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  • Serb killings 'exaggerated' by west

    03/13/2006 2:57:16 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 32 replies · 712+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday August 18, 2000 | Jonathan Steele
    Claims of up to 100,000 ethnic Albanians massacred in Kosovo revised to under 3,000 as exhumations near end Special report: Kosovo The final toll of civilians confirmed massacred by Yugoslav forces in Kosovo is likely to be under 3,000, far short of the numbers claimed by Nato governments during last year's controversial air strikes on Yugoslavia. As war crimes experts from Britain and other countries prepare to wind down the exhumation of hundreds of graves in Kosovo on behalf of the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, officials concede they have not borne out the...
  • Albania : Muslims Torch Churches , Hate Christ

    03/09/2006 4:42:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies · 1,648+ views
    faithfreedom ^ | march 9 2006 |
    Albania : Muslims Torch Churches , Hate Christ J. Grant Swank, Jr.      "East Timor remained largely unreported throughout the 80's and most of the 90's. A Christian land ravaged by Muslims - nobody cared. Untold crimes have been committed in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh against the Chakmas, and yet how often is the conflict reported? - never!," a believer noted in despair.Over 150 churches and monasteries in Albania have been destroyed or seriously damaged over the last 6 years. Now authorities project to turn the hull of one sanctuary into a nightclub. The Church of Christ the...
  • The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on a European scale

    03/08/2006 10:00:17 AM PST · by x5452 · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 07 March 2006, 11:46
    07 March 2006, 11:46 Serbian hierarch: The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on a European scale Moscow, March 7, Interfax - Metropolitan Amfilohy of Montenegro and Primorje thinks that independence of Kosovo would entail negative consequences for the whole Europe. ‘The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on an European scale’, Serbian hierarch said in an interview published by Kommersant daily on Tuesday. First, ‘new problems would arise in the Balkans because of the incorrect solution of the problem of Kosovo’ (separation of Kosovo - IF). ‘A precedent would be created, and many people in Europe and...
  • Kosovo assembly president accuses U.S. diplomats of orchestrating his sacking

    03/03/2006 3:48:45 PM PST · by joan · 6 replies · 319+ views
    Calibre ^ | March 2, 2006
    Released : Mar 02, 2006 2:03 PM PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro-The president of Kosovo's assembly accused U.S. diplomats on Thursday of orchestrating a political reshuffle in the province which led to his dismissal. Nexhat Daci, who was also part of the team negotiating Kosovo's final status with Serbia, was replaced by his party, the governing Democratic League of Kosovo, on Wednesday. Parliament will have to choose a new leader for his dismissal to take effect. Daci was dismissed as part of a broader reshuffle within the governing coalition, which also included the resignation of Kosovo's Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi. But the parliament...
  • Milosevic seeks subpoena for Clinton to testify

    02/28/2006 3:00:11 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 34 replies · 974+ views
    Reuters ^ | 28 February A.D. 2006 | Editors
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Lawyers representing Slobodan Milosevic have asked the U.N. war crimes tribunal to issue a subpoena to force former U.S. President Bill Clinton to testify at his trial, documents showed on Tuesday. "In his position as former president of the United States, Mr Clinton had a continuous role and unique knowledge of events relevant to the indictment," the lawyers said in a written request filed last week but only made public on Tuesday. Lawyers Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins said his evidence was needed to make sure the trial was "informed and fair". They said Milosevic had...
  • Court hears Balkans genocide case (Serbia will be the first nation to be charged with genocide)

    02/27/2006 3:21:32 AM PST · by paudio · 113 replies · 1,544+ views
    bbc ^ | 27 February 2006
    The first trial of a state charged with genocide has opened in The Hague, where Bosnia-Hercegovina will accuse Serbia and Montenegro of war crimes. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is hearing the case, which Bosnia first brought 13 years ago. It says Belgrade was responsible for crimes of genocide on its territory during the early 1990s Bosnian war. Belgrade denies its intention was to wipe out Muslims in eastern Bosnia and says there is no proof of the claims.
  • Balkanisation by another name

    02/24/2006 11:22:01 AM PST · by joan · 11 replies · 385+ views
    spiked-online ^ | February 23, 2006 | Philip Cunliffe
    In the talks about Kosovo's future, the former Yugoslavia is being treated as a carcass to be dissected by Western diplomats. by Philip Cunliffe This year promises to be a testing one for politics in the Balkans. Talks on the administrative devolution of Kosovo finished in Vienna earlier this week, between representatives of the Kosovo Albanians and the Serbian government. The talks, conducted under the aegis of the six-nation 'Contact Group' (composed of America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia), are seen as stepping-stones to resolving the 'final status' of the province, since it was left in political and legal...
  • Albanian cartels run Afghan drugs aimed for Euro & Balkans drug route a threat to stability

