** 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.