoming lighter. No it is not. Still heavy..

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Che Guava
    Nice to see you and whoever the Anonymous is exposing yourselves (well, the Anon does not) as the Zionists you are. Why do you also hate Trump? Isn't he very pro-zionist?

    I very much was appreciating Linh's article, as all of them, despite a recent dispute.

    I want to visit Laos, because it sounds like an eastern analogy of Belarus (another place I would like to visit).

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    As a Christian, wanted very much to visit Syria, too (never 'Israel', because I know they spit upon and attack priests, monks, and nuns), the Zionists and their U.S jihad-recruiting allies make that impossible for now.

    The astonishing pain inflicted on the people of Syria is piercing my heart. It is now inflicted by external actors, Israel, U.S.A. Turkey, and their mercenary soldier proxies, in the main, Islamist lunatics.

    The only (national) exceptions, Syrian Army and Kurdish forces

    Very depressing.

    How did word get out that Linh Dinh’s wife was Polish and or a blonde? I do remember the chaturbate incident in the recent column and it reminded me of the famous Linh Dinh ringer who spiced up the comments section.

    This guy would attack with something like: “Things are fine in America, I’m a computer person who’s doing real swell plus I have a stratocaster so up your ass pal!”

    Then Linh would rage out a parry – I’m too lazy to look up the exact quotes – something like ‘Slit your wrists asshole. Inject yourself with bromide/pentobarbital white fake-Lead Belly bitch’

    The comments section is pure gold, so I have to assume when Linh said he had grown weary of so many assholes and was considering a paywall – but alas would never admit defeat – he was really saying the opposite. Like being with a hot woman who wants you as much as you want her, but she’s kinda wimpering no. Vietnamese even. She’s really saying yes. Then you give it to each other with all you’ve got. Fucking hot man. Like the comments section.

    Back to Cambodia. Starbucks opened it’s first cafe in Phnom Penh in 2016. A victory of sorts over the street vendor, maybe we’ll call it a rape of some kind.

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  • Behold the tour bus view of reality. The jet set go to these places and dine in the tourist traps and say how nice the service is in The Killing Fields. A casual comment on The Peoples’ Republic of China using currency to CONTROL its populace is made without criticism or hardly a comment. A frivolous nervous laugh of a controlled serf of the Almighty State.
    These goofs see but do not observe. These are the SURVIVORS. The Vietnam Conflict that ran through South East Asia, toppling The Nam, Cambodia and Laos. The Grand Chessboard littered with bodies and Americans who lost their innocence in a Third World Battle Zone. Like the vets that came back from Iraq and Afghanistan in their Banker War, those Men mostly White were thrown away too.
    Heroin. That’s the reason we went to The Nam. The Golden Triangle. China White paid with blood. Killing kids on the streets back home. Pol Pot got his killing joke from the Yippies and Hippies. They support abortion, drugs and Marxist Mass Murderers. A Jim Jones Suicide Cult. They ignore the bodies and the pile of bones. They say its Love, Love, Love.
    Duran Duran may have been right. Hanoi Jane, you ignorant slut. You Hate the people who want freedom and kneel before every murderous thug just because they aren’t White.
    All you need is Love. This Global Village is built on bodies and a pool of blood. Fall Out.

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  • @Anon
    Not to mention Vietnam took a large of chunk of Cambodia's territory which includes today's Saigon, and Vietnam's occupation of Cambodia from 1979-1989.

    As have the Thais. Most of eastern Thailand was once Cambodia. Cambodia has a long, long friendship with China and over the centuries, China has prevented Vietnam and Thailand from overrunning all of Cambodia and annexing it.

    I’m sitting up in Phnom Penh right now and wow! is it hot.

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    Cambodia rhymes with NGO since 1991 – ask any late night adult paranoid. The orgs moved in after the Paris Peace Accords. The ‘Nam and Cambodia officially ended the official war they decided to have which had become inappropriate by that time.

