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  • Tear gas at the barricades: NATO sprays Serb protests (video)

    10/20/2011 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies ^ | October 20, 2011 |
    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 ^ | 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...
  • Western policy doing the bidding of Islam in Kosovo: destroying Orthodox Christianity

    10/13/2011 10:43:52 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | Oct. 13, 2011 | Lee Jay Walker
    Islamic forces entered Europe from Asia and North Africa in order to enslave, convert, persecute and either completely destroy Christianity or to enforce dhimmitude. Before this process began you had the complete annihilation of Christianity in many parts of North Africa and in various parts of the Middle East it was one long sojourn into dhimmitude, pogroms and massacres. Christianity survived in some areas, for example in Egypt, however, numbers succumbed after Arab colonial and Islamic discrimination took route. Therefore, a complete Islamic inquisition took root in Arabia (modern day Saudi Arabia) and just like the Sunni Islamic inquisition against...
  • Death of War Crimes Witness Casts Cloud on Kosovo

    10/07/2011 8:31:35 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2011 | Matthew Brunwasser
    PRIZREN, KOSOVO — The death of a key witness in Germany in the war crimes trial of one of Kosovo’s most powerful politicians has cast doubt on the effective prosecution of the case and threatens to derail local and international efforts to establish the rule of law here. Intimidation, fear, clan loyalties and a culture of silence have long impeded the development of a functioning justice system in Kosovo, analysts say, and the death is seen as a major setback. The witness, Agim Zogaj, 53, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army who kept meticulous diary notes of alleged...
  • KOSOVO - a land being Islamized by the United States, NATO and United Nations.

    10/06/2011 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies ^ | October 2011 | Lee Jay Walker
    Since World War Two you have had three major conflicts in the Balkans involving Orthodox Christian communities and Islamic communities; this applies to Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo respectively. On all three occasions the United States supported the followers of Islam and maybe one day the same will happen to Orthodox Christians in Macedonia? Yet unlike the large Christian communities of Bosnia and Cyprus, it is the land of Kosovo which is being Islamized and Albanianized under NATO, the UN, and other international institutions who are meant to be neutral. The media in the West is once more turning a 'blind...
  • Trial Opens for 7 Kosovars in Organ-Trafficking Case

    10/06/2011 6:00:29 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2011 | Matthew Brunwasser
    PRISTINA, KOSOVO — The trial of seven Kosovars accused of participating in an international organ trafficking ring opened here Tuesday. The suspects are accused of luring victims from Turkey and former Communist countries to Pristina to sell their kidneys with false promises of payments of up to €15,000, or nearly $20,000. The recipients, according to the indictment, paid between €80,000 and €100,000 for the organs. The case has threatened to tarnish the image of the new country as it struggles to establish international credibility three years after declaring independence, and as it seeks integration into the European Union. But the...
  • On random, unprovoked violence and the need to dismantle NATO

    10/04/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    English ^ | October 4, 2011 | Dr. Michael Pravica
    Recently, as I was bicycling to work, I became the victim of random, unprovoked violence as I was hit by a nearly full bottle of flavored water thrown by a passenger from a car that passed me. Due to my superior reflexes and conditioning I managed to stabilize my bike (and myself rom the initial shock) as the bottle bounced off of me. Nevertheless, why someone would waste a perfectly good, chilled bottle of sugared drink on a 40 degree Celsius day trying to injure someone they didn't even know was very perplexing to me. On another occasion, two speeding...
  • 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...
  • Kosovar Serbs Contemplate Life Under Albanian Rule

    09/29/2011 3:34:03 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 29, 2011 | Matthew Brunwasser
    NORTH MITROVICA, KOSOVO — Angry Serbs are still at the barricades here, blocking roads across northern Kosovo in an attempt to resist the recent deployment of police and customs officers from the Kosovar government to border crossings with Serbia. Although the protests have been peaceful so far, behind the anger a more fundamental issue is smoldering: Serbs here are being forced to finally contemplate a future under the Kosovar government in Pristina, which is dominated by ethnic Albanians. “It’s the very first time in 12 years that the pressure against the Serbs in the north has been so strong from...
  • Witness of Kosovar war crimes found dead in Germany

