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  • Trump’s Big Move On Turkey May Gain U.S. Goals

    10/20/2019 2:22:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    nysun ^ | October 18, 2019 | Conrad Black
    The controversy over President Trump’s pullout on the Turkish–Syrian border will settle down quickly. It is another useful debunking of ancient shibboleths and decrepit truisms, like the long-impregnable encrustation of false wisdom that moving the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would unleash hell upon the whole Middle East. There are about 35 million Kurds, approximately half of them in Turkey, where they make up about a fifth of Turkey’s population. A century ago almost all the Kurds had been in the Ottoman Empire, which the Allied powers broke up after World War I, a foolish decision that is on...
  • Romania says Russian military equipment for Serbia blocked

    07/26/2019 10:07:28 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | July 26, 2019
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has blocked a Russian military shipment of battle tanks and armored vehicles to Serbia because of international sanctions that are in place against Russia over its actions in Ukraine. The Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that it could not issue a transit permit for the shipment due to a European Union embargo introduced in 2014. The statement gave no more details. Serbian officials complained earlier this month that NATO-member Romania had prevented the delivery of some 60 Russian secondhand tanks and armored vehicles that were to be shipped from Russia via the...
  • "Thank you Serbian Chetniks and Serbian villagers from the bottom of our hearts..."

    06/06/2019 3:29:41 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | June 6, 2019 | Aleksandra Rebic
    "Thank you Serbian Chetniks and Serbian villagers from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever indebted to you."Aleksandra's Note: The above photograph and tribute were posted by Teresa Guidry, daughter of Halyard Mission veteran Staff Sgt. Curtis "Bud" Diles, Jr. of the U.S.A.F. Curtis Diles was one of the "Forgotten 500" who was rescued by General Draza Mihailovich and his Chetniks in the later days of 1944. As a result of his being rescued and returning home safely to live out the rest of his beautiful life before passing on September 10, 2014, 70 years later, 27 people walk...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday-Wednesday 5/28-5/29/2019

    05/29/2019 2:42:02 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/28/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The US State Department stepping up criticism of Syria's government and its military offensive the northwest against Al-Qaeda jihadists and other elements.... Next to Syria in Iraq, Turkey says its forces killed six more members of the Kurdish PKK..... Next to Iraq is Iran. US National Security Adviser John Bolton points the finger of blame for damage to oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Iran with his latest comments...... The political fight in Israel underway ahead of Wednesday night's deadline to form a new government..... Kosovo, a majority Muslim nation whose independence is recognized by half the world's'...
  • How to lose friends and alienate people: Richard Holbrooke was a past master

    05/12/2019 11:14:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    Spectator ^ | May 11, 2019 | Jonathan Powell
    You may ask yourself, is it worth one of the best American non-fiction writers producing a book of just under 600 pages on an arrogant and abrasive egotist whose highest sustained rank in the State Department was that of a lowly assistant secretary? The answer is unabashedly yes. This is a remarkable work about a remarkable, if deeply flawed, statesman whose career was intimately intertwined with the 50 years of American decline from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Nearly all biographies have long, boring stretches you want to skip. This one has none. The access to Richard Holbrooke’s papers and to the...
  • Jesus is your covering[charismatic caucus]

    04/15/2019 4:59:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Exodus 28:36-37 You are to make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. 37Fasten to it a blue cord to mount it on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban.… You My children are covered by The Architect of your Salvation, And of all Creation, There is nothing that can penetrate Me, For I AM That I AM OF ALL ETERNITY ! Infallible, Holy and True , No lie can reach you, I AM your Fortress removing every snare, For you reside in Me and My Kingdom...
  • Bosnian Serb wrongly calls Srebrenica massacre a ‘myth’ [o rly?]

