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  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Richard Holbrooke: An American Diplomat

    12/15/2010 7:04:17 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    Chronicles ^ | December 15, 2010 | Srdja Trifkovic
    A few hours before Richard Holbrooke’s death last Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of America’s top diplomats gathered at the State Department for a Christmas party that he was “practically synonymous with American foreign policy.” Her assessment is correct: Richard Holbrooke’s career embodies some of the least attractive traits of contemporary American diplomacy. As assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under Jimmy Carter, Holbrooke was instrumental in securing continued U.S. support for Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. In 1997 he authorized arms deliveries to Indonesia in violation of the supposed U.S. arms...
  • Kosovo PM is head of human organ and arms ring, Council of Europe reports

    12/14/2010 1:24:44 PM PST · by headsonpikes · 23 replies
    The Grauniad ^ | Dec 14, 2010 | Paul Lewis
    Kosovo's prime minister is the head of a "mafia-like" Albanian group responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs through eastern Europe, according to a Council of Europe inquiry report on organised crime. Hashim Thaçi is identified as "the boss" of a network that began operating criminal rackets in the run-up to the 1999 Kosovo war, and has held powerful sway over the country's government since. The report of the two-year inquiry, which cites FBI and other intelligence sources, has been obtained by the Guardian. It names Thaçi as having over the last decade exerted "violent control" over the heroin...
  • Richard Holbrooke has died

    12/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 234 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jack Tapper
    ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died. On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta. He went through more than 20 hours of surgery. Earlier this evening, speaking at the US State Department, President Obama sang Holbrooke's praises and called him "a tough son of a gun." Holbrooke, 69, was a former ambassador to the United Nations and served as chief negotiator at the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. The New Yorker's George Packer wrote a nice story about Holbrooke last year,...
  • US Envoy Richard Holbrooke Dies at 69

    12/13/2010 5:57:52 PM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 12, 2010
    U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke has died. He recently underwent operations to repair a tear in his aorta, the large artery that moves blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Holbrooke, who had been serving the Obama administration as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was stricken on Friday during a meeting at the State Department with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was rushed to the hospital for a 20-hour operation that was followed by an additional procedure on Sunday. Clinton said Monday there has been an "outpouring of support" for Holbrooke from around the world. Afghan...
  • Wikileaks: Imperial ambitions of Turkey (Translation)

    12/04/2010 3:35:07 PM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies
    America's biggest strategic problem in the Balkans is the role of Turkey, through its pawn, Haris Silajdzic is trying to compete with neootomannic position in the Balkans and the Middle East - said in a dispatch of the U.S. ambassador in Ankara since January this year, which was sent to the State Department called " Ankara87 ", published on page Wikiliks. Comparing the Turkish efforts as "ambition" Rolls-Royce ', but with the resources of' Rover ', "the ambassador wrote that, being aware that they have their own resources for this policy, they must find" your own errand boy in the...
  • The forgotten Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo

    12/01/2010 6:25:49 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 25 replies
    The Modern Tokyo Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    Bosnian Islamic fighters during their Jihad which was blessed by President Bill Clinton I come from a member state of the European Union which is meant to uphold the rights of all religions, political ideologies, acknowledge national and cultural rights, and is meant to spread “European brotherhood.” However, it appears that this does not apply to the Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo respectively because not only have they been abandoned but outside Islamic powers are stepping up their Islamization agenda in both Bosnia and Kosovo. In Kosovo the de-Christianization of the Orthodox Christian community continues and hundreds of Orthodox...
  • Mesic just one of 6,000 Croatian residents on Serbia´s pensions payroll

    11/27/2010 10:58:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    Croatian Times ^ | November 26, 2010
    The former Croatian president Stjepan Mesic is just one of some 6,000 Croatian retirees receiving pensions from Serbia, the Serbian press has reported. These people used to work in Serbia and have paid contributions to the country’s fund for pension and disability insurance (PIO Fond). The director of public relations sector of the PIO Fond Jelica Timotijevic says that all of those who had worked for the presidency of the former Yugoslavia, for example – and have later become state officials and politicians in their own countries – have a right to a Serbian pension based on individual agreements between...
  • U.S. Soldiers Feel Very Well-Received in Bulgaria

    11/27/2010 10:06:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 2+ views / Sofia News Agency ^ | November 26, 2010 | Ivan Dikov
    Mark Imblum Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the US Embassy in Sofia. Interview with Mark Imblum, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy in Sofia, for the Bulgaria-US Survey of (Sofia News Agency)Mark Imblum, a Commander in the US Navy, is the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. A former helicopter pilot, he now serves the US Navy as a Foreign Area...
  • 7 charged in Kosovo-based organ trafficking ring

    11/19/2010 11:18:41 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 6 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/16/2010
    PRAGUE — At least seven people have been charged with participating in an international organ-trafficking network based in Kosovo that sold kidneys and other organs from impoverished victims for up to $200,000 to patients from as far away as Israel and Canada, police and senior European Union officials said Monday.
  • Israeli Professor Nails It: Obama was Right when he said America is not a Christian Country

    11/09/2010 8:56:00 AM PST · by Bokababe · 27 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | 11/8/10 | Julia Gorin
    .... Americans out there still think it’s merely a coincidence that everything we touch turns to Islam, think again. Anyone who finds it strange that 9/11 led not to increased restrictions on people, money and influence flowing into America from the Middle East but to increased openness to these will be interested to know that in 9/11 our government saw not a formidable enemy to be dealt with, but a new market to be tapped....
  • Bosnia: Muslims shelled own people, witness tells court

    10/18/2010 11:56:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Adnkronos ^ | 10/18/10 | staff
    The Hague - A witness for the prosecution testifying in the trial of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, told the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), that the Bosnian Muslim army at least on one occasion fired at their own people to blame the Serbs during 1992-1995 war. Canadian general David Fraser, who served with the UN peacekeepers in Bosnia, told the tribunal that Bosnian Serbs shelled the capital Sarajevo “excessively and unselectively” during 44-month siege, But “at least in one case”, it was determined that a mortar fired from Muslim positions hit the centre
  • "Once Brothers"

    10/08/2010 1:28:41 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 7 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/7/10 | Staff
    Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to...
  • Terror in the Balkans

    10/01/2010 2:22:37 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies
    National Interest ^ | 9/7/10 | Gordon Bardos
    ...In the somewhat intellectually perverse foreign policy salons of New York and Washington, the more ties a Balkan politician has to drug smuggling, human trafficking, and al-Qaeda, the bigger their fan club is likely to be.....
  • Serbfest celebrates century of Serbian culture in St. Louis

    08/08/2010 6:57:02 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 6 replies ^ | 8/8/10 | Paige Varner
    Serbfest celebrates Serbian traditions and Eastern Orthodox beliefs. But the priest at Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, which was established a century ago, also made a point Saturday to express his love of the United States. "The more you know about America, the more you love it," the Rev. Radomir Chkautovich, who fled socialist Yugoslavia in 1963, said with an accent. Chkautovich, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and chaplain, regularly leads tours of his church during Serbfest to explain its history and Serbian traditions....
  • Operation Storm victims remembered

    08/04/2010 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 20 replies ^ | August 4, 2010 | Beta, Tanjug
    BELGRADE -- A commemorative service was held in Belgrade to mark 15 years since the Croatian military Operation Storm and the exodus of ethnic Serbs from that country. Serbian president Boris Tadic, right, attends the service (Tanjug) Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej held the service before a number of officials, including Serbian President Boris Tadich, Deputy Prime Minister Jovan Krkobabich and General Secretary of the Serbian parliament Veljko Odalovich, as well as many people who gathered on the occasion. "We have gathered here today to remember in prayer the people killed 15 years ago, who were guilty first of being...
  • Baroness Ashton moves to take control of Bosnia

    07/31/2010 7:30:03 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7/27/10 | Bruno Waterfield
    ...."In the case of non-compliance... for example challenges to fundamentals of the Bosnia and Herzegovina state, the [envoy] will be able to recommend to the EU High Representative [Lady Ashton] that Council impose travel bans and/or the freezing of assets in the EU," said the paper seen by The Daily Telegraph. "This option should be made more accessible by a Council decision to impose a travel ban on those individuals who have challenged key provisions." European diplomats have confirmed that the new measures will be used against "anyone deemed to be obstructive", including Milorad Dodik, the elected prime Bosnian Serb...
  • World court: Kosovo's independence was legal

