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  • The Future of Kosovo from a Serbian-American Perspective

    09/23/2006 3:42:26 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 102 replies · 1,334+ views
    Glas Javnosti ^ | Saturday, September 23, 2006 | By: Michael Pravica, Ph.D.
    I first visited Kosovo in 1988 with a group of Serbian-American students who toured some of the many historic monasteries and churches of Serbia and Montenegro. Even then, it was obvious to me that there were ethnic tensions in the Serbian province as ancient Churches were desecrated with Albanian graffiti, a car with Belgrade license plates was overturned, and we had to always walk with a guard during our stay at the Patriarchate of Pec. For me, this visit was critical in solidifying my cultural awareness and pride as a Serbian-American. In that spirit, I strongly encourage the government of...
  • Bosnian Serb PM to be fired over independence hopes

    09/19/2006 3:31:52 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 12 replies · 342+ views
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina-The top international administrator in Bosnia said he will fire the Bosnian Serb prime minister if he continues to speak of a secession referendum in the Serb-run half of the country. As part of his campaign for the Oct. 1 general election, Milorad Dodik has repeatedly called for a referendum that would enable the Serb-run ministate, Republika Srpska, to secede from Bosnia-Herzegovina. "If he continues to talk about the referendum, I will have to remove him from office," Christian Schwarz-Schilling, the international administrator, told Austrian radio in an interview Monday. The post of international administrator was established to oversee...
  • Kosovo Mission Accomplished?

    09/15/2006 5:50:36 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 13 replies · 449+ views
    Harpers Magazine ^ | 15 September 2006 | Ken Silverstein & Sebastian Sosman
    Kosovo: Mission Accomplished? Condi shakes hands with yet another unsavory ally. Any visitor to the Balkans knows that to sit down for coffee or throat-rasping rakia with a person from any ethnicity in the region is to risk a not so quick, uninterruptible, vitriolic five-hundred-year history lesson so skewed that it doesn’t deserve the name of history . . . real history just about ceased to exist within Albanian and Serbian discourse. It has largely been replaced by monologues of myth and prejudice. It is now a weapon of survival. So wrote Matthew McAllester in Beyond the Mountains of the...
  • Congressional adviser increases volume on warning: Terrorists from Balkans could reach into Europe

    09/13/2006 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 79 replies · 1,378+ views ^ | 9/13/06 |
    A U.S. Congressional adviser is turning up the volume on his long-standing warnings that terrorists who have set up camps in the Balkans now easily can reach into Europe, telling reporters in Serbia that the idea now has a name – "Balkans 2020." Congressional adviser Yossef Bodansky, director of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare since 1988, told Slovenian Finance that the goal of the campaign is to set up terrorist camps in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sandzak and Croatia. He said at least five intelligence agencies now are working to track people and arms arriving...
  • US Office In Kosovo: Islam as a Constructive Force in Kosovo (Stolen Christian land by Clintons)

    09/14/2006 12:06:45 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 15 replies · 551+ views
    December 03, 2002 As-Salaam ah-laikum. Dr. Rexhep Boja, members of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, esteemed Hoxhas, students of the Madressa, and political party representatives. Thank you for joining us tonight at this Iftar dinner -- you honor us greatly by your presence in these closing days of Ramadan before we all come together to celebrate the high holy day of Eid al-Fitr. It is gratifying to me to look around this table and see representatives of so many of Kosovo's ethnic communities, as well as the different faith communities that make up today's Kosovo and today's world. As an...
  • Serbia toughens its stand on Kosovo

    09/13/2006 6:09:13 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 240+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia toughened its stand on Kosovo Tuesday as parliament decided that a planned new constitution would refer to the disputed province as an "integral" part of Serbia, regardless of U.N.-led negotiations on whether to grant it independence. The parliamentary vote effectively ruled out Belgrade's consent if the international talks decide in favor of the majority ethnic Albanians who want the province to be independent. The talks began this year to try to resolve the future of Kosovo _ a province about the size of Connecticut that has been run by the United Nations since NATO launched a...
  • KOSOVO - a land being Islamized by the United States, NATO and United Nations.

