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  • Highway opens up Albania for Kosovars

    06/26/2009 5:26:21 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 20 replies · 1,307+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 25, 2009 | Kerin Hope in Tirana and Neil MacDonald in Belgrade
    A spectacular 61km section of highway through mountainous northern Albania opens on Thursday, creating a strategic link with fellow ethnic Albanians in landlocked Kosovo. For Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia last year, the modern four-lane route is a vital commercial link through a friendly country. At more than €600m (£510m, $840m) the new stretch of road will cut the eight-hour journey between Tirana and Pristina by at least two hours, according to Ernest Noka, Albania’s deputy transport minister. It was the toughest construction challenge on a corridor linking Albania’s Adriatic port of Durres with the Balkan interior and pan-European...
  • Russia concerned by rising pressure against Serbs in Kosovo

    04/29/2009 10:31:44 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 358+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 29/ 04/ 2009
    MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is concerned over the rising tensions between the Serb and Albanian population in Kosovo, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "The use of international police and activities against Serbs is unacceptable," spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. Nesterenko said that there is a growth in the destabilization of northern Kosovo that could lead to an escalation of tensions throughout the region, adding that "balanced actions in the interests of all parties are needed." Kosovo's minority Serb population, which is dominant in the north of the territory, began to protest last week in Brdjani, an Albanian...
  • Albania set to apply for EU candidate status

    04/25/2009 8:35:52 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 253+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 25/ 04/ 2009
    WARSAW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha is due to visit Prague on April 28, where he is expected to submit an application on EU candidate status, Czech media said on Saturday. Albania along with Croatia became NATO members in April. The Czech government's press service has made no official comments on the reports, but said that during the Albanian premier's visit to Prague "journalists were indeed in for a surprise." Berisha has said EU membership is a key aim for the once-isolated country in the run up to parliamentary elections in June. EU enlargement...
  • National Guard Program Contributes to NATO’s Expansion

    04/09/2009 4:45:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 – For NATO’s two newest members, a National Guard program contributed to their April 1 accession into the alliance. Albania and Croatia have been members of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program for more than a decade. Along with other initiatives such as NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, the National Guard’s State Partnership Program helped the countries prepare for NATO membership, National Guard Bureau officials said. Established in 1949 as a defense pact against the former Soviet Union and now 28 members strong, NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary April 4. A dozen countries founded NATO...
  • The Looming Threat of a Greater Albania

    03/29/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies · 602+ views
    My Greek Odyssey ^ | February 17, 2008 | Stavros
    Note from Ravnagora: The following was written back on February 17, 2008, the day Kosovo was handed its "independence". It gives a terrific overview of the "Albanian" issue. The author was born in Istanbul. The Greeks understand well... American and European foreign policy in the Balkans, suffering from a terminal form of historical amnesia, is bankrupt. The results of those bankrupt policies are visibly on display today as Kosovor Albanians declare themselves independent and a second Muslim state is now established on the European continent. The stage is now set for the a regime led by elements of the Kosovo...
  • A double standard for Kosovo (Serbia - Albania)

    03/18/2009 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 399+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2009 | Australian Macedonian Advisory Council
    It is a year since Kosovo, with NATO backing, made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking away from Serbia. Fifty countries, most of which have little knowledge of the political intricacies of the Balkans and even less about the complicated historical interplay between the various ethnic and religious groups living in the area supported the move. As a state it is doubtful whether Kosovo can survive. It has virtually no industry, no service sector, tourism is non existent and agricultural exports minimal. The economy has been propped up artificially by the presence of NATO KFOR troops and foreign aid. Its...
  • Muslims who save Jews: Exhibition honors Albanians who risked lives during Holocaust

    02/23/2009 8:12:20 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 413+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 22, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    A largely Muslim nation this month is hosting an exhibition highlighting a chapter of world history that has received little public exposure until now: how some Muslims risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It is well known that Islamic leaders, including the grand mufti of Jerusalem, collaborated with the Nazis in divining anti-Semitic propaganda and recruiting Arab officials to support Adolph Hitler's war against Jews. Many of today's Mideast leaders, such as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are notorious for their outspoken denial of the Holocaust. Often overlooked, however, are scores of Albanian...
  • Thousands of Serbs protest Kosovo security force

