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  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. Attorney’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • ...Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants....

    08/25/2010 2:55:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NewYork.FBI.gov ^ | August 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nyfo082410.htm Two Additional Arrests Made of Members of Violent International Organized Crime Group Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced the arrests of FLORIAN VESHI and ALMIR RRAPO for their roles in a racketeering enterprise that engaged...
  • Kosovo: New president handpicked by Americans, predecessor says

    04/08/2011 7:58:17 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies
    AKI ^ | 4/8/11 | staff
    (AKI) Former Kosovo president Bedzet Pacoli said on Friday his successor Atifete Jahjaga, who was elected by parliament, was in fact handpicked by the US ambassador to Pristina Christopher Dell. Pacoli spent only one month in office and resigned last month after the constitutional court ruled the there had been irregularities in his election. To break the political deadlock, the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, its coalition partner Alliance for new Kosovo and the opposition Democratic Alliance of Kosovo had agreed to field Jahjaga as a joint candidate. But Pacoli told Pristina channel TV Clan, Jahjaga actually wasnt a...
  • Kosovo's Mafia: How the US and allies ignore allegations of organized crime at the highest levels

    03/29/2011 2:43:47 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 20 replies
    Global Post ^ | 3/27/11 | Matt McAllester
    A 3 part investigation by the Global Post into Kosovo's endemic corruption and what the US, NATO and Western governments knew before we went in, after we went in, and even before we supported Kosovo "independence". Kosovo's Mafia: Assassinations and intimidation (CIA inspired), Part 2 Kosovo's Mafia: A hotbed of human trafficking (sex slaving), Part 3
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • Frankfurt airport shooting: two killed in attack on US military bus

    03/02/2011 10:46:13 AM PST · by wonders · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2 March 2011 | Helen Pidd
    Two US airmen have been shot dead and two wounded at Frankfurt airport. The gunman, believed to be from Kosovo, opened fire on a bus containing US airmen in front of Terminal 2. The bus driver and a passenger were killed and two others were seriously injured. Police said it appeared an argument had broken out on board the bus before the suspect opened fire. The dead soldier was found outside the bus, which had a US government licence plate marked "AF", for air force.
  • Maryland man gets five years for fraud, after making terrorist threats

    03/01/2011 7:25:07 AM PST · by wonders · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Maria Glod
    A Silver Spring man convicted of falsifying immigration documents had threatened to blow up the White House, the U.S. Treasury building, a federal courthouse and a Metro stop, vowing to "slaughter the enemies of Islam," federal prosecutors said Monday in court. Lajqi, an ethnic Albanian who came to the United States through Mexico in the mid-1980s, is a self-described "extremist militant," who said he was trained by Bosnian Muslim rebels, according to court papers. He was angry about American military involvement in Kosovo in the 1990s, and "blamed all Albanian deaths in Kosovo on the United States," the court papers...
  • Happy Birthday to the Organ-Trafficking Capital of the Balkans (Kosovo)

    02/18/2011 11:47:43 AM PST · by Bokababe · 28 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 2/17/11 | Baron Bodissey
    Three years ago today the state of Kosovo was forcibly carved out of Serbia and given its independence by the United States and the European Union. The Western powers were determined to show how friendly and non-discriminatory they were towards Islam, so they created an Islamic gangster state in the heart of the Balkans.....
  • UN in Kosovo Accused of Coverup of Organ Trade & Press Beating, Silent

    12/27/2010 4:46:17 PM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies
    Inner City Press ^ | 12/27/10 | Matthew Russell Lee
    UNITED NATIONS, December 27 -- Accused of covering up the harvest and sale of organs of prisoners of war in Kosovo, the UN has had nothing to say for the past 11 days. Nor has it commented on reports of the beating of a journalist directly in front of its UNMIK headquarters in Pristina for the past five days. On December 27, the UN simply ignored the organ question altogether.....
  • Kosovo Protestants tell of hardship, survival

    12/23/2010 10:47:22 PM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 2+ views
    SE European Times ^ | 12/22/10 | Staff
    The small Protestant church in downtown Pristina has been around since 1985. Since then, its flock has grown to around 6,000 faithful, and 21 additional churches have been built around Kosovo. But the denomination faces ongoing barriers in a country where the majority religion is Islam, says the community's spiritual leader, Pastor Arthur Krasniqi. "In this part of the Balkans, among Albanians as well, religion has always played a role in, or [rather] has been abused by, politics for electoral or other purposes," he told SETimes. Protestants, he said, have to deal with an atmosphere of unease. "They are visited...
  • U.S.-Backed Kosovo Administration Implicated in Organ-Trafficking Racket But Will It Matter?

