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Value #16 (On Healthcare)

Value: All people—poor or rich—should have access to affordable basic healthcare, just as all are responsible to live in a way conducive to physical and mental health.

Rationale: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35).

Debate: There is a legitimate debate as to how best to ensure that all people have access to affordable healthcare, but not whether the destitute should or should not be left to fend for themselves when faced with serious or chronic illness. We roughly know what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle (exercise, minimal intake of sugar, no substance abuse, etc.), but we can and ought to debate most effective ways to help people lead such a lifestyle (for instance, how heavily should the food industry be regulated).

Questions to Ask: Which candidate is more likely to give the destitute effective access to healthcare? Which candidate is more likely to reduce the number of people who need to seek medical help?

Value No. 1: Freedom to Choose Way of Life

Value No. 2: Concern for the Poor

Value No. 3: Quality and Affordable Education

Value No. 4: Economic Growth

Value No. 5: Abolish Death Penalty

Value No. 6: Speak the Truth in Love

Value No. 7: Eradicate Global Poverty

Value No. 8: Live within our Means; No Reckless Borrowing

Value No. 9: Every Citizen Equal Access to have Say on Human Flourishing, Common Good

Value No. 10: Meaningful employment

Value No. 11: Special Care for the Elderly

Value No. 12: War is Never Justifiable

Value No. 13: No Nation is Exception to Justice

Value No. 14: We should Never Torture

Value No. 15: Unborn Human Life deserves Respect, Protection, Nurture

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- Theary C. Seng

Owner of popular Beehive Radio station, now in jail.  Mam Sonando.

Check for updates on KI-Media.

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from Cambodian Children's Fund

One of my favorite photos: these sisters, who are inseparable and move like a single unit through the garbage communities, found a stash of make-up amongst the garbage. They made quite an entrance at our Community Centre. This image, blown up to half-poster size, now adorns their dank, grey home. I love these kids.

- Scott Neeson


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A Series on Christian LOVE


Paul's 2nd letter to Christians

in the city of Corinth in the 1st Century

Besides incredible worship time of genuine praises, there's also great teaching at my new home church, Khmer-speaking NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP (near the Olympic Market in Phnom Penh).  Last and this Sunday, Pastor Jesse McCaul (who puts me to shame with his FLUENT FLAWLESS Khmer) expounded on GENEROSITY and how Christians should model the Christians in Macedonia.

- Theary, Sunday, 19 Aug. 2012

We are going a series on Christian compassion and love, looking at the text from Paul's letter to the Christians in the city of Corinth.  Last Sunday, Pastor Jesse expounded on MONEY, how it is a neutral means (not good, or bad; it is the LOVE of money at other expenses that is problematic):  how we use money is  a reflection of where our heart and values are; how God TESTS us with money, since is it is a resource that consumes all our lives (we need money for education, so that we can have a good job in order to make money); how money can be a BARRIER...

Tomorrow, we have a guest pastor from Southern California (where he leads a church with over 20,000 members) continuing the exposition from II Corinthians 8.

- Theary, Saturday, 1 Sept. 2012


A brilliant, powerful, powerful message by visiting pastor Dan Carroll of Water of Life Community Church in Los Angeles (over 17,000 members, 5 services plus video links to 7 other places per Sunday) continued teaching on II Corinthians 8 and 9 which address GIVING.


The PRINCIPLE of CHRISTIAN GIVING: "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (II Corinthians 9: 6-7).


ILLUSTRATION OF THIS POINT: Widow of Zarephath (account from I Kings 17).


- Theary, Sunday, 2 Sept. 2012

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from KI-Media!


Sou Met

Commander of

Khmer Rouge Air Force

[Just received note from KI-Media that it is verifying the identity of the man in the photos - Theary, 9 p.m. 13 Aug. 2012]


The first time to our knowledge, we have seen public images of Sou Met, the Air Force Commander for the Khmer Rouge regime (or formerly, Democratic Kampuchea) responsible for the deaths of 1,700,000 lives between April 1975 and January 1979, now a charged person in Case 003 at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KI-Media, 12 August 2012). 

More images...


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At the summit of Bokor Mountain Range sits an abandoned church and a former Khmer Rouge military base

10 August 2012

Theary at the highest point of Bokor Mountain, the place of a former Khmer Rouge barrack and abandoned French colonial church (Aug. 2012)

Stand-still Traffic getting into Phnom Penh at Chom Chau.

11 Aug. 2012


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Poetic Justice

and Civil Party Withdrawal

in the News

Nov. 2011

Ex-leader: Khmer Rouge atrocities are 'fairy tale'

AP Newswire, 23 Nov. 2011

"I'm not surprised that Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary continue to deny their crimes as the charges against them of genocide, war crimes are very serious," said Theary Seng, a Cambodian lawyer and human rights activist who lost family members under their regime.

