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  • Out-of-Control Amanpour Badgers Pro-Brexit Official; He Pushes Back

    06/30/2016 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 29, 2016 | Matthew Balan
    CNN's Christiane Amanpour took her left-leaning, pro-European Union activism to a new level on Tuesday during an interview of pro-Brexit politician Daniel Hannan. Amanpour, who recently blasted the referendum as an example of "xenophobia", tried to implicate the British member of the European Parliament as somehow partially responsible for supposed post-vote "hate crimes." Hannan didn't take her clear bias sitting down, however: "You guys have been shouting 'racist' so long, you're not listening to what we were actually saying...if I was relying on CNN...I would think that this was nativist vote, a protectionist vote. It's the opposite." [video below] The...
  • Go-Getters, Gone?

    03/20/2016 11:32:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Ian Tuttle
    On April 14, 1852, Lloyd and Lodisa Frizzell and their four sons, with “five yoke of cattle one pony & sidesaddle” in tow, departed their home, on the Little Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, for California. Seventy-two days into their voyage, Lodisa would write in her journal (later titled Across the Plains to California in 1852): That this journey is tiresome, no one will doubt, that it is perilous, the deaths of many testify, and the heart has a thousand missgivings, & the mind is tortured with anxiety, & often as I passed the fresh made graves, I have glanced...
  • We the sensible people of the United States

    03/09/2016 8:26:25 PM PST · by dvan · 10 replies
    email | Internet, 2000NA | Lewis Napper
    'We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden and delusional. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so addicted to handouts that they require a Bill of NON-Rights.' ARTICLE I: You...
  • Could a Mars colony become a nation?

    01/24/2016 8:30:07 PM PST · by Marcus · 66 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Could a Mars colony become a nation? That question was posed by Michael Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in a Washington Post article. Byers’ answer to his question was yes. A body of international law has evolved over time that recognizes the rights of people to self-determination.
  • Navajo Indian And Democratic Senator Leaves To Join GOP

    11/24/2015 12:38:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 23, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Arizona Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay announced Monday he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican. Senator Begay is a Navajo Indian and represents an area of Arizona which encompasses the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Begay told the Arizona Republican, "the Republican Party better reflects the values of self-determination and self-empowerment that he holds and wants to emphasize to his district." To announce his decision, Begay released a two-minute video entitled "Change Must Happen Now" explaining his reasoning. Citing the failing education system, high dropout rate, crumbling infrastructure and unemployment rates "as high as 80 percent" in parts...
  • Occupy Movement in Circles

    05/24/2014 12:50:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice of Las Vegas ^ | May 20, 2014 | Grace Pollari
    The occupy movement is circling back on itself with the announcement of the final prosecution of protester Cecily McMillian. Sentenced to three months for elbowing a police officer, those within and without the movement are wondering where they go from here and what it all means. The founders of the movement have moved from cities into the country, and are organizing to occupy the polls to rout out corruption. However, there are questions within the confines of the Electoral College as to how much change this focus can produce. One element of the occupy movement from its headquarters in Zuccotti...
  • One Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

    03/16/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Mar. 13, 2013 | Annie Murphy
    The indigenous town of Cherán used to be like many places in Mexico, caving under the weight of drug-related crime and a police force that did little to stop it. But about two years ago, citizens here threw out the police, and took over their local government, running the town according to indigenous tradition. So far, they’ve had remarkable success. Indigenous autonomy movements, like the one in Cherán, are a trend throughout Latin America, scholars say, from movements like the Zapatistas in Chiapas in the 1990s; to communities seeking to self-govern today in places like Chile and Bolivia. The response...
  • Save the Light Bulb

    09/06/2010 12:39:10 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 147 replies
    Red State ^ | September 3, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    Dear John Boehner, Ted Poe, and Members of the incoming 112th Congress: If you do only one thing in your time in Washington, and frankly I hope you do only one thing given your propensity to expand government (other than eradicating Obamacare), it is this: SAVE THE LIGHT BULB. People may not realize it, but one of the first acts of the Democratic Congress in 2007, was to ban the light bulb effective in 2014. Seriously. Now, you may say that this is an exaggeration, and it is a bit, but the incandescent light bulb is the light bulb of...
  • "This Is Not The Land Of Guarantees, But It's The Land Of Opportunity."

