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  • Landmark NATO Summit to begin in Warsaw

    07/07/2016 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Nato ^ | 7 July 2016 | Nato
    On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Alliance’s security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders. Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack...
  • NATO Invites Montenegro to Join Alliance

    05/19/2016 3:21:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | May 19, 2016 | Steven Erlanger
    NATO made a formal invitation on Thursday to tiny Montenegro to join the alliance as its 29th member. NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels signed the accession protocol under the eyes of the Montenegrin prime minister, Milo Djukanovic. The membership must be approved by all 28 national governments or parliaments, including the United States Senate. When an informal invitation was made to Montenegro in December, Russia responded angrily. Montenegro has a population of about 600,000 and little military capacity, but in December, Adm. Vladimir Komoyedov, the chairman of the Russian Parliament’s defense committee, said, “They are ready to admit even...
  • Montenegro Invited To Join NATO

    12/02/2015 9:50:46 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | Last updated (GMT/UTC): 02.12.2015 14:04 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    NATO foreign ministers have agreed to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance, swiftly prompting a threat from Russia of unspecified retaliatory measures. "We congratulate Montenegro," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told foreign ministers at the alliance headquarters in Brussels on December 2. Describing the decision as “historic,” he said “every nation has the right to decide its own path, its own security arrangements." Stoltenberg added that the invitation "makes clear NATO keeps its door open" and bolsters "our vision of a Europe whole and at peace." Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Igor Luksic called the NATO invitation "a positive signal for...
  • Russia fuming as Nato expands military alliance with invitation to ex-Soviet ally

    12/02/2015 3:29:54 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    The 28-nation US-led group agreed to start the entry process at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels this morning, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move will be seen as a warning to the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning, despite a show of strength during last year's annexation of Crimea and the subsequernt bombing campaign in Syria. In retaliation, Russia has warned that Montenegro will be punished for the action.
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • Montenegro-Russia abandoned after scuffle

    03/27/2015 7:15:44 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 28 replies
    Soccerway ^ | 27 March 2015 | Soccerway
    Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro was abandoned after multiple violent incidents in Podgorica on Friday. Just seconds in, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck in the back of the head by a flare thrown from the stands at Stadion pod Goricom. While the teams played on, a second incident during the second half led to the abandonment. Roman Shirokov had a penalty saved by Montenegro goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in the 66th minute. The ball went out for a throw-in, which Dmitri Kombarov went over to take – only to refuse to when he appeared to be struck by an...
  • Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars

    03/23/2015 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2015 | Guy De Launey
    Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars By Guy De Launey BBC News, Kosovo 22 March 2015 From the section Europe "We are like two million birds in one cage, but we are hoping for a better life" The scene in Mitrovica's 7 Arte Cafe seems convivial enough. Fairy lights twinkle, a mixture of Albanian and English-language hits play over the sound system and the 20-somethings gathered around the tables regularly break into laughter. But the joviality papers over a grim reality for these young people. Kosovo may have unilaterally declared independence from Serbia seven years ago, but...
  • Greek Complicity in Serb Wars

    08/06/2002 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Hoplite · 98 replies · 807+ views
    IWPR ^ | 6 August, 2002 | Takis Michas
    There's growing evidence that Greece helped to lubricate Milosevic's war machineBy Takis Michas in AthensAs Greece prepares to take on the mantle of the European Union presidency in January 2003, the time has come for Athens to examine the role it played in aiding the regimes of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and his Bosnian Serb associates Radovan Karadic and Ratko Mladic.Besides a general failure to confront the scale of war crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces during the Nineties, there's mounting evidence of Greek complicity in Yugoslav sanction-busting during the conflicts. A recent report published by the...
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • As NATO Membership Gets Closer, Montenegro Feels The Heat From Russia

