Dengue Fever is coming back to Cambodia! [DAS] Whoo-hoo! And just in time, they’ve made a mix tape of sorts. I. want. to. go. there.
A very rare 8th Century Cham Buddha image is currently on display in the Hoch! I. also. want. to. go. there. [link]
The Bakan (the uppermost level/shrine in Angkor Wat) is reopened! Rock! [link, via]
I previously mentioneda review of the “Chomsky/Cambodia” debate. For those not familiar with this eternally recurring ideologically-driven nightmare, Noam Chomsky, internationally the most respected intellectual in the world (if one is to judge by citation, a common measure), is repeatedly accused of having been a Khmer Rouge apologist during the years 1975-1979. It is implied in most of these critiques that Chomsky’s immense influence with US architects of foreign policy somehow made the suffering of Cambodians under Pol Pot’s frankly evil regime worse. Horse-hockey. Here is the latest set of articles in this debate. If you read any of them, please do yourself a favor and read all of them, and to very carefully weigh the arguments made by each, and consider what position is more solid. I know my answer, but I’m convinced that the silly ad hominems and pseudo-moralism passing for serious discussion and debate is not worthwhile, and that careful, personal examination of the real facts is more persuasive.