- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 31, 2002

Report: Dutch failed to stop genocide
THE HAGUE The Dutch could probably have prevented the 1995 Srebrenica massacre but failed miserably at every level, according to a new report into Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.
The report, released Thursday by Dutch peace group IKV, said Dutch U.N. Nations troops and politicians bore responsibility for failing to protect up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed after Serbian forces overran the U.N. "safe area" in eastern Bosnia.
"The Srebrenica genocide could probably have been prevented if the Dutch government and the Dutch battalion had reacted differently," the IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) said in its report titled "Srebrenica: The genocide that was not prevented."

Former SS officer faces massacre trial
HAMBURG, Germany Former SS Officer Friedrich Engel, 93, is to be tried in Germany for purportedly ordering the massacre of 59 prisoners in Italy in 1944, the Hamburg prosecutor said Thursday.
Engel, who lives in Hamburg, had already been sentenced in absentia in Turin, Italy, in 1999 for war crimes committed in Northern Italy from 1944 to 1945.
The Italian court found that Engel, nicknamed "the butcher of Genoa" in Italy, had commanded an SS unit in Genoa.
Engel is charged in Hamburg with having ordered the execution of 59 inmates at a prison in Marassi, on the outskirts of Genoa, in retaliation for an attack on a German movie theater that killed five German soldiers and wounded 15.

British judge resolves adoption wrangle
LONDON A British judge ruled Thursday that a child with both Muslim and Jewish roots could be adopted by a Jewish family, rejecting the objections of her appointed guardian.
The girl, who is 2 years and 8 months old and whose identity cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, had been living in a secular foster home most of her life.
Her guardian had argued that she should be adopted into an "essentially secular home, being a neutral environment from which she can gently be introduced in more or less equal measure to the Jewish, Irish Roman Catholic and Turkish-Cypriot elements of her identity."

Weekly notes
Ronnie Biggs, the ailing former fugitive imprisoned for Britain's "Great Train Robbery," began another bid last week to reduce his jail term. Biggs, now 72, was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his role in the 1963 holdup of a mail train that netted 2.6 million pounds the equivalent of nearly $50 million today. He escaped from prison in 1965, fled abroad and eventually settled in Brazil. He was arrested and jailed when he returned to Britain in May. He is not due for release until May 13, 2020. … A new edition of the 1,700-year-old Sanskrit sex manual, the Kamasutra , hits bedside tables this month, but this time around women's needs have wrestled themselves on top, says publisher Oxford University Press. When Sir Richard Burton published his first translation in 1883, stigmas of the day clouded his vision, resulting in something of a boys-own version of the Kamasutra, originally written by Indian sex guru Vatsyayana Mallanaga, a spokeswoman said.


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