Posts Tagged ‘ war crimes ’

The Hague: Ntaganda pleads not guilty at ICC trial

September 2, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. The 18 charges include murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers. Evidence has been gathered from more than 2,000 alleged victims, including former child soldiers. Nicknamed 'The Terminator,' Gen Ntaganda's trial is the biggest and most complex case in the ICC's history. He fought for different rebel groups as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo's army." (09/02/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34122613  

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Syria: Islamic State thugs behead leading antiquities scholar

August 19, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Islamic State (IS) fighters have beheaded an 82-year old archaeologist in the ancient city of Palmyra and displayed his body on a column in the main square of of the Graeco-Roman ruins. Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said the family of Khaled al-Asaad had informed him that the scholar, who had worked for half a century as the head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed on Tuesday after being detained and interrogated for more than a month. IS accused Mr Asaad of preserving 'idols,' attending 'infidel' conferences, and contacting officials following the jihadi takeover." (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxxcsrm  

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How to celebrate war crimes: A four-point guide

August 12, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Jason Harrington  

"Last week, Croatia gave the world an instructive lesson in how to celebrate war crimes. The occasion was the twentieth-anniversary commemoration of 'Operation Storm,' the 1995 military offensive that expelled around 200,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia, killing about 2,000 of them in the process. Here I distil Croatia's lesson into a handy four-point guide for states wishing to give themselves a hearty pat on the back for past atrocities. Serbian politicians should take note. Serbia has been getting this wrong for years, which perhaps explains why Croatia has been welcomed as a member of the EU and NATO while Serbia has not." (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzw9vhc  

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and My Lai were war crimes

August 4, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"How were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki different from Calley's massacre of civilians in Vietnam? They weren't different at all. Calley targeted innocent civilians at My Lai. Truman and his bombers targeted innocent civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And the fact that Calley was an Army infantryman while the bombers were Air Force personnel is a distinction without a difference when it comes to war crimes. Did the atomic bombings save the lives of U.S. soldiers by shortening the war? Undoubtedly (although many historians have persuasively shown that Japan was ready to surrender anyway), but that still does not operate as a legal or moral justification for targeting innocent civilians." (08/03/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/03/hiroshima-nagasaki-lai-war-crimes/  

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Have millions of deaths from America’s “war on terror” been concealed?

July 1, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jack Balkwill  

"The mass media in the US have covered up the most important fact in America's ongoing wars: the number of people slaughtered. Even before the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the mainstream media served as cheerleaders for the bloodshed, spreading the major lies that led us to war. As a combat vet still shocked by what I saw almost 50 years ago in Vietnam, where we earlier slaughtered millions in another war based on lies, I decided to look into what is happening in the current wars. I discovered that as many as seven million innocents may have been slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz6ztal  

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The Hague: Palestinian minister hands war crimes files to ICC

June 26, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki handed International Criminal Court prosecutors a file Thursday detailing possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The file, based on findings by a Palestinian commission of inquiry and information from non-government groups, feeds into a preliminary investigation by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda into possible crimes on Palestinian territory. ... The move comes just days after a separate investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council accused both sides of committing possible war crimes in last summer's Gaza War. The council's report is also being studied by investigators at the ICC." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owrordb  

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South Africa: Report accuses Zuma, security ministers of helping al-Bashir flee

June 19, 2015
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Times-Live [South Africa]    

"President Jacob Zuma and his key security ministers connived to ensure Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's escaped [sic] the jaws of justice and flew out of South Africa, disobeying a court order and international convention, according to a report. ... The High Court in Pretoria had ordered the government to 'keep' al-Bashir within the borders of South Africa pending the court making a final decision on whether to arrest him based on an ICC warrant." (06/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oajxep2  

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Marine convicted of murder in retrial of Iraqi civilian’s killing

June 18, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A military jury has found a Marine sergeant guilty of murder in the retrial of a major Iraq war-crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. The jury of three enlisted men and three military officers deliberated for over three hours Wednesday before reaching a verdict in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. The defense argued the military inquiry was shoddy and did not support the allegations that Hutchins and his squad killed 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad from the village of Hamdania, and then planted an AK-47 rifle next to his bullet-riddled body to make it look like he was an insurgent." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okjy5af  

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Syria: Family with five children “killed in US-led airstrikes”

June 9, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"A couple and their five children were killed overnight in Syria's northern Aleppo province in strikes by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, a monitor said on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group, said the deaths raised to 148 the number of civilians killed in US-led strikes in Syria since they began in September." [editor's note: As always, grain of salt on reports from the "Observatory," which is a pro-rebel propaganda mill in London, not a news reportage organization in Syria - TLK] (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyhwkez  

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists kill four

June 1, 2015
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New Kerala [India]    

"A US pilotless aircraft fired two missiles on a car believed to be carrying suspected militants in North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Xinhua reported, citing Geo TV. Identities of the dead insurgents have not been determined yet. The drone kept on hovering over the area before and after the strike, causing panic among local residents." (06/01/15)

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-67298.html  

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The vocabulary of war criminals

May 31, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rev. William E. Alberts  