    07/22/2010 8:04:04 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 7/22/10 | MIKE CORDER
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The United Nations' highest court said Thursday that Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia did not break international law. The judges voted 10-4 to pass the nonbinding opinion, setting the stage for Kosovo to renew its appeals for further international recognition. The opinion, read by International Court of Justice President Hisashi Owada, says international law contains no "prohibition on declarations of independence" and therefore Kosovo's declaration "did not violate general international law."
  • Radical Islam in Macedonia worries Western observers

    07/08/2010 8:03:16 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 17 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 8, 2010 | SVETLANA JOVANOVSKA AND BRANKO GJORGESKI
    Ramadan Ramadani, Imam of the Isa-Bey Mosque in Skopje (Photo: Maja Zlatevska, Dnevnik ) Western diplomats and religious experts have voiced concerns about the spread of radical Islam among Muslim communities in the Balkans, after it transpired that alleged Wahabist radicals are operating and increasing their influence in Macedonia. The foreign-inspired religious group is active in the area around Skopje, Macedonia's capital. It has tried to perform a putsch in the Islamic religious community (IRC) after an incident in the Isa-Bey Mosque in Skopje last week. The Isa-Bey Mosque has turned into a stronghold of radical Islam, Ibrahim Shabani, Skopje's...
  • Albanian trade in human beings (Video)

    06/17/2010 8:48:18 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 16 replies · 706+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 2010 | Staff
    Forced to have sex with as many as 10 men every day, women clandestinely interviewed by as part of a four-month investigation into the sex trade ran by ethnic Albanians, insisted that their real identities not be revealed. (Warning: Some of this testimony is pretty graphic)
  • Turkish Group Behind Gaza Flotilla Has Suspect Links, History [Balkans, Bosnia]

    06/11/2010 4:13:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 236+ views ^ | June 4, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
    The Israeli government is blaming IHH extremists for the violence that erupted onboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara when troops boarded it at sea on Monday. In this photo of the ship before setting sail, a white and green IHH banner is draped on the hull, between Turkish and Palestinian flags. (Photo: IHH) The Turkish organization responsible for the ill-fated attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip is part of an Islamic “charitable” network that was designated by the U.S. government in 2008 for funding Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Although the State Department points out...
  • Balkans: Two Bosnian Serbs given life sentences for genocide

    06/10/2010 7:08:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 47+ views
    AKI ^ | 6/10/2010
    The Hague, 10 June (AKI) – A United Nations tribunal on Thursday sentenced two Bosnian Serbs to life in prison for committing genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Muslim civilians. The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found that Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara guilty for their role in the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the eastern town of Srebrenica in July 1995. The court jailed five other defendants for between five and 35 years in jail. The case is the largest yet at the tribunal, set up to deal with...
  • Yugoslav Feuds Alive In U.S., Too

    06/04/2010 5:01:33 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 294+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 26, 1988 | Jessica Seigel
    <p>Looking back in hindsight, one can always find things that perfectly portended the future. Note the date of this article - 1988 - BEFORE any of the republics seceded from Yugoslavia and the wars of the 1990s began.</p> <p>A group of American-Croatians called a small but decorous press conference in the Bismarck Hotel last week to speak from the American heartland about strife in their homeland thousands of miles away.</p>
  • Vying For Influence In The Balkans

    06/02/2010 6:47:28 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 2 replies · 113+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | June 2, 2010 | Anes Alic
    Over the past two years, Turkey has launched a massive political, social, and economic offensive across the Balkans, focusing primarily on Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than two decades after Turkey first formally applied to join the European Union, it now appears to be developing a two-pronged strategy: turning its attentions to its eastern neighbors (notably Syria, Iran and Russia), while at the same time seeking to enhance its prospects for EU membership by intensifying its influence in the Balkan countries, which are growing closer to Europe. Turkey's ambitions in the Balkans have forced the EU to pay more attention to political processes...
  • Peacekeepers Depart, Gangsters Stay [In the Balkans]

