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  1. The Khmer Rouge

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by John Brennan

    ... John Brennan Under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge began in the 1960s as the armed wing of the Cambodian communist party. Khmer Rouge is French for 'Red Khmer'; the Khmer people are the largest ethnic group in Cambodia, and red is traditionally associated with communism. After a five-year civil war, their forces finally took over the capital, Phnom Penh, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. A nation with a tragic past

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by John Brennan

    ... from the war taking place in neighbouring Vietnam. The Khmer Rouge rebels seized power in 1975. Under their leader Pol Pot, these radical communists are believed to be responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians. It wasn't until 1978, that an invading Vietnamese army finally drove the Khmer Rouge from power. Today, Cambodia is one of the poorest ...

  4. Cambodia has much to celebrate on anniversary

    Posted Nov 09th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of Southeast Asian Nations. The rise to international and regional acceptance would have been unthinkable in the 1970s during the China-backed Khmer Rouge's murderous reign of terror or the 1980s, ... in Khmer Rouge atrocities. Only in 1991, when a peace deal was struck between political factions in Paris, were Cambodians given a glimpse of their future. The formal end of fighting between ...

  5. A grim picture

    Posted Feb 01st 2007, 12:00am by Anne Hyland

    ... with iron bars, mutilated and hacked with pick axes at the notorious Tuol Sleng secret prison of the Khmer Rouge. 'When the prisoners came to my room they were blindfolded,' recalled Nhem En, who became the Khmer Rouge's chief photographer in May 1976 when he was 16. He was at an age when most young men were chasing girls and enjoying a carefree existence rather than being ...

  6. Cambodians deserve justice for a tragic past

    Posted Jan 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge still hangs heavily over Cambodia, 30 years after the ultra-Maoist group was ousted from power by invading Vietnamese forces. Economically, ... or sentenced for the regime's crimes. A court set up by Cambodia and the UN to hold the Khmer Rouge accountable began operating more than three years ago and has spent about US$50 million. Five ...

  7. Cambodia has waited too long to see justice

    Posted Apr 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The motives that drove Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime to launch a reign of terror which cost almost 2 million lives are difficult to comprehend. And so is the failure to bring any of the perpetrators to justice. Cambodia today marks the 30th anniversary of the day Pol Pot seized power. The nation is still deeply scarred by the wounds inflicted by the brutal tyrant. The Khmer Rouge ...

  8. Who said it?

    Posted Feb 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The crimes by Kaing Guek Eav were undoubtedly among the worst in recorded human history A judge ruling on an appeal by Duch (pictured), who ran the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Sleng prison Trump is such a cartoon character, an endorsement- no matter who he chooses- is like Bugs Bunny making an endorsement A Democrat's view of Donald Trump's (pictured) support ...

  9. Genocide trial a tough way to end 30-year UN career

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Anne Hyland

    ... Twenty-seven years ago Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime exterminated 1.7 million of its own citizens. Attempts at selective amnesia have been effective and many young Cambodians have trouble accepting the brutality of the genocide. And the history of the Khmer Rouge's reign is given only a passing reference in school textbooks. That is why the trial is necessary, says Ms Lee. 'Cambodians ...

  10. Battle ground

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is not unique. Named after a bridge set afire (accidentally, villagers say) by the Khmer Rouge, its 107 families have been living in a ditch behind Otres Beach for six months since being driven from ... or Licadho, pointed out that private property was banned in the 1970s under the Khmer Rouge. Once the Vietnamese had driven Pol Pot from power, a collective approach to ownership was imposed. ...




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