Tag Archives: Pol Pot

Ambassador: From the Killing Fields to the White House

New York, N.Y.  I first met Ambassador Sichan Siv in 2004 when I was invited to hear him speak at the imposing Women’s Republican National Club, just north of Rockefeller Center. What a speech!  He spoke on surviving Pol Pot’s Killing Fields in Cambodia, then making his way to America where he earned a degree […]

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Instilling Hope: First Step in Effective Development

Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Most of us agree that Pol Pot’s despotic regime in Cambodia marked one of the darkest periods of the 20th century, with a death toll of some two million victims between 1975- 1979.   The  Khmer Rouge, a communist party government that took power in 1975 following a civil war, tried to convert Cambodia to […]

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In Sri Lanka: Explaining the Tamil Tigers

Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are considered a terrorist organization by 32 countries. Their soldiers wore cyanide vials for consumption upon capture.  They invented the suicide belt and pioneered the use of suicide bombing as a tactic.  They also pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks and forcibly kidnapped and inducted child soldiers. […]

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Cambodian Children’s Hospital Benefits In N.Y. & L.A.

New York, N.Y.  I have been a friend of Friends Without A Border(FWAB), the international fundraising source of theAngkor Hospital for Children (AHC), for several years.  Several of my friends are involved, including Nerou Cheng, Akiko Arai, and Alisa Chazani. The founder of the hospital is New York-based Japanese-American photographer Kenro Izu, a unique thought leader and […]

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Himalayan Sessions compiles contemplative compositions by world music icons to donate instruments to underprivileged kids

Sabbe Sañkhara Aniccã: All Conditioned Things Are Impermanent

Dharamshala for Americans: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Hometown

Simple: Whatever Faith Tradition, It’s All About Kindness

In Himalayas: Once Greater Tibet, Now Tragically Divided

Himalayas: From India/Pakistan to Bhutan & Nepal + Chinese Tibet