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  • World War III? Barack Obama Is Considering A Major Step Toward War With Russia On Friday

    10/14/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 86 replies ^ | 13OCT2016 | Michael Snyder
    Because the mainstream media is devoting almost all of their time and energy to covering the Trump and Clinton campaigns, most Americans dont realize that the Obama administration is bringing us perilously close to war with Russia. On Friday, Barack Obama is going to sit down with his foreign policy team and discuss military options in Syria. As you will see below, the options under consideration include direct strikes on Syrian military bases. Russia has already pledged to respond militarily to any direct strikes on Syrian forces, and so the decisions that Barack Obama makes regarding Syria on Friday could...
  • Serbia marks 14th anniversary of [1999] NATO bombing

    03/24/2013 4:03:35 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 31 replies
    B92 ^ | March 24, 2013 | Tanjug News Agency
    BELGRADE -- Today marks the 14th anniversary since the start of the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, i.e. the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SRJ.A heating plant in New Belgrade is seen after being hit by NATO missiles (Tanjug, file) The bombing lasted 79 days and resulted in at least 2,500 deaths and more than 12,500 injuries. The attacks on Serbia started on March 24, 1999, and the last one took place near Kosovska Kamenica on June 10 at 13:15 CET. The death toll among the military and police forces reached 1,008, including 659 soldiers and 349 policemen. Around 6,000...
  • Russian Church to Help Kosovo Monasteries

    01/30/2012 6:51:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/20/12
    Moscow, January 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed concerns about the situation of residents of Kosovo and Metohija. "Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija have found themselves pawns of a big geopolitical game. Many countries are indifferent to them and they have to live in closed enclaves in daily fear of their hostile environment, which realizes its impunity," the Patriarch said in an interview with the Serb newspaper Vecherniye Novosti, whose translation was published on the website of the Moscow patriarchate. "Our brothers in faith have great courage not to leave their long-suffering land...
  • 25-year-old man arrested by feds in Fla. bomb plot

    01/09/2012 9:04:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | 1/9/12 | TAMARA LUSH
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old described as an Islamic extremist was arrested in a plot to attack sites around Tampa, Fla., after taking possession of disabled guns and bombs The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest of Sami Osmakac on Monday. Authorities say Osmakac is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the former Yugoslavia. He has been charged with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. His first appearance in federal court is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
  • US extradites war crimes suspect to Bosnia

    12/20/2011 10:30:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 12/20/11 | Reuters
    SARAJEVO - US authorities on Tuesday extradited to Bosnia a Muslim ex-soldier accused of taking part in the mass murder of Croat civilians in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Muslim-Croat conflict there in 1993, Bosnia's prosecutor's office said. Edin Dzeko, a 39-year-old naturalized US citizen who moved to the United States in 2001, agreed in November before a judge in Seattle to return to his native Bosnia to face charges that he participated in war crimes.
  • Northern Kosovo: Serbs make their last stand

    11/26/2011 8:23:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies ^ | November 26, 2011 |
    Tensions run high on Serbia's border with northern Kosovo, as neither of the conflicting sides is prepared to rule out a further escalation of violence. Local Serbs say NATO forces are to blame, for breaking an agreement by trying to remove a barricade blocking the way to one of a number of disputed checkpoints. The move prompted violent clashes that left dozens injured on both sides. Last night in Northern Kosovo passed without violence though this does not mean that the source of tensions has disappeared. On November 23 the NATOs KFOR forces attempted to remove a barricade put up...
  • 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. Its the very first time in 12 years that the pressure against the Serbs in the north has been so strong from...
  • Croatia celebrates, Serbs mourn on anniversary of operation Storm

    08/04/2011 3:14:43 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    ADN Kronos ^ | August 4, 2011 | AKI
    Zagreb/Belgrade 4 Aug. (AKI) - Croatia on Thursday celebrated the 16th anniversary of military operation Storm which crushed a Serb rebellion and sparked exodus of some 200,000 Serbs, while Serbia commemorated victims of what it calls the worst ethnic cleansing in Europe after World War Two. Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said operation Storm was a brilliant military action and a great victory which re-united the country. The Day of Victory we celebrate in peace and freedom, taking our place in the European family of states and nations, Kosor said. Serbiaian president Boris Tadic said the anniversary was a date...
  • Ratko Mladic: What really happened in Srebrenica?

