U.S. Aid to Cambodia's Corrupt Military

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The "he said, she said" dispute over the claim that the Cambodian regime suspended or cancelled international military cooperation with the U.S. offers an ideal opportunity for the Obama administration to right a wrong-headed policy of providing aid to a corrupt and politicized military implicated in Cambodia's military openly and illegally ... (more)

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Angkor

Kent, WA

#1 Aug 18, 2013
The "he said, she said" dispute over the claim that the Cambodian regime suspended or cancelled international military cooperation with the U.S. offers an ideal opportunity for the Obama administration to right a wrong-headed policy of providing aid to a corrupt and politicized military implicated in brutal human rights abuses.
Cambodia's military openly and illegally campaigned for former Khmer Rouge commander Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People's Party, a repressive communist kleptocracy, and created an atmosphere of voter intimidation in the recent July 28th elections marred by fraud according to Human Rights Watch.
According to the Pnomh Penh Post, last April, Cambodia's pre-eminent environment activist, Chut Wutty was shot dead by military policemen protecting an illegal logging concession. Three weeks after Wutty's murder, soldiers hired to protect the economic concession of a company murdered a 14-year-old girl. In September, Cambodian investigative journalist Hang Serei Odom was hacked to death and stuffed in the trunk by a military officer protecting another concession.
Tens of thousands of people around the country have been forcibly evicted without compensation, and some killed, in land-grabs, often in connection with economic land concessions granted to powerful foreign-owned companies. Cambodia's Army, commanded by Hun Sen's son, has a rent-a-cop policy -- an army for hire -- paid by the companies to carry out the evictions and guard their assets. Military trucks provided by the U.S. are used to transport soldiers for evictions and to protect private companies and are often seen hauling illegal timber cut from endangered forests.
It is outrageous that the United States supplies millions of dollars of equipment and other aid to Cambodia's army while it engages in such flagrant abuses of human rights. U.S. military aid to Cambodia should be limited to only training its military on preventing human rights abuses and for disaster response and civic action; and it must be closely monitored to avoid continued misuse. The Obama Administration attempts to justify turning a blind eye toward abuses by the Cambodian military on the necessity to gain influence in Cambodia in competition with China; a futile endeavor that it cannot win and a pipe dream at best. When the Obama administration suspended a shipment of about two dozen military vehicles to Cambodia in 2010, China promptly stepped in and donated over 250 military trucks. In October last year, Cambodia received about 100 tanks and 40 APCs from Ukraine -- a shipment that marked one of the largest ever, suggesting that European arms dealers do not discriminate against Chinese money.
On Wednesday morning (08/14/13), a port official confirmed that "more than 80 tanks and APCs, and... about 100 containers of bullets and mortar shells," from an Eastern European country arrived at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port. The arrival comes just two weeks after the Chinese government gave 1,000 handguns and 50,000 rounds of ammunition to Cambodian police forces. Officials insisted the handover had been inked long before, but the delivery raised eyebrows among analysts who suggested it had been timed to coincide with post-election unrest. On Thursday, eyewitnesses in Preah Sihanouk province said they saw more than 20 heavily armed vehicles --including at least 16 tanks -- at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port being transported by truck up National Road 4. Cambodia's Defense Minister Tea Banh said that the truckloads of tanks and mounted rocket launchers seen by witnesses leaving the Port in the direction of Phnom Penh would be used to protect the country in the case that someone "tries to destroy the nation." Where the U.S. has a distinct advantage and can gain influence with the disadvantaged Cambodian people is through providing humanitarian aid and economic development assistance at the grass roots level rather than aid to a morally corrupt regime's military.
Angkor

Kent, WA

#2 Aug 18, 2013
U.S. Aid to Cambodia's Corrupt Militaryhttp://www.americanthi nker.com/2013/08/us_aid_to_cam bodias_corrupt_military.html
Angkor

Kent, WA

#3 Aug 18, 2013
Angkor

Kent, WA

#4 Aug 18, 2013
Military trucks provided by the U.S. are used to transport soldiers for evictions and to protect private companies and are often seen hauling illegal timber cut from endangered forests.
cilantro

United States

#5 Aug 18, 2013
Come on TEA BAHN ,Don't be so scared ..

they're not gonna hurt you and your boss, those young kids have only water bottles in their hands,,and why you have to bring all those tanks,armors ,soldiers all over downtown capital,,,police is okay.
. Shame on you MR. CORRUPTORS,,,That You are making war with your own unarmed civilians ,they're not your enemies and your enemies are behind your back,,,
kiang

Abbotsford, Australia

#6 Aug 19, 2013
tea banh is chen thai so he will not stand up to thai for sure
cilantro

United States

#7 Aug 20, 2013
According to observations,,some low ranks soldiers and officials turn their backs to hunsen and tea bang. And start supporting young generation of Cambodian people,,
Angkor