    02/10/2009 7:37:55 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 664+ views
    The Hindu News ^ | February 10, 2009 | AP
    MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP): Several thousand Serbs are protesting in Kosovo's north against the formation of an ethnic Albanian security force. The protesters claim the new Kosovo Security Force is designed to harass the Serb minority, and say they will not allow the NATO-trained force to deploy in the Serb-dominated north. They are urging Serbia's government to hold a Feb. 17 session in Kosovo as the former Serbian province marks its first anniversary of independence. Serbia rejects Kosovo's statehood. Kosovo's security force is dominated by ethnic-Albanians and commanded by a former rebel leader that fought Serbia during the 1998-99 war. It...
  • World Bank Spent More Than a Year Covering Up Destruction of Albanian Village

    02/10/2009 6:30:07 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Richard Behar
    Managers at the World Bank provided false information to the agency's board of directors about a $39 million, politically-connected European "coastal cleanup" project that led to the destruction and destitution of a powerless village in Albania in 2007 — and then spent nearly two years trying to cover it up, FOX News has learned. Bank insiders also misled and stonewalled a panel of independent investigators commissioned by the board to investigate the scandal, according to the investigators themselves. World Bank sources tell FOX News that the panel's report, submitted to the 24-member board in late November, is one of the...
  • World Bank Spent More Than a Year Covering Up Destruction of Albanian Village (Sick)

    02/10/2009 5:28:52 AM PST · by khnyny · 10 replies · 1,109+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Richard Behar
    Managers at the World Bank provided false information to the agency's board of directors about a $39 million, politically-connected European "coastal cleanup" project that led to the destruction and destitution of a powerless village in Albania in 2007 — and then spent nearly two years trying to cover it up, FOX News has learned. Bank insiders also misled and stonewalled a panel of independent investigators commissioned by the board to investigate the scandal, according to the investigators themselves. World Bank sources tell FOX News that the panel's report, submitted to the 24-member board in late November, is one of the...
  • Jutarnji List: Barack Obama to visit Croatia, Albania in April?

    02/04/2009 10:53:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,942+ views
    Focus Information Agency ^ | 4 February 2009
    Zagreb. U.S. President Barack Obama might visit Croatia and Albania in April, the Croatian Jutarnji List writes on its Internet site. According to anonymous White House sources Obama will most probably visit Zagreb and Tirana immediately after the NATO summit in Strasbourg. If Obama does not visit the two countries on organizational grounds, the prime ministers of the two NATO newcomers will visit the White House, the Jutarnji List says.
  • Albanian town bids sorrowful farewell to Bush

    01/20/2009 4:21:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 1,295+ views
    FUSHE-KRUJE, Albania (Reuters) - At the "George W. Bush" cafe in this little Albanian town, owner Festim Cela gives a solemn reply when asked if it will change its name when the U.S. President leaves office Tuesday. Many beyond U.S. shores may welcome the end of Bush's presidency, but in zealously pro-American Albania, he is feted as a hero. "As long as this building stands, its name will be George W. Bush," Cela said as he watched television pictures of Bush's farewell speech the week before Barack Obama succeeds him. Below the TV is a table where Bush sat to...
  • (Muslim) ‘Mini-Schengen’ Zone between Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro under Consideration

    01/17/2009 5:01:06 PM PST · by Bokababe · 16 replies · 682+ views
    Balkan Travelers ^ | January 12, 2009 | Staff
    12 January 2009 | An idea to create a zone allowing the free movement across the borders of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro is being considered in the region. Kosovo and Albania have said they will sign an agreement for the creation of such a zone between themselves within two months. Currently, one can cross the border between the two countries by presenting a passport or driver’s licence. “The agreement will enable citizens to move freely and ease the administrative procedures,” Albanian President Bamir Topi was quoted as saying by regional media, and he also dismissed the possibility of a...
  • Grateful Muslims Who Love The US

    12/26/2008 10:06:17 AM PST · by foutsc · 17 replies · 736+ views
    Nietzche is Dead ^ | 26 Dec 08 | foutsc
    Kosovo Names Street For President Bush (AFP) Kosovo decided Wednesday to name a central street of its capital Pristina after outgoing US President George W. Bush for his support of the territory's split from Serbia. Backed unanimously by Kosovo's cabinet, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said the move was "a sign of the huge state and national respect and appreciation" for the United States' contribution to independence, declared earlier this year. Located in Pristina's downtown area, Bush Street is to be linked to the main thoroughfare named after Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Laureate of Albanian origin. Fans of Michael...
  • European countries consider taking Gitmo detainees

