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  • Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama (Baltics now targeted)

    10/08/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    Observer ^ | 10/07/2016 | John R. Schindler
    Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama The KGB officer in the Kremlin seeks one last, grand strategic humiliation for our president before he leaves office By John R. Schindler • 10/07/16 11:00am Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Prince Albert II of Monaco (not pictured) at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 6, 2016. / AFP / POOL AND AFP / YURI KADOBNOV Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images It’s long been obvious that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle view Barack...
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • The Mystery of Bosnia's Ancient Pyramids

    11/24/2009 11:11:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,958+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | December 2009 | Colin Woodard
    An amateur archaeologist says he's discovered the world's oldest pyramids in the Balkans. But many experts remain dubious Sam Osmanagich kneels down next to a low wall, part of a 6-by-10-foot rectangle of fieldstone with an earthen floor. If I'd come upon it in a farmer's backyard here on the edge of Visoko—in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 miles northwest of Sarajevo—I would have assumed it to be the foundation of a shed or cottage abandoned by some 19th-century peasant. Osmanagich, a blond, 49-year-old Bosnian who has lived for 16 years in Houston, Texas, has a more colorful explanation. "Maybe it's...
  • Beware of political activists in robes

    07/23/2008 7:03:44 AM PDT · by DTA · 3 replies · 147+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-07-23 | George Jonas
    George Jonas: Beware of political activists in robes Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 If we take Radovan Karadzic at his own evaluation as a Serbian patriot, by being available to be captured and handed over to the international tribunals of the new world order, he's rendering his country the only service left for him to render. Had he not gone into hiding in 1995 after being indicted for his role in the infamous Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, the one-timepresident of Serbian Bosnia couldn't be utilized as a chip in the Faustian bargain with theWest today. But...
  • Balkan Caves, Gorges Were Pre-Neanderthal Haven

    06/27/2008 2:45:44 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-27-2008 | Ljilja Cvekic
    Balkan caves, gorges were pre-Neanderthal haven Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:25am EDT By Ljilja Cvekic BELGRADE (Reuters Life!) - A fragment of a human jaw found in Serbia and believed to be up to 250,000 years old is helping anthropologists piece together the story of prehistoric human migration from Africa to Europe. "This is the earliest evidence we have of humans in the area," Canada's Winnipeg University anthropology professor Mirjana Roksandic told Reuters. The fragment of a lower jaw, complete with three teeth, was discovered in a small cave in the Sicevo gorge in south Serbia. "It is a pre-Neanderthal...
  • Albanian Triumph, Serb Anger as Kosovo Secedes

    02/17/2008 3:03:48 AM PST · by raybbr · 58 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | N/A
    PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo Albanians will proclaim independence from Serbia on Sunday, ending a long chapter in the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia but cementing a bitter ethnic frontline in the Balkans. Kosovo will be the 6th state carved from the Serb-dominated federation since 1991, after Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Montenegro, and the last to escape Serbia's embrace. The Serbs vow never to give up the land where their history goes back 1,000 years. They will reject independence in defiance of the Albanians and their Western backers and will keep their grip on strongholds in northern Kosovo, making the ethnic...
  • Birthwort Plant's Dark Side: Kidney Disease And Cancer In Balkan Countries

    12/09/2007 3:23:51 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 156+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-9-2007 | Stony Brook University Medical Center.
    Birthwort Plant's Dark Side: Contaminated Grain Linked To Kidney Disease And Cancer In Balkan CountriesSeeds from birthwort plant is contaminating the wheat grain in the Balkan region, leading to a devastating kidney disease affecting rural residents in that region. (Credit: Image courtesy of Stony Brook University Medical Center) ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2007) — Seeds from birthwort (Aristolochia clematis), a plant which grows in wheat fields in the Balkan region and which has been used throughout Europe and Asia as an herbal remedy for 2000 years, is contaminating the wheat grain, leading to a devastating kidney disease affecting rural residents in...
  • Croatian anger at Vukovar verdict

