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  • New Jersey Boy Stands on Street Corner for Days Asking Drivers to "Honk for USA"

    07/04/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 4, 2015
    A 14-year-old New Jersey boy eager to express his patriotism has been standing on a street corner in front of his house with an American flag and a sign reading "Honk if you love the USA," and he says he'll continue to stand there until the fireworks go off on the Fourth of July. Shpejtim Zenelej has been standing on the corner of Harold Avenue and Franklin Street in Rahway all day every day since Sunday, inspired to show his love for America after he saw reports of flag burning last week. "It's the best country in the world," he...
  • VIDOVDAN (St. Vitus Day) JUNE 28 - AND ITS CHRISTIAN LESSONS FOR TODAY

    06/28/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Battle of Kosovo icon. ...The heart of Serbia, her soul, which was Kosovo, lay here. Lazar’s territory began to feel the threat for real in 1381 when the first Turkish raids in northern Serbia began. The pivotal invasion would come on a Tuesday, eight years later. That Tuesday, June 28, 1389, would become probably the single most important date in all of Serbian history, and the impact of the events of that single day would not only effect the Serbians and their lands, but all of the Balkans and the future of Europe as well. It is impossible to quantify...
  • Gunmen in Macedonia had planned many attacks, leader says

    05/10/2015 3:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    An armed group battling Macedonian police over the weekend left 22 people dead and aimed to destabilize the country with terror attacks, the country's president declared Sunday in a nationwide television address. ... "Police have prevented coordinated terrorist attacks at different locations in the country that would cause serious destabilization, chaos and fear," Ivanov said. "The members of the group are extremists and criminals with remarkable military training and skills. That's why we have paid such a high price with the loss of lives." The attacks left at least 22 people dead, including eight police and 14 attackers Interior Ministry...
  • Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots

    05/07/2015 8:08:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 5/6/15 | Valerie Plesch
    BROD, Kosovo (RNS) The Catholic priest followed the village elders up a narrow road that curved between the green hills in the tiny hamlet of Gjonaj in southern Kosovo. As the priest, Don Albert Jakaj, 36, emerged from the wooded path, he saw the light gray stone church, believed by locals to be a thousand years old, surrounded by tall pine trees. Jakaj had traveled to Gjonaj at the request of Avni Ademi, 35, a local who contacted the priest to get his opinion on the origin of the church and to validate his belief that the church belongs to...
  • Bike Boffins Pedal With General Clark

    09/23/2003 6:17:15 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 23, 2003 | Kevin O'Flynn
    Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2003. Page 1 Bike Boffins Pedal With General Clark By Kevin O'Flynn Staff Writer One was a doctor from Siberia, the other an American general now running for president, and best known in Russia for his brinkmanship in Kosovo. But now the fortunes of Alexander Pyntikov and former NATO commander General Wesley Clark -- who last week created a political sensation by declaring his candidacy for U.S. president -- are entwined in a company that makes push bikes. But these are no ordinary push bikes: The U.S. Special Forces Command currently freewheels on them, as do police...
  • Albania and Kosovo to unite inside EU or not: Albanian PM

    04/08/2015 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April7, 2015 | Fatos Bytyci and Matt Robinson
    (Reuters) - The unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the European Union or not, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday. The suggestion was denounced in Belgrade, where a senior official accused Tirana's Prime Minister Edi Rama of "banging the war drums" over Kosovo, which many Serbs regard as the cradle of their nation and Orthodox Christian faith. Serbia and the West are sensitive to any talk of unification of Albania and Kosovo, something Western powers ruled out when they backed Kosovo's secession from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo and...
  • Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars

    03/23/2015 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2015 | Guy De Launey
    Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars By Guy De Launey BBC News, Kosovo 22 March 2015 From the section Europe "We are like two million birds in one cage, but we are hoping for a better life" The scene in Mitrovica's 7 Arte Cafe seems convivial enough. Fairy lights twinkle, a mixture of Albanian and English-language hits play over the sound system and the 20-somethings gathered around the tables regularly break into laughter. But the joviality papers over a grim reality for these young people. Kosovo may have unilaterally declared independence from Serbia seven years ago, but...
  • Kosovars Who Fought for Land Are Now Eager to Leave