    12/23/2008 8:32:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 676+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 23, 2008 | PAISLEY DODDS
    LONDON – When the U.S. government asked years ago that countries take in detainees freed from the Guantanamo military prison, only tiny Albania answered the call.
  • Daily Attacks in Iraq Drop Nearly 95 Percent

    12/22/2008 3:10:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 737+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2008 – The number of daily attacks in Iraq has dropped nearly 95 percent since last year, a U.S. military official said yesterday. Iraq suffered an average of 180 attacks per day this time last year. But over the past week, the average number was 10, Army Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said. “This is a dramatic improvement of safety throughout the country,” Perkins told reporters during a wide-ranging news conference in Baghdad yesterday. He added that the country’s murder rates have dropped below levels that existed before the start of American...
  • Muslim Youths Attack Greek Police With Laser Pointers (Islamists trying to overthrow Greece)

    12/14/2008 9:47:15 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 39 replies · 6,093+ views
    How low will they go?? As low as laser blinding Greek Police: "A riot policeman is aimed at with a laser light pointer during riots outside the Athens Polytechnic. Small bands of Greek rioters hurling firebombs attacked an environment ministry building, shops and banks in Athens on Saturday during an eighth day of protests following the killing of a teenager by police." And that's not all: "A warning from Serb intelligence about the mobilization of an extremist Islamic organization in Greece has put the Greek authorities on high alert. Several days ago, Serb intelligence briefed a Serb parliamentary Committee that...
  • New Jersey Guard Celebrates Alliance With Albania

    12/05/2008 3:28:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 432+ views
    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Dec. 5, 2008 – The New Jersey National Guard is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its alliance with the republic of Albania through the State Partnership Program. The State Partnership Program, launched by the National Guard Bureau and the U.S. State Department in the 1990s, was started to foster alliances between U.S. states and former Soviet countries, officials said. Soldiers and airmen with the New Jersey National Guard have worked with their counterparts in Albania since 1993 to modernize the former communist nation’s defense forces and prepare it for membership in NATO. Albania is scheduled to join...
  • Iran's influence? You can hear it on Iraqi streets

    09/30/2008 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 257+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 9/30/08 | reutuers
    NAJAF, Iraq, Sept 30 (Reuters) - In the holy Iraqi Shi'ite city of Najaf, Iranian tourists throng the streets, speak to shopkeepers in Farsi and pay in Iranian money. Farsi chants blare from speakers at a nearby shrine. The scene would probably horrify both the United States and Iraq's Sunni Arab neighbours, who suspect Shi'ite non-Arab Iran of nefarious and subversive influence in Arab lands. Even some of Najaf's citizens are wary of Iranian leverage. But the city, a centre of religious and political power in Shi'ite-majority Iraq, benefits from Iranian tourism and aid. The uniforms of rubbish men sport...
  • Kosovan - and Catholic

    09/29/2008 5:46:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies · 423+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday May 21 2008 | Anna Di Lellio
    The youngest state in Europe, Kosovo, is known for its majority Muslim population that is only episodically observant, likes very much beer and the local grappa called raki, and is extravagantly fond of the US. Commentators like to call this particular brand of religion "Islam-lite," and favourably compare the "good Muslims" that it breeds with other Muslims who fall for fundamentalism. How long this state of affairs will last is debatable nowadays. The reason is not that the jihadists are taking over, as a vicious and unrelenting propaganda spearheaded by Serb nationalists intimates. On the contrary, it looks like Islam...
  • Albanian witness in U.S. arms probe dies suddenly

    09/14/2008 10:56:57 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 342+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2008 | Benet Koleka
    Albania's government said on Friday it was looking into the sudden death of an arms industry figure who was helping prosecutors investigate a weapons sale to the United States and an explosion that killed 26 people. Television pictures showed businessman Kosta Trebicka, his head covered in blood, sprawled on his back on a dirt road in a remote area of eastern Albania, where he had been hunting. His off-road car was nearby, and appeared to be damaged.
  • Border Patrol job applicant arrested for lying about citizenship

    09/06/2008 8:24:17 AM PDT · by AuntB · 13 replies · 176+ views
    Michigan Live ^ | Sept. 5, 2008 | AP
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  • Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez

    08/16/2008 5:15:46 PM PDT · by MeanMachine · 15 replies · 923+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 2, 2008 | Jerome Corsi
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida. The Albanian American Civic League, or AACL, regards the KLA as "freedom fighters," said the AACL's president, former Republican congressman Joe DioGuardi of New York. They're "not terrorist, like the Serbs and Greeks say," DioGuardi insisted in an interview with WND. But Islam expert Robert Spencer, editor of the popular website Jihad Watch, contends radical Islam is the driving force behind the Kosovo...
  • Albania Seeks Solutions to its Blood Feud Problem

    07/09/2008 7:28:41 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 19 replies · 275+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 7/8/2008 | Jeffrey White
    It's a centuries-old tradition, but even modern-day Albania is still plagued by blood feuds. Thousands in the country don't leave their homes for fear of falling victim to revenge murders....
  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    06/29/2008 5:50:12 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 434 replies · 1,009+ views
    Standpoint ^ | July 2008 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Some are concerned about what NATO, the United Nations, and the European Union have nurtured there since the military and humanitarian intervention in 1999. James Jatras, a U.S.-based advocate for the Serbian Orthodox Community, put it bluntly last year when he said Kosovo was a “a beachhead into the rest of Europe” for “radical Muslims” and “terrorist elements.” It’s an assertion without evidence. “We’ve been here for so long,” said United States Army Sergeant Zachary Gore in Eastern Kosovo, “and not seen any evidence of it, that we’ve reached the assumption...
  • American Envoy Is Linked to Arms Deal Cover-Up

    06/25/2008 10:57:37 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 601+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/24/2008 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An American ambassador helped cover up the illegal Chinese origins of ammunition that a Pentagon contractor bought to supply Afghan security forces, according to testimony gathered by Congressional investigators. A military attaché has told the investigators that the United States ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by the Albanian defense minister to hide several boxes of Chinese ammunition from a visiting reporter. The ammunition was being repackaged to disguise its origins and shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company. The ambassador, John L. Withers II, met with the defense minister, Fatmir Mediu, hours before...
  • Albanians form "movement for unification"

    05/18/2008 12:14:50 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 70 replies · 1,089+ views
    B92 ^ | May 17, 2008 | Staff
    PRIŠTINA -- A movement whose goal is the unification of "all Albanian territories" was founded in Priština today. The organization, dubbed Movement for Unification, also appointed Avni Klinaku as president. "The main goal of this party is the unification of Albanian territories into one country and the resolution of the social problems of the citizens of Kosovo," Klinaku told the founding assembly. Klinaku was also the founder of the National Movement for the Liberation of Kosovo, an organization which was one of the founders of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA.
  • Balkan exceptionalism (EU got burned by Bulgaria and Romania)

    05/16/2008 1:27:37 PM PDT · by old-and-old · 3 replies · 102+ views ^ |
    What Serbia's election says about the European Union's enlargement A BRITISH tabloid set a high standard for bombast when it once took credit for the re-election of a Tory government with the headline: “It's The Sun Wot Won It”. This week European Union leaders were taking credit for another election upset: the unexpected success of the pro-European coalition led by the Serbian president, Boris Tadic, in the general election on May 11th. The Serbs had “clearly chosen Europe,” said the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner. Jan Marinus Wiersma, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, declared that the election was...
  • Allegations Lead Army to Review Arms Policy

    04/26/2008 10:37:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 144+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 27, 2008 | C. J. CHIVERS
    MOSCOW — The United States Army has begun a broad review of procedures used to supply security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq with foreign arms, prompted by an allegation of fraud and questions about the competence of the main private supplier of ammunition to Afghanistan. The company, AEY Inc. of Miami Beach, was suspended last month after Army investigators accused it of shipping aged Chinese rifle cartridges and claiming they were Hungarian. The Army decided to review its contracting procedures as several arms-industry officials said that long before the suspension, it was clear the Army had erred by not recognizing...
  • The contrasts of Cindy McCain

