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  • Islamic Countries to Recognise Kosovo 'Soon'

    07/24/2008 3:40:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 104+ views
    24 July 2008 Pristina _ The Islamic Community of Kosovo says that many Muslim states are to recognise Pristina’s independence from Serbia in the very near future. Naim Ternava, the head of Kosovo’s Islamic Community, said Thursday that this organisation is lobbying for the further recognition of Kosovo’s independence. “We are working hard, together with Kosovo’s institutions, to make sure many Islamic countries recognise Kosovo,” Ternava said. He made the comment after meeting Kosovo’s Parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, an act that has been recognised by 43 countries so far. However recognitions have...
  • Lobbying for Kosovo independence (George Soros and the Kosovo Fund for Open Society)

    07/09/2008 3:59:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 23 replies · 526+ views
    8 July 2008 | 16:36 | Source: Beta PRIŠTINA -- Representatives of civil society in Kosovo will start lobbying for Kosovo's recognition, write Priština media. Daily Koha Ditore claims that there is financial support from George Soros and the Kosovo Fund for Open Society: “The lobbying group will include Veton Suroi and Blerim Shala, the coordinator of the former Kosovo negotiating team, Luan Shllaku, the director of the Kosovo Fund for Open Society, and Muhamet Mustafa, the dean of the Reinvest University.” The group‘s work will be based on the plan and recommendations of former international envoy to Kosovo Martti...
  • Arab civic leaders support Kosovo independence

    S ixty prominent leaders from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Qatar, and Iraq have supported development of closer ties with Kosovo and fast recognition of Kosovo independence by the Arab states. The conclusion came from the conference “Kosova and the Arab world” organized in Amman, Jordan, by the Al Quds Center for Political Studies and Forum 2015 from Prishtina. Speakers at the conference were Kosovo intellectuals like Veton Surroi, Muhamet Mustafa and Qemalj Morina, and influential intellectuals and civil society leaders from the Arab world. “Kosovo topic arose interest among the Arab participants at the conference, who saw it important to...
  • Fury as Park Built on Kosovo Church Remains

    07/17/2008 3:25:58 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 18 replies · 165+ views
    16 July 2008 Gjakova _ The UN authorities in Kosovo have pledged to hold talks with council officials in Gjakova after it emerged a park is being built over the remains of a Serbian Orthodox Church. Local Serb radio KIM found that the construction of the park in Gjakova (known in Serbian as Djakovica), an overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian town in western Kosovo, is now in its final stages. A metre of soil was placed on top of the church’s foundations and trees and flowers planted over it. Some 20 workers from the Bala construction company were finishing work at the...
  • Bishop ARTEMIJE of Kosovo Protests Bush Meeting with 'Terrorist, War Criminal, and Racketeer'

    Last update: 3:22 p.m. EDT July 17, 2008 GRACANICA, Serbia, July 17, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following statement was issued today by His Grace ARTEMIJE, Bishop of Ras and Prizren, and pastor of Orthodox Christians in the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija: "On July 21, President George W. Bush is scheduled to meet with Hashim Thaci, styled by some 'Prime Minister' of the separatist Albanian Muslim administration in the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. As pastor of the Orthodox Christian people of Kosovo, I protest to the fullest possible degree the fact that President Bush would...
  • Serbs shrug off Binghamton bar attack, and still rant at U.S. for '99 bombing

    07/06/2008 1:08:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 146 replies · 641+ views ^ | July 5th 2008 | RICH SCHAPIRO
    BELGRADE - They sit like open sores at the heart of this turbulent eastern European nation. Long before international fugitive Miladin Kovacevic revived tensions between the U.S. and Serbia, NATO bombs reduced a row of once formidable government buildings here to hulking shells. The ravaged red-brick and concrete buildings are still standing nearly 10 years after the American-led aerial assault. They represent a wound that, many Serbians say, still runs deep. "Our people look at America like it's an enemy," said Niko Percovic, 30, a reporter based in the northern city of Novi Sad. That is one of the reasons,...
  • Kosovo,Ho!

