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  • Distant war zones lure jobless Kosovo Serbs

    07/08/2008 3:32:02 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    Jane_N to Tailgunner Joe

    “NAM is a communist front organization which I oppose.”

    It is?? Gee, I wonder if India, Thailand, Philipines, South Africa, Singapore, Jamaica, Fiji, etc are aware of that?

    I’m sorry Tailgunner Joe, but some of your comments show no logic at times.

    As to you not hating anyone, a lot of your comments (at least those on the Balkans threads) sure do paint a different picture. But that’s just my opinion.

    Have a good day Tailgunner Joe!

  • Distant war zones lure jobless Kosovo Serbs

    07/08/2008 3:11:47 PM PDT · 21 of 25
    Jane_N to Tailgunner Joe

    Lol! There are at least 117 other countries in the world that you should also hate according to your reasoning Tailgunner Joe. All the members of the NAM organisation for example.

    This is what Wikipedia says about NAM in case you don’t know what the NAM organisation is...

    “The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It was founded in April 1955; as of 2007, it has 118 members. The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, Zionism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.”[1]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Aligned_Movement

    Sure, most of these countries are tiny and insignificant countries with little to say when it comes to world politics but together they do make up almost 2/3 of the UN member states and 55% of the world’s population.

    So what’s it like to hate more than half of the world’s population?

  • Distant war zones lure jobless Kosovo Serbs

    07/08/2008 12:08:48 PM PDT · 17 of 25
    Jane_N to Tailgunner Joe

    “but Serbia has a military security pact with Iran.”

    And your point is ???

    Serbia has military/security pacts with several countries...including the US. The Serbian army even trains with Americans in Ohio (see: http://www.vojska.mod.gov.yu/eng/MVS/Ohajo/01.07.2007_bolja_komunikacija_sa_svetom.html)

    Serbia also contributes to UN peacekeeping forces in Libera, Ivory Coast and DR Congo.

  • Distant war zones lure jobless Kosovo Serbs

    07/08/2008 12:40:52 AM PDT · 11 of 25
    Jane_N to Tailgunner Joe

    “Albania has troops in Iraq and has said they will say in Iraq as long as America does. They have troops in Afghanistan too. Serbia doesn’t.”

    You might want to read this article:

    “Serbia Will Send Troops And Police to Afghanistan

    By ELAINE SCIOLINO
    Published: October 4, 2003

    The United States has accepted an offer by Serbia and Montenegro to send up to 1,000 combat troops and police officers to Afghanistan to join American forces there, senior Serbian officials and foreign diplomats said today...”

    You can read the rest here: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02EFDB153CF937A35753C1A9659C8B63

  • Distant war zones lure jobless Kosovo Serbs

    07/08/2008 12:35:11 AM PDT · 10 of 25
    Jane_N to Tailgunner Joe

    Btw, you are aware of Albania’s co-operation with Iran aren’t you?

    “Iranian envoy to Tirana meets Albanian official

    Saturday, July 05, 2008 - ?2005 IranMania.com

    LONDON, July 5 (IranMania) - Iran’s Ambassador to Tirana, Ali Beman Eqbali Zarech held a meet with the Albanian director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana Gjoke Uldedaj, MNA reported.

    Referring to the sides’ potentials in trade, Uldedaj welcomed the expansion of ties between the sides’ private companies and investors.

    He also called the countries’ chambers of commerce and industry to boost their ties through dispatching delegations and holding fairs.

    Eqbali Zarech, for his part, welcomed the reinforcement of mutual economic relations, introducing Iran’s potentials in the fields of energy, construction, agriculture, and consumer good.

    The Iranian diplomat voiced Iran’s enthusiasm on foreign investors’ presence in the country.”

    http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=59763

    From many of your previous posts you give the impression that you “hate” all that cooperate with Iran...seems your “beloved” Albanians are also working with Iran and have been for some time!

  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    07/07/2008 12:09:14 AM PDT · 355 of 435
    Jane_N to endthematrix

    Humor is a good thing to have and rather entertaining when it comes to the Balkans threads on FreeRepublic ;)

  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    07/06/2008 11:32:05 PM PDT · 353 of 435
    Jane_N to Bokababe

    “Sorry, Jane, if that article weren’t such pathetic propaganda, it would actually be funny.”

    Oh I agree with you totally Bokababe! I stuck this piece in “in hope” that one of the pro-Kosovo people here might explain to me why Albanians are calling on Kosovo to join “the Organization of the Islamic Conference”. Kosovo Albanians are so “liberal” according to them!

    Btw, I found another couple of articles about both Croatia and Albania set for “all out cooperation with Iran”. Didn’t someone on the Balkans threads whine about Serb and Russian ties to Iran recently? I’ll send you the links if you want them.

  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    07/06/2008 8:33:40 AM PDT · 340 of 435
    Jane_N to Jane_N
  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    07/06/2008 8:31:45 AM PDT · 339 of 435
    Jane_N to Bokababe

    Found this today....rather interesting. Written by two Albanians of course...

    Kosovo and the Islamic World
    By Arianit Dobruna and Gent Prokshi
    Sunday, 06 July 2008

    One of the greatest ironies of the Kosovo question has been seeing Serbia argue against Kosovo amongst the Islamic countries. Serbia that has burned hundreds of mosques in Kosovo and Bosnia and has bloodied its hands with the lives of hundreds of thousands of Muslim civilians just in the last 15 years has the face to sit and argue its case against its former Muslim victims to the world’s Islamic countries.
    But knowing Serbian politics, that is not the surprise here, the surprise are those on the receiving end of this disgrace.

    When the Republic of Kosovo declared its independence, the last President of Yugoslavia, Stjepan Mesic, who once was also a close adviser to Josip Broz Tito, said, “It is wrong to think that Kosovo sets precedent, because unlike other regions in the world, Kosovo was a full constitutional authoritative body, with the right to veto, like other Yugoslav republics. Also, I hope it [Serbia] will realize that Kosovo’s declaration of independence to separate from it is because of the genocidal crimes that Serbia has taken against the Kosovo up to now. Serbia should apologize for what it has done in Kosovo. Both Serbia and Kosovo were equal bodies in the Yugoslav federation. Thus, Kosovo independence is right and legal.” Kosovo is the seventh independent republic to come out of Tito’s Yugoslavia. The Republic of Kosovo is a European country, located in the southeastern Europe. Its population of over two million is more than 90% of Muslim creed of various ethnicities.

    During almost a century of occupation, Serbia established an apartheid, colonial regime in Kosovo to which many African and Middle Eastern countries members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) can easily relate to. Serbia’s crimes in Kosovo neither begin nor end with Milosevic. Milosevic is only a piece of the iceberg, revealed only thanks to the wide spread of modern information media. Serbia’s crimes were carried out based on well planned memorandums and other blueprints penned around the beginning of 20th century by Serbian romantic nationalists, ideologue statesmen of Greater Serbia. With Serbia acting as a local colonialist power, Kosovo shared the same kind of experiences as the Muslim and African world did with European colonialist powers. Serbia masterfully used prejudices of the relevant era to justify the slaughter of Kosovars as just Muslims, by hoping that in this way the world will allow Serbia to continue to commit atrocities. Colonialist, hegemonic and segregationist policies of Serbia went unhampered for too long as the propaganda machine manipulated world public opinion.

    Exploitation of Kosovo’s rich land has been Serbia’s long run dream. Murdering tens of thousands of Kosovars, sending hundreds of thousands of others into flight and then colonizing with Serb population the land left behind. As Kosovo’s rich underground was exploited to build and prosper Serbia, Kosovo remained occupied, poor, with its people continuously repressed, ethnically cleansed, enslaved in famine, isolated, struggling for freedom and the right to run their own country as independent and sovereign. A Serbian writer put it best, “Kosovars were our Negroes,” he reminisced recently.

    Serbia destroyed Islamic legacy in Kosovo. Serbia applied forced conversions of Kosovars of Muslim creed to Serbian Christian Orthodoxy. Serbia completely destroyed 649 mosques in the last war, with some five centuries old; desecrated, burglarized or partially destroyed 234 other mosques. Serbia destroyed tens of madrasahs, burned libraries that contained invaluable Koranic scriptures and treatise. Serbia murdered hundreds of Muslim imams.

    Serbia tried to portray Kosovo as a threat to the Western world, and itself as a valiant protector of Christendom from the Islamic threat. Thesis such as the “Green corridor” still today inspire publications as The Washington Times and prominent extreme right bloggers in the United States. The implication being that the West should not support the cause of the Muslim Kosovars against Christian Serbs no matter how Serbia acts.

    Serbian and Russian obstructionist propaganda, aiming to mislead the world with statements such as Islam poses a threat and Kosovo sets a precedent, remained relentless. Russia has no interest in bringing peace and stability to the world. In its desperation to gain its lost name, Russia is attempting to obstruct the freedom of Kosovars, sadly enough in cooperation with some Islamic countries such as Indonesia, Azerbaijan, and Algeria. While savagely mistreating the Muslim minority in its own country today, Russia cannot be an ally to the Muslim world which it is using through an obstructionist strategy of divide and rule. Russia is not interested in resolving the problems in the Muslim world but rather in exploiting and using these regions for its own geopolitical means. Its desperate colonialist horizons are being expanded from Europe to Asia. Its neighbors, which were fooled and coerced into becoming allies and today are not, went through famine and genocide. And the very sober stories of Chechnya and Afghanistan should make it clear what kind of friend Russia is to Muslims.

    Kosovo can be a connection between East and West. Kosovo represents something very unique in the world today. Of a Western military alliance coming to the aid of a Muslim-majority population and a reconstruction and stabilization effort supported by Norwegian NGO’s, United Arab Emirate military hospitals, French and Turkish soldiers and Pakistani policemen. Kosovo represents the proof of a better world, not divided by religion, but united over common humanitarian values. By recognizing Kosovo as other nations have already done, Muslim world and the rest will find an ally, a friend and a reliable business partner who can offer future friendships with the rest of Europe.

    Kosovo’s independence along with its democratic constitution allows Islam and other religions to finally breath free. Freedom of speech, religion, and press for Kosovars of Muslim creed are the blessings they have sought for almost a century.

    The Republic of Kosovo finally gained its sovereign statehood in coordination with its allies in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Australia, closing the final chapter of Yugoslavia. Today, Kosovo has a democratic constitution, professional police, stable government, soon to establish a NATO trained army and is in the process of joining major world organizations.

    It is time that Kosovo joins the Organization of the Islamic Conference as well. Through OIC Kosovo will setup good relations with a part of the world which it has neglected so far. OIC represents 57 countries and a diversity of people spread across four continents. Kosovo and OIC countries shares similar historic experiences, world’s second biggest religion – Islam, and the need to cooperate economically.

  • How Kosovo Created its Own Liberal Islam

    07/01/2008 4:38:37 PM PDT · 153 of 435
    Jane_N to FormerLib

    Personally,I think it sound’s more like Fusion than RBJ...

    Btw, whatever happened to mark50inf? Haven’t seen him around for a while.

  • Bosnia: The Mujahedin Unmasked

    07/01/2008 4:16:18 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    Jane_N to Bokababe

    This may be a “little” off subject, but I met up with a friend that just got back from UN duty in Afghanistan. Among the things we talked about was that a few weeks before coming home to Sweden, his troop were given orders to be on the look out for a Bosnian person on the taliban side. According to my friend Bosnians were rather common and appreciated among the Taliban due to their having recent war experience.

  • Face of Defense: Mother, Son Prepare to Deploy to Kosovo Together

    05/16/2008 11:14:26 AM PDT · 32 of 76
    Jane_N to old-and-old

    “Have Kosovo become part of EU”

    Lol!! Seriously, do you really believe EU nations want Kosovo to be a part of EU? You really need to wake up and smell the coffee...the only reason several EU countries have recognised Kosovo’s dependent independence is because finally they can stop taking in all the “refugees” from there. Get it? You give them their own “home” and that way you don’t need to let them into your home. You obviously do not live in Europe and definitely don’t understand the European way of thinking!

  • Bush OKs supplying arms to Kosovo

    03/19/2008 4:12:39 PM PDT · 8 of 86
    Jane_N to joan

    he really is out of his mind!!!

  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/07/2008 2:19:20 PM PST · 98 of 111
    Jane_N to Diocletian

    But as Bokababe said in post 90, the issue is Kosovo here and not Macedonia, so maybe we should stick to the issue of the thread!

  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/07/2008 2:15:31 PM PST · 97 of 111
    Jane_N to Diocletian

    “The first half of the 20th century. I’m sorry if you were ignorant of this fact.”

    Gee, than I should be happy that my in laws are still alive and weren’t persecuted for speaking Macedonian during the first half of the 20th century! Or maybe they were just “ignorant” of the “law against speaking Macedonian” when they were young and should be grateful no one caught them speaking their language. /s

  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/07/2008 2:00:22 PM PST · 95 of 111
    Jane_N to Diocletian

    What century was that Diocletian? Some Serbs may have considered Macedonia a part of Serbia (just as Greece considers Macedonia a part of Greece and Bulgaria consider it a part Bulgaria) but my in-laws are Macedonian and they have never had any trouble from Serbs for speaking the Macedonian language. Outlawed? The only place where there has been “problems” for using the Macedonian language is in Greece. I’m sorry but I think you should stick to your info about Croatia and leave Macedonia out of this issue. As for Macedonians today, they have absolutely no problem with Serbs. Their concerns are the Albanians!

  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/07/2008 1:27:41 PM PST · 93 of 111
    Jane_N to Diocletian

    The Macedonians had issues with Serbia and the Serbs?? Wow, that’s news to me! What were those issues Diocletian, I would really appreciate some more information on this “issue”.

  • Rewarding Separatists Will Haunt the West

    02/25/2008 3:08:38 PM PST · 28 of 37
    Jane_N to Bokababe

    BTTT!

    Well explained for the people who are “new” to the Balkans!

  • Kosovo Serb died at U.S. embassy

    02/24/2008 3:25:23 AM PST · 152 of 164
    Jane_N to trumandogz

    You tell me trumandogz...on one side you have:

    a) The Chinese Embassy got bombed because of old maps provided by the CIA to the strategists that picked the places to bomb. Only problem was that until the Chinese Embassy got built at that location, the location was an empty lot. That is an empty lot with absoultely nothing that would be of interest for bombing (unless you think wasting a very expensive bomb on overgrown grass and weeds is a good move.)

    on the other hand yoú have:

    b) “rumours” that the Chinese were providing the Serb military with strategic information and in that way helping the Serbs move their artillery around among other things.

    Now if you can get past your blind patriotism to see the bigger picture of things...which reason do you honestly believe was behind the Chinese Embassy bombing?

    Personally I think you should be thanking GOD that the Chinese accepted the “official” reason of the bad maps. What I wonder is what America had to “pay” to get them to accept that reason.

  • Kosovo Serb died at U.S. embassy

    02/23/2008 11:55:35 PM PST · 146 of 164
    Jane_N to trumandogz

    “If they attack an American Embassy, then yes, they are terrorists.”

    Gee, what does that make America? US did bomb the Chinese Embassy killing 3 Chinese staff members during the bombing of Serbia, or is that conveniently forgotten by you?

    Oh, but right, that was a case of “old maps provided by the CIA”.

  • Tensions rise as Serbs push into Kosovo

    02/23/2008 11:07:09 AM PST · 141 of 166
    Jane_N to Poundstone

    Right! Guess NATO got what they wanted too!

    Here’s what NATO wanted in their Appendix B of the Rambouillet Agreement. I’m making the assumption that you haven’t read it going by your posts.

    “3. The Parties recognize the need for expeditious departure and entry procedures for NATO personnel. Such personnel shall be exempt from passport and visa regulations and the registration requirements applicable to aliens. At all entry and exit points to/from the FRY, NATO personnel shall be permitted to enter/exit the FRY on production of a national identification (ID) card. NATO personnel shall carry identification which they may be requested to produce for the authorities in the FRY, but operations, training, and movement shall not be allowed to be impeded or delayed by such requests.

    4. NATO military personnel shall normally wear uniforms, and NATO personnel may possess and carry arms if authorized to do so by their orders. The Parties shall accept as valid, without tax or fee, drivers, licenses and permits issued to NATO personnel by their respective national authorities.

    5. NATO shall be permitted to display the NATO flag and/or national flags of its constituent national elements/units on any NATO uniform, means of transport, or facility.

    6. a. NATO shall be immune from all legal process, whether civil, administrative, or criminal.

    b. NATO personnel, under all circumstances and at all times, shall be immune from the Parties, jurisdiction in respect of any civil, administrative, criminal, or disciplinary offenses which may be committed by them in the FRY. The Parties shall assist States participating in the operation in the exercise of their jurisdiction over their own nationals.

    c. Notwithstanding the above, and with the NATO Commander’s express agreement in each case, the authorities in the FRY may exceptionally exercise jurisdiction in such matters, but only in respect of Contractor personnel who are not subject to the jurisdiction of their nation of citizenship.

    7. NATO personnel shall be immune from any form of arrest, investigation, or detention by the authorities in the FRY. NATO personnel erroneously arrested or detained shall immediately be turned over to NATO authorities.

    8. NATO personnel shall enjoy, together with their vehicles, vessels, aircraft, and equipment, free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout the FRY including associated airspace and territorial waters. This shall include, but not be limited to, the right of bivouac, maneuver, billet, and utilization of any areas or facilities as required for support, training, and operations.

    9. NATO shall be exempt from duties, taxes, and other charges and inspections and custom regulations including providing inventories or other routine customs documentation, for personnel, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, equipment, supplies, and provisions entering, exiting, or transiting the territory of the FRY in support of the Operation.

    10. The authorities in the FRY shall facilitate, on a priority basis and with all appropriate means, all movement of personnel, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, equipment, or supplies, through or in the airspace, ports, airports, or roads used. No charges may be assessed against NATO for air navigation, landing, or takeoff of aircraft, whether government-owned or chartered. Similarly, no duties, dues, tolls or charges may be assessed against NATO ships, whether government-owned or chartered, for the mere entry and exit of ports. Vehicles, vessels, and aircraft used in support of the operation shall not be subject to licensing or registration requirements, nor commercial insurance.

    11. NATO is granted the use of airports, roads, rails, and ports without payment of fees, duties, dues, tolls, or charges occasioned by mere use. NATO shall not, however, claim exemption from reasonable charges for specific services requested and received, but operations/movement and access shall not be allowed to be impeded pending payment for such services.

    12. NATO personnel shall be exempt from taxation by the Parties on the salaries and emoluments received from NATO and on any income received from outside the FRY.

    13. NATO personnel and their tangible moveable property imported into, acquired in, or exported from the FRY shall be exempt from all duties, taxes, and other charges and inspections and custom regulations.

    14. NATO shall be allowed to import and to export, free of duty, taxes and other charges, such equipment, provisions, and supplies as NATO shall require for the operation, provided such goods are for the official use of NATO or for sale to NATO personnel. Goods sold shall be solely for the use of NATO personnel and not transferable to unauthorized persons.

    15. The Parties recognize that the use of communications channels is necessary for the Operation. NATO shall be allowed to operate its own internal mail services. The Parties shall, upon simple request, grant all telecommunications services, including broadcast services, needed for the Operation, as determined by NATO. This shall include the right to utilize such means and services as required to assure full ability to communicate, and the right to use all of the electromagnetic spectrum for this purpose, free of cost. In implementing this right, NATO shall make every reasonable effort to coordinate with and take into account the needs and requirements of appropriate authorities in the FRY.

    16. The Parties shall provide, free of cost, such public facilities as NATO shall require to prepare for and execute the Operation. The Parties shall assist NATO in obtaining, at the lowest rate, the necessary utilities, such as electricity, water, gas and other resources, as NATO shall require for the Operation.

    17. NATO and NATO personnel shall be immune from claims of any sort which arise out of activities in pursuance of the operation; however, NATO will entertain claims on an ex gratia basis.

    18. NATO shall be allowed to contract directly for the acquisition of goods, services, and construction from any source within and outside the FRY. Such contracts, goods, services, and construction shall not be subject to the payment of duties, taxes, or other charges. NATO may also carry out construction works with their own personnel.

    19. Commercial undertakings operating in the FRY only in the service of NATO shall be exempt from local laws and regulations with respect to the terms and conditions of their employment and licensing and registration of employees, businesses, and corporations.

    20. NATO may hire local personnel who on an individual basis shall remain subject to local laws and regulations with the exception of labor/employment laws. However, local personnel hired by NATO shall:

    a. be immune from legal process in respect of words spoken or written and all acts performed by them in their official capacity;

    b. be immune from national services and/or national military service obligations;

    c. be subject only to employment terms and conditions established by NATO; and

    d. be exempt from taxation on the salaries and emoluments paid to them by NATO.”

    http://www.kosovo.mod.uk/rambouillet_text.htm

    Now go and read the UN Resolution 1244 that was signed by all parties (with the assistance of Russia) and tell me who backed down...

    Before you go calling people names because they have a different (& knowledgable) view than what you do have a good long look at yourself in the mirror. I bet you are one of these people that until yesterday couldn’t point out Kosovo on a map, let alone Europe!

  • Russia's NATO envoy warns alliance against overstepping mandate in Kosovo

    02/23/2008 10:33:45 AM PST · 76 of 82
    Jane_N to processing please hold

    Wow! $3.00 a gallon! Damn, I would love to be paying so little for fuel. 1 gallon is about 4liters, while 1USD is about 6,44SEK. Petrol (gas in the US) costs around 13SEK per liter at the moment. So if my calculations are correct (and I admit maths is not my favorite subject) we are paying roughly 2USD per liter here in Sweden!! Which comes to about $8.00 per gallon! But ok, at least 75% of the price here is government taxes from what I understand...

  • Tensions rise as Serbs push into Kosovo

    02/23/2008 12:05:25 AM PST · 105 of 166
    Jane_N to Poundstone

    “They’ll back down in the face of NATO firepower — don’t forget that NATO kicked their asses in 1999.”

    You obviously haven’t read the “Rambouillet” agreement NATO (Maddie NotsoBright) tried to force the Serbs to sign to end the war in Kosovo. Nor have you read the UN’s resolution 1244 that was signed with the assistance of Russia and which led to the end of the war. Had you read these two documents than you would understand that it was in fact not the Serbs that got their asses kicked by NATO but NATO itself (indirectly). It was NATO that backed down and gave in to the Serbs!

  • Russia could use force in Kosovo

    02/22/2008 9:35:50 AM PST · 100 of 114
    Jane_N to jhpigott; All

    You know, it’s kinda ironic that a majority of the countries that have recognised or declared that they will be recognising Kosovo as an independent state in the near future are actually Western “Christian” countries.

    “More and more countries are getting ready to recognize Kosovo’s independence, but many are hesitant, including some Arab and Muslim countries despite Washington’s appeals to display solidarity with Kosovo Muslims.

    During a briefing on Kosovo after its declaration of independence, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns welcomed the recognition of this step by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and hence, by the governments of its member countries. He said: “And we think it is a very positive step that this Muslim state, Muslim majority state, has been created today.”

    ...Only three OIC members - Turkey, Afghanistan and Senegal - have recognized Kosovo’s independence out of almost 60 members of the organization. Others have adopted a wait-and-see attitude because of the potential threat of a domestic split, or destabilization in neighboring countries.”

    http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20080221/99818092.html

  • Belgrade's US Embassy set on fire (FNC Report: charred body found in US Embassy)

    02/21/2008 2:55:04 PM PST · 648 of 1,000
    Jane_N to wideawake

    “America retains the right to make its own sovereign diplomatic decisions, and arson is not a diplomatic response: it is a criminal one.”

    What type of response is bombing another country’s embassy? Diplomatic or criminal? It’s what you did to the Chinese embassy during the bombing of Serbia.

    Oh sorry, no, that was an “inconvenient misstake” due to “old maps” being provided by the CIA!! /s

  • Belgrade's US Embassy set on fire (FNC Report: charred body found in US Embassy)

    02/21/2008 2:17:47 PM PST · 593 of 1,000
    Jane_N to John123

    “The Serbs invaded Kosovo. Get your facts straight.”

    Uhh?? I think you should get your facts straight before you make such comments. The Serbs have been in Kosovo longer than white man has been in the US! I’ld suggest you do a whole lot of reading before you continue discussing this subject.

  • Protesters break into U.S. embassy in Belgrade

    02/21/2008 11:35:41 AM PST · 84 of 162
    Jane_N to em2vn

    “A U.S. embassy is sovereign property. An attack on one of our embassies is an attack on the United States.”

    A country’s province is sovereign property. An attack on one of the provinces is an attack on the country! By America’s recognition of Kosovo as an indepedent state they have “attacked” the sovereignity of Serbia.

  • Hundred of Czechs protest against Kosovo's independence in Prague

    02/21/2008 8:45:54 AM PST · 1 of 7
    Jane_N
    "Kosovo declared independence on Sunday. It has already been recognised by the United States, Germany, France and Britain, among others.

    Hadrava pointed to the fact that the above EU countries also signed the Munich Treaty...

    ...By the Munich Treaty of September 1938, Germany, Italy, Britain and France decided that Czechoslovakia would cede its border regions densely inhabited by Germans (Sudetenland) to Hitler's Nazi Germany."

    A sign of things to come?

  • The West’s Fatal Mistake: We Are All Serbs Now

    02/20/2008 4:48:56 PM PST · 29 of 46
    Jane_N to Bokababe; All

    I keep hearing the “reasoning” used for recognition that Kosovo is “unique” and that’s why it should be independent. But there is never any explation as to how Kosovo is unique.

    Can someone please explain to me in what way is Kosovo so unique? The way I see it, and I have followed the situation in the Balkans for many years, there is not an ounce of uniqueness in Kosovo. Someone??

  • Kosovo Was Then, This Is Now... [Victor Davis Hanson on bluffing]

    02/20/2008 9:09:04 AM PST · 28 of 37
    Jane_N to Army Air Corps

    JNA = Yugoslavian National Army (translated from Jugoslovenska Nacionalna Armija) if I remember correctly.

  • Kosovo Was Then, This Is Now... [Victor Davis Hanson on bluffing]

    02/19/2008 10:11:06 PM PST · 17 of 37
    Jane_N to Army Air Corps

    Well Bosnia is a “federation” built on the Croat-Muslim political entity and the Serbian entity. The Serbian section does not want to be a part of the rest of Bosnia but is forced into it by the Dayton Accord. The developement in Kosovo has set the precedent that should make their seperation from Bosnia smooth sailing.

    You can read up about Republika Srpska here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republika_Srpska

  • Pat Buchanan: Does Balkanization beckon anew?

    02/19/2008 9:55:57 PM PST · 7 of 20
    Jane_N to KantianBurke

    “its silly to attempt to force them together into an arifical construct of nationhood.”

    So why are we doing so in so many other places throughout the world?

  • Kosovo Was Then, This Is Now... [Victor Davis Hanson on bluffing]

    02/19/2008 9:51:02 PM PST · 13 of 37
    Jane_N to Army Air Corps

    “I will not be surprised if the Serb sectors of northern Kosovo do break-off and fuse with Serbia.”

    I hope they do! I also hope that the Serbs in Republika Srpska do so too. It would only be fair and no one can do anything to stop them.

  • Pat Buchanan: Does Balkanization beckon anew?

    02/19/2008 9:38:19 PM PST · 4 of 20
    Jane_N to sageb1

    I think your major worry in America would be all the southern states going to Mexico. From what I understand the mexican/spanish speaking population is alarmingly high and can easily become a “Kosovo” in your own yard in the not so distant future. I believe every American should be concerned about this, IMHO.

  • Pat Buchanan: Does Balkanization beckon anew?

    02/19/2008 9:17:13 PM PST · 1 of 20
    Jane_N
  • Bush Recognizes Kosovo's Independence

    02/18/2008 10:17:05 AM PST · 75 of 168
    Jane_N to devere

    “The main airport in Albania is Mother Teresa International Airport, named of course after their most famous citizen”

    Mother Teresa has absolutely no connection to Kosovo and was never a citizen of Kosovo! She was born and raised in Macedonia to Albanian parents (that is, her parents were from Albania and not from Kosovo)! Do a google search and you will find almost all webpages say the same...except for maybe those from Kosovo Albanians.

  • Albania, Saudi Arabia first to recognize Kosovo?

    02/18/2008 12:06:02 AM PST · 101 of 114
    Jane_N to Honorary Serb

    This may be an explanation toward’s Macedonia’s future recognition of Kosovo...

    “The disoriented Macedonian government is under strong external pressures on three fronts: the name issue, the implementation of the so-called May Agreement (that calls for redefinition of the internal order) and fast recognition of Kosovo - all in return for NATO membership. As for the latest, Macedonia is sandwiched between the internal (Albanian) and international pressure to swiftly recognize Kosovo and the certainty to gain an eternal enemy in Serbia, on which the country is dependent in economic, energy-supply and infrastructures that lead towards European countries.

    The wide opening of the Kosovo market is weak consolation for the possible losses. In addition Macedonia is in a clinch between the “traditional friends” - Serbia and Greece. The latter already trades within the EU over its recognition of Kosovo if in return it gets guarantees that Macedonia is going to change its constitutional name.
    In Montenegro the situation is the opposite: as soon as the government recognizes independent Kosovo it will meet a strong opposition from almost a half of its population.

    Macedonia is enforced to bargain over its name (another exception in the international law), while Serbia is expected to trade with a part of its territory in hope to get European future. While Macedonia awaits the last proposal over the name dispute from the UN envoy, the American Niemitz, and he has already said that he is coming with “an offer that one can’t refuse” (which is a phrase typical for mafia and not diplomatic jargon) there is a strong and disheartening feeling that nothing much has changed since 19th century when a wise man said that the Balkan nations are nothing but a small change in the transactions among the Great powers...”

    http://www.transnational.org/Area_YU/2008/Vankovska_HypotheticalKosovo.html

  • Woman banned from smoking in own garden

    08/23/2007 9:50:44 AM PDT · 24 of 89
    Jane_N to Old Professer

    Thank you for fixing the link!

  • Woman banned from smoking in own garden

    08/23/2007 9:49:10 AM PDT · 22 of 89
    Jane_N to visualops

    visualops:

    Thank you for posting the picture in.

    For those that don’t understand Swedish, the area surrounded with the blue line is the lawyer’s property while the area withing the red line is the smoker’s property. The “shadowed” area with the smoker’s property is where she is forbidden to smoke. “Hus” means house.

  • Woman banned from smoking in own garden

    08/23/2007 9:22:23 AM PDT · 1 of 89
    Jane_N
    http://sydsvenskan.se/skane/burlov/article260672.ece

    The above link shows the court's restriction on where the women is allowed/not allowed to smoke in her garden.

  • NATO chasing 7 escapees from Kosovo prison

    08/20/2007 3:48:52 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    Jane_N to montyspython

    A little info on some of the escapees courtesy of http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2295850.ece

    “Among the escapees were Ramadan Shiti, a Saudi-born suspected Islamist terrorist expelled from his native country for allegedly plotting an attack on senior public figures, and Lirim Jakupi, a leader of the rebel Albanian National Army - a group of guerrillas who fight for a greater Albanian state in the Balkans. Nicknamed Commander Nazi, Jakupi was being held over the murder of a Serbian policeman and other attacks.

    Shiti had been arrested in 2005 by US, Polish and Ukrainian forces acting for the UN on an international arrest warrant after an armed break-out earlier that year from a jail in Skopje, the Macedonian capital, where he was held over the murder of a taxi driver. He has also been linked with a bomb attack on a police station in Skopje in 2005.

    Jakupi has been named on an EU blacklist of dangerous individuals making him subject to a travel ban.

    Also in the freed group was Xhavid Morina, known as Commander Drenica, also a senior figure in the ANA and allegedly responsible for the murder of two police officers.”

  • A Return to Kosovo

    06/30/2007 1:24:20 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Jane_N
    I did a search and didn't find this article posted anywhere. As many are starting to realise, Russia is right when it comes to Kosovo and the "West" would be better of admitting they were wrong and back Serbia instead of the Albanians. It will be interesting to see if what Stratfor "predicts" will take place. I guess only time will tell...
  • BOSNIA: SREBRENICA MUSLIMS DEMAND SPECIAL DISTRICT AND ABOLITION OF SERB ENTITY

    03/14/2007 9:24:38 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    Jane_N to Bokababe

    "Srebrenica Muslims have threatened they will leave Srebrenica en masse on 14 March, if their demands weren’t met."

    Well, it's the 14th of March today, have they finally left yet? Are there any reports confirming their departure? ;)

  • How we can work with the Muslims

    03/11/2007 12:14:15 PM PDT · 49 of 61
    Jane_N to naturalman1975

    "I shared a platform with Sheik Mohammed Omran of Melbourne, who has a fierce reputation and has uttered some strange thoughts e.g. praising Osama bin Laden, but speaking good English he affirmed that he and his children were Aussies and he repeated his condemnation of violence."

    This is the same Sheik Mohammed Omran quoted in an article in the Herald Sun today (Sunday):

    Drought blamed on lack of faith
    By Liam Houlihan
    March 11, 2007 12:00am

    A LEADING Muslim cleric has blamed the devastating drought, climate change and pollution on Australians' lack of faith in Allah.

    Radical sheik Mohammed Omran told followers at his Brunswick mosque that out-of-control secular scientific values had caused environmental disaster.

    "The fear of Allah is not there. So we have now a polluted earth, a polluted water, a wasteland," he told a meeting this year.

    "What are the people now crying for? The prophet told you hundreds of years ago, 'Look after the water'."

    A Sunday Herald Sun investigation also found clerics railing against "evil" democracy, vilifying Jews and Christians and encouraging jihad and polygamy.

    And in a popular DVD selling locally, a foreign sheik exhorts Muslims to take control of Australia by out-breeding non-believers.

    British-based Sheik Abdul Raheem Green forbade Muslims from having fewer than four children so Australia would become an Islamic state.

    Behind the closed doors of some Melbourne mosques and bookshops, sheiks push for Sharia law, declare Islam at war with the "sick" West and gloat that September 11 boosted Muslim numbers.

    At a Muslim information centre in Coburg, extreme literature shares shelves with DVDs by firebrand sheiks from around the globe.

    The centre, run by Abu Hamza, serves Muslims in the northern suburbs.

    Many CDs and DVDs there feature London sheik Abdul Raheem Green, who is on an Australian Government watchlist.

    On one he tells his audience to Islamise Australia through a Muslim baby boom.

    "The birth rate in the Western countries is going down. People are more interested in their careers . . . they don't want to have babies," Sheik Green says in one DVD.

    "So don't you think, Muslim brothers and sisters, we've got a bit of an opportunity here? They're not having babies any more. So what if, instead, we have the babies?

    "In Canada one in three or one in four children being born is a Muslim. What does that do to the demographic shift of a Muslim population in 20 years' time?

    Islamic Council of Victoria spokesman Waleed Aly said he was disappointed though not surprised by the Sunday Herald Sun's discoveries.

    But he said extremist speech and literature was confined to only a couple of Melbourne groups.

    "If I walked into (Omran's group) or (Hamza's centre) it wouldn't surprise me," he said.

    Mr Aly said he believed Muslims were radicalised by "cult-like peer groups", not hate literature.

    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21361191-662,00.html

  • Tear gas fired at Kosovo protesters

    02/10/2007 8:01:31 AM PST · 1 of 6
    Jane_N
  • Sheik told to stay away

    01/12/2007 2:51:58 AM PST · 1 of 20
    Jane_N
    Well said Amanda Vanstone! If you don't like it in Australia than P*** OFF!!
  • Radicals can't be stopped (Islam in Australia)

    01/08/2007 11:37:04 PM PST · 1 of 20
    Jane_N
    The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koA5hdnMCLQ

    Come on Howard, you've stood up against this sort of bull**** before...Don't let this go ahead!

  • Bible desecration a 'prank'

    12/06/2006 10:59:26 PM PST · 1 of 7
    Jane_N
    Follow up to this in today's paper:

    "Bible blasphemy shock"

    Milanda Rout and Mary Bolling December 07, 2006 12:00am

    THE parents of a Muslim student who urinated on and burned a Bible say they are shocked and ashamed over their son's actions.

    Religious leaders yesterday condemned the desecration by students from the East Preston Islamic College.

    Two students were expelled and one suspended over the incident, which occurred at a camp at YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge near Bacchus Marsh last week.

    East Preston Islamic College principal Shaheem Doutie said parents of one expelled student had told the school they were appalled by their son's behaviour.

    "The parents were totally shocked to hear their children did things like this," he said.

    "One parent said . . . she will take action against the son for doing what he did."

    He said he notified the parents by letter, but one student turned up to school yesterday unaware he had been expelled.

    He said the school had expelled two students and suspended another after it found they spat and urinated on a Bible before setting pages alight.

    Mr Doutie said he was offended by the incident and would hold weekly assemblies reminding students about the importance of the Bible.

    "I am shocked and appalled at this," he said.

    He said a teacher at the school expressed concerns camp organisers had called the students names but he could not prove the allegations.

    Teachers at the school had also signed a petition, expressing their concern over racism and insults towards non-Muslim staff.

    YMCA Victoria chief executive Peter Burns said the burnt Bible was discovered after the camp ended early because of the inappropriate behaviour by the students.

    He said a number of unruly incidents had occurred, including broken windows and fire extinguishers being let off.

    The Herald Sun spoke to a dozen students at the school yesterday, who all agreed the offending boys had deserved expulsion.

    Students and parents were standing by the college, saying it should not be blamed.

    "It is the kids who have done this, and the school has expelled them," one mother said. "It did the right thing, and it is over."

    Muslim community leader Yasser Soliman said it was a stupid act and the school acted correctly.

    "I don't think the students realised the potential damage it can cause the community," he said.

    "It would be a good gesture to go and buy a Bible with their own money as an apology."

    Muslim cleric Sheik Fehmi El-Imam said the incident was "terrible and shocking".

    Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne auxiliary bishop Christopher Prouse said it was a serious incident, but they were very happy with how the school had handled it.

    Bishop Prouse said they would continue to work with the Muslim community to ensure it did not happen again.

    Victorian Independent Education Union general secretary Deb James said the teachers at the school were appalled.

  • Kosovan Serbs go interactive

    08/30/2006 5:06:26 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Jane_N
    Although this is from July and I couldn't find it posted here, I felt that the article and the link to the whole CD online are worth posting. The "CD" has information with links on Kosovo past, present and future. Well worth spending time on whether you are new to the Kosovo issue or well knowledgable.

    The CD can be viewed here: http://www.kosovocompromise.com/

  • Kosovo negotiations: Muslim Albanians threatening with war

    07/31/2006 4:43:31 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    Jane_N to FormerLib

    "And hello to our newest Islamofascist apologist!"

    I think you mean: "And GOOD BYE to our newest Islamofascist apologist!"

    Just saw his account has been banned/suspended! Lol!! He didn't last very long, did he.