    09/28/2007 6:43:41 AM PDT · by poglavnik · 4 replies · 113+ views
    ... "If you stole a car today you would get a harsher sentence than what they got for the biggest crime that was committed here in the past 50 years," he said. ...
  • Kosovo impasse raises fears of regional unrest-(Balkans the gift that keeps on giving)

    08/26/2007 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 224+ views
    the news ^ | 8/27/07 | the news
    BELGRADE: Delicate talks on the future of the breakaway Kosovo province resume this week amid rising fears the deadlock could reignite unrest across the tense Balkan region. The firmly entrenched stances of the leaders of Kosovo’s independence-seeking Albanian majority and Serbia, which wants to retain sovereignty over the province, has left negotiators with few options.
  • Balkan-Muslim Gratitude - Fort Dix And Our Friends The Abanians

    05/10/2007 8:11:50 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 19 replies · 817+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic ^ | 5/10/07 | Julia Gorin
    Monday night the FBI arrested six Muslims who were planning a commando-style attack on Fort Dix in New Jersey, to “kill as many soldiers as possible,” authorities said. Four of the six men are Albanians, a fact that Fox News — which apparently thinks that “Yugoslavia” and “Albanians” are the same, and isn’t sure what those two things might have to do with “the Balkans” — reported thus: The Associated Press reported that those captured were nationals of the former Yugoslavia, but the law enforcement source told FOX News that not all of them are of Albanian ethnicity. Federal sources...
  • Bosnian president rides to rescue

    03/05/2007 9:19:07 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 4 replies · 300+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    The couple said their baby would be named after Mr Komsic One of Bosnia's three-member presidency has helped a woman in labour by escorting her car to hospital at high speed with his motorcade.Zeljko Komsic noticed a distressed couple driving fast near the town of Maglaj late on Saturday. Suad Ibrahimovic said he and his wife, Jasminka, were so grateful that they would name the baby after him. Bosnia's presidency rotates between Mr Komsic, a Croat, and Serb and Bosnian Muslim representatives. Complications When Mr Komsic noticed the couple, Mr Ibrahimovic explained their predicament and the president ordered his...
  • Utah Shooter’s Grandfather was Killed by? (Julia Gorin)

    02/20/2007 4:57:36 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies · 1,189+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | 2/19/07 | Julia Gorin
    The family can’t seem to decide: Mr. Talovic’s motive remains a mystery, investigators say…The gunman’s aunt, Ajka Omerovic, and his father, who was visibly exhausted, spoke to a reporter just hours after Mr. Talovic’s body was cleansed in an Islamic ritual in preparation for its burial in Tuzla, Bosnia… No religious Balkan Muslims to see here, move along. Until Serbian forces began a siege of Talovici in April 1992, they said, theirs had been a humble but happy life…... How about: Until fundamentalist Bosnian Muslim President Alija Izetbegovic decided he wanted to carve out an Islamic state in Europe, theirs...
  • Explosion Inside US Embassy Compound in Athens (Breaking: Fox News)

    01/11/2007 9:02:24 PM PST · by xzins · 291 replies · 14,420+ views
    Fox ^ | 12 Jan 07 | Fox
  • The Status Could Be Delayed Again If Russia Opposes Kosova Independence

    11/23/2006 7:59:03 AM PST · by tgambill · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Epoka e Re | 22 Nov 06
    Bandow: The Status Could Be Delayed Again If Russia Opposes Kosova Independence Pristina, – Its hard to impose the solution for Kosova's status because the international community has no united stand, declared the US analyst and ex-advisor of former US president, Ronald Regan, Doug Bandow. According to him if Russia continues to categorically oppose Kosova's independence then the negotiations could be delayed. This political analyst reiterated that Washington thinks that if both sides are not ready to come to a solution regarding Kosova's final status then this will be done by the UN, which, according to him it would be...
  • Background Analysis: Historical Considerations on Kosovo

    11/13/2006 11:39:24 AM PST · by Bokababe · 5 replies · 482+ views
    Defense & Foreign Affairs ^ | November 7, 2006 | V. Groginsky
    The southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija is a region of many contrasts in landscape, culture, and historical perspective. From arid hills similar to eastern Afghanistan, to mountainous mining towns like those in Colorado, and wide fertile plains resembling parts of the American Mid-West, Kosovo has been the object of numerous foreign conquerors over the ages. Thracians, Ilyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, Hungarians, Bulgarians, and Albanians have all vied for control of the region, but for the past 1,400 years it has been distinctly Serbian in character. However, for the past 500 years, Kosovo has been undergoing a process of...