    The UN temporarily took over Cambodia. In came the team efforts to help the kids, the water, beat the poverty, fight the corruption, fight the drugs, the sex trafficking, settle the old scores – all the things to make it a less poor, more educated, less bitter, better, faster, stronger – insert conspiracy theory here – kinda place.

    Nothing quite says democracy like having foreign groups tell the locals how to run things nicely. The NGOs come from places that are called democracies but sometimes look like dictatorships filled with widespread misery, poverty, big jails and people getting shot by the cops. The whole thing starts to look like a fraud or a front of some kind. Not as many as charities (sounds better than NGO) in Cambodia now as there were then.

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  • @Che Guava
    Congrats for yet another article where you are presenting as the solo man.

    LOL, how many times does he have to write “my wife” in an article?

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    LOL @ you, none above. Though an enraged Lini was listing four or five passing references to 'wife' over two or three years, his style is relying on depicting himself as alone, except the few in Europe when with Refuvsky.

    Or do you lack reading comprehension?
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  • @iffen
    Great postcard, L. D.

    You screw up your posts by including either a "piss on the Jews" or a "Murica is fucked-up" paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

    LD, iffen would be happy if you concentrate on hating china only :)

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  • @Che Guava
    Nice to see you and whoever the Anonymous is exposing yourselves (well, the Anon does not) as the Zionists you are. Why do you also hate Trump? Isn't he very pro-zionist?

    I very much was appreciating Linh's article, as all of them, despite a recent dispute.

    I want to visit Laos, because it sounds like an eastern analogy of Belarus (another place I would like to visit).

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    As a Christian, wanted very much to visit Syria, too (never 'Israel', because I know they spit upon and attack priests, monks, and nuns), the Zionists and their U.S jihad-recruiting allies make that impossible for now.

    The astonishing pain inflicted on the people of Syria is piercing my heart. It is now inflicted by external actors, Israel, U.S.A. Turkey, and their mercenary soldier proxies, in the main, Islamist lunatics.

    The only (national) exceptions, Syrian Army and Kurdish forces

    Very depressing.

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    You definitely should visit N. Korea. Don’t pay any attention to all the fake news in the Jew York Times about how dangerous it might be.

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  • @iffen
    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark

    Very well put.

    It's as if you were admiring a great painting and then you notice in the foreground that there is a small paint-by-the-numbers splotch.

    Nice to see you and whoever the Anonymous is exposing yourselves (well, the Anon does not) as the Zionists you are. Why do you also hate Trump? Isn’t he very pro-zionist?

    I very much was appreciating Linh’s article, as all of them, despite a recent dispute.

    I want to visit Laos, because it sounds like an eastern analogy of Belarus (another place I would like to visit).

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    As a Christian, wanted very much to visit Syria, too (never ‘Israel’, because I know they spit upon and attack priests, monks, and nuns), the Zionists and their U.S jihad-recruiting allies make that impossible for now.

    The astonishing pain inflicted on the people of Syria is piercing my heart. It is now inflicted by external actors, Israel, U.S.A. Turkey, and their mercenary soldier proxies, in the main, Islamist lunatics.

    The only (national) exceptions, Syrian Army and Kurdish forces

    Very depressing.

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    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    You definitely should visit N. Korea. Don't pay any attention to all the fake news in the Jew York Times about how dangerous it might be.
    , @Anonymous
    How did word get out that Linh Dinh's wife was Polish and or a blonde? I do remember the chaturbate incident in the recent column and it reminded me of the famous Linh Dinh ringer who spiced up the comments section.

    This guy would attack with something like: "Things are fine in America, I'm a computer person who's doing real swell plus I have a stratocaster so up your ass pal!"