"In the land of American exceptionalism, bipartisan political leaders make 'mistakes' in foreign policy; they do not commit war crimes. The invasion of Iraq offers a much needed case study; and the brother of the president who launched the invasion sets the stage." (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oou7k8d  

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Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions

May 27, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer's war with Israel to abduct, torture and carry out extrajudicial executions with impunity. ... Amnesty International said the killing of Palestinians alleged to have collaborated with Israel constituted war crimes. The group also extended blame beyond Hamas to include the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, saying it failed to stop or investigate the executions." (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8lulh3  

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NYT trumpets US restraint against ISIS, ignores hundreds of civilian deaths

May 26, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary front-page article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme -- even excessive -- concern for civilians. 'American officials say they are not striking significant -- and obvious -- Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians,' reporter Eric Schmitt says. ... But there's one rather glaring omission in this article: the many hundreds of civilian deaths likely caused by the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria." (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1cXGheS  

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Yemen: Saudi invaders shell aid office, killing five refugees

May 22, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten, a local official said. Artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Houthi militia that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ld43ewn  

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Investigators say they have war crimes case on Syria’s Assad

May 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Investigators and lawyers said Wednesday that they have built war crimes cases against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and key institutions of his regime with documents smuggled out of the country. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) has already built three cases against the regime for crimes against humanity and is continuing to assemble evidence against others in the regime as well as in the opposition." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l93al2c  

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Germany: SS “accountant of Auschwitz” on trial for 300k counts of accessory to murder

April 20, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Hedy Bohm had just turned 16 when the Nazis packed her and her parents onto a cattle car in May 1944 and sent them from Hungary to the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. After three days and nights in darkness, crammed into the standing-room-only car with babies wailing, the doors were flung open. ... One of the black-uniformed men on the ramp was likely SS guard Oskar Groening. Today 93, he goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Two of those deaths were Bohm's parents, who are believed to have been killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival in Auschwitz." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojp8cca  

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Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

April 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District rejected a claim of innocence by Nicholas A. Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tenn., who received the life sentence after being convicted of murder in October for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre. The three others -- Paul A. Slough, 35, of Keller, Tex.; Evan S. Liberty, 32, of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin L. Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tenn. -- were sentenced to 30 years plus one day after being convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter." (04/13/15)

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Serbia: Eight arrested as suspects in Srebenica massacre

March 18, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"In a first for Serbia, police on Wednesday arrested eight men accused of taking part in killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, The Associated Press has learned. ... Serbian prosecutors initially arrested seven suspects in pre-dawn raids Wednesday at different locations in Serbia, then caught the eighth suspect later after an hours-long manhunt. The prosecutors also said they are trying to locate more suspects who may be hiding in Bosnia." (03/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5hj5d2  

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Jordan: Regime kills two prisoners in retaliation for pilot’s killing

February 4, 2015
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St. Augustine Record    

"A Jordanian government spokesman says Jordan has [killed] two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaida. The [killings] at dawn Wednesday came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage." (02/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osv8m8t  

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Germany: War crimes case filed against Bush regime officials

December 22, 2014
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Democracy Now!    

"A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime -- except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it." (12/19/14)

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/19/should_bush_and_cheney_be_tried  

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Torturer slams report on torture, says torture isn’t torture

December 17, 2014
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Fox News    

"The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA's program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report. 'If it was torture, I would be in jail,' James Mitchell said on 'The Kelly File.'" (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfjed4f  

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Cheney on war crimes: I’d do it again

December 15, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Dick Cheney said he would do it all again. The blunt former veep on Sunday aggressively defended the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks, defiantly maintaining that they helped protect the homeland. 'We've avoided another mass casualty attack against the United States. And we did capture Bin Laden,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'I'd do it again in a minute.'" (12/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k4qhxgj  

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The CIA’s Operation Deception

December 10, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Melvin A. Goodman  

"CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program. Former CIA directors George Tenet and Michael Hayden and deputy directors John McLaughlin and Steve Kappes, who were guilty of past deceit on sensitive issues, have threatened to make documents available to undermine the findings of the Senate committee." (12/10/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/10/the-cias-operation-deception/  

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Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine, seceded states

October 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Human rights organization Amnesty International has reported war crimes by both Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists during the conflict in Ukraine [and the seceded states]. Both sides are being urged to investigate. ... Early in September, both sides agreed a ceasefire and a demilitarized zone for eastern Ukraine [and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. Nevertheless, violence continued, especially around the airport Donetsk, with the truce being violated by both sides. According to the United Nations, in the past seven weeks alone, more than 330 people have been killed in the conflict zone." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lkp2m6q  

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Washington’s alliance with traffickers of human organs

August 6, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Serbs-guilty-Kosovars-innocent narrative pushed by the interventionists has stuck to this day, in spite of the ongoing victimization of the remaining Serbs -- who have been ethnically cleansed from most of the region, after witnessing their homes and churches burned to the ground while the 'allies' -- who still occupy Kosovo -- stood by and watched. As it turned out, NATO did more than merely stand by and watch -- according to Marty they actively covered up numerous war crimes committed by the KLA and the current leadership of Kosovo, including the practice of trafficking in human organs torn from the bodies of Serb prisoners of war." (08/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k65pp4l  

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