    09/12/2006 2:35:45 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Since World War Two you have had three major conflicts in the Balkans involving Orthodox Christian communities and Islamic communities; this applies to Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo respectively. On all three occasions the United States supported the followers of Islam and maybe one day the same will happen to Orthodox Christians in Macedonia? Yet unlike the large Christian communities of Bosnia and Cyprus, it is the land of Kosovo which is being Islamized and Albanianized under NATO, the UN, and other international institutions who are meant to be neutral. The media in the West is once more turning a 'blind...
  • Serbs Still Being Framed

    09/09/2006 6:19:59 AM PDT · by FormerLib · 38 replies · 650+ views
    The AFP reported last month that there was an explosion at the grave of Bosnia's wartime president and Muslim hero Alija Izetbegovic. Izetbegovic, who was finally, reluctantly, being investigated by the Hague for war crimes against Serbs and others at the time of his death, is buried in a "martyrs'" cemetery, as he requested. Naturally, we are meant to think that the grave bombing was committed by a Serb or Serbs, especially with AFP adding this tidbit: "Tensions have risen in Bosnia in recent days after the broadcast of footage showing a former Muslim general, Atif Dudakovic, ordering his troops...
  • Albanians Celebrate 600 Years of Islam

    "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Morina told IOL. PRISHTINA — The Islamic Community of Kosova (ICK) and the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Prishtina (FIS) will co-organize on September 16-17 an international symposium celebrating 600 years of Islam among Albanians. "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Qemajl Morina, one of the organizers, told Debates about this issue and the role of Islam among Albanians...
  • “Kill, rape, destroy” (Bosnian Muslim commander's orders against rebel Bosnian Muslims and Serbs)

    09/06/2006 9:52:46 AM PDT · by joan · 25 replies · 3,920+ views
    B92 ^ | September 6, 2006
    BANJA LUKA -- Banja Luka’s ATV station broadcasted footage of Hamdija Delalić ordering murders and the destruction of villages.Hamdija Delalić, commander of the V corps’ 502 brigades of the Muslim military, can be clearly seen and heard in the video calling for an attack on Fikret Abdić and the Republic of Srpska Military. “A breach must be made. Kill all that stands in front of you. I am permitting and ordering that the enemies be killed using all necessary means, knives, bombs, hunting knives, teeth.” Delalić said to his soldiers in the video. “Can we rape?”Commanders of the 505 and...
  • Mediators in Kosovo: Serbs are guilty as nation

    09/04/2006 2:18:16 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Ahtisaari said that a group of experts will visit Belgrade shortly and he hopes that they in Belgrade will show a positive attitude to these proposals. During the press conference, Ahtisaari dismissed the charges of the Serbian delegation that during his Aug 8 with them he told them that the Serbs are guilty as a nation.” Particularly, Ahtisaari said that the Belgrade authorities should understand that the Milosevic policy (historical legacy) should be taken into consideration during the determination of Kosovo status and that “each nation in the world has its guilt and must pay for it.” The Serbian side...
  • Tadic, Rice to Sign a Status of Forces Agreement

    09/02/2006 1:45:38 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 12 replies · 493+ views
    2 September 2006 | 15:23 | FOCUS News Agency Belgrade. The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Serbian President Boris Tadic will sign Thursday a Status of Forces Agreement /SOFA/ in Washington between the government of the Republic of Serbia and the USA. The Agreement is connected to the protection of the status, the access and the use of the military infrastructure in the Republic of Serbia, RTS reported. It will deepen the cooperation in the sphere of defense between Serbia and the USA based on an absolute respect of the two countries’ sovereignty and the UN regulations. Besides,...
  • US Pulling out Troops from Bosnia and Herzegovina

    08/30/2006 1:27:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 72 replies · 1,614+ views
    30 August 2006 | 14:52 | FOCUS News Agency Banja Luka. USA military forces started preparing for their pullout of the Eagle base near Tuzla, Serbian agency TANJUG informs citing Bosnian newspaper Oslobojdenje. The news of the pullout of the American troops has caused concern among Sarajevo political circles. Citing reliable sources the Bosnian newspaper announced the Americans will leave the base by the end of the year as they will be replaced by a Dutch battalion. The chair of the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency Sulejman Tihic could not confirm definitely the news of the pullout of the US troops...

