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  • Kosovo Albanians won't launch organ trafficking probe

    04/13/2008 11:47:20 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 125+ views
    PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo Albanian government will not investigate Carla Del Ponte's claims that Kosovo Serbs were kidnapped to have their organs removed. This was reported today in Priština by the Albanian language daily Express. The former chief Hague prosecutor, now Switzerland's ambassador to Argentina, wrote in her book "The Hunt" that she investigated allegations that after the end of the 1999 war in the province, some 300 Kosovo Serbs were kidnapped, transported to Albania, where they had their organs removed, after which they were killed and buried in mass graves. She also said the 2003 probe into the case...
  • Witness of Kosovar war crimes found dead in Germany

    09/28/2011 8:29:52 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 28 Sep 11 19:30 CET
    A key witness in a war crimes case against a senior Kosovo figure has been found dead in Germany, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) said Wednesday. "EULEX confirms that Agim Zogaj, known as witness X in the Klecka case, was found dead in a park in Germany," the mission's statement said. It added that the "German authorities are conducting the necessary investigation to determine the circumstances of his death." According to local media reports, Zogaj had agreed to testify in the case of Fatmir Limaj, one of the most prominent commanders of the ethnic Albanian guerrillas...
  • Kosovo’s Organ-Harvester-in-Chief [Thaci] Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell, Stocks Plummet.

    09/28/2011 3:47:36 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | September 26, 2011 | Julia Gorin
    A month after Wall St. Journal published Kosovo’s terrorist prime minister Hashim Thaci, the Heroin-Trafficker-in-Chief got to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ on Thursday. In a year when he fixed elections, was implicated in his KLA murder-for-organs scheme, and was outed by various media watchdogs to be suppressing the press, mobster/torturer/murderer Thaci — occasionally wanted by Interpol and almost barred from entering this country save for diplomatic immunity — is here with bells on.
  • Grisly Albanian Organ Harvesting Crimes: Is Justice going to be served?

    04/03/2011 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    March 2011 | Vojin Joksimovich
    In my December 2010 essay "Amorality of US Kosovo Policy: Friends with the Snake", I published reactions to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) 27-page report authored by the Swiss-Italian politician, senator and prosecuting lawyer Dick Marty. The report, which is the culmination of his two-year investigation, claimed that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) thugs headed by the current Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci, known as “the Snake”, abducted mostly Kosovo Serbs and also some Albanian so-called “collaborators,” transported them to northern Albania, murdered them, extracted their kidneys and other organs, and sold them on the black market. These macabre Nazi/Croatian...
  • Thug Life

    02/23/2011 3:42:46 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | February 17, 2011 | Whit Mason and Bronwyn Healy-Aarons
    Think Mubarak was bad? Kosovo's leaders are accused of being organ-smuggling, drug-dealing goons -- and the United States is looking the other way. Amid fireworks and celebratory gunfire, Kosovo -- Europe's newest country -- turned three years old on Thursday, Feb. 17. But behind the scenes of revelry in the capital, Pristina, it's clear that it will take a lot more than flag-waving for the fledgling country to grow out of its terrible twos. For all the hope that was once showered upon this young democracy, it still faces an enormous uphill battle: the country has no international postal or...
  • Kosovo--Marty: Everybody Knew What Thaci Did

    02/12/2011 10:24:56 AM PST · by Bokababe · 8 replies
    B92 ^ | 2/12/11 | Staff
    LJUBLJANA -- Killing of witnesses, the fact that everybody knew what Hashim Thaci was doing and destruction of evidence is a scandal, Dick Marty told Slovenian daily Delo. “Everybody kept quiet. That’s the real scandal, not my report in which I only wrote what many have known for a long time,” the Council of Europe (CoE) rapporteur was quoted as saying. He added that Thaci’s name had often been mentioned in police reports, diplomatic cables, criminal studies and foreign intelligence agencies’ reports. “That means that the West knew all along very well what was happening in Kosovo, but no one...
  • Council of Europe Adopts Dick Marty’s Albanian Organ-Trafficking Report