    06/16/2014 2:45:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | June 12, 2014 | Srdjan Jankovic and Robert Coalson
    P ODGORICA -- Apparently Moscow's red line against NATO membership extends well beyond Moscow's old empire. Concern about further expansion of the trans-Atlantic alliance has driven Moscow's harsh policies in its immediate neighborhood -- with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia in particular feeling Russia's wrath. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calls the prospect of such expansion "the last straw." And now Moscow is seeking to extend the no-NATO zone farther west, beyond the former Soviet space -- and even beyond the old Warsaw Pact. The next country in Moscow's sights seems to be the tiny Balkan state of Montenegro.
  • Montenegrin PM blasted over Russia policy (Orthodox church against anti-Russian stance)

    04/29/2014 12:08:13 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 1 replies
    BELGRADE -- Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije has strongly criticized Montengerin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović for the decision to impose sanctions against Russia. Amfilohije (Tanjug) This dignitary of the Serb Orthodox Church spoke during the promotion in Belgrade on Tuesday of Leonid Reshetnikov's book, "To Return to Russia". Amfilohije recalled the words of Montenegro's 18th and 19th century ruler and military and religious leader Petar I Petrović Njegoš (Saint Peter of Cetinje), and advised Đukanović to "read them carefully." "'May he who is not not loyal to the same-language, same-blood Russia, have the living flesh fall off him, may he be...
  • Sensational confession of Ibran Mustafic, Bosnian Muslim war veteran and politician [SREBRENICA]

    02/02/2014 11:58:25 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    There Must be Justice ^ | January 23, 2014 | Grey Carter
    Sensational confession of Ibran Mustafic, Bosnian Muslim war veteran and politician: "We were killing our own people in Srebrenica."At least 1,000 Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica were killed by their compatriots during the breakthrough to Tuzla in July 1995, because there were lists of those who ” have to be prevented from reaching the freedom,at any cost” said one of the founders of the SDA in Srebrenica, Ibran Mustafic. ** Ibran Mustafic is the author of the book “Planned Chaos” whereas some of the crimes committed by soldiers of the (Muslim) Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbs are for the...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave

    10/31/2013 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Extremists attack Montenegro’s first gay pride

    07/24/2013 6:23:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 9:08 AM EDT | Predrag Milic
    Several hundred extremists shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists and clashed with police on Wednesday in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union. Angry assailants threw rocks, bottles, glasses and various other objects—including chairs from local cafés—at several dozen flag-waving gay activists who shouted back “Kiss the gays.” A shower of stones and bottles also landed on special police securing the gathering in the coastal town of Budva. Police then intervened to push the attackers away...
  • Brussels gravy train like “last days of Rome”: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen…

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perks—and expenses—continue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of £137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen. …
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain’s top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • The Russians invade the Adriatic coast

    11/19/2012 4:08:16 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 16 November 2012
    They come for the sea, sun, for peace and quiet ... and business opportunities. Taking advantage of old historical and cultural ties, more and more Russians are settling the former Yugoslav republic and EU member candidate Montenegro. For the Russian Vadim Soendoekov every working day starts in the same way: with a cup of coffee on the beach. "The beach, the sun and the sea, what more could you want?" he asks from under his straw parasol. The beach on which Soendoekov enjoys his morning coffee lies at the foot of the centuries-old ramparts of Budva, a picturesque town that...
  • Honoring fearless Montenegro on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First Balkan War

    10/08/2012 3:05:22 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies ^ | October 8, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Beautiful Montenegro Source: Aleksandra's Note: In the beginning of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Prime Minister of Serbia began talks with the other Balkan nations of Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro. When a pro-Russian government was formed in Bulgaria in March 1911, these talks became serious and evolved into a series of secret treaties. On March 13, 1912 a pact was signed between Serbia and Bulgaria. The plan was to jointly attack the Turks as soon as it was feasible to do so. On May 29, a military convention was signed between Bulgaria and Serbia, thus formalizing...
  • World Court rules against Greece over FYROM [Macedonia] veto

