The Executioners

Here is the big question: how and why did a Buddhist nation produce one of the 20th century’s worst genocides, and one which is marked by so many horrific instances of cruelty and savage violence? A whole chapter in my book Spirit Worlds is devoted to this and for my…

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National colours: Cambodia’s ever-changing flags

A country’s flag is a symbol; as is the act of changing one. Cambodia’s history is rife with coups, invasions and occupations which has not only fomented regime change but has also provided the impetus for the flag’s numerous transformations over the years. Since 1863, there have been numerous different national flags, including periods of time when more than one flag was in use in Cambodia – depending upon where one was in the country – and at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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Animated Time Map of the Khmer Empire

This very impressive picture is part of an animated time map showing the extent of the Khmer Empire between 100 CE – 1550 CE. At its maximum extension at the end of the European 12th Century – according to the writer Norman Lewis in his majestic ‘A Dragon Apparent’ –…

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