    02/09/2011 3:06:27 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | February 6, 2011 | Julia Gorin
    In Strasbourg on January 25th the Council of Europe voted to formally endorse Swiss senator Dick Marty’s report on organ-trafficking by the KLA mafia that the U.S. installed to run Kosovo. The resolution calls for an investigation by international judicial bodies as well as one by Albania (keep dreaming) into various serious crimes in post-war Kosovo. At the PACE meeting (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), the Albanian delegation tried to water down the resolution, with some lawmakers trying “to either postpone debates on the issue or somehow smooth out the report’s rather tough formulations,” Voice of Russia paraphrased...
  • Serbia's President Boris Tadic Assails Organized Crime in Balkans

    01/28/2011 6:30:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 26, 2011 | Doreen Carvajal
    PARIS — The president of Serbia, Boris Tadic, lashed out at organized crime and its corrosive effect on the Balkans in a speech Wednesday, pressing for an international investigation of human organ trafficking in Kosovo and broad protection for witnesses. He made his comments in Strasbourg before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which on Tuesday adopted an investigative report that has roiled the leadership in Kosovo. It alleged that Serb prisoners were killed at the end of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 to harvest organs for transplant for an organized crime group, Drenica, with ties to the...
  • Kosovo: Crimes investigator fears his report may remain 'dead letter on paper'

    01/28/2011 6:19:52 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    ADN Kronos International ^ | January 27, 2011 | ultimo aggiornamento
    Belgrade, 27 Jan (AKI) - A war crimes investigator for Europe's top human rights watchdog The Council of Europe said on Thursday he feared his report on alleged organs trafficking by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), may remain a “dead letter on paper.” In an interview to BBC's Serbian service, Dick Marty, a Swiss senator and lawyer whose report was overwhelmingly approved by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on Tuesday said he feared the report may go no further. “When we are dealing with...someone in a high political position, or a high criminal hierarchy, we find out that there...
  • Criminal Kosovo: America’s Gift to Europe

    01/13/2011 5:45:12 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | November 12, 2011 | Diana Johnstone
    U.S. media have given more attention to hearsay allegations of Julian Assange’s sexual encounters with two talkative Swedish women than to an official report accusing Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci of running a criminal enterprise which, among almost every other crime in the book, has murdered prisoners in order to sell their vital organs on the world market. The report by Swiss liberal Dick Marty was mandated two years ago by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Not to be confused with the European Union, the Council of Europe was founded in 1949 to promote human rights,...
  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci's crimes 'known to the West'

    12/17/2010 6:22:49 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 34 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 18, 2010 | The Times
    WESTERN leaders have been accused of turning a blind eye to murders, drug running and organ trafficking in Kosovo. The West elevated a man it knew to be a criminal boss to the rank of European statesman. Although Western intelligence agencies warned that Hashim Thaci ran an organised crime network in the late 1990s, Western political leaders backed his Kosovo Liberation Army, according to a report published by the Council of Europe. The report, adopted unanimously by the council's 47 member states, will add to pressure for an independent criminal inquiry into Mr Thaci, now Kosovo's Prime Minister. It also...
  • Kosovo must probe organ harvesting accusation, official says

    12/17/2010 5:50:34 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 16 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | December 16, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Paris (CNN) -- Authorities in Kosovo must conduct a "tough, independent investigation" into allegations of organ harvesting from prisoners of war, a leading European human rights activist demanded Thursday. "These things were known by intelligence agencies in various countries, by police, by many people," said Dick Marty, whose report into the allegations was approved by a Council of Europe committee Thursday. But people in Kosovo are afraid to come forward and give evidence, he said. "In private they said, 'Yes, we know,' but because of political opportunism they decided to keep quiet," he said. The report links Kosovar Prime Minister...
  • Another Great Clinton Foreign Policy Success

