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June 8, 1989 | ANNETTE KONDO, Annette Kondo is a free-lance writer. and
Eang Long cried for many days after the Khmer Rouge soldier beat her brother and his three children to death. She vividly recalls how the soldier threw the youngest child, a 3-month-old, against a tree until the baby died. "My eyesight started to get terrible after I saw the tragedy," Long said. "Because I was crying so hard and long, my eyes were red and started to swell up. Then I started to have problems with my eyesight." Trauma From Genocide A decade later, Long, 65, who now lives in Long Beach, still has days when shadows--like silent phantoms of the past--obscure her vision.
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March 1, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Monorom Neth sat in the tiny Long Beach movie theater, gripped by the emotionally wrenching scenes unfolding on the screen. There were scenes depicting executions, starvation and forced labor - a haunting reminder of Neth's own life under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and its notorious leader, Pol Pot. When a young girl in the film cried out for her parents before dying of starvation, Neth saw the face of his older brother, who died from malnutrition while...
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WORLD
May 19, 2010 | Mark Magnier
Peace has not been kind to practitioners of the 2,000-year-old tradition, which holds that magic tattoos can make you invisible, divert bullets and boost your net worth. In a haze of incense, clients approach Kol Sambo and humbly request his help, sometimes seeking rush jobs for an imminent crisis. He listens and asks why they require added force. If he thinks they'll abuse the power, he turns them down "in a nice way." Kol is a practitioner of magic tattoos, a 2,000-year-old tradition some call the "soul of the nation."
WORLD
January 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Cambodian government troops opened fire on striking garment workers demonstrating for higher wages Friday, killing at least four and drawing condemnation from the United States and human rights groups. The violence in Phnom Penh's Veng Sreng industrial district was described by Asian news media on the scene as the worst in the country in 15 years. Reports from the city also described the garment workers' strike and alliance with opposition political forces as the most significant challenge to Prime Minister Hun Sen in his nearly three decades in power.
WORLD
September 21, 2009 | Charles McDermid and Jakkapun Kaewsangthong, McDermid and Kaewsangthong are special correspondents.
A bloody clash at an ancient Hindu temple on the Cambodian border. Security forces deployed in the capital to quell tens of thousands of anti-government protesters. A popular former prime minister calling his country a "dictatorship." And a beloved 81-year-old monarch hospitalized for the second time in four days. These are some of the scenes from a tumultuous weekend in Thailand, prompting Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to call for peace and lament his nation's image in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1988
I was fascinated to see Jeane Kirkpatrick of all people complaining about the situation in Cambodia ("Blocking the Path to Killing Fields," Op-Ed Page, Aug. 1). The current negotiations highlight above all the hypocrisy and cruelty of the Reagan Administration's position on the Vietnamese occupation of that country, and the sleight of hand with which the media have obscured its consequences. From 1975 to 1979 Cambodian dictator Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge killed over 1 million people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1985
As one who has made more than 20 trips to Cambodia since Operation California's first emergency medical airlift to famine victims in that country, I want to take strong exception to Marvin Ott's plea (Editorial Pages, March 13) for continuance of an inhumane armed conflict that has caused the Cambodian people much unnecessary suffering. Recent military actions have resulted in a renewed outflow of 250,000 Cambodian civilians into border refugee camps in Thailand as a three-pronged Cambodian resistance has crumbled in the face of a superior Vietnamese-backed military offensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1999
Re "Toxicity of Waste from Taiwan Angers Cambodians," Dec. 26: A discrepancy exists between international media reports and Formosa Plastics Corp. with regard to the toxicity of the waste. Media reports have quoted a Cambodian government official as saying, "I think it is toxic, but I cannot say for sure today." Formosa Plastics has maintained that the mercury level of the waste was well under internationally accepted levels and that the shipment was inspected and passed by Cambodian customs authorities and was disposed of at the Sihanoukville landfill in full accordance with Cambodian environmental protection regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1989
I agree the two Cambodian refugees should be persuaded to share our scruples. After all, to paraphrase Mark Twain, we would only be adhering to that great American principle that nothing needs reforming so much as other people's habits. The Cambodian methods are inefficient. They kill only one dog and have to do the deed themselves. We Americans, on the other hand, have them killed by the thousands in institutions where we can comfortably ignore their whimpers. And killing for food?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2008 | Scott Glover
A retired Marine Corps captain was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Thursday of traveling to Cambodia to engage in sex with children. Michael Joseph Pepe, 54, was convicted of violating the federal Protect Act, which strengthened laws against predatory crimes involving children outside the United States. Pepe was accused of drugging, raping and beating seven Cambodian girls ages 9 to 12. Six of the girls flew to the U.S. and testified during the three-week trial in front of U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer.
