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  • Germany expects record 800,000 asylum requests in 2015

    08/19/2015 10:35:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    afp ^ | 2015-08-19
    Germany expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a new record, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday, as he urged action from the European level on the crisis. "This development is a challenge for us all," de Maiziere told reporters as he announced the new official estimate. Berlin had previously expected 500,000 asylum-seekers to arrive this year. Germany, the EU's most populous country and top economy, has struggled to accommodate a flood of asylum-seekers from war zones such as Syria but also from countries without military conflict in southeastern Europe, including Albania, Serbia and Kosovo. ......
  • BBC Admits Pamela Geller Was Right All Along (Bill Clinton aided and abetted Bosnian Islamic Jihad)

    07/02/2015 8:53:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 2, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    For years I have been saying it: Most Americans still don’t know or understand the implications of America’s support of the jihad in Europe, but that’s exactly what Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Balkans was. Clinton sent American soldiers to fight alongside Bosnian mujahedeen against the Serb Christians in the Bosnia war. The Democrats aligned with the jihad then and the Democrats align with the jihad now, despite the thousands of Americans slaughtered at their hand. Here is yet more of the unending poisonous yield of Clinton’s vicious ill-conceived war. I continue to take heat for my support of...
  • Bosnia: the cradle of modern jihadism?

    07/02/2015 6:45:42 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/2/15 | Mark Urban
    Back in the 1990s something happened in central Bosnia-Herzegovina that inspired people to this day and helps explain why that country now has more men fighting in Syria and Iraq (over 300), as a proportion of its population, than most in Europe. The formation of a "Mujahideen Battalion" in 1992, composed mainly of Arab volunteers in central Bosnia, was a landmark. Today the dynamic of jihad has been reversed and it is Bosnians who are travelling to Arab lands. "There is a war between the West and Islam," says Aimen Dean, who, as a young Saudi Arabian volunteer, travelled to...
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • British jihadis are slipping back into the UK undetected using human trafficking routes through…

    06/05/2015 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:38 EST, 5 June 2015 | David Williams
    British jihadis recruited by Islamic State are using land routes run by human traffickers to travel unnoticed via the Balkans to fight in Syria—and to slip back into the UK. Experts warn this means there is no check or record of the fighter traveling across Europe—a journey that can take weeks—and over the Turkish border or, crucially, making the journey home. As a result, battle-hardened jihadis could be returning undetected to the UK from Syria and Iraq to potentially strike at home. …
  • Muslims Ambush Police, Murder Five Officers

    05/10/2015 6:49:45 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 13 replies ^ | May 9, 2015 | Ted Shoebat
    (Original title too long: Muslims, Well Trained And Armed, Ambush Police Officers, Murder Five Police Officers, Injure Thirty More Officers, In Well Orchestrated Attack To Purposefully Help Usher In The Ottoman Empire) Well trained and armed Muslims in the Macedonian city of Kumanovo attacked police officers, killing five officers, and injuring thirty officers. The Muslims went into a rampage, burning down multiple homes as well. This was a very well orchestrated and calculated attack that is being done for the purpose of causing so much violent tension that it will lead to instability. This societal friction will be a part...

    05/04/2015 6:30:29 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | May 4, 2015 | Carl Savich
    EPISODE 7: THE FINAL CHETNIK OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE AXIS / REVIEW by Carl Savich: Documentary Series "The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Second World War" The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Second World War [2 Series: Why Were the Balkans Given Over to Communist Control?] is the second part of a documentary series consisting of six approximately 30 minute episodes. This series continues from part one which consisted of six episodes that examined the German invasion and subsequent occupation and dismemberment of Yugoslavia released in 2014. The first series analyzed the period from the German invasion and occupation of Yugoslavia...
  • Albania and Kosovo to unite inside EU or not: Albanian PM