    07/05/2008 8:22:45 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 21 replies · 238+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | July 5, 2008 | Clarice Feldman
    The travel section of the paper featured a story on Kosovo the other day with a recommendation that readers visit this latest "must see" spot on the globe. It made me laugh. Almost forty years ago--1971 to be exact -- I traveled in what was then called Yugoslavia and is now called Kosovo. The memories of that trip remain so vivid and so utterly at odds with this report.
  • Bolton: Washington committed serious mistake by recognizing Kosovos independence

    06/26/2008 11:23:57 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 36 replies · 227+ views
    RUVR ^ | June 26, 2008 | Staff
    American Deputy Secretary of State John Bolton believes the United States committed a serious mistake when it recognized the independence of Kosovo. He fears such policy may escalate tensions in the Balkans. In an interview for the Russian news agency Interfax, Mr. Bolton remarked that Washingtons policy was on autopilot since the regime of the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. But the situation has changed considerably after the democratic government took over, which, in Mr. Boltons opinion, makes support for Kosovos independence a pointless atavism.
  • Council of Europe to investigate Kosovo organ trafficking allegations

    06/27/2008 12:38:16 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 6 replies · 297+ views
    JURIST: Universty of Pittsburgh School of Law ^ | 26 June 2008 | Kiely Lewandowski
    [JURIST] The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [official website] announced Wednesday that it will prepare a report [press release] on allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo. Former prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla Del Ponte [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has alleged in a new book [JURIST report] that about 300 Serbian and other non-Albanian prisoners were victims of organ trafficking during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, but that a 2003 probe by her ICTY team failed to obtain sufficient evidence to prosecute. In response, parliamentarians submitted a motion [text] in...
  • Serbs in protest against mosque construction

    06/26/2008 10:48:22 AM PDT · by BabaYaga · 9 replies · 166+ views
    Serbs in protest against mosque construction 26 June 2008 | 15:19 | Source: FoNet BERIVOJCE -- Serbs from the village of Berivojce near Kosovska Kamenica are obstructing work on a building site where Albanians have begun illegally building a mosque. The Serbs are demanding that UNMIK and the Albanian authorities in Kamenica put a stop to the work and the “further irritation of the Serb populace”, reads a statement from the Kosovo Ministry. Over a hundred Serbs are protesting. One Serb representative, Boža Stanojević, said that a number of Kosovo Police Service members were harassing and provoking Serb protestors. “It...
  • Kosovo journalist rejects charge of naming war crimes witness

    06/26/2008 10:12:16 AM PDT · by shhimundercover · 1 replies · 28+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/25/2008 | AFP
    THE HAGUE Albanian Kosovo journalist Baton Haxhiu yesterday told a UN tribunal trying him for revealing the name of a protected witness that he had done no wrong as the man's identity was already known. "Quite a few people knew his name.... Kosovo is a small country, secrets do not last long-especially when they concern the leaders of an armed struggle against the Serbs during the Kosovo war," he told the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Haxhiu, editor of the daily Express newspaper, stands accused of contempt for having named a protected witness during...
  • Michael J. Totten: The Road to Kosovo, Part I

    06/23/2008 9:25:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Michael J. Totten ^ | June 23, 2008 | Michael J. Totten
    A gigantic poster of genocidal Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic hung on the outside wall of a hideous communist-style apartment block. Get a picture of that, I said to my friend and traveling companion Sean LaFreniere as I drove our rented car through the outer suburbs of Serbia's capital Belgrade. I had the wheel and he had the camera. Too late, he said. We were driving fast on a four-lane road and were almost out of the city. Our road trip from Serbia to Kosovo via Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro was just beginning. Thats okay, I said. Well probably...
  • Hohenfels battalion tells of sensitive Kosovo mission

    06/22/2008 10:32:30 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 178+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 21, 2008 | Seth Robson
    GRAFENWHR, Germany Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment deployed to the Balkans earlier this year to provide Kosovo Forces with armored capabilities during Kosovos declaration of independence from Serbia, according to Army officials. Information on the deployment was kept under wraps until now because of the missions sensitivity. In the days following Kosovos declaration of independence, protesters marched in the northern city of Kosovska Mitrovica. Kosovo Force troops and U.N. police closed the border with Serbia after hearing that protesters were being bused to Mitrovica to join the protest. During the deployment 1-4 soldiers were manning Bradley fighting...
  • Islamic fundamentalist link to British Fascists

