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  • A Rat hole to be watched? Balkans as a center of military technology transfer

    08/19/2011 6:45:40 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    The Balkan Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2011 | BC & Agencies
    Tito We have reported earlier of the possible transfer of the U.S. stealth fighter technology to China from the Serb Army which got its hands on it from the downed Stealth Bomber F11 during NATO's bombing campaign in 1999, as it was reported by other sources as well. This will not be the first time for such significant, possibly turning-point, military transfers to originate in the Balkans. The MA theses of Mehta Coleman Armstrong named "'A Rat Hole to be Watched'? CIA Analyses of the Tito-Stalin Split, 1948-1950" talks about the same type of transfer of the top military technology...
  • Serbian Attackers Shoot at NATO Soldiers [Kosovo]

    07/28/2011 6:52:47 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 07/28/2011
    Violence on the border between Kosovo and Serbia continued to escalate on Wednesday as members of the Serbian minority in northern Kosovo set fire to a border post that has been in dispute since Monday. The attackers also reportedly fired shots at a nearby outpost run by the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR). The border station has been contested since the beginning of the week when Kosovo's special police seized two northern border crossings in attempt to enforce an import ban on Serbian goods. On Tuesday a Kosovar police officer was killed, reportedly with a gunshot to the head. KFOR troops...
  • Serbia holds Croatia war crimes suspect Goran Hadzic

    07/20/2011 5:06:31 PM PDT · by LjubivojeRadosavljevic · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | July, 20, 2011 | BBC
    Serbian authorities have arrested Goran Hadzic, the last remaining fugitive war crimes suspect sought by the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mr Hadzic, now 52, led Serb separatist forces during Croatia's 1991-1995 war. Within hours of the arrest, a Serbian court approved his extradition to the Hague. He has been charged with the murder of hundreds of non-Serbs. The arrest comes less than two months after Serbia caught former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic. Serbian President Boris Tadic confirmed Mr Hadzic's arrest at a news conference. He said the suspect had been detained early on Wednesday in the...
  • Bosniaks and Croats, Divided in Class and at Play

    07/02/2011 10:55:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2011 | MATTHEW BRUNWASSER
    The high school in Vitez, where the Croat children attend classes on the upper floor and the Bosnian children on the lower floor. In Bosnia, the complex system of checks and balances between ethnic groups has cemented the divisions rather than healed them, local residents say, and reconciliation has still not happened. VITEZ, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA — Every morning at the local grade school formerly known as Brotherhood and Unity, the Catholic Croat children head to the right, and the Bosnian Muslims head to the left. The Croats study in the school’s cheerful looking main building, which was recently renovated....
  • THE MYSTERY OF MIHAILOVICH - Was General Draza Mihailovich a Traitor or a Patriot?

    06/13/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 1+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 1946-2011 | Donovan Touche
    Aleksandra's Note: Ironically, even though it was Great Britain who betrayed General Mihailovich in the Second World War, it was some of her officers, diplomats, and journalists who were fairest and most effective at pinning down and exposing the truth about what really happened in Yugoslavia during WWII and the British complicity in the consequences of what transpired during and after the war. A number of excellent and honest articles about the Mihailovich tragedy were published in independent British papers during and after his trial at the hands of Tito's Yugoslav communists in 1946. Of those, the following essay by...
  • How the Serbs treat their prisoners of war

    06/04/2011 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | June 4, 2011 | R. A. Reiss / Aleksandra Rebic
    Dr. Archibald Rudolph Reiss Aleksandra's Note: Three proverbs capture the essential nature of how things work in the Balkans. They are: "History repeats itself", "The first casualty of war is truth", and "What's old is new again". The more one researches the history of the Balkans the more one becomes struck with just how relevant the past is to today's events. The unfortunate thing about this phenomenon is that those in power and the policymakers and the historians and journalists who evaluate what is going on presently never seem to pay attention to the fact that the same lies keep...
  • Reasons for Mladic’s arrest shameful

