Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
PublicAffairs, 2011 M04 12 - 416 páginas
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
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But in the autumn of 1979, little of this was known. Rumors of genocide had
leaked out, but the regime roundly denied them, and a cottage industry of Khmer
Rouge apologists had grown up in the West. Some government officials reported
They are silent when officials enrich themselves on public proceeds and live in
mansions the size of small hotels. They say little when the government tramples
on their rights and constitutional guarantees. They seem not to notice as their ...
I gather there is a small fee paid to officials.” Historians of Cambodia, drawing on
texts like Zhou's and the friezes at Angkor, conclude that the king sold positions in
his government. Once his mandarins paid their fee, they had the right to gather ...
“After studying the situation,” he reported, “we have decided that Cambodian
officials only know how to bribe and be bribed. Offices are sold. Nobody ... The
king sold government positions to his mandarins. Once ensconced, these aides
These officers looked out only for themselves; their sole occupation was accruing
personal wealth. ... The only other interaction families had with the government
came when an official showed up to collect “taxes”—10 percent of each harvest.
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
Great book, providing a high level overview of Cambodia. From the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to Vietnam taking over the country in 1979, to the UN getting involved. The primary focus of the ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Cambodia - one of the worst suffering lands in Asia, comparable in some areas only to Burma or North Korea. The author does a good job at chronicling the sufferings of the people - corruption, famine ... Leer comentario completo
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