    06/22/2008 12:16:54 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 282+ views
    British Nazi-Al Qaeda Links? They are unmistakable and definite The Independent reported on July 10, 2005 that Al Qaeda may have hired a gang of “white mercenary terrorists” to carry out the London bombings.The Daily Mirror reported on July 16, 2005 that the four bombers may have been “duped” into carrying their bomb-laden backpacks on to the Underground and a bus. There is also intelligence that points to Italian neo-fascist, Pentagon Task Force 121, and Balkan Islamic fundamentalist links to the London bombers. French counter-terrorism official have reported that Balkans or Eastern European-origin military grade explosives were used in the...
  • Russia to back EU Kosovo mission under UN resolution

    06/23/2008 7:54:29 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 94+ views ^ | 06/23/2008
    MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is not opposed to an EU mission replacing the UN force in Kosovo, but the move should have the formal backing of the UN Security Council and Serbia, a senior Russian diplomat said on Monday. "We are not opposed to the European Union taking on part of the responsibility for what is happening in Kosovo," Vladimir Chizhov, envoy to the European Communities, said adding a European mission should be approved by a UN Security Council resolution and Belgrade. Chizhov said UN Security Council Resolution 1244 was currently the only legal basis for an...
  • Greater Albania Is No Model

    06/22/2008 3:33:12 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 18 replies · 142+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 June 2008 | The Washington Times
    In her book "The Hunt: Me and War Criminals," Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor at The Hague, reveals the gruesome details of the hundreds of Serb prisoners whose bodies were stripped of their organs during the Kosovo war. According to her sources, senior figures in the KLA were aware of the scheme, in which hundreds of young Serbs were reportedly taken by truck from Kosovo to northern Albania, where their organs were removed. Miss Del Ponte provides grim details of the reported organ harvesting and of how some prisoners were sewn up after having kidneys removed. Miss Del Ponte...
  • US says UN chief can reconfigure UN mission in Kosovo

    06/20/2008 12:09:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 127+ views
    AFP ^ | June 20, 2008
    (UNITED NATIONS) - The United States on Friday defended UN chief Ban Ki-moon's plans to transfer some powers from the UN mission in Kosovo to the European Union despite opposition from Serbia and its ally Russia. US Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad told the Security Council that Washington backed Ban's plan to reconfigure the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) by transferring responsibilities in the areas of police, justice and customs to a EU mission. He told Ban that despite objections raised by Serbia and Russia, "You have to act. 1244 gives you that discretion," referring to the Security Council...
  • Call to lift UN immunity

    06/18/2008 1:50:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 1,259+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | June 18 2008
    A group comprising survivors and relatives of the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica have called on a court in The Hague to lift the United Nations' immunity. The six thousand Bosnians want to bring charges against the UN and the Netherlands for their role in the fall of the Muslim enclave. But that can only happen if the judge in The Hague makes legal proceedings against the UN possible. The judge will consider the request and deliver a ruling in mid-July. The Muslim enclave in Srebrenica fell on 11 July 1995 into the hands of Bosnian Serb troops who...
  • Banned Czech Film on Kosovo Uploaded to YouTube in Protest (with English Subtitles)

    06/04/2008 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 13 replies · 506+ views
    Byzantine Sacred Art ^ | May 30, 2008 | BSA Staff
    "Stolen Kosovo" Documentary Censored in Czech Republic: Suffering of Kosovo Serbs Cannot be Shown on National TV That there can be no freedom of expression under the dictatorial regimes was confirmed yet again by the state-owned Czech TV, supposedly a "public service" which took part in the financing of the Vaclav Dvorak's documentary "Stolen Kosovo" prior to Czech Government's recognition of the mafia state on Serbian territory, but now, after their FM announced recognition of the fake state, refused to air it. According to the Czech daily Aktualne, the representatives of the state television justify their refusal to show the...
  • Kosovo Muslims arrest Serbs over t'shirts