    04/08/2015 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April7, 2015 | Fatos Bytyci and Matt Robinson
    (Reuters) - The unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the European Union or not, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday. The suggestion was denounced in Belgrade, where a senior official accused Tirana's Prime Minister Edi Rama of "banging the war drums" over Kosovo, which many Serbs regard as the cradle of their nation and Orthodox Christian faith. Serbia and the West are sensitive to any talk of unification of Albania and Kosovo, something Western powers ruled out when they backed Kosovo's secession from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo and...
  • German Minister Roth: “EU expansion is also in our interest” (into the Balkans)

    04/08/2015 7:06:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04/08/2015 | Benjamin Pargan / gro
    If the western Balkan states were admitted to the EU, it would be beneficial to both sides, says Michael Roth, State Minister for Europe in the German foreign ministry, in an interview with DW. […] “I want to encourage the western Balkan states that want to belong to the European Union. There is no question: The road ahead of us is surely rocky, but it is worth it. We are not just an economic community, but also, above all, a union of values.” […] … “EU expansion lies in the interest of the states in the Western Balkans; it lies...
  • Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars

    03/23/2015 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2015 | Guy De Launey
    Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars By Guy De Launey BBC News, Kosovo 22 March 2015 From the section Europe "We are like two million birds in one cage, but we are hoping for a better life" The scene in Mitrovica's 7 Arte Cafe seems convivial enough. Fairy lights twinkle, a mixture of Albanian and English-language hits play over the sound system and the 20-somethings gathered around the tables regularly break into laughter. But the joviality papers over a grim reality for these young people. Kosovo may have unilaterally declared independence from Serbia seven years ago, but...
  • Kosovars Who Fought for Land Are Now Eager to Leave

    03/07/2015 12:02:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2015 | Alison Smale
    STANOVC, Kosovo — The extended Cakaj family has built a few dozen homes here, along Tony Blair Street, between the Dubai supermarket and the French peacekeepers base, in a clannish faith that closeness would bring security. But recently the family of Kosovo Albanians has begun to splinter, as a disastrous economy, static politics and a newly created opening in the border with Serbia have enticed tens of thousands of Kosovars to leave their troubled land in search of opportunity and work. “My son had no choice,” said Xhevat Cakaj, but to leave their enclave for Germany with his wife and...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

    11/18/2014 7:00:21 AM PST · by C19fan
    Spiegel ^ | November 17, 2014 | Staff
    It is a fundamental principle of German foreign policy that talks are the best way to solve diplomatic problems. Such was the rationale behind Gernot Erler's recent trip to Moscow to speak with Russian parliamentarians about the ongoing Ukraine-related difficulties. Erler is the German government's Russia liaison and he has spent much of his political career working towards better relations between Germany and Russia. But his recent trip to the Russia capital was a painful one. There was no one in parliament who was willing to speak with him.
  • Whistleblower urges external probe into EU mission in Kosovo

    10/31/2014 12:18:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.10.14 @ 19:13 | Andrew Rettman
    Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor at the heart of EULEX corruption revelations, says the only way to restore faith in the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo is by holding an external enquiry. The scandal erupted on Monday (27 October) when Kosovo daily Koha Ditore wrote, citing evidence from leaked EULEX documents, that senior officials colluded with suspects in criminal cases, took bribes to shut down investigations, and quashed internal EULEX probes. …
  • The Multicult's bitter harvest

    10/27/2014 2:25:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/27/14 | Klaus Rohrich
    Concepts of forced marriages, honor killings, Jihad, as well as self-segregation are fundamentally un-Canadian and should not be tolerated When Trudeau pčre sold Canadians the conceit of multiculturalism as a workable societal foundation, most people eagerly bought in. After all, what harm can there be in turning the drab Canadian mangia cake uniformity into a colorful, spicy multinational quilt? The upside includes wondrous, redolent, zesty foods; quaint customs and celebrations that turn the old homogeneity into a vibrant heterogeneous stew of warmth and mutual respect. Of course, there were those who warned that the concept was pretty far-fetched and not...
  • World's Smartest Maddow Doesn't Know Difference Between Balkans and Baltics

