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  1. Long-distance call

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... in the world during the 1960s and 70s.' And then came Saloth Sar and the Khmer Rouge. 'My father survived four years in the Killing Fields. During that time, Saloth Sar became known ... law- writing employment contracts, going to small-claims tribunals, understanding sales of goods acts.' She learned other things, too. 'The Khmer Rouge did not want to waste bullets ...

  2. The great land grab

    Posted Oct 07th 2008, 12:00am by Jo Baker

    ... of black-clad guerilla fighters entered Phnom Penh and emptied it- by persuasion, coercion and violence- in just a few days. The Khmer Rouge had overthrown the government and, as a first step, more than ... and Amnesty International warn that, if the project goes ahead, it could be the beginning of the biggest forced eviction since the days of the Khmer Rouge. For things to change, said Lao Mong Hay, ...

  3. Spectre of Pol Pot lingers in Cambodia

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a suspected heart attack in a tiny jungle redoubt near the Thai border, the irony is chilling. Pol Pot and his clique of ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge counted Buddhist monks and other followers ... a twisted ideology to the extent of its internal logic. Doctors, teachers, accountants- anyone with glasses- were shot or had their skulls smashed as the victorious Khmer Rouge emptied the capital ...

  4. Gone, but not forgotten

    Posted Apr 12th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... back when old men and women warned Ith Chhun the Khmer Rouge were nearby. While journalists were getting killed on forays from Phom Penh, I reported for the Chicago Tribune on villages terrorised by Khmer Rouge executions and on high-level corruption in the capital. These memories flashed by as I read recently of the passing in New Jersey of Dith Pran, the Cambodian interpreter who ...

  5. Trial and terror

    Posted May 29th 2008, 12:00am by Susan Postlewaite

    ... The pre-trial hearing of Pol Pot's key woman commander is the latest attempt to bring the Khmer Rouge's ageing leaders to justice, writes Susan Postlewaite Wearing a white blouse and cardigan, the grey-haired, top-ranking woman leader in the Khmer Rouge sat steely-eyed as the court prosecutor described her reputation among survivors of Pol Pot's reign of terror. Ieng ...

  6. Dancing in Shadows

    Posted Jan 06th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... in his untimely death. In May 1993 an increasingly belligerent Khmer Rouge attacked and briefly occupied the town of Siem Reap in a defiant attempt to frighten voters and disrupt elections. ... refused to permit UN access to their guerilla zones and continually obstructed the peace process. UN battalions were helpless in the face of Khmer Rouge attacks. As Widyono points out, the UN ...

  7. People support us with open arms, says coup general's son in poll bid

    Posted Jul 26th 2008, 12:00am by Luke Hunt

    ... past. In March 1970, the general ousted prince Norodom Sihanouk in a US-backed palace coup. Almost three decades of civil war followed, bringing the Khmer Rouge, the 'killing fields' ... his father's role in the early 1970s was misunderstood. Lon Nol governed until 1975, when the Khmer Rouge overran the country and imposed a vicious, autocratic rule that left 1.7 million ...

  8. Beyond absolute power

    Posted Jul 26th 2008, 12:00am by Luke Hunt

    ... military record needs to be taken into account. He loathes being referred to as a former Khmer Rouge cadre. Once Pol Pot blanketed the country with an iron grip in April 1975, many men and too often the children were forced into the countryside to hard labour or were jailed. Many were executed. Those close to Hun Sen say this was the making of him. Within the Khmer Rouge, Hun Sen ...

  9. Slice of Life

    Posted Mar 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sandra Lowe

    ... notorious Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok, who faces life imprisonment for treason. Ta Mok, the last at-large Khmer Rouge leader and the first to face charges, was captured on Saturday by army units ...

  10. Political maturity needed in temple row

    Posted Jul 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... headscarves, soft caps and cradled rifles into silhouette, they could have been mistaken for the former Khmer Rouge soldiers who occupied Preah Vihear during their long years spent fighting for survival after being pushed to the border by Vietnamese invaders. The Khmer Rouge, of course, knew the strategic value of the site, high on a long cliff edge overlooking Cambodia on its ...




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