    02/24/2006 7:04:47 AM PST · by ma bell · 17 replies · 382+ views
    serbianna ^ | February 23, 2006 7:37 AM | ???
    Albanian cartels run Afghan drugs aimed for Europe - UNTIRANA, Albania-Organized crime is becoming more entrenched in the postwar Balkans and threatens stability across a much wider region, including Central Asia, the Caucasus and other parts of the former Soviet Union, the U.N.'s anti-drug chief said. Highlighting one key problem, Antonio Maria Costa said the Balkans has become the most important route for Afghan drugs moving to the rest of Europe. The Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, which he leads, is preparing a program to help countries in the region combat the illegal drug and weapons trades, human...
  • Southern Serbia: The second Kosovo?

    02/23/2006 11:53:19 AM PST · by ma bell · 33 replies · 863+ views
    AxisGlobe ^ | 21 Feb 2006 | Can Karpat - AIA Turkish and Balkan Section
    The dissatisfaction of the Albanians living in the three towns of Southern Serbia, Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja does not date from yesterday. A 1946 decision by the Yugoslav government to separate these three municipalities from Kosovo and place them under direct Serbian Republic jurisdiction was the beginning of the ethnic tension. In 1974 when Kosovo had been granted autonomy the status of these three towns did not change. In March 1992, during the period of the nationalist fire igniting the former Yugoslavia, the Albanians held an unofficial referendum in which they voted nearly unanimously to re-attach the Presevo Valley to...
  • Did Ibrahim Rugova die a Christian?

    02/23/2006 4:24:53 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 5 replies · 1,173+ views
    Citizen Soldier ^ | 22 February 2006 | Stella L. Jatras
    As someone who has been following and writing about the events in the Balkans for over a decade, the announced death in myriads of newspapers throughout the world of President Ibrahim Rugova of Kosovo, was of deep interest to me. Virtually nothing is mentioned in the media nor in Congress anymore of the dire situation for the remaining Christian Serbian population in Kosovo. It is as though the Balkan war never happened, nor the consequences of that war. While Rugova's method of achieving independence for Kosovo is described as nonviolent he often found himself allied with Hashim Thaci, the leader...
  • USA stands behind Kosovo, Russia is behind us: Interview of South Ossetian speaker Znaur Gassiyev

    02/20/2006 3:35:30 PM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 411+ views
    REGNUM ^ | feb 21st 2006
    REGNUM: What parallels can be set between Kosovo and South Ossetia deriving from a possibility that Kosovo independence can be recognized? Of course, analogies can be set between the Kosovo variant and our situation, if we put Georgia on the place of Serbia and South Ossetians instead of Albanians. Each conflict is backed by forces of more powerful states. Well, it is clear that the US stands behind Kosovo, and Russia stands behind us. But in our case it is more comprehendible and grounded, as we used to live in a single country. It is natural that Russia has its...
  • UN must impose Kosovo's independence (think-tank)

    (Brussels, DTT-NET.COM)- A prestigious think-tank said that Kosovo’s independence must be imposed on Serbia, because of impossibility of reaching any agreement between Kosovan Ethnic Albanians and Serbian authorities on the future of UN administrated province. “To create a stable Kosovo, the international community must dare to impose independence rather than attempt finessing Pristina and Belgrade’s differences with an ambiguous and unstable settlement,“ International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report published on Friday. ICG says that agreement between all parties remains desirable in theory, “it is extremely unlikely that any Serbian government will voluntarily acquiesce to the kind of independence,...
  • Milosevic Lawyers Seek Recall of General Clark [Weslet]

    02/18/2006 8:41:20 AM PST · by ncountylee · 27 replies · 566+ views
    iwpr ^ | 17-Feb-06
    The defence lawyers assigned to ex-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic have asked for the former NATO commander General Wesley Clark to be recalled to the witness stand for further questioning. Clark testified in December 2003, during the prosecution stage of the Milosevic trial. He told the court that he spoke with the accused following the massacre of Muslim prisoners from the town of Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb troops in 1995, and was led to believe that Milosevic had known in advance what would happen. He also gave evidence about Milosevic’s relationship with Serbs in Bosnia in the early Nineties and spoke...
  • Former fighters in Muslim village under watch

