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  • Excavations in Serbia Raising New Questions About Early Humans in Europe [ Sicevo Gorge ]

    12/06/2011 8:06:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, November 28, 2011 | unattributed
    The Sicevo Gorge is a rugged, picturesque river canyon cut into the Kunivica plateau in southeastern Serbia... contains a series of caves, at least one of which has yielded evidence of human presence during the shifting glacial times of the Ice Age of present-day Europe... in 2008, anthropologists uncovered a partial human mandible (lower jaw), complete with three teeth, while excavating in a small cave... a fossil specimen, definitely a human that, at least in terms of morphology, predated the Neanderthal and may have had more in common, physically, with Homo erectus, thought by many scientists to be the precursor...
  • U.S. Commander Condemns Attacks on Kosovo Force

    11/30/2011 4:00:27 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | November 29, 2011 | Donna Miles
    Georgia National Guard soldiers stack behind a wall during training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 9, 2011. National Guard soldiers from several states -- including the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade -- are part of the KFOR 15 rotation preparing to deploy to Kosovo in upcoming months. U.S. Army photo by Lynn Davis WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 – A senior U.S. military leader in Europe condemned recent violence against NATO troops in Kosovo just as a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit prepares to take command of the 15th rotation of peacekeeping forces...
  • Northern Kosovo: Serbs make their last stand

    11/26/2011 8:23:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    RT.com ^ | November 26, 2011 | RT.com
    Tensions run high on Serbia's border with northern Kosovo, as neither of the conflicting sides is prepared to rule out a further escalation of violence. ­Local Serbs say NATO forces are to blame, for breaking an agreement by trying to remove a barricade blocking the way to one of a number of disputed checkpoints. The move prompted violent clashes that left dozens injured on both sides. Last night in Northern Kosovo passed without violence though this does not mean that the source of tensions has disappeared. On November 23 the NATO’s KFOR forces attempted to remove a barricade put up...
  • Is Justice Going To Be Served: Grisly Albanian Organ Harvesting Crimes

    11/23/2011 5:40:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | November 21, 2011 | Vojin Joksimovich Ph.D
    KLA Detention Camps In my late December essay in 2010 called Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake I have published reactions to the Council of Europe (CoE) 27-page report authored by the Swiss-Italian politician, senator and prosecuting lawyer Dick Marty. The report, after his two-year investigation, claimed that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) thugs headed by the current Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci, known as the “Snake,” abducted mostly Kosovo Serbs but also some Albanian so called “collaborators,” transported them to northern Albania, murdered them, extracted their organs like the kidneys, and sold them on the black...
  • Northern Kosovo "could declare independence"

    11/19/2011 11:39:42 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.B92,net ^ | November 18, 2011 | TANJUG
    BELGRADE -- Oliver Ivanović says he does not rule out the possibility that Serbs from northern Kosovo may "declare independence" of that part of the province. Oliver Ivanović (Beta, file) This could happen if the West continues to insist on the implementation of the agreement on customs stamps and other issues in Priština's favor, the Ministry for Kosovo state secretary said in Belgrade on Friday, after a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kosovo and Metohija. Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in early 2008, but Serbia rejected it as an illegal act of secession. Serb north of the...
  • Triumph The Insult Comic @ Occupy Wall Street (Really Funny)

    11/17/2011 10:04:11 PM PST · by southern rock · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/04/11 | Conan O'Brian
    Triumph the Insult Comic Dog gives it to bankers, protestors and a bull.
  • Russian official: Arrival of Serbs would be "repatriation" (Kosovo Serbs seeking citizenships)

    Source: Beta, Interfax MOSCOW -- The possible arrival of Serbs to Russia, says Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, would represent "a treasure" for his country. Dmitry Rogozin (Tanjug, file) Rogozin spoke after announcements that some Serbs from Kosovo, faced with the ongoing crisis in the province, would seek Russian citizenship. But the diplomat welcomed even the idea that they might move to his country - which is experiencing "great demographic problems". Those Serbs would easily adapt to the new surroundings, "and there should be no issues with employment", according to Rogozin. He also added: "Serbs from Kosovo should be...
  • Faking History: Tito’s Phony War