    05/26/2011 9:26:33 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | May 26, 2011 | Lee Jay Walker
    The government of Serbia have arrested Ratko Mladic who was the former Chief of Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army and some people are claiming that this will end the chapter of this brutal civil war. However, Srebrenica is complex because events did not happen because of one factor but were based on the cold reality of a complex civil war where innocents were killed on all sides. However, which Srebrenica is real and which is unreal? Srebrenica in all its complexity This topic is very complex and it is abundantly clear that the mass media is still...
  • Top war crimes suspect (Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko) Mladic arrested in Serbia

    05/26/2011 9:08:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/26/11 | Aleksandar Vasovic - Reuters
    BELGRADE (Reuters) Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic was arrested in Serbia Thursday after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to approach the European mainstream. Mladic, accused of orchestrating the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica and a brutal 43-month siege of Sarajevo during Bosnia's 1992-5 war, was found in a farmhouse owned by a cousin, a police official said. "Mladic was handcuffed and whisked away," said the official, who said he been cooperative during the arrest. The formerly burly and widely-feared general was...
  • An Outlook of Radical Islamism in Bosnia

    04/28/2011 2:50:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Pakistan Christian Post. ^ | April 28 2011 | Ioannis Michaletos
    Radical Islam is growing in Bosnia Information available to experts on international terrorism indicate that Bosnia Herzegovina is presently one of the epicenters of extremist Islamic circles in Europe, as it represents a hub for potential Islamic terrorists: the so called 'white' or 'European' Al-Qaeda . Money from Islamic countries that is laundered through 'humanitarian' organizations finances the religious education of at least 100,000 young Bosnian Muslims. In addition to such education, which follows the interpretations of Wahhabi Islam, there is another type of 'training' in various officially registered camps throughout the B-H Federation. There, the young and carefully selected...
  • "We prevented new Srebrenica in Libya" [Hillary Clinton]

    04/16/2011 7:15:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Source: B92 ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2011 | unattributed
    "In a single week, we prevented a potential massacre, stopped an advancing army (loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi) and expanded the coalition," Clinton said... "The situation is painful. There's no place to sleep, there's no water, electricity, there's shooting everywhere," the rebels say... "The fact is that we have reached a solid and sustainable consensus about our goals among all NATO members, which is necessary in order to achieve them. I have spoken in detail with many colleagues regarding concrete steps and we all need to make an effort in order to isolate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and protect...
  • 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
  • Kosovos Organized Crime Burden

    12/23/2010 8:31:54 AM PST · by montyspython · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec 20, 2010 | Ioannis Michaletos
    Kosovos Organized Crime Burden Dec 20, 2010 By Ioannis Michaletos | In Kosovo, the main managers of illicit drugs are the so-called 15 families, which represent the core power of the region, because of their financial clout and political connections. In a 67-page report published in 2005, BND (German intelligence agency) analysts concluded that there is close interaction between the leading members of the Kosovo-Albanian society and the domestic and international underworld currently domiciled in Pristina. Moreover, the criminal networks dont support the creation of a stable political and economic environment, since that will reduce their clout. What is more...
  • The forgotten Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo

    12/01/2010 6:25:49 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 25 replies
    The Modern Tokyo Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    Bosnian Islamic fighters during their Jihad which was blessed by President Bill Clinton I come from a member state of the European Union which is meant to uphold the rights of all religions, political ideologies, acknowledge national and cultural rights, and is meant to spread European brotherhood. However, it appears that this does not apply to the Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo respectively because not only have they been abandoned but outside Islamic powers are stepping up their Islamization agenda in both Bosnia and Kosovo. In Kosovo the de-Christianization of the Orthodox Christian community continues and hundreds of Orthodox...
  • How Kosovo Is Ripping Europe Apart

    09/05/2010 8:00:06 PM PDT · by shield · 6 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 3rd September, 2010
    Bosnian Serbs in the Republika Srpska are glad that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled the Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence was legal. The Bosnian Serbs have wanted to exit Bosnia and join Serbia for quite some time. The Bosnian government officially says its borders are fixed, but then, Serbia's are not. One Bosnian Serb official made the interesting argument that the ICJ's ruling supersedes the Dayton Accords which ended the Bosnian War and established Bosnia's current government. In August several other Balkan countries also indicated they are very interested in the ICJ's July 22 decision. The court declared...
  • Federal sweep may have foiled anti-Muslim plot [FBI Michigan, etc. militia raids -- further info]

