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  • Trade Dispute Centers on Ukrainian Executive with ties to Clintons

    02/14/2014 10:03:27 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | February 12, 2014 | Amy Chozick
    Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have built a sprawling network of powerful friends around the globe, one that could aid Mrs. Clinton’s chances were she to seek the presidency. But those relationships often come with intersecting interests and political complications; few people illustrate that more vividly than the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk. A steel magnate and major contributor to the former president’s foundation, Mr. Pinchuk was in frequent contact with Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, at meetings arranged by a Clinton political operative turned lobbyist, Douglas E. Schoen.
  • 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.
  • What's safe to put in your pet's bowl?

    05/07/2007 4:00:32 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | May 6, 2007 | Cecelia Goodnow
    Last updated May 6, 2007 11:05 p.m. PT What's safe to put in your pet's bowl? Weeks after tainted food killed dogs and cats, trust shaken but few answers By CECELIA GOODNOW P-I REPORTER Ohio electrician James Spratt sailed to London in 1860 to sell lightning rods, but the sight of quayside dogs scrabbling for scraps set him on a more momentous course. We know him today as the inventor of commercial pet food. Now the industry Spratt inspired has itself become a lightning rod -- for distressed and angry animal lovers who wonder what to feed their pets as...
  • Pedophiles to launch political party [Netherlands]

    05/30/2006 10:27:26 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 76 replies · 2,035+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 5/30/06 | Reuters
    Pedophiles to launch political party AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage. The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party said on its Web site it would be officially registered Wednesday, proclaiming: "We are going to shake The Hague awake!" The party said it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether. "A ban just makes children curious," Ad van...
  • Netherlands considers burqa ban

    12/21/2005 10:10:23 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 23 replies · 676+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/21/05 | BBC
    Netherlands considers burqa ban The Dutch immigration minister says she will look into the legality of banning the burqa, the robes worn by some Muslim women to cover their bodies. Rita Verdonk made the pledge after a majority in parliament said it would support such a ban. The proposal was put forward by independent politician Geert Wilders. "That women should walk the streets in a totally unrecognisable manner is an insult to everyone who believes in equal rights," he said. "This law is a comfort to moderate Muslims and will contribute to integration in the Netherlands," he added in a...
  • U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans

    05/23/2005 3:16:54 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 8 replies · 219+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/23/05 | Steven R. Weisman
    U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans By Steven R. Weisman The New York Times MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 WASHINGTON The Bush administration, opening an initiative to stabilize the Balkan states, is seeking to speed up talks to grant greater independence for Kosovo in return for strides by the Kosovo government to protect the rights of Serbs and other minorities, State Department officials have announced. As part of the effort, R. Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, will travel this week to Europe and the Balkan region to meet with officials about Kosovo and various steps that...
  • U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans

    05/23/2005 3:16:46 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 5 replies · 165+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/23/05 | Steven R. Weisman
    U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans By Steven R. Weisman The New York Times MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 WASHINGTON The Bush administration, opening an initiative to stabilize the Balkan states, is seeking to speed up talks to grant greater independence for Kosovo in return for strides by the Kosovo government to protect the rights of Serbs and other minorities, State Department officials have announced. As part of the effort, R. Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, will travel this week to Europe and the Balkan region to meet with officials about Kosovo and various steps that...
  • UN: No evidence over Kosovo drownings

    04/30/2004 5:02:57 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 14 replies · 148+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/28/04 | BBC
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 18:56 GMT 19:56 UK UN: No evidence over Kosovo drownings Serbian churches were burned in the violence An incident which led to the worst ethnic clashes in Kosovo for four years may have been based more on rumour than fact, the UN has concluded. Nineteen people died when violence flared after three Albanian children drowned - reportedly after being chased into a river by Serbs last month. But an international investigator found there was no evidence for the story. Last week a report blamed "reckless and sensationalist" media reporting for sparking the violence. The...
  • Croat generals plead not guilty

    03/12/2004 2:09:41 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 64+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/12/04 | BBC
    Croat generals plead not guiltyTwo retired Croatian general have pleaded not guilty to crimes against humanity at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mladen Markac and Ivan Cermak are accused of atrocities against Serbs during the war in Croatia in 1995. The seven charges against them include murder, persecution and inhumane acts during and after the recapture of the Krajina region by Croatian troops. The two men said they voluntarily surrendered to prove their innocence. Mr Markac, 48, and Mr Cermak, 54, were flown to The Hague earlier this week in a move seen as the first...
  • Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage

    01/21/2004 1:03:38 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 60 replies · 200+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/21/03 | Chuck Larson and Dan Christman
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M. Guest columnists Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage By Chuck Larson and Dan Christman Special to The Times Retired four-star Army Gen. Wesley Clark did something truly historic recently — and it has nothing to do with his run for the White House. Clark testified against the former president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, who is being tried for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague. For the first time in history, a former military commander faced down a former head of state in an international court of law....
  • Serbia-Montenegro president apologises in Sarajevo

    11/13/2003 10:06:12 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies · 165+ views
    B92 ^ | 11/13/03 | B92
    Sarajevo | 15:07 -> 16:02 | Beta Serbia-Montenegro president apologises in Sarajevo SARAJEVO -- Thursday – The president of Serbia-Montenegro has apologised today in Sarajevo for "evil" committed during the war in Bosnia. Svetozar Marovic said he apologised for “every evil act or misfortune that anyone in Bosnia-Hercegovina was exposed to because of Serbia-Montenegro”. The president said it was up to the politicians in power to create an “atmosphere of forgiveness”. “Both sides must be brave, and we must help each other to heal these wounds”, said Marovic, adding that he hoped his apology would improve relations between the two...
  • Support for talks on splitting Serbia, Kosovo

    06/24/2003 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 25 replies · 402+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 23 2003 | Judy Dempsey and Kerin Hope
    Support for talks on splitting Serbia, Kosovo By Judy Dempsey and Kerin Hope in Thessaloniki Published: June 23 2003 5:00 | Last Updated: June 23 2003 5:00 The European Union and the US will back direct talks between Serbia and Kosovo that could help end one of the last outstanding disputes to dog stability and security in the Balkans. Diplomats hope the talks could eventually lead to Serbia and Kosovo agreeing on how they could peacefully separate from each other, with internationally recognised borders. The talks, expected to take place next month outside the region, were agreed in principle at...
  • [Kosovo's] Steiner confirms his departure

    05/29/2003 9:53:48 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 75+ views
    B92 ^ | 5/29/03 | B92
    Steiner confirms his departure | 11:58 | B92 PRISTINA -- Thursday – Kosovo governor Michael Steiner has confirmed that he is soon to leave his post in the near future, following an announcement from the German Foreign Ministry that he will take a new position with UN headquarters in Geneva this autumn. Steiner told Pristina daily Koha Dittore that the post demanded a lot of energy, and that one year is too short, but two a little too long. “Change is needed. I have always said this and there has been no secret about it,” he said. The report quotes...
  • Serbian assassination tied to Western pressure

    03/16/2003 7:25:29 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 5 replies · 149+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 16 March 2003 | Steven Erlanger, NY Times
    Sunday, March 16, 2003 - 12:44 a.m. Pacific Serbian assassination tied to Western pressure By Steven Erlanger--- The New York Times BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro — The sniper assassination last week of Zoran Djindjic, the Serbian prime minister so highly praised by Western leaders, is a reminder that nation building can easily be derailed, especially when outside nations make heavy political demands on fragile post-tyrannical states. In some ways, many Serbs say, the West squeezed Djindjic to death in a too-tight embrace of specific demands for reform and extradition of war criminals, and tied the delivery of desperately needed foreign aid to...
  • First ethnic Albanians sent to UN court over Kosovo war crimes

    02/18/2003 9:57:59 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 4 replies · 108+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 02/19/03 | AFP
    Wednesday February 19, 12:33 AM First ethnic Albanians sent to UN court over Kosovo war crimes The first ethnic Albanians to be indicted for war crimes over the 1999 conflict in Kosovo were sent to the UN tribunal in The Hague, the day after they were arrested by NATO-led peacekeepers in the province. Prosecutor Carla del Ponte confirmed Tuesday that three out of four ethnic Albanians indicted by the court -- Haradin Balaj, Isak Musliu and Agim Murtezi -- had been sent to face trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). However she expressed anger that...
  • US initiative for Kosovo independence

    01/13/2003 11:12:12 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 10 replies · 90+ views
    B92 ^ | 01/13/03 | SENSE
    US initiative for Kosovo independence | 12:23 | SENSE WASHINGTON -- Monday – An initiative has been launched in the US Congress for the recognition of Kosovo’s independence. The move is a renewal of efforts by leading members of the International Relations Committee. The congressmen have proposed a House of Representatives resolution supporting Kosovo’s ambitions for independence as soon as “democratic self-government is developed and consolidated”. As a first step in the path to an independent Kosovo, the resolution calls for the Administration to engage, together with the UN and the EU , in the establishment of efficient self-government and...
  • The Constitutional Charter (of Serbia & Montenegro)

    12/07/2002 3:33:19 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 2 replies · 248+ views
    B92 ^ | 12/07/02 | B92
    The Constitutional Charter | 19:13 | FoNet BELGRADE -- Saturday – Serbia and Montenegro is the name of the new state union, which is he combination of two equal state members, namely the state of Montenegro, and that of Serbia. The latter includes the two autonomous regions of Vojvodina and Kosovo, currently under international administration according to Resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council. In the new charter, the border between Serbia and Montenegro has been fixed, and cannot be altered without agreement from both parties. A citizen of one of the member states is at once a citizen of...
  • UK-based mafia gangs a legacy of intake of refugees

    11/10/2002 9:56:02 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 3+ views
    The Herald UK ^ | 11/04/02 | IAN BRUCE and VICKY COLLINS
    UK-based mafia gangs a legacy of intake of refugees IAN BRUCE and VICKY COLLINS WHEN Britain first agreed to receive up to 1000 Kosovans every week in 1999, Balkans experts warned that it might find itself taking in more than just refugees fleeing the war. Strong mafia gangs originating in Albania had already established bases in Greece, Germany and Italy and used those bases to strengthen existing people and drug-trafficking routes and establish new ones. The British Helsinki Human Rights Group predicted that UK support for Kosovan refugees would also open it up to offshoots of these criminal gangs and,...
  • Serbia: Serbs Leaving Sandzak

    07/30/2002 10:52:50 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 48 replies · 1,120+ views
    IWPR ^ | 26 July 02 | IWPR Staff
    Serbia: Serbs Leaving Sandzak Departure of Serbs from Sandzak believed to be triggered by policies of Bosniak nationalists By IWPR staff in London (BCR No 353, 26-Jul-02) Serbs are beginning to leave the predominantly Muslim Sandzak region of south-west Serbia after losing public sector jobs, local Serb representatives say. Some Serbs estimate that around 1,000 members of the community in the largest town in the region, Novi Pazar, have left over the last couple of years. New For Sale signs appear on Serb homes and land throughout the region almost daily. More departures could have serious implications for the stability...
  • A very dirty little war

    05/16/2002 10:34:08 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Times Online ^ | May 14, 2002 | Anthony Loyd
    May 14, 2002 Reportage A very dirty little war by Anthony Loyd The investigation of a bus bomb that killed 11 Serbs was blocked at every turn and the four suspects are now free. Our correspondant reports on the murky world of UN and Nato peacekeeping in Kosovo February 16, 2001: It was a warm morning with clear skies and the mood of the passengers and accompanying soldiers was relaxed. There were seven coaches in all, each filled with Serb civilians returning from Nis in Serbia to their homes in Kosovo to commemorate zadusnica, one of the Serb Orthodox Church’s...
  • NATO's pullout brings mixed response in the Balkans

    05/10/2002 5:38:46 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 23+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | May 11, 02 | AFP
    Saturday May 11, 3:14 AM NATO's pullout brings mixed response in the Balkans NATO's decision to pull out part of its Balkan-based peacekeeping forces has brought a mixed response in countries where the Alliance troops have been deployed to preserve a fragile peace. NATO said it was scaling down its peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Kosovo by nearly 12,000 troops, thanks to what it said was improving security in the Balkans. In Bosnia, where NATO peacekeepers (SFOR) have been deployed since 1995, when the Dayton peace accords ended more than three years of war, the foreign ministry said the reduction...
  • Kosovo's moderate president clashes with Milosevic in court

    05/03/2002 9:18:09 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 6 replies · 163+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | May 3, 2002 | AFP
    Friday May 3, 9:51 PM Kosovo's moderate president clashes with Milosevic in court Kosovo's president, Ibrahim Rugova, clashed with his nemesis Slobodan Milosevic at the UN war crimes tribunal, accusing the former Yugoslav president of massacres against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. But in cross examination, Milosevic labelled Rugova -- who led the non-violent movement for Kosovo's independence from Serbia from 1989 -- of being a pawn of the "great powers" trying to implement their own agenda. "The great powers and the international community came out in our defence, for human rights and against the massacres perpetuated by Belgrade and by...
  • UN warns of danger of hasty withdrawal from Kosovo

    04/24/2002 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 25 April 2002 | AFP
    Thursday April 25, 2:20 AM UN warns of danger of hasty withdrawal from Kosovo UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned the Security Council that a hasty withdrawal of the UN administration from Kosovo could create a power vacuum and encourage organized crime. "It is understood that the mission will not stay in Kosovo indefinitely," he said in a report issued as the council began a public debate on the transfer of authority to the provisional government formed on February 28. But "premature disengagement could lead to a vacuum of power and instability that could be filled by organised crime and...
  • U.S. Companies Hired to Train Foreign Armies

    04/14/2002 12:41:28 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/14/02 | ESTHER SCHRADER
    U.S. Companies Hired to Train Foreign Armies By ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON -- When the Pentagon talks about training the new Afghan National Army, it doesn't mean with its own soldiers. The Green Berets and other elite U. S. troops are needed elsewhere. Instead, the Defense Department is drawing up plans to use its commandos to jump-start the Afghan force, then hire private military contractors to finish the job. It would be the most vital role yet taken on by a somewhat clandestine industry accustomed to operating on the fringe of U. S. foreign policy by training foreign...
  • Serb PM Backs Handing Over Suspects

    03/29/2002 9:48:13 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 79+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | March 29, 2002 | KATARINA KRATOVAC, AP
    Serb PM Backs Handing Over Suspects Fri Mar 29,11:55 AM ET By KATARINA KRATOVAC, Associated Press Writer Serbia's prime minister, facing a weekend deadline to hand over war crimes suspects, said Friday that some could be arrested and extradited to the U.N. tribunal within days — and emphasized that failure to comply would come at a crippling cost for Yugoslavia. The U.S. Congress has given Yugoslavia until Sunday to cooperate with the Netherlands-based war crimes court or risk losing $120 million in aid. "If we do not cooperate, we could face international isolation and U.S. sanctions, literally within days," Serbian...
  • Yugoslavs taped meetings of U.S. diplomat

    03/28/2002 9:08:57 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 28, 2002 | Peter Finn, Washington Post
    Yugoslavs taped meetings of U.S. diplomat By Peter Finn The Washington Post BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — A U.S. Embassy official and a former Yugoslav general who were arrested earlier this month and charged with espionage had been meeting privately for months and were videotaped together for more than 40 hours by Yugoslav military intelligence, according to senior Western and Yugoslav officials who have reviewed some of the tapes. Click on the source to read the entire article
  • Bush to let some officials testify in Milosevic trial

    03/27/2002 4:26:59 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 8 replies · 94+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | March 22, 2002 | Colum Lynch
    Bush to let some officials testify in Milosevic trial trial Colum Lynch The Washington Post Friday, March 22, 2002 UNITED NATIONS, New York The Bush administration has agreed in principle to allow some current and former U.S. officials to provide limited testimony against the former Yugoslav ruler Slobodan Milosevic at his trial in The Hague, according to administration officials. Click on the link to read the article.
  • Serbian Deputy PM resigns over US espionage affair

    03/19/2002 9:55:15 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 11 replies · 149+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | March 20, 2002 | AFP
    Wednesday March 20, 12:25 AM Serbian Deputy PM resigns over US espionage affair Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Momcilo Perisic resigned following his arrest on suspicion of passing secret documents to a US diplomat, an incident that has strained relations with Washington. "Momcilo Perisic delivered his resignation to Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic today," Perisic's spokesman Nebojsa Mandic told AFP. Perisic was arrested last week together with US diplomat John David Neighbor on suspicion of spying and revealing military secrets, sparking an angry protest from the United States. He was released on bail Saturday by a military court in Belgrade pending the...
  • Lawyer glad for chance to defend Serb before war-crimes tribunal

    03/11/2002 12:15:43 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 11, 2002 | Mike Carter
    Monday, March 11, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific Lawyer glad for chance to defend Serb before war-crimes tribunal By Mike Carter Seattle Times staff reporter It would not be unusual for an attorney of the stature of Gene Wilson, a former federal prosecutor and distinguished retired magistrate, to spend the latter years of his career in a comfortable firm, representing relatively benign clients for a big salary. Three weeks out of each month, that is Wilson's life. The other week is spent with Lt. Col. Dragan Obrenovic. If the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is correct,...
  • Rugova: Albanians have “responsibility” towards minorities

    03/04/2002 12:50:06 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 21 replies · 68+ views
    B92 ^ | 03/04/02 | Beta
    Rugova: Albanians have “responsibility” towards minorities 19:47 PRISTINA, Monday – Ibrahim Rugova, addressing press for the first time as Kosovo president, has said the Albanian majority has a “responsibility” to integrate minorities in the province. In an earlier address to parliament, the veteran pacifist said he would work to secure prosperity for all citizens. His priority, he said, would be to encourage economic growth and foreign investment for the impoverished province. Rugova told a press conference afterwards that the Albanian majority has a “responsibility to integrate Serbs, Bosniaks and other minorities.” He again called for independence for the province despite ...
  • Fear over Islamic terror groups using Macedonia as base

    03/04/2002 9:48:29 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 03/04/02 | Christian Jennings
    Fear over Islamic terror groups using Macedonia as base Christian Jennings In SKOPJE FEARS that Islamic militants may be using Albanian rebel groups in Macedonia as cover for possible terrorist activities have increased after police shot dead or captured ten men, including Jordanians, Pakistanis and Bosnians, in Macedonia’s capital over the weekend. Islamic fighters who have fought alongside Albanian rebels in Macedonia since last year’s seven-month conflict are now feared to be using the three main Albanian rebel groups in the country as cover to target not only the Macedonian government but also embassies of western governments. Western security officials ...
  • International War Crimes Tribunals: Bad For America, Bad For the World

    03/02/2002 12:43:39 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 7 replies · 10+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | March 2, 2002 | Ron Paul
    International War Crimes Tribunals: Bad For America, Bad For the World by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) March 2, 2002 Testimony before hearings on the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. For Americans, the most important aspect of these international criminal tribunals is that they are the model for the UN's International Criminal Court. Indeed, it is the perceived need to make these ad hoc tribunals permanent that really led to the creation of the ICC in the first place. This permanent UN court will attempt to claim jurisdiction over the rest of the world within the next ...
  • Milosevic trial/ICTY Rules

    02/28/2002 1:19:14 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 4 replies · 6+ views
    Click on the source to read about the basic statutes of law pertaining to the ICTY. The Jurist web site has a wealth of information devoted to this topic. It is not stated clearly which pattern of legal procedure (British Commonwealth, American, French[Napoleonic], Dutch, etc.) applies to this tribunal. Two points: the accused is assumed to be innocent unless proven guilty. And, although much is said about dependence on the principles of international law, there is no mention of the International Court of Justice (also in The Hague), which is the main body that establishes these principles.
  • At The Hague, It's a Leader on Trial, Not a People

    02/22/2002 4:30:47 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02/17/02 | BARBARA CROSSETTE
    February 17, 2002 WAR CRIMES At The Hague, It's a Leader on Trial, Not a People By BARBARA CROSSETTE SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC, the former Yugoslav leader on trial for war crimes in the Balkans, turned on his international prosecutors Thursday and heaped scorn on them for "accusing a whole nation" — the Serbs — of atrocity and murder. But that is not the issue in his indictment. Nor is it what this landmark trial is about. Much has been made of the fact that this is the first trial of a head of state for war crimes. But Mr. Milosevic is ...
  • Indicted Croatian general arrives in Split on provisional bail

    02/21/2002 5:20:34 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 5+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | Friday February 22, 2002 | AFP
    Friday February 22, 2:27 AM Indicted Croatian general arrives in Split on provisional bail General Rahim Ademi, the first Croatian citizen to appear before the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, returned to the coastal town of Split after being provisionally released pending trial. He was greeted at Split airport by several dozen friends and wartime comrades. "He came here where he belongs ... among his friends and family," Ademi's wife Anita told national radio. Ademi arrived in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Thursday aboard a regular Amsterdam-Zagreb flight, to be welcomed by his wife Anita and their two ...
  • Justice

    02/18/2002 11:28:23 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02/18/02 | Peter Simple
    End column By Peter Simple (Filed: 15/02/2002) Justice ON the first day of the show trial of Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague, Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, spoke of the "medieval savagery" of the "war crimes" he is alleged to have ordered or failed to stop. For those who work for that mysterious entity, the "International Community", and gather at the Bar of World Opinion, the word "medieval" is a common term of abuse. Is medieval savagery, perpetuated by identifiable people caught up in the bloodthirsty frenzy of civil ...
  • Carla Del Ponte: war-crimes hunter

    02/17/2002 12:56:47 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 11 replies · 199+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, February 11, 2002 | Marlise Simons The New York Times
    Carla Del Ponte: war-crimes hunter Marlise Simons The New York Times Monday, February 11, 2002 ARUSHA, Tanzania Carla Del Ponte does not like to talk about herself because her business is others. Tracking down and prosecuting others. On Tuesday, she will take her place in court as the trial of her main adversary, former President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia, opens. It will be Europe's most important war-crimes trial in half a century. Beyond that, she is responsible for a staggering caseload of war crimes from the Balkans and the Rwandan genocide of 1994. But on this balmy, African evening, a ...
  • Into a humane era of global law

    02/16/2002 1:26:11 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 6 replies · 2+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 15, 2002 | Flora Lewis
    Into a humane era of global law Flora Lewis Flora Lewis Friday, February 15, 2002 Making history in the Hague PARIS The trial of Slobodan Milosevic, which many predicted could never be held, has finally begun in The Hague. The chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, an earnest, meticulous Swiss lawyer, expects it to take two years. . Nothing startling or sensational is likely to emerge as the long list of atrocities in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo is recited in court. The sickening details had become familiar day after day. . There was nothing very secretive about the wanton torture, rape ...
  • Del Ponte planning to indict Kosovo guerrillas

    02/13/2002 2:41:51 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 5 replies · 1+ views
    B92 ^ | 02/12/02 | B92
    Del Ponte planning to indict Kosovo guerrillas 22:20 BRUSSELS, Wednesday – Hague Tribunal Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte hopes to indict former Kosovo Liberation Army members for war crimes by the end of the year. She told Brussels daily Le Soir that the investigation was very difficult despite improved cooperation with Belgrade. Del Ponte was less than enthusiastic about legislation being drafted by Yugoslavia on cooperation with the Tribunal. “This law will make cooperation even more difficult because all our requests would first have to be approved by the federal authorities. That means the end to direct cooperation with Serbia,” ...
  • Milosevic attacks legitimacy of war crimes tribunal

    02/13/2002 10:50:49 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | 02/12/02 | Chris Stephen
    Milosevic attacks legitimacy of war crimes tribunal THE HAGUE: Slobodan Milosevic was famous during the Balkan wars for confounding international diplomats by not playing by the rules. Now he is at it again - refusing to recognise the legitimacy of the war crimes court that will try him, writes Chris Stephen. This is not just obstinacy. A conventional defence against the hundreds of war crimes accusations, from thousands of witnesses, would almost certainly fail. Instead, Mr Milosevic is tugging at the seams of the garment, arguing that the war crimes court, nine years old this May, is illegitimate and ...
  • Slobodan Milosevic Is the Scapegoat in a Show Trial

    02/12/2002 2:14:36 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 10 replies · 88+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 12, 2002 | MARKO LOPUSINA and ANDRE HUZSVAI
    February 12, 2002 COMMENTARY Slobodan Milosevic Is the Scapegoat in a Show Trial By MARKO LOPUSINA and ANDRE HUZSVAI The Balkans is a strange place: Nothing is what it seems to be. In June 2001, after nearly a decade of bloodshed and related media frenzy, Slobodan Milosevic was arrested and transferred to The Hague for trial. Thus ended the public relations phase of the hunt, giving way to indictments for war crimes in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Milosevic, as a scapegoat in a show trial with a predestined outcome, would be a perfect medium to exorcise the guilt of those ...
  • Racak massacre haunts Milosevic trial

    02/10/2002 5:21:54 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 11 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 February 2002 | Jon Silverman, BBC legal affairs correspondent
    Sunday, 10 February, 2002, 22:13 GMT Racak massacre haunts Milosevic trial Many bodies bore signs of mutilation By Jon Silverman-- BBC legal affairs correspondent Of all the charges against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, the first crime most likely to be dealt with in detail is the massacre at the village of Racak. On 15 January 1999 about 45 Albanians were murdered by Serb forces in the village. "I fled down the path and bullets passed through my jacket. The two companions with me were both killed"--- Eyewitness Rame Shabani Racak remains one of those timeless places which looks and ...
  • Enron's curious Croatian client

    02/03/2002 10:25:58 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | January 31 2002 | Robert Wright
    Enron's curious Croatian client By Robert Wright in Budapest Published: January 31 2002 23:23 | Last Updated: January 31 2002 23:36 The Enron collapse may have finally ended a long-running scandal over relations between the US energy company and the semi-authoritarian government of the late Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman. Mr Tudjman, who led Croatia through independence, negotiated a controversial memorandum of understanding with Enron before his death in December 1999. It would have given Enron rights to build a power station in Croatia and run it for 20 years, selling electricity to HEP, the state electricity company, at above-market rates. ...
  • Video ties al-Qaida to Chechen rebels

    01/20/2002 9:18:16 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 5+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 20, 2002 | n/a
    Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific Notebook: Video ties al-Qaida to Chechen rebels KABUL, Afghanistan — A videotape found in a former al-Qaida residence appears to buttress Russia's claim that Osama bin Laden's militant Islamic network has been backing rebels in Chechnya. The tape, obtained by Newsday for $500 from a Kabul landlord, features bin Laden and Khattab, a prominent but shadowy Arab militant who goes by one name and has played a leading role in the Chechen insurgency. It includes footage of ambushes and suicide-bomb attacks and shows bodies of Russian soldiers, some apparently executed. The tape ...
  • Harvard to groom 300 cadres in leadership

    01/18/2002 8:17:38 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 10 replies · 106+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | January 19, 2002 | MARK O'NEILL
    Saturday, January 19, 2002 Harvard to groom 300 cadres in leadership MARK O'NEILL in Beijing Three hundred high-ranking Chinese officials are to be trained at Harvard University in the next five years, state media reported yesterday. The American university yesterday signed an agreement to train the officials at its prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government. It is the first time the school has accepted such a large number of students from one country. Harvard signed the contract, with Beijing's Qinghua University and the Development and Research Centre of the State Council, in the Great Hall of the People. It ...
  • Foreign Minister: Yugoslav Rulers Must Stamp Out Hatred

    01/15/2002 1:05:59 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 01/15/02 | Reuters
    Tuesday January 15 11:59 AM ET Foreign Ministers[sic]: Yugoslav Rulers Must Stamp Out Hatred BELGRADE (Reuters) - Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic warned Tuesday widespread ethnic hatred still smoldered behind Yugoslavia's new reformist image and urged his fellow leaders to do more to stamp it out. ``It is unacceptable that the language of hate is kept alive after having killed tens of thousands of this country's people in the last 10 years alone,'' Svilanovic told a news conference. In the wake of a decade of Balkan wars and ethnic cleansing, Svilanovic said there were daily expressions of hate in the ...
  • Macedonia: Step back from the abyss

    12/31/2001 2:09:21 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 29 December 2001 | Paul Wood, BBC
    Saturday, 29 December, 2001, 09:02 GMT Macedonia: Step back from the abyss By Paul Wood-- BBC Balkans correspondent We recognised the NLA commander immediately by the large, silver .357 magnum strapped to his black flak vest and by the fact he only had one hand. The other had been blown off while bomb making in the Kosovo war. This was March in a still snowy Albanian village in northern Macedonia and the commander was preparing for a war in the only corner of the former Yugoslavia untouched by the past decade's ethnic conflict. Today this commander is biding his time ...
  • Few Tears in Kosovo for Departing U.N. Governor

    12/29/2001 8:48:12 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 12/29/01 | Reuters
    Saturday December 29 10:32 AM ET Few Tears in Kosovo for Departing U.N. Governor By Edita Bucinca PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (Reuters) - Kosovo's outgoing U.N. governor may have won international praise for his one-year tenure, but Hans Haekkerup's sudden departure prompted few tears from the province's Albanian majority on Saturday. ''The man who left no friend in Kosovo,'' said a front-page headline in the independent daily Koha Ditore above a picture of Haekkerup, who announced on Friday he was quitting as chief U.N. administrator for personal reasons. It said in an editorial that the former Danish defense minister left Kosovo in ...
  • Prosecutor 'Confident' of Milosevic Conviction

    12/27/2001 8:55:45 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | Thursday December 27, 2001 | Reuters
    Thursday December 27 6:48 AM ET Prosecutor 'Confident' of Milosevic Conviction LONDON (Reuters) - The chief United Nations (news - web sites) war crimes prosecutor said Thursday she was confident she could secure the conviction of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic (news - web sites). While it was ``theoretically'' possible Milosevic might be acquitted, Carla Del Ponte said she was sure he was guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. ``Milosevic is guilty,'' the Swiss lawyer told BBC radio. ``I am convinced I can prove the guilt of Milosevic.'' Milosevic was handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in ...
  • Human Rights court refuses RTS bombing case

    12/19/2001 9:02:54 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies · 1+ views
    B92 ^ | 12/19/01 | AP
    Human Rights court refuses RTS bombing case 13:25 STRASBOURG, Wednesday – The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear a case against 17 NATO-member states for the bombing of Serbian state television during the 1999 attacks on Yugoslavia. Judges in Strasbourg unanimously declared the case inadmissible since Yugoslavia is not a member of the Council of Europe. In a statement, the court said Yugoslavia “clearly did not fall within this legal space,” adding the European Convention on Human Rights “was not designed to be applied throughout the world, even in respect of the conduct of contracting states.” The ...