Excerpts from “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge”

A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge By Nate Thayer (Copyright Nate Thayer. All Rights Reserved. No publication or citation permitted without author’s express written permission.) By 1994, the Khmer Rouge leadership once again evaporated into the jungle. To my frustration, my methodically constructed stable of Khmer Rouge sources was now deep in […]

The Road to Pol Pot: Snippets from a Journalists Memories

Behind the Scenes Reporting on War and Bad Guys By Nate Thayer June 11, 2016 I had worked for the Associated Press (AP) since 1989 covering the war in Cambodia and the myriad of guerrilla armies and refugee camps, based on the Thai border. I made 41 trips into the guerrilla controlled zones between 1989 and […]

‘We are the World! Who is that singer? Johnny Jackson?’: Excerpts from ‘Sympathy for the Devil’

‘We are the World!’  After threatening to assassinate American civilians, the Khmer Rouge leader continued: “Why don’t we join hands in national reconciliation. Join together! We are with you, the West!” he said, growing increasingly animated, half breaking into song. “‘We are the World!’ Who is that singer? Johnny Jackson? Like he says, ‘We are […]

Is a freelance journalism career a Sisyphean delusion?

Why today I think continuing my career as a freelance journalist may be a Sisyphean, untenable delusion   By Nate Thayer June 5, 2014 Here is an update with further evidence suggesting that making a viable living as a professional freelance journalist and writer is an untenable, Sisyphean delusion: I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning, […]

U.S. Govt Sues Dog for $100,000 to solve health care crisis: Mutt responds to Power with Smooches

Medical insurance of  U.S. Govt Employee Refuses to Pay for Fractured Skull Lamont responds to power with smooches By Nate Thayer June 4, 2014 My pal, my dog Lamont, is going to be the ruin of me yet. The lovable but insufferable mutt has dragged me, once again, into another kerfuffle with polite society, this […]

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 Excerpts from the unpublished book “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge” (Copyright Nate Thayer.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 […]

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 […]

Pol Pot’s little girl grows up: Wedding of dictator’s only child is divorce from childhood trauma

Pol Pot with daughter Nate Thayer Sympathy for the Devil

By Nate Thayer (excerpts from the unpublished Sympathy for the Devil: A journalist’s memoir from inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. (c) Nate Thayer. No republication in whole or in part without express written permission of the author.) March 16, 2014 Daddy’s little girl has grown up. Pol Pot’s only child got married today. 26 year-old […]

Why Journalism is Better than a Real Job: Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil

Why Journalism is Better than a Real Job: Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s Memoir From Inside Pol Pot’s Cambodia (Copyright Nate Thayer. No publication or distribution in whole or part without express prior written permission from the author) Please consider donating to support the publication of Sympathy for […]

My Sordid Love Affair with Journalism

My Sordid Love Affair with Journalism Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil: A Foreign Correspondent Inside Pol Pot’s Cambodia Copyright Nate Thayer. No republication in whole or part without prior written permission of the author By Nate Thayer Journalism and I have a love affair that will never be extinguished. From the beginning, I was […]

Why You Want To Avoid Getting Blown Up By A Landmine: From ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ By Nate Thayer

What Happens When Your Ride Disintigrates After Being Blown Up by Anti-Tank Landmines By Nate Thayer These photos were taken of the truck I was riding in after it drove over two Chinese anti-tank mines, in northwest Cambodia, in October 1989. I was sitting in the front seat of Russian Zil 2 1/2 ton military […]

Nate Thayer: periodismo, crowdfunding y autopromo

Nate Thayer: periodismo, crowdfunding y autopromo A much appreciated note of support from the Spanish language journalists website Globorama.es for my efforts to fund the publication of my my book “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s Memoir From Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge” http://www.globograma.es/nate-thayer-periodismo-crowdfunding-y-autopromo/ Like what you’re reading? Share it.