    09/28/2011 8:29:52 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 28 Sep 11 19:30 CET
    A key witness in a war crimes case against a senior Kosovo figure has been found dead in Germany, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) said Wednesday. "EULEX confirms that Agim Zogaj, known as witness X in the Klecka case, was found dead in a park in Germany," the mission's statement said. It added that the "German authorities are conducting the necessary investigation to determine the circumstances of his death." According to local media reports, Zogaj had agreed to testify in the case of Fatmir Limaj, one of the most prominent commanders of the ethnic Albanian guerrillas...
  • Ethnic Serbs, NATO troops hurt in Kosovo clash

    09/28/2011 5:13:49 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies ^ | September 27, 2011 | Branislav Krstic and Fatos Bytyci, Reuters
    MITROVICA/PRISTINA, Kosovo - At least 16 Kosovo Serbs and four NATO troops were injured in clashes at a disputed Kosovo-Serbian border crossing on Tuesday, NATO officials and local authorities said. Witnesses said troops from the NATO peacekeeping force KFOR responded with fire arms, teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd rallying against the removal of a Serb-held barricade on a small road about 150 meters from the Jarinje border post. NATO spokesman Ralph Adametz said the incidents started when Serb protesters drove a vehicle at NATO troops and a soldier was injured. "During the incident an attempt was made...
  • Kosovo war crimes witness found dead in Germany

    09/28/2011 4:14:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 28, 2011 | Fatos Bytyci
    (Reuters) - A witness in a war crimes case against a member of Kosovo's parliament has been found dead in Germany, an EU police and justice mission (EULEX) spokesman said on Wednesday. Ruling party parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj, who was put under house arrest last week, and nine other people arrested in March are accused of committing murder, torture and violations of the human rights of ethnic Albanians, Serbs and prisoners during Kosovo's 1998-99 war with Serbia. Agim Zogaj, known as witness X in the war crimes case, was found dead in a German park, said EULEX spokesman Blerim Krasniqi, adding:...
  • Kosovo’s Organ-Harvester-in-Chief [Thaci] Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell, Stocks Plummet.

    09/28/2011 3:47:36 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | September 26, 2011 | Julia Gorin
    A month after Wall St. Journal published Kosovo’s terrorist prime minister Hashim Thaci, the Heroin-Trafficker-in-Chief got to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ on Thursday. In a year when he fixed elections, was implicated in his KLA murder-for-organs scheme, and was outed by various media watchdogs to be suppressing the press, mobster/torturer/murderer Thaci — occasionally wanted by Interpol and almost barred from entering this country save for diplomatic immunity — is here with bells on.
  • Our Tax Dollars at Work – NATO Troops in Kosovo Open Fire on Serb Protesters!

    09/27/2011 4:31:53 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    The American Council for Kosovo ^ | September 27, 2011 | James George Jatras
    NATO Tries to Force Christian Serbs to Submit to Criminal Albanian Muslim “Authority” September 27, 2011: Today, NATO forces in Kosovo opened fire on Serbian demonstrators protesting efforts by KFOR (NATO’s “Kosovo Force”) and the ironically designated European Union “rule of law” mission (“EULEX”) to force Serbs to submit to the illegal Albanian Muslim “authority” posing as an independent government in Priština. As summarized by retired U.S. diplomat Gerard Gallucci, who formerly served in Kosovo: On September 27, the NATO force in Kosovo (KFOR) lost completely its guise as UN peacekeepers and became a repressive, lawless military occupation force. After...
  • Germany Makes Another Balkan Mess

