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  • Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

    03/24/2017 9:41:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Georgi Gotev
    Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Pence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit. Mike Pence was in Brussels on 20 February, but details of what was discussed were only disclosed by Juncker, who spoke to the Financial Times in an exclusive interview published today (24 March). “I told the vice-president, ‘Do not say that. Do not invite others to leave, because if the European Union collapses, you will have a new war in the Western Balkans’,” Juncker said....
  • Memo to Trump on Soros-linked State Department

    03/02/2017 6:29:34 PM PST · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    WND ^ | Mar 2, 2017 | Bob Unruh
    A prominent watchdog on U.S. government has issued a report outlining how the feds have colluded with left-wing, billionaire activist George Soros to use taxpayer money to “destabilize” the democratic government of the Balkan nation of Macedonia, north of Greece.
  • LATVIA becomes the latest country to build a border fence to keep out Muslim invaders

    02/05/2017 2:30:25 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | Sunday, February 5, 2017
    Latvia has joined Estonia and Lithuania in tightening ID controls and erecting fences on their eastern borders, worried the Baltic region will become a new entry point for Muslim freeloaders, rapists, and jihadists posing as refugees as migrant routes through the Balkans become harder. UK Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/763298/Baltic-Latvia-illegal-migrants-wall-finish-fence-Russia-border-European-Union-EU-Brussels Latvia has completed the first stages of protecting EU borders after erecting a 14-mile fence along the Russian border to stop illegal migrants entering the European Union. The Baltic state is set to add another 37 miles this year, the country’s State Border Guard spokeswoman Jevgenija Poznaka confirmed. He said: “The construction was started...
  • Program paying asylum applicants to leave Germany voluntarily begins

    02/02/2017 7:32:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.01.2017 | se/sms (dpa, AFP, epd)
    A program to pay asylum applicants in Germany to return to their home countries, often before a decision is made on their status, has begun. The government wants to increase the number of people who choose to leave. The program “StartHilfe Plus,” which loosely translates to “start help plus,” began on Wednesday. Administered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the initiative aims to financially reward asylum applicants if they are willing to return to their homelands. About €40 million ($43 million) has been set aside for payments. “In...
  • Montenegro: Russians behind Election Day coup attempt

    11/06/2016 9:34:48 AM PST · by McGruff · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 06, 2016
    Montenegro says an investigation has shown that Russian nationalists were behind an alleged coup attempt on election day because of the government's bid to join NATO. Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic said Sunday that the investigation leads to the conclusion that "nationalists from Russia" organized a criminal group that planned to break into Parliament and cause violence in the tiny Balkan country. Some 20 Serbian and Montenegrin citizens, including a former commander of Serbia's special police forces, were arrested in Montenegro during the Oct. 16 election.
  • 'Russian nationalists' behind Montenegro PM assassination plot

    11/07/2016 12:05:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 November 2016 | bbc
    Montenegro's chief special prosecutor has said "nationalists from Russia" were behind an attempt to assassinate the PM and carry out a coup. Milivoje Katnic said the plot involved killing pro-Western PM Milo Djukanovic with a professional long-distance sharpshooter. The plotters are accused of planning to break into parliament and bring a pro-Russian government to power.
  • Croatia’s election is a warning about the return of nationalism to the Balkans

    09/15/2016 1:01:12 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2016 | Paul Mason
    With xenophobia and regional tensions on the rise, the EU has to get tough with the new Croatian government – all cultural nods and winks towards second world war fascism must go.Andrej Plenkovic, president of HDZ, waves to his supporters in Zagreb, Croatia on 8 September 2016. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters Amid the alleys and ancient churches of Šibenik, Croatia, the late-summer tourists look quizzical as a tough old man harangues a meeting in the public square. “In 1945, people worked for free to build factories, roads, new houses. We wanted to build a better country then,” he says. “Find me...
  • The risk of open borders [EU/Germany]

    08/28/2016 8:03:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.24.2016 | Fabian von der Mark / cl
    A year ago Germany showed itself as a country offering help. Security wasn’t an issue, but today it’s clear that terrorists have misused refugee routes and extremists are recruiting members amongst refugees. The terrorist attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach in July were not related to the arrival of so many refugees in the autumn of 2015. Both assailants were already living in Bavaria. But the fact that people, who had been taken in by Germany, then took an ax and a bomb, respectively, and turned on those who had offered help, has highlighted the disturbing side of migration. Many now...
  • Immigrants occupy Regensburg cathedral

    07/08/2016 5:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | July 8, 2016
    A group of about 40 immigrants has occupied the Catholic cathedral of Regensburg, Germany, demanding that they be allowed to remain in the country. The Regensburg diocese has announced that it will not grant "asylum in the church" to the immigrants, who come from Balkan countries. However, the diocese is also not asking police to intervene.
  • The Terrorists the Saudis Cultivate in Peaceful Countries (Kosovo, Albanians)

    07/05/2016 6:40:48 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 2, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More Save | Nicholas Kristof
    PEJA, Kosovo — FIRST, a three-part quiz: Which Islamic country celebrates as a national hero a 15th-century Christian who battled Muslim invaders? Which Islamic country is so pro-American it has a statue of Bill Clinton and a women’s clothing store named “Hillary” on Bill Klinton Boulevard? Which Islamic country has had more citizens go abroad to fight for the Islamic State per capita than any other in Europe? The answer to each question is Kosovo, in southeastern Europe — and therein lies a cautionary tale. Whenever there is a terrorist attack by Muslim extremists, we look to our enemies like...
  • British vote won't stop EU enlargement, say France, Germany

