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2008-07-03 03:00:19

By Greg Mellen For years, the silence was immense, the work torturous and the hunger unremitting. The experience of Ho Chhing Chan wasn't so different from that of millions of his countrymen. Chan was one of the lucky ones who survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia. His grandfather wasn't. Chan Chug was one of the 1.7 million or more who died in the four years Pol Pot was in power. Ho Chan survived and so did his music, that last great gift of his grandfather....

2006-07-24 00:42:34

By Ek Madra ANLONG VENG, Cambodia (Reuters) - To the sound of fireworks and a wailing funeral dirge, hundreds of mourners buried former Khmer Rouge military chief Ta Mok on Monday near from the grave of "Brother Number One" Pol Pot. Even though most Cambodians knew him as "The Butcher," a man whose hands were stained perhaps more than any other with the blood of the ultra-radical regime's 1.7 million victims, Ta Mok was revered as a hero in the final redoubt of Anlong Veng. "It hurt...

2006-07-22 00:47:28

By Ek Madra ANLONG VENG, Cambodia (Reuters) - To most Cambodians, he was "The Butcher," one of Pol Pot's most ruthless henchmen and a man whose hands were stained perhaps more than any other with the blood of the Khmer Rouge's 1.7 million victims. But in its final redoubt of Anlong Veng, the ultra-Maoist movement's former military chief, Ta Mok, who died on Friday, was revered as little short of an idol. "Many people talk bad of him as a Khmer Rouge leader, but for us he is a hero,"...

2006-07-20 22:23:26

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Former Khmer Rouge military chief Ta Mok, one of Pol Pot's most ruthless henchmen and a key defendant in upcoming "Killing Fields" trials, died on Friday in an army hospital in the Cambodian capital. The one-legged 82-year-old, dubbed "The Butcher" for overseeing mass purges during the ultra-Maoist regime's four years in power, had been in hospital with breathing problems since last month. He lapsed into a coma a week ago, his lawyer said. "Ta Mok...

2006-07-20 19:59:20

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Former Khmer Rouge military chief Ta Mok, considered to be one of Pol Pot's most ruthless henchmen, died on Friday in a military hospital in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, his doctors and lawyer said. The one-legged 82-year-old, who would have been a key defendant at the long-awaited "Killing Fields" genocide trial, had been hospitalized with breathing problems since last month and lapsed into a coma a week ago. "Ta Mok passed away this morning. He was an...

2006-07-07 09:35:08

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Prosecutors investigating the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s said on Friday it will take months to assemble cases against those responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people. "The investigation phase of any trial is a long process," Canadian prosecutor Robert Petit told reporters in Phnom Penh after a week-long meeting of foreign and Cambodian jurists assigned to the long-awaited tribunal. "We will begin our work with a blank slate and build...

2005-11-22 20:04:19

By Ek Madra KBAL SPEAN, Cambodia (Reuters) - For Noun Savy and her family, the end of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in her tiny corner of northwest Cambodia did not mean the start of peace. Instead, she and hundreds of villagers found themselves under attack from police and soldiers in the pay of powerful businessmen bent on evicting them from their homes along the Thai border in the shadow of giant casinos which have sprung up there. Earlier this year, her 48-year-old husband Tham Buthin...

2005-09-20 07:53:23

By Ek Madra PHOUM KOMPONG, Cambodia (Reuters) - As night falls over the watery wastes of the Cambodia-Vietnam border, the gasoline people start their day. Rainy season floods give the Mekong Delta smugglers myriad routes through the rice fields where 35 years ago North Vietnamese communist guerrillas battled U.S. soldiers guarding the gateways to Ho Chi Minh City -- what was then Saigon. Soaring international crude oil prices, which have pushed up pump prices in impoverished...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'