    09/02/2014 8:11:04 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Another embarrassing mistake by Rachel Maddow. This time Rachel has revealed her unfamiliarity with some simple world geography. On her MSNBC show this evening, discussing President Obama's impending trip to one of the Baltic states--Estonia--Maddow told anecdotes of "the last time a US President visited the Balkans." Whoops! Maddow waxed on about how the last time an American president visited the "Balkans," it was George W., visiting Albania. Rachel recounted the story of how W's wrist-watch disappeared when he waded into a crowd of Albanian well-wishers. With malicious glee, Maddow mentioned that in honor of his visit, the Albanians erected...
  • Serbian mountain [CER] sacred site of first Allied World War I victory

    08/18/2014 3:23:18 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 17, 2014 | Joan McQueeney Mitric
    The author's husband, Slobodan Mitric, with a statue of one of Serbia's most famous generals [Voyvoda Zivojin Misic] at the 1914 Battle of Cer in Serbia. TEKERIS, Serbia – While western World War I history buffs will likely flock to fields in the region of Flanders in Belgium or retrace the gruesome reality of trench warfare in the French area of Somme this centennial summer, many Serbs will gather on Cer mountain to remember the young men who died over nine brutal and bloody days in August 1914. Repelling a much stronger and better-outfitted Austrian war machine, the ragtag Serb...
  • Gavrilo Princip, who triggered a war, was also a Serbian hero

    07/31/2014 10:29:24 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 24 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mihailo Papazoglu

    07/15/2014 6:42:08 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies ^ | July 15, 2014 | Austrian Ministerial Council Meeting July 7, 1914
    Aleksandra's Note: The following documentary evidence, the source of which is the Austrian Ministerial Council during the "JULY CRISIS" of 1914 confirms the "theory" that war with Serbia was a foregone conclusion regardless of the Austrian "Ultimatum" that would follow on July 23 and regardless of Serbia's response to that Ultimatum. War would be waged against Serbia, period. What these officials present at this council meeting did not foresee was that war against Serbia would be just the beginning... Sincerely, Aleksandra Rebic ***** Franz Ferdinand (in fur-lined coat) on a hunting weekend with Wilhelm II (left) in 1914. AKG Images...

    06/27/2014 8:17:19 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies ^ | June 27, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    DUSK June 27, 2014 / Photo by Aleksandra Rebic Today is Friday, June 27, 2014. Exactly 100 years ago today was the day before everything in the world changed forever. History tells us that it was a beautiful summer in 1914 - everything a summer should be. This peaceful atmosphere in Europe had only 24 hours left. The next day, June 28, 1914 was Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), a most sacred day in Serbian history. It was also the day that an Austrian Archduke and his wife would come visiting and go for a ride in Sarajevo, a city in...
  • Croatian leader at Jasenovac: Evil should not be forgotten

    05/10/2014 1:24:21 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    B92 ^ | May 5, 2014 | Tanjug
    JASENOVAC -- A commemoration marking the 69th anniversary of the breakout of prisoners of the Ustasha death camp Jasenovac was held on Sunday [May 4, 2014.](Beta/Hina) Attending the event, Croatian President Ivo Josipović said genocide had occurred at that location and that it should never be forgotten. Josipović called on everyone to protect the memory of the people who had died in that camp, a place that would remain in collective memory forever, the Croatian electronic media reported. "Evil should be called by its real name, opposed and denied any opportunity to happen ever again," he stated. Evil is not...
  • ‘Ukraine today is new Balkans’

    04/18/2014 8:10:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    Ukraine is on the frontline of Russia v US superpower tensions, while a major naval base there makes it the bottom line underlying this confrontation, Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, told RT. RT: Is Crimea becoming a new battleground between East and the West? Richard Sakwa: Putin describes the things in his speech that he told about on March 18. There is a mixture of two things going on at the moment. There is the enlargement of the EU which in the past was considered fairly benign. What happened is its mixture...
  • Tell A Lie A Hundred Times It Becomes The Truth

