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U.S. Leaders Aid Israeli Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

There is growing evidence that Israeli leaders and commanders have committed war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. The U.S. military has aided, abetted and assisted the commission of these crimes by providing Israel with the military means to commit them.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?

The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.

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The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



20 Years After the Start of the Rwandan Genocide, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Points to the Power of Words

The 1994 Rwandan genocide was stunning for its ferocity and speed. Eight hundred thousand people were killed in the span of just 100 days.

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Rwanda Tells France to Face ‘Difficult Truth’ of Genocide Role

Rwanda on Sunday told France to face up to the “difficult truth” of its role in the 1994 genocide, amid a major diplomatic spat on the eve of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings.

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John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

Australian journalist John Pilger, who speaks with the moral voice of George Orwell, discusses how a majority of Britons polled could say fewer than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the British- and American-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the real number is closer to a million.

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On the Verge of Genocide

“Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children’s throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles” as malaria and AIDS wreak parallel horrors, The Guardian reported Friday.

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Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

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Genocide Conviction of Efraín Ríos Montt Overturned

Guatemala’s top court has thrown out the conviction of the general and former military dictator for genocide and crimes against humanity in what Amnesty International has called a “devastating blow for the victims of the serious human rights violations committed during the conflict.”

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The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

Former Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Judges, Prosecutors of Efraín Ríos Montt

Those who Friday convicted the Guatemalan dictator of genocide and crimes against humanity showed that political killers can be brought to justice in the modern world.

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Genocide Trial of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Put on Hold

An appeals court has suspended the trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt after the country’s president intervened just hours before a criminal court was scheduled to reach a verdict.

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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

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Joseph Kony and the ‘Visible Children’

Updated Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony has forced more than 60,000 kidnapped children to kill for him. Nonprofit crusaders Invisible Children say they’ll stop him, but the group has its own problems.

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France, Turkey Trade Accusations of Genocide

Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own past.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

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Fugitive Serbian Commander Arrested

After more than 15 years on the run, Ratko Mladic, commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, was arrested Thursday on war crimes charges, including the slaughter of thousands of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. (more)

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Armenian Remembrance and the Politics of Genocide

Today is Armenian Remembrance Day, celebrating the lives of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in 1915. Yet, nearly a century later, the issue is still highly charged, with President Obama taking note of the “horrific events” but refraining from using the word genocide.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Suspects Ethnic Massacre in Ivory Coast

More than 100 people have been found dead in western parts of the Ivory Coast, victims of what investigators believe are ethnically motivated massacres. U.N. officials say the killings may have been carried out by Liberian mercenaries.

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Backlash Mounts Against Gadhafi

Support for Col. Moammar Gadhafi in the midst of a Libyan uprising, however much he had, was dwindling Tuesday as former members of his own government joined outside critics in condemning violence against protesters as Gadhafi held fast to his position.

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South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

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Darfur Fighting Reignites

New fighting between the Sudanese army and Darfur rebels has erupted in the impoverished southern part of Sudan, displacing already-overcrowded refugee camps and leading to an exodus of about 12,000 people.

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U.N.-Backed Congolese Troops Accused of Rape

Rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out mass rapes in the eastern part of the country in July and August. Now U.N.-backed Congolese “peacekeeping” troops are being accused of murdering and raping villagers in the same area. So ... who are the good guys, again?

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Every year on April 24, Armenians around the world commemorate what they call “Genocide Remembrance Day” in honor of the 1.5 million Armenians who died in the genocide from 1915 to 1923.

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Sudan Heads to the Polls

Sudan’s three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country’s 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


After 95 Years, Sweden Calls Killing of Armenians Genocide

The Swedish parliament took a vote Thursday on an important wording issue, and the end result led to diplomatic strain between Sweden and Turkey. That’s because the word that parliament members decided on was genocide, and the incident they were applying it to was the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Former Serb Leader Calls Bosnian War ‘Just and Holy’

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is on trial for genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for his role in the mass killings of Croats and Muslims during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, but a defiant Karadzic apparently doesn’t believe that he presided over an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Karadzic Misses First Day of Genocide Trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was a no-show Monday at The Hague, where he was scheduled to stand trial on charges of genocide against Bosnian Muslims in the mid-1990s. The proceedings were expected to continue Tuesday regardless of his participation, or lack thereof, in court.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day

Read historian Howard Zinn’s account of that genocidal, gold-crazed maniac Christopher Columbus, and it’s impossible to think this man deserves a holiday. Upon meeting the Indians, for example, his first thought was “They would make fine servants. ... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Armenia, Turkey Sign Accord