    04/13/2019 2:31:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2019
    A Bosnian Serb leader has wrongly called the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, where over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb troops, “a fabricated myth.” The comments defy international court rulings that say genocide was committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave. Both the International Court of Justice and the U.N. war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, have ruled that the killings in Srebrenica were genocide. The Bosnian Serb wartime political and military leaders, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, have been sentenced to life in prison for the Srebrenica genocide and other war crimes...
  • Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring

    03/30/2019 11:08:38 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Mar 19, 2019 | Aleks Eror
    Although temperatures in the Balkans are rising, neither budding flowers nor mass protests should be mistaken for the beginning of a Balkan Spring modeled on the revolutions that rocked the Arab world in 2011. The protesters’ main problem is that they’re unable to apply any political pressure on the government by rallying around a candidate that might threaten Vucic’s stranglehold on national politics. The entirety of the anti-Vucic ideological spectrum is represented—from student Marxists to Bosko Obradovic, the ultranationalist leader of Dveri, a far-right opposition party of religious conservatives—sometimes causing scuffles among the protesters. This highlights the fragmented and impotent...
  • US urges resumption of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo

    03/08/2019 3:20:25 AM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. envoy has urged Serbia and Kosovo to stop provoking each other and to resume their discussions over how to normalize relations between the two former wartime foes. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, also called Friday on Kosovo to lift a 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods so that European Union-mediated talks can resume.
  • Anti-government protests continue in Serbia for 10th week

    02/12/2019 2:36:06 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Euronews ^ | Feb 10 2019
    Anti-government protesters in their thousands took to the streets of Belgrade on Saturday night for the tenth weekly demonstration of its kind. The protesters are a mix of citizens movements, opposition parties, from both left and right, academics, students and ordinary people. They are united in the belief that Serbia with president Aleksandar Vucic at the helm is sliding towards autocratic rule and that the country is gripped by political violence and a climate of fear. After more than two months of weekly protests people are still coming out in huge numbers and many political analysts believe the protests are...
  • Weekly anti-govt protests spread across Serbia

    02/06/2019 3:57:31 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    EW Balkans ^ | Feb 4 2019
    BELGRADE – Weekly protest walks, taking place since 8 December 2018, have become the most serious challenge to the rule of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic so far. The protests, which are supported but not formally organised by the opposition parties, have spread to more than 20 cities and towns across the country... One of the protests took place in Kosovska Mitrovica, the largest city of the Serb-majority Northern Kosovo, which is governed by Vucic’s political allies. The protests, organised under the title “One of the five million” (a reference to the initial reaction of President Vucic, in which he said...
  • Serbia's Wave of Protests Enter 9th Week

    02/04/2019 12:29:17 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Tens of thousands of people have been gathering every weekend to march against what they call the climate of “political violence” in Serbia created under the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his governing Serbian Progressive Party. The so-called “1 of 5 million” protests started on December 8, 2018. They were triggered by an incident a few weeks earlier on November 23, when an opposition politician, Borko Stefanovic, was attacked and beaten in the southern town of Krusevac. Initially, the protests were held only in Belgrade. But in January, people in more than 30 Serbian cities and towns joined in...
  • The Jewish Ghosts of Nis, Serbia

    01/25/2019 1:38:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Canadian Jewish News (CJN) ^ | January 20, 2019 | Michael Fraiman
    The road to the Red Cross Concentration Camp is caked in frozen mud etched with tire tracks and cracking puddles. A dog jogs ahead to dig holes in the camp’s yard. The barbed-wire fence lies in a decrepit heap next to the ticket office branded with a faded swastika and, in thick capital letters, “WACHE SS”.Also, there’s also a high school next door.“Many tourists ask, ‘Oh, is this also part of the camp?’ No, it’s just a school,” explains our guide, Aleksandra Zdravkovic. She works at the tourism office of Nis, a quiet city of 190,000 in southern Serbia, and...
  • Kosovo land swap could end conflict – or restart war

    01/24/2019 6:04:12 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Big Think ^ | Jan 23, 2019 | Frank Jacobs
    - The Yugoslav Wars started in 1991, but never really ended. - Kosovo and Serbia are still enemies, and they're getting worse. - A proposed land swap could create peace – or reignite the conflict. The government of Serbia has made its peace and established diplomatic relations with all other former Yugoslav countries, but not with Kosovo. In Serbian eyes, Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 was a unilateral and therefore legally invalid change of state borders. Despite their current conflict, Kosovo and Serbia have the same long-term objective: Membership of the European Union. Ironically, that wish could lead to...
  • Trump pushes for breakthrough peace deal between Kosovo, Serbia