    04/03/2014 6:39:00 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    Britic ^ | April 1, 2014 | William Dorich
    Angelina Jolie, is like the criminal in a low budget film who always returns to the scene of the crime. Jolie is shameless in returning to Bosnia after her propagandized rape movie entitled, In The Land of Blood and Honey—an irresponsible piece of film footage costing $50 million to produce that has failed miserably at the box office earning less then $5 million. Did she return to Srebrenica to mourn the dead or to rehabilitate her damaged career? Bringing with her William Hague, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is like bringing a fox to a...
  • 15 years on: Looking back at NATO's ‘humanitarian’ bombing of Yugoslavia

    03/24/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 26 replies
    RT ^ | March 24, 2014 |
    The Yugoslav Army Headquarters building hasn't been rebuilt after being damaged by cruises missiles in April 1999 during NATO's bombing of Serbia over Kosovo. Belgrade (AFP Photo) Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted. Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo. Questions remain on the very legality of the...
  • The German Highway from National Socialism to Islamo-Fascism

    01/26/2014 2:23:45 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 17 replies
    The Intellectual Conservative ^ | 1-26-2014 | Mark Musser
    While many conservatives are crying “Communism” and “Marxism” these days, they have overlooked, and continue to overlook the dangers of a modernized fascism coming out of the heart of Europe. Although Jonah Goldberg’s bestseller, "Liberal Fascism," should have been a wake-up call, in many crucial ways, his work has since been largely ignored. Conservatives only took notice for a short while, and went back to fighting the Cold War after his book subsided from the scene. While today’s Russia and the old Soviet Union had close ties with Syria and Iran, it has been forgotten Germany’s deep interests in the...

    01/13/2014 7:33:27 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies ^ | January 2014 | University of Sarajevo and Centenary News
    Academics of the University of Sarajevo announce the [WWI] conference Aleksandra' Note: I have only one question at this time: Will Serbia's position be represented at this World War One conference in Sarajevo in June of 2014, and will Serbs be present at this conference? Sincerely, Aleksandra Rebic ***** A major international conference about the First World War will see 120 scholars from 28 countries meet in Sarajevo in 2014. The conference, The Position of the First World War in the History of Europe, will be held on the 19th-21st June 2014 at the University of Sarajevo. Scholars from 26...

    12/31/2013 8:21:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | December 31, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic / M.I. Tatham
    "Night March of the Serbian Army" French WWI postcard Aleksandra's Note:As a lovely, sparkling snow falls steadily over Chicagoland on this last day of 2013, December 31st, it seems most appropriate to pay tribute to those Serb military forces and civilians who embarked on a now legendary exodus from Serbia in the late fall and winter of 1915/1916 southward through Montenegro and Albania to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The Great Serbian Retreat, also known as the "Albanian Golgotha", was an extraordinary human event in the history of the 20th Century. Though it was a retreat, seen by the...

    11/16/2013 10:13:16 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies ^ | 1983/2011-2013 | Paul Pavlovich
    Legendary Serbian General Zivojin Misich The Miracle of Kolubara River 'Men still talk of the miracle of the Marne, where there is little that is miraculous. There would be more justification in talking of the miracle of the Kolubara.' British Official History of World War I ***** "'Only the passing of two or three centuries are needed to make the glorious heroism of the Serbian soldiers stand out as a legend to the generations that are to come. They will scarcely be able to believe what we have all witnessed.'" *****
  • Russia, Serbia Ink Military Cooperation Agreement

