Violence in Cambodia: 0-60 in 5 seconds

The Details are Sketchy blog carried an article a couple of days ago commentating on the murder, at his home, of British bar owner David Mitchell. Mitchell’s girlfriend, Jane Nye, who nearly died herself in the attack, has expressed uncertainty that the police convicted the right man. As Das says,…

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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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Khmer Politics the Soap Opera IV

An almost quiet week this by recent standards, it started however with one of my favourite stories this week, The Iron Man’s phone call to Prince R, in the depths of the French countryside, to let him know the bitch-slapping was just business, it was not personal. It must have…

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More Lessons from the Police Blotter

Why is that, according to the Phnom Penh Post, almost every violent encounter ends with someone being “axed” or “chopped?” If I had never been to Cambodia, I would picture it as a country full of maniacal lumberjacks. Anyway, some of this week”s lessons are: (1) Don”t try to kill…

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David Mitchell

As most of the readers of 440 will be aware David was murdered on Tuesday evening in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong. I would like to offer my warmest sympathies to David’s family and all of his friends at this very difficult and confusing time. I would…

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