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    VOA Exclusive: US Ambassador Targets Improved US-Cambodian Trade Ties

    William A. Heidt, U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, during an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on February 10, 2016 with VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin. It is the ambassador's first interview with a media outlet since he became ambassador in September 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

    10 February 2016
    With the US-Cambodia relationship in the spotlight, VOA Khmer’s Neou Vannarin sat down for a comprehensive discussion on Wednesday with William A. Heidt, the American ambassador in Phnom Penh. More

    Khmer Rouge Tribunal Gets Brief Mention During Kerry’s Visit

    Before departing for China after a brief trip to Cambodia, US Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, a court he helped negotiate.

    At Landmine Museum, Grim Reminders of War

    The Cambodian Landmine Museum sits just outside of the tourism hub of Siem Reap, the gateway city to the famed temples of Angkor Wat.

    Photogallery Survivor and Refugee Finds Healing in Writing Her Memoir

    “All I Heard Was My Sorrow” describes Ly Sambo's life under the Khmer Rouge and her flight to the US in the early 1980s.

    Scholars Say Empathy, Forgiveness Key to Reconciling Khmer Rouge Crimes

    The discussion highlighted the contrast between the academics views on helpful forms of reconciliation and healing, and the efforts of the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal toward the same goal.

    Photogallery Writer Heals the Past With Memoir

    Ly Sambo, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge atrocities and a former refugee, is the author of a memoir titled “All I Heard Was My Sorrow.” In it, she wrote about her escape from the Khmer Rouge genocide, and her work as an interpreter for World Vision in Khao I-Dang refugee camp before immigrating to America. “All I Heard Was My Sorrow” helps Sambo in her journey to heal herself from a painful past through gratitude.

    Khmer Rouge Tribunal Observers Fear Court Lacks an Exit Plan

    Observers of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal say the court should have a clear plan for ending proceedings and to address longstanding concerns.

    Video Khmer Rouge Survivor Urges Swift Trial for Two Aging Leaders

    Sum Rithy, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, says the UN-backed tribunal must speed up the trial of two aging regime leaders. Sum Rithy, 62, is a leader among those survivors of the Khmer Rouge who have pushed for a complete tribunal process, which has so far only tried one defendant.

    Khmer Rouge Survivor Urges Swift Trial for Two Aging Leaders

    Sum Rithy was imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge, but he survived because he knew how to repair bicycles.

    Former UN Diplomat Says Tribunal Has Cost Too Much and Done Too Little

    The tribunal has been operating now for nearly a decade and has completed the trial of only a single defendant, Kaing Kek Iev.

    Professor Puts Khmer Rouge in Context of the Cold War

    A former UN official in Cambodia during its transition period in the 1990s says the country’s mass killings were in part a result of the Cold War.

    Tribunal Observer To Speak Before International Criminal Court

    Long Panhavuth told VOA Khmer the court is unlikely to launch investigations into similar crimes in the Asia Pacific.

    Photogallery In Photos: Kate Webb, An Outstanding Correspondent of the Vietnam War

    A photo gallery of Kate Webb, war correspondent and Phnom Penh bureau chief for United Press International (UPI) in 1970 after reporting the Vietnam war between 1967 and 1969.

    "War, Genocide and the Fragile Peace in Cambodia" by Sirik Savina

    Researcher Sirik Savina writes a reflection article discussing the legacies of Kate Webb and the Cambodian war on the 24th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement.

    Research Project Examines ‘Mass Violence’ of the Khmer Rouge

    New research seeks to understand why Cambodians joined the Khmer Rouge and how people today perceive their roles in the brutal regime.

    Video Cambodian Refugees in US Reflect on Failures in Resettlement

    More needs to be done, they say, to help refugees resettle in order to prevent further suffering and future social problems.

    Center Seeks To Preserve Former Khmer Rouge Stronghold

    The plans include the preservation of the meeting rooms of Pol Pot and the house of former Khmer Rouge commander Ta Mok, and the installation of information kiosks in town.

    Archive Could Help Provide Answers to Khmer Rouge Mysteries

    Chhang Youk says the center needs at least two years to properly document and file the archive, after which it will be available to researchers.

    Sculpture Honoring Women Survivors To Be Placed at Genocide Institute

    Commissioned from Indonesian artist I Nyoman Nuarta, the sculpture will depict a woman rising from the earth, carrying a child.