    06/04/2008 7:01:30 AM PDT · by montyspython · 37 replies · 382+ views
    Serbianna ^ | June 3, 2008
    Kosovo Muslims arrest Serbs over t'shirts SERBIANNA June 3, 2008 Brothers Miomir and Milos Stojanovic from Gnjilane have been arrested on the regional road from Gnjilane to Bujanovac for wearing t-shirts saying Kosovo is Serbia, stated official of the Kosovo Ministry Milorad Todorovic. He told the Serbian news agency Beta that two youths were arrested and brought before the municipal prosecutor in Gnjilane. The Islamic judge decided that the brothers, who are Christian, must either pay 250 Euros each or to spend 60 days in jail.
  • US man admits to plotting bombings in US, Europe

    06/03/2008 11:07:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 25 replies · 706+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | June 3. 2008 | Staff
    A US-born man pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping to train fellow Al-Qaeda agents to carry out bombings in Europe and the United States, after a five-year global investigation, officials said. The targets included European tourist resorts frequented by Americans, as well as US military bases, embassies and consular offices in Europe. "Today's guilty plea brings an end to the long, dangerous career of Christopher Paul, an Ohio native who joined Al-Qaeda in the early 1990s, fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia and conspired with others to target Americans both at home and abroad," said Acting Assistant US Attorney General Patrick Rowan....
  • A Dark Corner of Europe, Part I

    06/02/2008 1:46:11 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 33 replies · 194+ views
    Michael J. Totten's Middle East Journal ^ | 6/2/08 | Michael J. Totten
    If Yugoslavia was the laboratory of Communism, then Communism would breathe its last dying breath here in Belgrade. And to judge by what [Slobodan] Milosevic was turning into by early 1989, Communism would exit the world stage revealed for what it truly was: fascism, without fascism's ability to make the trains run on time. - Robert D. Kaplan You bombed my country. These were the nearly first words I heard after clearing passport control on arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, from a taxi driver who flagged me down inside the airport. Fifteen countries bombed my country. I didn't...
  • Serbian police arrests two former Albanian rebels, seizes weapons

    05/27/2008 7:37:27 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies · 144+ views
    Kosovo Compromise ^ | uesday, May 27, 2008 | KC Staff
    Serbian police said they arrested two former ethnic Albanian rebels and seized large cache of weapons in a region of southern Serbia which was a scene of Albanian uprising back in 2000-01. Serbian police stormed the houses of two former leaders of the Liberation army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja" (UCPBM) near the regional hub of Presevo on Saturday, and found five assault rifles, two RPG's, 20 missiles, ten heavy machine guns, five pistols, two hand grenades and more than 20,000 pieces of ammunition. The owners of those houses, brothers Nazmi and Adan Hajredini were immediately arrested, raising a storm...
  • Face of Defense: Mother, Son Prepare to Deploy to Kosovo Together

    05/15/2008 4:28:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 75 replies · 4,233+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Lindsey M. Frazier, USA
    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind., May 15, 2008 Many mothers sit at home and wonder what their deployed son or daughter is doing, hoping everything is all right and waiting for the next phone call. Some might see a mother deploying with her son as a great thing, but what onlookers might not think about is what is left back home. Army National Guard Spc. Roschell Eaton and her son, Spc. Jason Hutchins, both from 3175th Military Police Company, train at Camp Atterbury, Ind., for their upcoming deployment as part of Kosovo Force 10, Multinational Task Force East. U.S. Army...
  • FASCIST MUSLIM GROUP EXPECTED TO LOOT TEL AVIV IN 1948 (incl. Bosnian Muslims, Albanians and Croats)

    05/12/2008 5:57:07 AM PDT · by joan · 18 replies · 431+ views ^ | May 10, 2008 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    SETH J. FRANTZMAN On a pleasant Thursday in December 1948, Emilio Traubner, a correspondent for The Palestine Post, found himself near Abu Kabir, not far from Jaffa. Trenches and expended cartridges were strewn about, reminders of the fighting between units of the Irgun and local Arab forces that had taken place there seven months previously. There was a large Arab villa from where Traubner recovered a diary. It turned out to be the daily record of Yusuf Begovic of Pale, a town near Sarajevo in modern-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. In it Begovic had described his activities as a cook for the Arab...
  • US Veteran Removes His Kosovo Medal

