‘US gov­ern­ment not pur­su­ing pros­e­cu­tions’

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Three 18-year-old broth­ers and their two 18-year-old sis­ters have landed their first jobs, to­gether, at a McDon­ald’s. The non-iden­ti­cal quin­tu­plets said they can usu­ally get through a work­ing day with­out any cus­tomers recog­nis­ing they are sib­lings. Leith, Lo­gan and Lu­cas Cur­tis all work in the kitchen at the restau­rant in Pot­ter­ville, near Lansing, Michigan in the US, MLive re­ported. Lau­ren Cur­tis works at the front counter and drive-thru, while Lind­sey Cur­tis han­dles the lobby. “We call it McCur­tis,” said Lori Cur­tis, the quin­tu­plets’ mother,. Lu­cas and Lau­ren Cur­tis be­gan work­ing at the McDon­ald’s a year ago. Leith Cur­tis signed up in March and Lindsay and Lo­gan Cur­tis joined two months later. “We did some re­search and heard from other friends that work­ing at McDon­ald’s is a great place to work,” said Lu­cas, who was named July’s em­ployee of the month. “It’s cool that I can rely on my sib­lings to get our work done and col­lab­o­rate with them at work.” Restau­rant man­ager Jen­nifer Wal­ters said the five sib­lings are great for busi­ness. War crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tors col­lect­ing ev­i­dence of ISIS’s elab­o­rate op­er­a­tion to kid­nap thou­sands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try lead­ers of the ex­trem­ist group with crimes against hu­man­ity but can­not get the global back­ing to bring cur­rent de­tainees be­fore an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal.

Two years af­ter the ISIS on­slaught in north­ern Iraq, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, as well as US diplo­mats, say the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has done lit­tle to pur­sue prose­cu­tion of the crimes that Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has called geno­cide. Cur­rent and for­mer State De­part­ment of­fi­cials say that an at­tempt in late 2014 to have a le­gal find­ing of geno­cide was blocked by the De­fence De­part­ment, set­ting back ef­forts to pros­e­cute ISIS mem­bers sus­pected of com­mit­ting war crimes.

“The West looks to the United States for lead­er­ship in the Mid­dle East, and the fo­cus of this ad­min­is­tra­tion has been else­where – in every re­spect,” said Bill Wi­ley, head of the in­de­pen­dent in­ves­tiga­tive group, the Com­mis­sion for In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice and Ac­count­abil­ity.

Of­fi­cials in Washington say the De­fence De­part­ment and ul­ti­mately the ad­min­is­tra­tion were con­cerned that court tri­als would dis­tract from the mil­i­tary cam­paign. The US has no le­gal obli­ga­tion to take on the geno­cide of the Yazidis, but Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has said that “pre­vent­ing mass atroc­i­ties and geno­cide is a core na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­est and a core moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of the United States of Amer­ica”.

Stephen Rapp, who stepped down as the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s am­bas­sador at large for war crimes last year, says the ad­min­is­tra­tion should have moved early to help se­cure ev­i­dence of ISIS atroc­i­ties and push for the cre­ation of spe­cial Iraqi courts to try war crimes.

“The pri­or­ity for the US gov­ern­ment is to win the war against the Is­lamic State and de­stroy them,” Rapp said. “It’s been pro­foundly dis­ap­point­ing, be­cause the idea of ac­count­abil­ity has been such a low pri­or­ity.”

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