    Then Linh would rage out a parry - I'm too lazy to look up the exact quotes - something like 'Slit your wrists asshole. Inject yourself with bromide/pentobarbital white fake-Lead Belly bitch'

    The comments section is pure gold, so I have to assume when Linh said he had grown weary of so many assholes and was considering a paywall - but alas would never admit defeat - he was really saying the opposite. Like being with a hot woman who wants you as much as you want her, but she's kinda wimpering no. Vietnamese even. She's really saying yes. Then you give it to each other with all you've got. Fucking hot man. Like the comments section.

    Back to Cambodia. Starbucks opened it's first cafe in Phnom Penh in 2016. A victory of sorts over the street vendor, maybe we'll call it a rape of some kind.

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  • @Anonymous

    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.
     
    Agree. If I want to read sophomoric anti-Trump snark, there is no shortage of media outlets only too happy to indulge any taste. (NYT, WaPo, Salon, ABC/CBS/NBC, NPR/PBS, Guardian, Al Jazeera, ...)

    Anti-Jewish stuff is also plentiful at various outlets (not the same ones, except for Al Jazeera.)

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark that probably earns snickers and high-fives from the usual artsy-Leftoid cultists but nobody else.

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark

    Very well put.

    It’s as if you were admiring a great painting and then you notice in the foreground that there is a small paint-by-the-numbers splotch.

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Nice to see you and whoever the Anonymous is exposing yourselves (well, the Anon does not) as the Zionists you are. Why do you also hate Trump? Isn't he very pro-zionist?

    I very much was appreciating Linh's article, as all of them, despite a recent dispute.

    I want to visit Laos, because it sounds like an eastern analogy of Belarus (another place I would like to visit).

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    As a Christian, wanted very much to visit Syria, too (never 'Israel', because I know they spit upon and attack priests, monks, and nuns), the Zionists and their U.S jihad-recruiting allies make that impossible for now.

    The astonishing pain inflicted on the people of Syria is piercing my heart. It is now inflicted by external actors, Israel, U.S.A. Turkey, and their mercenary soldier proxies, in the main, Islamist lunatics.

    The only (national) exceptions, Syrian Army and Kurdish forces

    Very depressing.
    , @AaronB
    Unfortunately, iffen, a necessary corollary of liking South East Asia is disliking Jewish culture.

    They represent opposite values.

    So it makes sense that as Linh describes what he appreciates, he will include a remark or two about the opposite kind of thing.

    It's the cherry on top, the final flourish that creates symmetry.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @iffen
    Great postcard, L. D.

    You screw up your posts by including either a "piss on the Jews" or a "Murica is fucked-up" paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

    Agree. If I want to read sophomoric anti-Trump snark, there is no shortage of media outlets only too happy to indulge any taste. (NYT, WaPo, Salon, ABC/CBS/NBC, NPR/PBS, Guardian, Al Jazeera, …)

    Anti-Jewish stuff is also plentiful at various outlets (not the same ones, except for Al Jazeera.)

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark that probably earns snickers and high-fives from the usual artsy-Leftoid cultists but nobody else.

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    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark

    Very well put.

    It's as if you were admiring a great painting and then you notice in the foreground that there is a small paint-by-the-numbers splotch.
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  • Great postcard, L. D.

    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

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    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.
     
    Agree. If I want to read sophomoric anti-Trump snark, there is no shortage of media outlets only too happy to indulge any taste. (NYT, WaPo, Salon, ABC/CBS/NBC, NPR/PBS, Guardian, Al Jazeera, ...)

    Anti-Jewish stuff is also plentiful at various outlets (not the same ones, except for Al Jazeera.)

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark that probably earns snickers and high-fives from the usual artsy-Leftoid cultists but nobody else.

    , @Astuteobservor II
    LD, iffen would be happy if you concentrate on hating china only :)
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  • @Astuteobservor II

    Pol Pot was a China-backed tyrant, and after being propped up by Vietnam, Hun Sen is also embracing China. Last month, the strong man said, “For sure, some people said that we are too close to China, but I want to ask back, ‘Have you offered me anything apart from insulting, advising and threatening to impose sanctions on me?’”
     