    02/17/2006 2:30:14 PM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies · 348+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 17Feb06 | William J. Kole
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Authorities are monitoring up to 250 Arab Muslims who fought in Bosnia's 1992-95 war, including some who are suspected of having links to international terrorism, a top police official said Thursday. Zlatko Miletic, director of police for the Muslim-Croat part of Bosnia, told reporters that the Muslims under surveillance all live in or around the northeastern village of Gornja Maoca, where they settled after the war. Miletic said the Muslims were among 740 who obtained Bosnian passports during or just after the war, and that the names of nine men appeared on Egypt's list of most-wanted terror...
  • Fissures in Balkan Islam: Muslims extremism persists

    02/16/2006 6:54:34 AM PST · by joan · 7 replies · 361+ views
    csmonitor ^ | February 14, 2006 | Christopher Deliso
    Macedonia's Muslims are likely to elect a moderate leader soon, but extremism persists. By Christopher Deliso | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor SKOPJE, MACEDONIA – For Muslims in this small Balkan country, the Ottoman Empire's Islamic legacy still endures. However, some say Arab rivals are seeking to undermine it. "When my cousin entered university in Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabis offered him 200 euros a month and an apartment if he would spread their customs back in Macedonia," says Blerim, a young ethnic Albanian and Muslim who didn't want to give his last name for security reasons. "He accepted, and...
  • Srebrenica, lies and media games

    02/16/2006 8:36:01 PM PST · by zagor-te-nej · 75 replies · 1,252+ views
    Trajkovic Web Site ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | zagor-te-nej
    The Srebrenica operation was planned so that Bosnian Serb forces were positioned in a shape of a horseshoe, thus intentionally leaving space for the Muslim army and civilians to retreat North, North-West towards Tuzla. The distance of 36km and the configuration of the terrain are such that any man in average physical condition can cross it on foot. The military operation was conducted in this manner with the intention of minimizing the number of casualties, since the Muslims had brought in substantial military forces. If the Muslim forces had been hermetically enclosed, a violent fight would have ensued in which...
  • A Bishop’s Lonely Struggle

    02/15/2006 1:11:08 PM PST · by A. Pole · 9 replies · 358+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Tuesday, February 14, 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    When various Balkan potentates come to Washington, you can guess their ethnicity by the kind of treatment they receive. Albanian terrorists like the KLA leader Hashim Thaci do rather well. They are received at the State Department, which but a decade ago would have deemed them untouchable. They have full access to the mainstream media and publically-funded think-tanks to propagate independence for their mono-ethnic criminal fiefdom. When Bishop Artemije of Rashka and Prizren, the spiritual leader of Kosovo’s beleaguered Serbs, comes to Washington, he stays with friends in suburban Maryland who drive him hundreds of miles to meetings in Chicago,...
  • Serbia urges 20-year grace period on Kosovo status

    02/15/2006 5:43:23 AM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 322+ views
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Serbia's president proposed on Tuesday a 20-year grace period before deciding Kosovo's final status, a suggestion quickly dismissed by Kosovo's prime minister and Europeans. The dispute at a Security Council meeting on Kosovo illustrated the chasm between the two sides just days before long-awaited U.N.-organized talks begin in Vienna on Monday on the future of the Serbian province. Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since NATO bombs drove out Serb forces in 1999 during a campaign of ethnic cleansing under former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Serbian President Boris Tadic offered Kosovo wide...
  • Bosnia: Hague Judge Silences Bin Laden Bosnia Testimony, as NATO’s Claims Questioned

    02/13/2006 8:17:25 PM PST · by Banat · 14 replies · 648+ views
    Balkanalysis ^ | FEB 08 2006 | C. Deliso
    Judge Patrick Robinson immediately shut down a Western journalist on the Hague Tribunal witness stand last week, when she disclosed having seen Osama bin Laden waltz into the office of late Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic in November 1994. Just as veteran British journalist Eve-Ann Prentice, who covered the Yugoslav conflicts for the Guardian and the Times told of the famous OBL, Prosecutor Geoffrey Nice objected, and the judge “…cut off the testimony immediately declaring it ‘irrelevant,’” according to the defense’s recap of a devastating day of testimony. full article
  • Kosovo bishop warns of terror

    02/13/2006 2:14:54 PM PST · by tgambill · 15 replies · 757+ views ^ | 01-13-06 | Patrick O'Donnell
    -- Giving the Kosovo region independence would encourage terrorism and jihadists inside Europe that rival al-Qaida, the bishop of Kosovo warned Saturday. Artemije Radosavljevic, who heads the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, spoke to more than 100 members of St. Sava Cathedral in Parma on Saturday afternoon. Though his visit featured typical gestures of goodwill and bonding -- traditional dances by the church's youth and a banquet of Serbian food like kielbasa and cabbage -- Bishop Artemije gave the crowd the same pleas that he is making in Pittsburgh and Chicago on his nearly two-week trip across the United States....