    12/15/2010 2:44:56 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies
    SerbBlog ^ | 12/15/10 | James Jatras
    One cant help but wonder how many times we have to be hit over the head before it begins to sink in that Americas intervention in Kosovo was based on a pack of lies from the start. The accepted narrative of Kosovo as the great success story parades under the headline: U.S. and NATO Allies Nobly Stepped in to Stop Genocide by Evil Serbs. The reality was U.S. Dragged NATO Allies Kicking and Screaming Into Support for Muslim Mafia Committing Genocide Against Christian Serbs. Comes now the Council of Europes human rights investigator Dick Marty with damning accusations that Hashim...
  • Macedonia: Song dedicated to Bin Laden posted (by Albanian Muslims) on YouTube

    08/18/2010 3:48:06 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 8 replies
    AKI ^ | 8/18/10 | Staff
    Skopje, 18 August (Aki) - Ethnic Albanian Islamists in Macedonia have uploaded a song praising Osama Bin Laden on the popular video sharing website YouTube. The singer and songwriter are unknown, Skopje news agency INA reports. "Allah is great. You fled from your hometown and swore to Jihad. You spent your life in the mountains and all you had you sacrificed to Allah", says the song. The song is rumoured by some to be being performed in mosques around Macedonia after it was distributed at a n ethnic Albanian Muslim forum in Macedonia. It is thought to have been performed...
  • ICJ on Kosovo: Less Than Meets the Eye

    07/24/2010 7:43:34 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies ^ | Saturday, 24 Jul 2010 | James George Jatras
    The ICJ majority opinion combines the best of sophistry with the worst of pettifoggery. Its advisory ruling is a perversion of truth and justice. In other words, just more of the same we have seen in the Balkans since 1991, and even before. The three-hour-long reading of the majority opinion of the International Court of Justice had barely begun when cheerleaders of the pseudo-state hit the world media with their pronunciamentos that the Kosovo question had been settled in favor of independence. Their sole piece of evidence was the tortured holding of ten of the judges that the February 2008...
  • Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina

    07/27/2009 2:29:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 85 replies · 3,029+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina RALEIGH, NCSeven individuals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; and Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Charlotte Field Division, announced today. On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the...
  • Kosovar National Charged with Terrorism Violations

    06/17/2010 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 417+ views
    June 17, 2010 NOTE The following text is a quote: Kosovar National Charged with Terrorism Violations RALEIGH, NCBajram Asllani, 29, a resident of Mitrovica, Kosovo, has been charged in a criminal complaint with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Charlotte Field Division; and Robin Pendergraft, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, announced today. Asllani, also known as Bajram...
  • Wanted By The FBI - BAJRAM ASLLANI

    07/16/2010 9:53:21 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 13 replies · 1+ views
    FBI Wanted Alert ^ | 7/16/2010 | FBI
    CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT OR RESOURCES TO TERRORISTS (1 COUNT); CONSPIRACY TO KILL, KIDNAP, MAIM, OR INJURE PERSONS OR DAMAGE PROPERTY IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY (1 COUNT) BAJRAM ASLLANI Photograph taken in 2010 Aliases: Ebu Hatab, Bajram Aslani, Bajram Asslani Var Aslani, Bajram Asslani, Aslani Bajram, Bajram Aslami, Bajram Aslanni, Bajram Hajriz Asllani, Bayram Aslani DESCRIPTION Dates of Birth Used: August 12, 1980; August 12, 1989; November 11, 1970; December 8, 1980 Hair: Dark Brown Place of Birth: Mitrovica, Kosovo Eyes: Brown Height: 5'7" Sex: Male Weight: Unknown (heavy-set build) Complexion: Medium NCIC: T920777787 Nationality:...
  • Albanian trade in human beings (Video)

