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  • Roanoke Co. (VA) resident faces extradition on war crimes allegations

    07/18/2012 10:48:33 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | July 18, 2012 | Laurence Hammack
    Court papers accuse Almaz Nezirovic of torturing Serbian civilians sent to a prison camp. A former Bosnian prison camp guard now living in Roanoke County was led in handcuffs to a federal courtroom Tuesday, where he was told he faces extradition to his native country on charges of committing war crimes. Almaz Nezirovic was ordered held without bond during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. Court papers unsealed late in the day accuse Nezirovic of torturing Serbian civilians who were sent to a prison camp during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, now known as Bosnia-Herzegovina....
  • Freemason University To open in Serbia (translation)

    Assembly of the United Grand Lodges of Serbia gave the initiative for the integration of our Freemasonry. In the Masonic Centre in Belgrade will be the temple of the Academy of Arts At the annual conference of the United Grand Lodges of Serbia (UVLS) in Belgrade, gave the 400 delegates, as "news" found out, the approval for the construction of the first Mason University, and to start the process of unification of Serbian Masonry. - We agreed that one of our mission, which will contribute to progress and UVLS, but our society is the establishment of a higher education institution...
  • Serbian Nationalist Named Premier-Designate On Country's Sacred Day

    B ELGRADE -- It is likely no accident that Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic chose June 28 to nominate nationalist Ivica Dacic as his prime minister. The controversial choice of a longtime ally of the late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic came on one of the most important days on the calendar for Serbian nationalists. Not only is June 28 celebrated as St. Vitus Day by Orthodox Christians, it is also the date of one of the most momentous events in the country's history: the Battle of Kosovo Polje in 1389, when Serbian forces battled and were defeated by an invading army...
  • Milosevic protégé to be new Serbia prime minister

    06/28/2012 3:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:50pm EDT | Aleksandar Vasovic
    The wartime spokesman of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic was asked on Thursday to form a coalition government with a nationalist party, raising concerns among diplomats and investors about Belgrade's bid for European Union membership. Ivica Dacic, head of the Socialist party once led by Milosevic, said after being given the mandate to govern: "There will be no return to the 1990s," the decade when the former Yugoslavia was ripped apart by war. "As prime minister, I will never make a decision that will be an injustice to Serbia and its citizens," Dacic said after meeting President Tomislav Nikolic, head...
  • Milosevic's allies return to power in Serbia (Soros legion defeated)

    BELGRADE, Serbia – Socialist leader Ivica Dacic won a mandate Thursday to form a new Serbian government, marking a full-scale return of the late Slobodan Milosevic's former allies to power for the first time since the autocrat's ouster in a popular revolt in 2000. President Tomislav Nikolic formally approved Dacic as prime minister designate to lead the new coalition government that would include the Socialists, Nikolic's nationalists and a small center-right party. Although Nikolic and his nationalists claim to have shifted from being staunchly anti-Western to pro-European Union, a new nationalist-dominated government is likely to stall Serbia's proclaimed EU membership...
  • Why Russia is standing by Syria's Assad(Serbia redux?)

    06/15/2012 6:58:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/15/12
    15 June 2012 Last updated at 15:45 GMT Why Russia is standing by Syria's Assad As the United Nations warns that Syria has descended into civil war, Russia continues to back President Bashar al-Assad in the face of growing international condemnation. Konstantin von Eggert, political commentator for Kommersant FM radio in Moscow, looks at why the Kremlin is steadfastly supporting the beleaguered Syrian government. Foreign policy analysts usually tend to explain Moscow's inflexible stance on Syria by evoking arms sales to Damascus (Bashar al-Assad's regime is said to have placed orders for Russian hardware to the tune of $3.5bn) and...
  • MEPs agree on proposals towards (EU) 'fiscal union'

