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  • KOSOVO SOLUTION International Law, Not Independence

    01/06/2007 10:01:58 AM PST · by kronos77 · 44 replies · 710+ views
    In March 2007 it will be eight years since the Kosovo war and the US-led NATO intervention in gross violation of a host of international laws including the UN Charter. The Western part of the international community was determined to resolve the Kosovo status issue by the end of 2006. However, the UN Kosovo mediator, former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, has delayed his proposal until after the Serbian parliamentary elections on January 21, 2007 in order to reinforce the democratic camp within Serbia. The Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija, Kosmet in Serbian but for brevity reduced to Kosovo in...
  • Kosovo: Honoring Nazis and the SS

    01/03/2007 3:02:53 PM PST · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 454+ views
    UN negotiator on Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari wanted to honor and commemorate Finnish Nazi SS troops in 1999 when he was the President of Finland. He wanted to have the Finnish taxpayers and the Finnish government fund and finance the construction of a plaque in the Ukraine to commemorate the deaths of Finnish Nazi SS troops killed during Operation Barbarossa. Ahtisaari is not, alone, however, in seeking to honor and celebrate the legacy of Nazis and the SS. Kosovo Albanian teacher gives Nazi salute to Nazi German occupation forces as she escorts Kosovo Albanian schoolchildren in Kosovoska Mitrovica, 1942. Kosovo Albanians...
  • Kosovo Serb shot for reclaiming own home

    01/02/2007 6:32:05 AM PST · by kronos77 · 47 replies · 1,031+ views
    January 2, 2007 -- A Kosovo Serb, Vladimir Radosavljevic and his wife Bosiljka were shot at in the Kosovo Muslim Albanian stronghold of Klina after Radosavljevic filed papers with the Kosovo Housing and Property Directorate to have his illegally confiscated home returned. Radosavljevic's were asleep when unidentified gunmen fired a round from an automatic weapon at their temporary shelter in Kosovo town of Klina where they were awaiting the authorities to evict the illegal Muslim Albanian occupiers of their property. Police found 23 bullets among the broken glass and empty chargers in the street. The evidence, according to the police,...
  • Tug-of-war that will reveal Serbia's real patriots (How Serbs Feels About Kosovo)

    There is a popular sport in Serbia in which two groups of young men tug on opposite ends of a rope, in a test not only of strength, but also of unity. Tug-of-war is an interesting contest, as the outcome does not depend solely on the strength of individual members of the team. What matters is the ability to pull the rope in a coordinated fashion, counter the pressure applied by rivals, and spot their weaknesses. The losing team is not injured or harmed in any way by this process. Victory is simply a measure of one side's greater strength...
  • Russia says against imposed solution for Kosovo

    11/03/2006 12:34:03 PM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 520+ views
    BRUSSELS, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Russia is against an imposed solution for Kosovo because any decision must be acceptable to all parties to work, Moscow's foreign minister said on Friday. "It can only be a compromise, it has to be a decision which is acceptable to all parties," Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with the European Union in Brussels. An imposed top-down decision in the breakaway Serbia province would "just simply fall apart" and there was no point in taking a decision that would not be adhered to, he said. The United Nations, which has run Kosovo...
  • People of Serbia confirm that Kosovo is integral part of Serbia (Serbia PM to US Special Envoy)

    Belgrade, Oct 31, 2006 - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said today during discussions with the US Special Envoy for Kosovo talks, Ambassador Frank Wiesner that the people of Serbia voted for the new Constitution of their own free and sovereign will and clearly confirmed that Kosovo-Metohija is an integral and inalienable part of Serbia, in line with the UN Charter. Kostunica underlined that the Constitution was voted for at the referendum under the strictest rules and that more than half of the registered voters voted for it, which unambiguously confirms that a national consensus has been reached in the...
  • False hopes in Kosovo