    06/17/2010 8:48:18 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 16 replies · 706+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 2010 | Staff
    Forced to have sex with as many as 10 men every day, women clandestinely interviewed by MSNBC.com as part of a four-month investigation into the sex trade ran by ethnic Albanians, insisted that their real identities not be revealed. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/4138089#4138089 (Warning: Some of this testimony is pretty graphic)
  • More than two dozen arrested by joint FBI-NYPD in Albanian drug gang probe

    06/11/2010 4:32:36 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 8 replies · 258+ views
    A violent Albanian drug gang was broken up Tuesday with the arrests of more than a dozen players in New York, Connecticut and Canada, officials said......
  • So Just When an Albanian Catholic Calls his Fellow, Largely Muslim, Albanians on their Dirty Deeds

    03/17/2010 2:11:13 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 19 replies · 472+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | March16, 2010 | Julia Gorin
    the mainstream news picks up on the boldness and insolence toward our masters and demands that the hero apologize and be disciplined. Below is some hack, grind, mainstream journalists report on this shocking video, in the Detroit News with my translations. Notice what the very tone of the title reveals: While a person from the community/ethnicity that Americans insist on being dumb about is TELLING us that these people were *not* the victims they claimed to be and that weve done something policy-wise that is not only self-destructive but destructive to the maturation of the Albanian community, here...
  • Shooting at shopping mall in Espoo, Finland

    12/31/2009 1:35:17 AM PST · by Viiksitimali · 66 replies · 2,229+ views
    Shots have been fired at a shopping centre in the town of Espoo, near the capital of Finland, Helsinki. An eyewitness said at least one person was left lying on the floor after shooting broke out, the national broadcaster YLE said on its website.
  • Gunman is sixth victim in Finland shootings police say (Muslim violence)

    12/31/2009 5:40:24 AM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 1,117+ views
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2009
    A sixth person has been found dead following the shootings in a town near Helsinki, Finland, police said Thursday. They said it is believed the sixth victim is the shooter, who police had previously identified as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli. Shkupolli, who police said had lived in Finland "for some time," is believed to have killed at least four people at a shopping center near the Finnish capital Helsinki. Finnish police confirmed the shooting happened at 10:08 a.m. (3:08 a.m. ET), leaving three men and one woman dead. CNN affiliate MTV3 and state broadcaster YLE reported that five people were killed....
  • NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage...

    12/19/2009 1:53:57 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 920+ views
    DAILY MAIL.co.uk ^ | Last updated at 2:42 PM on 16th December 2009 | by Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>"NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage to buy 93,000 home he turned into a bomb factory"</p> <p>SNIPPET: "A bank has sparked outrage by handing over a 100 per cent mortgage to an Al Qaeda terrorist who smuggled himself into Britain.</p>
  • Man Carrying Gun Arrested Outside Tony Blair's House

    12/10/2009 4:23:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 420+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 9 December, 2009 | na
    * Print * ShareThis A suspected Albanian gangster carrying a loaded pistol and silencer has been arrested outside the home of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, police have said, Sky News reported. There was no threat to Blair's safety, it is understood. The suspect, 56, was stopped in his car as he drove in Connaught Street, central London, on Monday at 11.15 p.m. local time. Officers on patrol became suspicious and arrested him for alleged traffic and documentation offences. About 25 minutes later, a passer-by approached a uniformed officer on guard outside Blair's 3.5m Connaught Square townhouse. He handed the...
  • Albanian traffickers selling woman as sex slave for 3,000 pounds in London's street busted

    12/07/2009 11:10:22 AM PST · by Bokababe · 39 replies · 1,839+ views
    New Kerala ^ | 12/7/09 | Staff
    In what is being seen as a shocking incident, a UK police surveillance photo has revealed one Albania national handing 3,000 pounds in cash to sell a woman as a sex slave to two others in London's Oxford Street.
  • ICE agents arrest Albanian national wanted for murder in Italy...

