A letter to a young Cambodian-2013: Reflections on a toxic political culture

Cambodia-2013: Reflections on a toxic political culture A letter to a young Cambodian If Cambodia is not careful, they will be relegated to selling roadside trinkets along the highway as the rest of properly organized Asia zooms through without stopping  between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City By Nate Thayer June 26, 2013 Alright I just expelled […]

North Korea’s Hall of Mirrors: Fake Global Network of Shell Companies Key to Illicit Arms Exports

North Korea’s Global Hall of Mirrors: Shadowy front companies crucial to banned Pyongyang arms exports Investigation reveals complex web of false shell corporations spanning the world enabling DPRK arms exports By Nate Thayer NK News May 30, 2013 (See entire story at NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/05/the-front-companies-facilitating-north-korean-arms-exports/ ) Four years after an aircraft was seized in Bangkok with a cargo […]

What do Kim Il Sung, Hun Sen Have In Common with Animal Pets? They All Obtained Bogus College Degrees

What do Dictators Have In Common with American Animal Pets? Kim Il Sung, Hun Sen, Other Third World Dictators Have Bogus College Degrees  By Nate Thayer After handing over all cameras, passing through metal detectors and patted down by soldiers of the Korean People’s Army checking for explosives and weapons, passing through a purification chamber […]

Websites Hacked of Cambodian Secret Political Police and Supreme Court Charged with both Protecting the Assassins of Political Opponents and Jailing Opposition

Websites Hacked of Cambodian Secret Political Police and Supreme Court Charged with Both Protecting the Assassins of Political Opponents and Jailing Opposition Two Cambodian government ministries web sites were hacked this week and defaced in the latest in series of cyber attacks against the authorities. The National Military Police and Supreme Court Web sites were […]

Somalia Pirates Hijack North Korean Ship, Then Decide it Isn’t Worth it and Turn Themselves In

Somalia Pirates Hijack Norean Ship, Then Decide it Isn’t Worth it and Turn Themselves In December 20, 2012 By Nate Thayer Somalia pirates hijacked a North Korean ship on Tuesday only to have second thoughts after the hijackers decided it wasn’t worth the hassle or effort and have turned around and now headed back to […]

Obama: Support Cambodian Human Rights, Democratic Freedoms, and Those Resisting the Last Murderous Thug Left Standing in South East Asia

Obama Must Side With the Rights and Dignity of  Cambodians, Not Strengthen the Last Thug Left Standing in Power in South East Asia. If Not Cambodia, where? If not now when? If the U.S. won’t support those fighting for democratic freedoms in Cambodia, a country no longer with significant political, economic, military, or strategic value […]

North Korean Officials Implicated in Scores of Drug Trafficking Incidents

North Korean Officials Implicated in Scores of Drug Trafficking Incidents By Nate Thayer North Korea has categorically denied state sponsored criminal syndicates of drug trafficking, trafficking of counterfeit U.S. currency, and other smuggling-for- profit activities by North Korean military, intelligence, and diplomatic officials since 1976. But the evidence solidly suggests otherwise. The Kim family dynastic […]

THE CAMBODIAN CONUNDRUM

THE CAMBODIAN CONUNDRUM Cambodia represents a case study of what can happen when U.S. drug policy and U.S. foreign policy interests collide FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL March 2002 By Nate Thayer (This article details the way the U.S. war on drugs is actually played out in the real world, the hypocrisy between the rhetoric to hunt […]

Tycoon Says He Financed Hun Sen Coup

Tycoon Says He Financed Hun Sen Coup; $1 Million Underwrote Cambodian Takeover The Washington Post July 24, 1997 By Nate Thayer A powerful Cambodian businessman and suspected drug kingpin says he gave more than $1 million in cash and gold to co-prime minister Hun Sen and his allies to fund a coup that ousted rival […]

Drug Suspects Bankroll Cambodian Coup Leader

Drug Suspects Bankroll Cambodian Coup Leader; Narcotics Traffic Booms as Loans, Gifts Flow Washington Post July 22, 1997 By Nate Thayer When a prominent businessman and senior adviser to Cambodian co-prime minister Hun Sen was implicated in an attempt to smuggle seven tons of marijuana out of the country recently, a top official in the […]

Cambodia: Asia’s New Narco-State? Medellin on the Mekong

 Cambodia: Asia’s New Narco-State? Medellin on the Mekong Far Eastern Economic Review COVER STORY (Three story package below) 23 Nov 1995 By Nate Thayer Has Cambodia become a mafia state? Nate Thayer reports that in the two years since UN-run elections, criminal syndicates protected by high-ranking have turned the country into a major centre for […]

Thai Border: A Wild West of Anarchy

Thai Border: A Wild West of Anarchy By Nate Thayer Phnom Penh Post Friday, 20 November 1992 BANGKOK, Thailand-Thai officials, black market traders, and U.N. workers who have operated on the Thai-Cambodian border for years say U.N. efforts to impose economic sanctions against the Khmer Rouge will be virtually impossible to enforce. The U.N. hopes […]