    08/15/2010 8:36:12 PM PDT · by thought · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Pastor C.L. Bryant
    YouTube clip of an upcoming documentary.
  • For Israel to Survive

    05/23/2010 6:16:55 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 5 replies · 521+ views
    For Israel to Survive by Ari Bussel For Israel to survive she needs to change direction. First, she needs to admit that peace will not emerge from the current mistaken path of the last two decades. Further concessions only perpetuate the delusion on the Israeli side that peace is attainable and continue to weaken Israel’s already inferior position vis-ŕ-vis the Palestinians. Second, she needs to start responding to the blood libels against her, observe, deduct trends and act before the 12th hour. Refusing to act until it is almost too late to react only worsens Israel’s position, and then we...
  • Obama to help Mexico cut drug violence

    01/13/2009 11:00:00 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 1,063+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/13/2009 | Dudley Althaus
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama promised visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderón during a 90-minute summit Monday that the incoming administration would take stronger action to stem the flow of assault-style weapons smuggled from Texas to drug lords in Mexico. Obama, outlining his plans for U.S.-Mexico relations in detail for the first time, vowed to find ways to collaborate more effectively with Mexico to reduce drug-related violence, including weapons bought in U.S. cities used to cut down Mexican troops and police, said his press secretary, Robert Gibbs. Obama applauded the steps taken by Calderón to improve security in Mexico, Gibbs said,...
  • Democratic platform adopts native Hawaiian recognition

    08/28/2008 4:39:33 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 12 replies · 215+ views ^ | 8/27/08 | Richard Borreca
    DENVER » Recognition of native Hawaiians is back in the Democratic Party's national platform. The wording is a bit different from the plank adopted in 2000, but the emphasis on some form of native Hawaiian recognition by the federal government runs on the same track. This year, Democrats said: "We support the efforts for self-determination and sovereignty of native Hawaiians, consistent with principles enumerated in the Apology Resolution and the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act." Eight years ago, the Democrats, meeting in Los Angeles, said: "We will work to pass legislation establishing a process for native Hawaiians to reorganize a...
  • A Heartfelt Appeal for a Graceful Exit (Right to Die)

    02/06/2008 4:27:00 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 64 replies · 2,444+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 5, 2008 | JANE E. BRODY
    After reading the Personal Health column on Nov. 27 on preventing geriatric suicide, Gloria C. Phares, a 93-year-old retired teacher in Missouri, wrote: “I was healthy until 90, and then Boom! Atrial fibrillation; deaf, can’t enjoy music or hear a voice unless 10 inches from my ear; fell, fractured my thigh and am now a cripple; had a slight stroke the day after my beloved husband died after 61 years of marriage. “I’ve lived a happy life, but from here on out it’s all downhill. Is there any point in my living any longer? I’m not living — just existing....
  • Wisner: Kosovo independence to bring clarity to region

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Kosovo envoy Frank Wisner believes the time is right to implement Martti Ahtisaari's blueprint. The plan, rejected by Belgrade and blocked by Moscow at the UN last spring, in Wisner's words, is about a perspective of the province's independence. "We can't go on like this forever. During the past two years, first with President Ahtisaari and then with the Troika negotiations, we tried to find a solution based on compromise. But it transpired this was impossible," the U.S. diplomat told Belgrade daily VeÄŤernje Novosti in Washington. "The sides remained firmly in their positions. In my opinion, there...
  • Sabbah's Hypocrisy (On The Moral Justice Of Israel As A Jewish State Alert)

    12/22/2007 3:19:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 111+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/23/2007 | Jerusalem Post Editorial
    'There is discrimination linked to the nature of the state. Israel says simply 'I am a Jewish state' and that creates discrimination with regard to non-Jews." Once again last week, the Jewish people and the world were treated to the opinion of the Palestinian leadership - the "moderate" one with which a peace process is supposedly being conducted - that the State of Israel must not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state. The speaker who delivered the words above last Wednesday in Jerusalem was not PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, who famously said a month ago that Palestinians wouldn't...
  • Collapse of Kosovo talks threatens war