    05/07/2008 10:22:37 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 271 replies · 1,026+ views
    Republican Riot ^ | May 6, 2008 | Julia Gorin
    Perhaps some insiders (or those unwillingly part) of the Clintonistas administration realized that what we (the USA) were doing was just not right - and so the award/medal could not be called/designated in more accurate terms as the Re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate Medal So better to have sent in the Girl Scouts - as things would have ended up basically the same as they have, except perhaps with less loss of innocent life. Anyway, its is also off of my uniform forever. My only desire is that in some very small way it may help people to become aware...
  • This Is A Kosovar Muslim

    05/06/2008 3:02:36 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 31 replies · 69+ views
    Commentary ^ | Unk. | Michael J. Totten
    Lee Smith laments that American Muslims have to read almost exclusively about scary Muslims and slightly less scary Muslims in the mainstream American media. One can only sympathize with American Muslims, he writes, those who may or may not be religious, but surely have no attachment to the obscurantist fanatics that drove them from the region, and must now be wondering what is wrong with the New York Times that the only Muslims that register with the paper of record are very scary ones, and less scary ones. I have noticed and been annoyed by this tendency myself, and it...
  • HRW finds reports of abductions of Serbs from Kosovo credible.

    05/05/2008 4:40:27 PM PDT · by dschapin · 35 replies · 155+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | May 5, 2008 | Humab Rights Watch
    Kosovo/Albania: Investigate Postwar Abductions, Transfers to Albania Official Dismissals Premature (New York, May 5, 2008) Additional information has emerged that bolsters allegations of abductions and cross-border transfers from Kosovo to Albania after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kosovar and Albanian governments should open independent and transparent investigations to help resolve the fate of approximately 400 Serbs who went missing after the war. "Serious and credible allegations have emerged about horrible abuses in Kosovo and Albania after the war," said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch, who investigated human rights violations in...
  • Censorship And The Yugoslav Civil Wars

    05/05/2008 7:36:49 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 158+ views
    Swans Commentary ^ | 5 May 2008 | Michael Pravica
    The Kosovo debacle continues to haunt Western governments, especially the U.S., and has already exacerbated a number of conflicts in Turkey, China, Spain, and the Caucasus regions. The illegal recognition of Kosovo's "independence" by mostly Western nations (less than 40 out of 192) has encouraged terrorists that they can successfully alter the borders of sovereign nations via force. Though the Kosovo case is called "special" by many Western foreign policy "experts," in reality, it is the tremendous misreporting and censorship of the Serbian side of the tragic Yugoslav civil wars which condoned and justified mistreatment of Serbians that is unique...
  • The West-East conflict in a microscope: Kosovo & population imbalance

    05/05/2008 4:51:06 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 107+ views
    International Analyst Network ^ | 4 May 2008 | Ioannis Michaletos
    The new situation arising from the unilateral Kosovo declaration of independence shapes a new reality that will have multitude and mostly negative consequences for countless nations across the globe. It is important also to illuminate around the existence of the Kosovo issue as a demographic one, shaped by the expansion of one group of people (Albanian Muslims) versus the other one (Serbian Christians). Moreover the existence of facts on the ground as resulting from the population growth of the former, signify a real precedent for other regions in the world. In 1913 when Kosovo & Metojia became a part of...
  • Bernard Kouchner Involved In Albanian Organ Market

    04/28/2008 12:03:48 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 13 replies · 1,130+ views
    Javno ^ | 28 April 2008 | Milijana Mitrovic
    To see photos: please go to Bernard KouchnerInvolved in Albanian Organ Market Milijana Mitrovic was one of Carla del Ponte`s sources for information on death camps in which organs were taken from people, the Kurir daily writes. She claimed Albania is not only a Serbian blue tomb, but organs were taken from Romanians, Greeks, Montenegrins, Russians and Arabs as well. The very Albanian political top was in on it, along with KFOR and UNMIK representatives. Among other things, Mitrovic claimed that thanks to the fact she was close to an influential Albanian businessman, she had the opportunity to see the...
  • The Balkans - a hub of worldwide terrorist network