    03/07/2015 12:02:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2015 | Alison Smale
    STANOVC, Kosovo — The extended Cakaj family has built a few dozen homes here, along Tony Blair Street, between the Dubai supermarket and the French peacekeepers base, in a clannish faith that closeness would bring security. But recently the family of Kosovo Albanians has begun to splinter, as a disastrous economy, static politics and a newly created opening in the border with Serbia have enticed tens of thousands of Kosovars to leave their troubled land in search of opportunity and work. “My son had no choice,” said Xhevat Cakaj, but to leave their enclave for Germany with his wife and...
  • Add this to Greece's list of problems: It's an emerging hub for terrorists

    01/26/2015 7:31:06 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Tim Lister and Ioannis Mantziko
    The new Greek government has plenty of challenges ahead of it: A towering debt, chronic unemployment and relations with the rest of Europe. But it also has an urgent security problem. Greece has become an unwitting crossroads -- both for jihadists trying to reach Iraq and Syria from Europe, and for fighters returning home from the Middle East.
  • Greek Complicity in Serb Wars

    08/06/2002 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Hoplite · 98 replies · 807+ views
    IWPR ^ | 6 August, 2002 | Takis Michas
    There's growing evidence that Greece helped to lubricate Milosevic's war machineBy Takis Michas in AthensAs Greece prepares to take on the mantle of the European Union presidency in January 2003, the time has come for Athens to examine the role it played in aiding the regimes of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and his Bosnian Serb associates Radovan Karadic and Ratko Mladic.Besides a general failure to confront the scale of war crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces during the Nineties, there's mounting evidence of Greek complicity in Yugoslav sanction-busting during the conflicts. A recent report published by the...
  • Muslims Capture Christians, Take Them To Slaughterhouses, Dissect Them While They Are Still Alive

    12/13/2014 12:30:39 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Shoebat ^ | November 3, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are capturing Christians, dissecting them alive, tearing out their organs, killing the victims, and then selling the organs to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two major nations of the Antichrist. We learned this from a local Serbian Christian and veteran Special Forces officer in Serbia’s military, named Lazar. We interviewed him and this is the information he conveyed to us. He said “They also kill people and sell their organs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” He then said, They abduct people in Kosovo, Serbian people — in some cases Albanian people — and they take their...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Why I Voted against Condemning Russia

    12/11/2014 5:01:57 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dana Rohrabacher
    Recently, the House passed, by an overwhelming margin, a resolution to condemn the Russian Federation for actions considered hostile and aggressive within its sphere of influence, specifically with regard to the politically torn country of Ukraine. Ten Members voted “nay,” myself among them. I wish to explain why I took this unpopular position. Above all, while Vladimir Putin’s government may well have engaged in questionable behavior toward neighboring countries, Resolution 758 was nothing more than gratuitous, needlessly provocative and shortsighted. Moreover, reasonable observers the world over can see it as tantamount to a declaration that Russia is America’s enemy. The...
  • Putin warns Europe over Iran and Kosovo at EU summit

    10/26/2007 8:06:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 38+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/26/07 | Jack Malvern and agencies
    From Times OnlineOctober 26, 2007 Putin warns Europe over Iran and Kosovo at EU summit (Miguel A Lopes//EPA) Vladimir Putin at the EU-Russia Summit at Mafra Palace, near Lisbon, today Jack Malvern and agencies Tensions between Russia and the West over sanctions against Iran will be laid bare today as President Vladimir Putin attends a summit with EU leaders in Portugal. The Russian leader described supporters of tough policies as "mad people wielding razor blades" after the US imposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic yesterday in an attempt to curb its nuclear programme. Mr Putin, who is at the...
  • Whistleblower urges external probe into EU mission in Kosovo

    10/31/2014 12:18:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.10.14 @ 19:13 | Andrew Rettman
    Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor at the heart of EULEX corruption revelations, says the only way to restore faith in the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo is by holding an external enquiry. The scandal erupted on Monday (27 October) when Kosovo daily Koha Ditore wrote, citing evidence from leaked EULEX documents, that senior officials colluded with suspects in criminal cases, took bribes to shut down investigations, and quashed internal EULEX probes. …
  • The Unspoken Obama Lie That Led to Benghazi