    12/16/2010 6:49:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 15, 2010 | Doug Bandow
    It was never easy to understand why the Clinton administration intervened in Kosovo. The U.S. had not made a habit of deciding which European state was obligated to grant independence to which disaffected minority. For instance, Spain told Basques to stuff it without much comment from Washington. And the U.S. never worried about its allies using brutality against guerrillas--the Turkish campaign against the Kurds destroyed thousands of villages and killed tens of thousands of people, while the U.S. provided Ankara with arms. However, the prospect of getting involved in a conflict with no conceivable relationship to U.S. interests drew the...
  • Another Great Clinton Foreign Policy Success

    12/16/2010 6:49:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 15, 2010 | Doug Bandow
    It was never easy to understand why the Clinton administration intervened in Kosovo. The U.S. had not made a habit of deciding which European state was obligated to grant independence to which disaffected minority. For instance, Spain told Basques to stuff it without much comment from Washington. And the U.S. never worried about its allies using brutality against guerrillas--the Turkish campaign against the Kurds destroyed thousands of villages and killed tens of thousands of people, while the U.S. provided Ankara with arms. However, the prospect of getting involved in a conflict with no conceivable relationship to U.S. interests drew the...
  • Mr Blair has some very bizarre friends, but a monster who traded in human body parts...

    12/16/2010 4:53:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK Online ^ | December 16, 2010 | Stephen Glover
    Five months ago, Tony Blair travelled to Kosovo at the invitation of the country’s prime minister, his friend Hashim Thaci, to receive the Golden Medal of Freedom. Mr Thaci has often lavished praise on Mr Blair for playing the leading role in ­‘liberating’ Kosovo from Serbian rule in 1999. Our former prime minister has some very bizarre friends. A new report from the respected Council of Europe accuses Mr Thaci of overseeing a ‘mafia-like’ organised crime ring in the late Nineties, which engaged in ­assassinations, beatings, human organ ­trafficking and other serious crimes. The report, which took two years to...
  • Report Names Kosovo Leader as Crime Boss

    12/16/2010 10:28:23 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | DOREEN CARVAJAL and MARLISE SIMONS
    PARIS — A two-year international inquiry has concluded that the prime minister of Kosovo led a clan of criminal entrepreneurs whose activities included trafficking in organs extracted from Serbian prisoners executed during the Kosovo conflict in 1999. The inquiry, prepared for the Council of Europe, names the prime minister, Hashim Thaci, as the boss of the Drenica Group, an organized crime network that flourished in Kosovo and Albania after the war and exerted control over numerous rackets, including the heroin trade, and six secret detention centers in Albania, some used in a black market in human organs.
  • Thaçi confirms Kosovo will proclaim independence on Sunday

    02/16/2008 3:18:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 183+ views
    AFP via translation | February 16, 2007
    via translation - ALERT - Kosovo: Thaçi confirms a proclamation of independence Sunday PRISTINA (Serbia) - Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi confirmed Saturday that the independence of the province in southern Serbia was proclaimed Sunday, when he said "the will of the citizens of Kosovo" will be executed.
  • Kosovo auf Deutsch

    11/19/2007 3:19:21 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 7 replies · 402+ views
    Balkananalysis ^ | 18 November 2007 | David Binder
    Forget about status negotiations for a moment. The near-term outlook for Kosovo is unalterably grim: an economy stuck in misery; a bursting population of young people with “criminality as the sole career choice;” an insupportably high birthrate; a society imbued with corruption and a state dominated by organized crime figures. These are the conclusions of “Operationalizing of the Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans,” a 124-page investigation by the Institute for European Policy commissioned by the German Bundeswehr and issued last January. This month the text turned up on a weblog. It is labeled “solely for internal use.” Provided...
  • Kosovo: Hashim Thaci proclaims the victory of his party