    04/15/2008 12:21:05 PM PDT · by Kuksool · 29 replies · 2,642+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 15, 2008 | Jill Zuckman
    Cindy McCain's hair is a mess. An icy wind whips through it as she tromps across hillsides still slick from snow on the Albanian border, wearing well-worn hiking boots and carrying her Prada purse. She's looking out at mine fields and visiting schools where children must thread their way around left-over munitions. One headmaster told her he uncovered a cluster bomb when he had gone out to plant a tree. At another school, the principal said that work on a new sports field was halted when workers found more than a dozen unexploded bombs.
  • [South Texas: Mexican]Man gets 30 years for immigrants' deaths

    04/15/2008 3:29:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 15, 2008
    LAREDO, Texas — An immigrant smuggler who was leading authorities on a high-speed chase when his SUV slammed into a steel post in a wreck that killed five passengers was sentenced to 30 years in prison, officials said Tuesday. There is no possibility of parole for Fernando Lemus-Gonzalez, 33, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. In February 2007 Border Patrol agents tried to stop Lemus-Gonzalez on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants. He led authorities on a chase through Hebbronville before losing control of the SUV and hitting the post. Five of the nine illegal...
  • UN report-Albanian mafia in alliance with South American

    04/14/2008 11:40:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 19 replies · 649+ views
    Blic ^ | 3/27/2008 | Staff
    BELGRADE- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new report that the axis between South American drug cartels and the Albanian mafia have reached "alarming proportions". According to reports by several intelligence agencies, Kosovo is a distribution center on the crossroads of global routes and pathways of drug trafficking. “This represents reason for concern, primarily because of the new pathways of drug trafficking, and inclusion of cocaine in the range of products offered by the groups that are active along the Balkan drug route.... The Albanian mafia has recently begun taking over the control of...
  • Indispensable Alliance

    04/07/2008 2:58:15 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 1 replies · 59+ views
    National Review ^ | April 7, 2008 | John Derbyshire
    At the end of The Pickwick Papers, Samuel Pickwick decides to retire. He had founded the Pickwick Club in order to mix “with different varieties and shades of human character … Nearly the whole of my previous life having been devoted to business and the pursuit of wealth.” His curiosity satisfied at last, he declares the club dissolved. The Pickwick Club then ceases to exist. This is an unusual turn of events in human affairs. Clubs, societies, organizations, leagues, and alliances, once born, rarely die other than by violence. An uncle of mine was a pillar of a club called...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 04-05-08

    04/05/2008 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies · 219+ views ^ | 04-05-08 | George w. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryApril 5, 2008 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio  En Español       In Focus: NATOTHE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I'm speaking to you from Europe, where I attended the NATO summit and witnessed the hopeful progress of the continent's youngest democracies. The summit was held in Romania, one of the 10 liberated nations that have joined the ranks of NATO since the end of the Cold War. After decades of tyranny and oppression, today Romania is an important member of an international alliance dedicated to liberty, and it is setting a bold example for other...
  • Exposed: how Kosovo Serbs were butchered for organs

    04/02/2008 1:37:27 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 28 replies · 99+ views
    Russia Today ^ | April2, 2008 | Staff
    Former Chief Prosecutor at the International Court of Justice in the Hague has given details of suspected atrocities by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Carla Del Ponte's book 'The Hunt: Me and War crimes' claims that before killing Serbs and members of other ethnic communities, Kosovo Albanians removed their organs to sell for transplants. According to Del Ponte, a one-time prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the kidnapped Serbs were given a medical test. Those who passed were treated well, fed and looked after until they were brought under the surgeon’s knife. From several concentration...
  • Bush's failed Kosovo policy

    03/22/2008 7:55:37 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 64 replies · 1,167+ views
    UPI ^ | March 20, 2008 | Robert M Hayden
    UPI Outside View Commentator PITTSBURGH, March 20 (UPI) -- Fighting in northern Kosovo this week between Serbs and NATO-led troops shows that the independence engineered by the Bush administration for the breakaway Balkan province is not going according to plan. When U.S. officials encouraged the unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia by Kosovo's Albanians Feb. 17, we were told that an EU mission would replace the United Nations in Kosovo, and everyone would then build a multiethnic, democratic society with respect for rights of the Serbs, a minority in the province as a whole. That is not happening. The Serbs...
  • Russia links Tibet violence to Kosovo precedent

