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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
Three American men who are suspected of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children have been charged in federal court as part of a new initiative aimed at cracking down on the child sex tourism business there, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gerard Boyajian, 49, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Erik Leonardus Peeters, 41, of Norwalk; and Jack Louis Sporich, 75, formerly of Santa Monica and currently living in Sedona, Ariz., were arrested by Cambodian police in February, authorities said.
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.
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.
May 18, 2004
Re "Loving a Treasure to Death," editorial, May 13: The Times correctly noted both the growing world interest in the Angkor Wat site and the stress imposed on the ruins by the growing number of tourists. With visits nearing 1 million this year, Cambodian officials anticipate up to 5 million in years to come, placing an enormous burden not only on threatened ruins but on a dwindling water table that could cause subsidence and damage to the temples. Our country needs to play a more active role not only in preserving these priceless relics but also in helping Cambodia develop a stable economy based on a permanent resource instead of its current reliance on the ephemeral garment industry.