Assassination of Cambodian #Kemley Marks Hun Sen’s Mafia Rule

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian Misrule Dictator Hun Sen uses brutality to maintain power & erode international confidence, writes Nate Thayer Nate Thayer July 11, 2016 Asia Sentinel Minutes after prominent Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down in broad daylight, police arrested a “suspect” who had “confessed” to the assassination. Within hours, a […]

Filed Under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”: Mafia Thugs, the Cambodian Government, & U.S Spies Diving for Cover

To Be Filed Under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Drug Traffickers, the Cambodian Government, and U.S Spies Diving for Cover By Nate Thayer June 21, 2016 Further on the death this weekend of billionaire Cambodian organized crime figure Theng Bunma, a major Asian drug trafficker who owned and controlled the Cambodian political and military […]

In Defense of the War Criminal Henry Kissinger

In Defense of Henry Kissinger: Cambodia and Pol Pot The truth is the collective Cambodian political culture makes the war criminal Henry Kissinger look like Mother Theresa. By Nate Thayer February 15, 2016   Henry Kissinger has gotten a bad rap for the horrific crimes against humanity, war crimes, and mass murder that is the […]

When I Vomited on Khmer Rouge Leaders: How Chinese Covert Aid Saved my Life

When I Vomited on Khmer Rouge Leader Khieu Samphan: The Story of the Chinese Nobel Prize Winner and How the Khmer Rouge Saved My Life By Nate Thayer October 6, 2015. I threw up on Khmer Rouge Prime Minister Khieu Samphan. This took place at the heavily guarded Khmer Rouge compound in Phnom Penh, Cambodia […]

North Korea launches global effort to stop Sony movie: Shopkeepers arrested, film banned

Shopkeepers arrested, film banned as North Korea launches a global effort to stop Sony movie at center of cyber attack  Governments feel pressure on Interview This story appeared today in Asia Times online. You can read full story at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-290115.html By Bertil Lintner in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Nate Thayer in Washington   January 29, 2015 […]

“No More Creampuff Journalism”–Readers Object with Fervor and Wit

No More Creampuff Journalism Ouch! Below are a series of reader reactions to an interview I conducted with then Khmer Rouge President Khieu Samphan in 1993. It wasn’t pretty, but it was (mostly) quite witty. Included is the article that sparked the outrage, the response of Phnom Penh Post editor-in-chief and publisher, the inimitable and […]

Canadian Journalist Dave Walker Found Dead in Cambodia

Missing Canadian Journalist Dave Walker Found Dead in Cambodia Press Release Statement by Dave Walker’s Family 1 May 2014 Dear all, The family, friends, and many loved ones of Dave Walker are deeply saddened that Dave was found dead today, May 1, at the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He had been missing […]

In Pursuit of Mass Murderers: Sympathy for the Devil by Nate Thayer

Reporting from Inside the Final Collapse of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Excerpts from the unpublished book “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge” (Copyright Nate Thayer. All Rights Reserved. No publication or citation permitted without author’s express written permission.) By Nate Thayer April 18, 2014 By 1994, the Khmer Rouge leadership […]

For Sale: Pol Pot’s Pimped Out Mercedes Stretch Limo: The Murderous Despot Special Edition

For Sale–Pol Pot’s  Pimped Out Black 1973 Mercedes Benz Stretch Limo: “The Murderous Despot Special Edition” Proceeds to Fund Book “Sympathy for the Devil: A journalist’s memoir from inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Other Mercedes limousine buffs include Idi Amin, Kim Jong Il, Saddam Hussien, Nicolae Cousesceu, Robert Mugabe, and Ferdinand Marcos By Nate Thayer March 20, 2014 Now, you, […]

Eyewitnesses to History: Retired Diplomats Reveal U.S. Foreign Policy, Warts and All

Eyewitness to History: Retired U.S. Diplomats Reveal Raucous, Unvarnished Memories of U.S. Foreign Policy as it Happened By Nate Thayer March 19, 2014 The privately funded Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has a Foreign Affairs Oral History Project has compiled the detailed memories of hundreds of key retired U.S. diplomats, eyewitnesses to modern history unfolding, […]

The Free Press is Dead–Temporarily

By Nate Thayer March 19, 2014 Don’t believe anything you read in the media anymore. I don’t And spare me the “Mainstream Media” hyperbole. It doesn’t exist. The truth is that the so-called mainstream media, or the tattered shreds of its remaining vestiges, are considerably more trustworthy than the anarchy of online sleuths who never […]

A Freelance Journalist’s High Praise and Kind Words for Sympathy for the Devil

High Praise from a freelance journalist for Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge: “The book also promises to be a rollicking account of a bygone era of journalism, when reporters were colorful characters who nonetheless possessed serious intent and influence. The remarkable thing is that Thayer did it as a […]