    11/13/2013 1:30:07 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff
    BELGRADE, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Serbia signed an agreement Wednesday on military cooperation as part of further development of the strategic partnership between the two countries. The deal was overseen in Belgrade by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose visit is being seen as a prelude to a possibly imminent deal on the sale of Russian fighter jets to Serbia. Shoigu said contacts between the countries had recently reached new heights. The agreements reached Wednesday included provisions, among other things, for collaboration in peacekeeping operations under the aegis of the United Nations. Russia and Serbia have agreed...
  • Our Foreign Policy Quagmire

    09/13/2013 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | September 11, 2013 | Michael Djordjevich
    Michael Djordjevich Guest op-ed columnTHE CURRENT Middle East quagmire, with no end in sight, has now been further accentuated and brought into focus by President Barack Obama's "red line" regarding Syria and its civil war. Our attention and concerns have now been switched from our numberless difficult and complex domestic problems to our badly flawed and costly foreign policy. To buttress their case, the proponents of attacking Syria have been trying to draw on our imaginary successes in the wars for Yugoslav succession in the decade of the 1990s in order to convince people here and abroad. Nonetheless, these comparisons,...
  • Cooking with balls: Serbian chefs honor animal testicles

    09/09/2013 6:24:32 PM PDT · by Decombobulator · 28 replies
    <p>A delicacy for medieval monarchs, a plate for the poorest and a treat for Tito, animal testicles, with a pinch of humour, are back on the menu, at least at one Serbian food festival.</p> <p>A visitor needs no road signs to reach the tiny central village of Lunjevica, population 500. They can follow the smoke and smells from the barbecues and kettles at the 10th unofficial testicle-cooking "world championship".</p>
  • The man who started the First World War

    09/09/2013 2:08:36 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 21 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | August 30, 2013 | Tim Butcher
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife descend the steps of the City Hall, Sarajevo, and innocent bystander Ferdinand Behr, inset Photo: © IWM History has not been kind to the teenager who triggered the First World War by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand on a sunny Sunday morning in Sarajevo. So colossal was the impact of his actions and so modest his backwoodsman background that the story of Gavrilo Princip has often been overlooked, misrepresented and misunderstood. Muddled theories, often as batty as they are unverifiable, have circulated ever since Princip fired his Browning 9mm pistol on June 28,...
  • Why are no Allies paying attention to the Serbian WWI Battle of Tser victory?

    08/30/2013 12:22:31 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 23 replies ^ | August 30, 2013 | “Blogger DTA on the Free Republic forum”
    Monument to the Battle of Tser victory of 1914 in Serbia. Author of photo unknown at this time. Aleksandra's Note: The following comments were posted on Free Republic by “Blogger DTA on the Free Republic forum”. The points DTA makes are well worth noting as we near the Centennial of the Great War.Sincerely,Aleksandra Rebic*****"Austro-Hungarian POWs brought typhus fever to Serbia. By the end of 1914, 200,000 Serbs were dead. The typhus fever tragedy continued into 1915. It was Austro-Hungarian WMD [Weapons of Mass Destruction] of the time. "The Battle of Tser was the first Allied victory in WW1. It is...
  • An Empire's Unreasonable Demands guarantee World War One

    08/06/2013 9:13:25 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies ^ | August 6, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    THE IMPOSSIBLE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN ULTIMATUM TO SERBIA IN 1914Aleksandra's Note: What follows is the impossible ultimatum presented to the Serbian government by Austria-Hungary on July 23, 1914, just over 3 weeks after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Fair historians have assessed this ultimatum as being both unreasonable and, more importantly, clearly intended to set Serbia up to fail to meet the demands, thus giving the green light for the war against the Serbs the Empire had been planning all along. All dates indicated are according to the current [Gregorian] calendar. The "old calendar" [Julian] date...
  • Russia's martyred Tsar Nicholas II Depicted in Serbian Graffiti