    Just when you thought the situation in Kosovo couldn't become more complicated, Serbian voters approve a new constitution that reaffirms Serbia's sovereignty over Kosovo. What does it all mean? James Bissett, Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1990 to 1992, explains in the Canadian Globe and Mail (subscription required). For one thing, Western powers are now impotent when it comes to granting independence to the troubled province because doing so without Serbia's approval would violate the U.N. Charter on territorial integrity and the inviolability of borders, says the author. Regardless, Martti Ahtisaari, U.N. special envoy to the region, will recommend that...
  • Keep an eye on that 'damned silly thing' in Kosovo

    Serbian voters have approved a new constitution that, among other things, reaffirms sovereignty over Kosovo, which, since the bombing of Serbia in 1999, has been administered by the United Nations with the help of NATO troops. The weekend referendum result will further complicate efforts of Western policy-makers to grant independence to Kosovo since, to do so without Serbia's consent, would violate the UN Charter on territorial integrity and inviolability of borders. Nevertheless, there have been indications that UN special envoy Marrti Ahtisaari will soon recommend that Kosovo be separated from Serbia and become an independent country. This would be a...
  • Serbia snubs UN with vote to keep Kosovo

    10/31/2006 3:17:01 AM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 380+ views
    Serbia set itself against the international community and Kosovo's ethnic Albanians yesterday by endorsing a new constitution declaring Kosovo for ever part of Serbia, only a few months before it is expected to lose the province. The new constitution, Serbia's first as an independent state since 1918, was rushed through by the nationalist prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, to pre-empt a UN security council decision on the status of Kosovo due by the end of the year. US, EU and Kosovo Albanian officials dismissed the vote as irrelevant, but Mr Kostunica insisted the new constitution would safeguard Serbia's "territorial integrity". "We...
  • Serbia approves new constitution reasserting claim over Kosovo

    The Belgrade-based Center for Free Elections and Democracy said their sample count after polls closed in the two-day vote indicated the draft charter secured a 51.6 percent of voters' support. Related news Serbia votes to keep breakaway Kosovo Serbian voters narrowly approved a new constitution reasserting Serbia's claim over the breakaway Kosovo province, according to independent observers. The Belgrade-based Center for Free Elections and Democracy said their sample count after polls closed in the two-day vote indicated the draft charter secured a 51.6 percent of voters' support. The group estimated the turnout among Serbia's 6.6 million electorate was 53.5 -...
  • Update on “Non-Islamic” Kosovo

    10/26/2006 6:58:05 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 7 replies · 382+ views
    A conspicuous Reuters headline in Tuesday’s Washington Post: “Kosovo Islamic leaders join call for independence.” This wouldn’t have anything to do with helping form the eventual caliphate, would it? Noooooooooo, according to the article, which desperately fishes out distinctions between Muslims and Kosovo Muslims. Note the language used: “In a rare foray into politics, Islamic leaders in Kosovo on Monday added their voice to the Albanian majority’s call for independence from Serbia.” Nor is the following strident tone opposing any partition of the land or compromise with the Serbian infidel characteristic of Muslims either: “Marking the Eid al-Fitr feast in...
  • Serbs to Vote on New Constitution That Says Kosovo is Integral Part of Serbia

    10/19/2006 2:34:54 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 222+ views
    On October 28 and 29 Serbs will vote on a new constitution, their country's first in the post-Milosevic era. The constitution is controversial because its preamble declares the breakaway, ethnic- Albanian majority province of Kosovo an integral part of the Republic of Serbia. Former Belgrade diplomat Vladimir Matic, who is now a political scientist at America's Clemson University, says Mr. Kostunica has skillfully used the constitution to strengthen Serbia's position in the negotiations on Kosovo's future. "It [discussion of the constitution] was remade into an issue about Kosovo," said Matic. "And a national consensus was formed on the platform of...
  • Bad news for Kosovo raises Balkan tension (No Independence For Islamists?)

    Plain-speaking Martti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president who is widely tipped to win the Nobel peace prize tomorrow, let the Kosovo cat out of the bag this week with potentially unpredictable consequences for stability in the Balkans. As UN envoy charged with brokering a settlement by the end of the year between Serbia and the ethnic Albanian leadership in Pristina, Mr Ahtisaari conceded the negotiations were not going well. In fact, he went further. Agreement on Kosovo’s final status was not on the cards, “at least not in my lifetime", he said. “The parties remain diametrically opposed." The breakaway province...
  • Independent Kosovo would be cancer of Europe - Kosovo bishop (Cancer of Islam on Christian Soil)

    10/12/2006 1:04:39 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 17 replies · 549+ views
    Moscow, October 12, Interfax - An independent Kosovo would lead to an irreparable tragedy for all of Europe, Bishop Artemije of Ras-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija has said. "I would compare an independent Kosovo to a cancer, which would affect all of Europe, not only the regions surrounding it," Bishop Artemije said at a press conference at the Interfax main office in Moscow on Thursday. In the seven years the peacekeeping contingent has been present in Kosovo, that province "has become a European black hole where crime, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking thrive," he said. "An independent Kosovo would become a base...
  • Russia to EU: Don t impose solutions (Russia against Kosovo Islamists)

    BRUSSELS, MOSCOW -- Russia told the EU Kosovo solution cannot be imposed on Serbia. Moscow also said it would not support such a solution neither within the Contact Group nor in the UN Security Council. Beta has learned that Moscow believes negotiations on a solution acceptable to both parties should be continued in 2007, if one cannot be reached in 2006. Sources in Brussels have confirmed that the Russian position has been relayed to some Contact Group partners as well as to Martti Ahtisaari. The Russian message states that the Contact Group has asked Ahtisaari to provide a comprehensive solution...
  • Military troops capture Sayyaf man in Sulu

    MILITARY forces pursuing the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf bandits captured a bandit on Wednesday in the hinterland of Sulu province, an official said here Thursday. Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief Maj. Gen. Eugenio Cedo identified the captured Abu Sayyaf bandit as Nadzmir Abduraji Amad, 22, of Talipao town of the said province. Cedo said Amad was captured by patrolling troops from the Army's 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion, following information from residents about the latter's presence in Barangay Bandang, Talipao. Talipao is said to be the turf of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Ghalib Andang alias Commander Robot, who gained international notoriety for...
  • Evangelicals Fight Against an Independent Kosovo

    Guy Dinmore, of the Financial Times, reports on the new mission shared by US evangelicals and Serbia's Christian Orthodox Church: quashing US support for an independent Kosovo. Leading evangelicals, such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, have called on their supporters to pressure the United States to not permit independence for this Muslim-majority province. Along with Bishop Artemije, Kosovo's most senior Orthodox cleric, Robertson and Falwell are concerned that an independent Kosovo will become a new haven for Islamic terrorism. For those of you in need of a refresher on US-involvement in Kosovo, Jurist gives a brief and useful overview...
  • Digging up Gazimestan hill (Islamic Sacrilege)

    10/06/2006 1:34:18 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies · 1,500+ views
    According to information obtained by journalists of KIM Radio from Caglavica, major construction work has been going on for the past few weeks near the monument to Kosovo heroes in Gazimestan near Pristina. According to eyewitness testimony, the work, which is being done by a Kosovo Albanian company, has arrived to almost one hundred meters from the memorial, next to which stands a KFOR security checkpoint. A UN official from Pristina who wished to remain anonymous stated that Albanian businessmen want to take advantage of the period until the status of protected zones around Serbian cultural and historical buildings is...
  • And that Wasn't Even the Tough Question, Primadonna Bill

    10/05/2006 2:04:30 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 695+ views
    http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the much talked-about Chris Wallace-Bill Clinton interview on Fox, Clinton made several pointed insistences to Wallace that "at least I tried" to confront terror. This of course implies that the Clinton administration gave a damn in the first place. But how does one reconcile that with the fact that this man allied us with al Qaeda in the Balkans? That Clinton had a tantrum over an obvious question asking why he didn't go after bin Laden, that he would consider such an interview a "hit job," is high comedy. This diva, unused to being challenged by the...
  • Back to Balkans (Arab Praise The Clinton)