    09/26/2011 4:59:22 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 26, 2011 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has received undeserved praise for adopting an uncompromising position regarding Kosovo in meetings with Serbian president Boris Tadic. The latest example of a laudatory reaction is the piece [3] by Morton Abramowitz and James Hooper. Abramowitz and Hooper are thrilled that she made it clear to Tadic that “Kosovo would not be partitioned” and that “the area inhabited by Serbs north of the Ibar River was Kosovo territory.” Further, she told the leader of a still-fragile democratic Serbia that the Kosovo issue “had to be resolved before Serbia could enter the EU.” Rather than meriting praise,...
  • Bare-Handed Kosovo Serbs Battle NATO

    09/21/2011 6:26:21 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | September 20, 2011 | Dr. Vojin Joksimovich, Ph.D.
    On September the 16th NATO forces, overstepping their UN Security Council (UNSC) mandates, amid tensions on the administrative border between Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, have fired the first shots at bare-handed Kosovo Serbs in the village of Zupce. The Kosovo Serbs have erected barricades, in a life or death situation, to defend themselves against the Muslim Albanian onslaughts which desire to forcefully incorporate northern Kosovo into the US/EU created Republic of Kosovo, an amputated province from the Republic of Serbia. The Albanian police, aided and assisted by NATO’s KFOR, have taken over two border crossings: Jarinje and...
  • Orthodox Christian ghettoization and anti-Serb clampdown in Kosovo

    09/02/2011 5:13:54 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | September 1, 2011 | Lee Jay Walker
    If you reside in a parallel universe then welcome to Kosovo, the land of Albanianization and Islamization and all in the name of democracy. A flick back into history tells us that the Serbs were 98% of the population of Kosovo 600 years ago but today the Orthodox Christian Serbs are between 6% and 8% depending on various figures. Of course, the Kosovo Serbs became a minority because of the ravages of the Ottoman Empire, dhimmitude, Islamization, and Albanian support of fascism during the German Nazi period. Communism in the old Yugoslavia was the final nail in the coffin because Albanian...
  • Chancellor Merkel’s Belgrade Ultimatum

    08/30/2011 10:57:17 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 16 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 30, 2011 | Dr. Vojin Joksimovich
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbian President Boris Tadic On August 23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Belgrade. The first leg of her trip was Zagreb where she met with Croatian leaders. In Belgrade she met with Serbian leaders including a one-on-one session with President Tadic. The upshot was her blunt dictate that Serbia must meet the following demands in order to qualify for consideration of EU membership: progress in the Belgrade-Pristina dialog, normalization of relations including abandonment of parallel structures in Kosovo; administrative and legal reforms, and satisfying the 1995 Copenhagen criteria. Merkel pointed out that Germany would like...
  • Kosovo Becoming Asylum Transit Country

    08/23/2011 1:32:31 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    Daily News Corner ^ | August 20, 2011 | Muhamet Brajshori for Southeast European Times in Pristina
    Porous borders, especially in the north, are blamed for the trend. [Reuters] Kosovo hаѕ achieved the dubious distinction аs а transit country, but іs unprepared to handle the situation. Since 1999, Kosovo has ѕeen аn increasing number of asylum seekers frоm Asia and Africa. They have other destinations in mind, but use Kosovo aѕ transit point аnd оften end uр being arrested bу police at thе borders for illegal passage. Mainly, their countries of origin arе Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan and Nigeria. It іѕ uр tо thе internal affairs ministry tо determine whethеr thеy wіll remain in Kosovo or be deported....
  • ANA threatens with armed actions in north of Kosovo

    08/22/2011 11:21:26 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    EMG. RS ^ | August 22, 2011 | Tanjug
    The terrorist Albanian National Army (ANA) threatened to carry out armed actions in north of Kosovo, if the Kosovo institutions do not set up Kosovo's military by the end of September, the Pristina electronic media reported citing the media in Tirana. The release, written by political spokesman of that mysterious organization Sazan Toplica, reads that the ANA has delivered an ultimatum to the Kosovo President and Prime Minister demanding formation of Kosovo's armed military by September 30. If the ANA demands are ignored, that terrorist formation, as he put it, will be forced to continue with its military actions in...
  • New war crimes trial for Kosovo ex-premier Haradinaj

