Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Youk Chhang, who would you chose as Time Magazine Person of the Year? Norodom Monineath Sihanouk

Youk Chhang: Norodom Monineath Sihanouk

Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia is the embodiment of resilience, a beautiful woman who has endured countless hardships with dignity and courage. Through her, we can learn about colonialism, independence, civil war, genocide, democratization and the quest for justice. Her life too will teach us about the complex history of Cambodia, a country often overlooked.
KI-Media Note: Here are some of the things we can learn from
Then-princess Monique Sihanouk as a jet set fashionista in the 60s

Right: Then-princess Monique during a visit to the Khmer Rouge liberation zone. A couple of years later, the KR regime instituted a genocide in Cambodia that saw almost 2 million Cambodians killed.
Then princess-Monique sharing quality time with Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap and his wife. Vietnam engineered the removal of the KR regime in 1979, and it also decided to maintain a more than one-decade long occupation of Cambodia.
Birthday hoopla in the banana kingdoom for Queen-Mother now rebaptized Monineath
The picture is incomplete without Cambodia's Dictator, the Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Samdach Hun Xen, and his morality squad leader-wife, the Chumteav Dr. Dr. Dr. Bun Rany Hun Xen
Cambodia's royal family's visit to Hanoi, allegedly, to receive Vietnam's ovation for the royal help to the oppressive communist regime under which more than 14 million Khmer Krom still suffer from. But, of course, Kampuchea Krom is no longer Cambodia's problem. The land was lost long ago by an unwise ancestor of the current royals.


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