    03/28/2010 6:49:40 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 188 replies · 7,395+ views
    WLS-TV Chicago ^ | 28-Mar-2010 | Chuck Goudie
    Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Michigan, on Sunday said that the FBI foiled a plot to attack and kill Muslim-Americans. Walid was attending the group's 10th anniversary banquet in Dearborn, Michigan where the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson was keynote speaker. Muslim leaders in Chicago are "following developments of the arrests with great interest and concern," says Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago. "If some of the initial reports are true. Then, these radical groups are a chilling indication that anti-Muslim hysteria in some circles may be developing into stages of organized terroristic activity,"...
  • NATO's Kosovo War, 11 Years Later

    03/24/2010 7:01:56 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 26 replies · 772+ views
    The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies ^ | March 23, 2010 | Ambassador James Bissett
    Eleven years ago NATO opened its bombing campaign against Serbia, illegally and without provocation. It started on March 24, 1999, and continued for 78 days and nights. It was the most intensive air offensive suffered by any country since the end of the Second World War. Over a thousand people were killed and the civilian infrastructure of Serbia was destroyed, but it proved unable to degrade the Serbian military. It caused far more suffering than it prevented. For the first time since its founding the North Atlantic Alliance, led by the United States, acted in violation of its own treaty...
  • NATO suspends training of Kosovo security force

    03/08/2010 2:10:12 PM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 69+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 3/8/10 | Staff
    NATO forces say they are indefinitely suspending the training of Kosovo's security force for breaching its mandate....
  • Radovan Karadzic defends "just and holy" war against Muslims

    03/01/2010 6:17:15 AM PST · by IntolerantOfTreason · 50 replies · 905+ views
    Radovan Karadzic defended the war fought by Bosnian Serbs as a "just and holy" attempt to stop his country being turned into an Islamic state. Ending a months-long boycott of his genocide trial in The Hague, the former Bosnian Serb leader used a belligerent opening statement this morning to claim that his forces had no choice but to go to war from 1992-95 to "defend the greatness of a small nation" against a Muslim plan to seize power. "Their aim was 100 per cent power as it was in the Ottoman Empire," said a heavier-looking Dr Karadzic, outlining his defence...
  • Caption Bill Clinton (statue)

    10/16/2009 3:58:30 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies · 1,558+ views
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is applauded after being awarded an honorary degree in law from McGill University Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 in Montreal. Workers install a monument to former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina, Kosovo October 12, 2009. The government of Kosovo said that Clinton's statue will be unveiled next month, with the former president expected to attend the ceremony. Picture taken October 12, 2009. Former President Bill Clinton, right, makes remarks as filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and Linda E. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center look on during the...
  • Kosovo and the American Citizen Soldier of the National Guard

    07/18/2009 7:05:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 620+ views ^ | July 17, 2009 | Hugh Hewitt
    What has to be the most pro-American country on the globe outside of North America celebrated its first birthday on February 17. If George W. Bush ever needs a near fully-friendly venue, he can travel to Kosovo. As can Bill Clinton, whose giant visage beams down on Bill Clinton Boulevard in the capitol city of Pristina. Kosovars love America and Americans, or at least the vast, vast majority of them do. I spent three days with the men and women of the 40th Infantry Division at its base at Camp Bondsteel this past week, and in long travels with various...
  • Almagor to sue NATO over Serbia

    05/05/2009 6:32:09 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 807+ views
    As Judge Fernando Andreu of Spain's National Court decided on Monday to push on with the inquiry into a 2002 IAF bombing in Gaza that killed Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh and 14 others, Almagor, the Terror Victims Association, was finalizing a lawsuit against NATO personnel who approved bombings in Yugoslavia in the 1990s that killed some 2,500 civilians. In this July 23, 2002 photo, people sift through the rubble of a Gaza house destroyed in an IAF strike, in which Hamas military wing head Salah Shehadeh and 14 other people were killed. Photo: AP [file] SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region |...
  • Amnesty: NATO bombing of Serbian TV war crime