    07/17/2013 12:20:47 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 16 replies ^ | February 12, 2013 / July 17, 2013 | Paul Gilbert
    Graffiti portrait of Russian Emperor Nicholas II on Ulitsa (Street) Tsara Nikolaja II in the Vrachar district of Belgrade, Serbia. Artist unknown. Aleksandra's Note:On this day, July 17, in 1918, the Communists murdered Russian Tsar Nicholas II Romanov and his family. Tsar Nicholas II did not live to see the end of the First World War or Serbia's glorious victory in that war.Sincerely,Aleksandra Rebic**** By Paul Gilbert: A rare historical figure is the subject of a graffiti drawing in Belgrade, Serbia. An enormous image of Emperor Nicholas II can now be found on Ulitsa Tsara Nikolaja II, in the Vrachapy...
  • The Battle of Kosovo / The Role of St. Vitus Day [VIDOVDAN] in Modern Serbia

    07/02/2013 2:49:35 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | July 2, 2013 | Dimitrije Djordjevic
    Battle of Kosovo 1389 / Adam Stefanovic, 1870-1871 Niti cemo se pokoriti, niti ukloniti!(We shall neither submit, nor yield!)...For Serbs, scattered over the central, northern, and western Balkans, living in 2 independent Serbian states born through revolutions and wars during the 19th century, as well as subjected to the Ottoman and Habsburg rule, Vidovdan embodied their "historical memory." ...Generations of Serbs and historians divided the national past into 2 periods: before and after the Kosovo Battle. Later, following the birth and ascendancy of the modern Serbian state in the 19th and 20th centuries, 3 kinds of traditions emerged: the old...
  • THE SARAJEVO ASSASSINATION JUNE 28, 1914-A Day of Death and Martyrs that would change the world

    06/28/2013 3:16:25 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies ^ | June 28, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Field of Kosovo Peonies / Painting by Nadezda Petrovic "...A century later, we still do not know with certainty who knew what, and when they knew it."David FromkinJune 28th is a sacred day in Serbian history. It is on this day, "Vidovdan", many years ago, that the Christian Serbs, under the command of their beloved leader St. Lazar, sacrificed their entire army of 70,000 men on the fields of Kosovo, fighting against the Ottoman Turks, the Islamic army that was pushing into the Balkans and into the heart of Europe. That was 1389, and the beginning of Turkish rule over...

    06/27/2013 5:50:27 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | June 27, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    June 27, 2013 By Aleksandra Aleksandra's Note: Today is Thursday, June 27, 2013. Exactly 99 years ago today was the day before everything in the world changed forever. History tells us that it was a beautiful summer in 1914 - everything a summer should be. The peaceful atmosphere in Europe had only 24 hours left. The next day, June 28, 1914 was Vidovdan, a most sacred day in Serbian history. It was also the day that an Austrian Archduke and his wife would come visiting and go for a carriage ride in a city in Bosnia. It was a day...
  • The Sham of a Trial begins in Belgrade, Yugoslavia for General Draza Mihailovich

    06/08/2013 12:26:10 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | June 7, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: June 10th marks the anniversary of when the Mihailovich Trial began in Belgrade in 1946. This trial would end in a "Guilty" verdict, a "Conviction", an "Appeal Denied", and an execution that would be carried out on July 17, 1946, only two days after the verdict and conviction were handed down. The trial was a sham, one of the biggest of the 20th century. It didn't last long by today's standards - just over a month. I'm convinced that General Mihailovich knew he was a "dead man walking" from day one, but he remained calm and testified and...
  • "The Slavs were not born to rule but to serve. This they must be taught."