    11/29/2007 5:05:28 PM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 65+ views
    the australian ^ | November 30, 2007 | Catherine Philp
    HE threat of a new war in the Balkans looms after the collapse of talks between Serbs and Albanians over the future of Kosovo. Three days of negotiations overseen by international mediators broke down yesterday, with both sides refusing to budge over their claims to the breakaway province. Kosovo's Albanian majority has threatened to declare independence unilaterally. Serbia, which regards Kosovo as the cradle of its civilisation, said this could cause unrest across the fragile Balkans, still scarred from the conflict of the 1990s. "The peace of the Balkans is very much at stake," said Frank Wisner, the UN envoy...
  • Only independent Kosovo can stabilize Balkans: Rice

    09/26/2007 7:49:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 24, 2007 | Paul Taylor
    Only independent Kosovo can stabilize Balkans: Rice By Paul Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only independence for Kosovo can bring stability in the Balkans, and Europe should join the United States in backing statehood for the breakaway Serbian province, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday. In an interview with Reuters, she said talks brokered by the European Union, Russia and the United States had some chance of achieving an "amicable outcome" even if Kosovo and Serbia did not agree on the final status of the territory. "But there's going to be an independent Kosovo. We're dedicated to that....
  • Kosovo: Ethnic Albanian leaders in Washington after independence blueprint shelved

    07/23/2007 10:39:36 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 69 replies · 976+ views
    ADNKI ^ | July 23, 2007 | VPR
    Washington/Belgrade, 23 July(AKI) – Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian leaders were due to meet in Washington on US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on Monday to try and clarify the diplomatic impasse over the breakaway province's independence from Serbia. The Kosovan leaders and Rice will try and chart a way forward on the province's future status after the United Nations Security Council last Friday withdrew a draft resolution granting Kosovo internationally supervised independence. After repeated efforts to push through a resolution based on the proposal by UN special negotiator Martti Ahtisaari, western powers, which favour independence, decided to shift the problem to...
  • Bush Urges Independence for Kosovo

    06/10/2007 6:44:05 AM PDT · by indcons · 72 replies · 1,597+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jun 10, 2007 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo. "Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country. Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal. In response to Albania's push for NATO...
  • US President Bush: "Time Is Now" For Kosovo Independence

    06/10/2007 5:21:53 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 843+ views
    <p>Bush said a proposal floated at last week's Group of Eight summit in Germany by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who suggested a six-month delay to try to ease Russian objections to independence, would work only if statehood was the ultimate objective.</p>
  • Bush says Kosovo will get independence

    06/10/2007 7:20:34 AM PDT · by wgflyer · 20 replies · 848+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 June, 2007 | By Tabassum Zakaria and Ellie Tzortz
    TIRANA (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Sunday the United Nations should grant independence quickly to the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, and if Russia continued to block it the West would act. "At some point in time, sooner rather than later, you've got to say enough is enough, Kosovo is independent," he told a news conference on the first visit by a U.S. president to Albania. Bush said he was "worried about expectations not being met" in Kosovo, where 90 percent of the population are ethnic Albanians demanding independence from Serbia and where NATO leads a peacekeeping...
  • Analysis: Kosovo independence divides U.N.

    06/01/2007 5:12:28 PM PDT · by Decombobulator · 9 replies · 508+ views
    UPI ^ | 06/01/2007
    UNITED NATIONS June 1 (UPI) -- Sponsors of a draft U.N. Security Council resolution granting supervised independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo have softened wording in the measure due to strong opposition. Yet the bottom line remains independence for the province that has been under U.N. administration since 1999. Russia, one of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the panel of 15, does not agree with taking control of the autonomous province of about 2 million people away from Belgrade. China also is opposed. Moscow has hinted it would veto the measure when it comes up for a vote,...
  • Kosovo to become independent by end of month: US (Fort Dix Gratitude)

    05/11/2007 10:12:12 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 12 replies · 692+ views
    "We will be circulating today with our European allies a resolution in the Security Council that we believe will lead to the independence of Kosovo by the end of this month," Burns told journalists in the Croatian capital Zagreb. "The United States is strongly supporting the independence of Kosovo." The UN Security Council is set to begin debate soon on two competing texts -- one Western and one Russian -- that will form the basis of a draft resolution on Kosovo's future status. Burns, speaking after meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, also warned against Serbian ultra-nationalists entering a...
  • The U.N.'s Kosovo Exit Strategy (there isn't one)