    11/17/2007 6:25:27 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 152+ views
    ATS Swiss News Agency via translation | November 18, 2007
    The former chief of the Albanian separatist guerrillas, Hashim Thaci, has proclaimed Sunday victory of his party in the elections in Kosovo. The leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) advocates a speedy independence of Kosovo. "I thank all those who have helped our victory and the victory of Kosovo," said Hashim Thaci, at a rally of his supporters. According to the NGO "Democracy in Action", which monitors elections, the KDP has obtained 35% of the vote against 23% for the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), founded by the charismatic President Ibrahim Rugova, who died in 2006. The...
  • Clinton's 'Good War'

    06/26/2004 11:15:50 PM PDT · by Destro · 12 replies · 613+ views ^ | June 26, 2004 | Diana Johnstone
    Clinton's 'Good War' ......... by Diana Johnstone For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official rationale. To suggest subtle criticism of the Republican war against Iraq, while making it clear that they are by no means opposed to war as such, the 2004 Democratic election campaigners can be expected to glorify the Kosovo war. The prominence of General Wesley Clark in the Democratic camp makes that...
  • Interview: Ex-Rebel Leader Calls Time on UN in Kosovo

    06/14/2004 4:55:56 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 10 replies · 213+ views
    Global Policy Forum ^ | June 11, 2004 | By Matthew Robinson
    The United Nations has failed in Kosovo and should be phased out within months, an ethnic Albanian former guerrilla commander and now leading politician said on Friday. In a stinging critique, Hashim Thaci said the U.N. mission (UNMIK) had lost all credibility and should be limited to an advisory role after parliamentary elections in October. "UNMIK has been a complete failure, particularly in the last two years," the former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army KLA said in an interview marking the withdrawal of Serb forces and the entry of NATO peacekeepers exactly five years ago. "They can continue until...
  • Kerry’s Dogs of War

    06/12/2004 11:25:41 PM PDT · by dj_animal_2000 · 18 replies · 295+ views
    Serbianna ^ | Sunday, June 13, 2004 | M. Bozinovich
    Kerry’s Dogs of War By M. Bozinovich Recent Albanian violence against the Serbs in Kosovo appears to have been a screaming success. Aside that UNMIK has made no convictions of the arrested Albanian suspects, the fact that NATO inflicted no reprisal to counter its exposed military impotence leaves the Albanian militants in a confident position that, if repeated again, the violence will drive NATO out of Kosovo. In fact, it appears that the Albanian militants have also set the NATO drive-out date. "I'm not a fan of setting dates,” said Hasim Taci, the leader of the Albanian paramilitary in Kosovo...
  • Photo Story: Devastated Christian Orthodox Sites in Prizren (Kosovo March 2004)

    04/29/2004 3:34:40 PM PDT · by miltonim · 8 replies · 1,563+ views ^ | March 23, 2004 | ERP KIM Info-Service
    news | archives | links | about | login Home Photo Story: Devastated Christian Orthodox Sites in Prizren Submitted by admin on Wed, 24/03/2004 - 04:07. Photo stories These holy Serbian Orthodox sites were vandalized, burned or completely destroyed by Kosovo Albanian mob on 17 and 18th March when thelast remaining 60 elderly Serbs of Prizren were taken out of their homes and beaten. At least two Serb bodies have beeen found carbonized in ruins of the Orthodox Seminary.Click on each photo to open it in a larger format The burned church of St. George in Prizren The...
  • Yugoslavia's End

    02/06/2003 12:53:51 PM PST · by Ichabod Walrus · 4 replies · 236+ views ^ | February 6, 2002 | Nebojsa Malic
        | |     February 6, 2002Yugoslavia's EndThe name is gone, but delusions remain This Tuesday, the parliament of the last Yugoslavia decided to lay the name and the idea to rest, abolishing the country in favor of a new, ill-defined entity called "Serbia and Montenegro." The new Constitutional Charter and the bill governing its implementation had already been passed by the Serbian parliament on the 28th, and by the parliament of Montenegro the day after. The decision is not unexpected. As early as last March, Serbia and Montenegro's vassal potentates signed a pledge drafted by their...