    10/29/2009 1:34:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 461+ views
    ICE.GOV ^ | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: October 28, 2009 ICE agents arrest Albanian national wanted for murder in Italy The Albanian national also faces criminal visa-fraud charges NEW YORK - An Albanian national, who was convicted in absentia for a murder in Italy, was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Ferdinand Marku, also known as Edmond Voli, faces visa-fraud charges for knowingly and intentionally making false statements on a federal immigration application. Marku, 39, was convicted in absentia, in Rome, Italy, for the November 2000 fatal stabbing of a victim near a subway station...
  • (Kosovo) Albanian man kept two daughters chained for 22 years

    10/27/2009 5:15:57 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 887+ views
    Malaysia News ^ | Tuesday 27th October, 2009 ( | Staff
    A 70-year-old Albanian man kept his two daughters chained for 22 years, saying they were mentally ill and aggressive, local media reported Tuesday. 'They were both ill, and I kept them in chains to keep them from running away,' the man told local media. 'I have fed them and washed them, but I had no time to go and look for them if they ran away,' he said. The two women, aged 38 and 47, were living in a small room with only a blanket on the floor. Media reported that the older sister had her left foot chained, while...
  • TERRORISTS IN THE MAKING? Egypt Pursues Europeans Taking Arabic Classes

    10/02/2009 1:05:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 510+ views
    SPIEGEL.de ^ | September 25, 2009 | This article has been provided courtesy of NRC Handelsblad.
    SNIPPET: "Arabic language schools in Nasr City are doing well and many Salafists come to Egypt in to learn the language of the Koran. Many deeply religious students from Europe come to Egypt to learn Arabic. The question is: are these European Salafists coming to study the language of the Koran or to prepare terrorist attacks?" SNIPPET: "In addition to language lessons, they usually follow courses in Islamic law offered by teachers ranging from the renowned Al-Azhar University to clandestine imams without permits. "Religious fanatics want to be taken seriously," says Walid al-Gohari, founder and director of the Al-Fajr institute,...
  • Kosovo (Albanian) Murder Suspect Detained at the Border

    08/12/2009 7:26:41 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 13 replies · 1,275+ views
    Houston Chronicle AP ^ | August 12, 2009 | Staff
    A man from Kosovo wanted in a New York City slaying awaits extradition from South Texas. The Border Patrol said Wednesday that Arber Mustafaj, 35, was detained with two other men from the former Yugoslavia, including his brother, just before midnight Monday.....
  • Colombia deports ex-Kosovo (Albanian) PM (Agim Ceku) sought for war crimes

    05/09/2009 12:26:09 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 14 replies · 769+ views
    Yahoo News AFP ^ | May 7, 2009 | Staff
    PARIS (AFP) Kosovo's former prime minister Agim Ceku, who is wanted in Serbia on war crimes charges, confirmed he had been expelled from Colombia and could not return, in comments to AFP Thursday.
  • Albanian hit men on hire in London for 5,000

    03/17/2009 10:34:27 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 21 replies · 1,519+ views
    London Daily News ^ | March 17, 2009 | Staff
    Want someone murdered? Albanian hitmen are touting for business in London, apparently without any fear of the law are we living in Chicago or a scene of the "Goodfellas" News Desk The London Daily News has discovered that professional Albanian assassins are "touting" for business in the capital claiming to be able to "take out" targets for as little as 5,000. In an under cover investigation into criminal gangs operating in north London Albanians who fought in the KLA during the bloody Balkans conflict against Serbia, now have now established themselves as formidable figures in the London's underworld. Experienced users...
  • Endangered Site: Visoki Decani Monastery, Kosovo

    03/06/2009 10:25:16 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 32 replies · 1,396+ views
    The Smithsonian Magazine ^ | March 2009 | Kathleen Burke
    The fate of the 14th-century abbey, one of the best-preserved medieval churches in the Balkans, has been darkened by ethnic violence. Time stands still within the Visoki Decani Monastery, nestled among chestnut groves at the foot of the Prokletije Mountains in western Kosovo. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2004, Unesco cited the 14th-century abbey as an irreplaceable treasure, a place where "traditions of Romanesque architecture meet artistic patterns of the Byzantine world." The Serbian Orthodox monastery represents, according to art historian Bratislav Pantelic, author of a book on Decani's architecture, "the largest and best-preserved medieval church in the entire...
  • "Kosovo's independence, a debacle"

