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May 16, 2011 | Jed Rubenfeld, Jed Rubenfeld is a professor of law at Yale Law School and a former U.S. representative to the Council of Europe
First came the street celebrations; then the changing accounts of what happened; then the second-guessing -- domestic and foreign. An "extrajudicial execution," that's what many in the international community are now calling the killing of Osama bin Laden. The U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an investigation. According to a U.N. special rapporteur, if the U.S. commandos were under shoot-to-kill orders and did so without offering Bin Laden a "meaningful prospect of surrender," his killing could have been a "cold-blooded execution.
May 3, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Respected Israeli jurist Moshe Landau, who fled Nazi Germany as a young man and later presided over the historic trial of captured war criminal Adolf Eichmann, died Sunday in Jerusalem after a heart attack. He was 99. The former Israeli Supreme Court president was credited with guiding the fledgling nation through a deeply painful and ultimately cathartic tribunal after the 1961 capture and rendition of the fugitive German SS officer by Israeli spies in Argentina. Landau's rulings were instrumental in limiting government censorship and protecting civil rights, while his dry, no-nonsense style made him a standard-bearer of judicial calm and restraint.
January 10, 2011 | By Michael Harris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
First there was Louis Zamperini, then came the Louis Zamperini story. The man made the story ? carved it out of the bedrock of his life, out of high achievement and almost unbelievable suffering ? but the story also made the man. It gave him a vocation as evangelist, inspirational speaker and worker with troubled youth; it made him an authority on the toughness of the human spirit. And in the end, perhaps, the story defined and caged him, as our stories tend to do if we repeat them often enough.
September 30, 2010 | By Julie Cline, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Blame it on the "tsetse fly belt" dividing north and south Africa. Or the schizophrenic monsoons in Asia. Blame it, Eliza Griswold suggests, on overweening hubris and nearsightedness. But don't blame the cultural divide between Islam and Christianity on those "whose faith is bound to their struggle for resources and survival. " In "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," the acclaimed journalist and poet details her experiences over the last decade within what is referred to as the "Torrid Zone," a politically fraught region that is home to 60% of the world's entire population of Christians and 50% of all Muslims.
April 23, 2010 | McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers
Whitney R. Harris, one of the original prosecutors of Nazi crimes after World War II, died Wednesday from complications of cancer at his home in Frontenac, Mo. He was 97. Harris was part of the team, led by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, that began the prosecution of war criminals in Nuremberg, Germany, shortly after the war's end. In 1945, Harris led the team's first case, that of Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest-ranking leader...
October 14, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, the chief interpreter for American prosecutors at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, has died. He was 86. Sonnenfeldt died Friday at his home in Port Washington, N.Y., of complications from a stroke, said his wife, Barbara. Assigned to the International Military Tribunal, Sonnenfeldt interrogated some of World War II's most notorious Nazi leaders, including Hitler's second-in-command, Hermann Goering; Albert Speer, who headed Germany's war manufacturing; and Reich minister Rudolf Hess.
September 1, 2009 | Scott Kraft
They gather every day in a tiny former dry goods shop on a residential street here in this West African capital, and to the neighbors they are what they seem: seven women in front of sewing machines learning to make brightly colored dresses, dashikis and slippers. But the women share a secret. "It's a very long story," said one of them, Christiana John, a tired look on her face. "I don't like to remember most of the things that happened to me." Among the many victims of Sierra Leone's brutal, decade-long civil war are the "bush wives," the girls and women who were kidnapped, raped and forced to "marry" combatants and bear their children.
April 21, 2009 | Neal Bascomb, Neal Bascomb is the author of the just published "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi."
On May 23, 1960, then- Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion stood at the podium in the Knesset and solemnly said: "A short time ago one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, Adolf Eichmann, was discovered by the Israeli security services. Adolf Eichmann is already under arrest in Israel and will shortly be placed on trial." The announcement shocked Israelis and the world alike. It should have. No country was known to be actively pursuing war criminals.
March 20, 2009
Re "Judging the ICC," editorial, March 16 The Times' editorial ignores a gradual approach of U.S. reengagement that could lead eventually to ratification. First, the U.S. could participate as an observer in the International Criminal Court's governing body, the Assembly of States Parties, from which it has been absent since the court was established in 2002. Second, the U.S. could reactivate the U.S. signature of the ICC treaty, demonstrating that it will not undermine the treaty (as the Bush administration wanted)
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