    Sarajevo, 24 August (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim leader Sulejman Tihic has told local Serbs to stop talking about a possible referendum on independence, because Bosnia was indivisible and those who don’t like it should leave the country. Tihic, who currently chairs Bosnia’s three-man rotating state presidency, has been an outspoken advocate of Muslim demands for the abolition of Bosnia’s Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS). Local Serbs for their part have threatened to hold a referendum on independence. The quarrel prompted the high representative of the international community in Bosnia, Christian Schwarz Schilling, to intervene last week demanding that politicians on...
  • Fiery Campaign Imperils Bosnia’s Progress, Officials Warn

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aug. 23 — For a month usually devoid of political activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, August has been unusually fraught, as several incidents have raised ethnic tensions to a level not seen in years. On Aug. 11, a bomb severely damaged the tomb of Alija Izetbegovic, the former Bosnian president. Last week in eastern Bosnia, a group of Muslims forced their way into a Serbian church built on the former site of a mosque. And the broadcast of a videotape showing the wartime killing of an unarmed Bosnian Serb by Muslims prompted calls for a senior...

    08/18/2006 1:09:26 AM PDT · by Westlander · 84 replies · 1,896+ views
    AKI/VPR ^ | Aug-17-06 | (Vpr/Aki)
    Forensic experts have excavated over 1,000 bodies from a mass grave in the village of Kamenica in eastern Bosnia.
  • Serbia FM: HEZBOLLAH is eaqual to Kosovo Muslims

    Serbias Foreighn Ministery oficialy strongly supported UN resolution on sending 15,000 peacekeepers to south Lebannon expressing hope that UN securiti councile will be as much as firm regarding future status of Kosovo and Serbias legal claims as souvereign nation. Serbias foreighn ministery said "Hezbollah millitants are eaqualy danger in their beligrance and unacceptance of existing state of Israel as are Kosovo (Muslim) Albanians in their belligrance and millitantism and unacceptance of souvereign borders of Serbia." This i sthe first time that Serbia is officialy eaqulising its own problems with problems of Israel.
  • Serbia considers Kosovo partition

    08/12/2006 7:55:22 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 76 replies · 1,237+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 11 August 2006
    A senior Serbian government official has said she would accept a partition of Kosovo if no other long-term solution can be found. The president of Serbia's Co-ordination Centre for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, also said no Serb leader would ever sign a deal giving Kosovo independence. She said Belgrade's policy was for Kosovo province to have substantial autonomy within the Serbian state. Kosovo is technically part of Serbia but has been run by the UN since 1999. The vast majority of Kosovo's population are ethnic Albanian who have been pressing for independence. Kosovo's Prime Minister Agim Ceku has ruled out...
  • U.S. Senators call on Bush to support Serbia

    08/08/2006 1:04:42 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 82 replies · 2,154+ views
    WASHINGTON DC -- 25 U.S. Senators are asking that the U.S. president supports the democratically elected Serbian government. The letter argues that Serbia’s role is of vital importance for the future of South-Eastern Europe and America’s regional interests and that Belgrade has grown into a strong U.S. regional partner. “In order to help transform Serbia, the U.S. should support the reforms in the military and the security sectors, encourage cooperation with the Serbian Army and enabling its officers to attend military colleges and courses in the U.S.”, the letter said. The Senators remind that it is Serbia’s strategic goal to...
  • TV showed footage of Muslim Bosnian general ordering Christian villages to be burned

