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

The Advice Project | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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.

Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture: A Survivor's Memory of the Cambodian Genocide

Karin Badt | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Curiously titled The Missing Picture, the film is, however, not only about the genocide of a quarter of Cambodia's population; it is also a meditation of what survivors do with their memory of this horror.

Cambodia Is Heartbreaking

Alison Teal | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel
Alison Teal

The history is so riddled with invasion, genocide, killing and corruption that it's difficult to catch your breath.

A Grim, Yet Satisfying, Return Visit to Cambodia

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Murray Fromson

Having returned to Cambodia more than once in the post-Cold War era, my wife and I were surprisingly impressed by the extent to which this once battle-torn country was now coming to life, placing the memories of its past well behind it.

My Time With Chum Mey: One of the Only Living Survivors of Pol Pot's Reign Tells His Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

I met Chum Mey at the site of S21, where he, remarkably, was allowed to live because he could fix his jailers' typewriters. Tragically, he could not save his wife and son, who were shot before his eyes as they were being moved to a different camp.

WATCH: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Speaks On War Crimes

The Aspen Institute | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

This post came to us from our partner, The Aspen Institute. During the rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979, an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians ...

One Man's Story of Success in Small Business: An Entrepreneur From Cambodia's Lost Generation

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

In Phann's opinion, the number one issue in Cambodia is how to rebuild the psyche of the Cambodian population to make it more entrepreneurial. His three words of advice to younger people are...

A Cambodian Spring

Kalyanee Mam | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Kalyanee Mam

I followed Khieu Mok, a garment factory worker, and one of the main subjects in the documentary film A River Changes Course, back to her village and as she placed her vote in the ballot box. I asked Khieu what she wanted most from the election -- for herself, her family and her country. She said simply, "All I want is a livable wage."

Journey From the Killing Fields: An Arms Trade Treaty at Last

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Last week's carnage in Nairobi underscores the importance of curtailing the flow of guns into the hands of governments like that of Syria or groups like the Somali-based Al-Shabab who use conventional arms to commit atrocities.

Pomp & Circumstance in Rural Cambodia

Michaela Haas | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Empowering girls to access higher education, Lotus Outreach works to replenish educated citizenry 30 years after it was decimated during Khmer Rouge genocide and celebrates its first graduating class of college students in Cambodia, marking a turning point in Cambodia's decades-long tumultuous history.

Khmer Rouge Leaders Apologize To Victims' Families

AP | SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 07.30.2013 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Former leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge being tried by a U.N.-backed genocide tribunal apologized to families of victims...

Hurting the Cuban People Since 1960

Richard Walden | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Richard Walden

When Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief ...

Season of Cambodia. Ancient Traditions and Modern Artists

NYC-ARTS | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

The cultural festival Season of Cambodia introduces New York City to the ancient arts of a Southeast Asian kingdom and to its contemporary artists wor...

Co-Founder Of Brutal Khmer Rouge Movement Dies

AP | SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 05.13.2013 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Ieng Sary, who co-founded Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge movement in 1970s, was its public face abroad and decades later b...

Bill Moyers, Prince Sihanouk (and Me)

Michael Winship | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Michael Winship

On a Monday morning in January 1979, my boss Jerry Toobin, the news and public affairs director at WNET, New York City's public TV station, walked into our work area and said to me and my fellow cubicle mates, "Bill Moyers would like to talk with Prince Sihanouk. Anybody got an idea how to find him?"

A Song of Reconciliation

Betty Londergan | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Beyond the fear is the way of life Cambodian people learned over years of oppression: to trust no one and talk to no one, to care only about yourself, and to put your head down and simply endure.

Former Cambodian King Dies At 89

AP | Posted 10.14.2012 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Norodom Sihanouk, the former Cambodian king who was never far from the center of his country's politics through a half-century...

MIA For Nearly 40 Years, Colo. Marine Buried With Full Honors

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 12.09.2012 | Denver

DENVER — A Colorado family's years of waiting ended Tuesday when they finally buried a fallen Marine who had been missing since a helicopter cra...

A Joint Worthy Enterprise

Kip Hale | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Kip Hale

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. This hybrid Cambodian-international tribunal is a joint enterprise worthy of strong support.

Mass Grave Discovery Raises Ghosts From The Past

AP | DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 08.25.2012 | World

DO DONTREI, Cambodia -- It was four gray skulls resting on a bed of jumbled bones that again triggered Chea Nouen's memories: breast-feeding her baby ...

Press Coverage of the Cambodian Genocide: An Analysis

Sharon Wu | Posted 07.09.2012 | College
Sharon Wu

American politicians and the public lacked the necessary information to devise a viable solution. There was definitely enough press about mass deaths to alarm the public, but journalists simply couldn't provide enough information to persuade anyone to take action.

When the Human Rights Community Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Kip Hale | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Kip Hale

International human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are often the vanguard in this global fight. So, it is perplexing when some of these NGOs undercut their own legitimacy by making public outcries that do little to help their overall causes, and in fact, undermine them.