US Bombing of Cambodia during Vietnam War (time-lapse; rate: 4 weeks / second)
Cambodian men continued to be frequently trafficked for labour exploitation purposes according to a report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). According to the United Nations’ Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, “thousands of Cambodians are trafficked annually. Cambodia is the sixth most frequent country of origin for trafficking victims after Ukraine, Haiti, Yemen, Laos and Uzbekistan.”
Second Cambodian land rights activist Bopha sentenced to three years
Phnom penh, Cambodia. 27th December 2012 — Protester Nget Khun, 72, clashes with riot police after finding out Yorn Bopha was sentenced to three years in jail. Land rights activist Yorn Bopha, her husband and brothers were convicted of intentional violence and sentenced to three years in prison in Phnom Penh. Yorn Bopha has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
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Mother of land rights activist Yorn Bopha collapses in front of a police barricade after finding out her daughter was sentenced to three years in jail. — Land rights activist Yorn Bopha, her husband and brothers were convicted of intentional violence and sentenced to three years in prison in Phnom Penh. Yorn Bopha has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
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Paul Vrieze and Neou Vannarin at Global Post report that as “destruction of Cambodia’s tropical forests intensifies, concerned villagers and activists across this poor, small Southeast Asian nation are rising up to defend their country’s precious resources. But by doing so, they are becoming targets for persecution, violence and even killings, by powerful private interests that profit from the timber trade.”
In 2010, I sat down with former Los Angeles Times combat correspondent Jacques Leslie during a reunion of “Old Hacks” — reporters who covered the American wars in Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s — in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.
This year, when I saw Leslie had written about the whole experience in a new “Kindle Single” from Amazon.com, I just had to take a look and from that came my latest review and first ever for Current Intelligence.
I write: “It seems you can’t go home again and that’s precisely what Leslie, who sounds French but is actually American, found out on his first return to Vietnam in almost 40 years.”
To read the rest visit Current Intelligence’s website.
May 4, 1970: ’My God! They’re Killing Us’
The sudden volley of rifle fire from National Guard troops that killed four Kent State students and wounded ten others last week echoed even more loudly than it might have at one of the capitals of campus protest such as Berkeley or Columbia. The bloody incident shocked and further divided a nation already riven by dissent over the war in Indochina. More than that, the shots fired at Kent State were taken by some as a warning that the U.S. might be edging toward the brink of warfare of sorts on the home front.
Newsweek May 18, 1970
Khmer Rouge survivor’s tale helps Cambodia confront its brutal past
“Lost Loves focuses on Sotheary’s mother, who lost seven members of her family – including her father, husband and four children – during the hardline communist regime of 1975-79, which killed about 2 million people. With its all-Cambodian cast and crew, including Sotheary as the protagonist, the film premiered in 2010 at the Cambodian international film festival to a riveted audience, and last week finally appeared in city cinemas. Critics have called it ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘beautiful’.”