Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

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Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Lucky Lucan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:42 pm

More good press:

A pasty-faced computer geek with bad facial hair, the 27-year-old was cut out of a different cloth than the hardened criminals and sexual predators who typically drift here, earning Cambodia its reputation as a sunny country for shady characters.


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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby keeping_it_riel » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:00 am

There's a hyperlink to our original front page arrest report in that piece too.

Also, can anybody name the other 440 poster named in the article apart from Gottfrid? Clue - we're going back a few years.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Jacked Camry » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:02 am

keeping_it_riel wrote:There's a hyperlink to our original front page arrest report in that piece too.

Also, can anybody name the other 440 poster named in the article apart from Gottfrid? Clue - we're going back a few years.


Ah yes, Roger Graham, the euthanasia dude in Kampot. Memories...
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby keeping_it_riel » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:11 am

Jacked Camry wrote:
keeping_it_riel wrote:There's a hyperlink to our original front page arrest report in that piece too.

Also, can anybody name the other 440 poster named in the article apart from Gottfrid? Clue - we're going back a few years.


Ah yes, Roger Graham, the euthanasia dude in Kampot. Memories...


Well done, JC - hole in one.

And from what I recall, Graham was an absolute fucking nuisance on this forum with his crackpot rants.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Uncle Monty » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:28 am

Okay, one quote from the article which claims how bad Cambodia is, and it mentions events in 1997. The shooting of plane tyres.

Then it mentions the issue of Mr. T, who as far as I remember was a democratically elected leader overthrown by a military coup. I'm just mentioning facts here, not going into the right or wrong.

Patrick Devillers was never charged with a crime in China, and was questioned and released. No chargeswere ever pressed against him.

A very bad piece of writing, by the journalist, and possibly bymyself as well.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby InterNed » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:11 am

Uncle Monty wrote:
A very bad piece of writing, by the journalist, and possibly by myself as well.


Yeah, I read that and started laughing. The guy who wrote it is trying to sell this fantasy of his, one that he's clearly attached to, and it's totally adolescent and juvenile. He wants people to think that Phnom Penh is like the Mos Eisley Spaceport in Star Wars - "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" - and he's the fucking Han Solo of journalism, braving it all to make a buck. What a dick.

It's crap like this story that lures the weirdos out here in the first place. He describes this lawless playground for perverts and addicts. Well, guess who the only people on Earth who see that as an endorsement and not a condemnation are going to be? Perverts, addicts, and assholes like him who live vicariously through them just by being in proximity to squalor. What ... a ... dick.

"The place’s ultimate appeal, though, is its well-documented culture of impunity."

What? Appeal to who? Like 2 super rich foreigners that he names - Thaksin and Trofimov? Certainly not all the poor motherfuckers teaching English here who'll get shaken down by the cops if they forget to put their moto helmet on, and will probably lose everything if they commit an actual crime. Impunity? In a country where thieves occasionally get beaten to death by angry mobs? Is he fucking joking? The culture of impunity is a grave threat to the 99% of expats here who aren't rich. It means that the rich can (and occasionally will) do anything they want to us without a care in the world. That's not appealing.

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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Prahok » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:27 am

I only get concerned when such things are written by serious journalists.

Cambodia will always be an easy target for the lazy and the sensationalist.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Chuangt2u » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:44 am

Just left a link back here in the comments section... let's see if they publish it.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby krisduncs » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:58 am

i knew doctor death in kampot. got deported after he succeeded in luring a very pleasant english woman over,to her death. she was just depressed about her recent break up with her husband,and got onto his site. killed herself in her gh. shame.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Sok Poupe » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:23 pm

I used to wonder how one could make suicide-tourism a sustainable enterprise...
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby krisduncs » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:44 pm

i dont think he actually took money from that lady,but more that he felt good about helping her to an early death. he seemingly was already financially sound.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby LTO » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:49 pm

Terrible article by Luke Hunt. Supermarket tabloid trash by an otherwise informed and insightful reporter. Shameful, really.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby ken svay » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:38 pm

Fair go,chaps.He is not that far off the mark,is he? And full points for the sunny country for shady characters line.
I am sure we all know of shady types who drift through the kingdom,the place would be boring without them.I have known one convicted pedo,one electrician turned killer,a french garage proprieter breaking bad and robbing a bank.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby InterNed » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:58 pm

LTO wrote:Terrible article by Luke Hunt. Supermarket tabloid trash by an otherwise informed and insightful reporter. Shameful, really.


Yeah, I'm not that familiar with his work, so maybe I didn't need to trash him *quite* that badly, but that was my immediate reaction to reading that article. That the guy should know better, and probably does know better, so he's intentionally misleading people because it makes for a better read back home. Bleh.

ken svay wrote:Fair go,chaps.He is not that far off the mark,is he? And full points for the sunny country for shady characters line.
I am sure we all know of shady types who drift through the kingdom,the place would be boring without them.I have known one convicted pedo,one electrician turned killer,a french garage proprieter breaking bad and robbing a bank.
Then there was the other pirate.


It is pretty far off the mark. I've met some "questionable" people here, but I've met a lot lot lot more people who weren't anything like "hardened criminals or sexual predators," more like eccentrics and creative types, or young idealists working for NGOs, or older guys who've realized how much further their retirement or vacation funds are going to go here (and how much younger they feel at the same time, I feel 10 years younger and I'm only 35).

Career criminals and drug addicts? No, few to none of the former and only slightly higher population of the latter. Not more of them than I've met in America, per capita, that's for sure. Maybe they're easier to spot here for some reason, less likely to hide it. The fact is, wherever you have poverty you have marginal people engaging in marginal behaviors. Cambodia is very poor and very marginal.

I guess if you've known plenty of "shady characters" back home, meeting a few of them here (in the developing world) doesn't strike you as very odd or unusual.
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Re: Cambodia’s Most Unwanted

Postby Single Stich » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:31 pm

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