December 16, 2012
Re "Bin Laden movie heats up CIA torture debate," Dec. 14 With the arrival of "Zero Dark Thirty," a dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, we seem to have reached the point where we are discussing the value of torture rather than its morality. We have moved from being a country that thrilled to James Cagney resisting Nazi torture to protect the secrets of D-day ("13 Rue Madeleine") to one that seemingly will embrace torture if it works. We were a country that condemned Hitler for the heinous invasion of Poland; just recently, we invaded Iraq on the pretext that we have a unilateral right to preemptive war. And those who promote these new values claim the mantle of being the real Americans.
May 17, 2012 |
LONDON — Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic confronted the accusations against him at the opening of his war crimes trial in The Hague on Wednesday with contemptuous gestures to the court and the victims who had come to see him face justice for atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Slowed by age and the hardships of 15 years on the run from the indictment by the United Nations tribunal, Mladic still mustered a hint of his trademark swagger as...
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November 27, 2011 |
To organize his research on the Watts riots, journalist Robert E. Conot sketched out the hour-by-hour progress of events in 1965 on a 25-foot-long stretch of paper, then dressed the diagram in the exhaustive detail for which he became known. The timeline helped him write "Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness," a 1967 study of the smoldering unrest behind the riots. Based on his eyewitness account and extensive interviews, the book was called "brilliant" by Times reviewers. In 1969, one of them wrote: "With honesty and soul," he revealed the "real, ordinary" people of the "ghetto.
August 6, 2010 |
Supermodel Naomi Campbell traded the catwalk for the witness stand Thursday as she acknowledged accepting a gift of "dirty-looking stones" that war crimes prosecutors say were uncut diamonds from former Liberian strongman Charles Taylor. Prosecutors say the gems offer proof that Taylor engaged in the trade of illegally mined "conflict diamonds" to help arm rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. Thousands of civilians were killed or mutilated during the fighting.
December 6, 2009 |
The scene at the untidy conclusion of Cambodia's first war crimes trial was telling: a French defense lawyer with his face buried in his hands. The tribunal promised a more inclusive approach than its counterparts at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Instead, the trial closed in disarray late last month after an eleventh-hour disagreement between the Cambodian and foreign defense counsels, offering a stark reminder of the difficulties in carrying out international standards of justice in a country with a reputation for corruption and a deeply compromised legal system.
October 27, 2009 |
United Nations judges abruptly adjourned Radovan Karadzic's war crimes trial after the former Bosnian Serb leader boycotted the opening day to protest what he said was his lack of time to prepare a defense. Judge O-Gon Kwon said that in the absence of Karadzic, who was defending himself, or any lawyer representing him, he was suspending the case until this afternoon, when the prosecution would begin its opening statement. It was not immediately clear what would happen if Karadzic again boycotted the trial today.