    06/02/2011 6:03:50 AM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 1+ views
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Calgary Sun ^ | 2011-06-02 | Michael Coren
    I don’t think any civilized and informed person either condemns or doubts the reason why Ratko Mladic was arrested by Serbian security forces, and handed over to an international war crimes trial in The Hague. He is alleged to have led a force that slaughtered 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, and almost certainly did so. He was captured because Belgrade desperately wants to become part of the European Community, and knows it has to expunge any former connection with ethnic cleansing and tribal atrocities. The chances are that many in the Serbian government knew full well where Mladic had...
  • Son: Mladic says he's not guilty of war crimes

    05/27/2011 5:19:55 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 05/27/2011 | JOVANA GEC
    BELGRADE, Serbia – Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic says he's innocent of war crimes charges that include orchestrating some of the worst atrocities of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, the suspect's son said Friday after visiting the former fugitive in jail. "His stand is that he's not guilty of what he's being accused of," Darko Mladic told reporters. After spending a night in jail, Mladic was due back in a Belgrade court for a second hearing on his extradition to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands on charges that include directing the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys...
  • Mladic's arrest is celebrated

    05/26/2011 2:35:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 05/26/11 | ALEX GUILLEN
    President Obama is calling the arrest of Ratko Mladic, a Bosnian Serb general charged with genocide and other crimes against humanity in the 1990s, as “an important day for the families of Mladic’s many victims, for Serbia, for Bosnia, for the United States, and for international justice.” However, Obama noted in a statement, the United States and others must “recommit ourselves to supporting ongoing reconciliation efforts in the Balkans and to working to prevent future atrocities.” Here’s Obama’s full statement: “Fifteen years ago, Ratko Mladic ordered the systematic execution of some 8,000 unarmed men and boys in Srebrencia. Today, he...
  • Krajina: The Unfinished Story based on the Krajina Chronicle

    04/21/2011 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | April 21, 2011 | James Bissett
    The Krajina Chronicle By Srdja Trifkovic The Krajina Chronicle reviewed by Amb. James Bissett, Chairman of The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies.Srdja Trifkovic is no stranger to Chronicles readers, many of whom have found his articles commenting on foreign affairs, with particular attention to the Balkans, to be insightful, penetrating, and written with authority. His latest book, The Krajina Chronicle, provides further confirmation of his extraordinary talent. The book is a history of the Serbian warrior-farmers who formed the first line of defense against Islamic invasions into the Habsburg Empire. It is a story of heroism and tragedy that...
  • American investors plan to build Las Vegas in Croatia

    04/20/2011 8:29:57 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    www.guide2croatia.net ^ | April 20, 2011
    American investors plan to build Las Vegas in Croatia-Istria has the best chances for this investment In a year or two, Croatia should get its own Las Vegas, a city of entertainment that will offer casinos, Formula 1 route, rock concerts, horse racings, top restaurants and much more. The entire project would cost 1.5 billion $. Behind trhis is a group of American investors from the real Las Vegas, which is visiting Croatia this week. Istria has the best chance to get that investment. We visited several locations in Croatia, near Dubrovnik, Zadar and several locations in Istria. Istria has...
  • "We prevented new Srebrenica in Libya" [Hillary Clinton]

    04/16/2011 7:15:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Source: B92 ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2011 | unattributed
    "In a single week, we prevented a potential massacre, stopped an advancing army (loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi) and expanded the coalition," Clinton said... "The situation is painful. There's no place to sleep, there's no water, electricity, there's shooting everywhere," the rebels say... "The fact is that we have reached a solid and sustainable consensus about our goals among all NATO members, which is necessary in order to achieve them. I have spoken in detail with many colleagues regarding concrete steps and we all need to make an effort in order to isolate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and protect...
  • US 'Winding Down' Bondsteel Base in Kosovo

    03/30/2011 1:16:21 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 31 replies
    Balkan Instight ^ | 3/28/11 | Lawrence Marzouk
    The large military base in southern Kosovo faces reduction or closure as strategic attention shifts from the Balkans, US ambassador Christopher Dell tells Jane's.
  • Kentucky woman accused of Bosnian war crimes

