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What Made Dozens Of People Hide In The Laotian Forest For Years?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Corinne Purtill on her new...

Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Jennifer Ka | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennifer Ka

I feel the detrimental effects of war and violence. My parents are Khmer Rouge genocide survivors, and they carried with them a world of hurt. I did n...

What Do Hell and Camelot Have in Common?

Francis Levy | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Camelot was the court of King Arthur, but it also was term given to the Kennedy White House. The knights in shining armor were of course Jack, Bobby and Teddy, and there were a cast of characters, too.

This Khmer Rouge Survivor Sells Backpacks to Fund New Schools in Cambodia

JUST | Posted 10.01.2015 | Style

This is a story about a man named Koky Saly. A pretty incredible man with a story that needs to be told. It's a story about overcoming obstacles, the kinds of which most of us will not even face in this lifetime.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Human: "Love Is the Answer"

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.12.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Perhaps what feeds this genius, this champion of communication and understanding among us, is that he comprehends the power of one. It is a power we often forget -- I know I do -- the ability to change the world, one small, tiny, at times seemingly insignificant action at a time.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

The Heart of a Tiger

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
SreyRam Kuy, MD

We'd like to share excerpts from the forthcoming book, The Heart of a Tiger, a compilation of stories about a family's survival during the Cambodian Killing Fields. I hope that you are blessed and inspired by these stories.

An Incredible Photo Series Captures The Cambodians Who Remove Unexploded Bombs

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

A small group of Cambodians -- some of whom only recently learned to swim -- is doing zero-visibility dives to rid the country's waters of bombs. Phot...

Jeb Bush, Iraq, and the Vietnam Syndrome

Steven Conn | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Those who forget the past may not be doomed to repeat it, but they might well make a lot of very bad decisions that the rest of us wind up regretting.

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

Francis Levy | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man and John Pirozzi's Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll are documentaries about music that became contraband during two repressive regimes, South Africa's Apartheid and Cambodia's Khmer Rouge era. That's about where the similarity ends.

7 Reasons To Go To Cambodia Right Now

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel

When the sun rises over Angkor Wat, it's easy to understand why the citizens of the ancient city of Angkor considered their leaders to be gods. Th...

Honoring the Senselessly Dead: The Khmer Rouge and Modern Warhawks

Caleb Brooks | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Caleb Brooks

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. It is an event that made hardly a blip on the radar of international news back then, and its remembrance four decades on is likely to make even less of one.

40 Years After the Cambodian Genocide, One Thing My Parents Still Talk About

Sothy Eng | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

April 17th, 2015 marks 40 years since the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh and unleashed a wrath of vengeance against its own people. The genocide war in Cambodia left almost 2 million people dead from execution, starvation and disease.

Meeting Rithy Panh in Cambodia

Karin Badt | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

One in every four Cambodians was murdered during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, between 1975 and 1979. The Missing Picture tells the story of the genocide through a child's perspective, using clay dolls to recreate the director's memories and interspersing these personal scenes with actual footage.

Khmer Rouge Genocide Tribunal Begins

AP | SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The first trial weighing charges of genocide against Cambodia's brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened Friday with a pro...

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is a Success, Even If Others Have Trouble Admitting It

Kip Hale | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kip Hale

The ECCC, on balance, is a major success for international criminal justice. The longevity of the international human rights and rule of law movement depends on building on such successes, while understanding the challenges in their context.

Why Is ISIS So Awful? Evolution, Ideology, Culture, and Sex

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Who are these guys, why are they so awful, and how can we account for their success? Many are trying to find specific answers, a few resort to racist slurs, but I hope to get to the heart of the matter by framing the questions in evolutionary psychology.

What Kind of Justice, 34 Years After the Khmer Rouge Genocide

Jessica Lander | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Jessica Lander

As of Thursday morning three men have been publicly held responsible for the murder of nearly 2 million Cambodians.

Khmer Rouge Leaders Finally Convicted For Reign Of Terror

AP | TODD PITMAN and SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Three and a half decades after the fall of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, a U.N.-backed tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top l...

Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced

AP | TODD PITMAN and SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror th...

'You Will Survive': Reflections on Surviving the Killing Fields in Cambodia and the Power of Education

The Advice Project | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
The Advice Project

After surviving the Cambodian Genocide orchestrated by Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979, Ponheary Ly returned to Siem Reap, Cambodia with what was left of her family.

Why the Current Incarnation of ISIS Is No Joke

Howard Barbanel | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Allowing Iraq's vast oil reserves to fall into the hands of the most extreme Muslim terror group in the world is just not good for world stability. Allowing a Killing Fields type of ethnic cleansing of Iraq is not good on pure humanitarian grounds.

More Southeast Asian Food -- for Better and Worse (PHOTOS)

Alison Teal | Posted 04.24.2014 | Travel
Alison Teal

Durian fruit is a delicacy for some and intimidating for others. It not only has a thorny husk, but also a disgusting smell. Below is the fruit and a ...

Mute Witnesses to Horror in Rwanda and Cambodia: The Stations of the Skulls on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.06.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

They are 5,250 miles apart, one in Asia, the other in Africa. But in each, huge piles of human skulls bear mute witness to the genocidal horrors of the last quarter of the 20th century when the world should already have learned better from the enormity of the Nazi Holocaust. Once the Chao Ponhea Yat High School, Pol Pot turned it into Security Prison 21 (S-21), where of the nearly 20,000 who passed through its satanic doors only a dozen survived. It was just one of scores of such hellholes where prisoners were beaten, tortured with electric shocks, burned with searing hot metal and water-boarded among other torments.