"Even if I am not surprised, I am however disgusted by their lack of remorse for the suffering they caused. They are delusional in their denial in light of the weight of evidence against them - the mounds of skulls and bones, the horrific testimonies from every survivor of cruelty, the magnitude and scope of evil unleashed by them across the whole of Cambodia."


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"Khmer Rouge trial is failing Cambodian

victims of Pol Pot's regime"

Human Rights Watch Brad Adams' editorial

The Guardian, 26 Nov. 2011

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"Justice Denied"

Douglas Gillison, Foreign Policy Magazine, 23 Nov. 2011

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Deputy President of Victims Association, a Civil Party of the Orphans Class, Mr. CHEY Theara, Withdraws Civil Party Status, Denounces ECCC as Political Farce





Full statement in both Khmer and English in KI-Media.

Here, if ISP censors in Cambodia.


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Khmer Rouge Trial Missing a Marquee Defendant

Wall Street Journal, 21 Nov. 2011

“The release of Ieng Thirith is only one reflection of how incredibly late these trials are coming into place,” said Theary Seng, founder of the Cambodian Center for Justice and Reconciliation and herself, too, a victim of the Khmer Rouge regime, having lost her parents and spent five months in prison. She has withdrawn from the tribunal process, and instead put her energy into organizing public games of darts featuring the faces of the Khmer Rouge leaders along Phnom Penh’s riverfront – a “way of release” following victims’ frustrations with the trial process, mixed with “dark humor,” she said.


Theary Seng BBC News filming, Nov. 2011

Watch the BBC News coverage

But the trial - a joint enterprise between the UN and Cambodia - has been heavily criticised. Theary Seng, whose parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge, said putting three people on trial for the deaths of 1.7 million simply wasn't enough. (BBC News, 21 Nov. 2011)

Poetic Justice German Filming, 18 Nov. 2011
Filming for German DW-Global with Bastian and Sarin, 18 Nov. 2011. More photos...

Filming by BBC with Guy DeLauney, 17 Nov. 2011. More photos...

Khmer Rouge Trial: Cambodia Awaits Answers

BBC News, 21 Nov. 2011


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Crying for Justice

AFP, 21 Nov. 2011

Khmer Rouge survivor Theary Seng told AFP she was "frustrated beyond words" that only Khieu Samphan looked likely to shed light on what happened. "The people want to know who is behind the Khmer Rouge, we want to see and understand the larger picture and we're not going to get that," she said.

From Tragedy to Sham in Cambodia

Asia Times Online, 19 Nov. 2011

In KI-Media

Others have gone further, arguing that the time might be ripe for the UN to pull the plug on the controversy-plagued court altogether. Last week, Theary Seng, a Cambodian-American survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and a prominent advocate for victims' rights, withdrew her status as a civil party to the court, describing the proceedings as a "complete sham".

She said the UN should threaten to withdraw after setting some clear conditions for its continued participation. By pressing ahead, Seng said, the world body runs the risk of rubber-stamping a flawed process and further embedding cynicism in the Cambodian population.

"I understand the unwieldiness of any large bureaucracy, but at the end of the day it comes down to personalities, and there have been extremely weak personalities," she said. "In this regard, the UN is complicit."



In the End, Loss of Faith in Tribunal: Former Complainant

Hello VOA Special with Theary Seng, 16 Nov. 2011

Khmer Rouge Victim Quits Tribunal Saying UN-backed Court is a Sham

DPA, 15 Nov. 2011


Prominent Victims' Advocate Quits Khmer Rouge Tribunal

VOA International/English, 15 Nov. 2011

KRT Critic Offers 'Poetic Justice'

The Phnom Penh Post, 16 Nov. 2011

Theary Seng Denounces Tribunal; Introduces Dartboard Scheme

The Cambodia Daily, 16 Nov. 2011


Theary Seng's Press Conference, 15 Nov. 2011
More photos from Poetic Justice/ECCC Withdrawal Press Conference, 15 Nov. 2011

Poetic Justice
Front pages of The Cambodia Daily and The Phnom Penh Post, 16 Nov. 2011


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Click here to read the full press release...


More information at "ECCC Civil Party"

More information at Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia

In KI-Media

Theary Seng Criticizes KRT

as "Political Farce"

The Phnom Penh Post, 10 Nov. 2011


Radio Free Asia (both AM and PM broadcasts on 10 Nov. 2011)


Cambodian-American Lawyer Withdraws her Civil Party Status

Voice of America Khmer Service, 10 Nov. 2011








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