    03/17/2011 1:39:59 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 35 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/17/11 | Jennifer Hewlett
    LEXINGTON, Ky. — U.S. authorities have arrested a 51-year-old Croatian-born woman in Kentucky who is accused of war crimes against civilians during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s. Azra Basic, who was living in Stanton, Ky., is accused of torturing and murdering ethnic Serbs at prison camps from April to June 1992. Bosnia and Herzegovina officials want Basic returned to that country to stand trial Eyewitnesses Radojica Garic and Dragan Kovacevic said Basic murdered Blagoje Djuras, who had been beaten to unconsciousness by Croatian police and soldiers, by slitting his throat with a knife, according to a court document....
  • Kosovo: the 'moderate Muslim' fallacy, need for Balkan and global Christian unity

    03/12/2011 9:00:32 PM PST · by Javeth · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | Souad Mekhennet
    In the eyes of his family and friends, Arid Uka was a model youth... The young man, who was from Kosovo, helped his mother at home, cleaned floors, took out the trash and even gave her half his salary for the pilgrimage to Mecca. Mr. Uka, 21, was a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, but also liked to play video games on a PlayStation and watch “The Simpsons” with his brothers, 27 and 12... But last Wednesday, that vision of normal life vanished, after Mr. Uka was arrested in connection with an attack on an American military...
  • Kosovar Albanian Muslim shoots US soldiers: Chickens of Clinton/Blair Kosovo folly coming to roost

    03/04/2011 7:18:59 AM PST · by Javeth · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/3/11 | Allan Hall
    Two American airmen were shot dead and another left fighting for his life today after a Kosovo Albanian gunman stormed their bus before opening fire at Germany’s busiest airport where he allegedly worked. Officials said the gunman, identified as Arid Uka, 21, shouted out 'Islamic slogans' before opening fire. He gunned down his first victim as the soldier stood in front of the vehicle at Terminal 2 before turning his weapon on the driver as he sat behind the wheel. A fourth man was lightly injured and both he and the gravely wounded man are now being treated at the...
  • Virus of Arab revolutions eats Balkans from within

    03/06/2011 7:57:48 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | March 4, 2011 | Vadim Trukhachev
    The virus of the "Arab revolution" seems to be spreading to Europe. Mass anti-government demonstrations took place in Croatia; there were protesters' clashes with the police. Nationalist trace is visible in these events directly related to the outcome of the war in Yugoslavia 15-20 years ago. A rally with thousands of participants gathered in Zagreb on Tuesday. The participants demanded the resignation of Prime Minister, leader of the Conservative party Croatian Democratic Union Jadranka Kosor. The main opposition, Socialist Party, was not favored either as the protesters burned its flag in the same way as they have the Conservative banner....
  • FRANKFURT AIRPORT JIHAD: WHO IS TO BLAME?

    03/05/2011 1:39:51 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 20 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | March 5, 2011 | Vojin Joksimovich
    On March 2, two US airmen were killed and two injured, at least one critically, in front of Terminal 2 of the second continental Europe’s busiest Frankfurt Airport. Reportedly, the US forces were on the way to Afghanistan from their base Lakenheath airfield in England. The perpetrator was a “Kosovar,” the term invented by the western media. There is no “Kosovar” nation outside the media creations. There are a number of nationalities who live in Kosovo, i.e. Albanians, Serbs, Roma, Gorani, and others. None of them are identifying themselves as “Kosovars.” The perpetrator, who fired nine times before his gun...
  • Serbia, arms dealer to Libya, silent on rebellion

    03/05/2011 7:54:10 AM PST · by Traianus · 9 replies
    AP, Google ^ | 03-05-2011 | AP
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As Libya churned with popular rebellion, Serbia's ex-president flew to Tripoli to arrange an interview with Moammar Gadhafi for a Serbian TV channel — giving the Libyan leader a platform to bluster about his grip on power.
  • Wrong Choice in Kosovo

    03/01/2011 5:48:47 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 26 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | March 1, 2011 | Gregory Clark
    A recent Council of Europe report says that during and after the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, militia leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) tortured and killed hundreds of Serbs and political rivals in secret Albanian hideouts, removed their organs for sale and dumped their bodies in local rivers. The report added that these people were also heavily involved in drug, sex and illegal immigrant trafficking across Europe. Yet while all this was going on, the NATO powers had decreed that Serbia should be bombed into accepting the KLA as Kosovo's legitimate rulers — rather than the more popular Democratic League...
  • 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...
  • Time to Reconsider Partition For Bosnia

