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  • ‘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 | RT.com
    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...
  • Major international conference: 'THE POSITION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN THE HISTORY OF EUROPE'

    01/13/2014 7:33:27 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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...
  • THE GREAT RETREAT, SERBIA 1915

    12/31/2013 8:21:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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...
  • THE MIRACLE OF THE KOLUBARA!

    11/16/2013 10:13:16 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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...
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER - JUNE 27.

    06/27/2013 5:50:27 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 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
    breitbart.com ^ | 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 (http://www.alyseradenovic.com) 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
    Spiegel.de ^ | 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...
  • NAZIS, COMMUNISTS, ARAB NATIONALIST TERRORISTS: ONE CAMP, ONE KAMPF

    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
    ruvr.ru ^ | 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...
  • WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA (re Serbia)

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

    05/27/2012 8:51:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2012
    A German teenager has been rescued from a Bosnian couple who are accused of starving and beating her for years and of harnessing her to a horse cart and making her pull it.The 19-year-old, kept in a hamlet near the northeastern town of Kalesija since 2004, had been taken to safety and the couple had been detained for investigation, regional prosecutors said on Sunday. Damir Arnautovic, a spokesman for the prosecution in Tuzla, said the woman had been in a bad physical and psychological state and had no papers. She was not named. He said Milenko Marinkovic, 52, and his...
  • Muslim becomes first woman to be convicted of Bosnian war crimes (Trusina massacre 1993)

    05/01/2012 5:32:29 AM PDT · by Milagros · 8 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 30 Apr 2012
    A Bosnian Muslim former soldier has become the first woman to be convicted of war crimes after pleading guilty to killing Croat civilians and prisoners during the 1990s war. Rasema Handanovic "participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers", according to war crimes court judge Jasmina Kosovic.. The crimes were committed on April 16, 1993, in the village of Trusina, in southern Bosnia. A total of 18 Croat civilians and four prisoners of war were killed at the time.. She was a member of the Zulfikar special unit, which was under the...
  • April 10, 1941: A Dark Day In History

    04/17/2012 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Aleksandra's Note: While this excellent analysis by Srdja Trifkovic focuses on the "internal" history of Croatia, it is important to note that four days after Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, Hitler's staunch ally the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) declared war on both the United Kingdom and on the United States on December 14, 1941. What makes this especially significant is that less than three years later, on April 16, 1944, which was Easter Sunday for the Serbian Orthodox, the Anglo-American forces bombed Belgrade, the capital of their loyal and devoted ally Serbia, even though there was...
  • Serbian President Boris Tadic resigns, paving the way for early presidential election

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

    02/23/2010 5:58:17 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 110 replies · 1,460+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 22, 2010 | Julia Gorin
    Catholic Church, looking for a bulwark against communism, supported what became genocidal regime of Nazi satellite Croatia. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Museum The controversy over the canonization of Pope Pius XII concerns whether he spoke out enough against the slaughter of Jews during World War II. But that question is a red herring when trying to grasp the big picture of the Vatican's role during the war. The real question is whether the Vatican supported the world order, or at least aspects of it, that the Third Reich promised to bring, a world order in which dead...
  • Serbia says 11,000 people trapped in remote villages by snow; Europe’s death toll rises to 123

    02/02/2012 7:23:14 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2012 | AP
    BELGRADE, Serbia — At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia’s mountains, authorities said Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe’s weeklong deep freeze rose to 123, many of them homeless people. The harshest winter in decades has seen temperatures in some regions dropping to minus 30 C (minus 22 F) and below, and has caused power outages, traffic chaos and the widespread closure of schools, nurseries and airports. The stranded in Serbia are stuck in some 6,500 homes in remote areas that cannot be reached due to icy, snow-clogged roads with banks...
  • CROATIA - FASCIST ENOUGH FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION

    01/27/2012 9:15:36 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Free Nations ^ | January 2012 | Rodney Atkins
    While Germany and Austria have just blocked Serbia's entry into the European Union Croatia was admitted in a ceremony at which David Cameron shook the hand of Croat leaders, whose country by any democratic or moral standards is a disgrace. Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, in an exact reprise of the fascist 1940s, have been systematically attacked and dismembered by Germany and Austria since the 1980s. Germany, without the support of other countries, the EU or the UN, joined the Vatican in illegally recognising Croatia in 1991 which led to that State effectively declaring war on Yugoslavia (of which it...
  • Resurgent Serbia

