Travels With LBJ: “Son, if you do it again, I will poison your soup”

Random Memories of my Father Travels With LBJ: “Son, if you do this again, I am going to poison your soup.” By Nate Thayer January 24, 2017 My father, Harry Thayer, died this past Saturday January 21, after a full, well-lived, and important life. In the few days and long hours since he left on […]

Calls to the KKK Hotline After the U.S. Elections: A portrait of Polarization

Race Relations After the U.S. Presidential Elections By Nate Thayer November 13, 2016 Below are a select group of calls to the 1-800 hotline telephone of a Ku Klux Klan faction in the days since the U.S. presidential elections. Full warning: If you are offended by foul language and unexpurgated vitriolic hate, please do NOT […]

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 […]

Hate is Complicated: KKK Imperial Wizard Saves Woman from Burning Car

By Nate Thayer July 14, 2016 Life—and people—are complicated.   Let’s take Black Lives Matter and the Ku Klux Klan for example: depending on who one is talking to, they are either evil incarnate or people fighting in defense of their beleaguered people.   But it is both easy and lazy to demonize people into […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Robert S. Pirie: memories of Pol Pot, Kissinger, Ted Koppel, & Rachel Maddow

Robert Pirie: memories  from friends of an extraordinary man  By Nate Thayer April 25, 2016 My uncle and Godfather, Robert S. Pirie, died last year after an extraordinary life. He was a true renaissance man: a Harvard educated lawyer; a ruthless Wall Street businessman during the hard knuckle mergers and acquisitions period of the 80’s; […]