Too funny, too true, too sad...
New York Times, 14 Jan. 2013
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January 7 \\ 7 Makara
Cambodia with population of 5 M in 1979 (minus the half a million who risked landmines, KR, the treacherous sea to escape occupation), now almost 15 M only 30 years later -- the skin-and-bone genocide survivors becoming quite fruitful must be due to the rich nutrients of famine and provisions given by the humanitarian (sic!) invading Vietnamese forces under the guise of liberation, who conveniently decided to occupy Cambodia eternally, till the Cold War politics forced them out (unfortunately, only of uniforms, but not presence, and not before blood-soaked K-5 Plan) more than a decade later.
"Hanoi created an elaborate blueprint for moving 10 million people from the more densely populated north to the south by year 2000. The mentality of the Red River Vietnamese had not changed. They wanted to push farther south and west--which they did, finally, not through New Economic Zones but by invading and occupying Cambodia two years later."
- Chapter 9 "Habits of War", p. 355, WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER by Elizabeth Becker.
I passionately DETEST the policy of Vietnam vis-a-vis Cambodia in its aggression throughout history to the present day. I love the Vietnamese people: I love my aunt Lan, who's Vietnamese; I love my beautiful cousins Jeanette and Rose who are of Vietnamese blood; I love my Vietnamese friends. As a Christian, I am under command to love. I am proud to know that my mom and dad gave shelter to their Vietnamese neighbors in Svay Rieng in the early 1970s during Lon Nol's shameful pogroms against Vietnamese living in Cambodia (killing/hatred was/is never justifiable, even if many were/are illegally living in Cambodia, then or now)
I passionately DETEST the idiotic policy of this Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew! that enslaves its own people, oppresses its own people; that does the bidding of ill-intentioned powers against its own people, albeit China or Vietnam, or another; that plunders and rapes Cambodia of its natural resources and in the process impoverishes Cambodians, that strips Cambodians of dignity and identity.
This is why I refuse to use the service of Metfone, whose parent-company is the Vietnamese military VIETTEL, even if the internet connection is a lot cheaper, has broader (possibly universal Cambodia) coverage and has more services than most other ISPs, e.g. the USB internet stick for use at remote places otherwise without internet connection. Nor, will I ever fly the "Cambodia national airlines" (sic!) that is really owned by Vietnam, even if this is the only airlines in the world; I would rather walk.
- Theary C. Seng, Phnom Penh, 8 Jan. 2013
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Travesties of Justice run amok in the Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew! this holiday season
Yorm Bopha gets 3 years for defending home from violent eviction.
The government framed Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun as Chea Vichea's killers -- freed them n bail owith the charges hanging, now "quietly" put them back in prison (to send a clear message to would-be-agitators to keep silent)
Mam Sonando languishes in jail.
And the list goes on...
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How many official HE asses are there in the Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew!?
In process of calculating and verifying the official figures. Some guestimated at 8,000 - 15,000. (In the millions, if we are to include unofficial ones.)
We know for sure that the chair of the provincial district board of governors is, by prakas, an official HE ass.
Remember when in the late 1990s, we had co-prime ministers, co-ministers of defense, co-ministers of finance, co-ministers of education, co-ministers of foreign affairs, co-ministers of interior, etc. And each ministry under the co-ministers had at least 7 secretaries of state, and ab0ut 10 under-secretaries of state. I remember randomly watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and a punch line in the opening act highlighted all these co-ministers and a the plethora of excellencies of the newly-installed Cambodian government.
The Koreans have their Kims; the Vietnamese their Nguyens; and we, the Cambodians, ... the Hes.
Yes, we have our Hes. I've heard varying versions but now I know the source of this story.
A while back, Son Chhay, as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, led a 50-strong delegation of MPs to New Zealand.
His wife went to join him from Australia, but upon arriving at the right hotel, she could not find her husband's name. The hotel looked under "Son", looked under "Chhay", no one by that name listed.
The staff booking the hotel for the delegation had forwarding the names of everyone as His Excellency this, Her Excellency that, or "HE" This, "HE" That, so that Son Chhay acquired a new surname of HE Son Chhay in the hotel listing, along with the other 49 members of the delegation.
So, you see, we are the land of the Hes.
In Khmer, "excellency" is "ek-a-dom" which sounds like the word for dung.
So, with many HEs in the Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew!, there are many asses bellowing "He-he! He-he! Haw-haw! Haw-haw! He-haw! He-haw!" producing a lot stinky dung.
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This Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew! wants us to forget these courageous women fighting for their basic livelihood--their homes--in the Christmas/New Year celebrations. Let us give this Kew-Kew! Kew-Kew! something to think about with their LOUD presence, with your cameras, your iPhones, your Androids and a ready-to-blog selves.
Mark your calendar:
WEDNESDAY, 26 December 2012
2 P.M. at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court
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BBC World Service
(Weekend Programme) LIVE radio interview with me for about 10 minutes
YOUTH in Cambodia
2:20 p.m. Phnom Penh time, Saturday, 22 Dec. 2012
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International Herald Tribune (Peter Baker, November 20, 2012)
Theary Seng, president of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia, said, “President Obama should have met with the human rights community and activists challenging the Hun Sen regime, and while then and there, offer a public apology to the Cambodian people for the illegal U.S. bombings, which took the lives of half a million Cambodians and created the conditions for the Khmer Rouge genocide.”
