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The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state
There must be some kind of way outta here Said the joker to the thief There’s too much confusion I can’t get no relief Business men, they drink my wine Plowmen dig my earth None were level on the mind Nobody up at his word -Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower (immortalized by Jimi Hendrix)... Read More
Can Tho, 2019
I hadn’t been to Chau Doc in nearly two decades, so was definitely looking forward to this trip. Though my wife doesn’t travel well, she came along because she wanted to visit Mistress’ Temple. All over Vietnam, there are Mistress’ Temples, with most dedicated to Guanyin, but the Chau Doc one was built for a... Read More
Vietnamese children in Akreiy Ksatr, Cambodia, 2018
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... Read More
Phnom Penh, 2018
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.... Read More
phnom-penh-2018
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... Read More
I have a new post up at Asia Times that ventures beyond my usual bailiwick. It’s about Cambodia, and it’s keyed on the murder of Dr. Kem Ley, which created an uproar in Cambodian civil society: Cambodian PM Hun Sen Paints a bull’s-eye on his own back. I’m interested in Cambodia because of its role... Read More
Now, in the monsoon season, Cambodia is verdant, cool and relaxed. The rice paddies on the low hill slopes are flooded, forests that hide old temples are almost impassable, rough seas deter swimmers. It’s a pleasant time to re-visit this modest country: Cambodia is not crowded, and Cambodians are not greedy, but rather peaceful and... Read More
PHNOM PENH - The undated photo, by the Documentation Center of Cambodia, is as chilling as it is casual; right beside a black Mercedes, senior Khmer Rouge brass - in their trademark black pajamas, sandals and krama around the neck - pose nonchalantly. We see "Brother Number One" Pol Pot, his second-in-command Nuon Chea, Ieng... Read More
Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare, by Philip Short
"I have lived 78 years without hearing of bloody places like Cambodia," Winston Churchill was once heard to remark. Now, of course, we have all heard of Cambodia. It was there, in the 1970s, that one of the most drastic programs of social engineering in all of history was carried out. The Khmer Rouge, a... Read More
PHNOM PENH - The final results will be available only on August 8, but political deadlock is the name of the game after the third general election of the 10-year-old Cambodian democracy. Once again it's prime minister Hun Sen against both of his most bitter rivals, Funcinpec leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh and the leader of... Read More
SIEM REAP, Cambodia - After a peaceful Sunday electoral day, it is widely expected that the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen will get the largest number of votes in the third democratic elections in Cambodia since 1993. The leaders of the royalist Funcinpec and the main opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SFR)... Read More
PHNOM PENH - Sam was born in 1963. He was only 12 on April 17, 1975, when Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge invaded and evacuated Phnom Penh at the start of the infamous "Year Zero" - a demented mix of Stalinism, Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution all rolled into a unique, grotesque rural... Read More
Voices from S-21, by David Chandler
Pol Pot and his communists took control of Cambodia in April 1975 and proceeded to impose on that country doctrines they had picked up when students in 1950s Paris. Their regime lasted until January 1979, when a Vietnamese army occupied the nation's capital after a brief war. The forty-five months that elapsed between these two... Read More