    01/26/2012 10:48:33 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | January 26, 2012 | Pongpet Mekloy - Travel Editor
    Belgrade may hold the pulse, but the soul throbs well beyond the capital cityAs peace has returned to most of the Balkans, countries in the region, including those that broke off from the former Yugoslavia, are opening their doors to tourists. And Serbia, despite the unsettled conflict with Kosovo to its south, is no exception. To the Serbs, religion is a crucial part of life. And the most important spiritual sanctity in Belgrade is this grand cathedral dedicated to Saint Sava, the first archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the founder of Serbian law and literature. Saint Sava was...
  • Angelina Jolie’s ‘Blood and Honey’ directorial debut a ‘flop’

    01/12/2012 10:43:29 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 17 replies
    1389 Blog - Counterjihad! ^ | January 12, 2012 | Peter Brock
    The critics and movie-goers “doth protest too much.” Make that a silent protest because apparently they have better things to do than say much of anything about Angelina Jolie’s inaugural attempt at writing/directing “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” The first month’s box office take will likely not even amount to a .01-percent trickle of the $13 million blown on this celluloid cliché that promoters had tried to hype as a Romeo and Juliet tragedy set against the recent Bosnian war. By late January, the three-week mini-run that soaked $90,000 in ticket sales from gullible movie-goers is sputtering. Only...
  • Kosovo: Risk of radical Islam, says ambassador to Italy

    01/12/2012 10:41:18 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    emg.rs ^ | 1-11-12 | Cristiana Missori
    Four years on from its independence, Kosovo is attempting to reaffirm its native traditions and is calling on the West for help to avoid being swallowed by the slow advance of radical Islam, which is taking advantage of tolerant traditions. Four years on from its independence, Kosovo is attempting to reaffirm its native traditions and is calling on the West for help to avoid being swallowed by the slow advance of radical Islam, which is taking advantage of tolerant traditions. The scenario is one of inter-religious dialogue that is progressing at its own slow pace, without making any fuss and...
  • Albania slams Kosovo hardliner's call for Serbian border blockade

    01/13/2012 5:56:45 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    EU Business ^ | 12 January 2012, 22:14 CET
    (TIRANA) - Albania on Thursday slammed calls from a Kosovo hardline opposition leader to temporarily block the border with Serbia as a way of barring Serb products from entering the breakaway territory. Albania's foreign ministry said in a statement that the attempt to block the border was contrary to constructive efforts to make Kosovo a democratic state and multi-ethnic society. "The use of nationalist and pseudo-patriotic rhetoric" will not help key goals of the Albanians in both Kosovo and Albania to progress towards integration into the European Union, or new recognitions of Kosovo's independence, the ministry warned. Albin Kurti, a...
  • Who are America’s allies in the Balkans?

    01/09/2012 10:58:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 4, 2012 | Dr. Samuel J. Mikolaski
    A new set of issues for Christians in Southeastern Europe has arisen, largely as a result of misdirected policies of the Clinton/Albright and successive Washington administrations.Believe it or not, Christmas Carols in the Washington Embassy of Romania which, once-upon-a-time, was the instrument of a strident Stalinist-style government that was overthrown in 1990! I say once-upon-a-time because, though not so long ago, it seemed to me like a fairy-tale. There we were, about seventy invited guests, in the upstairs reception Hall of the Embassy, where a 4-man Brass Quartette from a Romanian Baptist church in Virginia presented a concert of about...
  • Feds: Man planned terrorism attacks in Tampa

    01/09/2012 8:50:17 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 15 replies
    Tampa Tribune via TBO.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | ELAINE SILVESTRINI
    Federal agents over the weekend arrested a Pinellas Park man described as having extremist jihadist beliefs who wanted to blow up a target in Tampa and create "terror" in victims' hearts. "I want to do something terrifying," he said, according to a federal complaint, "like one day, one night, something's going to happen. Then six hours later, something else." Sami Osmakac, 25, was taken into custody after an FBI sting operation in which he tried to buy explosives, at least 10 grenades, Uzis and an AK-47, authorities said. Osmakac's intended target shifted over the course of the investigation, which spanned...
  • Nazi memorial in Croatia a disgrace to Europe