WORLD
July 28, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Cambodia's longtime strongman, Prime Minister Hun Sen, extended his 28-year rule Sunday when his party was returned to power, according to preliminary election results, even as concern over corruption and illegal land appropriation fueled strong gains for the opposition. Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party won 68 of 123 seats in the legislature, compared with 55 seats for the main opposition party, Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said, citing unofficial results.
WORLD
July 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The joyous scene of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy's return to Phnom Penh from self-imposed exile Friday has stirred expectations - some would say unrealistic ones - of young voters throwing their support behind an alternative to Southeast Asia's longest-reigning leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen. Rainsy isn't likely to be allowed to run in the July 28 election that Hun Sen, already in power for 28 years, is expected to win by a landslide....
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Jason Felch
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return two ancient statues to Cambodia after receiving convincing evidence they had been looted and smuggled out of the country illegally. The 10th century Khmer statues, known as the Kneeling Attendants, have flanked the entrance to the Met's South East Asian galleries for years and are among the museum's most prized objects from the region. They were acquired in fragments between 1987 and 1992 as donations primarily from Douglas Latchford, a British collector based in Bangkok who is at the center of a federal investigation of antiquities looted from the ancient temple complex of Koh Ker. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Cambodian officials announced last June that they would seek the return of the statues.
WORLD
February 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- Thousands of people lined the streets of Cambodia's capital Friday for the funeral of King Norodom Sihanouk, a controversial monarch who helped build the young nation after French rule before cozying up to the homicidal Khmer Rouge regime. Sihanouk's embalmed body, which has been lying in state in Phnom Penh awaiting an auspicious date since his October death at age 89, was carried to the sounds of a 101-gun salute from the royal palace to an ornate funeral pyre in a city park specially constructed for the occasion.
TRAVEL
January 12, 2013
One of my favorite international vacations was to the temples at Angkor in Cambodia. What made it particularly enjoyable was my private (and inexpensive) tour guide, Vanny Chhim. Vanny is knowledgeable about the entire area around Siem Reap, and he is fluent in English. What makes him special is that he has kept in touch with me for the last three years via email, sharing his experiences and family life. I've never had any other tour guide do this. If you're looking for an enjoyable private excursion on his tuk-tuk, contact him at vanny_angkor@hotmail.com . Joel Miller Los Angeles
WORLD
November 14, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
As Barack Obama prepares for the first visit by a United States president to Cambodia this month, the country is reportedly preparing for him too -- by hiding street children from sight in Phnom Penh. “If the leaders from across … the world see beggars and children on the street, they might speak negatively to the government,” municipal spokesman Long Dimanche told the Phnom Penh Post , explaining their plans to “collect” children who beg or sell fruit and put them in a nearby center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1986
I just read the letters (Sept. 13), both pros and cons, with regard to Frank del Olmo's article (Editorial Pages, Sept. 28) on the implications of Proposition 63. As an English-as-a-second-language teacher and one who also possesses a bilingual certificate, I am naturally concerned about the fate of such a measure to make English the official language of our state. No doubt there are areas of the country in which this initiative appears to be of no concern or an unnecessary effort.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Dustin Roasa
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Moy Da hasn't seen his sister in nearly 40 years. Like countless Cambodian families, they were separated during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The brutal communist regime made it official policy to dismantle the nuclear family, which it considered a capitalist relic, and divided much of the population into slave labor camps. In 1975, Moy Da, then 5 years old, and his parents, who died three years later, lost track of 15-year-old Pheap when the Khmer Rouge emptied Phnom Penh and marched residents to the countryside.
SCIENCE
July 9, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The previously unexplained deaths of at least 52 children in Cambodia have been linked to an outbreak of a virulent virus that causes a severe form of hand, foot and mouth disease, officials from the World Health Organization and the Cambodian Ministry of Health said Sunday. The children ranged in age from 3 months to 11 years old, with most being under the age of 3 years. Laboratory tests conducted by France's Institut Pasteur du Cambodge showed that 15 of 24 children tested showed evidence of infection by enterovirus 71 (EV-71)
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