    05/25/2010 4:39:14 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 246+ views ^ | May 25, 2010 | Strategy Page
    European Union governments are conducting an assessment of the effectiveness of the EULEX rule of law operation in Kosovo. EULEX deployed two years ago. One goal was a reduction in corruption in Kosovo's government. Beginning in summer 2009, several European diplomats dealing with Balkan issues began criticizing the Kosovo government's lack of progress regarding internal corruption. EULEX officials also noted that organized criminal syndicates continue to operate in Kosovo. EULEX has approximately 2000 people serving in Kosovo. The EULEX operation includes customs officers, police officers, and a judicial and prosecutor team. May 24, 2010: Turkey's and Brazil's diplomatic efforts regarding...
  • In a high-security British jail, Serbian warlord has his throat slashed by three Muslim inmates

    05/07/2010 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 640+ views ^ | May 8, 2010 | David Williams and Stephen Wright
    A former Serb general convicted of Europe's worst massacre since the Second World War had his neck slashed open by three Muslim prisoners in a British jail yesterday. Radislav Krstic, 62, serving a 35-year sentence for war crimes, was in a critical condition in hospital after the attack at top security Wakefield Prison. The Serbs were the deadly enemies of Bosnian Muslims during the Yugoslav civil war in the 1990s. At least one of Krstic's attackers is said to be a Bosnian Muslim. The incident is a huge embarrassment to prison bosses because Krstic is regarded as one of Britain's...
  • Sweden increases refugee forecast again

    05/06/2010 1:56:59 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 237+ views ^ | 05/06/2010 | TT/The Local
    Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has increased its forecast to 31,000 for the number of people expected to seek asylum this year. It has also requested an additional 60 million kronor ($7.86 million) in 2010 to cope with the increased pressure. "There has been a sharp upward revision. This is the second time this year we have increased the projection," said Dan Eliasson, the director general of the Migration Board. Previously, the Migration Board estimated that there would be 25,000 asylum seekers in 2010, but in February, it increased its forecast to 28,000 and asked for an additional 50 million kronor...
  • The Perfect Free Republic Thread

    04/28/2010 8:55:21 PM PDT · by Patrick1 · 201 replies · 2,525+ views
    My Mind ^ | 4/28/10 | Patrick1
    Okay I have found the perfect Free Republic Thread! Top This! A Pit Bull bites the leg of a Mormon Missionary who is campaigning door to door for Duncan Hunter 2012 and tries to defend himself against the Pit Bull with a Sarah Palin for President yard sign and stumbles into the street where he is hit by a car with a Ron Paul 2000 bumper sticker. Then you would have the perfect Free Republic thread.
  • Saudis fund Balkan Muslims spreading hate of the West

    03/27/2010 8:27:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 356+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/28/2010 | Bojan Pancevski in Skopje
    SAUDI ARABIA is pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into Islamist groups in the Balkans, some of which spread hatred of the West and recruit fighters for jihad in Afghanistan. According to officials in Macedonia, Islamic fundamentalism threatens to destabilise the Balkans. Strict Wahhabi and Salafi factions funded by Saudi organisations are clashing with traditionally moderate local Muslim communities. Muslims stage a protest against the publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed Fundamentalists have financed the construction of scores of mosques and community centres as well as handing some followers up to £225 a month. They are expected not only to...
  • LWF vets visit 109-year-old WWI comrade Frank Buckles and Halyard Mission veteran Arthur Jibilian

    03/23/2010 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Herald Palladium ^ | March 21, 2010 | William F. Ast III
    NOTE: The following story was published in the Herald Palladium of Southwest Michigan on the same day that Arthur Jibilian, who is featured at the end, passed away. My thanks to Don Alsbro of 'Lest we Forget' for making me aware of this story. Aleksandra Rebic ***** Don Alsbro, left, and Frank Buckles March 2010 Frank Buckles last weekend got a big smile on his face as the Lest We Forget veterans left his house and said they were looking forward to his 110th birthday in 2011. Buckles, 109, is America's last living veteran of World War I. The Lest...
  • Srebrenica fall linked to gay soldiers