    11/15/2011 7:37:49 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 19 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | November 15, 2011 | Carl Savich / George Jatras
    Thank goodness for those among us who remain vigilant against the lies... Review: “Tito’s War” by John Brown, World War II History Magazine, November, 2011, Volume 10, No. 7, pp. 54-61. Review by Carl Savich In the November, 2011 issue of the military history magazine "World War II History", published in Herndon, Virginia, an article entitled “Tito’s War” by Australian author John Brown purports to chronicle the conflict in Yugoslavia between Draza Mihailovich’s Chetnik guerrillas and Josip Broz Tito’s Communist Partisans during World War II. This account is fake. It is a phony history of World War II. John Brown...
  • "1,000 Serbs killed in Kosovo since end of war"

    11/12/2011 10:08:53 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 16 replies
    B92 ^ | November 11, 2011 | BETA
    BELGRADE -- More than 1,000 Serbs have been murdered in Kosovo since June 1999 - when the war ended and international forces were deployed in the province. This is according to Assistant Minister for Kosovo Kruna KaliÄŤanin, who spoke in Belgrade on Thursday. She also noted that "almost nobody" was charged and put on trial for those crimes. The international community, in the meanwhile, showed a tendency to "minimize" the importance of Serb victims, KaliÄŤanin added. These statements came a day after a Serb man was shot and killed, while two others were wounded in Kosovska Mitrovica. KaliÄŤanin also accused...
  • KUHNER: Radical Islam in the heart of Europe

    11/11/2011 1:59:39 PM PST · by americanophile · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/10/11 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Is Bosnia-Herzegovina doomed? The small Balkan nation is being subverted by powerful internal forces that threaten its existence. The West must wake up before the former Yugoslav republic descends once again into sectarian bloodshed. Last month, an Islamic terrorist from neighboring Serbia, Mevlid Jasarevic, opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo. The 23-year-old jihadist was armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon. Fortunately, no one was killed. Mr. Jasarevic was protesting American policy toward the Muslim world. He was arrested and is awaiting trial. Police also raided a northern Bosnian village, Gornja Maoca, which is a...
  • Brit Womans Refugee Gang Rape

    11/09/2011 1:55:09 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 34 replies
    The brutal gang rape of a British woman by five Afghan refugees has sparked a massive protest against illegal immigrants in a Serbian spa town. The 38-year-old woman - who bravely managed to film the attack on her mobile phone - was repeatedly raped after befriending a group of Afghan men in a park in Banja Koviljaca. Despite handing the video footage to police, only one alleged attacker - identified by police only as Abdurashid D., 25 - has been arrested. Now local mothers have told police they are boycotting local schools from next week (nov 7) unless they clear...
  • Kosovo leader won't sue Swiss politician over organ trading report

    11/03/2011 8:47:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 03 Nov 2011 17:14 GMT+1
    Hashim Thaci will not file a legal claim against Swiss politician Dick Marty who wrote a Council of Europe report linking the Kosovo prime minister to organ trafficking in the 1990s, media reported on Thursday. Thaci "does not want to influence the (independent) investigation opened by US prosecutor John Clint Williamson," Kosovo deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuci told local media. Prosecutor Williamson heads up a working group set up by the European Union's EULEX rule of law mission in Kosovo to investigate the claims made in Marty's report. In the report, Marty said that members of Thaci's Kosovo Liberation Army...
  • US embassy attack in Bosnia underscores radical Islamist threat in the Balkans

    10/30/2011 8:45:34 AM PDT · by Decombobulator · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/30/2011
    The young man wore a long beard and pants that stopped above his ankles. He sprayed the U.S. embassy in Bosnia with machine gun fire. The recent rise of militant Wahhabis and other Islamic radicals across the Balkans, including in Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and even European Union member Bulgaria, has triggered concerns that the region could become a breeding ground for terrorists with easy access to Western Europe or the U.S. The shooter in Friday’s incident, 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic, came from Serbia — the southern region of Sandzak, a Wahhabi stronghold — but also had strong links...
  • Man opens fire outside US Embassy in Bosnia