    04/23/2009 5:15:38 AM PDT · by jerod · 37 replies · 1,152+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thu, Apr 23, 2009 (3:57 a.m.) | The Associated Press
    An international human rights group demanded Thursday that NATO be held accountable for civilian casualties in the bombing of Serbia's state television headquarters a decade ago, calling the attack a "war crime." Sixteen civilians were killed and 16 others injured during the attack on April 23, 1999, on the headquarters and studios of Radio Television Serbia in central Belgrade. Amnesty International called on NATO and its member states to ensure independent investigations, full accountability and redress for victims and their families.... ....The bombing was a part of a 78-day air-raid campaign against then-President Slobodan Milosevic to halt his onslaught against...
  • Horrors of KLA prison camps revealed

    04/09/2009 12:14:04 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 2,281+ views
    Michael Montgomery BBC Radio 4, Crossing Continents The man spoke plainly as he explained the horrors he lived through in a Kosovo Liberation Army prison camp 10 years ago. He told me about how he watched people beaten with steel pipes, cut with knives, left for days without food, and shot and killed. Civilians were detained by the KLA and kept in prisons where some were killed "What can you feel when you see those things?" he said. "It's something that is stuck in my mind for the rest of my life. You cannot do those things to people, not...
  • Serb Demonization as Propaganda Coup

    04/08/2009 5:31:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 17 replies · 887+ views
    Foreign Policy in Focus ^ | April 6, 2009 | Edward S. Herman
    The successful demonization of the Serbs, making them largely responsible for the Yugoslav wars, and as unique and genocidal killers, was one of the great propaganda triumphs of our era. It was done so quickly, with such uniformity and uncritical zeal in the mainstream Western media, that disinformation had (and still has, after almost two decades) a field day.The demonization flowed from the gullibility of Western interests and media (and intellectuals). With Yugoslavia no longer useful as an ally after the fall of the Soviet Union, and actually an obstacle as an independent state with a still social democratic bent,...
  • Biden says Spain relationship goes beyond Kosovo

    03/28/2009 8:13:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 28, 2009
    VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday his country's relationship with Spain went beyond disagreement over a Spanish decision to pull troops out of Kosovo. Biden and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held bilateral talks during a pre-G20 warm-up meeting of center-left leaders in the Chilean coastal resort of Vina del Mar on Saturday. "The relationship we have with Spain exceeds whatever disagreement we may have over Kosovo," Biden said at the end of the summit. "We talked about the need for expanding communications." .... Spain confirmed on Sunday it would...
  • Serbs remember 3,000 killed by NATO

    03/24/2009 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 1,179+ views
    Morning Star Online ^ | March 24, 2009
    SERBIANS marked the 10th anniversary of the start of a NATO blitz on the former federal republic of Yugoslavia on Tuesday with commemorations honouring over 3,000 victims. Air-raid sirens sounded at noon throughout the country, while schools opened classes with a minute's silence for the 89 children who were killed in the 78-day bombing campaign, which was initiated without UN security council backing. NATO claimed that it had launched Operation Allied Force in order to force then president Slobodan Milosevic to stop a military crackdown against Western-backed separatist insurgents in Kosovo province and pull out his troops. But the US...
  • US criticizes Spain on Kosovo pullout

    03/20/2009 12:17:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies · 2,965+ views
    AP ^ | March 20, 2009
    The United States is issuing unusually strong criticism of NATO ally Spain by expressing surprise at its decision to pull out its troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. State Department spokesman Robert Wood says the United States was "deeply disappointed" by the decision. He says Washington only learned of the move shortly before Spain announced it publicly. Defense Minister Carme Chacon made the announcement Thursday, saying, "The mission has been completed and it is time to return home." Asked if the United States shared that assessment, Wood said, "Not at all."
  • We must stop appeasing Islamist extremism

    03/14/2009 9:03:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,198+ views ^ | March 14, 2009 | Ed Husain
    There is something happening inside Britain's Muslim communities. The disgraceful, treacherous protest in Luton last week at the homecoming of the brave Royal Anglian regiment is an indication of resurgent extremism. Does our Government have the political stamina to fight it? It's comfortable for us to think that these are the actions of a small minority but are they? The vile mob that hurled abuse against returning troops does not operate in a vacuum, somehow removed from other Muslims. Only two weeks ago, the same group of extremists openly marched in Tower Hamlets, Britain's most densely populated "Muslim area"....
  • KLA cons the Washington Times