    04/11/2007 4:25:44 PM PDT · by tetuhe1898 · 7 replies · 594+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/04/2007 | Stephen Schwartz
    Prishtina, Kosovo IT'S A BUSY TIME in southeast Europe, where self-congratulation is mixed with anxiety at the 50th anniversary of the European Union. Romania and Bulgaria, neither of which has much to offer in the way of stable institutions or economic development, are now E.U. member states. One of the first effects of Romanian membership was the sudden appearance of an anti-Jewish, Holocaust-denying bloc of deputies in the European Parliament, including five representing the crude neo-fascism of the Greater Romania Party (GRP). The GRP is headed by Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a former court poet for Bucharest's Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu....
  • Kosovo debate reaches U.S. Senate

    04/09/2007 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 29 replies · 1,771+ views
    Source: B92, Beta ^ | 9 April 2007 | 09:39 | Staff
    Kosovo debate reaches U.S. Senate WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate will this week start discussions "over a Kosovo status resolution. Senator Joseph Lieberman (FoNet) The draft resolution, submitted by senators Joseph Lieberman, Joseph Biden, John McCain and Gordon Smith, backs UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari’s proposal, stating that a supervised independence would be the only possible solution to the province’s status. The resolution also urges President George Bush to increase U.S. pressure in the UN Security Council in order to have Kosovo declared an independent state, “without redrawing borders.” The senators also advocate swift establishment of diplomatic ties with Kosovo...
  • Kosovo breakaway could raise Scot Nats' hopes

    04/05/2007 1:20:38 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 24 replies · 834+ views
    The breakaway British region of Scotland could be among the beneficiaries of this week's expected UN recommendation that Kosovo be granted provisional independence from Serbia, leading in time to full sovereign status. If the plan backed by the US, Britain and Germany is formally accepted by the UN security council, it will be taken as an important international legal precedent by would-be separatist movements from Georgia to Moldova to Chechnya, and possibly also the Scottish National party. ... Kosovo has been part of Serbia since the Middle Ages. By comparison, the Act of Union binding Scotland and England dates back...
  • (Sponsoring Islamofascism) U.S. backs supervised independence for Kosovo: Burns

    03/26/2007 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 31 replies · 632+ views
    Yahoo News-- Reuters ^ | March 26, 2007 | David Brunnstrom
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States backs a plan giving supervised independence to Serbia's breakaway Kosovo province and expects a United Nations Security Council vote on the proposal by summer, a senior U.S. official said on Monday. The plan, drafted by U.N. special envoy and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, went to the Security Council on Monday after a year of fruitless negotiations between Serbia and the majority ethnic Albanians in the province. "The United States does support the proposal by President Ahtisaari for a supervised independence for Kosovo," UnderSecretary of State Nicholas Burns said in Brussels. "After a year...
  • China fury at Chen's Taiwan call

    03/05/2007 2:41:14 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 19 replies · 692+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 5, 2007
    Mr Chen set out a "four wants" policy for Taiwanese independence China has hit out at Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian after he made a strongly pro-independence speech on Sunday.Mr Chen said Taiwan should pursue independence, write a new constitution and change its official name from "Republic of China" to Taiwan. China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said anyone wanting to split Taiwan from the mainland was a "criminal". The row came as China opened its annual session of parliament and announced a hike in defence spending. Mr Chen, in a speech to a pro-independence group on Sunday, said: "Taiwan should...
  • Poland supports Ahtisaari's plan

    03/02/2007 12:21:50 PM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 375+ views
    B92 ^ | 2 March 2007
    In yesterday’s discussion at the Foreign Policy Chamber of the Polish Parliament’s Lower house, deputy foreign minister Pavel Koval stressed that Poland was against the postponements of the Kosovo status settlement and against any partition of the province, PAP Agency reports. Koval accused official Belgrade of taking an obstructive approach to the negotiations with Kosovo Albanians. “We believe that Belgrade’s attempts to thwart Ahtisaari’s efforts do not serve Serbia’s interests. Serbia should accept reality and focus on the activities which will bring it closer to the EU”, Koval said. Koval said that the Polish Government was convinced that peace and...
  • (Germany, Kosovo) "Self-Determination"