    SERBIA remains firmly stuck in the past, paying little attention to the changes taking place all around it. The country has presented a serious challenge to the UN and world community by adopting a new constitution that claims Kosovo as its own. Now Kosovo is currently being administered by the United Nations. The UN was forced to enter Kosovo in the 1990s when the marauding Serb army (then Yugoslavian army) unleashed what has come to be known as the ethnic cleansing against the ethnic Albanian people of Kosovo. Tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians were hunted and killed like animals....
  • Opportunities and the Rise of Islamic Extremism in the North Caucasus, Balkans and Turkey

    The most recent concern regarding radical Islam in the Balkans is the fear that Al-Qaeda has begun a recruitment campaign of “white Muslims.” The arrest and pending trial of three young men in Bosnia, suspected of planning terrorist attacks on Western targets, has raised questions regarding Bosnia’s vulnerability of becoming a haven for terrorists. The suspects were arrested last October in the Sarajevo suburbs of Butmir and Hadzici. Since their arrest, Bosnian police has appealed to Scotland Yard and the FBI for forensic assistance to strengthen the case against the men. Jamestown Foundation reports that this particular investigation has extended...
  • Serbia's Parliament Speaker Calls for Referendum on Constitution Declaring Kosovo Part of Serbia

    10/01/2006 10:56:36 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies · 964+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's Parliament speaker on Sunday officially called for a national referendum this month on a new constitution that would declare U.N.-run Kosovo is part of Serbia regardless of ongoing negotiations on the breakaway province's future. Predrag Markovic set the plebiscite for Oct. 28-29, urging voters to come out in large numbers and support the new constitution, which underscores Serbia's opposition to possible independence for Kosovo. Independence, sought by the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo, is one of the options under discussion in U.N.-brokered talks. In Kosovo, a separatist leader dismissed Serbia's move as a "provocation." Kosovo's Deputy...
  • Serbia claims Kosovo sovereignty (parlament unanimously approved)

    09/30/2006 2:49:11 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies · 670+ views
    Serbia's parliament has unanimously approved a new constitution that claims sovereignty over the UN administered province of Kosovo. The move, passed during a special session of parliament, opposes calls for the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo to be given independence. 'Integral part' Mr Kostunica said the country's new constitution would provide a strong legal foundation for Serbia and allow it to move closer to European standards and values. Mr Kostunica said there was no need to wait for the Kosovo issue to be settled before adopting the new constitution. Instead, he said it would "cement the truth that Kosovo always...
  • Serbia police arrest human traffickers (Serbs Smuggling Albanians Into Europe!)

    09/29/2006 7:11:03 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 294+ views
    Serbian police said Thursday they arrested four drivers for allegedly trying to illegally transfer 12 Albanians to Croatia, on their way to Italy. A Belgrade police spokesman said four men, Serbian nationals from the western town of Sremska Mitrovica, were arrested Tuesday at two toll gates on a major highway outside the Serbian capital, RTS, Serbian radio-television, reported. The four suspects allegedly were planning to drive eight Albanians and four ethnic-Albanians from southern Serbia's Kosovo province across the Serbian border to Croatia on their way to Italy. Five illegal emigrants under the age of 18 were handed over to a...
  • Analysis: Muslim dilemma over Kosovo (One of the best articles on Kosovo and Islam on Balkans!)