    05/10/2013 3:35:44 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 38 replies ^ | May 10, 2013 | E. C. Helmreich / Aleksandra Rebic
    Painting of Kaiser Wilhelm II by Max Koner 1890 Aleksandra's Note: It never ceases to amaze me how decades, and in this case an entire century, of cataclysmic change can run its course through the world and the history of its nations and peoples, but some things truly don't change. For the Serbs, "Deja Vu" has become a constant common denominator in the course of their history. This important bit of history from a 100 years ago should serve as a reminder to the Serbs that the passage of time, even a full century of time, really means nothing when...
  • Serbia President 'Apologises for Srebrenica Massacre'

    04/25/2013 11:56:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 4/25/13 | AFP
    (AFP) Serbia's nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic on Thursday personally apologised for the first time for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims, but stopped short of calling it genocide.
  • Art and the Forgotten Orthodox Christians of Bosnia / Alyse Radenovic, Bratunac and Srebrenica

    04/12/2013 9:37:37 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | April 12, 2013 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Alyse Radenovic ( was born in 1973 therefore during her early adult life the war in the former Yugoslavia was blazing. This extremely talented artist was born in America and her adorable fine art covers many different themes and often flows in many directions. Many strong passions exist within Alyse Radenovic and this applies to her love of art and her deep respect towards many political issues. Of major concern for Alyse Radenovic is the distortion of reality when it comes to the coverage of what happened to the Serbs in Bosnia, Krajina and Kosovo. Therefore, this article is about...
  • In Bosnia, Turkey brings back a gentle version of the Ottoman Empire

    03/27/2013 2:15:54 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2013 | Michael Birnbaum
    <p>SARAJEVO, BOSNIA — Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means.</p> <p>Two Turkish-run universities have opened in Bosnia’s Ottoman-influenced capital in recent years, bringing an influx of Turkish students and culture to a predominantly Muslim country still reeling from a brutal ethnic war almost two decades ago.</p>
  • R2PAQ (‘Responsibility to Protect Al-Qaeda’)

    03/29/2011 12:36:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents. (See also "Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!" on the Tatler.) In the absence of any evident national interest justification for bombing Libya, the Obama administration is said to have been motivated by the so-called responsibility to protect — or “R2P” per the wonkish English acronym. In American discussions, “R2P” has quickly come to be associated with Obama advisor Samantha Power. But “R2P” did not emerge full-grown from the...
  • NATO Court Delivers Yet Another Miscarriage Of Justice: Serbs suffer another biased judgement

    11/26/2012 5:51:53 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Dr. Vojin Joksimovich
    On November the 16th the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) outrageously reversed convictions, acquitted and ordered immediate release of the Croatian Colonel General Ante Gotovina, commander of a military offensive known as Operation Storm (Oluja in Serbian), and Colonel General Mladen Markac, Operation Commander of the Special Police in Croatia. Gotovina was on the run until 2005, when he was arrested in Spain and transferred to the ICTY. Needless to say the acquitted generals returned to Zagreb to a hero’s welcome with the 100,000 large crowd chanting “Victory, Victory.” In Belgrade there was a...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • 'We Have Achieved Almost Nothing' An Insider's View of EU Efforts in Kosovo

    11/07/2012 5:02:32 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies ^ | 11/07/2012
    The so-called EULEX mission, with a staff of roughly 2,500, has cost more than €1 billion since 2008. Nevertheless, the European Court of Auditors finds that levels of organized crime and corruption remain high, while the judiciary is inefficient and suffers from too much political influence. I compare the development of a police force in Kosovo with that of the Obilic power plant near the capital, Pristina. Since NATO drove the Serbs out of Kosovo in 1999, there have been plans to install a filter at the plant. The plant continues to spew pollution unabated into the air. It's the...

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Bill Clinton 'suggested using Srebrenica to crack down on Serbs' - witnesses

    07/30/2012 9:30:21 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies ^ | 11JUL12 | Yelena Guskova
    The Hague Tribunal has resumed legal proceedings in the case of Serbian General Ratko Mladic, who is accused of committing genocide against Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995. The Director of the Center for the Study of the Contemporary Balkan Crisis of the RAS Institute of Slavic Studies Elena Guskova stated once again that genocide did not take place: “Today, the case of Srebrenica has become a subject of political speculation, in which the Serbs are being involved, although more and more data appears that Srebrenica was a premeditated and well-executed operation of...
  • Milosevic protégé to be new Serbia prime minister

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