    12/05/2011 8:57:56 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    The world court ruled Monday that Greece was wrong to block a bid by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to join NATO in 2008 because of a long-running dispute over the fledgling country's use of the name “Macedonia.” In a 15-1 ruling, the court found that Greece's veto breached a provisional 1995 deal under which Greece had agreed not to block membership of the country in international organizations if it used the name FYROM, while the matter was submitted to further negotiations. More than 15 years later, mediation over the name is still ongoing. The victory is partly...
  • Kosovo Serbs dig in as border dispute turns bloody

    10/01/2011 8:24:02 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | October 1, 2011 | DANIEL McLAUGHLIN in Jarinje
    KFor soldiers from the US stand guard at a barricade at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters Cultural claims persist in regions as Belgrade refuses to acknowledge independence of Kosovo MILEVA PREMOVIC and her neighbours while away the afternoon in the shade of a broad tree. The unseasonable warmth makes it hard to imagine that the green Kapaonik mountains, rising up a few miles away in Serbia, will soon be white with snow and busy with skiers. It would also be hard to believe that bullets were fired and blood shed here just a few days...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • The big cleanup begins [Balkan corruption]

    12/25/2010 7:28:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press Europ ^ | 23 December 2010
    Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro: in the space of a fortnight, the leaders or ex-leaders of all three countries have been arrested or accused of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, reports a Montenegro weekly, the EU is paving the way for the accession of all three Balkan countries.Like something out of a political thriller, former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was arrested in Austria [on 10 December] under a warrant issued by his own country. He is now waiting for extradition in a Salzburg jail and says he’s prepared to answer corruption charges. A day or two prior to his arrest, right before parliament lifted...
  • KUHNER: The Soros empire

    10/29/2010 8:35:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    ...Mr. Soros is the sugar daddy of the Democratic Party and the modern left. His net worth is more than $7 billion. He is one of the richest and most influential men in the world. Almost every major liberal organization, think tank or media outlet has been the beneficiary of Mr. Soros' largesse. The Nation magazine, Mother Jones, Media Matters,, NPR and the Center for American Progress - all together they have received tens of millions of dollars from the financier. They serve as front groups and propaganda vehicles to promote Mr. Soros' brand of transnational socialism. ..Mr. Soros...
  • Montenegro: Radical Muslims placed under surveillance

    08/19/2010 11:45:05 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 8 replies
    AKI ^ | 8/19/10 | Staff
    Podgorica and Beograd, 19 August (AKI) - Montenegro's security agency is stepping up surveillance of radical Muslims suspected of links with fundamentalist Wahabi movement in the region. Police have been authorised to tap the phones of alleged members of a group based in several towns in Montenegro, reports said. There some 100 to 120 Wahabis in the tiny Balkan country, according to the national security agency. The move came after a local politician Dzemail Suljevic from the Serbian part of Muslim-majority Sandzak - which has districts in Serbia and Montenegro - last week urged Muslims from the region to form...
  • Arizona stands up for America & the Heroes who did it

    04/27/2010 10:19:08 AM PDT · by AuntB · 34 replies · 766+ views
    TheTownCrier ^ | April 26, 2010 | TheTownCrier
    Governor Jan Brewer was in tune with the voters and signed the first bill in the USA by any state to enforce the law and try to do something about the invasion of her state for foreign national law breaking aliens. Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce deserves the credit for crafting this bill and getting it through his state legislature. Last night CBS did it's usual politically correct take on these events, but did inject this very important item. Meet Steve Montenegro, himself an immigrant from El Salvador and now a member of the Arizona State Legislature. Here is a...
  • Hippo Swims Out of Flooded Montenegro Zoo, Into Village

    01/12/2010 3:13:41 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    ap ^ | January 12, 2010
    A hippo escaped from a flooded private zoo in Montenegro Tuesday, shocking villagers who found her strolling near their homes. Nikica escaped as heavy rains sent water flooding through the zoo, raising the water level in her pen and allowing her to swim over the top of the cage surrounding it. Zoo owner Dragan Pejovic ..."Of course, we will not be able to bring her back until the water recedes," he said. Although hippos are known as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, he said that "there is no reason for panic." "Our hippo is a peaceful and...
  • Montana AG launches probe of jail deal (Hardin and the American Police Force )