    04/26/2008 12:50:26 PM PDT · by shhimundercover · 7 replies · 233+ views
    World Security Network Foundation ^ | April 25, 2008 | Christopher Deliso
    There has actually been a sharp increase of planned attacks involving Balkan actors - as in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2003. The March 20 arrest of five Wahhabi Muslim radicals in Bosnia indicates the continuing threat of terrorism in, and from, the Balkans. The men were reportedly planning to carry out attacks against Catholic churches on Easter in addition to the obvious religious significance here, the event is also important as all of the aspiring terrorists were homegrown. As with a similar arrest in late 2005, also involving native Bosnian extremists, it shows that the radicalizing effect of foreign mujahedin...
  • Ann Coulter's Silence [Regarding Kosovo]

    04/26/2008 8:59:45 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 58 replies · 2,955+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2008 | Julia Gorin
    Penn State's student newspaper The Daily Collegian reported on Ann Coulter's hour-long speech there this month: "For possibly the first time in her career the conservative commentator, had nothing to say about a political issue. 'I have no opinion,' she told a student who asked her about Kosovo and Ukraine. That may be the first time those words have passed my lips." "During her hour-long speech to a crowd of more than a thousand in HUB Alumni Hall last week, though, Ms. Coulter spoke candidly about her opinions on a variety of controversial subjects ranging from the war in Iraq...

    04/23/2008 9:19:14 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 126+ views
    CBS ^ | 22 April 2008 | Kevin Drum
    (Political Animal) THE KOSOVO QUANDARY....Liberal internationalist types tend to believe that non-defensive military action shouldn't be undertaken unless it's authorized by the UN. But Kosovo wasn't authorized by the UN, and most liberal internationalists seem to think it was a worthy effort anyway. Matt Yglesias, blogging about his new book over at TPMCafe, ponders this: It's a tough question for the liberal internationalist because generally speaking I would like to have my cake and eat it too here. Kosovo mostly accomplished good things, but the process moving in without Security Council authorization isn't something I can strictly speaking...
  • National Guard Troops Vigilant in Kosovos Transition to Nationhood

    04/17/2008 4:33:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 90+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    GNJILANE, Kosovo, April 17, 2008 Thronged sidewalks and cafes, jammed roads and packed store shelves suggest progress in this former war zone where National Guard troops play a key role in an international effort to keep the worlds newest country on the path of peace. Army Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; and Army Brig. Gen. John Davoren, commander of Kosovo Forces Multinational Task Force East, tour Kosovo on April 12, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, National Guard Bureau (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Kosovan army 'harvested organs from Serb prisoners'

    04/12/2008 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 13 replies · 124+ views
    Mail & Guardian on line International ^ | 12 April 2008 | Ian Taylor
    Carla del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor for war crimes in former Yugoslavia, has unleashed a storm of recrimination with allegations of a trade in human body parts in Kosovo and Albania after Nato bombed Serbia in 1999. Del Ponte claims, based on what she describes as credible reports and witnesses, that Kosovan Albanian guerrillas transported hundreds of Serbian prisoners into northern Albania where they were killed, and their organs "harvested" and trafficked out of Tirana airport. The Kosovan government, now headed by the former guerrilla leader Hashim Thaci, dismisses the claims as untrue, while Serbia and Russia are demanding...
  • London Telegraph: Balkan Christians stripped of organs in Kosovo-- the story's finally mainstream

    04/11/2008 5:00:17 AM PDT · by Javeth · 46 replies · 102+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 4/11/08 | Harry de Quetteville and Malcom Moore
    Serb prisoners 'were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war' Serb prisoners had their internal organs removed and sold by ethnic Albanians during the Kosovo war, according to allegations in a new book by the world's best known war crimes prosecutor. Carla Del Ponte, who stepped down in January as chief prosecutor at the Hague tribunal for crimes committed in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, said investigators found a house suspected of being a laboratory for the illegal trade. A senior adviser to Hashim Thaci, Kosovo's prime minister and a leading member of the Kosovo Liberation Army which is...
  • Russia wants details of del Ponte's controversial book [Re: Atrocities against Kosovo Serbs...]