    03/18/2008 1:54:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 401+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 18, 2008
    Moscow, March 18 (RIA Novosti) Russia has said that the recent violence in Tibet is linked with the recognition by some states of the independence of Serbia's breakaway province, Kosovo. In an interview published Tuesday in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence by many countries, including the US and the majority of the European Union (EU) states, had 'already reverberated in many regions.' He said that the Kosovo issue was linked to recent riots in Tibet and demands for greater autonomy by ethnic Albanians in Macedonia. 'There are...
  • Defence minister quits over Albania army base blast

    03/17/2008 2:54:46 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 512+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 17, 2008
    Defence minister quits over Albania army base blast Mar 17, 2008 By Benet Koleka TIRANA, March 17 (Reuters) - Albania's Defence Minister resigned on Monday, taking "moral responsibility" for a huge explosion at an ammunition dump that killed 16 people and injured more than 300 at the weekend. "Although I have no personal responsibility, I handed over my resignation to the prime minister," Defence Minister Fatmir Mediu said. "My resignation is an act of political reflection. These were the most difficult 72 hours of my life." The string of blasts started when workers were moving stocks of old Chinese and...
  • At least 155 hurt in powerful explosion at Albanian arms depot (American company involved)

    03/15/2008 7:41:13 AM PDT · by joan · 8 replies · 514+ views
    AFP ^ | March 15, 2008
    TIRANA (AFP) — Powerful explosions rocked an army munitions depot near Vora, 12 kilometres (eight miles) north of the capital Tirana on Saturday, witnesses reported, injuring at least 155 people, mostly civilians. Many of the casualties arriving at local hospitals for treatment were women and children covered with blood and one doctor appealed for local people to donate blood to help the casualties. The blasts, which occurred at intervals for around an hour, blew in all the windows of the terminal building at the city's airport, just over a kilometre from the base. The initial blast was so loud it...
  • 160 feared dead in Albania explosion (4 dead, 170 injured - many Americans)

    03/15/2008 8:55:15 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 87 replies · 5,053+ views
    One hundred and sixty people, many of them Americans, are feared dead or injured after a series of large explosions at an army base on the outskirts of Tirana, the capital of Albania, officials have said. ____________________________________________________ Many people are feared dead after a massive explosion at an Albanian Army Base. The shockwave was so powerful it damaged the city's nearby international airport, and blew out windows in houses six miles away. The blast set off a number of further blasts in ammunition stored at the army depot near Tirana. Local journalist Altin Kodra told Sky News: "The area...
  • No US consideration of Serbian sacrifice

    03/14/2008 4:48:04 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 50 replies · 688+ views
    New Europe ^ | March 10, 2008 | Wes Johnson
    Today there seems to be little if any national memory of history to influence the foreign policy of the American super-power – merely what appears to be the most expedient at the moment, whether it conforms to international law and a United Nations organization established to act as a moderating force among nations, or not. How else to view Washington’s latest project to foist a second Albanian state on the international community: Kosovo, which has been torn out of Serbian territory rich in historic meaning and tradition to a Slav Orthodox Christian people who consider it to be the very...
  • Macedonia Government Collapses

    03/12/2008 12:29:29 PM PDT · by joan · 11 replies · 471+ views
    Balkan Insight ^ | March 12, 2008
    12 March 2008 Skopje _ The Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, the key Albanian partner in the ruling centre-right coalition lead by VMRO-DPMNE, is leaving government, the party leader told media Wednesday. Menduh Taci explained that the party leadership will confirm its decision by the end of the day. The move comes after Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE head Nikola Gruevski previously rejected a list of demands the DPA chief, had given him on Monday. “If you ask me, the decision is definite,” Taci told media, after he informed the United States and European Union ambassadors, Gillian Milovanovic and Erwan Fouere...
  • Yet Another American Soldier Speaks Out, and UPI Gets Smarter

    03/12/2008 10:17:19 AM PDT · by Serb29 · 14 replies · 976+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | 3/12/08 | Julia Gorin
    ...“One comment,” writes Malic, “on the bottom of the first page, caught my eye. I reproduce it here, because there is no direct link to it. It is from PaulAndrewKirk of Redmond, Wa.”: I have served two tours in Kosovo with the US Military and I can tell you the following as factual: 1. Almost all facets and levels of the provisional government in Kosovo are corrupt. In fact its the worst I’ve ever seen and I’ve had to deal with some pretty corrupt governments during my career. 2. Supervised independence or even full independence will not improve the miserable...
  • Kosovo needs $2 billion in near-term aid, US says

