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  • Scapegoating Rumsfeld

    12/22/2004 11:30:15 AM PST · by bob808 · 22 replies · 811+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 22, 2004 | Patrick Buchanan
    Last year, Midge Decter, wife of Norman Podhoretz, who has been howling for "World War IV" against the Arabs, published a mash note titled, "Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait." The University of Houston's James D. Fairbanks began his review thus: "Neoconservative writer Midge Decter sets out to explain just what it is about Donald Rumsfeld that has well-educated, sophisticated women swooning over him. Those unaware that Rumsfeld mania has been sweeping the country have obviously not attended the same fashionable dinner parties as Decter. Her book begins with a description of one such party where women sat around gushing over the...
  • Going Back to Where They Came From

    04/26/2004 6:19:08 PM PDT · by bob808 · 36 replies · 234+ views
    The American Cause ^ | 04/21/04 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If we have to make common cause with the more hawkish liberals and fight the conservatives, that is fine with me," William Kristol has told the New York Times. The Weekly Standard editor added that the neoconservatives may just abandon the Right altogether and convert to neoliberalism. Alluding to his father Irving's definition of a neoconservative as a liberal who has been mugged by reality, Kristol describes a neoliberal as a "neoconservative who has been mugged by reality in Iraq." Ranking his political preferences, Kristol added, "I will take Bush over Kerry, but Kerry over Buchanan ... If you read...
  • Coalition takes 3,500 Iraqi prisoners

    03/25/2003 3:03:21 PM PST · by bob808 · 1 replies · 155+ views
    AP via KSTP ^ | 3/25/03 | Matt Kelley
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and allied forces have now taken in "excess of 3,500 Iraqi prisoners," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday. At a Pentagon briefing, Rumsfeld said humanitarian assistance "food, water and medicine" is already being delivered. Still, after five days of ground combat, he sought to minimize expectations of a swift end to the war. (Click link for rest of article)
  • Three held after 'bombs' found [European terrorists?]

    03/18/2003 10:57:38 PM PST · by bob808 · 5 replies · 33+ views
    BBC ^ | March 19, 2003
    Three men have been arrested under anti-terrorism laws, after two "home-made bombs" were discovered at a flat in Sussex. The men, who police say are European in origin, were taken into custody on Tuesday after the discovery at Langley Green in Crawley, not far from Gatwick Airport. Sussex Police said that the arrests were made under the Terrorism Act 2000 after two "viable improvised explosive devices" were found during a routine inquiry. Inspector Geoff Sharnock said: "They are effectively home-made bombs. "Three men have been arrested. One was arrested elsewhere and two were arrested at the flat." Inspector Sharnock refused...
  • U.N. Security Council group urges tolerance and integration in Kosovo

    12/15/2002 7:10:55 PM PST · by bob808 · 32 replies · 109+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Dec. 15, 2002 | GARENTINA KRAJA
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia - The head of a U.N. Security Council delegation on Sunday urged all citizens of internationally administered Kosovo to help turn it into a multiethnic society. Visiting this ethnically divided northern town, Ole Peter Kolby, Norway's U.N. ambassador who heads the delegation, called on both the ethnic Albanian majority and Serb minority to create "a more normal society" in order to bring peace and prosperity to the still tense province. Kosovska Mitrovica is divided — and territorially split by a river — between a Serb-dominated north and an ethnic Albanian southern part. It has been repeatedly the...
  • Head of U.S. Muslim Charity Indicted

    10/09/2002 1:49:03 PM PDT · by bob808 · 20 replies · 322+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Oct 9, 2002
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of the head of a U.S. Muslim charity, charging he used donations to fund terrorism around the world. Syrian-born Enaam Arnaout, who has been in custody since last April, engaged in a "multinational criminal enterprise that for a decade used charitable contributions of innocent Americans -- Muslims, non-Muslims and corporations alike -- to support al Qaeda" as well as turmoil in Chechnya and "armed violence in Bosnia," the Justice Department said. The indictment, announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft at a Chicago news conference, largely repeated charges made against Arnaout...
  • Milosevic Behind Yugoslav Break Up, Croat Leader Says

    10/01/2002 1:42:55 PM PDT · by bob808 · 145 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 10/1/02 | Katie Nguyen
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The first head of state to testify at Slobodan Milosevic's war crimes trial accused him on Tuesday of engineering the break up of Yugoslavia and using the army to seize Croat land in the pursuit of a "Greater Serbia." Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who took over the rotating Yugoslav presidency in July 1991, said Milosevic invoked the threat of war in his plan to "restructure" Yugoslavia. The former Serbian president faces 61 charges, including genocide, in this key Bosnia and Croatia stage of the biggest international war crimes trial in Europe since Hitler's henchmen were tried...
  • Border dispute lifting tensions between Croatia and Slovenia

    08/20/2002 4:21:34 PM PDT · by bob808 · 7 replies · 115+ views
    AP via BalkanPeace ^ | Aug 20, 2002
    ZAGREB, Croatia - Slovenia criticized Croatian police Monday after they charged a man living within a disputed strip of border land with civil unrest for flying the Slovene flag and playing loud Slovene national music. Sunday´s legal move against Josko Joras was the latest manifestation of tensions between Croatia and Slovenia. Slovene fishermen and Croatian police boats confronted each other several times last week in coastal waters each country claims as its own. The borders of Croatia and Slovenia were never clearly defined while both republics were federal partners in the old Yugoslav federation but became an issue after they...
  • Yugoslav president to run for Serbian presidency

    08/15/2002 2:09:08 PM PDT · by bob808 · 18 replies · 174+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Aug 15, 2002 | Dusan Stojanovic
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica will run in Serbia's upcoming presidential elections, splitting up pro-democracy votes and giving a chance to an ulranationalist candidate, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Blic daily, quoting sources from Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia, said he will announce the widely expected nomination for the Serbian presidency by Aug. 24. Kostunica, a moderate nationalist, is the frontrunner in pre-election polls for the vote set for Sept. 29. Kostunica's office refused to confirm the Blic report. The Serbian presidency is expected to gain power and prestige later this year after Yugoslavia is transformed into a...
  • Former president [Milosevic] advises voters to elect ultranationalist presidential candidate

    08/12/2002 4:38:19 PM PDT · by bob808 · 12 replies · 29+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Aug. 12, 2002
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Writing from his prison cell at the U.N. jail in the Netherlands, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has urged Serbs to vote for an ultranationalist candidate in upcoming presidential elections, a party official said Monday. Zoran Andjelkovic, a top-ranking official of the Socialist Party of Serbia, said that in a "handwritten fax message" Milosevic advised his supporters to vote for ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj "as their joint presidential candidate." Earlier this month, Seselj's Serbian Radical Party nominated their chief for the post of Serbian president. Seselj declared his main objective was to beat Yugoslavia's deputy prime minister,...
  • Former chief of state security testifies in Slobodan Milosevic case

    07/24/2002 11:40:52 AM PDT · by bob808 · 10 replies · 70+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Jul 24, 2002 | Aleksandar Vasovic
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - U.N. prosecutors called the former head of the Yugoslav security services — one of Slobodan Milosevic's closest aids — to the witness stand Tuesday but failed to draw a direct link with the former president in the wartime chain of command. Rade Markovic, who was brought from a Belgrade jail to testify at Milosevic's war crimes trial, said he gave Milosevic intelligence briefings, but his orders came from the interior minister, not the president. "When he (Milosevic) needed more information he would invite me for a briefing," Markovic said. He acknowledged that state policy was determined...
  • NATO troops seize computers from local army unit, suspecting illegal activities