    09/24/2014 6:21:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-24-14 | Jack Cashill
    To make a difference going forward, Trey Gowdy and the House’s Benghazi select committee may want to ask how the U.S. got involved in Libya in the first place. What they will discover is that Barack Obama borrowed a page from the Clinton playbook on Kosovo, a lethal exercise in mendacity unparalleled in recent American history. Much of the mischief I unearthed in my forthcoming book, You Lie!, I expected to find. This nugget surprised me. In his March 2011 address to the nation, Barack Obama laid out the case for America’s surprise military intervention in Libya. “We knew that...
  • Kosovo police arrest 40 alleged Islamic radicals

    08/11/2014 1:01:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 3:38 AM EDT
    Kosovo police say they have arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria. […] The police operation is the largest ever against suspected Islamic radicals in Kosovo. Authorities have been on alert as a growing number of ethnic Albanians have joined militants in Syria and Iraq and appeared on social media in attempts to lure more followers. …
  • “Why do Serbs celebrate defeat?” KOSOVO AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

    07/02/2014 6:37:07 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com / Reiss Institute ^ | June 27, 2014 | Nebojsa Malic
    The Battle of Kosovo 1389 “Why do Serbs celebrate defeat?” comes the question, every June 28. The short and simple answer is, they don’t. But a longer and more complicated answer is needed to explain it properly. June 28 (or 15th, in the Julian calendar), Vidovdan, is the date on which the Orthodox Christian host of Prince Lazar confronted and battled the Ottoman Turks at the Field of Kosovo in 1389. At the end of the day, both Lazar and the Turkish sultan Murat I were dead, and the Turks had left the field. Initial reports, in fact, spoke of...
  • HONORING THE BATTLE OF KOSOVO AND THE SACRIFICE OF THE CHRISTIAN SERBIANS AND ITS LESSONS FOR TODAY

    06/28/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    ..."Free" Serbia, as such, would continue to “exist” until 1459 when the Serbian lands finally and completely fell to the Turks, and a whole new chapter in Serbian history began that was to last for several centuries. During those centuries, Serbs would become integral to the “Eastern Question” involving another great empire, that of Russia. They would become increasingly significant to the Austrians, who would not only use and covet the Serbs as able warriors to keep the Turks from the gates of Vienna, but who would come to have their own self-serving agenda with regards to the Serbian lands....
  • Kosovo independence: Russia warns of separatist storm

    05/03/2014 9:51:18 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 20, 2008 | Fred Weir
    Russian President Vladimir Putin charges that Western support for the newly declared state, torn from Serbia this week, is "immoral and illegal" behavior that will provoke a global storm of separatism and explode the international order. Jubilant Russian nationalists claim that "Western betrayal" has freed the Kremlin from any obligation to follow international laws in its own neighborhood. Kosovo was seized by NATO in a 1999 war after Serbia was accused of the ethnic cleansing of the tiny territory's mainly Albanian population. Russia opposed the war, but was persuaded to help negotiate a truce following 78 days of NATO air...
  • Did prehistoric man enter Europe through the Balkans?

    08/23/2007 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies · 345+ views
    SAWF.org ^ | 8-22-07
    Could the Balkans, rather than previously accepted areas such as the Strait of Gibralter, have been the entry point for the first men in Europe? ORESHETZ, Bulgaria (AFP) - A team of 20 Bulgarian and French archeologists are trying to prove this theory after 11 years of excavation and research in the Kozarnika cave in northwestern Bulgaria. The digging up at this mountainous site of traces of human activity dating back 1.4 to 1.6 million years throws into question theories about when and where man first set foot in Europe. According to current theories, the Europeans' prehistoric ancestors came into...
  • Serbian president seeking war compensation from NATO (translation)

    04/17/2014 8:57:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    Commenting on the recent recognition that NATO bombed Serbia without the permission of the UN Security Council , the Serbian president said yesterday that it is reasonable to expect that Serbia should be back on her feet by and with a compensation made ​​for injustice. Marking that the NATO bombing of Serbia 1999 was uncivilized method precedent " for ever , and for ages " , something which would shame even d barbarous nations from pre-Christian period , Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in yesterday's speech on the occasion of the Day Of Army of Serbia at the central celebration in...
  • Obama's 'Incredible Mistake' Over Phantom Kosovo Referendum

    03/29/2014 3:44:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2014-03-27
    U.S. President Barack Obama has caused confusion after claiming yesterday that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum for self-determination – misleading people over the true origins of the country. The U.S. President used the example to hit out against Russia's annexation of Crimea, but experts have noted that no such referendum took place, and implied that Obama's "incredible mistake" should elicit a retraction or correction from the White House.
  • Exposed: Obama states Kosovo left Serbia only after referendum, but there was NO referendum at all