    Genocide Institute Wins Website Award

    The W3 Award honors “creative excellence on the web,” and are selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

    Khmer Rouge Tribunal Re-Launches Radio Program

    The program will be a weekly production between tribunal staff and the media center, broadcasting updates on court matters each Thursday, 6 pm to 7 pm, at FM102.

    Late King’s Biographer Donates Archives to Documentation Center

    Over the decades, Julio Jeldres amassed a collection of research materials, from videos and photographs, to interviews, papers, and books.

    Cambodia War Crimes Court Hears Evidence in Genocide Case

    Hearing relates specifically to actions by Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea against two minority groups: ethnic Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese

    Tribunal Suspects Say They Won’t Cooperate With Court

    In interviews with VOA Khmer, three suspects, Meas Muth, Ta An and Im Chaem, denied the atrocity crimes charges made against them.

    Video Ieng Thirith, Former Khmer Rouge Leader, Dead at 83

    The Khmer Rouge’s former social affairs minister, Ieng Thirith, has died. The former regime leader who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial at the UN-backed tribunal in 2011, and Khmer Rouge survivors said Monday that her passing was another painful reminder how few of the leaders have faced trial. Family report her three-day funeral ceremony ended Monday night with Ieng Thirith’s cremation in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin. She was 83. (Neou Vannarin, Phnom Penh)

    Ieng Thirith, Former Khmer Rouge Leader, Dead at 83

    Khmer Rouge survivors said Monday that her passing was another painful reminder how few of the regime’s leaders have faced trial.

    Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' Dead at 83

    Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal confirms death of Ieng Thirith

    Documentation Center to Host Genocide Conference in 2017

    Tribunal officials and victims of the regime told VOA Khmer they support the conference coming to Cambodia.

    Memorial Project Educates Youth on Khmer Rouge

    Several students at Toul Tom Poung High School told VOA Khmer that they understand the necessity of Khmer Rouge history, which will help Cambodia’s future.

    Video An Interview With US War Crimes Ambassador Stephen Rapp

    The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has been unable to fully pursue at least two cases, due to the government’s unwillingness to arrest them, the US ambassador at large for war crimes says.

    Video US War Crimes Ambassador Called for Arrest of Tribunal Suspects

    The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has been unable to fully pursue at least two cases, due to the government’s unwillingness to arrest them, the US ambassador at large for war crimes says.

    Video US Ambassador-at-Large of War Crime Calls for Arrest of More Suspects

    Khmer Rouge leaders are currently on trial by the UN-backed tribunal for genocide. The tribunal is facing serious roadblocks, including Tuesday resignation of UN judge Mark Harmon. Judge Harmon's resignation, said to be made for personal reason, coincides with Cambodia's failed arrest of two key suspects he named for the indictment in the ongoing trial. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara talked to Stephen Rapp, US Ambassador-at-large of War Crimes, and has the interview.

    International Judge Resigns from Beleaguered Tribunal

    Court observers say Mark Harmon had in the last three years made much progress on cases 003 and 004,

    Judge Quits Cambodia's Troubled Khmer Rouge Trial

    Mark Harmon from the US is the fourth judge to quit so far - and another blow for troubled tribunal probing atrocities of 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

    Tribunal Witnesses Describe Tortuous Conditions at Khmer Rouge Air Field

    Sem Hoeurn is one of a number of witnesses to describe the secretive Khmer Rouge regime from the inside.

    After the Khmer Rouge, Encouraging Dialogue Between Generations

    Pheng Pong-Rasy said public forums are conducted at a larger level, educating the young and acting as catharsis for regime survivors.

    Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

    Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO school, that was founded in 1994 by nine young men who were refugees during Khmer Rouge, and has helped hundreds of vulnerable Cambodian children and adults from poverty.

    Tribunal Risks Legitimacy If More Suspects Aren’t Indicted, Critics Say

    The tribunal has so far only completed one full trial since 2006, but is has spent about $200 million.

    Groundbreaking Ballet Comes to Cambodian Stage

    “Pamina Devi,” inspired by Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is the story of feuding between a queen and a king, and the princess caught between them.

    Holocaust Museum Adds Khmer Rouge Exhibit

    The exhibitions will run through October 2017 and are free and open to the public.

    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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    09 February 2016
    US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt met with the vice president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Kem Sokha, on Monday, on a broad range of issues, including recent political tensions. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.

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    You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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    You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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    You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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    You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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