June 12, 2011
I enjoyed Christopher Reynolds' article on Orange County ["A Swell Time," May 29]. He covered it well, in an entertaining way, but failed to mention Newport's Back Bay. I guess he thought there was nothing of interest there for travelers. Or maybe he had to cut it to save space. Too bad either way. It's a central part ofOrange County. George Carlyle Newport Beach Why did Reynolds sully an otherwise fine survey of coastal sights and doings by referring to "plutocrats" frequenting the Ritz-Carlton and the Montage?
May 16, 2011 |
1925: Saloth Sar, alias Pol Pot, born in central Cambodia. 1949: Pol Pot goes to Paris where he joins a group of young Cambodian revolutionaries, most of them Marxists. 1953: France grants independence to Cambodia under King Norodom Sihanouk; Pol Pot returns to Phnom Penh, trains with Vietnamese communist guerrillas, then works for his cause in the countryside. 1969: Secret U.S. bombing raids begin against Vietnamese communist guerrillas hiding in Cambodia. 1970: Sihanouk deposed by U.S.-backed strongman Lon Nol; the Khmer Rouge and Sihanouk join forces against the nationalists.
August 6, 2010 |
The fascinating documentary "Enemies of the People" explores the under-told story of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and the mass genocide that occurred between 1975 and 1979 under notorious regime leader Pol Pot. This investigation grippingly unfolds through the eyes of Phnom Penh Post reporter Thet Sambath (who co-produced and co-directed with Rob Lemkin), whose mother, father and brother all perished during the communist dictator's brutal reign. Sambath arranges unprecedented interviews with several of the henchmen responsible for executing so many of their party's so-called traitors or "enemies of the people" as well as countless innocent villagers.
August 1, 2010 |
Last week in a Cambodian courtroom, I watched as the former commandant of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Tuol Sleng prison and torture center was sentenced to 35 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. During Monday's 70-minute session, the former executioner, now a born-again Christian, listened attentively from the dock, holding what appeared to be a small Bible. "If you want to stone me to death, as they did when Christ was with us, the Cambodian people can do so and I will accept it," he told the tribunal during his trial.
July 29, 2010 |
I like Lane Kiffin . And I certainly wasn't expecting that. Have no idea if he can coach, 12 wins in his career between the Raiders and Volunteers not much of a resume, but knowing a little something about alienating people, I thought I'd be dealing with an expert at the Pac-10 Media Day. But Kiffin was nothing like the stiff, double-talking clumsy new hire who greeted everyone in his first USC news conference. Not a hint of arrogance — although someone will suggest so by pointing out he was wearing sunglasses during his time on stage Thursday — and much to everyone's disappointment, he came and went without a whiff of controversy.
April 27, 2010 |
It rattles along at 20 miles an hour, swaying back and forth on uneven rails, the engine so loud it makes your teeth hurt. Then, rather unceremoniously, it runs out of gas and dies. And you find yourself stranded in the middle of Cambodia on a handmade "norry" train, feeling a bit exposed on a 25-square-foot platform made of bamboo and scrap metal attached to wheels salvaged from old tanks. Picture one of those hand-pump rail cars depicted in old Westerns, and you're close.