    04/11/2008 5:01:34 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies · 162+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | April 8, 2008 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, April 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Foreign Ministry has asked the Hague to provide details on crimes described in a book by former chief criminal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, the ministry said on Tuesday. In her book called The Hunt: Me and War Criminals, Carla del Ponte described atrocities against Kosovo Serbs and other ethnic groups committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). "Batching freedom of speech concerning crimes against civilians, one may assume, is aimed at softening the reaction within international social and political circles to the facts revealing the criminal prehistory to the illegitimate sovereignty of Kosovo,"...
  • Russia: NATO's expansion follows "Cold War logic"

    04/08/2008 10:06:21 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that NATO's willingness to enlarge eastward had 'nothing positive' about it and followed 'a Cold War logic.' Lavrov had tough words for the alliance's decision last week to keep its doors open to former Soviet states wishing to join. 'We will do everything in our power to prevent Georgia and Ukraine's acceptance into NATO,' Lavrov was quoted as saying Tuesday in an interview with radio station Ekho Moskvy. Russia views NATO's expansion eastward as a betrayal and an effort by Western states to persevere in the Cold War policy of containment....
  • Russia sees no sense in sending troops to Kosovo - Lavrov

    04/08/2008 9:46:05 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 165+ views ^ | 04/08/08
    MOSCOW, April 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russia does not see any sense in sending troops to Kosovo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with the Echo of Moscow radio. He indicated that the situation around the UN mission in the breakaway Serbian province has not witnessed any dramatic changes compared with the period several years ago when Russia decided to pull its military contingent out of there. "We took this decision because we were unwilling to get associated with the policies conducted by KFOR, which could be described as 'the reverted ethnic cleansing'," Lavrov said.
  • As Kosovo Eyes Future Army, NATO Still In For the Long Haul (Kosovo Albanians Honor Savior-Clinton)

    04/07/2008 8:44:51 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 40 replies · 227+ views
    Southeast European Times in Pristina ^ | 07/04/2008 | Blerta Foniqi-Kabashi
    Within this year, Kosovo expects to launch its own army, to be called the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). Compared to other military forces in Europe, the KSF will be small and lightly equipped; its size will be limited to 2,500 active troops and 800 reserves. It will be primarily responsible for crisis response, explosive ordinance disposal and civil protection. The plans are to develop the force out of a current emergency response organisation, the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC). Established eight years ago under UNMIK and KFOR supervision, it is involved in activities such as firefighting, search and rescue and medical...
  • St. Louis man convicted of bribery, fraud involving Sikeston Truck Driving testing center

    04/05/2008 7:11:04 AM PDT · by Lobbyist · 8 replies · 108+ views
    A St. Louis truck driving school owner who sent his students to Sikeston, Mo., for testing was convicted in federal court in Cape Girardeau in a bribery and fraud scheme to make the tests easy to pass. Mustafa Redzic, a Bosnian-born owner of Bosna Truck Driving School, was prosecuted personally by federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway in federal court in Cape Girardeau. Investigators began looking at the operation in 2004, Hanaway said, as rumors spread through the growing Bosnian community in St. Louis that Redzic could obtain commercial driver's licenses easily and after the Missouri State Highway Patrol began investigating some...
  • PM: Serbia not choosing between Russia and West

    03/25/2008 1:34:32 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 29 replies · 426+ views
    B92 ^ | 3/25/08 | Staff
    BELGRADE -- PM Vojislav Kotunica says Serbia needs a stable government that will have a unanimous policy on Kosovo. The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) leader told the public broadcaster RTS last night that parliamentary elections had been called for this reason, following the unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence. Kotunica did not directly answer the question whether he would cooperate with the Radicals after the vote, or whether he would participate in a government with the same partners. He said he would cooperate with the parties that support his party's key principles - "Kosovo Is Serbia," membership in the EU...
  • Serbia asks UN for partitioning of Kosovo

    03/24/2008 7:25:04 PM PDT · by Diocletian · 26 replies · 488+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | March 25, 2008 | Ian Traynor
    Serbia has formally proposed partitioning Kosovo along ethnic lines for the first time, asking the United Nations to ensure that Belgrade can control key institutions and functions in areas of the newly independent country where Serbs form a majority. In a document sent to the UN in New York, proposed to the UN in Kosovo last week and published in the Belgrade press yesterday, the government in Belgrade insists that Serbia be allowed to control the police, the courts, the judiciary and customs in the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and in the northern strip around the tense Serb-controlled town of...
  • Russias Putin orders aid for Kosovo Serb enclaves