    10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,691+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45 pm | MATTHEW BROWN
    In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2009 picture, Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority stands outside an empty jail that Hardin, Mont. built for $27 million. The authority wants a California security company, American Police Force, to take over the facility. Michael Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP...
  • Archaeology Exhibition of Prehistoric Women from Macedonia Displayed in Montenegro

    05/27/2009 6:37:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies · 1,647+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | unattributed
    Almost 100 figurines, constituting the "Prehistoric Women from Macedonia" exhibition, will be displayed in Montenegro's capital starting today. The 94 figurines are dated between the sixth and the middle of the third millennium BC -- from the Neolithic, the Eneolithic and the Bronze periods. The exhibition will be presented to admirers of miniature sculpture and archaeology by Irena Kolishtrkoska-Nasteva, the exhibition's curator, the Vecer newspaper wrote today. According to the exhibition's description published by the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, where it was on display in 2007, the original and hand-made figurines were discovered during archaeological excavations, always inside the...
  • Clashes erupt in Montenegro over Kosovo

    10/14/2008 1:59:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 603+ views
    Blasts were heard and ambulances streaming out of the centre of Montenegro's capital as pro-Serb demonstrators clashed with police during a rally against Montenegro's recognition of Kosovo's independence. Some 10,000 pro-Serbian protesters took to the streets of Podgorica for a rally against the government's decision last week to recognise the independence of Kosovo, as the opposition harshly criticised the ruling coalition for "stabbing Serbia in the back." The protesters chanted "Treason! Treason!" and "Kosovo is Serbia!", as opposition leaders gave Premier Milo Djukanovic a 48 hour deadline to annul the recognition of Kosovo, or face a referendum on the issue....
  • No love lost between neighbouring Balkan churches

    09/22/2008 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 140+ views
    DPA ^ | Sep 23, 2008 | Thomas Brey
    Belgrade - There has been very little of turn thy cheek or love thy neighbour in the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) over the turbulent past year, but instead, plenty of fighting, backstabbing and hostility. In Belgrade, the capricious hardline Kosovo Bishop Artemije openly went against the Holy Synod, the church government, when it tried to restrain his heavy-handed tactics which led to fistfights among monks in the holy Visoki Decani monastery. To the west, two years after the tiny republic Montenegro claimed independence from Serbia, its clergy also wants to break away from Belgrade's rule. There, in the northern town...
  • Montenegro: Ethnic Albanians (Including 4 American Citizens) jailed for alleged plot

    08/06/2008 10:59:22 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 241+ views
    AKI ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    Podgorica, 5 August (AKI) - A court in the small Balkan country of Montenegro on Tuesday convicted 12 ethnic Albanians, including four US citizens, of plotting a rebellion when the republic became independent of Serbia in 2006. Judge Ivica Stankovic also convicted five other members of the group from Montenegro's Albanian minority of possessing illegal weapons. He sentenced the 17 defendants to prison terms ranging from three months to six and a half years for planning a rebellion and the Americans received some of the toughest sentences. The ethnic Albanians were arrested on terrorism charges in September 2006, but the...
  • Official Results in Montenegrin Vote

    04/08/2008 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Diocletian · 4 replies · 62+ views
    AP ^ | April 8, 2008 | staff
    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Official results released Tuesday confirmed President Filip Vujanovic's strong re-election win. Vujanovic of the Democratic Party of Socialists won 51.9 percent of the vote Sunday, according to results released by the Montenegrin State Electoral Commission. Andrija Mandic, who campaigned for closer economic and political ties with Serbia, won 19.5 percent. Liberal leader Nebojsa Medojevic won 16.6 percent, election authorities said. Turnout was 68 percent. The elections were Montenegro's first since peacefully ending its union with Serbia two years ago. The European Union congratulated Vujanovic on Tuesday and pledged to support Montenegro's bid to join the 27-nation...
  • Muslim Cleric Urges Montenegro Apology