    08/29/2006 6:42:24 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 615+ views
    adnkronosinternational ^ | 8/29/06 | VPR
    Belgrade, 29 August (AKI) - Serbian police have broken up a human trafficking chain, arresting 33 people, most of them Albanians, the Belgrade-based daily Press reported on Tuesday, quoting police sources. The report said police who had been tracking the flow of illegal immigrants for some time, raided a house in Belgrade on Monday where they found 28 Albanian, and five Turkish citizens who had entered the country illegally. The police said that 13 were juveniles, aged from 11 to 17, and all of them will be returned to their home countries. According to police, the Turks were smuggled into...
  • US Accused of Siding With 'Criminals and Jihadists' in Kosovo

    07/21/2006 1:33:10 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 95 replies · 2,207+ views
    CNSNews ^ | July 21, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    A prominent Serbian Orthodox bishop Thursday said the U.S. was allowing Islamic extremists to wage war on Christians in Kosovo by deciding not to oppose Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is an autonomous province in Serbia with a population of about 2 million, most who are ethnic Albanian and Muslim. It is currently administered by the United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), but negotiations which began this year are expected to eventually result in independence for the province. However, Dr. Artemije Radosavljevic on Thursday issued a warning about the prospect of and independent Kosovo. "At a time when America is...
  • Bosnian Investigation Confirms Terror Report

    06/30/2006 9:06:48 AM PDT · by tgambill · 8 replies · 304+ views ^ | 30 June 06 |
    Disturbing, though not surprising information has been revealed in Bosnia, corroborating a investigation conducted nearly 9 months ago. A Sarajevo newspaper, Nezavisne Novine, reported yesterday that Bosnian investigators are showing growing interest in the financial resources and activities of a Kuwaiti charity that has been blacklisted by the Bush administration in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The charity, the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), claims to be a humanitarian and educational organization; however, it preaches the strict Wahhabist doctrine in its bid to reshape the political life of Muslim countries, and has maintained terrorist links in places like Albania, Azerbaijan...
  • Cheney: US backs Croatia for joining NATO, EU

    05/07/2006 10:38:23 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 33 replies · 672+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 6, 2006 | Matt Spetalnick
    DUBROVNIK, Croatia (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney pledged strong U.S. support on Saturday for Croatia's bid to join NATO and the European Union, following the example of other post-communist states in transition to democracy. Cheney made the promise to reformist Prime Minister Ivo Sanader on the eve of a meeting in Dubrovnik with leaders of Croatia, Macedonia and Albania, as he toured former East bloc nations that increasingly have turned west since the Cold War. He caused diplomatic waves on Thursday with a speech to Baltic and Black Sea heads of state in Vilnius where he accused Russian President...
  • For Some Bosnian Muslims in Serbia, Ethno-music is Simply Satanic

    An indication of what lies ahead for the Balkans occurred recently in Novi Pazar, when Wahhabi fanatics successfully destroyed a concert held by a renowned Balkan ethno-music orchestra that appeals to people from many countries and ethnicities. The violence was brazen and highly alarming, according to Belgrade’s B-92 which described the occurrence thus: “…ten young men donning long beards, short pants and white hats broke up a concert of the Balkanika orchestra. The hooligans were dressed like members of the vehabit [sic] movement. They climbed up onto the stage and threw around the instruments that were set up for the...
  • The coming of the micro-states

