July 25, 2013 |
BERLIN - The Simon Wiesenthal Center launched a poster campaign in several German cities Tuesday appealing for help in tracking down the last surviving Nazi war criminals not yet brought to justice, and promising compensation to those who provide useful information. About 2,000 posters depicting the entrance gate of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz were put up in Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne asking the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of Nazis some seven decades after the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
March 22, 2013 |
BERLIN - A Jesuit priest who was kidnapped by the Argentine military junta in the 1970s said Wednesday that he and a fellow cleric weren't denounced by the future Pope Francis, then leader of Argentina's Jesuits. The Rev. Francisco Jalics, a Hungarian native who now lives in a German monastery, said in a statement that he was following up on comments about the case last week because he had received a lot of questions and "some commentaries imply the opposite of what I meant. " He did not elaborate.
September 11, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - From self-exile in Turkey, Iraq's fugitive vice president scoffed Monday at a Baghdad court that sentenced him to the gallows for masterminding death squads against rivals, describing it as a puppet of the prime minister and saying he will not return to appeal the verdict. The conviction of Tariq al-Hashemi, one of the nation's highest-ranking Sunni officials, rids Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of a top political foe while threatening to deepen the rift between Iraq's main Muslim sects as the nation struggles to achieve stability nine months after U.S. troops withdrew.
September 10, 2012
Iraq vice president sentenced to death BAGHDAD - Iraq's Sunni vice president, who has been accused of commanding sectarian death squads that are responsible for hundreds of killings, was sentenced to death in absentia on Sunday, hours after a wave of attacks killed more than 50 people across the country. The sentencing of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi could deepen an already intractable political crisis in Iraq among Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds, even as a spate of recent attacks has raised questions about the government's ability to provide security nine months after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
September 5, 2012 |
Edgardo David Holzman's debut novel, Malena (Nortia Press), opens in a smoky Buenos Aires cafe. A dashing army captain named Diego and his lover Inés are dancing to their favorite tango, "Malena. " Malena sings the tango like no one else and into each verse she pours her heart. Her voice is perfumed with the weeds of the slum. Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón. It's an intensely romantic scene - but it's also a scene filled with mortal dread.
June 8, 2012 |
When bullets sprayed from a speeding al Qaeda BMW blistered Ahmed's Nissan Altima on a Baghdad highway, he knew it was time to clear out of Iraq. An interpreter for a U.S. tank brigade, Ahmed was an invaluable asset to Americans, but a traitor to some Iraqis. Because he has family in peril in Iraq, I am not using his real name. Despite the will of Congress and the promise of then-candidate Barack Obama, Ahmed, who lives in University City, is one of the relatively few "traitors" to reach safety in America.
June 2, 2012 |
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The new chief chosen to clean up a Honduran national police force tarred with allegations of corruption and involvement in murders was accused by the department's internal affairs investigators of running a death squad when he was a top regional police official. A 10-year-old report on Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, nicknamed "The Tiger," resurfaced in widely distributed e-mails and on a local website after he was named police chief May 21 as part of President Porfirio Lobo's efforts to reform a department that is widely accused of killings and human-rights violations.
February 17, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi judicial panel said Thursday that the country's Sunni vice president and his employees ran death squads that killed security officials and Shiite pilgrims. The findings offer the first independent assessment of accusations that have thrown the nation into political chaos and threaten to reignite sectarian tensions. After a two-month investigation, the nine-judge committee found at least 150 cases in which Tariq al-Hashemi, his bodyguards, or other employees were linked to attacks ranging from roadside bombs to assassinations of security agents and Shiite pilgrims, Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar said.
December 21, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Sunni vice president denied Shiite accusations that he organized death squads, describing the charges Tuesday as a trumped-up case brought only after the departure of U.S. troops about assassinations allegedly committed five years ago. The arrest warrant issued against the highest-ranking Sunni politician threatens to tear apart Iraq's coalition government and perhaps kick-start another Sunni insurgency. It raised suspicions that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, ordered the arrest of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi as part of a campaign to consolidate his hold on power out of a fear that Sunnis in and out of Iraq are plotting against him. Sunnis, the minority Muslim sect in Iraq, feared a new round of sectarian warfare could result from the charges, announced the day after the last American soldiers left the country.
June 1, 2006 |
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki yesterday ordered thousands of Iraqi troops to Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, to clamp down on escalating violence that threatens to throw the once-peaceful city into anarchy. Maliki imposed a state of emergency on the city, which is the Shiite-dominated capital of the oil-rich southern part of Iraq, and said he would use "an iron fist" to reimpose order. The violence coursing across Basra includes Shiite death squads hunting down Sunnis, the two major Shiite militias fighting each other, and tribes carrying on ancient feuds.