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The Gecko: 08 May 1998

The Gecko: 08 May 1998

 

 

** Given all the discussion, moving, shaking, huffing and puffing on the subject

of war crimes, arresting suspected genocidalists and ending too many decades of impunity

for mass murderers, one journalist recently asked Prince Ranariddh what he thought

about South Africa's Truth Commission. The Prince responded candidly. He said he

had never heard of it.

** Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network has had a film crew in town to

make what they hope will be a blockbuster movie called "A Thousand Years in

the Killing Fields". It's the story of one guy who found Christ during the KR

time in power but didn't realize he'd done so until Pat Robertson explained it to

him. Making movies is a difficult business, as we all know, and requires enormous

sacrifice and courage. The crew of the CBN flick knows this first hand as one of

their actors was wounded during a mock battle scene. They were using blanks in the

guns but that didn't prevent one guy from taking a wad of cardboard in the arm which

drew blood. However, after one quick stitch he was back in action.

** The Hot Dog crisis at Caltex's convenience stores has been solved, according to

Matt Lee, a seasoned wiener expert who relishes the thought of frankfurters three

meals a day. Lee, who hails from New York, says the Caltex Dog quality is back up

to international standards and almost compares with what you can find at Yankee Stadium.

** What's going on with the guys at Moneaksekar Khmer? Have they been taking

too much LSD or what? On April 21, the paper reported that according to "Western

military observers", the Chinese military was involved in the capture of Anlong

Veng, and that Chinese troops were expected to arrive there soon. And how many hundreds

of millions of dollars have been spent in the last five years to train the Khmer

press? Perhaps just one more seminar on fact-checking is needed.

** In case you missed the ad in the Daily, there is still time to apply for

a position which is described as follows: "The UNV Programme requires one national

UN Volunteer Non-Physical Culture Specialist for a UNESCO project entitled Support

to Cambodian Intangible Culture". Is anyone else confused about whats's really

happening here? The Gecko would be delighted to hear from UNESCO as to what this

project is all about.

** A comment from a Western diplomat has trickled out from the Friends of Cambodia

meeting that took place in Bangkok last month. When asked what the purpose of the

meeting and the process was, the diplomat replied that it was exciting to get together

with other diplomats from around the globe and discuss new ways for the UN to get

involved in peacemaking and that the meetings could take place without the participation

of any Cambodians.

** Hats off to former Post Senior Correspondent and FEER reporter Nate

Thayer. For his story on the Pol Pot tribunal, Thayer continues to receive awards.

The tally is now three and rising.

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