    02/25/2011 11:02:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies
    European Institute ^ | 2/25/2011 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned the feuding ethnic factions in Bosnia and Herzegovina that if they did not resolve their differences, their country was in danger of missing its opportunity to join the European Union and NATO and become a vibrant part of the modern, democratic West. Unfortunately, there are few indications that her message will be heeded. The elections that took place shortly before Clinton’s visit once again confirmed that Bosnia is a fragile, artificial political entity with little prospect for improved viability. Most media accounts in the United States and Europe highlighted the victory of...
  • Banned From Canadistan (Muslims complain, Canada obeys)

    02/25/2011 6:03:18 PM PST · by Bokababe · 23 replies
    Chronicles ^ | 2/25/11 | Srdija Trifkovic
    On Thursday, March 24, I was denied entry to Canada. After six hours’ detention and sporadic interrogation at Vancouver airport I was escorted to the next flight to Seattle. .... ...I’ve visited Canada some two dozen times since the Bosnian war ended; ironically, one of those visits, in February 2000, was to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. Why should the Canadian authorities suddenly decide to keep me out of the country now, and for transparently spurious reasons? Well, because the Muslims told them so. The campaign started when a Bosnian-Muslim propaganda front, calling itself...
  • Common Yugoslav army "reunited" in Afghanistan

    02/25/2011 10:22:42 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 1+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Xinhua
    BELGRADE, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- After having torn apart their common former homeland during the bloody wars of secession during the 1990s, the armies of the former republics of Yugoslavia -- at least most of them -- are being united again as part of an international peacekeeping unit, reported Radio Sarajevo on Thursday. Meeting in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, military experts from the U.S.-Adriatic Charter discussed the prospect of soldiers from Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, along with Albania, forming a joint unit of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The unit's tentative name...
  • Thug Life

    02/23/2011 3:42:46 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | February 17, 2011 | Whit Mason and Bronwyn Healy-Aarons
    Think Mubarak was bad? Kosovo's leaders are accused of being organ-smuggling, drug-dealing goons -- and the United States is looking the other way. Amid fireworks and celebratory gunfire, Kosovo -- Europe's newest country -- turned three years old on Thursday, Feb. 17. But behind the scenes of revelry in the capital, Pristina, it's clear that it will take a lot more than flag-waving for the fledgling country to grow out of its terrible twos. For all the hope that was once showered upon this young democracy, it still faces an enormous uphill battle: the country has no international postal or...
  • “Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada”: Genocide Deniers, Hypocrites, Character Assassins

    02/19/2011 8:38:23 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies ^ | February 18, 2011 | Ambassador James Bissett
    Ambassador James Bissett Former Canadian Ambassador in Yugoslavia James Bissett, Chairman of The Lord Byron Foundation, unveils some disturbing facts about a gauche Bosniak outfit that has tried to “ban” Dr. Srdja Trifkovic from speaking at UBC Vancouver next week. It's an eminently postmodern, grimly amusing little story... A Bosnian-Muslim propaganda front, calling itself The Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada, has tried to have Dr. Srdja Trifkovic “banned” (South African Apartheid-style) from speaking at the University of British Columbia next Thursday, February 24. What is outrageous is that, over the years, the “Institute” has indulged in World War...
  • Russia Mothballs Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline Project

    02/18/2011 11:22:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 1+ views
    On February 17, the stakeholders and supervisory board of the Russian-led Burgas-Alexandropolis oil pipeline project shelved the project in all but name. The host countries, Bulgaria and Greece, had (each for its own considerations) recently suspended payments to the project company. The meeting decided to lay off staff and give up rented office space of the project company. Moscow has not given up officially on this project, and has scheduled a follow-up meeting for June. But Moscow does plan a pipeline via Turkey (the Samsun-Ceyhan project) as an alternative option (Interfax, Novinite, February 17). Led by a consortium of Russia’s...
  • Kosovo: Thug Life