    03/27/2014 6:42:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Barack Obama’s speech on Ukrainian crisis seems to have left the public confused as he claimed that Kosovo broke away from Serbia “after a referendum”. But attentive listeners quickly pointed Obama’s gaps in history – there was no referendum in Kosovo. President Obama was speaking Wednesday at The Center for Fine Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, and was telling the youth crowd mostly about Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the strategic Crimean Peninsula. He lashed out at Russia for “violation of international law, its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Obama recalled the conflict around Kosovo and NATO’s involvement,...
  • Serbia’s office for KiM: "Obama, there was no Kosovo referendum"

    03/27/2014 6:24:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 37 replies
    In Serbia Independent News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Tanjug
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to debunk criticism that America has acted hypocritically in condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine, dismissing any comparison to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, MSNBC reported. The president also argued that the comparison between Crimea and Kosovo makes no sense. “Russian leaders have further claimed Kosovo as a precedent, an example, they say of the West interfering in the affairs of a smaller country … But NATO only intervened after the people of Kosovo were systematically brutalized and killed for years.” “And Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organized not outside...
  • Obama Makes Two Major Foreign Policy Gaffes on Europe Trip

    03/27/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/27/14 | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership". In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008. At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that they will become members of NATO." Former Georgian Ambassador to London Giorgi Badridze, told Breitbart London: "President Obama's remarks could hardly have come at a worse time –...
  • Obama's 'Incredible Mistake' over Phantom Kosovo Referendum

    03/27/2014 9:40:20 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 48 replies
    Breitbart - London ^ | 27 Mar 2014, 4:34 AM PDT | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    U.S. President Barack Obama has caused confusion after claiming yesterday that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum for self-determination – misleading people over the true origins of the country. The U.S. President used the example to hit out against Russia's annexation of Crimea, but experts have noted that no such referendum took place, and implied that Obama's "incredible mistake" should elicit a retraction or correction from the White House. The error came in a speech delivered at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and has been remarked upon to Breitbart London by regional experts from both the United Kingdom and indeed...
  • On March 24, 1999, the U.S. bombed Kosovo. Putin has been planning his payback ever since.

    03/23/2014 7:30:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | 21 March 2014 | Masha Gessen
    Fifteen years ago this week, I broke a promise I'd given to myself: After being captured and threatened with execution by Kosovar guerrillas the year before, I had sworn to give up war reporting. Now I was on my way to Belgrade to report on the effects the NATO bombing campaign was having on Serbia. When friends challenged my decision, I explained that I thought the course of history was changing at that very moment and I had to document it. I was wrong about the documenting-it part: I stayed in the region for six weeks, writing a number of...
  • Transnational Transgressions: In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin...

    03/22/2014 1:45:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin effective precedent.‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator. As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of...
  • Crimea Vote Gets Attention of Europe's Other Secession Movements

    03/22/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/22/2014 | By MATT MOFFETT
    MADRID—When Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia—under the watchful gaze of Russian troops—some Spaniards viewed the drama through the lens of a conflict much closer to home. Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo said "the parallelism is absolute" between Crimea and Catalonia, the wealthy industrial region that has scheduled a nonbinding referendum on independence from Spain for November. Sunday's referendum in Crimea and the one planned in Catalonia each violates its nation's constitution, Mr. Garcia-Margallo said Monday, and thus "by definition violates international law." Catalan officials ridiculed his attempt to tar Catalonia with the Crimean brush. Catalans...
  • The Crimean Plebiscite - it's the Sudetenland 76 years later

    03/16/2014 6:48:24 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 30 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 3/16/14 | Steve Berman
    Seventy-six years ago, the “Sudetenland crisis” was the headline in the world’s newspapers. This revolved around the right of ethnic Germans living in what was then called Czechoslovakia, whom it was claimed were living under an oppressive Czech government who banned their language, traditions and free speech. Konrad Henlein, the leader of the Czech NSDAP (Nazi party), led the effort for Sudeten independence, with ever-increasing demands on the Czech government. In reality, Henlein was working under strict orders from Berlin, and when the Czech government capitulated to every demand to avoid a German invasion, the demands turned into manufactured and...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • Confederation: An Off-Ramp For The Ukrainian Crisis