    06/05/2006 1:22:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 867+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 06/05/06 | Fred Weir
    The coming of the micro-states By Fred Weir | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor MOSCOW - As goes Montenegro, so goes Kosovo, Transdniestria, and South Ossetia? As Montenegro officially declared independence this weekend, accepting the world's welcome into the community of nations, a handful of obscure "statelets" are demanding the same opportunity to choose their own destinies. In the latest example, Transdniestria, a Russian-speaking enclave that won de facto independence in the early 1990s, declared last week that it will hold a Montenegro-style referendum in September as part of its campaign for statehood. Experts fear that many "frozen conflicts"...
  • Ceku: Kosovo Albanian independence close

    05/15/2006 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 93 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May. 15, 2006 at 9:40AM | UPI
    Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku has says independence for mostly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo of Serbia's government in Belgrade is near. "A great dream of independence is close and it is only months away," said Ceku Monday in his regular weekly address in Kosovo, Serbia's southern province whose population of 1.8 million is 90 percent ethnic-Albanian........
  • EU blocks Serbia for failing to hand over war criminal

    05/03/2006 4:20:06 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 298+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 04MAY06 | Anthony Browne
    SERBIA was plunged into a political crisis last night after Brussels suspended talks leading to EU membership as punishment for failing to arrest one of the most wanted war criminals in Europe. The European Commission said that it was halting negotiations on closer links with Serbia after the deadline to deliver Ratko Mladic to the Hague war crimes tribunal passed on April 30 with the fugitive still in hiding. Relations between Belgrade and the international community plunged to new lows as Carla del Ponte, the chief war crimes prosecutor at the UN, declared that she had been misled by the...
  • Balkan betrayal

    05/03/2006 4:23:33 PM PDT · by familyop · 7 replies · 376+ views
    The Times (London, UK, Britain) ^ | 04MAY06 | The Times (London, UK, Britain)
    Serbia must choose between its past and its present How hard can it be to arrest a man recognised wherever he goes, in a country roughly the size of Scotland? Vojislav Kostunica, the Serbian Prime Minister, has asked the international community to believe that if the man in question does not want to be found, the answer is, effectively, “impossible”. This answer is not acceptable. It is entirely appropriate that Belgrade’s failure to surrender Ratko Mladic to the UN war crimes tribunal as promised led yesterday to the suspension of talks with the EU on possible Serbian membership. Mr Kostunica...
  • Milosevic—Hero or Traitor?

    03/14/2006 2:58:16 PM PST · by kronos77 · 110 replies · 1,199+ views ^ | March 14, 2006 | Ron Fraser
    Behind every hero stands a traitor.” So goes an old saying in the Balkans. As renowned commentator on the Balkan nations Fitzroy Maclean observed, the difficulty is to determine which is which. Was Milosevic a hero or a traitor to his fellow Serbs and the peoples of old Yugoslavia? Milosevic came to power as rumbles started to vibrate apart the Iron Curtain that had protected postwar Yugoslavia, under the strong-willed resistance by Marshal Tito until his death in 1980, from incursion by the Soviet Union. Milosevic was elected president of Serbia in 1989. When Germany united, East with West, following...
  • Montenegrin police seize truckload of weapons

    PODGORICA, Serbia-Montenegro -- Police seized a truckload of weapons in Bioce, a town near Podgorica, local media reported on Thursday (9 March). Some reports suggest the material was headed to the Middle East, others suggest Albania. Serbia-Montenegro Army Chief of Staff General Ljubisa Jokic confirmed that the weapons were confiscated, but stressed that the transaction by the Jugoimport-Mont company, a mediator in arms sales, was legal. Another official said that while the necessary paperwork was issued, the problem arose when the company changed the vehicle and personnel transporting the weapons. (Pobjeda, Blic, Vijesti - 10/03/06; B92, RTCG, Beta - 09/03/06)
  • Bad Blood on The Big Screen