    03/01/2007 8:01:53 AM PST · by Bokababe · 10 replies · 379+ views ^ | 2/13/07 | Staff
    BELGRADE/PRISTINA/TIRANA/BERLIN(Own report) - Serbia should relinquish its southern province of Kosovo and place itself under the patronage of its former enemies. That is the gist of the offer which the German presidency made to the Belgrade government last Monday. As a reward for the renunciation of Kosovo, negotiations would be opened with the EU for an association agreement. The territorial self-amputation, which Berlin expects in the name of the EU, would break the Serbian constitution and create a dangerous precedent of forced secession of territories by appeals to "self determination" from violent minorities. Organisations connected with German foreign policy have...
  • Why Kosovo should become the 33rd member - and Serbia the 34th

    02/25/2007 8:25:23 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 22 replies · 662+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 15, 2007 | Timothy Garton Ash
    In front of me as I write there sits a piece of Kosovo. It's a jagged lump, about three centimetres high, off-white with some glinting, yellowy metallic bits embedded in it. It was given to me by the late Ibrahim Rugova, long-time leader of the Albanian Kosovans' non-violent movement for independence and a passionate mineralogist. I also have before me my own photos of Kosovo's armed conflict, attempted genocide, liberation and international occupation in the last three years of Europe's bloody last century. The bombed, machine-gunned and looted villages, mosques and churches, fresh blood staining white snow, a dispossessed woodcutter...

    02/11/2007 12:35:55 PM PST · by joan · 32 replies · 2,240+ views
    Tanjug ^ | February 11, 2007
    11.2.2007 16:34 DECANI, (Tanjug) - The Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned in the strongest terms ''barbaric'' messages of Self-Determination movement leader Albin Kurti and other participants of the Saturday demonstrations in Pristina who shouted that ''Serbs occupied Albanian churches and monasteries'' in Kosovo and that they should ''be destroyed.'' Several thousand Kosovo Albanian members of the Self-Determination movement and supporters of the so-called Kosovo liberation army protested against UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari's plan for the status of Kosovo in Pristina on Saturday.
  • Kosovo independence unacceptable to Serbia

    Belgrade, Feb 7, 2007 – President of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Sanda Raskovic-Ivic stated last night that Kosovo independence is unacceptable to the Serbian side as the solution of the province's status, adding that there are realistic reasons for postponing the talks until after new Serbian parliament is formed. Raskovic-Ivic told RTS television last night that the government lost its legitimacy after the elections of January 21 and the Serbian President was the only legitimate representative who could meet with UN Special Envoy for Kosovo-Metohija Martti Ahtisaari when he presented his plan for the province's future status to Serbia....

    02/06/2007 7:41:28 AM PST · by joan · 10 replies · 400+ views
    Tanjug ^ | February 6, 2007
    6.2.2007 14:49 PRISTINA, (Tanjug) - US President George Bush has proposed that 279 million dollars be allocated from the US budget in the form of additional assistance to be granted after the resolution of the province's status.
  • Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway (NO to UN plan)

    02/02/2007 8:24:48 AM PST · by kronos77 · 47 replies · 1,234+ views
    Serbia's president says he will never accept the independence of Kosovo, after the publication of a UN plan which could allow it to separate. UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari's plan recommends that Kosovo should govern itself democratically and be able to make international agreements. But President Boris Tadic said the plan paved the way for independence, which he and Serbia would not accept. Kosovo's leader said he believed the process would end in full independence. "Kosovo will be sovereign like all other countries," President Fatmir Sejdiu said, after meeting Mr Ahtisaari. 'Dangerous precedent' The UN has administered Kosovo since a...
  • US Backs UN Envoy's Efforts for a Final Solution in Kosovo (Final Solution For Christians)

    02/01/2007 3:13:08 PM PST · by kronos77 · 23 replies · 519+ views
    The United States has reaffirmed its support for the efforts of United Nations Kosovo envoy Martti Ahtisaari for determining the final status of the breakaway Serbian province. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called on all sides of the issue to sit down and listen to the envoy's proposals, which Ahtisaari is to present to leaders in Belgrade and Pristina on Friday. The proposal is widely expected to grant the U.N.-administered province some attributes of a sovereign state, while guaranteeing the security of its Serb minority. Vojislav Kostunica Outgoing Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has said he will not meet with...
  • U.S. envoy: Serbian Kosovo status by April

    01/12/2007 2:32:00 PM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 389+ views
    UPI ^ | January 11, 2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat in Washington said a solution to the future status of Serbia's mainly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province could be decided by April. U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns told Voice of America that U.N. special envoy to Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari will begin a series of talks with Kosovo ethnic-Albanian leaders in Pristina and Serbian authorities in Belgrade soon after Serbia's parliamentary elections set for Jan. 21. Burns said he hoped the Kosovo solution could be found "one to two months" after the Serbian elections. He said Washington does not support any option nor...
  • Kosovo: Washington 'Nervous' Over Final Status Says Serb Official