    01/09/2019 1:40:07 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 2019 | Homie McKay
    The Trump administration is working to score what it hopes to be another foreign policy win, this time by encouraging leaders from Serbia and Kosovo to sign a peace agreement in a ceremony that could take place at the White House. Trump recently sent letters to both Thaci and Serb President Aleksandar Vucic, asking they accelerate negotiations in an effort to resolve their impasse. As first reported in the Washington Post, Thaci and Vucic published their versions of the Trump letter online. “Failure to capi­tal­ize on this unique opportunity would be a tragic setback, as another chance for a comprehensive...
  • Nostalgia Keeps Yugoslavia Alive A Century After Its Ill-Fated Creation

    12/03/2018 11:36:22 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | December 02, 2018 | Alan Crosby, Dragan Stavljanin
    By April 1992, with its Soviet ally freshly dissolved, Yugoslavia as the world had known it was gone in a bloody and violent breakup, leaving some 100,000 dead, 2.4 million refugees, 2 million internally displaced, and seven independent nations in its place. While those ethnic tensions still simmer in much of the former Yugoslavia, so too is a growing sentimental recollection of life in a country much of the younger generations can only learn about in history books and museums like Milakovic’s Yugodom. A Gallup poll from last year showed that many people in the former Yugoslavia look back fondly...
  • The Significance of JULY 28 in Serbian-American History / WWI begins...

    07/28/2018 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | July 28, 2018 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Photo of the Serbian and American flags flying at Serbian National Defense headquarters in Chicago by Aleksandra Rebic July 2018. The Significance of JULY 28 in Serbian-American History / WWI begins and America formally honors Serbia as an Ally, paying tribute to her contributions and sacrifice.Aleksandra's Note: Today, July 28, 2018, marks two important anniversaries. On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, thus beginning what would turn into the First World War. On this date in 1918, exactly one century ago, the Serbian flag flew at the White House in Washington, D.C. at the request of American...
  • Chinese 'highway to nowhere' haunts Montenegro

    07/21/2018 1:15:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2018 | Noah Barkin and Aleksandar Vasovic
    PODGORICA (Reuters) - Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro’s picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe. The government has described the 165 km (103 mile) highway, with its imposing bridges and deep-cut tunnels, as the construction of the century and a pathway to the modern world. It is designed to link the port of Bar on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast to landlocked neighbor Serbia. But once the first, challenging 41 km stretch through mountains north of the capital is completed, the government faces...
  • Orban Stands up to Merkel, Refuses to Take Migrants from Germany

    07/06/2018 7:35:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart (London) ^ | 6 Jul 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stood firm on mass migration during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday, saying that his country would refuse to allow Germany to send migrants back to Hungary. Chancellor Merkel described the meeting saying that Mr Orbán claimed Hungary felt, “not at all responsible for the processing of asylum applications”, and looked to countries like Greece to take responsibility for processing asylum claims instead, Der Spiegel reports. The German leader added that the federal government could not see Europe “decouple” itself from asylum seekers and legitimate refugees but noted that the two leaders did find common...
  • US moves to strip citizenship from war criminals [Bosnian Muslims: Rasena Handanovic, Edin Dzeko]

    04/04/2018 9:19:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2018 6:36 PM EDT | Tom James
    Federal authorities on Wednesday began legal proceedings to strip U.S. citizenship from two Bosnians, including one living in Oregon, for war crimes including executing civilians during that country’s civil war in the 1990s. The move by the U.S. Justice Department comes years after Rasema Handanovic and Edin Dzeko were extradited and later convicted by courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011. After serving her sentence, Handanovic returned to Beaverton, Oregon, according to a statement from the Justice department, while Dzeko has not yet been released by Bosnian authorities. The department filed denaturalization lawsuits against the pair in federal courts in...