    06/13/2012 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.13 @ 18:09 | Honor Mahony
    The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 June) approved draft laws that would strongly increase Brussels' power over eurozone countries' budgets. But they tempered the previously austere proposals with measures for growth, debt redemption and democratic scrutiny. "This is the core of a fiscal union," said Austrian MEP and socialist leader Hannes Swoboda. "This is the first time that there is a structural solution [to the eurozone crisis] on the table," said Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt. His Green counterpart Daniel Cohn-Bendit called it a "milestone" for the strength of agreement among MEPs. The pair of laws—also known as the two-pack—is among...
  • WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA (re Serbia)

    06/05/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    JuliaGorin.com ^ | 6*5*12 | Julia Gorin
    Republican Riot Saying it, so you don’t have to. June 04th 2012 06:49:15 AM WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA Posted by Julia Gorin  Well we knew it wouldn’t be long. If nationalists win a Serbian election, it follows that there will be an article in the Washington Times by Croatian-supremacist Jeffrey Kuhner, as usual angling for a new war against Serbia — by making the argument that Serbia wants it. As a typical rapist would.Below is the letter I submitted to Washington Times, followed by a deconstruction of Kuhner’s latest excuse for Serbia needing another good bombing. Dear Editor:Are...
  • Kosovo Serbs and NATO troops clash in tense north

    (Reuters) - At least three Kosovo Serbs and a NATO soldier were wounded in a gunfight on Friday, as peacekeepers tried to dismantle Serb barricades blocking traffic, a Reuters witness said. NATO troops in the Kosovo Force (KFOR) fired tear gas and small arms and some protesters fired back with handguns. The troops, in armored personnel carriers, were confronted by hundreds of Serbs who pelted them with stones near roadblocks in the villages of Rudare and Dudin Krs outside the town of Zvecan in a Serb-dominated northern area of Kosovo. The roadblocks are among the last on major roads yet...
  • The Bad/Good Idea of Removing Assad

    05/24/2012 4:41:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria? The Syrian strongman has killed some 10,000 protestors over the last year; thousands of Syrians are now refugees. The autocracy arms and aids the terrorist organization Hezbollah. It targets democratic Israel with thousands of missiles, and still does its best to ruin neighboring Lebanon. Theocratic and terrorist-sponsoring Iran has few allies -- but Syria remains its staunchest. Almost no country over the last half-century has proved more hostile to the United States than has Syria. With sanctions not working, and with the Chinese, Iranians and Russians not eager to...
  • Serbian nationalists claim victory in presidential run-off vote

    Tomislav Nikolic, nationalist challenger to incumbent and pro-European Serbian President Boris Tadic, has won the presidential run-off vote, according to initial estimates. His party has claimed victory already. Nationalist presidential hopeful Tomislav Nikolic is leading the residential run-off vote in Serbia with a two-percent lead over pro-European incumbent Boris Tadic, initial estimates by independent election monitor CESID showed. Nikolic led with 49.4 percent in 70 percent of the polling stations surveyed while Tadic obtained 47.4 percent. "Serbia has got a new president tonight: Tomislav Nikolic," Aleksandar Vucic of Nikolic's Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) claimed. Nikolic twice lost a run-off to...
  • Serbian nationalists call for nationwide protests over alleged election fraud

    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian nationalists on Saturday called for nationwide street protests over alleged election fraud, fueling tensions before a presidential runoff vote. Nationalist leader Tomislav Nikolic said the Serbian Progressive Party will start peaceful protests as of Sunday because “we don’t recognize” parliamentary and local election results held last weekend. 1 Comments Weigh In Corrections? Personal Post Nikolic will face pro-European Union candidate and incumbent President Boris Tadic in a runoff presidential election on May 20. Tadic led Nikolic by half a percentage point in the first round, and is considered a favorite in the runoff. Nikolic has accused...
  • Serb opposition threatens to withdraw from run-off vote

    By Matt Robinson BELGRADE | Sat May 12, 2012 1:50pm BST (Reuters) - The leader of Serbia's rightist opposition said on Saturday he may pull out of a presidential run-off this month after accusing incumbent President Boris Tadic of rigging the first stage of the election. Tomislav Nikolic said his Serbian Progressive Party would begin "peaceful, democratic and non-violent protests across Serbia" from Sunday, accusing the dominant Democratic Party of fraud during the presidential and parliamentary vote on May 6. FREE GUIDES AND REPORTS FROM DIANOMI ADVERTISEMENT Peer-to-Peer Lending Looking for an alternative to the high street banks? Find out...
  • Europe faces 3 national elections on 'Super Sunday'