    10/27/2006 3:52:21 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies · 578+ views
    ADN Kronos International ^ | October 26, 2006
    Belgrade, 26 Oct. (AKI) - The United States is showing signs of jitteriness over the status of the breakaway province of Kosovo, as the international community moves away from granting Kosovo the independence wanted by most of its overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority, the Serbian government coordinator for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic Ivic, has said. Raskovic Ivic was commenting on a "slip of tongue" by American envoy to Kosovo Frank Wiesner, who stated in the Kosovo capital Pristina on Tuesday that Washington wants the status issue resolved this year. "We will insist on independence – excuse me – we will insist on...
  • Rice Meets Tadic, Says Serbia Can Be "Force for Stability"

    Washington -- Serbia can have a prosperous, democratic future and be a "force for stability," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Serbian President Boris Tadic as they signed a status-of-forces agreement between the two nations September 7 in Washington. Tadic is visiting the United States to hold private meetings with various U.S. officials about the future status of the Kosovo province, currently administered by the United Nation. The latest round of U.N.-sponsored Kosovo talks began September 7 in Vienna, Austria. (See related article.) Meeting with reporters in Washington, Rice said the United States and Serbia have a shared vision of...
  • Free at Last. Montenegro declares independence

    07/24/2006 6:44:49 AM PDT · by Valin · 58 replies · 1,039+ views
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD. ^ | 7/24/06 | Stephen Schwartz
    Podgorica, Montenegro: IT WAS a Balkan love feast!" said James Lyon, regional expert for the International Crisis Group, about Montenegro's independence celebration beginning on July 12. In a notoriously fractious part of the world, the festivities drew Slovenes, Croats, Macedonians, Albanians, and even some Serb politicians, as the Montenegrins breathed an enormous sigh of relief at their divorce from the Belgrade regime. Montenegro has fewer than 700,000 people, a tormented history, and plenty of challenges. But it also has magnificent assets: beautiful mountains and beaches, and basic amity between its Slav Orthodox majority and its Muslim Slav and Albanian minorities....
  • Petersen Leaving In Armored Vehicle Sign Of His “Success”

    07/04/2006 7:47:13 AM PDT · by tgambill · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Tanjug | 2 July 06 | Tanjug
    Belgrade, 2 July 06. (Tanjug) – The Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija announced that UNMIK Chief Soren Jesen-Petersen “leaving Kosovo in an armored vehicle”, showed that the international community did not fulfill its basic task for seven years, such as the creation of elementary security conditions of free living and freedom of movement. “Petersen’s earlier statement, stated that he is leaving Kosovo for private reasons. Before his departure he clearly stated slogans on behalf of Albanian lobbyists who use all means in the fight for independence of the Serbian southern province”, states the Center at the Sunday announcement. Coordination...
  • Montenegro admitted as 192nd United Nations member

    06/28/2006 12:29:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 595+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/06 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. "I declare the Republic of Montenegro admitted to membership in the United Nations," U.N. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson announced after calling for approval by acclamation in the 191-nation body. General Assembly members then broke into applause as the Balkan country's president, Filip Vujanovic, Foreign Minister Miodrag Vlahovic and U.N. envoy Nebojsa Kaludjerovic were escorted to their new seats, next to the Mongolian delegation. "I am confident...
  • Kosovo's president, PM to meet US Sec Rice during visit to US next week

    06/16/2006 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 951+ views
    Associated Press | 16 June 2006
    PRISTINA, Serbia - Kosovo's top leaders travel to Washington next week to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the president's office said Friday. President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku are to meet Rice on Monday, said Muhamet Hamiti, the president's adviser. Sejdiu will visit the United States for the first time since he was elected in February, succeeding Kosovo's late President Ibrahim Rugova, who died of lung cancer earlier this year. During his trip, Sejdiu will meet other officials in the State Department and the White House, the statement said. Ceku is also scheduled to...
  • End Balkanization Now!

