Monday, March 30, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Michelle Obama in Cambodia

"Michelle Obama in Cambodia to promote girls’ education" Associated Press  March 21, 2015

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — Michelle Obama traveled Friday from Japan to Cambodia, a journey from one of Asia’s richest countries to one of its poorest, as part of a campaign to help millions of girls around the world stay in school.

Obama arrived in the city of Siem Reap, home to Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex, where she planned to sightsee following activities Saturday focused on the US-led education initiative ‘‘Let Girls Learn.’’

The White House has said Obama is expected to ‘‘share American perspectives about education and good governance’’ but was unlikely to directly criticize Cambodia’s human rights record.

Obama’s trip is the first by a wife of a sitting American president to Cambodia, whose strongman leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen, has ruled for 30 years.

She was not expected to meet Hun Sen but will spend Saturday with his wife, Bun Rany.


Related: "Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to finish their education, follow their dreams, and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their country. Obama is on a five-day trip to Asia to promote the US education initiative “Let Girls Learn.” (AP) 

Strange. No mention of the 26 servants and attendants that are part of her taxpayer-funded entourage.

"Another Khmer Rouge leader charged" Associated Press  March 28, 2015

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal charged another suspect Friday with crimes against humanity, defying for the second time this month a warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen that adding more defendants could cause unrest.

The tribunal said an investigating judge filed charges against Aom An, a former Khmer Rouge commander in central Cambodia. Earlier this month, the judge charged another district commander and the former Khmer Rouge navy chief with homicide and crimes against humanity.

About 1.7 million people died from starvation, disease, and execution because of the extremist policies of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979.

Khieu Samphan, the regime’s head of state, and Nuon Chea, right-hand man to the communist group’s late leader, Pol Pot, received life sentences last August.