    03/14/2008 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 27 replies · 534+ views
    Balkan Insight ^ | March 13, 2008 | Staff
    Sarajevo _ Reis Mustafa Ceric, the religious leader of Bosnian Muslims, has demanded an apology from Montenegro for the 1992 killing of Bosniaks, Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz reported Thursday. In a letter to Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanovic, Ceric said “it is unbearable that the families of 86 killed Bosniaks are pursuing a long civil lawsuit against the state of Montenegro and you are doing nothing to prevent the hindrance of the process.” Ceric referred to Bosniaks, or Bosnian Muslims, who fled to Montenegro during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War only to be deported back there and killed. Some were allegedly killed...
  • Common sense also alien to Lynnfield

    09/27/2007 6:40:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 56+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 27, 2007 | Michael Graham
    By his own admission, Antonio Montenegro is an illegal immigrant. He’s also an unlicensed driver. And he’s the guy who sent a 12-year-old Lynnfield boy to Mass General with a broken leg after running him over with his cargo van and dragging him down the street. The one thing that Antonio Montenegro isn’t? A criminal. At least, not in Lynnfield.
  • South Serbia: Masked Gunmen Open Fire at Police (Muslim Albanians at it again)

    08/05/2007 4:27:36 AM PDT · by Banat · 2 replies · 409+ views
    B92 ^ | 5 Aug 2007 | B92
    BELGRADE -- Serbian police (MUP) says its officers came under attack in southern Serbia late last evening. The incident occurred at 10 p.m. Saturday, on the road between Lučani and Končulj, when masked assailants, wearing black uniforms, first committed a number of robberies by shooting the passing cars’ tires and then robbing the drivers. A patrol from the Bujanovac station arrived at the scene shortly after it was alerted, when gunmen opened fire at officers. MUP’s elite Gendarmerie, stationed at the nearby administrative boundary with Kosovo, also came under fire when they arrived. Interior Minister Dragan Jočić told reporters this...
  • US, Montenegro sign pacts-(Russia against US Troop deployment to former satellite)

    05/01/2007 6:21:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 456+ views
    herald sun ^ | 5/2/07 | From correspondents in Washington
    ".. that could open the way for the deployment of US forces to the young Balkan republic - a step likely to fuel tensions with Russia."
  • Hundreds of parishioners are gone; Albanian immigrants deported

    03/27/2007 5:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 633+ views
    Michigan Catholic ^ | March 23, 2007 | Robert Delaney
    Rochester Hills ? Fr. Anton Kcira first began to notice the absence of more and more of his regular parishioners at St. Paul (Albanian) Church back in 2005, and the loss due to deportations has escalated since then. "Last year we lost about 200 families, and Our Lady of Albanians lost 120," Fr. Kcira, St. Paul's pastor says of the situation in his parish and at the other Albanian ethnic parish in Beverly Hills.The deportations ? and detentions pending deportation ? have split hundreds of families, says Fr. Kcira, who conducted an outdoor Stations of the Cross and prayer service...
  • American Albanians Taking Terrorist-Tours in the Balkans

    12/21/2006 8:52:51 AM PST · by Bokababe · 12 replies · 461+ views
    Byzantine Sacred Art ^ | 12/17/06 | Svetlana
    PODGORICA, Montenegro, December 17, 2006 (AP) - Relatives of two jailed U.S. citizens accused of plotting an Albanian insurgency in their native Montenegro, rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy here demanding freedom for the suspects. “Help American citizens imprisoned without evidence” read a banner held by some of the several dozen protesters who claimed that the charges against the Michigan-based cousins, Rok and Kolja Dedvukaj, were politically motivated. The two were arrested in September along with a dozen local ethnic Albanians, all accused of preparing terrorist attacks and other violence with the aim of carving out an autonomous ethnic Albanian...
  • KFOR seizes weapons going from Kosovo to Montenegro

    12/16/2006 7:54:43 AM PST · by joan · 9 replies · 495+ views group decani ^ | December 16, 2006
    (RTS, Belgrade /Dan, Podgorica, 15 December 2006) KFOR has seized a large quantity of weapons that should have ended up in Montenegro, the electronic media in Podgorica report. According to Dan , the weapons had been dug up in a forest in the municipality of Pec and were discovered by the Italian soldiers deployed in that part of Kosovo. The seized weapons include dozens of rocket propelled launchers, machine guns, automatic rifles, pistols, hand grenades, rifle grenades, anti-tank mines, various types of explosives and detonators, as well as some 10 thousand bullets. KFOR and the police believe that the weapons,...