Despite a last-minute hitch, Turkey and Armenia signed an agreement normalizing relations. The accord comes almost a century after the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915, an action for which Turkey denies responsibility. Under the agreement, a panel of independent historians will study the genocide issue.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Georgia-Russia Clash Still Under Investigation

It’s been a year since last summer’s military showdown between Russia and neighboring Georgia, but even though the Georgian president (and many Western media outlets) pointed to “Russian aggression” as the cause of the conflict, an international investigation team looking to get to the bottom of the matter is still working away at finding the answers.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE



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Stuck Between a Turk and an Armenian, So to Speak

President Obama over the weekend commemorated the 1915 murder of over a million Armenians without using the word genocide, a term he had used during the presidential campaign in speaking of the slaughter. The word from the lips of the U.S. president would have angered Turkey at a time when relations between Washington and Ankara are going so well. In the end, Obama’s rhetorical gifts were not enough to keep outraged Armenian-Americans from taking to the streets.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Will Obama Say the ‘G’ Word?

If the issue doesn’t trip Obama up on his visit to Turkey, he is going to have to walk into a far worse minefield on April 24 when he has to honor a campaign promise to call the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million Armenian Christians by Ottoman Turkey a “genocide.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


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The ICC’s First Tooth

The International Criminal Court is getting its teeth, as judges have ordered the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity—including murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape—marking the first time the ICC has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Clooney in Chad

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recently took at trip to Chad with an unlikely sidekick: George Clooney. Kristof was skeptical at first, but Clooney—always the charmer!—won him over, and thus Kristof came to see the potential benefits of celebrity advocacy.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


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David Rieff on ‘Africa’s World War’

Why does the Darfur violence arouse outrage but the slaughter of millions more in Congo does not? An indispensable new book by Gerard Prunier attempts an answer by combining cool analysis and scholarly dispassion without losing sight of the horror of its subject.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Leave World War II Out of Gaza

I have long raged against any comparisons with the Second World War—whether of the Arafat-is-Hitler variety once deployed by Menachem Begin or of the anti-war- demonstrators-are- 1930s-appeasers, most recently used by George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Who Believes There Is ‘Progress’ in the Middle East?

If reporting is, as I suspect, a record of mankind’s folly, then the end of 2008 is proving my point.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Congolese Ethnic Violence Worsens

The chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo escalated Friday as a refugee camp of 50,000 people reportedly was looted and burned, probably by Tutsi rebel groups. The violence is rooted in the colonial ethnic divisions that led to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Quagmire, Phase 2: The Invasion of Pakistan

The United States has just invaded Cambodia. The name of Cambodia this time is Pakistan, but otherwise it’s the same story as in Indochina in 1970.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


U.S., France Slammed for Murder in Historical Inquiries

“Democracy Now!” reported Thursday on two separate stories that show being a Western democracy hardly makes you immune to serious allegations of war crimes. In one, the radio/TV show reports the conclusion by South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that the U.S. military indiscriminately killed large groups of South Korean civilians during the Korean War. The other reviews the detailed new report by the Rwandan government that says the French military trained the murderous Interahamwe militia, key to the country’s 1994 genocide. [Transcripts & A/V]

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Rwanda Says France Participated in Genocide

After two years of investigation, a Rwandan commission has accused France of facilitating the 1994 genocide by training Hutu militias and providing support to the Hutu government. The commission also says French forces murdered and raped Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The French government has consistently denied involvement in the genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed, but said it would look at the new report.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE


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War Crimes Tribunal Awaits Karadzic

He is almost unrecognizable in the guise of alternative therapist Dr. Dragan Dabic, but it apparently took more than long hair, a beard and an invented identity to keep former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s past from catching up with him.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Sudanese President Rejects Genocide Claims

Although an International Criminal Court prosecutor has accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of genocide in Darfur, Bashir begs to differ and Sudan is refusing to cooperate with the court. Meanwhile, some United Nations representatives are preparing to leave Sudan as concerns build about a potential violent backlash to the charge.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Amnesty International Points to 60 Years of Failure

World leaders are about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, but leading human rights organization Amnesty International says they should first apologize for failing to tackle widespread abuses around the world. The group’s annual report cites 81 countries for torture or maltreatment and chastises the United States for setting such a poor example.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Plays the Crazy Card

In this protracted and often dispiriting prelude to the general election, few remarks have been as poorly chosen as Sen. Hillary Clinton’s threat to “totally obliterate” Iran.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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