    10/28/2011 11:15:57 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    Ap via Yahoo! News ^ | October 28, 2011 | SABINA NIKSIC
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A man opened fire with an automatic weapon outside the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia on Friday, and authorities said he was targeting the building in a terrorist attack. The man injured at least one police officer guarding the embassy before police surrounded him. After a 30-minute standoff, the sound of a single shot echoed and AP Video showed the shooter — brandishing a Kalyshinkov on a street corner outside of the embassy — slump to the ground. Police arrested the wounded man and took him away in an ambulance as pedestrians watched from behind buildings and...
  • Bosnia: Suspected Wahhabi attacks U.S. embassy

    10/28/2011 1:48:04 PM PDT · by BabaYaga · 16 replies
    SARAJEVO -- An unidentified man on Friday in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, fired shots at the building housing the embassy of the United States. The shooter is seen at a Sarajevo intersection (Tanjug) Initially, local media in Sarajevo said that the shooter was "shot and killed by members of the Bosnian police", but Tanjug news agency is reporting that it received confirmation that the man was lightly injured and arrested. Some local media also claimed that the attacker was accompanied by two other men. A Bosnian police officer was also injured during the incident. Eyewitnesses claimed earlier on Friday that the attacker...
  • Reuters: Two security guards wounded in shooting at US embassy in Sarajevo

    10/28/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Reuters/FOCUS News Agency ^ | 28 October 2011 | FOCUS Information Agency
    Sarajevo. A gunman with an automatic weapon opened fire at the United States embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Friday and police rushed to the scene, a Reuters witness said. A Reuters photographer said police were trying to surround the gunman, who was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle. A source close to the embassy said two security guards had been wounded. The U.S. embassy is located in the central business, university and shopping district of the capital.
  • Tear gas at the barricades: NATO sprays Serb protests (video)

    10/20/2011 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    RT.com ^ | October 20, 2011 | RT.com
    NATO peacekeepers have used tear gas against Serb protesters in northern Kosovo. They dispersed the crowd in order to start dismantling barricades erected in a protest against deployment of customs checkpoints on the border. The tension has already spilled into violence in Kosovo, reports RT’s Maria Finoshina. One Serb was gunned down and two wounded near the city of Pec in the west of the province. The shooting was done by their Albanian neighbor, she says. Meanwhile some 300 Serbs tried to prevent the Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR) from tearing down the barricades in Kosovo’s north, but the soldiers were...
  • Army of stones: Serb barricades stand firm

    10/18/2011 10:24:17 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    RT.com ^ | October 18, 2011 | RT
    As the deadline for Serbs in northern Kosovo to dismantle their border barricades nears, they remain firm in their protest. The barricades are meant to stop attempts by Kosovan police, and NATO and EU forces to take over border crossings with Serbia. Stones and sand of the barricades are the only weapons the Serbs living in Kosovo have in their arsenal to make the others listen to them. The roadblocks they have set up throughout the northern part of the region are making headlines and getting feedback. Local resident Voityla is reading a leaflet that KFOR, a NATO-led international peacekeeping...
  • Turkey's House of Cards

    10/05/2011 7:14:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2011 | Caroline Glick
    To the naked eye, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be moving from strength to strength. Erdogan was welcomed as a hero on his recent trip to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. The Arabs embraced him as the new face of the war against Israel. The Obama administration celebrates Turkey as a paragon of Islamic democracy. The Obama administration cannot thank Erdogan enough for his recent decision to permit NATO to station the US X-Band missile shield on its territory. The US is following Turkey's lead in contending with Syrian President Bashar Assad's massacre of his people. And according...
  • Kosovo Serbs dig in as border dispute turns bloody

    10/01/2011 8:24:02 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | October 1, 2011 | DANIEL McLAUGHLIN in Jarinje
    KFor soldiers from the US stand guard at a barricade at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters Cultural claims persist in regions as Belgrade refuses to acknowledge independence of Kosovo MILEVA PREMOVIC and her neighbours while away the afternoon in the shade of a broad tree. The unseasonable warmth makes it hard to imagine that the green Kapaonik mountains, rising up a few miles away in Serbia, will soon be white with snow and busy with skiers. It would also be hard to believe that bullets were fired and blood shed here just a few days...