    01/05/2012 10:14:01 AM PST · by gitmogrunt · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/04/2012 | EFRAIM ZUROFF
    <p>Imagine for a minute that memorial masses were held in two major cities in Germany on the anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler. Needless to say, such a ceremony would arouse fury, indignation, and widespread protests not only in Germany, but throughout the entire world. Last week, the local equivalent of such an event took place in Croatia, but instead of anger and demonstrations, not a single word of protest was heard from anywhere in the country.</p>
  • Officially and unofficially, the euro reigns in the Balkans

    12/30/2011 8:57:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EUBusiness.com ^ | 27 December 2011, 13:40 CET | (AFP)
    The eurozone crisis has not prompted panic in the Balkans even though the euro is the currency of reference here and Montenegro and Kosovo use it despite being a long way from membership. Throughout the region, loans are taken out and savings made in euros while salaries are determined based on the European single currency. "In the past, all of us in the Balkans were in love with the German mark. Since it disappeared, the euro rules," explained Zoran Jovanovic while sipping coffee at the popular Belgrade Biblioteka café. "It is the case in Belgrade, Zagreb, Podgorica, Skopje, Tirana, Sarajevo...
  • MACEDONIA, EUROPE'S NEW TRANSIT COUNTRY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    12/29/2011 11:36:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    LE TEMPS/Worldcrunch ^ | 12/16/11 | Jean-Arnault Dérens
    Several dozen young men are basking in the warm mid-day sun. They are Afghan and Pakistani. Behind them, on a white wall, is graffiti extolling the glories of the UÇK -- ex-Kosovo Albanian guerilla fighters.Over the past two years, the Macedonian village of Lojane, which borders Serbia, has become a stop-over on the illegal migration routes to Western Europe. “It started when groups of three or four would arrive periodically. It didn’t disturb us at first,” says Selam Mehmeti, the head of the village community. “But since this summer, it’s grown to a whole other dimension: there were 500 in...
  • One of 5 remaining Serbs in Kosovo town dies

    12/28/2011 9:16:51 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies · 1+ views
    B92 ^ | Dec. 26, 2011 | B92
    DJAKOVICA -- An 82-year-old woman - one of only five remaining Serbs in the town of Djakovica in Kosovo - has died, it has been reported. Jela Mijovich and four other elderly women were the only Serbs left in the town after the March 2004 pogrom perpetrated by ethnic Albanians. They all lived in a rebuilt structure located in the yard of a Serbian Orthodox monastery in the town. Prior to 1999, several thousand Serbs lived in Djakovica. The four elderly women who still remain there live under 24-hour protection of the Kosovo police (KPS). One of them, 64-year-old Vasiljka...
  • Angelina Jolie inflames new ethnic emotions in Bosnia with her debut as film director

    12/17/2011 8:19:42 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/17/2011 | Philip Sherwell
    Angelina Jolie has aroused praise and criticism in Bosnia with her first film as a director, a story of love and war set during the bloody Balkans conflict. ... But in the Balkans, another world from the star-studded American premieres and glitzy after-parties, the film is inflaming old and deeply-held emotions. ... Former Bosnian Muslim war prisoners and relatives of massacre victims, some of them initially critical, lauded In the Land of Blood and Honey after being invited to a private screening to allay earlier fears about the subject matter. But the leader of a Bosnian Serb prisoners group has...
  • Croatia signs EU accession treaty

    12/10/2011 7:49:48 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    In Sofia, Croatian ambassador to Bulgaria Danijela Barišić and Leszek Hensel, ambassador of Poland – current holder of the EU Presidency – hosted a celebration on December 9 of Croatia’s EU accession treaty signing. Ambassadors and guests from EU and other countries turned out in force to offer congratulations. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer Croatia signed on December 9 2011 its accession treaty with the European Union and if all goes according to plan, will join the bloc in July 2013. Before the process progresses further, the country must within 30 days from December 9 approve in a referendum accession to the...
  • Excavations in Serbia Raising New Questions About Early Humans in Europe [ Sicevo Gorge ]

    12/06/2011 8:06:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, November 28, 2011 | unattributed
    The Sicevo Gorge is a rugged, picturesque river canyon cut into the Kunivica plateau in southeastern Serbia... contains a series of caves, at least one of which has yielded evidence of human presence during the shifting glacial times of the Ice Age of present-day Europe... in 2008, anthropologists uncovered a partial human mandible (lower jaw), complete with three teeth, while excavating in a small cave... a fossil specimen, definitely a human that, at least in terms of morphology, predated the Neanderthal and may have had more in common, physically, with Homo erectus, thought by many scientists to be the precursor...