    03/06/2006 4:27:32 AM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 711+ views
    A Turkish Rambo takes on the U.S. — and moviegoers are loving itBy PELIN TURGUT / ISTANBUL UMIT BEKTAS / REUTERS The anti-U.S. film Valley of the Wolves Iraq has caught Turkey's eye Sunday, Feb. 05, 2006The movie high jinks of a Turkish Rambo who single-handedly takes on U.S. forces in lawless northern Iraq are filling cinemas across Turkey, America's only predominantly Muslim nato ally. Valley of the Wolves Iraq, which is set to break Turkish box-office records, shows U.S. soldiers in Iraq as they raid a wedding, machine-gun the guests, and take survivors to a prison where a Jewish...
  • There Is Something Healthy in the State of Denmark

    02/11/2006 5:35:18 AM PST · by zagor-te-nej · 17 replies · 778+ views
    News & Views by Srdja Trifkovic ^ | Feb 11, 2006 | zagor-te-nej
    Denmark’s government, her media and the public at large, continue to defy the prevalent spirit of Western decrepitude by refusing to eat humble pie over some half-dozen mildly satirical cartoons of Muhammad, the inventor of Islam. Every American by now has heard about those cartoons, but very few have actually seen, thanks to our mainstream media’s strange view of what actually constitutes “all the news fit to print.” The cartoons, originally published in the Jyllands-Posten, have prompted a fresh round of anti-Western rage in the Muslim world and among Muslim immigrants in Europe. It looks like there will be no...
  • US Basketball player Ilisha Jarett not raped - only finger ued - Croatian judge ruled

    12/22/2005 3:25:45 AM PST · by kronos77 · 19 replies · 3,220+ views
    Serbiancafe/Blic ^ | december 21th 2005.
    Croatian tycoon Joso Marovic (known for his nickname "Likas Tudjman" after late Croatian presidendt)is acuitted of rape charge by ruling of judge Branko Milanovic. Marovic was acused of raping US basketball player Ilisha Jarret who played for Croatian team. Judge ruled that "There was no rape since act was done annaly with finger, and for rape sexual organ penetration is nascessery" and "Casa was most similar to handshake". "Finger and anus arn`t sex organs, thereafter there was no rape". Accuited Marovic bursted into her hotellroom and pushed his finger up Ilisha`s anus, girl maneged to throw him out of hers...
  • Balkan Islamists Sponsored the Act of Terrorism in Israel

    12/10/2005 8:29:58 AM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 797+ views
    Axis ^ | december 6th 2005. | Sami Rosen
    According to the data from the investigators, radical Islamic organization Al-Asifa from the Balkans is involved in this terrorist act. It unites Slavic adherents of the Islamic fundamentalism and natives of the Arab countries, who settled in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and in Croatia after the 1992-95 war. According to the Israeli secret services, during this war the major part of the present members of Al-Asifa served in the "Al - Mojahid" and "Kataeb Talaat Yasin" divisions. They were a part of the Bosnian Muslim army (by the way, Israel secretly supported the Bosnian Serbs at that time).
  • My people deserve their indepedence.

    11/25/2005 8:09:11 PM PST · by sepse · 45 replies · 1,364+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 25 November 2005 | Hashim Thaci
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  • Bosnian Serb war suspect arrested

    08/08/2005 2:49:17 PM PDT · by Diocletian · 13 replies · 393+ views
    BBC ^ | August 8, 2005 | staff
    A Bosnian Serb fugitive sentenced for crimes committed during the Bosnian war and wanted by a UN war crimes court has been arrested in Argentina. Police say Milan Lukic, who has been on the run for more than five years, was arrested in Buenos Aires. He was indicted by the UN's war crimes tribunal for crimes said to have been carried out during the Bosnian war. He is also wanted in Serbia, where he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for war crimes. 'Reign of terror'In 2003, a court in Belgrade found Lukic and three other men...
  • Archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church Sentenced to Prison in Macedonia

    06/26/2005 8:25:19 PM PDT · by Destro · 62 replies · 864+ views ^ | Saturday, June 25 , 2005, 21:33 (UK) | Anna Lisa
    Archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church Sentenced to Prison in Macedonia Posted: Saturday, June 25 , 2005, 21:33 (UK) Archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church, Jovan (Zoran Vranisskovski) of Ohrid was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Macedonian Court of Appeal, Forum 18 has reported. Archbishop Jovan was charged of "inciting national, racial and religious hatred, schism and intolerance." The Archbishop commented on the situation: "When they imprisoned an archbishop of a church in the 21st century - merely for serving his people - what else can you say about the system and the state?" The archbishop is due to...
  • The Nazi connection to Islamic terrorism - (excellent history!)