    12/30/2008 10:54:30 PM PST · by Bokababe · 20 replies · 597+ views
    B92 ^ | 1229/08 | Staff
    BRUSSELS -- Kosovo's unilateral independence declaration turned into a debacle and a bad precedent, European Voice writes. In her column for this independent Brussels-based publication, Ilana Bet-El criticizes the EU for what she describes as "disarray over Kosovo, starting from the unilateral declaration of independence in February". "It was an ill-conceived, amateurishly handled move, lacking consensus in the EU and in the international arena. Regardless of whether Kosovo deserved independence or not, the reasoning behind it was contorted at the best of times, laying open the deep global divisions over international law and its application," Bet-El says. "From a narrowly...
  • Serb stabbed, incidents in K. Mitrovica (Kosovo)

    12/30/2008 10:41:08 PM PST · by Bokababe · 4 replies · 472+ views
    B92 ^ | 12/30/08 | Staff
    30 December 2008 | 18:04 -> 21:05 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- After two Albanians stabbed a 16-year-old Serb with a knife in Kosovska Mitrovica this afternoon and incidents that ensued, the situation is now calm. Automatic gunfire was heard as an Albanian-owned store was set on fire near the bridge on the Ibar River which divides Kosovska Mitrovica into its northern, predominantly Serb, and southern, Albanian part. The victim, Nikola Božović, was taken to hospital with a 10-centimeter stab wound apparently in the lumbar area of his back. Doctor Trajče Bogeski said that the boy was...
  • Serbia busts human trafficking networks

    11/28/2008 9:27:49 AM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 340+ views
    AFP via Serbianna ^ | November 26, 2008 | Staff
    26 November 2008, 13:52 CET (BELGRADE) - Serbian police have arrested seven people after dismantling several networks for trafficking would-be immigrants to western Europe, a Belgrade daily reported Wednesday. The seven, who included a policeman and hotel owner in the northern town of Subotica, were suspected of having attempted to smuggle some 280 people across the nearby border with Hungary, said the newspaper Politika. The would-be immigrants, who were to be transported along several channels using vans, were ethnic Albanians mostly from the breakaway southern Serbian province of Kosovo, but also from Albania and Macedonia. The former Yugoslav republic of...
  • Kosovo Albanian group in terror warning

    11/27/2008 9:51:37 AM PST · by Bokababe · 8 replies · 443+ views
    B92 ^ | November 27, 2008 | Staff
    BELGRADE -- An group calling itself the Army of the Republic of Kosovo has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pritina (on November 14th). Three German nationals were arrested on November 14 over the incident, but will probably be released due to a lack of evidence. The Albanian group sent a message via a personal e-mail account, threatening the Kosovo government, media and international organizations in the province. As long as the UN plan is in force, we will attack with full might and there will be no security for Serbs that live in...
  • Arrested Doctor Linked to Organ Harvesting of Serb Prisoners in Kosovo

    11/06/2008 9:37:36 AM PST · by Bokababe · 2 replies · 769+ views
    B92 ^ | November 6, 2008 | Staff
    BELGRADE -- Lufti Dervishi, a urologist from Kosovo, has been arrested on suspicion of performing illegal kidney transplants, daily Blic writes. One witness in the investigation into the trafficking of organs of Serb prisoners from Kosovo in 1998, mentioned the doctors name in regards to the case, according to Blic. The witness told Serbian war crimes prosecutors that he saw Doctor Ljutvi Dervishi at locations where it was suspected that organs had been extracted from civilian prisoners and sold later, Blics source stated. He was now arrested with a scalpel in his hand, and it's obvious that they have continued...
  • Bottles thrown at Serbs visiting (Serbian) cemeteries in Kosovo

    11/03/2008 11:11:52 AM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 343+ views
    B92 ^ | November 2, 2008 | Staff
    PRITINA -- Several hundred Serbs driven out of Pritina yesterday visited the graves of their loved ones, some for the first time since 1999. The Kosovo Serbs forced out of Decani Djakovica and Pec; also went to the graveyards in these Metohija towns, to mark the Orthodox Christian holiday of Zadunice (All Souls' Day). In addition to desecrated tombstones, reports say that local Albanians subjected the Serbs to verbal threats and provocation, that included bottles thrown at them. Those who visited the Orthodox cemetery in southern Kosovska Mitrovica also found that some 80 percent of the graves there were vandalized,...
  • Swiss Court: Two Kosovo Albanians Guilty of Drug Smuggling (Up to Half of Europe's Heroin Supply)

