July 14, 2016
Goran Hadzic, 58, the former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia, died Tuesday at the hospital in Novi Sad in northern Serbia. He was suffering from brain cancer. Hadzic was arrested in 2011 and faced war-crimes charges for his leadership of a campaign to carve off one-third of Croatia and join it to Serbia. The U.N. war-crimes tribunal in the Hague dropped the case against him because of his terminal illness and released him from jail last year. Hadzic had pleaded not guilty to involvement in the murder of hundreds of Croats and expulsion of tens of thousands more from their homeland during Croatia's 1991-95 war when ethnic Serbs rebelled against independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia.
July 6, 2016
I WASN'T in Philly yet for the notorious Bicentennial non-celebration in 1976. A teenager then, I had only a vague understanding that a beyond-Nixon paranoid Mayor Frank Rizzo had warned citizens that the Manson Family was planning to spike the Schuylkill with LSD or some such thing. Everybody here stayed home (or so legend has it), and New York - with its tall ships and fireworks back in the day when people still actually liked fireworks - stole the day from Philadelphia. Again. Like DiMaggio in Game 2 of the '50 World Series all over again.
November 6, 2015 |
THE workmanlike German-language drama "Labyrinth of Lies" delves into the so-called Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials of the early 1960s. Nazis had been tried for war crimes at Nuremberg, in Poland and in Israel, but the Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials had a particular resonance and meaning: Germans prosecuted by Germans, under German criminal law. The technicalities involved were legally and morally mind-boggling. The government could charge offenders, former SS men, only for specific acts committed outside the parameters of a soldier's hideous "duties.
November 6, 2015 |
The workmanlike German-language drama Labyrinth of Lies delves into the so-called Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials of the early 1960s. Nazis had been tried for war crimes at Nuremberg, in Poland, and in Israel, but the Frankfurt-Auschwitz trials had a particular resonance and meaning: Germans prosecuted by Germans, under German criminal law. The technicalities involved were legally and morally mind-boggling. The government could only charge offenders, former SS men, for specific acts committed outside the parameters of a soldier's hideous "duties.
June 12, 2015 |
When anthropologist Philippe Bourgois began the research for his Ph.D. in 1981, he never imagined that the scenes he witnessed in El Salvador would haunt him decades later. "I thought I'd be staying relatively safely in refugee camps," he said. "The invasion that I got trapped in took everybody by surprise. " Thirty-four years later, the experience of running for his life amid El Salvador's civil war, and hiding in caves for 10 days before escaping across the Lempa River into Honduras, is never far from his mind.
June 20, 2014 |
Stooped, slightly dazed, and hobbling with a cane for support, 89-year-old Johann Breyer shuffled into a federal courtroom Wednesday to account once again for his role in atrocities committed nearly a lifetime ago. Federal authorities arrested the retired Northeast Philadelphia toolmaker, who worked as an armed guard at two Nazi death camps during World War II, and said they would support a bid to send him back to Germany, where he was charged Tuesday...
December 23, 2013 |
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - The three young Syrian women had managed to escape from the rebel-held section of Aleppo for a few days' rest across the border in Turkey. Asma, 26, a university graduate in English literature, has been volunteering for the past two years as a nurse in a field hospital, treating civilian victims of the war, which has divided Aleppo into conflict zones held by the rebels and the regime. Salam, 30, and Islam, 28, sisters who were teachers before the war, are volunteers in an orphanage that shelters 650 children who lost parents in the fighting.
November 7, 2013 |
Herbert R. Weiman Sr., 88, of Wynnewood, an attorney in Philadelphia for 50 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. After training at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Weiman maintained a law practice on Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond and also on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City. His specialty was family law. He chaired the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and in 1980, was instrumental in enacting a new divorce code for Pennsylvania.
May 8, 2013 |
BERLIN - A 93-year-old man who was deported from the United States for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities Monday on allegations that he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, Stuttgart prosecutors said. Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said. Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he served only as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.
April 7, 2013
Rallies, clashes in Bangladesh DHAKA, Bangladesh - Hundreds of thousands of members of a hard-line Muslim group rallied in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday to demand authorities enact anti-blasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam. Separately, members of the group, Hifazat-e-Islam, clashed with police and pro-government activists in a district outside of the capital, leaving a supporter of the ruling party dead. The massive rally in Dhaka took place amid heightened security in the capital and elsewhere after Hifazat-e-Islam members targeted bloggers who they say are atheists.