    07/24/2005 7:35:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 57 replies · 5,845+ views
    Chuck Morse's latest book, "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism, Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini," provides the clearest, most incisive history of how Islamo-fascism and Jihad terrorism have become the dominant political philosophy in the Arab world. It is the untold story of how Nazism took root in the Islamic world through the untiring efforts of the mufti of Jerusalem, whose aim it was to destroy the Jews in Palestine. Morse writes: The Nazi Holocaust appears to have kicked into high gear on Nov. 25, 1941, during a Berlin meeting between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini...
  • EXCLUSIVE: UK Spy Identifies Groups and People Behind London Bombings

    07/08/2005 9:00:29 AM PDT · by freeper1995 · 62 replies · 2,976+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 7/7/2005 | David Storobin Interviewing Glen Jenvey, UK intel operative
    Glen Jenvey worked for several military attachés covering terrorist groups, including al-Qaida and their members in Britain. His stings led to the capture of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a major terrorist and multiple other terrorists. He has been profiled and interviewed in major media across the globe, including in the US, UK, Russia, India, etc. Neil Doyle wrote a book entitled "Terror Tracker" about Mr. Jenvey. ... Glen Jenvey: The group is linked directly to terrorists associated with Abu Hamza, who's in jail due in large part to my efforts for British intelligence. The group is also tied to other clerics...
  • More Mackatica Body Burning Revelations (Serbs incinerating Albanian bodies)

    04/23/2005 3:05:19 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 77 replies · 1,458+ views
    New eyewitnesses are helping to piece together a crime that still awaits justice. By IWPR reporters in Surdulica and Belgrade Eyewitness accounts obtained by IWPR contain dramatic new evidence of how police working for Slobodan Milosevic burned truckloads of ethnic Albanian corpses in a factory in southern Serbia during the 1999 NATO conflict. Natasa Kandic, director of the Humanitarian Law Centre, HLC, first revealed the grisly secrets of the Mackatica aluminum complex, near Surdulica, in the Pcinj district of southern Serbia, last December. In an article in daily Danas newspaper on December 24, 2004, she said the factory's blast furnaces...
  • Kosovo governor Soren Jessen Petersen: "Dont' believe the serbian media"

    03/30/2005 9:29:01 AM PST · by NickyStar · 9 replies · 463+ views
    B 92 ^ | 14:10 -> 17:47 March 30 | B 92, Beta
    PETERSEN REFLECTS ON BELGRADE VISIT| 14:10 -> 17:47 March 30 | B92, Beta BELGRADE, PRISTINA, ATHENS -- Wednesday – Kosovo governor Soeren Jessen Petersen met with newly-appointed Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi today, after spending all of Sunday and Monday meeting with Serbian officials in Belgrade. Commenting on his Belgrade visit, Petersen said that Belgrade finally understands that only dialogue with the Kosovo government regarding Kosovo’s final status can lead to positive processes in the region. Petersen briefed Kosumi on everything that was discussed in Belgrade. “It is good that Belgrade has accepted the fact that discussion for the status...
  • Albania to send more soldiers to Iraq

    02/26/2005 1:12:24 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 32 replies · 7,794+ views ^ | 26th Feb 2005 | (Reuters)
    IRANA (Reuters) - Albania will increase the number of its soldiers in Iraq to 120 from the current 70, a government spokesman said on Friday. The decision takes effect in April, when soldiers currently serving a six-month stint under U.S. command return home. Albania has been a staunch supporter of the United States since Washington led a NATO bombing campaign against Serb troops accused of killing and expelling ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo. Albanian public opinion supports its contribution to the U.S.-led force in Iraq, where two Albanian-born U.S. Marines have been killed. (File photo) Two Albanians in traditional...
  • US military eyes Balkan bases