    07/04/2016 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 4, 2016 3:01 PM EDT
    The leaders of France and Germany assured prospective EU members in the Balkans on Monday that the British vote to leave the union won’t threaten eventual enlargement of the bloc. Balkan nations that survived wars and political breakups in the 1990s worry they will face more hurdles to membership as the EU struggles to keep itself together. And pro-Russian forces in countries such as Serbia are hoping to sway the region toward Moscow and away from the West, as the Brexit vote throws European unity into question. French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to soothe worries...
  • Inside Kosovo's Islamist Cauldron: The jihadist capital of the Balkans

    06/28/2016 8:47:22 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    rferl.org ^ | JUNE 2016 | Frud Bezhan
    Jihadist Capital Of The Balkans The government estimates that more than 300 Kosovars have traveled to the Middle East to wage jihad, or Islamic holy war. That makes this predominately Muslim country of under 2 million people, which unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, Europe's biggest contributor per capita of IS foot soldiers. IS Recruiter One product of the radicalization in Kacanik is Lavdrim Muhaxheri, a 25-year-old IS recruiter who fights in Syria. He has been described as one of IS's top leaders. Last year, Muhaxheri sent shockwaves around Kosovo when he posted photos on Facebook of himself...
  • Karadzic guilty of Bosnia genocide, jailed for 40 years

    03/25/2016 2:42:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Mar 24, 2016 | Sterling, Deutsch and Escritt
    Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted by U.N. judges of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst war crime in Europe since World War Two, and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
  • Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb, Gets 40 Years Over Genocide and War Crimes

    03/24/2016 8:22:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | March 24, 2016 | MARLISE SIMONSMARCH
    THE HAGUE — Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, was convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, by a United Nations tribunal on Thursday for leading a campaign of terror against civilians that included the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995 and the nearly four-year siege of Sarajevo. Mr. Karadzic, 70, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mr. Karadzic of genocide for the Srebrenica massacre, which aimed to kill “every able-bodied male” in the town and systematically exterminate the Bosnian Muslim community...
  • No Balkan fence on my watch, Merkel tells eastern Europe

    02/17/2016 11:03:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2016 16:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday criticized an eastern European proposal to close the Balkans refugee route and vowed to push for a plan with Turkey to reduce the influx, at an EU summit. Merkel, under heavy pressure at home to reduce arrivals, supports a plan under which transit country Turkey would seal its borders and then fly refugees to Europe where they would be settled under an EU quota system. However, most countries in the European Union have shown little enthusiasm for the idea, and the so-called Visegrad Four - Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - have openly...
  • Prisoner refuses to leave Guantanamo as 2 depart for Balkans

    01/21/2016 5:35:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2016 6:17 PM EST | Ben Fox
    A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base in Cuba, rejecting an offer to be resettled in an unfamiliar new country. Muhammad Bawazir, a 35-year-old from Yemen, refused to board a plane as two other prisoners were being flown out for resettlement in the Balkans, his lawyer, John Chandler, said Thursday. Since returning to his homeland was not an option, he insisted on being sent to a country where he has family. Chandler said he spent months trying...
  • Protesters fight police, set fire to Kosovo government headquarters

    01/09/2016 3:51:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | Sat Jan 9, 2016 4:00pm EST | Fatos Bytyci
    The seat of government in the capital, Pristina, briefly caught fire after it came under a hail of petrol bombs. Firefighters quickly doused the flames and police used tear gas to drive back several thousand opposition demonstrators. They were protesting against a European Union-brokered deal to give Kosovo's ethnic Serb minority greater local government powers and the possibility of financing from Belgrade. Opposition leaders say the government should resign over the accord and call an early election. ... Kosovo's government has accused opposition party leaders of organizing the violence and attempting to drag the country into "crime and anarchy." "The...
  • NRA News Commentators | Ep. 103: Dom Raso “Lies, Lies, Lies” (Hillary)

    01/08/2016 3:25:36 PM PST · by all the best · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | March 11, 2015 | Dom Raso
    Dom Raso calls out Hillary Clinton's false claims of having dodged sniper fire as dishonorable and proof that she is unworthy to lead our country. NRA video.
  • Wartime Bosnian commander arrested for crimes by Islamic fighters

    12/09/2015 6:42:40 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2015 | Maja Zuvela
    Bosnian police arrested a wartime Muslim army commander on Tuesday on charges of failing to prevent crimes committed by foreign Islamic fighters against captive Bosnian Serb soldiers during a 1992-1995 war. The arrest of 63-year-old retiree Sakib Mahmuljin was carried out on orders of the state war crimes prosecutor, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The suspect is under investigation for acting in contravention of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions while serving as a commander of the 3rd Corps of the Army of BiH," it said. Mahmuljin has denied the charges during earlier proceedings. Many Islamic fighters,...
  • Top UNESCO meeting to vote on US role, Kosovo membership

    11/03/2015 5:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2015 5:43 AM EST
    Top diplomats are gathering in Paris for a UNESCO conference where they will decide whether to grant Kosovo membership and how much sway the United States will have in the organization. The Obama administration is lobbying to keep the U.S. seat on the scientific and cultural agency's influential executive board, though the United States stopped paying its dues after UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member in 2011. ...