    07/24/2002 11:29:32 AM PDT · by bob808 · 12 replies · 425+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Jul 24, 2002
    MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina - NATO ( news - web sites) troops in Bosnia seized computers from a Bosnian Croat army unit on suspicion they were used for illegal activities, a NATO spokesman said Wednesday. The seizure was made during an inspection of a Bosnian Croat military communication station on July 17 but was reported by the peacekeepers only on Wednesday. NATO troops were now investigating the computers to see whether they had been used in any "illegal activity," generally defined as a threat to a safe and secure environment in Bosnia, said Maj. Christopher de Lambert, a spokesman for the peacekeepers...
  • Forensic experts uncover mass grave in northeastern Bosnia

    07/23/2002 5:05:31 PM PDT · by bob808 · 22 replies · 4+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Jul 23, 2002
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Forensic experts discovered a mass grave in northeastern Bosnia that may contain up to 100 bodies of Muslims killed at the end of the country's 1992-95 war, officials said Tuesday. Murat Hurtic, a member of the Muslim Commission for Missing Persons, said the mass grave was found Monday near the Serb-held village of Kamenica, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Sarajevo. "We believe they were Muslim killed in Srebrenica in 1995," Hurtic said. Srebrenica was declared a U.N. "safe haven" during the end of Bosnia's war, and thousands of Muslims flocked there to escape Serb attacks....
  • Slovene President Welcomed with Slovak Anthem

    07/11/2002 5:18:53 PM PDT · by bob808 · 4 replies · 142+ views
    LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The tiny Alpine republic of Slovenia, often ruffled by being confused with Slovakia, took another hit when President Milan Kucan was welcomed to Romania with the wrong national anthem, officials said Thursday. Kucan stepped off his plane at the start of a state visit in Bucharest Monday to be greeted by the correct Slovenian flags but the wrong music, the president's spokeswoman said, confirming Slovenian newspaper reports. "Unfortunately, they really played the Slovak anthem," the spokeswoman said. Kucan ignored the slip, newspapers said. Confusing Slovenia and Slovakia at sporting events and political meetings has been a frequent...
  • Croatian president says he plans to visit Libya

    07/01/2002 12:18:00 PM PDT · by bob808 · 13 replies · 45+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | July 1, 2002
    ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatia's president said Monday that he has accepted an invitation from Moammar Gadhafi to visit Libya sometime in the near future. Stipe Mesic said the invitation was extended during a brief meeting Sunday with Gadhafi's son, Seif el-Islam, was was in Croatia on a private visit. A date for the visit has not been set yet, Mesic told Croatia's state-run radio. Mesic said that "good relations" with Libya — the first non-European nation to recognize Croatia as an independent state in early 1992 — should lead to greater economic cooperation. Mesic refused to comment on the U.S....
  • For Sale: Yugoslavia's Once Mighty Arms Industry

    06/20/2002 2:23:51 PM PDT · by bob808 · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | June 20, 2002 | Gordana Kukic
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (Reuters) - Milan Popovic of Yugoslav weapons producer Krusik is desperately seeking an investor ready to help to revive and transform his company. "Our production is almost at a standstill," said Popovic, marketing manager at what was once the country's main manufacturer of 60-120 mm caliber ammunition and rockets. "Army orders are dwindling. The rocket line has been halted. Exports have been slashed tenfold from over $100 million a decade ago," he told Reuters. In the 1980s, Yugoslavia's arms exports averaged over $400 million a year and sometimes much more. Figures from the military trading firm Jugoimport SDPR...
  • Croatia remembers Tito

    05/30/2002 5:28:15 PM PDT · by bob808 · 6 replies · 159+ views
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2002 | CNN
    <p>KUMROVEC, Croatia -- About 2,000 people have celebrated the 110th anniversary of former Yugoslav leader Josip Tito.</p> <p>Crowds gathered in his hometown of Kumrovec, Croatia, to honour the man who united federal Yugoslavia after World War II.</p> <p>Tito's ruled Yugoslavia as a dictatorship until his death on May 4, 1980, but often faced criticism from the West for ruthless policies against nationalists and human rights activists.</p>
  • Montenegrin president under investigation in Italy

    05/30/2002 12:31:55 PM PDT · by bob808 · 4 replies · 169+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | May 29, 2002 | AFP
    Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic is under investigation in Italy for involvement in a cigarette smuggling ring and links to organized crime, judicial sources said. Prosecutors in the southern city of Bari have formally opened an investigation of Djukanovic for links to mafia groups involved in cigarette contraband. The investigation was opened at the request of local authorities fighting organized crime in Bari, which is located near the Montenegrin coast where many of the vessels carrying the cigarettes depart. Once in Italy, the illegal cargo is unloaded and shipped throughout Italy and Europe. Several former associates of the Montenegrin president are...
  • What price the American empire?

    05/29/2002 11:11:19 AM PDT · by bob808 · 7 replies · 47+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 29, 2002 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Last week, Vice President Cheney and Secretary Rumsfeld warned that more terror attacks are a certainty and may involve the detonation of an atomic weapon on American soil. They have concentrated the mind wonderfully. Even a small, crude nuclear device, exploded in a U.S. port or city, could kill many thousands more than died on Sept. 11. Rightly, the U.S. government is focused on how to anticipate such an attack, prevent it, prepare for it. But there has been no debate over the most critical question. Why? Why do these Islamic radicals so hate us they are willing to commit...
  • Yugoslavia suspends visa requirements for Croatians

    05/28/2002 10:46:36 AM PDT · by bob808 · 2 replies · 18+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2002 | AFP via Yahoo
    Yugoslavia has unilaterally decided to suspend visas for Croatian citizens during the coming months, introducing instead one-month tourist passes to be issued at border crossings, Interior Minister Zoran Zivkovic said. Zivkovic said he had already instructed border police to issue tourist visas, costing 310 Yugoslav dinars (five euros, 4.5 dollars) starting from June 1. The measure would be valid until September 30, the Tanjug news agency quoted Zivkovic as saying. The liberalisation of the visa regime was aimed at boosting ties with the former Yugoslav republics after the conflicts which marred the past decade in the region, Zivkovic said. He...
  • Police Seize Rental Truck With TNT Traces [driven by Israelis!}]

    05/13/2002 9:10:44 PM PDT · by bob808 · 21 replies · 277+ views
    FoxNews ^ | May 13, 2002 | Carl Cameron
    <p>A Budget truck was pulled over in Oak Harbor, Wash., last Tuesday near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and found to have traces of TNT on the gearshift and traces of RDX plastic explosive on the steering wheel, Fox News has learned.</p>
  • Kosovo's Rugova Due to Testify Vs Milosevic Friday

    05/01/2002 10:58:56 AM PDT · by bob808 · 53 replies · 20+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 1, 2002
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Kosovo's new President Ibrahim Rugova is due to testify against Slobodan Milosevic on Friday, prosecutors at the Hague war crimes tribunal said on Wednesday. "He'll be the one on Friday -- that's the plan," Graham Blewitt, deputy prosecutor at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, told Reuters. Rugova, who led a campaign of passive resistance by Kosovo's Albanian majority against Serb rule in the 1990s, said in February he would give evidence against the ex-Yugoslav leader, who is charged with crimes against humanity in the southern Serbian province in 1999. Milosevic, who has been...
  • Tiny "Yugo" Car Set for a New Try at U.S. Market

    04/30/2002 11:28:27 AM PDT · by bob808 · 68 replies · 758+ views
    DPA via BalkanPeace ^ | April 30, 2002 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    BELGRADE, Apr 30, 2002 Deutsche Presse-Agentur The American businessman who imported nearly 150,000 Serbian "Yugo" cars into the United States is interested in renewing the business which already once drove him bankrupt, local media reported Tuesday in Belgrade. Yugo America Inc. folded in 1989, two years after the first contingent of cheap, little cars of poor reliability crossed the Atlantic. Zastava, which sold the Yugo in the U.S. for around 4,500 dollars, also came out with a loss from the "deal of the century", but claims to have drawn "valuable experience in building modern cars". And the founder of Yugo...
  • Desecration of Serbian church?

    04/25/2002 2:23:20 PM PDT · by bob808 · 2 replies · 14+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/25/02 | Aleksandar Pavic
    The Serbian Orthodox Church is charging the peacekeeping force in Bosnia with violently desecrating church property in its search for suspects wanted by the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In an April 11 letter addressed to U.S. President Bush, Gen. John B. Sylvester, commander of the SFOR peacekeeping force in Bosnia, and Bosnian High Commissioner Wolfgang Petritsch, the Serbian Church protested the behavior of U.S.-led troops. Written by Serb Patriarch Pavle in the name of the Holy Synod of Bishops, the letter refers to "enormously unpleasant situations which the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church experienced on Feb. 28...
  • Rift Within Serbian Ruling Coalition [Djindjic demands removal of Tomic].

    03/22/2002 4:31:05 PM PST · by bob808 · 15 replies · 12+ views
    AP ^ | March 22, 2002 | Dusan Stojanovic
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- A rift within the country´s ruling coalition deepened Friday as the Yugoslav president rejected a demand by his archrival, the Serbian prime minister, to fire the military secret service chief at the center of a U.S. spy affair. The prime minister, Zoran Djindjic, has demanded that President Vojislav Kostunica remove Gen. Aca Tomic for failing to inform the Serbian government of an operation that resulted in a dramatic arrest last week of Djindjic´s deputy, Momcilo Perisic, and a senior U.S. diplomat. Djindjic has expressed outrage that the military intelligence service had followed and wiretapped his deputy for...
  • A Bush Amnesty for a Mexican Army

    03/15/2002 10:15:29 AM PST · by bob808 · 9 replies · 4+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 15, 2002 | Patrick Buchanan
    The Bush amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, rushed through the House Tuesday night, will undermine both the rule of law and the moral authority of the United States in the world. As the world knows, U.S. immigration laws are being daily mocked and violated. No one is certain exactly how many scofflaws and gate-crashers are here. Estimates run as high as 11 million – or as many illegal aliens in this country as there are people in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. With this vote to grant mass amnesty to hundreds of thousands from Mexico, the House...
  • Yugoslavia to be renamed "Serbia and Montenegro"

    03/14/2002 9:05:20 AM PST · by bob808 · 14 replies · 480+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 14, 2002
    Yugoslav partners sign historic deal The new country will be called ´Serbia and Montenegro´ Serbia and Montenegro have signed a landmark accord which will consign the name Yugoslavia to history and shelve Montenegro´s plans for independence. Under the deal, the two remaining partners in the Yugoslav Federation will become two semi-independent states, running their own economies, currencies and customs systems. According to the Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, the new entity will be called "Serbia and Montenegro". He said it would retain a federal presidency, and a shared defence and foreign policy. The deal was reached under the mediation of...
  • Concentration camp conditions in Strpce, say Serbs

    01/31/2002 11:19:20 AM PST · by bob808 · 4 replies · 9+ views
    B92 ^ | 1/31/02 | B92
    B92, January 31, 2002 Concentration camp conditions in Strpce, say Serbs 11:40 STRPCE, Thursday - Ten thousand Serbs from the southern Kosovo Serb enclave of Strpce have been unable to leave the area for nine days because KFOR has refused to provide escorts for convoys travelling either to Serbia or to Macedonia. International peacekeepers are withholding the escorts until the majority Serb population allows the UNMIK-appointed Albanian mayor to enter the local council building. UNMIK police have surrounded all Serb residential areas in the region throughout the nine-day standoff, as Serbs block Mayor Bahri Hiseni and his associates from entering ...