    11/02/2008 9:26:12 AM PST · by Bokababe · 5 replies · 452+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | October 30, 2008 | GABRIELLA BROGGI
    BELLINZONA, Switzerland Two brothers from Kosovo were convicted Thursday of running a massive drug smuggling ring that prosecutors said supplied Western Europe with up to half of its heroin. Ragip and Kemal Shabani channeled 1.5 tons of heroin through Europe from the mid-1990s until 2003, when they were shut down, prosecutors said. They used a small town in Kosovo as their base with branches in Macedonia, Albania, Spain and the Czech Republic, according to the Federal Criminal Court. The trial considered one of Switzerland's largest-ever drug cases was held under high security in the southern town of...
  • "Balkans (with the exception of Kosovo) low priority"

    10/29/2008 10:51:47 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 4 replies · 305+ views
    B92 ^ | October 29, 2008 | Staff
    An American analyst believes that the Balkans, with the exception of Kosovo, will hardly feature among the new U.S. administration's foreign policy priorities. Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York Jonathan Clarke explained that Kosovo will be an exception because of the implications it may have on the Transcaucasus. "I think that the Balkans will be at the bottom of the list of our priorities," Tanjug quoted him as saying. But, he continued, since Russia will be one of the top priorities - because of the Russian gas, Moscow's relations Brussels and Russia's...
  • 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.
  • Montenegro: Ethnic Albanians (Including 4 American Citizens) jailed for alleged plot

    08/06/2008 10:59:22 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 241+ views
    AKI ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    Podgorica, 5 August (AKI) - A court in the small Balkan country of Montenegro on Tuesday convicted 12 ethnic Albanians, including four US citizens, of plotting a rebellion when the republic became independent of Serbia in 2006. Judge Ivica Stankovic also convicted five other members of the group from Montenegro's Albanian minority of possessing illegal weapons. He sentenced the 17 defendants to prison terms ranging from three months to six and a half years for planning a rebellion and the Americans received some of the toughest sentences. The ethnic Albanians were arrested on terrorism charges in September 2006, but the...
  • Nine wounded in Macedonian Albanian violence

    07/05/2008 10:59:56 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 122+ views
    Earth Times ^ | July 4, 2008 | Staff
    Skopje, Macedonia - Nine people were wounded, several of them critically, in a gangland-style shootout in renewed violence in Macedonia, authorities in Skopje confirmed Friday. The drive-by attack from two cars, involving automatic weapons and shotguns, happened late Thursday in Radusa, a village in a tense section of Macedonia dominated by ethnic Albanians. The details remain sketchy and police said it was still investigating. One of the wounded men was Besfor Haliti, son of three-time lawmaker Rafiz Haliti, a prominent member of the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI). In a telephone interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, the elder Haliti said...
  • Kosovo: Journalist to be charged with contempt of UN court

    05/21/2008 10:34:40 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 7 replies · 139+ views
    ADNKI ^ | May 21, 2008 | Staff
    Pristina, 21 May (AKI) Kosovo Albanian journalist Baton Hadziju has been arrested and faces charges for contempt of the United Nations' Hague-based Yugoslav war crimes tribunal after he allegedly identified a secret witness in a trial. Hadziju, until recently the editor of the leading Albanian language daily Koha ditore and currently director of another daily Ekspres, was arrested in Pristina on Tuesday and has been transferred to The Hague (photo), Kosovo police said. Prosecutors at the tribunal allege that Baton Haxhiu, the editor of a newspaper, last year obtained information about a witness with a protected identity and then...
  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2007 - Kosovo

    05/19/2008 7:10:09 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 1,526+ views
    US Department of State ^ | April 30, 2008 | US State Department
    Country Reports on Terrorism 2007 - Kosovo The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) continued to monitor suspected terrorist activity with the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG). Officials believed that a few of the more than 400 NGOs operating in Kosovo were involved in suspicious activities, and sought to prevent extremists from using NGOs to gain a foothold in Kosovo. Consequently, municipalities authorized NGO use of public facilities for religious gatherings only if the relevant religious community consented. The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) and UNMIK Police Counterterrorism Units (CTUs) were primarily responsible for Kosovo's counterterrorism efforts, but were small and...
  • Muslim (Albanian) 911 Operator Faces Felony Charges for Illegally Searching Terror Watch List