    03/05/2008 2:32:20 AM PST · by Serb29 · 25 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 3/5/08 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - The newly independent state of Kosovo will need an estimated $2 billion dollars in foreign aid over the next few years, about half of which should be provided by Europe, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The rest of the money could come from the United States and such institutions as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Assistant Secretary of State Dan Fried said. He was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Helping the fledgling state, which declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17 with strong backing from Washington, will require top-level...
  • More Than the Heart and Soul of Serbia

    02/27/2008 4:45:04 PM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 126+ views
    Byzantine Sacred Art ^ | February 26, 2008 | Svetlana Novko
    Restitution of Serbian Orthodox Church Property in Kosovo-Metohia ProvinceSerbian Orthodox Church is the legal owner of 5,300 hectares of land in Kosovo province. The word Metohia, an integral part of the name of southern Serbian province, is derived from the Greek word "metoch", denoting the land owned by the Church. Photo: Pec Patriarchate built in 1260, the seat of Serbian Orthodox Church, Kosovo-Metohia, Serbia. Raska and Prizren Diocese (encompassing Raska region and the province of Kosovo and Metohia) of the Serbian Orthodox Church will soon receive a decision stating the return of 5,300 hectares of land (13,097 acres) that was...
  • EU withdraws from Kosovo as Serbia protests

    02/23/2008 10:09:12 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 37 replies · 176+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/24/2008
    Hopes for a peaceful conclusion to the declaration of Kosovo's independence were fading as the European Union announced it had withdrawn its staff from the north of the fledgling country in the face of increasingly angry Serb protests. The civilian staff were meant to be preparing for the EU to take over responsibility for security in Kosovo from the United Nations. The announcement of the withdrawal came as the United States - which backed Kosovo's drive for independence - began to evacuate its American staff and their families from Serbia, offering US citizens the chance to join a convoy of...
  • Protesters break into U.S. embassy in Belgrade

    02/21/2008 10:13:19 AM PST · by dynachrome · 161 replies · 314+ views ^ | 2-21-08 | MSNBC
    BELGRADE, Serbia - A handful of protesters broke into the U.S. embassy in Belgrade on Thursday, cheered on by crowds outside, in a protest at U.S. support for Kosovo's independence.
  • Protestors riot at US embassy

    02/17/2008 2:04:19 PM PST · by DogBarkTree · 9 replies · 94+ views ^ | 2/18/08 | correspondents in Belgrade
    SEVERAL hundred protesters threw stones and flares at riot police protecting the US embassy in Belgrade today after Kosovo's declaration of independence, witnesses said. One policeman was injured during scuffles as riot police fought to keep the protesters, mainly hardline football fans, away from the embassy building, the witnesses said. One embassy window was smashed. The protesters marched through the middle of the capital towards the US embassy chanting "Kosovo is Serbia" and anti-American slogans. They waved Serbian flags and vowed to protest "until Kosovo is returned to Serbia". After the scuffles, protesters dispersed in nearby streets, while the police...
  • Albania, Saudi Arabia first to recognize Kosovo?

    02/17/2008 11:56:48 AM PST · by Bokababe · 113 replies · 321+ views
    B92 ^ | February 17, 2008 | Staff
    BRUSSELS, KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Beta says an analysis shows Kosovo's unilateral declaration will first be recognized by some Islamic countries. The news agency has had insight into the document, put together "by some EU countries", that says the province's independence declaration, rejected by Serbia, will be recognized in "three waves". Albania, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and some other Muslim countries will lead the way, the report says. This will be followed by Austria, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and, the document speculates, France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy. The United States is also likely to recognize Kosovo very soon. The "second wave"...
  • From Kosovo War to Cold War?

    01/23/2008 4:45:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 101+ views ^ | January 23, 2008 | Austin Bay
    The Kosovo War isn't over. At the moment, Serbian ballots take precedence over bullets; democratic electoral politics are a blessing in Serbia and Kosovo, just like they are in Iraq. But make no mistake: Sunday's first-round 2008 presidential vote in Serbia was another battle in the Kosovo War, and it will not be the last. Tomislav Nikolic, a radical Serbian nationalist and "Euro-sceptic," finished ahead of current President Boris Tadic. Tadic is a Serb nationalist but prefers regional political moderation and (despite occasionally rabid campaign rhetoric) favors EU membership. The runoff is scheduled for Feb. 3. Nikolic is the protege...