    03/18/2010 12:42:41 PM PDT · by ozguy · 77 replies · 2,535+ views ^ | March 19, 2010 | AFP
    A RETIRED US general today said Dutch UN troops defending Srebrenica in the Bosnian war failed to prevent the 1995 genocide partly because their ranks included openly gay soldiers. John Sheehan, a former NATO commander and senior Marine officer, made the remarks at a senate hearing where he argued against plans by US President Barack Obama to end a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the US military. Gen Sheehan said that after the end of the Cold War, European militaries changed and concluded "there was no longer a need for an active combat capability". He said this...

    03/18/2010 4:34:30 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies · 229+ views
    Microfiche-New York Times archives, McHenry Library, U.C. Santa Cruz | 3/18/40 | Camille M. Cianfarra, James MacDonald, Guido Enderis
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  • Hillary: talks over Falklands “not too much”; talks over Kosovo too much?

    03/18/2010 6:45:36 AM PDT · by montyspython · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Serbianna ^ | March 2, 2010 | M Bozinovich
    Hillary: talks over Falklands “not too much”; talks over Kosovo too much? March 2, 2010 – 8:37 am At a press conference with Argentina’s President Kristina Kirchner, Hillary Clinton infuriated the Brits by saying that US supports talks over status of the Falkland islands. Said she: “We would like to see Argentina and the United Kingdom sit down and resolve the issues between them across the table in a peaceful, productive way…we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down.” Argentina is one of the majority of the states in the world that has not recognized Kosovo fearing...
  • Bleiburg in Potocari

    03/16/2010 7:19:07 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 221+ views
    Gray Falcon ^ | March 16, 2010 | Gray Falcon
    (The Bleiburg memorial, with the Ustasha and Muslim symbols, dedicated "In memory of the innocent victims of the Bleiburg tragedy, May 1945") At the end of February, Al-Jazeera showed an interview with Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, currently on trial before the ICTY in The Hague. It was done as part of a 40-minute report with Rageh Omaar. The report opened with the rows of green funeral shrouds, wailing Muslim women, and the rows of names on the Potocari monument, near Srebrenica. The images that follow suggest that the Serbs rounded up some eight thousand civilians, and shot them in...
  • Surprise! Guess who's biggest Islamic threat

    03/12/2010 6:00:25 PM PST · by fishhound · 20 replies · 633+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 12, 2010 | Michael Carl
    Famed PLO terrorist-turned-Christian Walid Shoebat is warning that the United States needs to be watching not Iran, Syria or even Hamas and Hezbollah as closely as it needs to follow the actions of the Islamic leaders of Turkey. It was just a few months ago when Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin reported Turkey appeared to be seeking the restoration of the old Ottoman Empire. The report said Turkey's increasing lack of interest in the European Union combined with its efforts to re-establish its influence in Turkic countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and its outreaches to Russian, Syria and...
  • Radical Islam & terrorism in the Balkans

    03/11/2010 9:40:38 AM PST · by montyspython · 7 replies · 410+ views ^ | Mar 9, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    Radical Islam & terrorism in the Balkans By Lee Jay Walker | The former Yugoslavia was engulfed by many civil wars and during the mayhem and carnage it is clear that radical Islam built “a new bridge.” This “new Islamic bridge” was built on foundations which had already been built in Bosnia. However, the 1990s enabled this potent force to enter other areas and to gain ground throughout the former Yugoslavia and this notably applies to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Other areas of concern apply to Albania, Montenegro, and parts of Serbia (Sandzak). After all, if the Kosovo model is...
  • NATO suspends training of Kosovo security force

    03/08/2010 2:10:12 PM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 69+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 3/8/10 | Staff
    NATO forces say they are indefinitely suspending the training of Kosovo's security force for breaching its mandate....
  • Ganic ordered mass killing of Serbs in Bosnia

