Ta Mok: Khmer Rouge “butcher” dies at 80

From the BBC’s website “Ta Mok, one of the main leaders of Cambodia”s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, has died in the capital Phnom Penh. Nicknamed “The Butcher”, he was the regime”s military commander and linked to many atrocities of the 1970s. About 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge,…

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How Insensitive Can the Neighbours Get?

Representatives of the Thai feature film ‘Ghost Game’ held a press conference today (Wednesday, April 26th) to apologize for any misunderstanding regarding depiction of the movie’s events at a location said to resemble the Khmer Rouge Toul Sieng prison in Cambodia. Executive Producer Napat Pavaputanont, Producer Pantham Thongsang and Director…

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Pol Pot: He Talks To The Animals

He may not initially spring to mind as your kind-hearted Khmer equivalent of Doctor Dolittle, but Brother Number One is often attributed as playing, however inadvertently, the role of protector of Cambodia’s once-abundant wildlife. Most books with sections describing environmental and ecological exploitation in this country point out that Cambodia…

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