    02/19/2011 2:12:22 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/17/2011 | WHIT MASON AND BRONWYN HEALY-AARONS
    Think Mubarak was bad? Kosovo's leaders are accused of being organ-smuggling, drug-dealing goons -- and the United States is looking the other way. Amid fireworks and celebratory gunfire, Kosovo -- Europe's newest country -- turned three years old on Thursday, Feb. 17. But behind the scenes of revelry in the capital, Pristina, it's clear that it will take a lot more than flag-waving for the fledgling country to grow out of its terrible twos. For all the hope that was once showered upon this young democracy, it still faces an enormous uphill battle: the country has no international postal or...
  • The hidden crimes of Kosovo

    01/08/2011 11:35:48 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
    Americans should feel betrayed by the contents of the Council of Europe's report on organized crime in mostly Albanian-populated Kosovo, a country that owes its existence to the United States. The report, authored by Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty, includes allegations that Kosovo leaders have committed heinous crimes and allegations that American and European diplomats and U.N. officials in Kosovo overlooked wrongdoing to preserve "political stability." Kosovo's leaders have waged an ugly media campaign to discredit Marty and his findings and have threatened to launch a witch hunt against Albanians who aided the inquiry. Washington's voice is needed now to stop...
  • Criminal Kosovo: America’s Gift to Europe

    01/13/2011 5:45:12 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    www.nspm.rs ^ | November 12, 2011 | Diana Johnstone
    U.S. media have given more attention to hearsay allegations of Julian Assange’s sexual encounters with two talkative Swedish women than to an official report accusing Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci of running a criminal enterprise which, among almost every other crime in the book, has murdered prisoners in order to sell their vital organs on the world market. The report by Swiss liberal Dick Marty was mandated two years ago by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Not to be confused with the European Union, the Council of Europe was founded in 1949 to promote human rights,...
  • Turk Detained in Kosovo Organ Trafficking Probe

    01/11/2011 12:21:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    See BS ^ | 1/11/11
    Police on Tuesday detained a Turkish doctor suspected of carrying out dozens of operations as part of an alleged international network involved in the trafficking of human organs in Kosovo, Turkish media reported. Yusuf Sonmez, 53, is among at least nine people who were indicted in the case in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 and has struggled to shake off organized crime and corruption under international supervision. Interpol had issued a notice requesting the arrest of Sonmez over the Kosovo case, though he has been detained in Turkey in the past. A warrant issued by the district court in...
  • UN knew about Kosovo organ trafficking, report says

    02/16/2011 7:57:43 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 54 replies
    By FRANCE 24 ^ | 16/02/2011
    A classified document obtained by FRANCE 24 suggests the United Nations knew about organ trafficking in postwar Kosovo as early as 2003, five years before prosecutors in The Hague first raised the issue. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was expected to deliver a report on the situation in Kosovo to the Security Council in New York on Wednesday, reaffirming UN support for investigations into human organ trafficking during Kosovo’s postwar period. But a classified document obtained by FRANCE 24 indicates the UN knew of trafficking well before the issue was first raised by Carla del Ponte, a former prosecutor at...
  • Croatia: Zagreb looks to the euro

    02/05/2011 10:06:32 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 2/3/2011 | Vjesnik
    “Croatia will join the Eurozone by 2017,” announces Vjesnik. The daily reports that for the first time, the country has received concrete information on its future accession to the EU: 2013 or 2014, if it succeeds in wrapping up negotiations this year. Thereafter, economists interviewed by the newspaper are confident that Croatia will fulfill the criteria for the adoption of the single currency. "Slovenia, which adopted the euro there years after its accession to the EU, "is a prime example of fast-track entry into the Eurozone." However Vjesnik warns "that achievement of the strategic objective of inclusion in the Eurozone...
  • Nedžad Balkan: The Face of Southeastern Europe’s Newest Radical Threat