    06/16/2006 7:57:11 AM PDT · by montyspython · 12 replies · 368+ views ^ | Aleksandar Mitic
    End Balkanization Now! By Aleksandar Mitic An old saying in Montenegro used to say “Montenegro and Serbia – one family". Today, pro-independence graffiti in Montenegro read “Montenegro and the Basque Country – one family”. Indeed, if the preliminary results of the Montenegrin referendum on independence are confirmed, the process of the balkanization of the Balkans will have scored one more point. Some say it also paved a chance for many independence-hopefuls around Europe, be it in Catalonia, the Basque Country or Scotland, which have sent their observer missions to Podgorica to monitor the mechanics of intra-state divorce. It might be...
  • For Albanians in Kosovo, Hope for Independence From Serbia

    06/13/2006 10:08:33 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 13 replies · 466+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 13, 2006 | Nicholas Wood
    BELGRADE, Serbia, June 8 — Seven years after Kosovo was placed under United Nations control, it appears increasingly likely that the province will be allowed to break away from Serbia formally and become an independent nation. Members of the United Nations Security Council appear to be leaning toward permitting Kosovo to go its own way. The Council is expected to vote on Kosovo's fate by the end of the year, unless the Serbs and Kosovo Albanians, who have been negotiating unsuccessfully for months, reach a resolution. But some of the world's most powerful countries are fearful the move will encourage...

    Sarajevo, 8 June (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim religious leader Reiss ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric has accused the country's Catholic and Orthodox Christians of undermining the country and advocating the partitioning of Bosnia. Ceric was quoted by the Sarajevo daily, Dnevni Avaz, as saying that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Croatia's Franjo Tudjman deal, allegedly made in the early nineties to divide Bosnia, had been taken over by the Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholic Church. As a proof of an alleged conspiracy, Ceric said that the bishops of the two churches have been meeting without Muslim representatives. "It is well known...
  • Independence for Kosovo means trouble, Serbia says

    05/30/2006 9:17:33 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 78 replies · 959+ views
    Netscape ^ | Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | Reuters
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Granting independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo against the will of Serbia would destabilize the Balkans, Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned on Tuesday. The United Nations is mediating talks on Kosovo's future status, which Western diplomats say are likely to conclude with a form of independence by the end of the year. Serbia is adamantly opposed to such an outcome. "I am very afraid of the possible imposed solution against the will of Belgrade of turning Kosovo into a state," Draskovic told a news conference. "The whole region, I think, would inevitably face turbulence." The...
  • Claiming the Black Mountain

    05/27/2006 2:34:53 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 7 replies · 441+ views
    After seven years of frustrated attempts, the separatist regime in Montenegro celebrated victory Sunday night, as it managed to drum up the 55.5 percent of the votes necessary to win the independence referendum. What would be a landslide in any Western election was actually the narrowest of margins in Montenegro, as the acceptable threshold set by the Brussels bureaucrats was 55 percent. It took weeks of pro-independence propaganda in government-monopolized media, multi-million-euro public works timed for the referendum, shady political deals with ethnic minorities, and voter shenanigans to secure that .5 percent margin between victory and defeat. And though the...
  • Montenegro vote opens separatist Pandora's box

    05/23/2006 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies · 936+ views
    AFP ^ | 23 May 2006 | Calin Neacsu
    Montenegro's independence could open a Pandora's box for other separatist movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with some already claiming the right to follow the same path. Separatists in Spain's Basque and Catalan regions were among the first to welcome Montenegro's independence vote as a positive omen for their aspirations of loosening ties with Madrid. But Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos stressed the situations in his country and Montenegro were "politically, diplomatically, juridically" incomparable and that making such a comparison would represent a "great irresponsibility". His view was supported by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana,...
  • Poll: Montenegro quits Serbia

    05/21/2006 6:39:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 80 replies · 1,239+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, May 21, 2006 | Bruce Konviser
    PODGORICA, Serbia-Montenegro (CNN) -- Voters in Montenegro decided narrowly to sever the country's union with Serbia, a move that would break up the last two pieces of the former Yugoslavia, unofficial poll returns from Sunday's referendum indicated. The election watchdog group CEMI said late Sunday that 55.5 percent of the more than 410,000 voters who cast ballots supported independence -- just over the 55 percent required for the question to pass. "I'm sure that tonight a democratic Montenegro will be celebrated," said Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, whose Democratic Party of Socialists had pushed for Montenegro's full independence. Opposition spokesman Predrag...