    03/14/2009 5:16:08 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 27 replies · 1,137+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | March 13, 2009 | Julia Gorin
    Julia Gorin's unpublished letter to the Washington Times: The Washington Times recently gave print space to William Walker, described as a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and former ambassador. But Walker is much more than that. In Kosovo, he remains a hands-on operative who has trained, and implemented the demands of, our terrorist ally the KLA which as predicted now controls the Serbian province as its legitimate rulers. The piece (A Separate Take from Serbia, Feb. 24) was presented as a response to an op-ed by Serbian President Boris Tadic, when in fact it was an attempt by essentially...
  • Scale of Serbian Cluster Bomb Problem Revealed for First Time

    03/11/2009 5:32:33 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 34 replies · 2,426+ views
    Serbian Media Center. Belgrade ^ | March 10, 2009 | Norwegian People's Aid
    Press release Tuesday, March 10, 2009. (Belgrade, 10. March 2009) Ten years after the NATO bombing of Serbia, unexploded cluster munitions still represent a deadly threat to tens of thousands of people living in 16 municipalities in Serbia. A survey implemented by Norwegian Peoples Aid for the first time details the scope of the impact of cluster bombs in the country. The results of the survey were presented at a press conference in Belgrade today. Regional Director of NPA in southeast Europe Emil Jeremic explained that with the comprehensive survey Serbia now has a tool for solving the problems of...
  • No evidence of trade in Albanian organs

    03/09/2009 12:06:46 PM PDT · by nameless-fool · 28 replies · 4,505+ views
    B92 ^ | 9 March 2009 | B92
    SKOPJE -- Skopje has no official information on the claims that there was trafficking of Albanians' organs through Macedonia during the Kosovo conflict. Albanian language media in Kosovo recently picked up articles in Macedonian papers in Albanian that the organs of Kosovo Albanians listed missing were "harvested and sold to Russians by Serbs". The Macedonian Interior Ministry (MUP) told the Beta news agency that this is the first time they have heard these allegations, and that there have been no demands for investigations. A similar statement was given by the Macedonian Foreign Ministry as well. The Albanian language daily Lajm,...
  • KOSOVO STOLEN - a banned Czech documentary

    02/21/2009 4:21:41 PM PST · by Mel70 · 37 replies · 2,051+ views
    June 2008. | Czech TV
    This excellent documentary was banned in Czech Republic by Czech TV, and most probably in all mainstream globalist media in western countries. It will reveal to you the horrifying story of Kosovo that nobody ever wanted to tell you... (from the description on YouTube) part1part2part3part4part5part6
  • Kosovo leader to meet with Clinton

    02/18/2009 6:26:31 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 267+ views
    B92 ^ | February 18, 2009 | Tanjug
    PRISTINA-- Kosovos president and prime minister have been invited to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Feb. 26, says the U.S. embassy in Pritina. The secretary of state is looking forward to the meeting with Kosovos president and prime minister on Feb. 26, in order to reassure them of the U.S. promise of friendship and support for Kosovo, said State Department spokesman Robert Wood in a statement issued by the American embassy last night. Additionally, it is stated that last year Kosovo took quick steps forwards toward building democratic institutions and carrying out the basic principles of...
  • EU's Kosovo police mission to deploy amid protest

    12/08/2008 6:58:58 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 1,399+ views
    AP ^ | December 8, 2008
    PRISTINA, Kosovo: The European Union's most ambitious police mission to date will take over the policing of Kosovo from the United Nations on Tuesday, after months of delay and protests on both sides of the ethnic divide. The force, known as EULEX, will have over 2,000 police and justice workers monitoring and advising Kosovo's authorities on tackling corruption and organized crime. "Kosovo is part of Europe and I think it's a duty for the EU to bring this help and this support to Kosovo," the head of the mission, Yves De Kermabon, told The Associated Press in an interview over...
  • Kosovo: (Albanians) Souring view of EU mission (US part is of it)

    12/04/2008 1:12:40 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies · 670+ views
    Stratfor via B92 ^ | December 3, 2008 | Staff
    ....Kosovo sits on an elevated plain surrounded by imposing mountains, right in the middle of one of the most lucrative drug - and human - smuggling routes in the world. The region is isolated enough to be practically unconquerable, and certainly untamable, and yet is near enough to historical trade routes (through the North-South Vardar River Valley and the nearby Adriatic coast) to be a perfect smugglers haven. Slaves, mainly young girls from Moldova and Ukraine, are transported through the Balkans regularly and Kosovo is part of that route. The transportation of heroin, however, is Kosovos main source of...
  • Kosovo Albanian group in terror warning