    05/05/2012 1:51:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 May 2012 | Georgi Gotev, Marie Herbet, Smiljana Vukojčić, Yannis Roubatis
    On Sunday (6 May), the French will elect a new president, the Greeks will hold general elections, and EU hopeful Serbia will designate their new president, Parliament and local authorities. The stakes appear high not only for the individual countries concerned but also for Europe as a whole. In France, outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing likely defeat against Socialist contender François Hollande, who has a comfortable lead of at least five percentage points in several opinion polls. A debate between the two contenders on Wednesday night, watched live by more than a third of the electorate, was seen as...
  • Syrian opposition activists ask Kosovo for advice

    PRISTINA, Kosovo – A Syrian dissident said Thursday his country's opposition is turning to Kosovo's former rebels-turned-politicians for advice on how to topple Bashar Assad's regime in Damascus. Ammar Abdulhamid, an exiled anti-Assad activist, said that seeing a new country "emerging out of the nightmare and emerging as a state" could be inspiring for Syrian dissidents. Assad's government has cracked down on a 13-month-old popular uprising in Syria, leading to an estimated 9,000-plus deaths. "We are here to learn," Abdulhamid said during an interview with The Associated Press in Pristina. "Kosovo has gone through an experience that I think will...
  • Reuters: Two security guards wounded in shooting at US embassy in Sarajevo

    10/28/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Reuters/FOCUS News Agency ^ | 28 October 2011 | FOCUS Information Agency
    Sarajevo. A gunman with an automatic weapon opened fire at the United States embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Friday and police rushed to the scene, a Reuters witness said. A Reuters photographer said police were trying to surround the gunman, who was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle. A source close to the embassy said two security guards had been wounded. The U.S. embassy is located in the central business, university and shopping district of the capital.
  • Serbian President Boris Tadic resigns, paving the way for early presidential election

    04/04/2012 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jovana Gec AP
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian pro-Western President Boris Tadic said Wednesday he is resigning, paving the way for an early presidential election where he will face a strong challenge from a nationalist candidate. Serbia’s parliament speaker is expected to call the vote for May 6, the same day when parliamentary and local elections are already scheduled. In the presidential vote, Tadic will be challenged by nationalist candidate Tomislav Nikolic who has received tacit support from Russia. Several other candidates are also expected to run, but without real chances of winning. Tadic, who has worked hard to bring Serbia closer to the...
  • Deepening poverty drives people out of eastern Europe

    04/02/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ioana Patran and Sam Cage
    More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the wealth gap between the east and west of Europe persists, and countries from the Black Sea to the Baltic are shedding people at an alarming rate. While membership in the European Union has brought prosperity to many, it has also made it easier to emigrate, drawing young people out of the east, especially rural areas, and leaving behind an ever older and poorer population. Romania, the EU’s second-poorest member with an average monthly wage of US$450, is one of the worst affected, with a 12% population drop in a decade,...
  • Report: U.S. May Intervene in Syria

    02/25/2012 5:04:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | David Lev
    A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization, if the killing in the country continued. A senior American official quoted in the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the action would be based on the UN intervention in Kosovo several years ago: Establishment of a beachhead and carving out an area that was off-limits to forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where refugees could come to flee Assad's troops, and which could be used as aforward base to reduce Assad's hold on the country, and eventually...
  • US Kosovo policy – bad for Israel

    02/15/2012 5:51:13 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Israel’s position on Kosovo is a matter of vital national interest on which no government should ever compromise.Photo by Reuters February 17 marks the fourth anniversary of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia. The UDI has been recognized since by the United States and its key NATO partners, as well as 80-odd other countries. The majority of the world’s sovereign states have refused to do so, however, including two permanent Security Council powers (Russia and China), two budding giants (Brasil and India), five European Union members (including Spain) – and Israel. Successive Israeli governments have come under pressure from...