    08/18/2011 5:59:34 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 18, 2011 | Mark Lowen
    Ramush Haradinaj is the most senior ethnic Albanian indicted by the Hague tribunal Former Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj is going back on trial at The Hague in its first-ever partial retrial for war crimes. He is due to re-appear before the UN War Crimes Tribunal after his 2008 acquittal was overturned on grounds of witness intimidation. The former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighter and two co-accused are being retried. It is the first partial retrial ordered by the UN War Crimes Tribunal. It follows an appeal by the prosecution against the acquittal in 2008 of Mr Haradinaj. The indictment...
  • NATO moves to calm Kosovar-Serb border tensions

    08/04/2011 10:08:34 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 3, 2011 | Robert Marquand
    Kosovo Serb orthodox priest conducts a religious service near the barricades in the village of Zupce near the town of Zubin Potok on August 1. Serbs vowed to press on with roadblocks and stop NATO's KFOR peacekeeping force from proceeding until Kosovo agrees not to station its police and customs officers at the sensitive border posts. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters ***** Paris NATO is sending several hundred German and Austrian troops to Kosovo to buttress peacekeeping forces there after border violence left a Kosovar policeman dead and inflamed tensions with Serbia. Fighting erupted after Kosovar special police units in armored cars...
  • Kosovo Serbs Defend Their Existence, Christianity & UN Resolution

    08/03/2011 2:38:23 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Dr. Vojin Joksimovich
    The Kosovo Serbs in the north are defending the millennium old lands of their ancestors and the birthplace of Serbian Orthodox Christianity from the invasion of Hashim Thaci’s special police forces called ROSU to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia. These imports are a matter of elementary existence for the Kosovo Serbs, who have survived what Mary Walsh characterized as genocide on UN/NATO watch in her book Hiding Genocide in Kosovo: A Crime against God and Humanity.” She has also characterized Kosovo as the prison without walls. The Kosovo Serbs are also defending the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution...
  • Kosovo Serbs facing food, medicine shortages: report

    07/31/2011 8:43:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 2011-07-30
    BELGRADE (AFP) — A trade embargo imposed by authorities in Pristina has led to severe shortages of food and medicine among ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo, media reports said on Sunday. Suppliers from Serbia have been unable to deliver bread and milk to the towns of Lesak, Leposavic and northern Mitrovica, the Belgrade-based Beta news agency reported. Shops in the towns were also on the verge of selling out of meat and sugar products and customers have been stockpiling flour and yeast, it added. Supplies of bottled water were also running low, while doctors at the main health centre...
  • Serbian Attackers Shoot at NATO Soldiers [Kosovo]

    07/28/2011 6:52:47 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies ^ | 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...
  • Pristina wants to take Kosovo north with help of USA (Clashes in Kosovo)

    It looked like war. Kosovo special units would appear at border checkpoints alternatively. At sound of siren people would run to access roads blocking them, says a Serb, one of witnesses of the incident provoked by Kosovo authorities in their attempt to take by force the checkpoints at administration border crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak. The authorities in Pristina ordered the day before yesterday at 22.00 the action of conquering the checkpoints aimed to establish full control over all access roads to Kosovo. A well informed ‘Blic’ source from Pristina claims that Kosovo authorities got no green light for this...
  • Kosovo tense after deadly clash on Serbian border

    07/27/2011 1:21:43 AM PDT · by LjubivojeRadosavljevic · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 July 2011 | BBC
    International concern has been raised over a Kosovo police bid to take over two border crossings in the ethnic Serb north in which one officer was killed. Kosovo police units, who came under fire, pulled back after Serbs refusing to recognise their authority took up arms and mounted roadblocks. Nato-led peacekeepers moved into the area to calm the situation. The US and EU criticised the Kosovan government for acting without consulting international bodies. Continue reading the main story Analysis image of Mark Lowen Mark Lowen BBC News, Belgrade The whole episode shows just how problematic the north of Kosovo remains....
  • Vidovdan and Christianity - Remembering the Serbian sacrifice on June 28th.