    I was like maybe linh is actually writing something without hate for cambodia and china.

    Between Chinese cash and Western censure, Hun Sen is choosing to fatten his already enormous bank account.
     
    I was wrong :)

    Not to mention Vietnam took a large of chunk of Cambodia’s territory which includes today’s Saigon, and Vietnam’s occupation of Cambodia from 1979-1989.

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    As have the Thais. Most of eastern Thailand was once Cambodia. Cambodia has a long, long friendship with China and over the centuries, China has prevented Vietnam and Thailand from overrunning all of Cambodia and annexing it.

    I'm sitting up in Phnom Penh right now and wow! is it hot.
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  • Just re read it. Come here is one of the greatest names for a bar I’ve heard. I’d like to meet Linh sometime

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  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    This is excellent travel-writing and I hope you can parlay that into money. Have you considered documentaries, books?

    As an American, your grim portrayals annoyed me at times but I think you saw something from your half-in/half-out perspective that goes under-remarked: many Americans are unhappy people, and they use lots of alcohol to cope. As a now non-drinker it's been revealing.

    Linh’s always made it clear that many of his subjects are low income bar flies. Arriving in a new town and wanting to meet locals with stories to tell, that’s the best place to go. Bar flies rich or poor, unemployed or skilled professionals, love to talk.

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  • Big decline of French language usage in Cambodia. A few years ago, some students in Cambodia demonstrated against the compulsory teaching of French at their university.
    A person who only spoke French in Cambodia would be at a big disadvantage. I am sure that the many French backpackers only speak English.
    The only French that I noticed in Phnom Penh was a French bakery and some written notices at a local hospital.
    Chinese and English are becoming the lingual Franca in that country.

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  • @eah
    "They harass people, but Germany has long been a nation of immigrants. First, the Italians, Poles and Turks came, and now these people from the Middle East and Africa. They will all contribute to the economy.”

    Der Morris is not at all untypical: sponge for a brain, the size of a pea -- uncritically absorbs all the lies and propaganda of the Lügenpresse -- there's a certain obliviousness about many Germans: they do not see what is right in front of them -- for example, I take the same underground line as a colleague -- once during small talk I mentioned the very obvious, rampant, open drug dealing on this line (all the dealers südländische Typen of course) that had been going on for months and months -- this colleague had never noticed it.

    A couple years back, I had dinner with a German family, and the grandparents, who had lived through the war and the subsequent waves of greek, italian, and turk immigration and all the wonders they had no doubt brought to the country despite the obvious sloth of the home-team very enthusiastically rejoiced for all the Syrian doctors and engineers and their necessary skills and industriousness the country was in desperate need of (that was the official propaganda one heard on ARD & ZDF). Their “kids” were not so enthusiastic, because they worked in the city of Hamburg. The grandkids were mercifully unaware of any other world.

    The war castrated two generations of Germans. Tell a German that Germany of the 1900s was perhaps the peak of Western civilisation, and they will stare at you with disbelief … some will even argue that you are surely wrong. They long for the EU, not because Germany will rule it (they won’t … the french will), but because Germany will be swallowed by it and finally removed from the map.

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  • @Jim Christian
    It is ALWAYS gluttons who sell out their people. Always.

    It is ALWAYS gluttons who sell out their people. Always.

    Wannabe gluttons do that as well. Both are significant reasons that the USA is Zion West.

    Suckers.

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  • As always Love the article, especially the part about the little waitress.

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  • Most tellingly, the US dollar is universally accepted as currency, and not just in Phnom Penh, but across Cambodia. If something costs 4,000 riels, you can pay with a buck.

    Using currency in Cambodia can be confusing.

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  • @Yee
    As long as Vietnam stands, Cambodia and Laos will cling tight to China, just like the Pakistan-India situation.

    With a small population, Cambodia (and Laos too) can survive on primary industries (agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining etc.) and tourism as long as it can maintain stability. But since it's friend of China, the NGO/CIA will try hard to throw the country in chaos, no doubt.

