Seventy years ago this month, a Cambodian monk died in a French penal colony off the coast of Vietnam. Had the monk lived, he might have been a major force in Cambodia’s independence movement. As an enduring symbol of that struggle, Hem Chieu’s death in December 1943 of either dysentery or cholera on the penal colony island of Poulo Condore remains potent to this day. The arrest of Hem Chieu on July 17, 1942, spurred the first large demonstration against French rule in Cambodia, and “was a watershed in the history of Cambodian resistance to France,” historian David Chandler said...
What's in a Name? A Not So Neighborly Debate
Seventy years ago this month, a Cambodian Son Sann, president of the BLDP, has called for all Vietnamese in Cambodia to be expelled, charging that if Vietnamese men are allowed to marry Cambodian women, the Khmer race will die out by the year 2042... "This is not a question of racism and chauvinism, but of the survival of our nation as a Khmer nation," Son Sann said...
Politics and the Khmer Royals
Happy ending? In history few monarchs who had been overthrown in similar circumstances had ever been allowed to regain their throne the second time. Sihanouk's 'throne' [now passed on to his son], his "royal legacies" and purported achievements, including winning national independence from France, have been no more than mere mirages in substance....
Vietnam’s Expansion and Colonial Diaspora 1471-1859 [extract]
“It is thought that the majority of Chams were killed, driven off, or assimilated by the Vietnamese. Chams still exist today as an ethnic minority in Vietnam — though its number is relatively small (about 40,000) in comparison to the 30,000 Cham families in the eleventh century.”
‘Genocide’ and its interpretations
These so-called "memorials" and "stupas" are not there to commemorate the victims' memory, but rather to serve the real killers and 'genocide' plotters' political propaganda only – even if they had only done so in the main by proxy means and by way of indoctrination via the actual people who pulled the triggers or wielded the axes.
Khmer gold nugget in Cambodia to be refined in China
នេះជានិមិត្តរូបនៃអចលនះវត្ថុ (រ៉ែ)ដែលយើងមានជាសម្បត្តិជាតិ ។ បើតាមខ្ញុំសាវជ្រាវមកឃើញ ថារហូតមកឆ្នាំ១៩៤៥ ពិភពលោកខាងវិទ្យាសាស្ត្រន៍បានបញ្ឈប់ការសាវជ្រាវចំពោះរ៉ែនេះ ដោយសារមាន ចំបាំង លុះដល់ឆ្នាំ ១៩៦៥ ទើបមានការសាវជ្រាវនេះឡើងវិញ...
Vietnam's hidden hand in Cambodia's impasse
Power flows from...The CPP regime, being a barely disguised instrument of Hanoi is under no illusion or qualms over the merit and paramount priority in first, carving up its political stake through violent military means, and second, entrenching and preserving that stake and presence by the same means. It is an age old cut-throat dogma and instinct that subordinates everything else - including international protocols, democratic choice, human rights and diverse cultural values etc. within its controlled remit...
Following a noble vision or just tagging along?
‘Under hun sen, Cambodia cannot compete with other nations in any field other than corruption and violence. If a child has a potential, hun sen and the Viets will not allow him or her to grow.
Therefore, hun sen must go.’
Koh Tral in Cambodian sea platform
It is true the historical Cambodian ambivalence over territorial claims on Koh Tral / Phu Quok as well as the use of such claims on political and nationalistic grounds that rest authority to those claims. However, Cambodia has the right to request a technical review of its claim...
A one-man dynasty
Thirty years ago, on January 14, 1985, Hun Sen was appointed prime minister of Cambodia. He has been in charge ever since. In remaining at the helm of the country’s turbulent politics for so many years, Hun Sen now sits alongside the world’s longest-serving political leaders, men like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Paul Biya of Cameroon. The Phnom Penh Post surveys a remarkable and controversial career.
Brigade 911 Had Brutal History Before Garment Factory Strike
I met General Chap Pheakdei for the first and only time in July 1997. It was about a week after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s coup against Funcinpec. I was with the U.N. human rights office then, and we were working around the clock investigating widespread cases of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and torture. Bodies were turning up all over the place....
Kings of concessions
Vietnam and China lead the pack of foreign companies granted economic land concessions in Cambodia for agro-industrial development by a wide margin, new data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries show.
Profile: Aung San Suu Kyi
Like the South African leader Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression. The 66-year-old spent most of the last two decades in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to military-ruled Burma.
Khmer-Islam and the threat posed by fundamentalist Middle Eastern influence
The adoption of Niqab-wearing among a minority of Cambodian Muslims is a trend that should be treated with some concern by policy-makers and religious leaders at all relevant levels of society. 'Religious freedom' just like any other forms of freedom should be exercised to the long term good and security for both the individuals in question, as well as the national community at large, and in harmony with the national historical context.
Khmer Rouge song: 'Angka is greater than Angkor ...
Is this the real face of Democratic Kampuchea's Angka Leu? If so, could this mysterious Organisation still be the same master puppet string puller behind the CPP regime?
Feeding the Savage and the Tiger
Cambodia went to war with Thailand a couple of times over the Preah Vihear-related territorial issue, in addition to asking the ICJ to review the underlying legal wrangle that underpinned the conflict between the two countries since 2008. Yet, not once since the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1979 has the Hanoi-installed Phnom Penh regime made any official complaint against Vietnam's land encroachments along the border in the east.
Confessions of a Spin Doctor: Shedding illusions as a flak for the Cambodian People's Party [-What you should know about the EVIL Hun Xen regime]
'Spinning' is a public relations service that proves indispensable to governments and autocratic regimes, particularly, those who disregard commonly accepted international norms and conventions on basic human rights such as the current one-party rule of Mr Hun Sen who employs both home bred and foreign 'spin-doctors' invariably operating under the more apolitically neutral, professional label of 'consultants', 'researchers', 'lawyers', 'experts',..
‘Yuon’, Vietnamese, political correctness and the failure to research?
Language can be more than a means of daily communication among the citizenry; it can be seized or manipulated by the state as an ideological device in its communication with its own population, in the re-enforcement and implementation of its agenda, in addition to mirroring the weaknesses or strengths in the fluid, dynamic, and often, repressed context of its existing power relations via a vis other states - School of Vice
Trouble in the east - 'Mid-night annexations'
Much of 1995 saw anniversary recollections of "the fall of Saigon", "the
betrayal of South Vietnam", "the end of the 'Vietnam' War", and so
on. Rarely is the abandonment of Laos and Cambodia mentioned. This is not surprising
considering the history of how Cambodia has been subjected to territorial amputation
at various times in the past, with Vietnam being the most covetous of Khmer land.
Hanoi's Role in the Cambodian Coup
The recent coup d'etat in Cambodia marks another sad twist for the long-suffering nation. As with much of Cambodia's unfortunate history, this crisis was in part caused by external forces. Just one day before grabbing power, second prime minister Hun Sen was said to be "vacationing" in Vietnam. In reality, he was there to consult with the Vietnamese communist leaders and be ready to do their bidding.
Montagnards in Central Highlands of Vietnam - 'Racial Discrimination' or Silent Genocide?
Most Vietnamese refugees coming to the US belong to the Montagnard ethnic group, which lived in the forested, central highlands in relative isolation until the Vietnam War.The Montagnards have a history of tension with the mainstream Vietnamese. There have been conflicts between the two groups over many issues, including land ownership, language and cultural preservation, access to education and resources, and political representation.