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin asked ministers on Monday to draw up plans to send humanitarian aid to Serb-populated enclaves of Kosovo, Russian media reported. Moscow has joined its ally Belgrade in opposing Kosovo's independence from Serbia and has refused to recognise it as a sovereign state. The United States and most European countries have recognized Kosovo's independence. Russian television showed a meeting between Putin and his ministers at which Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Serbian government had requested the aid, citing a deterioration of the situation in Serb-populated areas of Kosovo. "We considered it important to...
  • Serbia returns to the offensive over Kosovo

    03/23/2008 3:17:10 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 393+ views
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on Sunday accused NATO peacekeepers and United Nations police of using "snipers and banned ammunition" to quell a Serb riot against Kosovo's independence. "It was the international forces," he told the daily Vecernje Novosti in an interview, referring to a riot in the Kosovo Serb stronghold of Mitrovica last Monday in which a Ukrainian U.N. policeman was killed and a Serb badly wounded in the head. "Obviously, the situation in Kosovo is very difficult and there are reasonable and unreasonable people. The battle is on for the whole of Kosovo," Kostunica said....
  • Bush OKs supplying arms to Kosovo

    03/19/2008 4:08:36 PM PDT · by joan · 85 replies · 1,646+ views
    AFP ^ | March 19, 2008
    WASHINGTON (AFP) President George W. Bush authorized Wednesday supplying Kosovo with weapons, signaling the establishment of government-to-government relations after recognizing its independence, the White House said. In a memo to the State Department made public by the White House, Bush said: "I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to Kosovo will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace." A senior official said the authorization followed US recognition of Kosovo's independence and was part of the normal process of establishing relations with a new government. In a comment apparently meant to...
  • UN accuses Serbs of encouraging violence

    03/18/2008 10:27:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 503+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/18/08 | Nebi Qena - ap
    PRISTINA, Kosovo - The United Nations accused Serbian officials Tuesday of complicity in the violence in northern Kosovo that left a U.N. policeman from Ukraine dead and dozens of people hurt. Larry Rossin, the deputy U.N. administrator for Kosovo, told reporters in Pristina that "it is clear to us that the violence ... was orchestrated." At the very least, Rossin said, Serbia's government failed to use its influence to prevent ethnic Serbs in Kosovo from launching the attacks, which left more than 60 U.N. and NATO forces and 70 Kosovo Serb protesters wounded. The U.N. pulled out of the Serb-dominated...
  • What Happened to Kosovo Serbs Kidnapped by KLA? (Involuntary Organ Donors)

    03/17/2008 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 36 replies · 2,408+ views
    Byzantine Sacred Art ^ | March 15,2008 | Byzantine Staff
    Over 1,300 Kosovo Serbs, in addition to those for whom we know they have been killed and whose remains were handed over to their families by the UNMIK during the past 8 years, are still listed as missing. In some cases the entire families were kidnapped by the KLA/UCK at some point during the 1998-1999 war and after UN/NATO took over the administration and security of the southern Serbian province. These people were taken away in an unknown direction and, for all we know, disappeared from the face of the earth. Over the years, we have learned that a number...
  • Crisis in K. Serb enclaves (Kosovo Albanians Deny Serb Hospitals Medicine)

    03/13/2008 2:53:36 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 16 replies · 579+ views
    B92 ^ | March 13, 2008 | Staff
    BELGRADE -- Belgrade has demanded assistance from the World Health Organization over a crisis in Kosovo. A shipment of medicines and medical supplies, worth RSD 3.5mn, has been confiscated by the Kosovo Albanians and UNMIK in the province as it reached Kosovska Mitrovica. It was destined for the isolated Serb enclaves, where hospital officials are now warning they are running out of medicines. Health Minister Tomica Milosavljević has reacted today by saying the government will ask the WHO to intervene. The representatives of the UN mission in the province, UNMIK, said they "will not comment" on the increasingly difficult circumstances...