    06/28/2011 10:43:01 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 9 replies ^ | June 28, 2011 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Kosovska Devojka The Kosovo Maiden ***** Today, June 28, 2011, marks the anniversary of perhaps the most sacred day in Serbian history. It can be said, too, that it is a sacred day in Christian history. On this day, in 1389 on Kosovo field, 70,000 Serbian men, the entire Serbian Army, gave its life to defend Christianity against the onslaught of the Ottoman Turks and Islam. They chose the "Heavenly Kingdom" over the earthly one. For them, Christianity was worth fighting for.Sincerely, Aleksandra Rebic *****
  • (Bosnian) Muslim Arrested with TNT; 2 EU Police Cars Set on Fire in Pristina

    06/09/2011 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | June 9, 2011 | Julia Gorin
    It sure is a good thing we bombed those Serbs. And bought ourselves all that Bosnian and Albanian good will.
  • Libya overshadowed by "Kosovo model"

    05/23/2011 7:21:22 PM PDT · by DTA · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | May 24 2011 | Wu Liming
    BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The latest moves by Western allies against Libya have shown marked similarities to "strategies" they adopted in Kosovo in the 1990s. Catherine Ashton, EU's foreign policy chief, opened the bloc's office on Sunday in Benghazi,the Libyan opposition's base camp when he visited the city on Sunday. Earlier last Monday, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) requested arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Al-Sanousi who is Libya's head of intelligence. In retrospective, NATO adopted a three-step strategy in Kosovo War back in 1999. NATO first...
  • "Staff at Kosovo embassies on welfare" (in host countries)

    05/23/2011 9:44:37 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 14 replies
    B92 ^ | 5/19/11 | Staff
    PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo's Priština-based authorities opened embassies in a number of European countries, but are reportedly unable to provide appropriate salaries for the staff. European states are obligated to ensure payment of social welfare to a certain number of employees at the embassies opened by the Kosovo Albanian authorities, since their salaries are lower than the allowed minimum. This is according to the Priština-based Albanian language daily Zeri. These employees are classified as social cases, due to the low salaries they receive from the budget of the Kosovo government. This prompted Germany and Switzerland "to react", according to the report....
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Kosovo: New president handpicked by Americans, predecessor says

    04/08/2011 7:58:17 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies
    AKI ^ | 4/8/11 | staff
    (AKI) – Former Kosovo president Bedzet Pacoli said on Friday his successor Atifete Jahjaga, who was elected by parliament, was in fact handpicked by the US ambassador to Pristina Christopher Dell. Pacoli spent only one month in office and resigned last month after the constitutional court ruled the there had been irregularities in his election. To break the political deadlock, the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, its coalition partner Alliance for new Kosovo and the opposition Democratic Alliance of Kosovo had agreed to field Jahjaga as a joint candidate. But Pacoli told Pristina channel “TV Clan”, Jahjaga actually wasn’t a...
  • Grisly Albanian Organ Harvesting Crimes: Is Justice going to be served?

    04/03/2011 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    March 2011 | Vojin Joksimovich
    In my December 2010 essay "Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake", I published reactions to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) 27-page report authored by the Swiss-Italian politician, senator and prosecuting lawyer Dick Marty. The report, which is the culmination of 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 and also some Albanian so-called “collaborators,” transported them to northern Albania, murdered them, extracted their kidneys and other organs, and sold them on the black market. These macabre Nazi/Croatian...
  • 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.
  • Kosovo's Mafia: How the US and allies ignore allegations of organized crime at the highest levels

