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Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2016

In 2012, David Crane helped put notorious Liberian dictator Charles Taylor behind bars. Now he's turned his attention to Syria and is overseeing a project to assemble a massive database of President Bashar Assad's war crimes. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2015

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. By Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

'Strong Moralizing': A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

'Strong Moralizing': A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

Athens has demanded that Germany pay Greece billions in World War II reparations. Berlin, though, has ignored the requests. International law professor Frank Schorkopf says that Germany has already fulfilled its obligations through wealth transfers. Interview by Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2015

In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Government documents and information from the Assad regime indicate that German companies may have helped Syria produce chemical weapons over the course of decades. So far, the Merkel administration has shown no willingness to investigate. By Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2014

Last week, thousands of Yazidis were evacuated from the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, where they had fled due to marauding fighters from the Islamic State. Kurdish fighters from the PKK helped them escape, but it remains unclear if anyone can stop the IS jihadists. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2014

It was only three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart amid reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. At the heart of the conflict is oil and corruption. By Bartholomäus Grill in Juba, South Sudan more... Comment ]

Assad's New Bomb: Syrian Regime Hasn't Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Assad's New Bomb: Syrian Regime Hasn't Abandoned Chemical Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2014

Despite its pledge to eliminate chemical weapons, the Assad regime is attacking towns and villages with chlorine gas bombs. SPIEGEL visited the communities hit by the most recent bombings to interview victims, doctors and eyewitnesses. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Twenty years ago on April 6, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda began. At the time, many Western reporters played it down as "ethnic warfare," including Bartholomäus Grill, now a correspondent for SPIEGEL. He looks back with shame. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

War Crimes Investigations: 'We Don't Pursue Nazis, We Pursue Murderers'

War Crimes Investigations: 'We Don't Pursue Nazis, We Pursue Murderers'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2014

German prosecutors are currently looking in to pressing charges against several men believed to have been accomplices to murder at Auschwitz. Some in Germany are asking if justice can still be served almost 70 years after the war. By Benjamin Schulz more... Comment ]