    11/27/2008 9:51:37 AM PST · by Bokababe · 8 replies · 443+ views
    B92 ^ | November 27, 2008 | Staff
    BELGRADE -- An group calling itself the Army of the Republic of Kosovo has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pritina (on November 14th). Three German nationals were arrested on November 14 over the incident, but will probably be released due to a lack of evidence. The Albanian group sent a message via a personal e-mail account, threatening the Kosovo government, media and international organizations in the province. As long as the UN plan is in force, we will attack with full might and there will be no security for Serbs that live in...
  • Govt. funded school demolished in Kosovo (by Albanians)

    10/12/2008 7:21:04 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 8 replies · 671+ views
    B92 ^ | October 12, 2008 | Staff
    GORA -- Kosovo Albanian authorities have torn down a school built from the Serbian government funds in the Gora area. Beta news agency reported on Saturday that the school, financed by the National Investment Plan (NIP), was located in the village of Mlike, inhabited by one of the province's minorities, the Goranis. Gora municipal president Alija Abdi said that citizens unsuccessfully tried to prevent bulldozers, accompanied by KFOR soldiers and Kosovo Albanian inspectors, from demolishing the premises, including new toilets and an IT classroom. The justification for this act, Abdi said, was that the reconstruction and building works on the...
  • The problem of medicine supplies in Kosovo continues (No oxygen for Serbs)

    09/19/2008 2:54:14 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 14 replies · 674+ views
    The Centre needs from 10 to 15 50-liter bottles of oxygen daily. The current reserves are running out and are kept for emergency cases only. The director of the Health Centre in Gracanica, Rada Trajkovic, appealed to Kosovo authorities to permanently resolve the problem of supply of medicines and medical equipment to Serb communities in Kosmet. Administration must not cause the suffering of people depending on health institutions in Serb enclaves, she said commenting on a decision of the southern Mitrovica customs to retain 10 bottles with oxygen intended for the clinical and hospital centre in Gracanica, central Kosmet, due...
  • Serbia, Russia Jockeying for Positions Prior to Gas Pipeline Talks - Daily

    09/17/2008 2:44:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 348+ views
    Serbian newspaper Politika ^ | 17 September 2008
    The statement by Yuriy Buligin, a representative of the Russian chamber of commerce, that the ratification of the natural gas and oil agreement by the Serbian Assembly does not also mean that the construction of South Stream will begin has once more raised the question of what the actual future is of that alternative gas pipeline, which is supposed to be an energy link between Russia and Europe. Buligin's position is interpreted as an effort to occupy a better starting position on the eve of the resumption of Serbia's negotiations with Gazprom concerning the construction of South Stream and the...
  • Kosovo prelude to Georgia?

    09/17/2008 4:25:06 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 420+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7 September 2008 | James George Jatras
    Thus, while Kosovo's status as part of Serbia is unquestionable, South Ossetia and Abkhazia can make a good case they were part of Soviet Georgia but never the current independent state of Georgia. (The same would apply to Transdniestria with respect to Moldova and Nagorno-Karabakh with respect to Azerbaijan. When will they follow suit?) In Kosovo, Washington sowed the wind, and now Georgia has reaped the whirlwind. Only a return to the negotiating table to address comprehensively Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and similar trouble spots elsewhere can prevent this malignant precedent from spinning further out of control with incalculable consequences...
  • Delics sentence enraged Serbs and Croatians

    09/16/2008 3:06:53 PM PDT · by BabaYaga · 11 replies · 811+ views
    THE HAGUE- The former leader of Bosnia's Muslim army, Rasim Delic, was jailed for three years yesterday by the Hague Tribunal for allowing the torture of Bosnian Serb soldiers by a Mujahideen unit in 1995. By majority decision, Delic, who was the chief of staff of the Bosnian Army in 1995, was found guilty of violating customs and laws of war, when he did nothing to prevent cruel treatment of Serb prisoners by a Mujahideen unit under his command. Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, citing the "appalling brutal" mistreatment meted out by Islamic foreign fighters, said that tribunal judges had decided...
  • EU 'Can't Accept' Serbia's World Court Move (France upset about Serbs want to keep Kosovo)