    03/29/2011 2:43:47 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 20 replies
    Global Post ^ | 3/27/11 | Matt McAllester
    A 3 part investigation by the Global Post into Kosovo's endemic corruption and what the US, NATO and Western governments knew before we went in, after we went in, and even before we supported Kosovo "independence". Kosovo's Mafia: Assassinations and intimidation (CIA inspired), Part 2 Kosovo's Mafia: A hotbed of human trafficking (sex slaving), Part 3
  • Kosovo Leader Thaci: 'Intervention Was The Only Righteous And Humane Solution' (In Libya and Kosovo)

    March 27, 2011 Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci sees echoes of his country's own history in the unfolding events in Libya. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service correspondent Albana Isufi, Thaci likens NATO's involvement in Libya to its 1999 bombing of Serbia. RFE/RL: Mr. Prime Minister, 12 years ago, freedom was the most important thing for Kosovo. Today, Kosovo is free, but what are its challenges? Hashim Thaci: Today, Kosovo is a free, independent, and sovereign state, proud of its powerful, legitimate, democratic, and multiethnic institutions. With a certain Euro-Atlantic perspective it wants to be part of NATO...
  • Serbia: Putin pledges continued support against Kosovo independence

    03/23/2011 8:29:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    ADN Kronos International ^ | 3/23/11 | Staff
    Belgrade - Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Wednesday and pledged his continued support to Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in view of Kosovo's three-year-old declaration of independence. After talks with Serbian president Boris Tadic and prime minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Putin said his visit was a confirmation of “traditional friendship between Russia and Serbia and closeness of Russian and Serbian people”. Russia blocked declaration of Kosovo independence by majority Albanians in the United Nations Security Council three years ago and Putin vowed Moscow’s policy in relation to Kosovo would not change.
  • 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...
  • Gen. Wesley Clark says Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action

    03/11/2011 9:03:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies ^ | March 11, 2011 | Wesley K. Clark
    In 1999, when we launched the NATO air campaign against Serbian ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, President Bill Clinton had to state publicly that he didn't intend to use ground troops. He did so in an effort to limit the costs of an initiative that the public and Congress did not consider to be in our nation's vital interest. The administration and I, as the NATO commander in Europe, were in a difficult position, and Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic knew it. But what Milosevic didn't understand was that once we began the strikes - with NATO troops deployed in neighboring countries...
  • Serbian deputy PM mulls 'Hong Kong model' for Kosovo

    03/11/2011 3:00:51 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 1 replies ^ | March 10, 2011 |
    Serbia hopes to be ready to join the European Union by the end of 2015, but first a "creative" solution will have to be found for its former province Kosovo, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic told EurActiv Germany in an exclusive interview. He cited the "Hong Kong model" as one way of resolving the issue. As Serbia's progress towards EU accession depends on its ability to solve its problems with its neighbours, Djelic said he would seek a "creative" compromise to an ongoing dispute on the independence of Kosovo. When questioned about the meaning of "creativity”" in the context...
  • Honoring Christian Kosovo

    03/10/2011 6:56:08 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | March 9, 2011 | Father Rodney Torbic / Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: As we enter the season of Christianity's greatest of holidays, it is appropriate to remember and honor one of the greatest sacrifices and triumphs in the name of Jesus Christ. Kosovo is once again in the news on a regular basis, and few have captured the essence of Christian Kosovo as beautifully, poignantly, and truthfully as Father Rodney Torbic of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. The following two tributes were recently published in the Serbian newspaper "Srbobran".Father Torbic, thank you for sharing your sentiments with us and for describing so perfectly what the Christian Serbs...
  • German Authorities Now Think The Shooter That Killed Two U.S. Troops Is An Islamic Terrorist

    03/03/2011 5:11:27 AM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-3-2011 | Gregory White
    German Authorities Now Think The Shooter That Killed Two U.S. Troops Is An Islamic Terrorist Gregory WhiteMar. 3, 2011, 6:45 AM The man that killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two others is now suspected to be an Islamic terrorist, according to Der Spiegel. The attack, which occurred yesterday at Frankfurt airport, saw the man step onto a bus carrying U.S. servicemen and open fire. There are now concerns there might be further attacks. From Der Spiegel: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned from sources in German security forces and from the US authorities that there is now substantial evidence linking the...

