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CIVIC EDUCATION


Has Science Discovered God?     Click to watch this FASCINATING, MIND-BLOGGING video with breathtaking images and you learn science in the process!   Read transcript             God in the Cosmos
Veritas Forum at Yale University  [ ... ]



OK, one more value, foundation of them all:

Value #0

Value: The ultimate allegiance of a Christian is to Jesus Christ, the creative Word (become flesh), which enlightens everyone, and the redeeming Lamb of God, which bears the sin of the whole world. A Christian ought not embrace any practice, no matter how prudent it may seem from the standpoint of national security or national competitive advantage, which conflicts with allegiance to Christ.

Rationale: “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11)

Debate: For Christians, the debate should not be whether the allegiance to Christ trumps the allegiance to the nation. The debate should be what key values national life follow from their allegiance to Jesus Christ and what the proper relation is between universalist claims of Christ and particularist claims of the nation.

Question to Ask: To what extent is the candidate merely seeking to serve the “goddess nation” and to what extent is what he stands for compatible with the Christian conviction that Christ is the key to human flourishing?

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

Value No. 16:  Healthcare

Value No. 17: Care for Creation

Value 18:  Respect all Faiths

Value No. 19: On Offenders

Value No. 20: Competence matters less than character

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Rock on, Venerable Loun Sovath!


The first Southeast Asian to receive the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva, Oct. 2012
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Welcome to new members of Kramanation!


The most lovely couple -- Mr. and Mrs. Chhayri and Kanitha MARM of Sydney (Opera House, 5 Oct. 2012)

Mr. Senon Williams of Dengue Fever rock band (Mexico, Sept. 2012)

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8 Weeks Schedule

 

Speaking at Spirit of Humanity Forum

Iceland (September)


Theary, Swedish Ambassador Ragnar Angeby, Vibeke of Denmark at reception hosted by President of Iceland at his residence.  More...


Collecting Family History

Paris (September)


More on Facebook...


Speak Truth To Power Photo Exhibition and Training at Bophana Center

Phnom Penh, September 2012


With UNESCO Country Representative Anne Lemaistre, prolific author Oum Suphany at Photo Exhibition and after COURAGE Training.  More at CIVICUS Cambodia...

 

Meeting with Members of Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia (AKRVC) and Film Interview with ABC News

Phnom Penh (October)


Theary Seng, president of Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia (AKRVC) to ABC News today: "...the KRT is a Justice Fantasyland..." after other members of AKRVC told their stories.

ABC News: Who do you blame for this? For example, is Australia as a donor complicit?

Theary Seng: "...the Cambodian government, with the most senior officials having been former KR cadres, but everyone already knows this and we didn't expect much. But what we didn't expect to this degree is the complicity of the UN and the donor community... At first, donors were apathetic, letting the government have full control of the wheel; now the donors are proactively complicit in doing everything to whitewash this failure into a success; they have to, as they are already in too deep. They cannot accept the reality that is is a failure and they should abandon it. They have other interests they need to protect here -- economic and political interests; they use the justice and human rights language as a disguise to further these other primary political and economic interests."


"Take that, Kissinger!" Poetic Justice dart games filming for ABC News.

More at Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia...

 

Meetings with Cambodian-Australians with Khmer Post to discuss CIVICUS Cambodia's works, Justice/Reconciliation, human rights in Cambodia

Sydney / Melbourne, Australia (October)


SWR FM 99.9 radio interview, Theary Seng with Khmer Post president Meach Sovannara.  The half interview was also broadcasted in Cambodia via Khmer Post (Sydney, Australia, 5 Oct. 2012).

More photos along with narratives...

In KI-Media

Listen to the ABC News Australia (Khmer service) interview with Theary Seng on "Language In Crisis" LIVE on 9 October 2012, now available online.

In KI-Media


Meeting with Philosopher-Author Mark Strom and his wife Sue

Balmoral Beach (Sydney), 7 Oct. 2012



Meeting with donor The Charitable Foundation founder/philanthropist Steve Killelea, CEO Peder Pedersen

Sydney, 8 Oct. 2012


Facilitating course Reconciliation as Process and Practice, Folke Bernadotte Academy

Sweden (October)


Meetings and Visit with friend who is in process of moving family to Cambodia

Geneva (October)


Meeting with Jewish Delegation to Cambodia

Le Royal Phnom Penh (Novembers)


ANSA-EAP Foundation Board of Trustees meeting

Manila (November)

 

Hosting 2 Children's Organizations (one working with street, another with abused children) at brother's Kirirom Orchards

Kampong Speu (November)

 

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WORLD HABITAT DAY

October 1

 

We stand with the Housing Rights Task Force!



More on KI-Media

 

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Beautiful Cambodia! (image from Facebook of Yeth Vat via KI-Media)

 

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Khmer Rouge defendant Ieng Thirith ruled unfit for Cambodian genocide trial due to dementia

The Washington Post, 13 Sept. 2012


Others said the development highlighted one of the main complaints against the tribunal — that it is too late to truly deliver justice. Pol Pot, the regime’s top lead er, died in 1998.


The tribunal opened in 2006 — nearly three decades after the fall of the Khmer Rouge — following years of wrangling between Cambodia and the United Nations. The lengthy delays have been costly and raised fears that the frail surviving Khmer Rouge leaders will die before their verdicts come. “


Of course if she is seriously ill with Alzheimer’s, she should be released. There is no point in trying an incapacitated person,” said Theary Seng, a human rights advocate representing some victims who are allowed a role in the proceedings. “The point is the (tribunal) is so late in coming. The political foot-dragging and inertia has caused this travesty of justice.”

 

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"Free
the

Bee!"

- Theary C. Seng


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

Check for updates on KI-Media.

 

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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

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PRESS RELEASE

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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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