    Footage shown on Serbia RTS central TV shoved amateur footage of muslim Bosnian general Atif Dudakovic openlz ordering his soldiers via hand-radio to burn Christian Serb villages. tape sows Dudakovic telling "Burn this village, burn this haste, burn it all" ant than it ontinues "The boys are already down there, Iw ordered village to be burned" tape continues with male voice telling Dudakovic "This i sSerbian, this is all on fire" This was un continuation of Croate-Muslim offensive "Oluja" (Storm) that ethicaly cleansed 250,000 Christian Serbs in september 1995. During Dudakovic action over 870 Christian Serb civilliand and 400 soldiers...
  • Olmert:European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told European leaders to stop preaching to him about civilian war casualties in an interview published on Sunday in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Olmert also said it would not be possible to completely destroy Hizbollah and insisted he did not underestimate them, saying they had fired just 3,000 of their arsenal of 15,000 rockets so far. PHOTOS The week's events from around the world, captured in pictures. » VIEW THIS WEEK'S PHOTOS Diplomatic Dispatches Nora Boustany 's column reporting on Washington's diplomatic community appears each Wednesday and Friday in The Post....

    08/06/2006 12:27:42 PM PDT · by joan · 41 replies · 2,022+ views
    BBC Monitoring/ ^ | August 4, 2006 | Andy Wilcoxson
    BBC Monitoring International Reports - August 4, 2006 Friday Excerpt from report by Belgrade-based Radio B92 on 4 August Belgrade, Zagreb, Banja Luka, 4 August: The 11th anniversary of Croatia's military Operation Storm was marked with a commemoration in St Mark's Church and a gathering in Nikola Pasic Square [in central Belgrade] today. Following the commemoration, a protest walk from St Mark's Church to Nikola Pasic Square was organized by the Association of Families of Missing Persons from Krajina [part of Croatia formerly with Serb majority]. A resolution was read out in Nikola Pasic Square to several hundred Serbs from...
  • Major powers warn of tensions in north Kosovo

    BELGRADE (Reuters) - The major powers voiced concern on Friday at tensions in northern Kosovo, where there are growing signs of Serb resistance as the majority Albanian province pushes for independence from Serbia. It did not specify which developments. Reports suggest Serbs there are strengthening what they say are self-defense groups made up of former military and police officers. "Both Belgrade and Pristina should take immediate steps to reduce tensions in northern Kosovo, particularly to encourage responsible leadership and build confidence among communities," said the statement, issued by the U.S. liaison office in Kosovo on behalf of the United States,...
  • On Serbia and Madeleine Albright

    On Serbia and Madeleine Albright. 7/29/2006, Volume 011, Issue 44 SPARRING OVER SERBIA STEPHEN SCHWARTZ's "Free at Last" (July 24) left me greatly surprised and somewhat disappointed, both by the distortion of historical and political facts and by the argumentation based on malicious and trivial political comments. Describing Serbia as a "mafia state" is intentionally overlooking the well-known fact that the Milosevic regime met its end when the Serbian people, investing enormous effort and encountering the greatest possible risk, overthrew it in their bloodless revolution of October 2000. Serbian democratic authorities, in their crackdown on organized crime, and with the...
  • Radicals: "Armed defense an option” (Christians responding to Muslim threats)

    07/29/2006 1:10:12 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 499+ views ^ | 28 July 2006
    Tomislav Nikolic said that the armed defense must be the last resort, should the future Kosovo status talks produce independence for the province. ;We have already had a chance to defend Kosovo against much stronger enemies”, Nikolić said in an interview with the Serbian state television (RTS), stressing that armed defense is the last option and that diplomacy must be given every chance. Nikolić said that the Radicals will take it to the streets and lead the citizens against the Serbian prime minister and president, Boris Tadić and Vojislav Koštunica, should they fail to start with preparations to return Kosovo...
  • As Bush stands firm in the Middle East, he capitulates Europe