    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...
  • Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany

    03/07/2011 9:53:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | March 03 2011
    Arid Uka, the 21-year-old Kosovar who has admitted to killing two US airmen in Frankfurt, was a loner only recently turning to radical Islamist ideology, according to investigators. German federal prosecutors continue to piece together a profile of the man responsible for what is increasingly believed to have been a terrorist attack on US military personnel at Frankfurt Airport on Wednesday. Born in Kosovo but raised in Frankfurt, Uka is being described by investigators as a loner who took to radical Islam over the course of just a few weeks. Armed with a Belgian Fabrique Nationale semi-automatic pistol and a...
  • A 'Normal' Life That Vanished in a Terrorist Attack / Arid Uka

    03/08/2011 6:16:04 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | SOUAD MEKHENNET
    FRANKFURT — To hear family, friends and neighbors tell it, Arid Uka was a model youth: never involved in violence, or in trouble with the police, unlike many other young men in his predominantly immigrant neighborhood in Frankfurt. Mr. Uka, 21, they said, was calm and quiet. In 2005, he and some classmates won a government prize for a school project on how to prevent violence in society and posed proudly with Gerhard Schröder, then chancellor of Germany. The young man from Kosovo helped his mother at home, cleaned floors, took out the trash and even gave her half his...
  • Cue Music Please, for the Sympathy Symphony

    03/07/2011 3:24:24 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | March 7, 2011 | Julia Gorin
    All the usual sympathies and buzz words begin re the Frankfurt shootings… Kosovo gunman’s father laments Germany killings PRISTINA - The father of the gunman who shot dead two US airmen on a US Army bus at Frankfurt airport said on Thursday…”I am still in shock; I can not believe what has happened,” Murat Uka told Reuters by phone from his home in Germany. “I am really, really sorry about what has happened. “I express my deep condolences,” said Uka, whose voice betrayed his emotion. … “The American people are the best friends of Albanians,” he said. One really has...
  • Arid Uka’s Gratitude (Multiculturalism says he’s as German as Helmut and Franz. Except..)

    03/06/2011 3:20:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | March 5, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Multiculturalism says he’s as German as Helmut and Franz. Except he’s not. According to Bismarck’s best-known maxim on Europe’s most troublesome region, the Balkans are not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Americans could be forgiven for harboring similar sentiments after the murder of two U.S. airmen in Germany by a Kosovar Muslim. Remember Kosovo? Me neither. But it was big at the time, launched by Bill Clinton in the wake of his Monica difficulties: Make war, not love, as the boomers advise. So Clinton did — and without any pesky U.N. resolutions, or even the pretense of...
  • Gunman in Germany Wanted ‘Revenge’ for Afghanistan

    03/05/2011 11:49:50 AM PST · by Bokababe · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/5/11 |
    Arid Uka, the 21-year-old man suspected of killing two American airmen this week, has told investigators that he was seeking revenge for the deployment of Americans in Afghanistan after watching radical Islamist videos on the Internet, German authorities said Friday.
  • Why Are We Still In Germany? (Excellent Question)

    03/04/2011 5:27:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 4, 2011 | The great MARK STEYN
    According to Bismarck's best-known maxim on Europe's most troublesome region, the Balkans are not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Americans could be forgiven for harboring similar sentiments after the murder of two U.S. airmen in Germany by a Kosovar Muslim. Remember Kosovo? Me neither. But it was big at the time, launched by Bill Clinton in the wake of his Monica difficulties: Make war, not love, as the boomers advise. So Clinton did — and without any pesky U.N. resolutions, or even the pretense of seeking them. Instead, he and Tony Blair and even Jacques Chirac just...