    02/02/2011 1:04:43 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    A Vienna-born Serbian Muslim named Nedžad Balkan (a.k.a. Ebu Muhammed) is believed to have been behind the most recent terror attack in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno, and his connection to Bosnia and Herzegovina signals the rise of a new and avowedly violent sect of Wahhabis that has regional intelligence agencies on alert. Nedžad Balkan Nedžad Balkan, born in Vienna, Austria, is the son of Bosniaks from Serbia’s predominately Muslim Sandžak region straddling the border of the Republic of Montenegro. A former boxer and night club bouncer in his younger days, Balkan, now in his mid-30s, is the leader...
  • BBC World Service Leaves The Balkans - Al-Jazeera to launch Balkan operations

    01/27/2011 2:46:51 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | January 26, 2011 | Daisy Sindelar
    A protester holds up a placard during a rally in front of BBC's Bush House in London on January 26. BBC World Service radio listeners throughout the Balkans this morning tuned in to some disappointing news. Citing budget cuts, the World Service announced that it was closing down radio programming in five of its broadcast languages -- Albanian, Macedonian, Portuguese for Africa, English for the Caribbean, and Serbian. The move effectively shuts down the last World Service broadcasts in the Balkans, after earlier closures of the Croatian, Bulgarian, and Slovenian language services. The departure of the World Service leaves RFE/RL,...
  • Report identifies Hashim Thaci as 'big fish' in organised crime

    01/25/2011 6:39:48 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 24 January 2011 | Paul Lewis
    Report identifies Hashim Thaci as 'big fish' in organised crime Kosovo's prime minister accused of criminal connections in secret Nato documents leaked to the Guardian Kosovo's prime minister, Hashim Thaçi, has been identified as one of the "biggest fish" in organised crime in his country, according to western military intelligence reports leaked to the Guardian. The Nato documents, which are marked "Secret", indicate that the US and other western powers backing Kosovo's government have had extensive knowledge of its criminal connections for several years. They also identify another senior ruling politician in Kosovo as having links to the Albanian mafia,...
  • China's new stealth fighter may use US technology

    01/23/2011 5:02:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/23/2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC & DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    China's new stealth fighter may use US technology SLOBODAN LEKIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press BRUSSELS – Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority — and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Nighthawks were the world's first stealth fighters, planes that were very...
  • European terror attack feared as al-Qaida fighters disappear from base in Lebanon

    01/13/2011 9:58:36 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    The Guardian, UK ^ | December 26, 2011
    Intelligence services throughout the Middle East and Europe are scrambling to track down more than two dozen fighters linked to al-Qaida who have recently left their base in southern Lebanon. The missing men are thought to have gone to Europe by a newly established route through Syria, Turkey and the Balkans, and multiple intelligence sources in Lebanon warn that the group appears to be operational and could be planning attacks in Europe in the holiday season. "Yes, they have left the camp," confirmed Munir al-Maqda, a senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp, where the fighters...
  • Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake

    12/29/2010 8:48:06 AM PST · by montyspython · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | Dec 28, 2010 | Vojin Joksimovich
    Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake Dec 28, 2010 By Vojin Joksimovich | No amount of human rights violations against the Serbs; no amount of dead Serbs nor any amount of Serbs whose organs are gruesomely extracted by the Kosovo Albanian KLA terrorists is sufficient for Washington to at least re-examine its wrong policy in the Balkans. On April 17, 2008 I published article titled Bankruptcy of Moral Values: Butchering of Serbs Condoned by the West. It was written in response to the revelations in Carla Del Ponte’s book translated into English as Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with...
  • Wahhabis threaten Serbia, officials

    12/29/2010 8:16:53 AM PST · by montyspython · 21 replies · 4+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | Dec 28, 2010
    Wahhabis threaten Serbia, officials Dec 28, 2010 Kosovo Albanian independence declaration and organized crime are threats to Serbia but the most dangerous threat to Serbia’s security is the the Islamic Wahhabi movement in Serbia’s Raska region says Serbia’s top spy Svetko Kovac. “Besides the existing criminal and terrorist groups in that space there are secessionist demands and provocations and other extremist associations and groups,” said Kovac about the Raska region which Muslims call Sandzak. A Muslim Imam Zukorlic has been fanning violence in the region and rounding up various extremist Muslims demanding “autonomy” not just for that area but from...
  • 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.....
  • Serbia is demanding the investigation of a top Danish diplomat to Kosova