    07/26/2006 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 114 replies · 2,256+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 26, 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Writing for an outfit called last week, Weekly Standard contributor and longtime champion of Balkan Muslims Stephen Schwartz describes an overnight bus ride from Kosovo's capital Pristina to a resort town in Montenegro: "A man behind me began speaking almost immediately and without stopping, in Albanian — which I understand…insistently focused on the nature of G-d (a favorite subject for Islamic fundamentalists), [and on] the nefarious influence of Sufis who thought they could reinterpret the faith, the evil intentions of Americans, Iraq, and bloodshed. I was startled because it is rare to hear Albanians, after the rescue of Kosovo,...
  • US Accused of Siding With 'Criminals and Jihadists' in Kosovo

    07/21/2006 1:33:10 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 95 replies · 2,207+ views
    CNSNews ^ | July 21, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    A prominent Serbian Orthodox bishop Thursday said the U.S. was allowing Islamic extremists to wage war on Christians in Kosovo by deciding not to oppose Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is an autonomous province in Serbia with a population of about 2 million, most who are ethnic Albanian and Muslim. It is currently administered by the United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), but negotiations which began this year are expected to eventually result in independence for the province. However, Dr. Artemije Radosavljevic on Thursday issued a warning about the prospect of and independent Kosovo. "At a time when America is...
  • 'Terror' trial opens in Sarajevo

    07/21/2006 8:09:23 AM PDT · by joan · 3 replies · 167+ views
    BBC ^ | July 20, 2006
    Three men have gone on trial in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, charged with plotting terrorist attacks. Mirsad Bektasevic, Cesur Abdulkadir and Bajro Ikanovic were arrested in 2005. Prosecutors say they planned an attack in Bosnia or another European nation to force the government involved to pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Police say they found a large cache of explosives and firearms in raids on the suspects' apartments. The suspects are pleading not guilty to the charges. The three men were arrested in October and December last year near Sarajevo, along with two other men who were later released...
  • Blind Eyes Over Kosovo

    07/20/2006 5:10:31 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 33 replies · 627+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 20 July 2006 | Doug Bandow
    PRIZREN, Kosovo -- Being a monk is never easy. But Brother Benedict, a friendly 29-year-old with the ever-present beard that characterizes Orthodox Christian clerics, cheerfully welcomed three foreign visitors to his humble abode. Unfortunately, any Serb who travels outside of few remaining enclaves does so at his own risk. At the quasi-border dividing Serbia from Kosovo (which nominally remains part of Serbia), drivers routinely replace their Serbian license plates with ones marked Kosovo to disguise their identities. To do otherwise would risk not only their cars but their lives. Even foreigners are at risk. Some British tourists recently were roughed...
  • While Lebanon Boils, Watch Bosnia

    07/19/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 402+ views
    It is always very hard to focus on broad pictures when so many fires are in need of being put out. But it is imperative to keep in mind in the ongoing conflict Iran’s long-standing ties not only to Hezbollah, but to Islamists in Bosnia, a relationship that spans more than a decade. There is concern among Bosnian contacts that, if Iran feels things are going badly in Lebanon and that the war needs another front, it would take little to ignite Bosnia. It would not be hard to do and the international presence in Bosnia is greatly reduced. So...
  • Bosnia rules to revoke citizenships (given Al-Qaeda)

    07/15/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 22 replies · 554+ views
    The Bosnian government is bringing to a close five months of work reviewing how some 1,500 people - most of them fighters who came to Bosnia from Muslim countries during the 1992-1995 war - gained Bosnian citizenship. ... The 1,500 naturalized Bosnian citizens were given until last week to provide all documents used to gain Bosnian citizenship between 1992-1996. ... The Syrian-born Abu Hamza is also among those who are facing deportation. He arrived in Croatia in the early 1990s as a student and moved to Bosnia at the beginning of the war. Investigators say he lied on his citizenship...
  • NATO seeks ways to allay Serbia's isolation

    07/08/2006 7:14:10 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 240+ views
    By Mark John BRUSSELS, July 7 (Reuters) - NATO is looking at ways to allay a growing sense of isolation in Serbia, possibly with an offer of closer ties short of a full partnership, alliance diplomats said on Friday. The alliance has denied Serbia and its neighbour Bosnia entry to its Partnership for Peace programme, the first rung on the ladder to possible membership, until fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspects General Ratko Mladic and wartime leader Radovan Karadzic are brought to international justice. But now Montenegro has ended its union with Serbia and Kosovo is set to go its...
  • Akhtisaari buying out Kosovo!