    03/14/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/14/2014 | Steven D. Krasner
    There will be a vote in Crimea on Sunday on whether to split from the Ukraine and join Russia. It is likely to pass. So there will not be a return to the status quo ante. The best the United States and Western Europe can hope for would be an outcome in which Crimea is not formally detached from Ukraine, but has a very high degree of autonomy. This autonomy would include not just choices about domestic policies but about some aspects of foreign policy as well. Ukraine would be a confederal state where at least one of the component...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • Ukraine Warns Of 'Full Scale' Invasion As Russia Moves Its Artillery Close To The Borders

    03/12/2014 1:06:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 255 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2014
    Russia could launch a 'full scale' invasion that would see troops overrun Ukraine in hours, a senior security official warned today. The secretary of Ukraine's National Security and National Defence Committee Andriy Parubiy claimed Russia has 80,000 troops, 280 tanks and 170 aircraft massed on the border ready to invade. 'They are adding to this military potential,' he said. 'We have a critical situation on the entire southeastern border. The Russian army is only two to three hours from Kiev.' Ukraine's defences would be incapable in the face of a Russian invasion, he said.
  • After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border

    03/12/2014 1:49:37 PM PDT · by Errant · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Despite the relentless protests of Kiev, and of course the G7 group of world's most indebted nations, in the past two weeks Vladimir Putin once again succeeded in outplaying the west and annexed the Crimea peninsula without firing a single shot (granted there is still potential for material situational deterioration, one which would involve military participation by NATO whose outcome is not exactly clear). The market has "priced in" as much, with prevailing consensus now dictating that Russia will preserve its foothold in the Crimea however without additional attempts for annexation: certainly Poland is hoping and praying as much. However,...
  • Who is right: Ron Paul or the Obama administration (on Crimean & E. Ukranian self-determination)?

    03/11/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    3/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Ron Paul has basically said that Crimea has the right to self-determination and by extension a right to an independence referendum vote. The Obama administration seems to be goading Europe (not that it would take that much) into agreeing with it that Crimea (and Eastern Ukraine) do not have the right to self-determination, and that Western powers will not accept a referendum vote in Crimea (or Eastern Ukraine for that matter) that leads to Crimea joining Russia, or becoming independent. Margeurite, yesterday, nailed it on the head, though, in a thread of mine: "The West cannot have it both ways....
  • Sensational confession of Ibran Mustafic, Bosnian Muslim war veteran and politician [SREBRENICA]

    02/02/2014 11:58:25 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    There Must be Justice ^ | January 23, 2014 | Grey Carter
    Sensational confession of Ibran Mustafic, Bosnian Muslim war veteran and politician: "We were killing our own people in Srebrenica."At least 1,000 Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica were killed by their compatriots during the breakthrough to Tuzla in July 1995, because there were lists of those who ” have to be prevented from reaching the freedom,at any cost” said one of the founders of the SDA in Srebrenica, Ibran Mustafic. ** Ibran Mustafic is the author of the book “Planned Chaos” whereas some of the crimes committed by soldiers of the (Muslim) Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbs are for the...
  • Bride, Kosovo

    12/14/2013 1:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    National Geographic ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2013 | Photograph by Nita Zeqiri
    A tradition a thousand years old, passed on to generations in today's remote Donje Ljubinje in the Zhupa area in south Kosovo. Today, this tradition is at the verge of extinction, as only a 65-year-old lady continues preparing young brides according to their traditions. The bride's face is painted in many beautiful layers of color. Three golden circles symbolizing the cycles of life are tied to one another by the golden roads that one crosses over their lifetime. The inner red circles are symbols of fertility, where red and blue dots are born from, and the whole face is covered...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • U.N. Delegates Applaud As ‘State of Palestine’ Casts First Vote

    11/19/2013 12:41:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 19, 2013 - 4:37 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Delegates at the U.N. General Assembly applauded enthusiastically on Monday as the Palestinian representative to the world body for the first time cast a vote on behalf of the “State of Palestine.” The vote itself—for a judge to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)—was a relatively minor one, but Palestinian delegate Riyad Mansour called it symbolically significant. … The modern-day State of Israel came into being as a result of a U.N. resolution in 1947, which partitioned the then-British mandated territory into a Jewish and an Arab state. The resolution was accepted by the Jewish...
  • Russia, Serbia Ink Military Cooperation Agreement