    By the way, the US and Thailand backed Pol Pot too, because Soviet Union backed Vietnam. And no country in the region wanted to see Vietnam expand into other countries. Actually, China had wanted Sihanouk back to power. Sihanouk lived in China for years waiting to go back.

    Thanks for the information about Pol Pot and the CIA. I learn something new every day here.

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  • Congrats for yet another article where you are presenting as the solo man.

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    LOL, how many times does he have to write "my wife" in an article?
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  • “…but there’s one nation so drugged and gullible, it has actually entrusted such a conman with its destiny.”

    Now, that’s mean.

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  • This is excellent travel-writing and I hope you can parlay that into money. Have you considered documentaries, books?

    As an American, your grim portrayals annoyed me at times but I think you saw something from your half-in/half-out perspective that goes under-remarked: many Americans are unhappy people, and they use lots of alcohol to cope. As a now non-drinker it’s been revealing.

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    Linh’s always made it clear that many of his subjects are low income bar flies. Arriving in a new town and wanting to meet locals with stories to tell, that’s the best place to go. Bar flies rich or poor, unemployed or skilled professionals, love to talk.
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  • Linh Dinh wrote: “Last year, China donated 100 buses to Phnom Penh, and the China Development Bank is financing the building of one of the world’s largest airports, plus an expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a growing center of Chinese tourism and industry. By 2020, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone will have 300 Chinese factories. Those who pay the bills call the shots, and Cambodia is increasingly beholden to China.”

    I’m convinced China’s government and definitely that of Cambodia were relieved when ZUSA President Trump killed President Obama’s rather secretive plans for initiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.).

    Under T.P.P., instead of Phnom Penh’s getting 200 buses from China, they’d get 200 Army surplus “halftracks” as a gift from Fortress America.

    Under T.P.P., instead of getting a state-of-art airport from China Development Bank, Goldman Sachs Group U.S. might have underwritten a Cambodian loan to facilitate the building of an A.B.M. system that guaranteed security from Russian, Chinese, N. Korean, and Iranian hostilities.

    Is Cambodia better of “beholden to China” rather than to the American-Israeli Empire? Who knows?

    But it appears the poor & (stilted) developing Cambodia gets along fairly well (at present), and citizens were spared having to fawn all over Ivanka Trump’s Paris-to-Khmer Rouge apparel.

    Thanks, Linh. Your (fated) meeting & conversation with the young travelin’ German, Morris, resulted in another amazing educational experience for me.

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  • Hi all,

    In the article, I used a slightly dated figure for the population of Cambodia. It’s now estimated to be 16 million.

    Linh

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  • Americans didn’t elect Trump. They were obliged to participate in a rigged referendum that offered no real choice. In this respect folks around the world have a lot in common.

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  • *grammar nazi-mode on*

    It’s Moritz, not Morris.

    *grammar nazi-mode off*

    What i find interesting about Cambodia, is that it’s the only country in SEA where ultra-nationalism was not curtailled until recently.

    The Thais, Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese and Pinoys have dropped that aggressive posture in exchange for cooperative growth and investment over 2/3 decades ago. Sure you will find the grandstanding from time to time, but it’s just water-cannon-shooting and not torpedoes.

    But the pseudo-democratic system of Cambodia allowed the so-called opposition around Sam Raimsy to whip-up ultra-nationalism/Viet-phobism among the youth. Ten years ago when Cambodia was still extremely dependent on ODA & charities, he couldn’t do much about it.

    With the youth behind him this so-called opposition-leader could have “won” the elections this year.
    This could marked the begin of a short, but bloody civil-war. With negative consequence for the neighbors.

    But backed by strong growth over the last decade and upcoming LNG-money Hun Sen was now in position to drop the mask and dismantle the opposition.

    I’ll bet that the Chinese, Thais and Viets and everyone else is happy about it. It’s just that the Western countries have trap themselves in their own propaganda – hence the sanctions.