    03/05/2010 8:40:06 AM PST · by montyspython · 5 replies · 466+ views ^ | Mar 4, 2010 | M Bozinovich
    Ganic ordered mass killing of Serbs in Bosnia Mar 4, 2010 M. Bozinovich | Former Minister of Interior of Bosnia, Alija Delimustafic, told the court in 2002 that Ganic commanded over Bosnian Muslim units that blocked the withdrawing ethnic Serbian soldiers who were slaughtered on the streets of Sarajevo. The slaughter is remembered as the Dobrovoljacka Street Massacre and it happened on May 3, 1992. “Ganic was in the role of the supreme commander of the [Bosnian Muslim] army,” said Delimustafic and named others who were in Ganic’s cabinet. Serbia wants Ganic extradited from the UK where he is being...
  • The Little Car That Couldn't (Book Review: The Yugo)

    03/04/2010 6:35:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies · 2,477+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 4, 2010 | Dick Teresi
    would seem to be an inappropriate reviewer for a book about "the worst car in history." I drive a BMW, after all. In my defense, it is a 26-year-old BMW. The window motors failed a decade ago, so I must chin myself up through the sunroof to collect my burgers at the drive-through. I hate driving in the rain because my ankles get wet, thanks to a hole in the floor. I now realize, though, that the rusty old wreck only buffs my reviewing credentials: It approximates the condition of a brand spanking new Yugo, the subject of Jason Vuic's...
  • US slams Israel over designating heritage sites

    02/25/2010 9:28:21 AM PST · by Never A Dull Moment · 96 replies · 2,260+ views
    ynet ^ | Feb 25, 2010 | Associated Press
    The Obama administration criticized Israel for designating two shrines on Palestinian territory as Israeli national heritage sites. The criticism came as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she hopes long-stalled peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians will resume. Clinton told a congressional committee that groundwork is being laid to restart the talks with the help of US envoy George Mitchell. Toner said US displeasure with the designations of the Cave of the Patriarchs in the flash point town of Hebron and the traditional tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem had been conveyed to senior Israeli...
  • Albania urged not to obstruct organ-farming probe

    02/25/2010 11:53:12 AM PST · by montyspython · 23 replies · 422+ views
    Irish Times ^ | February 25, 2010 | DANIEL McLAUGHLIN
    A UN official has urged Albania to stop hampering efforts to investigate claims that hundreds of Serbs were tortured and murdered for their organs in the country during the Kosovo war. Belgrade says the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) abducted up to 500 Serb civilians and took them to neighbouring Albania for organ removal during the 1998-9 conflict with Slobodan Milosevic’s forces. The allegations were first made public in a memoir by Carla Del Ponte, the former chief UN war crimes prosecutor, who said her office had received information about a possible Albanian trafficking network selling human organs abroad for transplanting....
  • Obama is building a new missile shield in Eastern Europe: this time in Romania and Bulgaria

    02/24/2010 3:46:39 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 259+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    After scraping the plans of building a missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic President Obama is working now on deploying defense missiles to another part of Eastern Europe: the Balkans. Romania and Bulgaria are both members of NATO and the EU. Last week Romania’s top defense body had approved Washington’s plan to deploy interceptor missiles. Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov said Sofia should show solidarity and consider the Washington deal after negotiations with NATO and EU. After humiliating Poland the Obama administration realized they still need the land based defense structures designed to protect against current and emerging ballistic...
  • St. John the Baptist Krsna Slava / We Magnify Thee, O Lifegiver Christ Serbian Orthodox Chant

    01/20/2010 7:11:53 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 265+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    In honor of this day, January 20th, 2010, which is the Serbian Orthodox Krsna Slava of Sveti Jovan (St. John the Baptist), I'm sharing this beautiful Serbian Chant, "We Magnify Thee, O Lifegiver Christ", sung by the St. Petersburg Valaam Metochion Choir at the St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 2002. Sveti Jovan was the Krsna Slava of my beloved maternal grandparents, Andja and Timotije, my Baka and Deka. Enjoy. Aleksandra Rebic We Magnify Thee, O Lifegiver Christ*****
  • 'Large number of Wahhabis' streaming into Bosnia-Herzegovina