    08/28/2008 11:03:44 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 63 replies · 710+ views
    28 August 2008 Belgrade _ The French Foreign Minister says Serbia has a right to seek a world court ruling on the legality of Kosovo’s independence but warned the EU would not fully accept it. In a statement to Serbia’s state news agency Tanjug in Paris, Bernard Kouchner warned that “if eventually the International Court of Justice will consider the case, something I am not certain about, it would have to take into account all relevant elements.” “Do not forget that are international agreements, the United Nations and international community stand (on the issue)… The court will take all of...
  • Kosovo Precedent Prevails

    08/26/2008 1:49:38 PM PDT · by DTA · 36 replies · 165+ views
    The National Interest ^ | 08.26.2008 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    When the United States and its key European allies ignored Russias protests and recognized Kosovos declaration of independence from Serbia in February, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blithely insisted that the Kosovo situation was unique and set no international precedent whatsoever. Prominent members of the foreign policy communities in Europe and the United States echoed her argument. Moscows August 26 decision to recognize the independence of Georgias separatist enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia demonstrates the arrogant folly of that position. In just a matter of months, the Kosovo precedent has backfired on the United States and generated dangerous tensions...
  • Serb FM links Georgia war to Kosovo independence

    08/21/2008 3:50:19 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 39 replies · 310+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister said the link is clear — U.S. and Western support for Kosovo's secession from Serbia has helped fuel tensions in Georgia's separatist province of South Ossetia. Minister Vuk Jeremic was quoted by the Vecernje Novosti daily on Thursday as saying the recognition of Kosovo's independence on Feb. 17 by the United States and its NATO allies has "destabilized" other parts of the world. "We have pointed out to the international community from the very start that the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo could present a dangerous precedent," Vuk Jeremic was quoted as...
  • Serbia: South Ossetia conflict, result of Kosovo's seccession, analysts claim

    08/11/2008 11:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 72 replies · 378+ views
    Belgrade, 11 August (AKI) – The deadly conflict between Russia and Georgia in the breakaway province of South Ossetia is an indirect result of Kosovo's declaration of independence in February, Serbian analysts and politicians said on Monday. “If there wasn’t a ‘Kosovo precedent’, as the greatest world powers headed by the United States called the secession of a part of Serbian territory, there wouldn’t have been a war in South Ossetia,” Oliver Ivanovic, Serbian government official in charge of Kosovo told the Belgrade daily Blic. Ivanovic said that Kosovo's example was “inspiring to South Ossetia, so they wanted to strain...
  • General Lewis MacKenzie over the Kosovo war: We bombed the wrong side?

    08/03/2008 12:16:22 PM PDT · by lupo-de-mare · 9 replies · 492+ views
    National Post, April 08, 2004 We bombed the wrong side? by Lewis MacKenzie Five years ago our television screens were dominated by pictures of Kosovo-Albanian refugees escaping across Kosovo's borders to the sanctuaries of Macedonia and Albania. Shrill reports indicated that Slobodan Milosevic's security forces were conducting a campaign of genocide and that at least 100,000 Kosovo-Albanians had been exterminated and buried in mass graves throughout the Serbian province. NATO sprung into action and, in spite of the fact no member nation of the alliance was threatened, commenced bombing not only Kosovo, but the infrastructure and population of Serbia itself...
  • Karadzic's Military Documents Turned Over to War Crimes Court

    07/28/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT · by xcamel · 7 replies · 254+ views
    VOA ^ | 28 July 2008 | VOA News
    Serbia's interior minister says officials found copies of Bosnian Serb government documents in the Belgrade apartment where former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic lived prior to his arrest last week. Ivica Dacic said the documents included materials on Bosnian Serb military staff meetings during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s. He said officials turned the materials over to Serbia's war crimes court. Meanwhile, court officials say the court has not yet received Karadzic's appeal against a judicial order authorizing his extradition to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Karadzic's lawyer, Svetozar Vujacic says he mailed out...
  • The post-Karadzic world

    07/28/2008 6:02:35 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 6 replies · 246+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 28 July 2008 | Ian Bancroft
    Lord Ashdown's warning about the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina � which was intended to rouse Europe's capitals from their "comfortable slumber" � certainly dampened the optimism that accompanied last week's arrest of Radovan Karadzic. However, in attributing the problems facing Bosnia and Herzegovina to the actions of Bosnia's Serbs, Lord Ashdown overlooked � intentionally or not � several broader issues that continue to undermine the state's viability. From the fiscal frailty of one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to persistent discord amongst Bosnia's Croats, the country is beset by a number of...