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Epitaph for the Khmer Rouge?
Nineteen years ago last month, on 17 April 1975, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, fell to the Cambodian guerrilla armies known as the Khmer Rouge. The city had been besieged for months. Since 1970, when the civil war began, at least half a million Cambodians, or one in sixteen, . . . read more
Many observers, alarmed at Cambodia’s renunciation of us aid and the recent anti-Western demonstrations in Phnom-Penh, have suggested that Cambodia is abandoning her neutrality and moving into the Chinese camp. Perhaps surprisingly, these observers have failed to notice that the renunciation of us aid was coupled . . . read more
Introduction to Chantou Boua
Over the last decade the fate of Cambodia has come to symbolize some of the most extreme and controversial aspects of twentieth-century history: mass bombing, by the United States in 1973 especially; mass terror, as exercised by the Pol Pot regime from 1975 to 1979; neighbouring invasion, by . . . read more
William Shawcross’s Cambodian Crusade
William Shawcross is renowned for his controversial Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia (1979). His latest book, The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience, is a study of the use and abuse of aid in one emergency situation—that of Cambodia after the fall of . . . read more
Women in Today’s Cambodia
Statistics recently gathered from villages in different parts of Cambodia suggest that women, including tens of thousands of widows, comprise a disproportionate majority of the labour force—in some places up to two-thirds—and at least fifty-five per cent of the overall population. This demographic imbalance, heavily concentrated amongst the . . . read more
'Cambodia Will Never Disappear'
In addition to pride in a unique greatness, most expressions of nationalism contain a fear of extinction. The idea that the national essence might be lost or the national culture swamped is a common one, whether this is perceived as a danger posed by the threat of conquest, . . . read more