    01/19/2010 8:35:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 366+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 1/19/2010 | World Tribune
    Muslim terrorists in the Balkans have established a terrorist training camp in northeast Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to a report in the newspaper Dnevni List. The Mostar-based Croatian newspaper reported Jan. 6, quoting security sources that the special training camp is located near Gornja Moaca in the northeastern part of the country. U.S. intelligence agencies have been closely monitoring Muslims in the Balkans amid concerns that fundamentalist Muslims have been recruiting there.
  • Kosovo the Movie

    01/15/2010 5:11:40 AM PST · by wendy1946 · 50 replies · 1,271+ views
    I pretty much had to see Avatar despite major kinds of ideological misgivings... Aside from anything else, I had a funny sort of a feeling of deja-vu watching the thing. A small, innocent, naive, and spiritually oriented nation of some kind has something which some sort of a great power wants, and some ultimate high-tech military organization gets turned loose on them... Where have I heard that story before?? I mean, the only thing wrong with the analogy was that the Pandorans in the film weren't really getting ****ed over badly enough for the analogy to really work. For instance,...
  • The Palestinians' Unilateral "Kosovo Strategy":

    01/15/2010 7:26:06 PM PST · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 487+ views
    Senior Palestinian officials note that Palestinian unilateralism is modeled after Kosovo's February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia. European and U.S. support for Kosovo's unilateral declaration has led the Palestinian leadership to determine that geopolitical conditions are ripe to seek international endorsement of its unilateral statehood bid, despite the fact that leading international jurists have suggested that the cases of Kosovo and the Palestinian Authority are historically and legally different.
  • Osama sought hi-tech weapons in Yugoslavia

    01/14/2010 10:44:53 AM PST · by Decombobulator · 12 replies · 518+ views
    News24 ^ | 2010-01-12
    Belgrade - Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden tried to covertly buy weapons from the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s, but was turned down, according to an investigation by the Belgrade daily Blic on Tuesday. The weapons were intended for Afghanistan, where Islamist rebels were fighting the forces of the Soviet Union. Quoting a source from the state-owned arms manufacturer SDPR, the newspaper said Osama "walked in unannounced on June 25, 1986, and simply said 'I want to buy that and that'", the unnamed source said. Bin Laden's "wish list" included anti-aircraft missiles, machine guns, mobile radar units, ammunition for rifles...
  • Germany's Role in the Balkans

    01/10/2010 7:00:04 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 36 replies · 1,120+ views
    Serbianna ^ | 10 January 2010 | Stella L. Jatras
    Serbia continues to get the bulk of the blame from many in academic and media circles for today’s catastrophe in the Balkans. An example is Professor Staric in his recently published book entitled Confronting The Yugoslav Controversies. While attempting to appear even-handed, Prof. Staric clearly shows his anti-Serb bias with statements such as, “After Slovenia and Croatia, which were the most developed republics of the former Yugoslavia, had declared their independence on June 25, 1991, the Serbs did not like to lose their ‘cash cows’,” and “The Serbs (mainly) and Croats have clearly shown that they are unable to live...
  • The Danube Strategy

    01/08/2010 4:27:45 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 688+ views
    BUDAPEST/BERLIN/ULM(Own report) - The Hungarian government has announced a "Danube Summit Meeting" for next month to implement the - German inspired - "Danube Strategy". Following in depth talks in Berlin, the Hungarian foreign minister announced that the "Danube Summit" will be held in Budapest at the end of February. The summit will prepare closer ties of the Danube region to the EU's hegemonic power, which should be adopted, as the EU's Danube Strategy, during Hungary's EU Council presidency in the first half of 2011. The Hungarian government's Danube activities are in line with demands of German economic interests, seeking to...
  • Lieberman: Balkans the Next Target of Worldwide Jihad

    01/05/2010 2:15:08 PM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 1,140+ views
    At a meeting Tuesday with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that the worldwide jihad had set its sites on the area of the Balkans as its next target. Quoting Israeli intelligence sources, Lieberman said that Islamic fundamentalists were planning to take advantage of the tension between Muslim and Christian populations in the region. Fundamentalists were being funded by Iran and radical elements in Saudi Arabia, and had recruited Bosnians and Albanians for terror training camps. The new terrorists would be sent home to stir up trouble, in the hopes that an Islamic revolution could be...