    11/13/2013 1:30:07 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff
    BELGRADE, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Serbia signed an agreement Wednesday on military cooperation as part of further development of the strategic partnership between the two countries. The deal was overseen in Belgrade by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose visit is being seen as a prelude to a possibly imminent deal on the sale of Russian fighter jets to Serbia. Shoigu said contacts between the countries had recently reached new heights. The agreements reached Wednesday included provisions, among other things, for collaboration in peacekeeping operations under the aegis of the United Nations. Russia and Serbia have agreed...
  • Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave

    10/31/2013 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.
  • Serb president wants Turkey's apology on Kosovo

    10/27/2013 2:55:11 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Serbia's president says he won't take part in a Balkan initiative with Turkey in protest over reported remarks by Turkey's prime minister in Kosovo. Serbian media have quoted Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan as saying in Kosovo on Oct. 23 that "Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey." The comment has been widely criticized in Serbia which is sensitive to past Ottoman rule in the Balkans and to any acknowledgement of Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, a move rejected by Belgrade. President Tomislav Nikolic on Oct. 26 sought an apology for the "scandal," saying...
  • PLAN THREE : The U.S. wanted to bomb us in 1993 ! (Translation from Serbian)

    09/29/2013 6:12:06 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    The government of George Bush Sr's planned bombing of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Serbia and Montenegro , according to a secret CIA document from which the recently declassified "top secret " BELGRADE - thoroughly prepared plan. The government of George Bush the Elder early in 1993. had planned the bombing of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Serbia and Montenegro , according to secret documents from the CIA which was recently declassified "top secret " . Bombing campaign was the official name of the "Plan Three " , and included the air attacks on military and industrial targets and the institutions of...
  • China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Was Born in the Balkans

    09/08/2013 2:32:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 7, 2013 | Robert Beckhusen
    The DF-21D is China’s answer to America’s carriers, with an unusual origin in the Kosovo War In 1999, the U.S. was engaged in an air and missile war with Serbia. As NATO bombs exploded around Belgrade — part of a campaign to force an end to the ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians by Serb forces — several U.S. missiles slammed into the Chinese embassy. It was the most controversial U.S. action of the war. China’s leaders were outraged, but could do little in response. The result? The bombing became a pivotal moment in the decision to pursue a sophisticated weapons project: a ballistic missile...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Why The Intervention In Libya, Kosovo & Maybe Syria, But Not In Rwanda, Sudan & Gassed Kurds?

    09/01/2013 12:09:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    It seems to be "show me the Muslim" or "show me the oil." Blacks and Christians in Sudan and Rwanda get the near genocide treatment and the U.S. does not intervene. Nor did we hit Saddam real hard when he gassed many and more Kurds in Iraq. Coptic Christians in Egypt were treated very harshly even before the military ousted Morsi, but did the U.S. intervene? No. Kosovo intevention: Muslims involved. Libya: oil and Muslims. Syria: Muslims, and in a region region where instability could affaect oil prices. But Christians there --- who cares about them, right? Rand Paul is...
  • U.S. offers token protection for Serbian Christians

    08/25/2013 11:39:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Plan suggests more public spaces for inter-ethnic minglingThe Obama administration intends to leverage U.S. leadership in lowering racial tensions in the U.S. by making such ethnic-peacemaking expertise available globally. Obama’s most recent endeavor specifically wants to “increase constructive inter-ethnic cooperation and interaction” among people in the Balkans region of southeastern Europe. Although this approximately $15 million U.S. Agency for International Development venture arguably could benefit the minority Christian Serb population, its scope is notably miniscule in contrast to other ethnic and tribal peacemaking initiatives around the globe, particularly in Africa. In and around Nigeria, for example, USAID is engaged in...
  • Egypt, the Young Turks All Over Again [vanity]

    08/22/2013 8:11:00 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 10 replies
    For those of you who don't know, "back in 1911 Turkey disarmed its citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians." [Snippet-- I forget from where.] To this day, England feels shame for doing next to nothing about it. [Their only 'excuse' was being mired in WWI at the time.] Yes, the British press was on the job back then, just as they reported on India [which led to India's peaceful victory]. But a free press and linked hands are powerless against Islamic thugs. We have FReepers in our midst whose families had suffered directly from the...