Everett, WA

#8 Aug 20, 2013
kiang wrote:
tea banh is chen thai so he will not stand up to thai for sure
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what is your mission here?
You always raise up Chen Chen Chen?
What the fk with Chen thing here?
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To me, I do not like the activity of China is doing in Cambodia longe before and recently.
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In recent time or just last week or so:
1. China prouded for Hun Sen for the vote fraud and congrated Hun Sen won the election which is the CNRP's victory.
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2. China just brought thousands of guns and amo to Hun Sen while our people are still struggling for the pure democracy. China takes this opportunity to make money while those guns could be used to kill my innocents. This shows that China tends/help to kill our innocent Khmer people.
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3. I know you are proud of it. This is the evil mind of Chinese descent in the globe. Majority of Chineses on earth are nothing but selfish and evil. They are all should be living in their own land China. Let them kill each other there as usual.
kiang

Australia

#9 Aug 20, 2013
Angkor i know you wishes that Cambodia diffirent but reality is Tea banh is chen-thai and he have thai wife and he root is in thailand so i do not think he will do any thing but sit on the fence
Angkor

Auburn, WA

#10 Aug 20, 2013
kiang wrote:
Angkor i know you wishes that Cambodia diffirent but reality is Tea banh is chen-thai and he have thai wife and he root is in thailand so i do not think he will do any thing but sit on the fence
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We know who he is, so what?
What can he do now?
Look at what a small CNRP can do to the whole power of government.
You will see after we open the vote box, we will arrest Hun Sen and bring him the court for all the corrupted relationship with China.
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We have lots of opportunities to collapse Hun Sen and his clans.
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Khmers are smart and have moral unlike China and you.
kiang

Australia

#11 Aug 21, 2013
Husen do a lot of thing for China that why China support him...Look at ho nam hong and cambodia foreign policy all fovour china interest
Angkor

Kenmore, WA

#12 Aug 21, 2013
kiang wrote:
Husen do a lot of thing for China that why China support him...Look at ho nam hong and cambodia foreign policy all fovour china interest
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American provert said, " Never argue with the fools ".
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You will see what US can do if China still doing the dumb thing in the SE Asia.
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It is very easy to choke China econmically.
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Pol Pot

Cerritos, CA

#13 Aug 21, 2013
CRY ...CRY .... CRY..... nothing is going to change in Cambodia....

The only thing that will change is an idiot calls himself angkor.....he will change from a sad face to a crying face..........hahahaaaa....... ...
BEADY BUM NUKERS

Melbourne, Australia

#14 Aug 21, 2013
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Angkor

Seattle, WA

#15 Aug 22, 2013
Pol Pot wrote:
CRY ...CRY .... CRY..... nothing is going to change in Cambodia....
The only thing that will change is an idiot calls himself angkor.....he will change from a sad face to a crying face..........hahahaaaa....... ...
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Hun Sen has used and will use guns and amos supplied by China to kill innocent Khmers.
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China helps Hun Sen to kill innocent Khmers.
kiang

Australia

#16 Aug 22, 2013
cpp have more money from china than US
china aide and supply arms to ccp more than the west
Hun and his gov reject to joint defence partnership with US and aide worth 70 ml US
Angkor

Auburn, WA

#17 Aug 23, 2013
kiang wrote:
cpp have more money from china than US
china aide and supply arms to ccp more than the west
Hun and his gov reject to joint defence partnership with US and aide worth 70 ml US
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You have no more ingredient to talk anymore, and make no sense.
Only Hun Sen and his family get supports from China.
Pol Pot

Cerritos, CA

#18 Aug 23, 2013
Angkor wrote:
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Hun Sen has used and will use guns and amos supplied by China to kill innocent Khmers.
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China helps Hun Sen to kill innocent Khmers.
Hahhahaa.......that is so sweet..........GOD KING HUN SEN is a very generous GOD KING.....he loves his people......and GOD KING HUN SEN will never kill his own people.....but GOD KING HUN SEN will his enemies....to protect himself and his be loving people......that is what A GOD KING is for......hahahaaa..........
Angkor

Auburn, WA

#19 Aug 23, 2013
Pol Pot wrote:
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Hahhahaa.......that is so sweet..........GOD KING HUN SEN is a very generous GOD KING.....he loves his people......and GOD KING HUN SEN will never kill his own people.....but GOD KING HUN SEN will his enemies....to protect himself and his be loving people......that is what A GOD KING is for......hahahaaa..........
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Yes - The world will see my comment, and they will condemn China.
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Here you go again:.
Hun Sen has used and will use guns and amos supplied by China to kill innocent Khmers.
China helps Hun Sen to kill innocent Khmers again, they did this once in Khmer Rouge's regime.
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History repeats itself, only the innocent Khmers are suffering this. and China will walk away without responsibility as usual.
jason

Australia

#20 Aug 24, 2013
cambodia leave the west and side with China
Cambodia support china claim SCS against ASEAN

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