Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

CAMBODIA

StoryJuly 15, 1997
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Guests
David Cole

professor of law at Georgetown University and the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation. He is co-author with Jules Lobel of the new book "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror."


New Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen this past weekend invited international scrutiny of his regime’s human rights record and pledged to hold a free and fair general election at an unspecified date.

The latest public relations move follows the bloody ousting of Hun Sen’s co-prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh last week. And it appears to be working. International criticism has tapered and King Norodom Sihanouk — who is Prince Ranariddh’s father — signaled that he would accept Hun Sen’s sole authority in governing the Southeast Asian country. The latest political shake-up in Phnom Penh represents a rupture with the political status quo established by tens of thousands of UN troops and two billion dollars in 1993. Promoted until recently as one of the few UN peacekeeping success stories, the Cambodian operation followed a peace deal in the early 1990s between the Vietnamese-backed regime and guerrilla forces, including the notorious Khmer Rouge, backed by the United States, China and Thailand. Guest: • John Pilger, a journalist and filmmaker based in Britain. He produced the first film exposing the genocidal program of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia during the 1970s.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation