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  • Serbia marks 14th anniversary of [1999] NATO bombing

    03/24/2013 4:03:35 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 31 replies
    B92 ^ | March 24, 2013 | Tanjug News Agency
    BELGRADE -- Today marks the 14th anniversary since the start of the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, i.e. the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SRJ.A heating plant in New Belgrade is seen after being hit by NATO missiles (Tanjug, file) The bombing lasted 79 days and resulted in at least 2,500 deaths and more than 12,500 injuries. The attacks on Serbia started on March 24, 1999, and the last one took place near Kosovska Kamenica on June 10 at 13:15 CET. The death toll among the military and police forces reached 1,008, including 659 soldiers and 349 policemen. Around 6,000...
  • 'We Have Achieved Almost Nothing' An Insider's View of EU Efforts in Kosovo

    11/07/2012 5:02:32 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 11/07/2012
    The so-called EULEX mission, with a staff of roughly 2,500, has cost more than €1 billion since 2008. Nevertheless, the European Court of Auditors finds that levels of organized crime and corruption remain high, while the judiciary is inefficient and suffers from too much political influence. I compare the development of a police force in Kosovo with that of the Obilic power plant near the capital, Pristina. Since NATO drove the Serbs out of Kosovo in 1999, there have been plans to install a filter at the plant. The plant continues to spew pollution unabated into the air. It's the...
  • NATO still getting it wrong in Kosovo

    10/26/2011 4:46:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Ottowa Citizen ^ | October 24, 2011 | James Bissett
    In the three years since Kosovo, urged on by the United States, declared its unilateral independence, there has been no final resolution of this long-festering wound in the heart of the Balkans. After the expulsion of the Serbian military from Kosovo in 1999 there was a systematic purging of the non-Albanian population and a rampage of revenge killing, and destruction. In March, 2004, the Albanian mobs burned or dynamited more than 204 Christian churches and monasteries - some of them heritage structures dating back to the 14th century. This veritable orgy of devastation was accomplished under the watchful eyes of...
  • Serbia: Putin pledges continued support against Kosovo independence

    03/23/2011 8:29:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    ADN Kronos International ^ | 3/23/11 | Staff
    Belgrade - Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Wednesday and pledged his continued support to Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in view of Kosovo's three-year-old declaration of independence. After talks with Serbian president Boris Tadic and prime minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Putin said his visit was a confirmation of “traditional friendship between Russia and Serbia and closeness of Russian and Serbian people”. Russia blocked declaration of Kosovo independence by majority Albanians in the United Nations Security Council three years ago and Putin vowed Moscow’s policy in relation to Kosovo would not change.
  • President Obama Continues To Get A Free Pass For His War Policies From Most On The Left

    03/23/2011 1:08:36 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 6 replies
    President Barack Obama has launched a third war in a Muslim country, expanded the war in Afghanistan and is continuing many of the national security policies of former President George W. Bush, including keeping Guantanamo open, indefinite detentions of enemy combatants, rendition and military trials. Civilians continue to be killed by U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And, in just the last few days, photos have begun to be released of atrocious crimes against Afghan civilians, allegedly committed last year by American soldiers. Nevertheless, most of the Obama administration’s Left-wing supporters are still in the fold, remaining...
  • Kosovo rebels told UN of organ harvests (in 2003)

    02/18/2011 1:25:22 PM PST · by Bokababe · 5 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 2/18/2011 | Staff
    Ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo gave detailed testimony in 2003 on an alleged program to kill Serb captives, sell their organs, and bury hundreds of victims to hide evidence of civilian killings, according to a U.N. document obtained by The Associated Press.....
  • Truth about "mistake" bombing of Chinese embassy (was hiding Serb intel officers)

    02/13/2011 11:56:39 AM PST · by mewykwistmas · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/13/2011 | NYPost
    "It said Jiang regretted allowing the Serbs sanctuary inside China's diplomatic mission and believed it was a serious political mistake. The memoir is said to tell how a furious Chinese government was forced to mute its protests after the Americans privately presented evidence of Serbian electronic communications from within the embassy. The diplomatic bargain appeared to be that the Americans saved China's face by apologising for a "mistake" and the Chinese allowed the street rage to cool off without serious violence. Jiang believes the Belgrade bombing destroyed his relationship with Bill Clinton, then the US president, according to the magazine...
  • Chinese Stealth Jet May Use U.S. Technology (Taken from US Jet shot down in 1999)

    01/23/2011 5:02:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/21/2011
    Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority - and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Nighthawks were the world's first stealth fighters, planes that were very hard for radar to detect. But on March 27, 1999, during NATO's aerial bombing of Serbia in...
  • The hidden crimes of Kosovo

    01/08/2011 11:35:48 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
    Americans should feel betrayed by the contents of the Council of Europe's report on organized crime in mostly Albanian-populated Kosovo, a country that owes its existence to the United States. The report, authored by Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty, includes allegations that Kosovo leaders have committed heinous crimes and allegations that American and European diplomats and U.N. officials in Kosovo overlooked wrongdoing to preserve "political stability." Kosovo's leaders have waged an ugly media campaign to discredit Marty and his findings and have threatened to launch a witch hunt against Albanians who aided the inquiry. Washington's voice is needed now to stop...
  • Organ trafficking, eugenics and corruption: meet our new EU 'partners'

    01/05/2011 12:39:33 PM PST · by Bokababe · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/5/11 | staff
    So far, the European Commission is trying really hard to pretend that the report accusing Hashim Thaci, the prime minister of Kosovo, of a revolting list of violent crimes doesn't actually exist. Or if it exists, it doesn't matter. Or if it matters, it ought to be ignored because it was written by the Swiss Senator Dick Marty and, obviously, you can't expect a Swiss to be on-message with Brussels. But there it is anyway: Kosovo, a territory ripped from Serbia in a war led by the Islamic terrorist organisation the KLA, is still on the EU's list as a...
  • Kosovo Protestants tell of hardship, survival

    12/23/2010 10:47:22 PM PST · by Bokababe · 6 replies · 2+ views
    SE European Times ^ | 12/22/10 | Staff
    The small Protestant church in downtown Pristina has been around since 1985. Since then, its flock has grown to around 6,000 faithful, and 21 additional churches have been built around Kosovo. But the denomination faces ongoing barriers in a country where the majority religion is Islam, says the community's spiritual leader, Pastor Arthur Krasniqi. "In this part of the Balkans, among Albanians as well, religion has always played a role in, or [rather] has been abused by, politics for electoral or other purposes," he told SETimes. Protestants, he said, have to deal with an atmosphere of unease. "They are visited...
  • Kosovo independence 'not illegal', say UN judges

    07/22/2010 9:32:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/22/2010 | Damien McElroy
    International Court of Justice rejected a Serbian attempt to have it declared an illegal state by saying it had not broken any conventions when it established independence two years ago. Serbia condemned the ruling and said it would "never" recognise the predominantly Muslim territory. Church bells were sounded across the nation in protest. The US State Department welcomed the verdict and called on European states to support Kosovo. Joe Biden, the vice-president, used a telephone to Serbia's President Boris Tadic to demand Belgrade co-operate with the verdict. Russia and China have refused to recognise Kosovo and fear the verdict will...
  • Serbs remember 3,000 killed by NATO

    03/24/2009 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 1,179+ views
    Morning Star Online ^ | March 24, 2009
    SERBIANS marked the 10th anniversary of the start of a NATO blitz on the former federal republic of Yugoslavia on Tuesday with commemorations honouring over 3,000 victims. Air-raid sirens sounded at noon throughout the country, while schools opened classes with a minute's silence for the 89 children who were killed in the 78-day bombing campaign, which was initiated without UN security council backing. NATO claimed that it had launched Operation Allied Force in order to force then president Slobodan Milosevic to stop a military crackdown against Western-backed separatist insurgents in Kosovo province and pull out his troops. But the US...
  • NATO bombing over Kosovo 'right thing to do': says US envoy Holbrooke

    03/21/2009 9:17:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 35 replies · 1,150+ views
    Google News ^ | March 21, 2009 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) — US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said Saturday that NATO's air attack on former Yugoslavia a decade ago was "the right thing to do" and had improved the lives of Kosovo Albanians and Serbs. Speaking at the Brussels Forum conference, Holbrooke -- former envoy to the Balkans -- recalled how 10 years ago this week he had given the final ultimatum to former strongman Slobodan Milosevic to comply or face air strikes. "I look back on it and I think that sometimes it's necessary to use force, and the result was good in the end," the new US representative...
  • US criticizes Spain on Kosovo pullout

    03/20/2009 12:17:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies · 2,965+ views
    AP ^ | March 20, 2009
    The United States is issuing unusually strong criticism of NATO ally Spain by expressing surprise at its decision to pull out its troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. State Department spokesman Robert Wood says the United States was "deeply disappointed" by the decision. He says Washington only learned of the move shortly before Spain announced it publicly. Defense Minister Carme Chacon made the announcement Thursday, saying, "The mission has been completed and it is time to return home." Asked if the United States shared that assessment, Wood said, "Not at all."
  • Srebrenica Massacre unreported for weeks... Why?

    01/24/2009 1:35:32 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies · 7,466+ views
    January 24, 2009 | J P Maher
    Atrocity stories are a classic and effective way to motivate hatred against an enemy you are out to destroy. Poland attacked Germany on 1 September 1939, right? The British press in 1914 had "Huns" raping every maiden in Belgium. The "Ulster Massacre of 1641" was a hoax by London to foment hatred of the Irish; it was intended to "justify" all-out war for centuries on the Irish, citing numbers of victims that were astronomically in excess of the number of Protestants in Ireland. And then there's that big hit 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which "proved" that Jews...
  • "We were finding bodies of killed Serbs every morning" (in Kosovo)

    01/07/2009 7:05:15 PM PST · by Bokababe · 60 replies · 1,824+ views
    Blic ^ | 1/5/09 | N. Vlaco
    Rome – Mauro Del Vecchio, former General of Italian Army who led the unit of 7,000 soldiers that entered Kosovo in June of 1999 after end of NATO air strikes on Serbia told Italian ‘Panorama’ weekly that during the first three weeks of the mandate ‘reports on the found bodies of killed Serbs and Romas arrived on his table each morning’, but that was a taboo topic they were not allowed to speak about with journalists. ‘The killing continued later but not so frequently. Those that have not fled Kosovo were under permanent risk to be killed or raped. Deserted...
  • Gazprom to control Serbia's oil

    12/24/2008 9:43:51 PM PST · by LjubivojeRadosavljevic · 15 replies · 828+ views
    Russia and Serbia have signed a controversial energy deal that will hand Russian gas giant Gazprom control of NIS, Serbia's oil monopoly. Under the deal, Gazprom is to build a gas pipeline through Serbia and an underground gas storage facility there. Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadic signed the agreement in Moscow. The plan is for Serbia to host part of a new pipeline called South Stream, to deliver Russian gas to southern Europe. Gazprom is taking a 51% stake in NIS for 400m euros (£380m; $560m), officials say. Diplomatic tensions Both countries signed an energy...
  • Bolton: Washington committed serious mistake by recognizing Kosovo’s independence

    06/26/2008 11:23:57 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 36 replies · 227+ views
    RUVR ^ | June 26, 2008 | Staff
    American Deputy Secretary of State John Bolton believes the United States committed a serious mistake when it recognized the independence of Kosovo. He fears such policy may escalate tensions in the Balkans. In an interview for the Russian news agency Interfax, Mr. Bolton remarked that Washington’s policy was on autopilot since the regime of the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. But the situation has changed considerably after the democratic government took over, which, in Mr. Bolton’s opinion, makes support for Kosovo’s independence a pointless atavism.
  • NATO agrees to train Kosovo security forces

    06/12/2008 9:45:49 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 160+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 6/12/08 | PAUL AMES
    Appathurai said the training is expected to start soon, and diplomats added that the aim was to have an initial force of 1,200 ready by year's end. Diplomats said the 600 or so Spanish troops serving in Kosovo would not take part in the training. Although Appathurai stressed the planned multiethnic nature of the force, it was uncertain whether members of Kosovo's ethnic Serb minority would participate. Meanwhile, Russia signaled its continued annoyance over Kosovo by calling for the dismissal of the top U.N. official in the new nation over plans for the European Union to replace the current U.N....
  • NATO says can't be police force for Kosovo-(just negotiate)

    05/28/2008 7:53:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 13 replies · 102+ views
    kosovo ^ | 5/28/08 | Mark John
    BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) - NATO troops should not be left to shoulder police tasks in Kosovo, the U.S.-led alliance said on Wednesday as signs grew that a European Union plan to take over police duties there faced months of delay. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government asked the EU to take over policing from the United Nations when it declared independence from Serbia in February, but Serb ally Russia has so far blocked any formal handover.
  • More British troops off to Kosovo

    04/29/2008 8:10:30 AM PDT · by Rikstir · 11 replies · 124+ views
    bbc news online ^ | 29 April 08 | bbc news
    A battalion of 600 British troops will be sent to Kosovo, Defence Secretary Des Browne has announced. It follows a Nato request for extra soldiers to maintain public order in the newly independent country. Britain is responsible for providing the body's standby reserve force for the first six months of this year. The soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, will be deployed to Kosovo from the end of May for one month to help Nato with peacekeeping activities. There are currently 150 British troops working in Kosovo. This latest deployment comes in response to a Nato request to deal with...
  • Ann Coulter's Silence [Regarding Kosovo]

    04/26/2008 8:59:45 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 58 replies · 2,955+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2008 | Julia Gorin
    Penn State's student newspaper The Daily Collegian reported on Ann Coulter's hour-long speech there this month: "For possibly the first time in her career the conservative commentator, had nothing to say about a political issue. 'I have no opinion,' she told a student who asked her about Kosovo and Ukraine. That may be the first time those words have passed my lips." "During her hour-long speech to a crowd of more than a thousand in HUB Alumni Hall last week, though, Ms. Coulter spoke candidly about her opinions on a variety of controversial subjects ranging from the war in Iraq...
  • THE KOSOVO QUANDARY

    04/23/2008 9:19:14 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 126+ views
    CBS ^ | 22 April 2008 | Kevin Drum
    (Political Animal) THE KOSOVO QUANDARY....Liberal internationalist types tend to believe that non-defensive military action shouldn't be undertaken unless it's authorized by the UN. But Kosovo wasn't authorized by the UN, and most liberal internationalists seem to think it was a worthy effort anyway. Matt Yglesias, blogging about his new book over at TPMCafe, ponders this: It's a tough question for the liberal internationalist because generally speaking I would like to have my cake and eat it too here. Kosovo mostly accomplished good things, but the process — moving in without Security Council authorization — isn't something I can strictly speaking...
  • Nine years since bombing

    03/23/2008 11:55:40 PM PDT · by King Lazar · 7 replies · 431+ views
    Blic on line ^ | 03.24.2008 | Author: E.B.
    Serbia is commemorating today nine years since the beginning of NATO air strikes on then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The strikes lasted 11 weeks and according to different sources between 1,200 and 2,500 people were killed. Serbia PM Vojislav Kostunica shall attend today the commemoration service dedicated to the victims of NATO aggression on FRY in 1999, while the Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovic shall meet with the pilots that took part in combat actions and members of the families of the pilots that lost their lives in those actions. Minister Sutanovac shall also lay the wreaths on the monument dedicated...
  • Bush's failed Kosovo policy

    03/22/2008 7:55:37 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 64 replies · 1,167+ views
    UPI ^ | March 20, 2008 | Robert M Hayden
    UPI Outside View Commentator PITTSBURGH, March 20 (UPI) -- Fighting in northern Kosovo this week between Serbs and NATO-led troops shows that the independence engineered by the Bush administration for the breakaway Balkan province is not going according to plan. When U.S. officials encouraged the unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia by Kosovo's Albanians Feb. 17, we were told that an EU mission would replace the United Nations in Kosovo, and everyone would then build a multiethnic, democratic society with respect for rights of the Serbs, a minority in the province as a whole. That is not happening. The Serbs...
  • Bush OKs supplying arms to Kosovo

    03/19/2008 4:08:36 PM PDT · by joan · 85 replies · 1,646+ views
    AFP ^ | March 19, 2008
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush authorized Wednesday supplying Kosovo with weapons, signaling the establishment of government-to-government relations after recognizing its independence, the White House said. In a memo to the State Department made public by the White House, Bush said: "I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to Kosovo will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace." A senior official said the authorization followed US recognition of Kosovo's independence and was part of the normal process of establishing relations with a new government. In a comment apparently meant to...
  • Russia links Tibet violence to Kosovo precedent

    03/18/2008 1:54:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 401+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 18, 2008
    Moscow, March 18 (RIA Novosti) Russia has said that the recent violence in Tibet is linked with the recognition by some states of the independence of Serbia's breakaway province, Kosovo. In an interview published Tuesday in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence by many countries, including the US and the majority of the European Union (EU) states, had 'already reverberated in many regions.' He said that the Kosovo issue was linked to recent riots in Tibet and demands for greater autonomy by ethnic Albanians in Macedonia. 'There are...
  • (Kosovo) UNMIK withdraws, pleads for calm; 100 injured

    03/17/2008 9:08:02 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 59 replies · 994+ views
    B92 ^ | Staff
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Kosovska Mitrovica was in turmoil this morning after UNMIK and KFOR stormed a local court to arrest Serbs. Beta news agency says that several hundred soldiers at 05:30 CET surrounded the court, where Serb judicial workers, demanding to return to their jobs, were protesting since Friday. They first handcuffed the men, and then tied the women's hands with ropes. The workers were not resisting the arrest. When the troops moved outside to take them away, a large group of citizens blocked the road. The citizens, local Serbs in the divided town, then started throwing stones at UNMIK....
  • NATO's big blunder [Action in Kosovo one of the great outrages of our time]

    03/17/2008 5:44:13 AM PDT · by Clive · 23 replies · 870+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2008-03-17 | Peter Worthington
    NATO's big blunder Action in Kosovo one of the great outrages of our timeBy PETER WORTHINGTON/b> Last Thursday, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto, a gathering sponsored by Lord Byron Society discussed Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia. This is an esoteric topic of limited concern to those not familiar with Balkan politics. It is one of the great outrages of our times, and certainly the most scandalous and unnecessary adventure of the presidency of Bill Clinton, who unleashed his incompetent Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, to declare war on Serbia and persuaded NATO to join in. Albright and...
  • Kosovo clashes force UN pullout

    03/17/2008 5:57:14 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 23 replies · 527+ views
    United Nations police in Kosovo have been forced to withdraw from Serbian areas in the divided city of Mitrovica after clashes with Serb demonstrators. At least 22 UN police and eight Nato troops were reported injured after a raid to retake a court seized by Serbs. Troops used tear gas as they faced gunfire, stones and petrol bombs. It is the worst violence since Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence last month. Serbia and Serbs in Kosovo refuse to recognise its independence. It also coincides with the fourth anniversary of a two-day episode of inter-ethnic violence in Mitrovica that left 31...
  • Kosovo clashes force U.N. withdrawal-(Breaking)

    03/17/2008 3:34:51 AM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 339+ views
    cnn ^ | 3/17/08 | cnn
    (CNN) -- The United Nations said Monday it is evacuating international police from the northern sector of the ethnically divided Kosovo town of Mitrovica after U.N. police and NATO soldiers were wounded in clashes with Serbs.
  • Serbs storm Kosovo court, oust U.N.

    03/14/2008 5:01:23 AM PDT · by joan · 13 replies · 447+ views
    upi ^ | March 14, 2008
    March 14, 2008 at 7:43 AM KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo, March 14 (UPI) -- A courthouse in northern Kosovo under guard by U.N. troops was stormed and occupied Friday by Serbian protesters who used to work there, Serbian media said. Serbia's state-run Tanjug news agency said several armed U.N. guards and about 30 Kosovo Police Service guards didn't engage the mob and offered no resistance. The Serbs broke through a cordon into the Municipal and District Court in Kosovska Mitrovica and went to the roof, where they replaced the U.N. flag with the Serbian flag, the report said. Serbs in the...
  • UN police forced out of Kosovo town after clashes

    03/17/2008 2:41:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 615+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Jovan Matic
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA (AFP) - UN police were forced to withdraw Monday from the Serb-populated part of this flashpoint Kosovo town after coming under attack as they stormed a court occupied by Serbs opposed to independence. Police said more than 100 people were injured as the troops met gunfire and suspected grenade blasts in the worst violence to have flared in Kosovo since its independence declaration a month ago on February 17. The clashes erupted after UN police and NATO-led KFOR (Kosovo Force) troops surrounded the courthouse in Kosovska Mitrovica for a pre-dawn raid to evict the Serb protestors. Kosovo police...
  • The Kosovo Catastrophe

    03/04/2008 7:47:39 AM PST · by ZGuy · 14 replies · 108+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/4/8 | Martin Sieff
    It is hardly a conservative policy to support the establishment of an Islamist state on the European continent, turn a blind eye to the well-documented persecution of an ancient Christian community, engage in a Woodrow Wilson-style passion for nation building and follow in the footsteps of Bill Clinton. Yet that is what the United States has done by recognizing the independence of Kosovo. Kosovo is the ancient heartland of the Serbian people going back to the dawn of their history. It certainly had a Muslim ethnic Albanian majority before Clinton and his Secretary of State Madeline Albright bombed Belgrade back...
  • Kosovo needs $2 billion in near-term aid, US says

    03/05/2008 2:32:20 AM PST · by Serb29 · 25 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 3/5/08 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - The newly independent state of Kosovo will need an estimated $2 billion dollars in foreign aid over the next few years, about half of which should be provided by Europe, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The rest of the money could come from the United States and such institutions as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Assistant Secretary of State Dan Fried said. He was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Helping the fledgling state, which declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17 with strong backing from Washington, will require top-level...
  • Russia warned of Kosovo partition

    03/05/2008 4:06:14 AM PST · by Serb29 · 2 replies · 96+ views
    The News and Observer ^ | 3/5/08 | Edith M. Lederer
    UNITED NATIONS - Kosovo's declaration of independence has led to the "de-facto partitioning" of the Serb-dominated north from the rest of the territory - just as Russia repeatedly warned would happen, Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday. While ethnic Albanians account for nearly 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million people, Serbs dominate a number of enclaves and a large part of northern Kosovo. They have refused to recognize any separation from Serbia, with daily protests taking place in the northern city of Kosovska Mitrovica. Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin said Moscow has been saying "quite openly" inside and outside the U.N. Security...
  • Georgia: South Ossetia Cites Kosovo 'Precedent' In Call For International Recognition

    03/05/2008 2:35:47 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 9 replies · 159+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 5, 2008 | Staff
    Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia has called upon the international community to recognize its independence. In the opinion of the parliament the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia, "the Kosovo precedent presents a convincing argument" for recognition of its own independence. Later this week, Abkhazia, another pro-Russian territory attempting to break ties with Tbilisi, is expected to follow suit. RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service spoke with Eduard Kokoity, the de facto president of South Ossetia, to explain the reasoning behind the parliament's measure. "Considering the precedent created by the arguments that served as basis for the declaration of Kosovo's independence --...
  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/05/2008 4:08:54 PM PST · by Bokababe · 110 replies · 556+ views
    Center for Peace in the Balkans ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | Ljiljana Smajlovic
    BELGRADE, Serbia -- As editor-in-chief of Serbia's oldest and most prestigious daily newspaper, Politika, I am at a loss to explain the West's stubborn support for Kosovo independence to my readers. Only nine years ago, my country was bombed for 78 days by the most powerful military alliance the world has ever seen, and the last thing I want is to pour oil over the fire of anti-Western sentiment. But the truth is, I find myself grappling with the same bitterness and resentment as most of my countrymen. I was very much part of the democratic upheaveal that rid Serbia...
  • US Supports Creating New Islamic State In Europe

    03/07/2008 10:59:31 AM PST · by dvan · 49 replies · 529+ views
    Watch Organization ^ | February 18, 2008 | Bill Wilson
    With the support of the United States and the opposition of Russia and China, Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia, and in doing so, has laid hold of Serbia’s most celebrated Christian shrines. The Kosovo declaration of independence oddly puts the United States and several of its allies in direct support of establishing the third Islamic state in Europe, in addition to Albania and Bosnia. The move fans the flames of a struggle between Christians and Islamists that dates back to the Ottoman Empire takeover of Serbia in 1389. Over the next 400 years, the Islamists controlled the former...
  • Serbian Prime Minister Dissolves Serbian Government

    03/08/2008 10:17:38 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 10 replies · 388+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 8, 2008 | Jovana Gec
    BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia's prime minister dissolved the government Saturday and called for new elections after clashing with his pro-Western coalition partners over Kosovo and EU membership. Vojislav Kostunica said that he will convene a government session Monday that will propose to parliament that new elections be held May 11. He accused pro-Western ministers of failing to support his efforts to preserve Kosovo as part of Serbia. "There was no united will to clearly and loudly state that Serbia can continue its path toward the EU only with Kosovo," Kostunica said. The new elections could determine whether Serbia continues toward...
  • AP Interview: Sweden's FM says UN will have to stay in Kosovo

    03/08/2008 10:45:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 362+ views
    AP ^ | 03-08-2008
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - Sweden's foreign minister said Saturday that the United Nations will have to stay in Kosovo to act as a buffer between nations that recognize Kosovo's statehood and those that do not. Carl Bildt said the U.N., European Union and NATO would need to adjust their plans in Kosovo after the U.N. was sidelined last month when Kosovo declared independence, due to a deadlock caused by Russia's opposition and U.S. and key European countries' backing for the new country. "We are operating in a somewhat different situation from the one that we were planning for," Bildt told...
  • Thousands rally in Sydney against Kosovo independence

    Several thousands members of Sydney's Serbian community have rallied in the city this afternoon calling on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to recognise Kosovo as an independent state. The protesters marched from Martin Place to the Federal Government offices in Sydney this afternoon. They carried signs saying "Kosovo is Serbia" and the "United Nations is dead". They are angry the Australian Government recognised Kosovo's declaration of independence last month. The protesters, who were mostly members of the Serbian community, are calling on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to recognise Kosovo as an independent state. They say...
  • A Bean by any other Name is still a Bean / Kosovo inspires Bigotry

    03/05/2008 12:59:45 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies · 767+ views
    March 5, 2008 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Mr. Steve Greenberg Republican candidate for the United States Congress 8th District, IL P.O. Box 894 Mundelein, IL 60060 March 5, 2008 Open Letter RE: A Bean by any other Name is still a Bean. Dear Mr. Greenberg, There is so much wrong with your Press Release of February 27th, 2008 that each point deserves to be addressed, and perhaps that’s a good thing for you, because that means you are getting the voters’ attention. I hope that this response to your press release gets some attention as well, for I intend to circulate it as widely as possible. The...
  • High price for recognizing Kosovo's independence

    03/03/2008 3:33:58 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 137+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 3, 2008 | Christopher A. Roach
    America's hasty recognition of an independent Kosovo has upset powerful interests, most notably Russia. Serbia, though far from Moscow, has long been Russia's "Israel": an embattled sister nation on the frontier of the Islamic world. The Iraq war eclipsed Kosovo in the public's consciousness. The United States fought a 78-day air war over Serbia in 1999 and maintains 7,000 troops today as part of a U.N. occupation force. Though American casualties have been mercifully low, the rationale for the campaign has proven even less durable over time than the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Specifically, claims of Serbian...
  • As Goes Serbia, So Goes Israel?

    Oil has a peculiar smell. It has been described as a stench, which assails the nostrils. But it does much more than irritate the membranes in the human nose. It greases the machinery of geo-politics and lubricates the revenge and envy that nation states harbor towards each other. It makes and destroys states and peoples and befouls humanity. It is still a necessary evil, but much of this black gold happens by fate to lie under the sands of the Arab Middle East and thus morphs into a terrible weapon wielded by Arab despots and Islamo-fascist fanatics. The insane rush...
  • Bjork Show Cut Over Kosovo Talk? `Untrue,` Says Fest

    "EXIT Festival has never cancelled any artist's performance because of their political point-of-view or statements." Photo by Bernhard Kristin/ILC Following the shake-up last week surrounding Björk's politically-charged Kosovo song dedication and the subsequent (and, apparently, consequent) cancellation of a purported appearance at the EXIT Festival in Serbia, festival organizers have stepped forward with a statement. To recap: Björk dedicated her song "Declare Independence" to Kosovo-- which recently declared its own independence from Serbia-- at a pair of Tokyo concerts in February. The singer rather plainly suggested the EXIT cancellation was the result of her remarks when she told Icelandic newspaper...
  • Poll: France Made 'Kosovo Mistake'

    03/03/2008 1:52:50 PM PST · by kronos77 · 15 replies · 108+ views
    03 March 2008 Paris _ A majority of French people polled by an influential web portal say France made a mistake in backing Kosovo's independence. Out of the 3,167 visitors to the Expression-Publique portal, 46 percent criticised Kosovo's secession from Serbia and 43 percent objected to France's recognition of Kosovo's independence. On the other hand, 37 percent welcomed Kosovo's recognition by French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who previously headed the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. France was a key supporter of Kosovo’s independence within the European Union and among the first EU countries to recognise the...
  • RALLY in LOS ANGELES this Sunday - Confront the Jihad, Kosovo today, Dearborn tomorrow?

    03/03/2008 11:10:30 AM PST · by CaliFReeper1 · 41 replies · 1,143+ views
    United American Committee ^ | March 3rd | UAC
    ATTENTION L.A. FREEPERS! RALLYAgainst the independence of the new Islamic state of Kosovo in the middle of Europe Sunday March 9th LOS ANGELES In front of the FEDERAL BUILDING in West L.A. 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Time: 2:00 PM Bring American flags and signs showing that AMERICANS DO NOT SUPPORT KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE What will be next? An Islamic state of Dearborn Michigan? Or a Mexican state of San Diego? NO! Non-Muslims in Kosovo today are being attacked and forced to flee, will regions of America one day suffer the same fate? SEE YOU ON SUNDAY IN WEST L.A.! Contact: losangeles@unitedamericancommittee.org for...
  • Serbia 'retakes' Kosovo rail line

    03/03/2008 5:48:51 AM PST · by jhpigott · 20 replies · 90+ views
    Serbia has retaken control of a stretch of railway line in northern Kosovo, a senior Serb official has said. Branislav Ristivojevic, who heads Serbia's state-run railway company, said Belgrade had restored control over the 50km (30-mile) Lesak-Zvecan line. Earlier, Serb rail workers stopped a train on the line, saying they would not work for Kosovo's rail firms. Belgrade and Kosovo Serbs refuse to recognise Kosovo's declaration of independence last month. Last week, some 150 Kosovo Serb police officers were suspended for refusing to take orders from the ethnic Albanian authorities in Kosovo's capital, Pristina. Serb police officers protested in the...