    "As todays Belgrade "Novosti" dayly sais, sources from Serbian goverment confirmet that Amrti Akhtisaary, UN negotiator on kosovo status talks have offered to Serbian goverment, facing his own failiure as mediator of negotiations, DEAL in which Serbia should give indipendance to Muslim occupied Kosovo region and recive in return 1. Serbia joining "Partnership For Peace" without extradicting Ratko Mladic to hague 2. Serbia Joining to EU, without extradicing ratko Mladic to Hague 3. US financial aid 4. EU financial founds access 5. Growing of direct foreighn investments in Serbia. As source add, this was rejected strongly by Serbian goverment, that...
  • Soldiers celebrate America’s independence in Kosovo

    07/05/2006 5:25:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 190+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Matthew Chlosta
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (Army News Service, July 5, 2006) –Soldiers from the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division and Multi-National Task Force (East) marked America’s 230th year of independence during a July 4 ceremony on the Camp Bondsteel parade field. Brig. Gen. Darren Owens, commanding general of MNTF(E), spoke about America’s struggle for independence. “We as Americans can proudly say the Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776, gave birth to the ideals of freedom that others in the world only dream about,” Owens said. “We are free to love, worship and live as we want – but freedom does have...
  • "A TOAST TO THE DEAD" - Srebenica Widows Sue UN, Dutch Government

    07/05/2006 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 15 replies · 755+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 4, 2006 | Udo Ludwig and Ansgar Mertin
    Some of the Dutch United Nations soldiers who failed to prevent the massacre of Srebenica in July 1995 gave the Serbs a back-slapping welcome, handed over their uniforms and even actively helped to separate Bosnian men from their families, say relatives of the 8,000 men and boys who were murdered. A German attorney is preparing a lawsuit against the UN and the Netherlands. They are unbelievable scenes that Sabaheta Fejzic, a bookkeeper from Vogosca near Srebenica, will never forget. War had been raging for years in Bosnia, and in the summer of 1995 everyone in Srebrenica was scared to death...
  • Petersen Leaving In Armored Vehicle Sign Of His “Success”

    07/04/2006 7:47:13 AM PDT · by tgambill · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Tanjug | 2 July 06 | Tanjug
    Belgrade, 2 July 06. (Tanjug) – The Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija announced that UNMIK Chief Soren Jesen-Petersen “leaving Kosovo in an armored vehicle”, showed that the international community did not fulfill its basic task for seven years, such as the creation of elementary security conditions of free living and freedom of movement. “Petersen’s earlier statement, stated that he is leaving Kosovo for private reasons. Before his departure he clearly stated slogans on behalf of Albanian lobbyists who use all means in the fight for independence of the Serbian southern province”, states the Center at the Sunday announcement. Coordination...
  • Blair warns Serbs to accept different vision for Kosovo

    Serbia must accept a "different vision" for the future make-up of south-east Europe or face increasing isolation and diminishing prospects of closer relations with the European Union, Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, will tell Vojislav Kostunica, his Serbian counterpart, tomorrow --- Belgrade is under pressure from the UK, US and the UN administration in Kosovo to accept independence as the "least problematic solution". However, Mr Kostunica faces formidable domestic pressure not to abandon Serbia's historical claims to the province, now dominated by ethnic Albanians. Belgrade continues to offer "the widest possible autonomy" without conceding sovereignty. --- Serbian state-run newspapers...
  • Austrian Writer Peter Handke: Send my award to the Serbs