    12/08/2006 4:19:22 PM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 557+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | December 8, 2006 | VPR
    Podgorica, 8 Dec. (AKI) - Montenegro's special prosecutor for organised crime, Stojanka Radovic, on Friday indicted 18 ethnic Albanians, including five United States citizens, for planning terrorist attacks in the southern Malesia region, aimed at putting it under ethnic Albanian control. The group planned to take over police stations, border crossings to Albania and all key institutions in Malesia, with the aim of expelling the non-Albanian population and creating an ethnic Albanian controlled territory. The operation called the Flight of Eagle, which is an Albanian national symbol, was averted a day before it actually carried out its plans and maximal...
  • Defeated in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Wahhabis Turn to Montenegro

    11/05/2006 8:14:03 AM PST · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 385+ views
    "Uneducated youth embrace Wahhabism" Vijesti, Podgorica, Montenegro, 14 October 2006 Podgorica: Dzemo Redzematovic, the main Podgorica imam, refused to either confirm or deny reports that there are supporters of Wahhabism among the Islamic community officials. When asked whether an imam in northern Montenegro who was educated in Saudi Arabia was a Wahhabi, Redzematovic replied that all those working for the Islamic community of Montenegro had to sign an agreement stating that they will work in line with traditional Islam and the Hanafi madhdhab. "Any violation of this paragraph represents a violation and termination of the contract. If the Islamic community...
  • Qur'an Lights Montenegro's Ramadan (75% Christian Country)

    10/17/2006 12:51:42 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 21 replies · 813+ views
    Montenegrin Muslims flock to mosques twice a day to hear music-to-the-ear recitation of the Qur'an. PODGORICA, Montenegro - Montenegrin Muslims huddle together around mosque imams twice a day during the holy fasting month of Ramadan to hear their music-to-the-ear recitation of the Qur'an and learn more about their holy book. "Muslims gather twice a day to listen to the imam recite verses from Qur'an, especially that most of them do not know Arabic," Senad Makovic of the Islamic Sheikhdom told One of the recitation circles is held quarter of an hour before the Fajr prayer while the second follows...
  • Everything has a price in Montenegro

    09/27/2006 5:08:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 2 replies · 306+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Sep 26, 2006 | Dusan Stojanovic
    For sale: A beer-drinking wolf! The sign on a winding road leading from Montenegro's capital to the spectacular Adriatic Sea coastline illustrates how just about everything has its price in the world's newest country. Since 2001, close to 80 percent of Montenegro's state assets have been sold, mostly to foreigners. Two telecommunications companies, a shipyard, an aluminum factory, the only brewery, most of the hotels, capital markets, and the oil import and distribution industries are already in private hands. Outsiders, particularly from Britain, are snapping up prime seaside properties, sending real estate prices soaring. The embrace of foreign investment comes...
  • Rumsfeld Arrives in Montenegro to Meet With Leaders

    09/26/2006 7:55:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 324+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    PODGORICA, Montenegro, Sept. 26, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today for meetings with Montenegrin leaders. This is Rumsfeld’s first visit to the country, and he’s the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Montenegro since it achieved its independence earlier this year. On the 10-hour flight here from Washington, Pentagon Press Secretary Eric Ruff said the secretary will discuss with Montenegrin leaders the role they envision for their country in fighting terrorism. “The Montenegrins have indicated that they would like to be part of the effort to fight the global war on terror,” Ruff said. “They have indicated...