March 9, 1999 |
Cambodia brought charges against Khmer Rouge chief Ta Mok today, making him the first member of the murderous leftist group set to answer directly for the deaths of more than 1 million of his countrymen. Thought to be one of the Khmer Rouge's most brutal cadres, the man they called "The Butcher" will be charged under a 1994 law banning the radical group, a military court prosecutor said. The one-legged Ta Mok, 72, was arrested on northern Cambodia's border with Thailand on Saturday.
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July 30, 1990
William Pfaff ("National Murder, In Cold Blood," Commentary, July 16) must have had his head in the sand while in Southeast Asia. I served in Vietnam on the Cambodian border from mid-1968 through mid-1970. Before, during and after that period the North Vietnamese Army staged massive attacks from inside Cambodia against U.S. and Vietnamese troops and civilian population centers. The NVA forces received the bulk of their war materiel through the port of Sihanoukville with the full approval and cooperation of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
April 10, 2011 |
Filmmaker Daron Ker's earliest childhood remembrances come from the three torturous years he spent in a malaria-ridden concentration camp in the center of Cambodia's killing fields. His next, more pleasant memories are of watching movies projected on a tattered bedsheet in a refugee camp just across the Thai border. "The one film that I really loved was 'Spartacus,'" Ker says enthusiastically. "It's weird, because I didn't understand anything. But it was the most powerful thing I had ever seen.
June 24, 2003 |
Outgoing EPA chief Christie Whitman will head observers monitoring parliamentary elections in Cambodia on July 27. Whitman, who leaves the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, will lead a delegation of observers assembled by the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit group promoting democracy abroad.
January 27, 2008
Beto De Luna of Glendale was sitting at a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one morning in September when he "saw this monk walk up, and [two people] started praying to him. To me, it was a National Geographic moment" that captured the culture of the Southeast Asian nation. The two-week vacation was his first trip to Asia. "It was pretty amazing; it might as well be Mars," he said. He used a Canon A560.
January 6, 2003 |
Cambodia and the United Nations are set to resume long-stalled talks today aimed at establishing a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders blamed for more than 1 million deaths during their 1975-79 reign. The Khmer Rouge is accused of ruling through torture, execution, hard labor and starvation in Cambodia's "killing fields" as it aimed to establish a "purified" agrarian society. Yet no Khmer Rouge leader has faced trial for crimes during that period.
April 3, 1987 |
In the audacious and vastly entertaining "Swimming to Cambodia" (Beverly Center Cineplex), actor and monologuist Spalding Gray tries for the almost-impossible: variety and fascination in a one-man show of the most sedentary kind. Richard Pryor at least prowls the stage in his concerts, orchestrating his characters with his entire body. Gray sits at a desk, a movie screen behind him, a faintly manic glint in his eye and talks.
February 1, 2003 |
A radio station owner was charged Friday with inciting this week's anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh, and a top opposition leader said Prime Minister Hun Sen may be partly to blame for the chaos. The Thai Embassy and Thai-owned businesses in Phnom Penh, the capital, were torched by Cambodian mobs Wednesday night, apparently after reports that a popular Thai actress had said Angkor Wat, the temple complex that is Cambodia's national icon, belonged to Thailand.
October 30, 2004 |
Standing before golden statues of his ancestors and blessed by monks whose chants filled a hall in the Royal Palace, former ballet dancer Norodom Sihamoni took the throne Friday, succeeding his father. Sihamoni, who has no political experience and is little known in his home country, was enthroned in an elaborate ceremony that included the blowing of conch shells and traditional music played with drums and gongs.