    05/13/2008 10:47:30 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 7 replies · 114+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | May 12,2008 | Julia Gorin
    Just a few hours after I explained on Jihad Watch what was wrong with Michael Tottens pro-Albanian-supremacist post on Commentary magazines website, the following item was posted on the site. It concerns an article that came out in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle last week on the one-year anniversary of the Ft. Dix arrests of four Albanians, the significance of which becomes clear if you notice that the womans name is Albanian. Introductory comment by JW director Robert Spencer: "She says shes just being singled out because she is a Muslim. And Im sure thats true. Im sure there are...
  • Kosovo Albanians Throw Sewage at UN Mission in Protest

    05/09/2008 11:55:54 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 17 replies · 122+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 9, 2008 | Staff
    Hundreds of ethnic Albanians in Pristina, Kosovo's capital, have protested against Serbia's plans to hold elections in Kosovo on Sunday. The protesters said the United Nations' interim Kosovo mission (Unmik) and the Kosovo government were responsible for failing to use their powers to prevent the elections from going ahead. During Friday's protest, the demonstrators dumped rubbish in front of the UN mission and government buildings. Albin Kurti, leader of the Self-determination Youth Movement, said the rubbish symbolised what the protesters thought of the Unmik and government decision to ignore the polls. The Serbian government, which staunchly opposes Kosovo's move, is...
  • The West-East conflict in a microscope: Kosovo & population imbalance

    05/05/2008 4:51:06 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 107+ views
    International Analyst Network ^ | 4 May 2008 | Ioannis Michaletos
    The new situation arising from the unilateral Kosovo declaration of independence shapes a new reality that will have multitude and mostly negative consequences for countless nations across the globe. It is important also to illuminate around the existence of the Kosovo issue as a demographic one, shaped by the expansion of one group of people (Albanian Muslims) versus the other one (Serbian Christians). Moreover the existence of facts on the ground as resulting from the population growth of the former, signify a real precedent for other regions in the world. In 1913 when Kosovo & Metojia became a part of...
  • Croatia?s recognition of Kosovo, a desire to please Washington than responsible regional politics

    04/01/2008 7:40:30 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 94+ views
    Transnational Institute ^ | April 1, 2008 | Marinko &#268;uli&#263;
    Croatia’s recognition of Kosovo has more to do with a desire to please Washington than responsible regional politics, writes Marinko Čulić. In less than the two months since Kosovo became independent, Croatia has been flooded with so many wrong conclusions and theses that they have already started to create a false parallel reality. This is not to say that unforgettable political statements have not been made before, especially during Tudjman’s time, when, for example, the thesis of Croatia as the ‘bulwark of Christianity’ shook the western part of ex-Yugoslavia, and almost the country itself. We thought we had left this...
  • Kosovo Albanian gets 20 months for terror plot on Fort Dix

    03/31/2008 6:49:14 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies · 432+ views
    AP via Serbianna ^ | March 31,2008 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    CAMDEN, New Jersey-A man who admitted letting a group of accused terror-plotters shoot his guns at a firing range was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Monday. Judge Robert Kugler said Agron Abdullahu, who is originally from Kosovo, deserved more than the 10 to 16 months that sentencing guidelines call for because he knew the men who were talking about violence against Americans. "I am convinced that he is not as innocent as he'd like us to believe," Kugler said before handing down his sentence. "This is not a common, ordinary, technical violation of the law." However, the sentence...
  • George Jonas on Kosovo's independence and how the West presided over ethnic cleansing

    03/20/2008 12:06:35 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 355+ views
    The National Post ^ | March 19, 2008 | George Jonas
    Last month, the Serbian province of Kosovo declared its independence. This week, Canada became the 31st country to recognize it. Foreign affairs critic Bob Rae wondered what took our government so long. Well perhaps we hesitated recognizing what we went to war for because we recognized that we should have hesitated going to war for it. Wait a minute, someone might say. Canada didnt go to war in 1999 as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to help Kosovo secede from Serbia. That would have been like Germany dismantling Czechoslovakia in 1938 to liberate the Sudetenland....