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.
As it turned out, in the twenty-first century a corrupt, autocratic leader was running
the country. The United Nations, in hindsight, had overestimated its ability to
effect democratic change. Cambodia was the first major state-building effort of the
As the power struggles grew heated, even violent, the government grew ever
more corrupt, and the donors began pushing the leaders to live up to their
promises, to serve their people. Hun Sen, Ranariddh, and the king offered little
more than ...
more recent genocidal moments in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur. So these later
ambassadors, particularly Kent Wiedemann, tended to view the government's
corruption and venality with little if any sympathy. Wiedemann admitted that he
The Modern History of a Troubled Land Joel Brinkley. territories and keep part of
it—generally one-tenth of the crop. Over time, this model naturally evolved into
full-throated corruption. ————— ...
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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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