    01/14/2005 9:15:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 415+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | January 14 2005
    Nato's top commander in Europe, US Gen James Jones, has been meeting officials in Romania and Bulgaria, exploring possible future military bases for US forces in the Balkans. He says such strategically-positioned bases would enhance Nato's capabilities as the US adjusts its post-Cold War priorities. The BBC's South-East Europe analyst, Gabriel Partos, examines the US plans. The commander of United States forces in Europe, Gen James Jones, has been inspecting military sites in Bulgaria which the US might use in future as bases when it redeploys troops from western Europe. Gen Jones' visit, and a series of talks in Romania,...

    01/13/2005 5:59:05 AM PST · by uplandgame · 58 replies · 1,532+ views ^ | 01/12/2004 | Andy Wilcoxson
    Defense Witness, French Col. Patrick Barriot presented an Interpol document to the Hague Tribunal on Wednesday. According to the document, Mohammed Atta was present in central Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994, 1995, and 1999. Atta was one of the suicide hijackers who crashed a civilian jetliner into the World Trade Center in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both Milosevic and Col. Barriot, who serves on the anti-terrorism task force of the French government, said that this document offers proof of “deep-rooted Islamic terrorism in Bosnia.” The tribunal did its level best to block the evidence regarding terrorism. The judges questioned...
  • Kerry's Balkan Policy May Defeat Him

    10/14/2004 8:47:35 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 49 replies · 1,467+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 14 October 2004 | Srdja Trifkovic
    There is a bloc of voters that may easily decide the forthcoming election. A little over a million Serbian-Americans—their exact number is uncertain but this is a conservative estimate—are likely to vote this year in greater numbers than ever before. The significance of this group becomes obvious if we look at its geographic distribution. After Chicago, the main Serbian-American centers are Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH; and Milwaukee, WI. There are thousands of retirees in Florida and sizeable pockets in St. Louis (MO) and suburban New Jersey. In each of those states the size of the community exceeds the likely margin...
  • A modest proposal for Europe

    06/26/2004 9:41:30 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 5 replies · 209+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20/06/2004 | Lisbet Rausing
    On Friday, Europe's heads of state agreed on a draft of a constitution for what they conceive as a new country, Europe. But what is this new nation that is being created for us? A critic recently noted that if the EU were a country, it could never be admitted to the EU. And of course he was right. The democratic deficit - which, so far from being solved this weekend, will be set in stone - is the more scandalous given that it is solemnified less than two months after 10 new countries have joined us, eager to belong...
  • Balkan limbo - Ethnic hatred still prevails in Kosovo

    03/25/2004 10:12:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 184+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/25/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>The Balkan province of Kosovo has recently suffered the worst flare-up of violence since it was freed from Serb oppression in 1999 by U.S.-led military intervention. The outburst left 28 people dead, scores of houses burned and thousands of people displaced from their homes. Its intensity reflected the bitter reality of Kosovo, where an overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority and a dwindling Serb minority show no sign of being willing to live together.</p>
  • 35,000 year old "modern human" remains Discovered!

    03/10/2004 6:10:11 AM PST · by vannrox · 219 replies · 2,666+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Mar 6,11:27 AM ET | By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Writer
    Anthropologists Hail Romania Fossil Find Sat Mar 6,11:27 AM ET Add Science - AP to My Yahoo! By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Writer BUCHAREST, Romania - Experts analyzing remains of a man, woman and teenage boy unearthed in Romania last year are convinced that the 35,000 year-old fossils are the most complete ever of modern humans of that era, a U.S. scientist said Saturday. International scientists have been carrying out further analysis to get a clearer picture on the find, said anthropologist Erik Trinkaus, of Washington University in St. Louis. But it's already clear that, "this is the most complete...
  • Truth must set him free -- Young man risks life to help Canada