    12/27/2010 4:40:14 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 35 replies · 3+ views
    Politiken ^ | 27. dec 2010 KL. 10.24
    Serbia has asked the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to open an investigation into a top Danish diplomat Sřren Jessen-Petersen, claiming that UNMIK covered up a report on the trade in human organs, according to the newspaper Blic. Jessen-Petersen headed the United Nations UNMIK operation in Kosova from 2004 to 2006. According to the report UNMIK representatives denied having seen a report on the subject, but Serbian authorities have now questioned the claim. “In 2008, our prosecutors came into possession of 16 pages from this report,” says Serbian Minister for Cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic,...
  • 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...
  • The big cleanup begins [Balkan corruption]

    12/25/2010 7:28:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press Europ ^ | 23 December 2010
    Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro: in the space of a fortnight, the leaders or ex-leaders of all three countries have been arrested or accused of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, reports a Montenegro weekly, the EU is paving the way for the accession of all three Balkan countries.Like something out of a political thriller, former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was arrested in Austria [on 10 December] under a warrant issued by his own country. He is now waiting for extradition in a Salzburg jail and says he’s prepared to answer corruption charges. A day or two prior to his arrest, right before parliament lifted...
  • Kosovo’s Organized Crime Burden

    12/23/2010 8:31:54 AM PST · by montyspython · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | Dec 20, 2010 | Ioannis Michaletos
    Kosovo’s Organized Crime Burden Dec 20, 2010 By Ioannis Michaletos | In Kosovo, the main managers of illicit drugs are the so-called “15 families,” which represent the core power of the region, because of their financial clout and political connections. In a 67-page report published in 2005, BND (German intelligence agency) analysts concluded that there is “close interaction between the leading members of the Kosovo-Albanian society and the domestic and international underworld currently domiciled in Pristina.” Moreover, “the criminal networks don’t support the creation of a stable political and economic environment, since that will reduce their clout.” What is more...
  • Another Great Clinton Foreign Policy Success

    12/16/2010 6:49:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 15, 2010 | Doug Bandow
    It was never easy to understand why the Clinton administration intervened in Kosovo. The U.S. had not made a habit of deciding which European state was obligated to grant independence to which disaffected minority. For instance, Spain told Basques to stuff it without much comment from Washington. And the U.S. never worried about its allies using brutality against guerrillas--the Turkish campaign against the Kurds destroyed thousands of villages and killed tens of thousands of people, while the U.S. provided Ankara with arms. However, the prospect of getting involved in a conflict with no conceivable relationship to U.S. interests drew the...
  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • Sharks Wary of Drunk Serbs

    12/17/2010 12:10:17 PM PST · by montyspython · 73 replies · 4+ views
    Macedoniaonline ^ | Thursday, 16 December 2010
    Sharks Wary of Drunk Serbs Dragan Stevic of Serbia is the new Egyptian hero who killed a large shark which had previously terrorized numerous tourists (injured 4 and killed 1) at the famous Egyptian resort Sarm El Sheikh. The Serbian hero was too drunk to remember what had happened, though one of his friends who witnessed the incident explained it all for the Belgrade based media. Dragan Stevic was dubbed by the Egyptian media as "Shark El Sheikh" and thanked him for saving their tourist season. Milovan Ubirapa, one of Stevic’s friend who witnessed the incident explained that Dragan had...
  • Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci's crimes 'known to the West'

    12/17/2010 6:22:49 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 34 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 18, 2010 | The Times
    WESTERN leaders have been accused of turning a blind eye to murders, drug running and organ trafficking in Kosovo. The West elevated a man it knew to be a criminal boss to the rank of European statesman. Although Western intelligence agencies warned that Hashim Thaci ran an organised crime network in the late 1990s, Western political leaders backed his Kosovo Liberation Army, according to a report published by the Council of Europe. The report, adopted unanimously by the council's 47 member states, will add to pressure for an independent criminal inquiry into Mr Thaci, now Kosovo's Prime Minister. It also...