    06/26/2006 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 350 replies · 4,230+ views
    ERPKIM ^ | June 23, 2006 | By D. Sekulic
    Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most extreme do not dare criticize him for it. He has given up the alternative Heinrich Heine award that the actors and intellectuals of Berlin wished to bestow upon him in favor of the Serbs of Kosovo, who live "surrounded by barbed wire and tanks". Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade June 24, 2006 By D. Sekulic, June 23, 2006 Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most...
  • Kosovo Tensions Put More Than People at Risk

    06/17/2006 8:14:13 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 438+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 15, 2006 | By MONICA ELLENA
    A picturesque valley in the western province of Kosovo is home to the largest and most urgently preserved monastery in Serbia. The 14th century Visoki Decani monastery has not only survived the passage of time but also the ravages of war. Even though around half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks after the war, the 100,000 who stayed are still targeted by sporadic violence. Stoning of police and attacks on individuals are not uncommon. In 1998, Slobodan Milosevic, who was president at the time, led troops against Albanian forces in an effort to reclaim parts of Kosovo....
  • Centuries-Old Churches in Jeopardy from Albanian-Serb Conflicts

    06/17/2006 11:38:39 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 15 replies · 305+ views
    ABC NEWS (USA) ^ | 15 June 2006 | Monica Ellena
    A picturesque valley in the western province of Kosovo is home to the largest and most urgently preserved monastery in Serbia. The 14th century Visoki Decani monastery has not only survived the passage of time but also the ravages of war. Even though around half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks after the war, the 100,000 who stayed are still targeted by sporadic violence. Stoning of police and attacks on individuals are not uncommon. In 1998, Slobodan Milosevic, who was president at the time, led troops against Albanian forces in an effort to reclaim parts of Kosovo....
  • Kosovo's president, PM to meet US Sec Rice during visit to US next week

    06/16/2006 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 951+ views
    Associated Press | 16 June 2006
    PRISTINA, Serbia - Kosovo's top leaders travel to Washington next week to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the president's office said Friday. President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku are to meet Rice on Monday, said Muhamet Hamiti, the president's adviser. Sejdiu will visit the United States for the first time since he was elected in February, succeeding Kosovo's late President Ibrahim Rugova, who died of lung cancer earlier this year. During his trip, Sejdiu will meet other officials in the State Department and the White House, the statement said. Ceku is also scheduled to...
  • Two British "tourists" shot at in Kosovo

    06/15/2006 2:51:29 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 494+ views
    PRISTINA, Serbia-Two British tourists were shot at Thursday in western Kosovo, officials said. No one was injured. The shooting occurred near the western village of Babaloc, an ethnic Albanian area, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) from the province's capital, Pristina, Kosovo police spokesman Veton Elshani said. The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. Security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident, said the tourists' vehicle bore registration plates from Serbia's capital, Belgrade.
  • Who Lost Kosovo?

    06/15/2006 2:47:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies · 875+ views
    But Kerry may have some competition. On Memorial Day, another former Democratic presidential candidate, retired General Wesley Clark, tried to rewrite the history of the war in Kosovo in order to make himself into a great military hero. "Last week," he said, "I returned to Kosovo for the first time since I retired from military service. For me, this trip was very personal. In 1999, I commanded the NATO forces that stopped the genocide against ethnic Albanians by Slobodan Milosevic and his Serbian forces." That sounds pretty impressive-commanding the forces that stopped genocide. Too bad it's not true. Genocide is...