    03/08/2004 5:26:09 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 8, 2004 | Peter Worthington
    We should be treating this guy as a patriot -- someone who risked his life to do the right thing. Instead, he's viewed as a traitor or pariah -- certainly by his family. As he told the CBC, 21-year-old Abdurahman Khadr turned against his family and worked inside the al-Qaida terrorist organization for the CIA and Western interests. As a consequence he's reviled by relatives who support al-Qaida, and knows his life is in danger. What is so disgraceful and disquieting is that his father, brothers, sisters, and relatives who have Canadian citizenship, mostly support al-Qaida. His father, who was...
  • U.S. operative looks back on WWII work (Yugoslavia)

    03/04/2004 5:09:41 AM PST · by joan · 24 replies · 611+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | March 3, 2004 | MIKE HARDEN
    In the vernacular of espionage, he was a "spook," a World War II shadow soldier whose field of operations knew neither front lines nor rear. Art Jibilian was attending Navy radio operators school in 1943, when he was first approached by a recruiter for the Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the CIA. The man told Jibilian of his likely assignments, "Sometimes we will drop you by parachute. Sometimes you will go by submarine. You will have a 50-50 chance of making it back." "He didn't pull any punches," Jibilian recalls today. "He told me the OSS needed radio operators...
  • ENOUGH IS ENOUGH -- (House of Representatives - July 16, 2003)

    01/27/2004 9:36:01 PM PST · by moroz · 10 replies · 236+ views
    Curt Weldon Web site ^ | 28 Jan, 2004 | moroz
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH -- (House of Representatives - July 16, 2003) --- The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Gingrey). The gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Weldon) is recognized for 40 minutes. Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, enough is enough. I sat in my office last night and listened to Member after Member on the other side rail about President Bush and whether or not we could trust him in the Iraqi situation. I have listened to my colleagues tonight. Enough is enough. Mr. Speaker, this is just outrageous. So what I have done is I have got a whole file here,...

    01/27/2004 7:58:44 AM PST · by moroz · 27 replies · 386+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | Tuesday 27 January 2004 | moroz
    FOR SALE AGE 3 By Graham Johnson With her big blue eyes and cute smile, four-year-old Angela would tug at the heartstrings of any parent. But like her five-year-old brother Aco and their friend Jovanna, blonde Angela is up for SALE to anyone with enough cash to buy her. Incredibly, the head of a British-funded charity is at the centre of this despicable trade. The children, some as young as three, are snatched from their parents and sold for as little as Ł300. Some are feared to have been taken as child sex slaves. Others are put up for illegal...
  • Balkan Failure is Clark's (Building anti-American anger) (May 1999)

    01/25/2004 4:54:47 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 75 replies · 1,858+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | May 6, 1999 | Robert Novak
    Balkan failure is Clark's Who is responsible for an air offensive that is building anti-American anger across Europe without breaking the Serbian regime's will? The blame rests heavily on Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander. After 40 days, U.S.-dominated NATO air strikes no longer even pretend to aim solely at military targets. Pentagon sources admit that the attacks on the city center of Belgrade are intended to so demoralize ordinary citizens that they force President Slobodan Milosevic to yield. That has not yet happened, but diplomats believe the grave damage done to American prestige in Central and Eastern Europe...
  • How we trained al-Qa’eda

    09/12/2003 3:22:30 AM PDT · by konijn · 28 replies · 594+ views
    The Spectator UK ^ | 6 september 2003 | Brendan O’Neill
    How we trained al-Qa’eda Brendan O’Neill says the Bosnian war taught Islamic terrorists to operate abroad For all the millions of words written about al-Qa’eda since the 9/11 attacks two years ago, one phenomenon is consistently overlooked — the role of the Bosnian war in transforming the mujahedin of the 1980s into the roving Islamic terrorists of today. Many writers and reporters have traced al-Qa’eda and other terror groups’ origins back to the Afghan war of 1979–1992, that last gasp of the Cold War when US-backed mujahedin forces fought against the invading Soviet army. It is well documented that America...