    09/27/2006 6:43:05 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 26 replies · 814+ views
    The plight of Muslim Kosovo Albanians has attracted widespread sympathy in the Arab world. But support is tempered by scepticism about Nato's motives in bombing Yugoslavia, with some observers suspecting the West of having a hidden agenda. In Egypt, demonstrators have been protesting against the abuse of Muslims in Kosovo and some have been calling for volunteers to be allowed to join the struggle. Angry students recently gathered outside a Cairo university chanting: "Rise Up, Muslim, and wage your holy war. The soil of Kosovo is Your Land!" One protester said: "We want Egypt to open the door to every...
  • A Clear and Present Islamo-Fascist Threat in Kosovo

    09/26/2006 1:25:25 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 295+ views
    Congressional Advisor Warns of Kosovo-Based Terrorists Infiltrating Europe; Kosovo Independence Would Create an Islamic Republic in Europe; Muslim Albanians from Kosovo Plan Montenegrin Terrorist Attack; Additional Terror Attacks Against Christian Serbs Friday, 15 September 2006 Editorial comment from the American Council for Kosovo: The American Council for Kosovo has long warned of the jihad terror threat in Kosovo and the dangers that Kosovo independence would pose to Europe. This past week’s planned terrorist attacks in Montenegro and a dire prediction by a US Congressional advisor of the danger of Muslim Albanian terrorists infiltrating Europe are warning signs that the United...
  • Serbia Warns on Independent Kosovo

    PRISTINA, Serbia -- Serbia's foreign minister has warned of possible renewed conflict in the Balkans if the province of Kosovo becomes independent without the Serbian government's approval, according to comments published Monday. Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic suggested Kosovo should have full autonomy but not be allowed to hold separate membership in the United Nations and NATO. "Kosovo's independence would produce trouble in the region, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia," Draskovic was quoted as saying in the Kosovo Albanian daily Epoka e Re. "You know that no border in the Balkans has been changed with an agreement," he said. "Borders have...
  • Bridge in divided Kosovo town closed again after attack on Serb man (Clintons legacy)

    PRISTINA, Serbia A bridge linking the two communities in an ethnically divided northern Kosovo town was closed hours after reopening when a group of Albanian men attacked a Serb, international police said Tuesday. The bridge over the Ibar River in Kosovska Mitrovica, 45 kilometers (30 miles) north of Pristina, reopened Monday morning. It had been closed after an attack in August in which an explosive was thrown into a bar, injuring nine people — seven Serbs, a British policeman and a pregnant Dutch woman. Police closed the bridge to civilian traffic again late Tuesday after a group of ethnic Albanian...
  • Serbs reiterate hold on Kosovo (Serbia To USA: No Independence For Kosovo)

    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Serbia's prime minister tells a senior U.S. envoy that predominantly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province will not be independent of Belgrade. Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica Monday told Daniel Fried, U.S. assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, a unique stand of Serbia's all institutions is that Kosovo has always been and will be component part of Serbian territory, the RTS Serbian radio-television said. Kostunica said Serbia favors a compromise solution and offers "essential autonomy" for Kosovo. Fried said Belgrade students the Kosovo future status will be solved within the next six months. U.N.-led Serb-ethnic...
  • UN considers problem of good and evil, God and the Devil

    09/24/2006 12:09:28 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 286+ views
    This week at the United Nations, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela announced to the world body : "Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. "I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples...
  • Synagogue drive by suspects held (EuroIslam Terror Kosovo)

    A NORWEGIAN court placed three men in provisional detention overnight on suspicion of planning attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Oslo, news agency NTB reported. The court set the provisional custody period at one month for two of the suspects, one of whom is of Pakistani origin, and at two weeks for the third. Authorities did not reveal the identities of the men, aged between 26 and 29 years old, whom they also suspect of spraying a synagogue with bullets last week. No one was hurt in the incident. He was then released and went to Kosovo where...
  • Any Imposed Kosovo Decision Would Trigger Ethnic Conflict: Serbia’s President

    09/24/2006 7:17:25 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 301+ views
    24 September 2006 | 13:17 | FOCUS News Agency New York. Serbia’s President Boris Tadic stated during the UN Security Council that any imposed decision with regard to Kosovo would trigger an ethnic conflict with dire consequences, Serbian newspaper Politika reads today. According to Mr. Tadic the imposed decision that would grant Kosovo independence would be detrimental for three reasons: “It would contradict the international legislation which excludes any kind of separation of a sovereign territory; it would be extremely unjust towards Serbia and thirdly – it could lead to an ethnic conflict with unforeseeable consequences”. Serbia’s President added all...
  • The Future of Kosovo from a Serbian-American Perspective

    09/23/2006 3:42:26 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 102 replies · 1,334+ views
    Glas Javnosti ^ | Saturday, September 23, 2006 | By: Michael Pravica, Ph.D.
    I first visited Kosovo in 1988 with a group of Serbian-American students who toured some of the many historic monasteries and churches of Serbia and Montenegro. Even then, it was obvious to me that there were ethnic tensions in the Serbian province as ancient Churches were desecrated with Albanian graffiti, a car with Belgrade license plates was overturned, and we had to always walk with a guard during our stay at the Patriarchate of Pec. For me, this visit was critical in solidifying my cultural awareness and pride as a Serbian-American. In that spirit, I strongly encourage the government of...
  • Bishop Teodosije visits wounded Serbs in Pec Hospital (Islamofascistic Attack on Christians)

    09/22/2006 4:05:42 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 312+ views
    KIM Info Service Pec, September 20, 2006 Today Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan was escorted by Italian KFOR to Pec Hospital to visit the four Serbs who were wounded in yesterday's bomb attack on their apartment in Klina. Bishop Teodosije and several Decani monks stayed for an hour speaking with the wounded Milorad Pavlovic, his wife Rada, mother Jela, and cousin Dragica Raicevic. Pavlovic told the Bishop that last night at about 7:30 p.m. the four of them were in their apartment in Klina when an explosive device was thrown in through the window. They heard a strong explosion and...
  • Osama's 9/11 anniversary (A Must Read!)

    But what does the newly released tape tell us? Was 9/11 a result of American support for Israel? Or the presence of our troops in Saudi Arabia, or the U.N. embargo of Iraq -- the grievances that bin Laden himself in 1998 cited as grounds for murdering Americans? Not according to two of the captioned "Martyrs of the Manhattan Raid," who spoke freely in this newly released tape. Saudi nationals Hamza al-Ghamdi (who helped crash Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center) and Wail al-Shehri (who joined Mohammed Atta on Flight 11 to topple the North...
  • UN Plan for Kosovo May Be Put to Test in Northern City (Christian Stronghold)

    09/22/2006 1:28:55 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 299+ views
    "They [the Serbs] think that if there could be one kind of municipality with a Serb majority, they would feel more safety," he said. "So I proposed this simple plan for one city with two municipalities for an interim period of three years." But Dr. Rexhepi's plan is unpopular with both Serbs and Albanians. The Serbs want more than just an interim period of self-government and do not want to be linked to the more populous Albanian area in the south of Mitrovica. Albanians want a unified city and oppose a Serbian entity, believing it could be a first step...
  • Busy Ramadan Schedule in Kosovo (Islamising Christian land)

    09/21/2006 2:09:11 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 26 replies · 1,018+ views
    PRISHTINA — Scholars in Kosovo are gearing up for a very busy schedule during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, while local radio stations are preparing special programs. "Professors of the Faculty of Islamic Studies will be touring Kosovo especially in Fridays for khutbah (sermons) and leading Tarawih Prayer in some farthest villages," Sabri Bajgora, head of imams of the Islamic Council of Kosovo (ICK), told IslamOnline.net. He added that the ICK will also be organizing religious activities in several cities across Kosovo, including iftar with poor people in traditional restaurants. Bajgora said that like in every year the imams...
  • ANALYSIS-Serbs invoke Bosnia breakup in bid to keep Kosovo

    09/20/2006 1:43:33 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 295+ views
    SARAJEVO, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Serbia is invoking the spectre of a breakup of neighbouring Bosnia before elections there, as it battles to block the independence of its southern province of Kosovo. Bosnia's Serbs are talking of secession in the campaign for the Oct. 1 election because Serbia is using them as a lever, analysts and diplomats say. "Belgrade has been using Bosnian Serbs in its bargaining, telling them to speak up and say they'll claim independence if Kosovo goes," said a Sarajevo-based diplomat. GENIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE Politically, however, there is at least a theoretical risk that a...
  • Fitzgerald: The jihad in Serbia

    09/19/2006 3:59:40 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 1 replies · 343+ views
    The jihad in Serbia is one that is obscured in a particularly vexing way. Accordingly it must be emphasized that in alerting people to attacks on the Serbs, and to the destruction of ancient churches and monasteries, and on the infiltration into the area of Arabs bringing a brand of Islam quite different from the relaxed, syncretistic local version (not exactly full-bodied Islam in practice, because that local practice was affected by the centuries of proximity to non-Muslims, and to the effect of Communism), one is not endorsing any massacres by some Serbs. One can distance oneself --most Serbs do,...
  • Today Kosovo - Tomorrow Israel and the West

    09/19/2006 3:55:36 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Negotiations regarding the future status of Kosovo have begun and it is increasingly clear that the overwhelming majority of the world media, not to mention the government of the United States and its allies, favor giving independence to the Serbian province of Kosovo, which since the 1999 war has been administered by the United Nations under NATO military control. In effect, the western world is in favor of detaching Kosovo from (Christian) Serbia by fiat of power and making it into an independent Muslim state. The main argument of those supporting this scenario - notably in the United States, where...
  • Serbia revives Milosevic-era policies over Kosovo (pro-Muslim, liberal article!)

    BELGRADE, Serbia It's all there: nationalist rhetoric, pledges to resist Western pressure, even saber-rattling. As far as Serbia's Kosovo policy is concerned, Slobodan Milosevic is not dead. The prospect that Kosovo — the separatist province that has been under U.N. control since 1999 — might be granted independence in U.N.-brokered talks has unleashed a tide of nationalism in the Balkan republic that is reminiscent of the era of the late Serbian autocrat. Top Serbian officials, who normally advocate pro-Western reform and European integration, in the past weeks have switched to Milosevic's language of defiance and resistance, to the "evil" world...
  • Serbia jails Kosovo Albanian on war crimes

    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A Serbian court on Monday sentenced an ethnic-Albanian to 13 years in prison for war crimes against non-Albanians seven years ago. The Belgrade District's special court for war crimes issued the sentence on Anton Lekai, 26, for taking part in the killing of four non-Albanians, mostly gypsies, in Serbia's predominantly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province in June, 1999, the Serbian RTS radio-television reported. Lekai had pleaded innocent to the charges. Lekai testified he believed the non-Albanians he abducted from a gypsy wedding and held for five days at Djakovica, in southwestern Kosovo, were supporters of Serbia's...
  • Serbia or Swan that Refuses to Sing its Final Song in Kosovo

    09/17/2006 4:44:33 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Everyone knows what means the expression “swan song”. It is a reference to an ancient belief. According to that, a swan that is supposed to be completely mute during its lifespan may sing one heartbreakingly beautiful song just before it dies. Though scientifically wrong, this sad yet beautiful expression is still appreciated by literature. It seems that nowadays in Kosovo we have a different kind of swan in front of us. One that is about to die, yet that still refuses to sing its final song. Vojislav Kostunica The de facto old master of Kosovo, Serbia refuses to admit that...
  • Serbia: US to build embassy on NATO-bombed land

    09/16/2006 6:36:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 319+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia-The United States on Friday purchased a plot of land for its new embassy in Belgrade that was flattened by NATO bombs in 1999. A US$15 million (euro11.83 million) deal for the complex of buildings that included former Yugoslav Marshall Josip Broz Tito's residences and barracks that later housed elite military guard units, was signed between U.S. Ambassador Michael Polt and the Serbian government. The area in Belgrade's plush Dedinje district was flattened in May 1999 when the Western alliance intervened to stop former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's crackdown against separatist Kosovo Albanians. It neighbors the late Milosevic's headquarters....
  • Muslim leaders criticize Pope, demand apology

    09/16/2006 6:31:10 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 18 replies · 626+ views
    MUMBAI (ICNS) -- Muslim leaders in India have criticized a recent speech by Pope Benedict XII in which he made references to Islam. Some of them have demanded an unconditional apology from the Pope, saying his “blasphemous statement against Prophet Mohammad” has offended Islam. Shia Muslim leaders in the northern Indian city of Lucknow on Friday held a press conference condemning the Pope, and demanding an unconditional apology from him for issuing “a blasphemous statement against Prophet Mohammad.” Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawaad said that the Pope must tender an apology for running down the Prophet and thereby hurting the...
  • Kosovo Interior Minister's Car Bombed

    09/15/2006 7:35:13 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 191+ views
    Nidhi Sharma - All Headline News Staff Writer Pristina, Serbia (AHN) - On Friday, a bomb placed under the Kosovo interior minister's car exploded early in the morning in an eastern town in the U.N.-run province. However, reportedly no one was hurt or injured in the blast. The explosion occurred a few hours before Serbian and ethnic Albanian negotiators in Vienna, Austria, resumed litigious U.N.-aided talks on Kosovo's future status. Kosovo's parliament speaker believes the explosion is in retaliation for the diplomatic talks.
  • Washington Waking Up to Dangers of Kosovo Independence

    09/14/2006 3:02:43 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies · 482+ views
    U.S. Congressmen Join a Growing Chorus of Experts Warning Against Kosovo Independence; Serbian President Boris Tadic Conveys Kosovo Independence Dangers to U.S. Leaders; Christian Serbs in Kosovo Denounce Muslim Albanian Violence Against Non-Albanians; Kosovo-based Wahhabism in FYROM Editorial comment from the American Council for Kosovo: This week saw further indications that official Washington is becoming increasingly aware of the disastrous consequences a forcible and illegal detachment of Kosovo from democratic Serbia would have on the Balkan region. Worthy of note: 1. In the September 3, 2006 edition of The Washington Times, House International Relations Committee members Representatives Dan Burton (R-IN)...
  • US Office In Kosovo: Islam as a Constructive Force in Kosovo (Stolen Christian land by Clintons)

    09/14/2006 12:06:45 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 15 replies · 551+ views
    December 03, 2002 As-Salaam ah-laikum. Dr. Rexhep Boja, members of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, esteemed Hoxhas, students of the Madressa, and political party representatives. Thank you for joining us tonight at this Iftar dinner -- you honor us greatly by your presence in these closing days of Ramadan before we all come together to celebrate the high holy day of Eid al-Fitr. It is gratifying to me to look around this table and see representatives of so many of Kosovo's ethnic communities, as well as the different faith communities that make up today's Kosovo and today's world. As an...
  • Serbia: Striking a Deal with Washington on Kosovo

    Summary The United States appears to be attempting to strike a deal with the Serbs over the future of Kosovo and the Serbian government. The ultimate success of the deal is a long shot, but it is the best middle-ground option presented yet. Analysis Serbian President Boris Tadic visited the United States on Sept. 5-6. Serbian newspaper Blic reported Sept. 13 that, during his visit, Tadic was told that if Serbia can turn wanted war criminal Ratko Mladic over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague by November, the U.N. decision on Kosovo's independence from Serbia would be postponed...
  • Serbia toughens its stand on Kosovo

    09/13/2006 6:09:13 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 240+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia toughened its stand on Kosovo Tuesday as parliament decided that a planned new constitution would refer to the disputed province as an "integral" part of Serbia, regardless of U.N.-led negotiations on whether to grant it independence. The parliamentary vote effectively ruled out Belgrade's consent if the international talks decide in favor of the majority ethnic Albanians who want the province to be independent. The talks began this year to try to resolve the future of Kosovo _ a province about the size of Connecticut that has been run by the United Nations since NATO launched a...