    Sarajevo, 8 June (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim religious leader Reiss ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric has accused the country's Catholic and Orthodox Christians of undermining the country and advocating the partitioning of Bosnia. Ceric was quoted by the Sarajevo daily, Dnevni Avaz, as saying that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Croatia's Franjo Tudjman deal, allegedly made in the early nineties to divide Bosnia, had been taken over by the Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholic Church. As a proof of an alleged conspiracy, Ceric said that the bishops of the two churches have been meeting without Muslim representatives. "It is well known...
  • Peter Handke Responds on the Question of Yugoslavia

    06/01/2006 3:20:50 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 76 replies · 897+ views
    Liberation (French Daily) | 10 May 2006 | Peter Hanke
    So let's talk about Yugoslavia! Finally, after more than a decade of one-way journalistic language that in no way made sense, an opening seems to have been created in France in the press (1), and perhaps not only in France, to speak about things differently? or simply to start speaking about Yugoslavia. A debate, a discussion, a discourse, a fruitful discussion seems to have become possible, a general questioning, of reports that speak for themselves... Previously: nothing, and still more nothing? defamations instead of a debate, expressed by exclusively prefabricated words, repeated ad infinitum, used like an automatic weapon. So...
  • Catolic and Ortodox bishops are meeting without us- it is a call to a war (Bosnian Grand mufti)

    06/08/2006 6:19:00 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 402+ views
    (Translation from Serbian) " ...Negotiations between Tudjman and Milosevic to devide Bosnia are nowdays held in different manner. Catolic and Ortodox bishops are holding series of meetings without inviting us. That is something problem, that is call to war." Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric said to gratuates uf Islamic school in Sarajevo that attacks on Islamic community in Bosnia must stop, also he attacked local TV station for accusing Islamic community in Bosnia that it "Builds Teheran out of Sarajevo" "
  • Bosnian Serb authorities may have tipped Canadian terror arrests

    06/08/2006 6:03:40 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 39 replies · 658+ views
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP)--Bosnian authorities, responding to media reports that they gave Canada information leading to the arrest of 17 militant suspects there, said Wednesday only that they had cooperated with intelligence services in many countries. Leader of Bosnian Muslim Wahabis, Enes Mujkanovic, calls for destruction of the West. Canada arrested the suspects Friday and Saturday and said it had foiled plans for attacks in southeast Canada. Officials said the arrests were ordered after the group acquired three tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be mixed with fuel oil to make a powerful explosive. The Bosnian daily newspaper Nezavisne Novine from...
  • Serbian researchers say 5,515 Serbs killed in wartime Sarajevo

    06/05/2006 2:14:27 PM PDT · by joan · 2 replies · 295+ views
    BBC Monitoring European 5 June 2006 Serbian researchers say 5,515 Serbs killed in wartime Sarajevo Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 5 Jun 06 Text of report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA BELGRADE, June 5 (Srna) -- Milivoje Ivanisevic, director of the [Belgrade] Centre for Researching Crimes against Serbs, has pointed out that 5,515 Serbs were killed in Sarajevo between 1992 and 1995. "We have the lists of all the names of victims from all municipalities and settlements in Sarajevo. We have been patiently collecting evidence of atrocities committed by Muslims. For this reason, we have the name...
  • Muslim extremists break up concert

    06/05/2006 9:20:34 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 54 replies · 1,864+ views
    NOVI PAZAR -- Ten young men donning long beards, short pants and white hats broke up a concert of the Balkanika orchestra. The hooligans were dressed like members of the vehabit movement. They climbed up onto the stage and threw around the instruments that were set up for the musicians to play. One of the young men toko the microphone and told those attending the concert: “Brothers, go home, they are working against Islam here. This is Satan’s work.” He then threw the microphone, which was damaged, as were the speakers, mixing board and some of the lighting. Four police...
  • Milosevic not poisoned, UN finds

    05/31/2006 9:18:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 584+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 31 May 2006 | unattributed
    There is no evidence to suggest that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was poisoned, according to a United Nations investigation. The Hague tribunal's report said he died of a heart attack - despite claims "in some segments of the media that he was the victim of murder". Mr Milosevic died in his cell on 11 March while on trial for war crimes. The report said security breaches did allow him to self-medicate but said he had received "proper care"... Doctors from Serbia, Russia, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, who had treated him before or during his time in detention were...