1. Phnom Penh People

     
  2. monk massage

    (Source: c-u-l-t-u-r-e-s)

     

  3. "I came to join the revolution, not to kill the Cambodian people. Look at me now. Am I a violent person? No. So, as far as my conscience and my mission were concerned, there was no problem."
    — Pol Pot. “Day of Reckoning” Far Eastern Economic Review by Nate Thayer. 1997. (via fuldagap)
     

  4. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    By Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

    There has been a lot of talk of late about Margaret Thatcher’s ‘support’ to the revolutionary communists Khmer Rouge of Cambodia (then Kampuchea), which is lazy writing at best, and more often than not is to muddy the actual history of what went on. The article below is an excellent alternate history to the staid mainstream one that we are fed, often perpetuated also by liberals and leftists, especially the western variety. 

    The reason why some imperialists supported the Khmer Rouge was because in the post-Second World War period, the west supported nearly any country of the Global South that was in contradiction and antagonism with their great enemy and threat: the Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China. In this case some of the imperialists supported the Khmer Rouge as it was a bulwark against the Soviet’s ally next door which had just given them a historic blow in the form of the victory of the Vietnamese Resistance and Revolution that expelled the USA imperialists. 
    It is also true that the Vietnamese invaded their neighbour to get rid of the pro-China government there, and China in turn had a skirmish with the Vietnamese also on their northern common border. And no doubt the Khmer Rouge were provoking the Vietnamese too. This points to the challenges of the Global South resolving their issues non-violently and without imperialism gaining anything from our differences, which in the grander scale of things are minor when faced with the imperialists.
    I hope readers will find this article of use and illuminating, leading them to greater study on the issues. Interestingly Noam Chomsky was more or less a supporter of the Khmer for a while, although he has long ago left this position now. People should remember that in a few years the USA imperialists dropped more bombs on this tiny and beautiful people and land of South East Asia than all the bombs dropped on Germany in the Second World War.
     
  5. Khmer Rouge (ខ្មែរក្រហម)

    (Source: imagesofwar)

     
  6. "The Evacuation of Phnom Penh", 1980-81, Bun Heang Un (1952-2014), Australian National University, Canberra 

    "People of Maesar Prachan", 1980-81, Bun Heang Un (1952-2014), Australian National University, Canberra

    Cambodian cartoonist Bun Heang Un died on 8 February this year. He and his wife Phiny came to Australia as refugees in 1980, having lived through Pol Pot’s genocide and the killing fields of Kampuchea/Cambodia.

    One of his great legacies is a series of 90 cartoons, donated to the Australian National University in 2012, drawn in 1980 and 1981, which depicted life under the Khmer Rouge. Most can also be seen here at Bun’s own blog, along with commentary.

    Bun’s cartoons, blog and commentary are poignant witness testimony to an unfathomably insane, brutal and senseless period of human history. RIP.

    (Source: artandhumanrights)

     
  7. 'Democratic Kampuchea - Waging People's War', Coalition in Support of Democratic Kampuchea, New York, 1979.

    (Source: radicalarchive)

     
  8. Temples of Angkor

    (Source: khmer-chey)

     
  9. Sule Pagoda Road, Rangoon - 1955

    Source: Twitter - Thant Myint-U

     
  10. stevemccurrystudios:

    A woman reads in her shop in Yangon, Burma.  

     
  11. Shwedagon pagoda with the full moon by RegisVincent

    (Source: itinsightus)

     
  12. fotojournalismus:

    Cambodia’s monsoon rain

    Cambodia is one of the fifteen countries of the world with the greatest economic growth in recent years, but one third of Cambodia’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. On the shores of the Tonle Sap - Cambodia’s “Great Lake” - a small settlement of fishermen who can no longer fish hides under posters of international aid projects, and provides a clear example of the complicated system of the humanitarian business in Southeast Asia.

    People are forced to move kilometers away every year as the water rises from the Great Lake to flood surrounding villages. Unable to fish anymore since a law passed in 2006 outlawed fishing with small nets, a community of 200 people lives under makeshift shelters in extreme poverty; their only income comes from hunting crickets at night.

    Situated only a few kilometers away from the city of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor temples, Chong Kneas is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who rent boats to tour the Great Lake, while often ignoring the dire situation of the people residing on its shores. 

    Residents say they face widespread malnutrition, a lack of potable water and few employment opportunities. In the afternoon, the sky darkens and rain drops begin to fall. ”Drinking water,” says one resident, as he fills buckets with rain water. They collect rain water to survive.

    Photos by Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

     
  13. Her Majesty Late Kossomak Nearyath, mother of late King Father, greeted by Cambodians in Paris in 1965.

    Source: Amazing Cambodia FB

     
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  15. Yangon