November 21, 2011 |
Three top Khmer Rouge leaders accused of helping mastermind Cambodia's "killing fields" in the 1970s went on trial in Phnom Penh on Monday as hundreds of victims and curious onlookers arrived at the court from around the country to witness the proceedings. The U.N.-backed trial is expected to take months. Furthermore, there's often been a significant delay in past tribunals between the end of testimony and the verdict. This reflects in part the highly political nature of these proceedings in a nation where feelings about that brutal period of history are still raw and many of those who served in the Khmer Rouge remain prominent in society.
November 20, 2011
If you go THE BEST WAY TO PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA From LAX, Asiana, Korean, Thai, China Airlines, EVA and China Southern offer connecting service (change of plane) to Phnom Penh. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $950, excluding taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 855 (country code for Cambodia) and the local number. WHAT TO DO Le Tigre de Papier cooking school, Pub Street, Siem Reap; 011-855-122-6581, http://www.letigredepapier.com/en/cooking.php . Three-hour cooking classes are $12 and include preparation of an appetizer, main course and dessert plus a visit to the local market.
November 20, 2011 |
Cambodia might not rank among the world's brewery or beer garden capitals, but change is coming. From its setting on the banks of the Tonle Sap river, Kingdom Breweries, Phnom Penh's newest boutique producer, opened in October 2010, is gearing up to give local brands Anchor and Angkor a run for their riel , using only the best German and Czech hops, premium German malt and top-quality water to produce the brand's flagship pilsner. "Fancy one?" Chief Executive Peter Brongers asked me, offering a bottle of the brewery's first batch from his office mini-fridge.
November 20, 2011 |
As the sun set over Angkor Wat, the temple built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, I nosed my Vespa out into the line of three-wheeled tuktuks, bikes and cars. In my pink crash helmet and Gucci bike goggles, I felt as frivolous as an extra in the '60s movie "Quadrophenia," but my mission was a serious one: I was planning to travel the nearly 200 miles from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in three days, stopping on the way to sample some of the weirdest and most wonderful foods Cambodia has to offer.
September 13, 2011 |
The ancient temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia , represents remnants of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century. Although Angkor Wat is among the most famous, other temples -- Baphoun, West Mebon and one in West Baray -- are equally impressive. Roland Fletcher, an archeologist who teaches at the University of Sydney in Australia and directs the Greater Angkor Project , will lead informal talks and tours to these sites as "scholar in residence" at Amansara resort in December.
June 27, 2011 |
As a U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal opens Monday to try former Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide, critics accuse the Cambodian government of meddling and the United Nations of failing to uphold the court's independence. Standing trial are the four highest-ranking surviving former Khmer Rouge leaders: head of state Khieu Samphan, 79; Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, 85; his wife, Social Affairs Minister Ieng Thirith, 79; and the revolution's chief ideologue, Nuon Chea, 84. They face multiple charges that include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
May 29, 2011
I read Susan Spano's "After the Killing Fields" [May 15] with much emotion. I am a survivor of the killing fields. I remember precisely the event that had me clinging to my grandmother's hand and my older brother holding steadfast to my mother's hand. Thunderous tanks passing by and Pol Pot's puppets, with rifles in their hands, ordering people to move quickly. My grandmother telling me to be quiet and to obey. This took place in the dark of night. Children's cries, footsteps moving about on the dusty road and parents telling their children to hush up were heard.
May 17, 2011
I always look forward to reading Susan Spano, and her article "After the Killing Fields" [May 15] did not disappoint. I am 67 and have traveled extensively by myself. My trip to Cambodia remains my most memorable for the same reasons that Spano so eloquently details. Although the spirit of the people who managed to survive the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge is indelibly etched in my memories, so is the fact that all of the women I saw who, although they were in my age range, with their lined faces, stooped posture and toothless smiles seemed decades older.