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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Staff Writer | February 23, 1993
UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council, launching the first international judgment of war crimes since the aftermath of World War II, voted unanimously yesterday to establish a tribunal to prosecute atrocities committed in the Balkans.Spurred by mounting evidence of mass killing, forced deportations, concentration camps and mass rapes, the council said reports of widespread violation of international law threatened international security."There is an echo in this chamber today; the Nuremberg principles have been reaffirmed," U.S. envoy Madeleine Albright said in voting for the resolution.
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October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 27, 2002
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is oiling up legal machinery that hasn't been used since World War II as another weapon in the war on terrorism: special military tribunals to try selected terrorist suspects. Defense Department lawyers are putting finishing touches on guidelines for prosecuting suspected terrorists and al-Qaida fighters for war-crimes violations, said Maj. Ted Wadsworth, a Pentagon spokesman. By the end of the year, the guidelines may be ready, including a definition of war-crimes offenses.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
Commentators Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon point out that "Hamas is striking out to gain the world's attention" in order to "hurt Israel's image by depicting her as a bloodthirsty violator of international norms" ( "Hamas' unjust war," July 31). But they cite this as if it were merely a virtual reality rather than actual heinous acts being perpetrated against real innocent people. Their description of the killing of citizens as an "image" problem highlights a number of obvious truths: Number one, if Israel is really concerned about its image, it needs to immediately cease the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
In response to those who complain that President George W. Bushought to be tried for war crimes, I guess that means it is OK to bomb civilians using drones - or are you also ready to put President Barack Obama on trial? As for Sen. Barbara Mikulski who has been in the U.S. Senate for what seems like forever, why did she wait until now to try and pass a bill requiring equal pay for women knowing she did not have the votes? ("Equal pay, equal work," June 7). Why didn't she bring it up when Democrats held a majority in Congress a few years back, and why are federal employees excluded from the law?
NEWS
February 16, 2012
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Pentagon legal official approved war crimes charges Wednesday for a Pakistani detainee at Guantanamo who is accused of joining al-Qaida and taking part in a series of post-Sept. 11 terror plots after spending much of his youth in Maryland. Majid Khan, 31, faces up to life in prison if convicted of charges that include murder, attempted murder and providing material support for terrorism. The Pentagon's Convening Authority approved the charges two days after they were filed by military prosecutors, a process that has taken months of review in the past.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
Commentators Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon point out that "Hamas is striking out to gain the world's attention" in order to "hurt Israel's image by depicting her as a bloodthirsty violator of international norms" ( "Hamas' unjust war," July 31). But they cite this as if it were merely a virtual reality rather than actual heinous acts being perpetrated against real innocent people. Their description of the killing of citizens as an "image" problem highlights a number of obvious truths: Number one, if Israel is really concerned about its image, it needs to immediately cease the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.
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By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 24, 2006
JERUSALEM -- In a report released yesterday, Amnesty International accused Israel of committing war crimes during its recent campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, saying it broke international law by deliberately causing extensive destruction to the country's infrastructure. "Many of the violations examined in this report are war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility," the human rights group said. "They include directly attacking civilian objects and carrying out indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 9, 2005
MADRID -- The Spanish government announced yesterday that Ante Gotovina, a top war crimes suspect from Croatia, had been arrested in Spain's Canary Islands, clearing a major obstacle to Croatia's efforts to join the European Union. Spain's Interior Ministry said Gotovina, 50, was arrested Wednesday night at a restaurant in a luxury hotel in Tenerife. The Croatian government had been criticized by European Union officials as failing to cooperate sufficiently in the search for Gotovina, who is a revered figure in parts of Croatia.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
Your article about U.S. citizens serving in the Israeli Defense Forces doesn't address where their loyalty lies. Is it with Israel or with the U.S., since they chose to serve in a foreign country's military rather than their own ( "Americans find meaning in Israeli military service," Aug. 4)? What happens when these fighters return to the U.S. and enter government or media, as so many of them do? Will they continue to put Israel's interests and security ahead of America's, promoting Israeli propaganda?
