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Cambodia

For 2,000 years Cambodia’s civilization absorbed influences from India and China and, in turn, transferred them to other Southeast Asian civilizations. From the Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms of Funan and Chenla (1st–8th century) through the classical age of the Angkor period (9th–15th century), it held sway over territories that are now part of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The Khmer (Cambodian) empire reached its apex in the 12th century, a time marked by the construction of the massive temple complexes known as Angkor Wat and Bayon and the imperial capital of Angkor Thom. Following 400 years of decline, Cambodia became a French colony and during the 20th century experienced the turmoil of war, occupation by the Japanese, postwar independence, and political instability.

In 1863, Cambodia’s royal family agreed to become a French protectorate to escape domination by rival regional kingdoms Vietnam and Thailand. Unlike many regional powers struggling with European domination, Cambodia’s once-powerful Khmer Empire had collapsed centuries before the French protectorate began.  In 1887, Cambodia became part of the French-proclaimed Indochina Union, a loose collection of French possessions including Vietnam. Laos, a former Thai territory, was added to the French Indochina Union in 1893.

A former Hillary Clinton Employee, Kurt Smolek, who worked in Exposing Child Trafficking in Cambodia, was Found Dead

A former Hillary Clinton Employee, Kurt Smolek, who worked in Exposing Child Trafficking in Cambodia, was Found Dead

Kurt went missing on Monday Augist 28, 2017. His body washed up along the shores of the Potomac Wednesday, August 30. Kurt worked with then Secretary of State Hilllary Clinton and had jurisdiction over classified data and secure emails for the State Department. Cause of death is listed as "unknown." The body belonging to State Department employee Kurt Smolek was pulled from the Potomac River on Wednesday, ...
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Student Anti-War Rebellions Erupt Across the U.S. after Nixon Sends US Troops from Vietnam into Cambodia

Student Anti-War Rebellions Erupt Across the U.S. after Nixon Sends US Troops from Vietnam into Cambodia

On April 30, 1970, then President Richard Milhouse Nixon announced he was sending US troops from Vietnam into Cambodia, a diplomatically-neutral country. His announcement set off a month of intense protests by mainly college and university students across the country, from Maine to Southern California. What follows here is a sampling of the reaction by students on April 30 and May 1 of that year. It ...
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President Nixon Authorizes Operation Menu: The Secret Bombing of Cambodia and Laos, But Why?

President Nixon Authorizes Operation Menu: The Secret Bombing of Cambodia and Laos, But Why?

In 1969, newly elected President Richard M. Nixon, aiming to achieve "peace with honor" in Vietnam, began to put his "Vietnamization" policy into place - removing the number of American military personnel in the country and transferring combat roles to the South Vietnamese. But at the same time, Nixon resumed the secret bombing of North Vietnam and launched B-52 bombing raids over Cambodia, intending to wipe ...
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The U.S. Secret Bombings of Cambodia

The U.S. Secret Bombings of Cambodia

The United States began a four year long carpet-bombing campaign in the skies of Cambodia, devastating the countryside and causing socio-political upheaval that eventually led to the installation of the Pol Pot regime. During the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese Liberation Front and the PAVN used a network of supply routes that partially ran through Laos and Cambodia. As the War progressed, the U.S. ostensibly invaded both ...
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