    * Readers on unz.com really like/support nationalism, but in case of Sam Rainsy it’s just too much for my/our taste. I mean no AfD-politician in Germany would call for Poland & Czechia to hand over “the lost land” from previous eras. Heck not even the extremists around the NPD calls for that.*

    The real question: Is Hun Sen’s son as capable & shroud as his father? What happens after King Sihamoni’s death?

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  • @Astuteobservor II

    Pol Pot was a China-backed tyrant, and after being propped up by Vietnam, Hun Sen is also embracing China. Last month, the strong man said, “For sure, some people said that we are too close to China, but I want to ask back, ‘Have you offered me anything apart from insulting, advising and threatening to impose sanctions on me?’”
     
    I was like maybe linh is actually writing something without hate for cambodia and china.

    Between Chinese cash and Western censure, Hun Sen is choosing to fatten his already enormous bank account.
     
    I was wrong :)

    He just wishes for a certain stasis in the world, and China has become the vanguard of change to this world.

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  • @eah
    "They harass people, but Germany has long been a nation of immigrants. First, the Italians, Poles and Turks came, and now these people from the Middle East and Africa. They will all contribute to the economy.”

    Der Morris is not at all untypical: sponge for a brain, the size of a pea -- uncritically absorbs all the lies and propaganda of the Lügenpresse -- there's a certain obliviousness about many Germans: they do not see what is right in front of them -- for example, I take the same underground line as a colleague -- once during small talk I mentioned the very obvious, rampant, open drug dealing on this line (all the dealers südländische Typen of course) that had been going on for months and months -- this colleague had never noticed it.

    Political Correctneß is the War on Noticing.

    In Germany, that war has almost been won.

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  • Yee says:

    As long as Vietnam stands, Cambodia and Laos will cling tight to China, just like the Pakistan-India situation.

    With a small population, Cambodia (and Laos too) can survive on primary industries (agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining etc.) and tourism as long as it can maintain stability. But since it’s friend of China, the NGO/CIA will try hard to throw the country in chaos, no doubt.

    By the way, the US and Thailand backed Pol Pot too, because Soviet Union backed Vietnam. And no country in the region wanted to see Vietnam expand into other countries. Actually, China had wanted Sihanouk back to power. Sihanouk lived in China for years waiting to go back.

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    Thanks for the information about Pol Pot and the CIA. I learn something new every day here.
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  • @eah
    "They harass people, but Germany has long been a nation of immigrants. First, the Italians, Poles and Turks came, and now these people from the Middle East and Africa. They will all contribute to the economy.”

    Der Morris is not at all untypical: sponge for a brain, the size of a pea -- uncritically absorbs all the lies and propaganda of the Lügenpresse -- there's a certain obliviousness about many Germans: they do not see what is right in front of them -- for example, I take the same underground line as a colleague -- once during small talk I mentioned the very obvious, rampant, open drug dealing on this line (all the dealers südländische Typen of course) that had been going on for months and months -- this colleague had never noticed it.

    Having lived in Germany for 2 years, you are so right. I have blue collar friends who are unabashed about saying what they see, but the others have their heads in the sand.

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  • Pol Pot was a China-backed tyrant, and after being propped up by Vietnam, Hun Sen is also embracing China. Last month, the strong man said, “For sure, some people said that we are too close to China, but I want to ask back, ‘Have you offered me anything apart from insulting, advising and threatening to impose sanctions on me?’”

    I was like maybe linh is actually writing something without hate for cambodia and china.

    Between Chinese cash and Western censure, Hun Sen is choosing to fatten his already enormous bank account.

    I was wrong :)

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    He just wishes for a certain stasis in the world, and China has become the vanguard of change to this world.
    , @Anon
    Not to mention Vietnam took a large of chunk of Cambodia's territory which includes today's Saigon, and Vietnam's occupation of Cambodia from 1979-1989.
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