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By Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon | August 1, 2014
During the past few weeks, the world has witnessed the deadly cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis erupt once more into full-fledged conflagration. What began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers quickly escalated into the firing of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the need for Israeli military action. And, as usual, the people who are paying the heaviest price for the conflict are the innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians who simply wish, as we all do, to go about their daily lives.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's rebuke of U.S. and NATO forces as the principal cause of civilian casualties in his country understandably outraged American officials, with some in Congress threatening to retaliate by making even deeper cuts in military and other aid to that impoverished nation. Nevertheless, the U.S. has important long-term interests in preventing Afghanistan from sliding back into chaos that transcend the indignity of the daily stream of slights and insults issuing from Mr. Karzai's office.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. couldn't be more wrong when he describes the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "a woman of principle and strong moral character" ("A silence from liberals that speaks volumes," June 23). On the contrary, Mrs. Thatcher's hatred of Irish Catholics caused her to commit war crimes in Northern Ireland for which she should have been tried at the Hague. Thatcher sent British SAS soldiers to Northern Ireland with orders to "shoot to kill," ordered the execution of Catholic lawyer Pat Finucane, whose only offense was to defend suspected IRA members too well in court, and once horrified her advisors by proposing a "Cromwell solution" for Northern Ireland - whereby tens of thousands of Catholics would be forcibly removed (ethnically cleansed)
NEWS
June 8, 2012
In response to those who complain that President George W. Bushought to be tried for war crimes, I guess that means it is OK to bomb civilians using drones - or are you also ready to put President Barack Obama on trial? As for Sen. Barbara Mikulski who has been in the U.S. Senate for what seems like forever, why did she wait until now to try and pass a bill requiring equal pay for women knowing she did not have the votes? ("Equal pay, equal work," June 7). Why didn't she bring it up when Democrats held a majority in Congress a few years back, and why are federal employees excluded from the law?
NEWS
February 16, 2012
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Pentagon legal official approved war crimes charges Wednesday for a Pakistani detainee at Guantanamo who is accused of joining al-Qaida and taking part in a series of post-Sept. 11 terror plots after spending much of his youth in Maryland. Majid Khan, 31, faces up to life in prison if convicted of charges that include murder, attempted murder and providing material support for terrorism. The Pentagon's Convening Authority approved the charges two days after they were filed by military prosecutors, a process that has taken months of review in the past.
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By LYLE DENNISTON | March 10, 1991
Washington.--As the Persian Gulf war passes into an era of postwar "arrangements," the lawyers' turn to act will come, and what they do -- about war crimes, for example -- could turn out to be one of the more complex but possibly least conclusive parts of the entire affair.The war has left behind a pile of legal wrongs awaiting legal remedies, including deeply serious charges of wide-ranging atrocities. But, as is often the case with law, it is simpler to recite broad goals than it is to say what legal method, process or principle is to be used to reach the goals.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | March 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- In a long-awaited report, the Pentagon asserted yesterday that Iraq committed serious war crimes during the Persian Gulf war by abusing all of the prisoners of war it captured, torturing and killing Kuwaitis and damaging the environment by releasing oil into the Persian Gulf and destroying Kuwaiti oil wells.The report was prepared by the U.S. Army and was based on intelligence and operational reports, and interviews and debriefings of prisoners of war and hostages by teams of military lawyers.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 2, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. • Weiner says photo might be him. #Weinergate. (WSJ)  • "Walmart of weed" opens . (Reuters)  • U.N.: Libyan rebels guilty of war crimes. (Daily Beast)  • U.S. economic data called 'horror.'  (CNBC)  • We've lost the war on drugs . (BBC)
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May 26, 2011
100 Years Ago — Judge sludge The two items below were used as fillers at the bottom of a page of the Times , with the first item regarding a judge, followed directly by the bit about Cloverleaf. The items' placement was appropriate, the latter providing great commentary on the first. "A Rhode Island Judge has decided that a husband has the right to slap his wife when he catches her going through his pockets. The Cloverleaf Manure Spreader sold by P.T. Bennett of Sykesville is by far the best spreader made.
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