March 26, 2006
Re "It was genocide," editorial, March 22 Your unambiguous restatement of the historical fact of the Armenian genocide was a resounding slap of truth on the shamefully pandering face of official complicity. At a time when the value and role of newspapers in the digital age is under debate, The Times has shown us with clarity and courage that integrity remains the defining essence of journalism. JOHN SHAHABIAN Sacramento It's astonishing that Turks point to treason, as many Armenians sided with Russia at the outbreak of World War I while Turkey sided with Germany.
September 18, 1998 |
Refugees fleeing an Afghan city recently conquered by the Taliban say that troops with the ultra-orthodox religious army slaughtered thousands of civilians when they took the town last month. The refugees, who are arriving here each day on foot from the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, say Taliban fighters focused exclusively on an ethnic minority known as the Hazaras, picked out by their distinctive Mongolian features.
July 7, 2006 |
Sheriff's officials Thursday released the last batch of documents from their investigation of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, a trove that included one killer's essays about guns in high schools and a diary kept by his father that dismisses complaints against his son from another classmate. With 25,000 pages of Columbine-related documents already in the public domain, Thursday's 946-page coda offered little new information.
January 21, 2003 |
Eight men were killed and two wounded in an execution-style massacre at a Cape Town massage parlor, police said. Police spokesman Etienne Terblanche said most of the victims were found shot dead, with their hands tied and throats slit, in a house in the seedy Sea Point suburb, which markets itself as a holiday destination for gays. Prostitution is common in Sea Point, though police would say only that the house where the bodies were found was known to be a gay massage parlor.
December 16, 1987 |
The lone survivor of the four-member Arab commando unit that opened fire in a Rome airport almost two years ago went on trial Tuesday and accused Israeli security agents of being equally responsible for the 16 people killed. "I did not come here to ask forgiveness," 20-year-old Ibrahim Khaled said. "I came here to explain how the massacre happened."
August 4, 2005 |
President Bush has signed into law a bill furthering the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, more than 140 years after about 700 militiamen killed more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, mostly women, children and elderly men, in a surprise attack near what is now Chivington. Congress later determined that the attack was unprovoked. The law capped efforts begun by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave and Sen.
September 20, 2005 |
Former President Luis Echeverria was charged in connection with a 1968 massacre by soldiers and police at a student rally in Mexico City. Echeverria, interior minister at the time, and seven others face charges of genocide and kidnapping. Officials said about 30 people were killed, but witnesses put the toll as high as 300. A judge will rule as early as today on whether to issue arrest orders. In July, a judge found insufficient evidence of genocide when similar charges were filed.
July 17, 2002 |
UKRAINE * Builders at a Ukrainian monastery have unearthed about 130 skeletons, prompting officials to speculate that they stumbled on evidence of a massacre by Soviet secret police after World War II. The remains, some of children, were found under the floor in the monastery in western Ukraine that was once used by the Greek Catholic Church, banned by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1946. "These people were buried so secretly that even the locals did not know they were in the monastery.
July 23, 2002 |
Prosecutors grilled an 80-year-old former Mexico City mayor about his alleged involvement in the deaths of more than 30 students in 1971, part of the country's effort to come to terms with violence in its past. At a heavily guarded hospital in the northern city of Monterrey, former Mayor Alfonso Martinez Dominguez sat in a wheelchair as officials read 95 questions. He invoked his right to remain silent.
December 11, 2003 |
A former Bosnian Serb army commander was jailed for 17 years by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague after confessing to his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys. Dragan Obrenovic, one of two ex-commanders to admit his role in Europe's worst massacre since World War II, had pleaded guilty at the U.N. court to one count of crimes against humanity. Five other counts, including extermination and murder, were dismissed.