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Protests Greet Obama's Visit
International Herald Tribune / New York Times
PHNOM PENH — Theary Seng was taking aim with precision and anger. The 41-year-old U.S.-trained lawyer and a regular on Cambodia’s crowded protest circuit was about to throw a dart at a poster of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger is one of 13 politicians and senior Khmer Rouge leaders in a dart game created by Poetic Justice, a nongovernmental organization run by Theary Seng that highlights deficiencies of the special U.N.-backed tribunal judging the Khmer Rouge’s crimes. Each player gets five throws. A bull’s-eye is worth seven points. The highest score wins.
Last Sunday afternoon, Theary Seng and three members of her staff were playing on Phnom Penh’s riverfront opposite the storied Foreign Correspondents’ Club. On this occasion — the fourth time the game has been staged in public — the point was to draw attention to the narrow scope of the Khmer Rouge tribunal ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit for a summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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with Mike McRoberts (aired 21 Nov. 2012)
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to U.S. President Barack Obama
Published in The Phnom Penh Post, 20 November 2012
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Theary Seng and some 30 security (plus more embedded in Wat Phnom Penh and Sunway Hotel)
(Tuesday, 19 Nov. 2012)
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Emotional Violence of Past Poetic Justice Dart Games
flared into Physical Assault on Ms. Theary C. Seng
and those around her
along the Riverfront, Sunday, 18 Nov. 2012
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SESSION 3: CALLING
4.15 - 5.45 pm Led by Miriam Subirana, Foundation for a Culture of Peace
The session includes:
Theary C. Seng, Founder, Centre for Justice and Reconciliation, Cambodia
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"Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Court 'Dying'
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The Washington Post, 13 Sept. 2012
Of course if she is seriously ill with Alzheimer’s, she should be released. There is no point in trying an incapacitated person,” said Theary Seng, a human rights advocate representing some victims who are allowed a role in the proceedings. “The point is the (tribunal) is so late in coming. The political foot-dragging and inertia has caused this travesty of justice.”
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and Civil Party Withdrawal
in the News
Ex-leader: Khmer Rouge atrocities are 'fairy tale'
AP Newswire, 23 Nov. 2011
"I'm not surprised that Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary continue to deny their crimes as the charges against them of genocide, war crimes are very serious," said Theary Seng, a Cambodian lawyer and human rights activist who lost family members under their regime.
"Even if I am not surprised, I am however disgusted by their lack of remorse for the suffering they caused. They are delusional in their denial in light of the weight of evidence against them - the mounds of skulls and bones, the horrific testimonies from every survivor of cruelty, the magnitude and scope of evil unleashed by them across the whole of Cambodia."
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"Khmer Rouge trial is failing Cambodian
victims of Pol Pot's regime"
Human Rights Watch Brad Adams' editorial
The Guardian, 26 Nov. 2011
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Douglas Gillison, Foreign Policy Magazine, 23 Nov. 2011
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Deputy President of Victims Association, a Civil Party of the Orphans Class, Mr. CHEY Theara, Withdraws Civil Party Status, Denounces ECCC as Political Farce
Full statement in both Khmer and English in KI-Media.
Here, if ISP censors in Cambodia.
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Wall Street Journal, 21 Nov. 2011
“The release of Ieng Thirith is only one reflection of how incredibly late these trials are coming into place,” said Theary Seng, founder of the Cambodian Center for Justice and Reconciliation and herself, too, a victim of the Khmer Rouge regime, having lost her parents and spent five months in prison. She has withdrawn from the tribunal process, and instead put her energy into organizing public games of darts featuring the faces of the Khmer Rouge leaders along Phnom Penh’s riverfront – a “way of release” following victims’ frustrations with the trial process, mixed with “dark humor,” she said.
But the trial - a joint enterprise between the UN and Cambodia - has been heavily criticised. Theary Seng, whose parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge, said putting three people on trial for the deaths of 1.7 million simply wasn't enough. (BBC News, 21 Nov. 2011)
BBC News, 21 Nov. 2011
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AFP, 21 Nov. 2011
Khmer Rouge survivor Theary Seng told AFP she was "frustrated beyond words" that only Khieu Samphan looked likely to shed light on what happened. "The people want to know who is behind the Khmer Rouge, we want to see and understand the larger picture and we're not going to get that," she said.
From Tragedy to Sham in Cambodia
Others have gone further, arguing that the time might be ripe for the UN to pull the plug on the controversy-plagued court altogether. Last week, Theary Seng, a Cambodian-American survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and a prominent advocate for victims' rights, withdrew her status as a civil party to the court, describing the proceedings as a "complete sham".
She said the UN should threaten to withdraw after setting some clear conditions for its continued participation. By pressing ahead, Seng said, the world body runs the risk of rubber-stamping a flawed process and further embedding cynicism in the Cambodian population.
"I understand the unwieldiness of any large bureaucracy, but at the end of the day it comes down to personalities, and there have been extremely weak personalities," she said. "In this regard, the UN is complicit."
In the End, Loss of Faith in Tribunal: Former Complainant
Hello VOA Special with Theary Seng, 16 Nov. 2011
DPA, 15 Nov. 2011
VOA International/English, 15 Nov. 2011
The Phnom Penh Post, 16 Nov. 2011
Theary Seng Denounces Tribunal; Introduces Dartboard Scheme
The Cambodia Daily, 16 Nov. 2011
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More information at "ECCC Civil Party"
More information at Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia
Theary Seng Criticizes KRT
as "Political Farce"
Radio Free Asia (both AM and PM broadcasts on 10 Nov. 2011)
Cambodian-American Lawyer Withdraws her Civil Party Status
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