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  • Bosnian Serbs Sullen and Defiant

    03/02/2006 5:31:44 AM PST · by Banat · 21 replies · 617+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 Mar 2006 | N. Arun
    Bosnian Serbs Sullen and Defiant Bosnian Serbs talk to the BBC News website's Neil Arun of fear, faith and football, 10 years after their army lifted its siege of the capital, Sarajevo. "You must have two sides to wage war, as you have to make love," says Slavko Jovicic, stubbing out a cigarette as a snowdrift smudges the windows of his office in Pale, on the outskirts of Sarajevo. He is on a mission to show the world a side of the war he believes it ignored - the atrocities committed against the Bosnian Serbs. Slavko says he lost...
  • Bosnia: Hague Judge Silences Bin Laden Bosnia Testimony, as NATO’s Claims Questioned

    02/13/2006 8:17:25 PM PST · by Banat · 14 replies · 648+ views
    Balkanalysis ^ | FEB 08 2006 | C. Deliso
    Judge Patrick Robinson immediately shut down a Western journalist on the Hague Tribunal witness stand last week, when she disclosed having seen Osama bin Laden waltz into the office of late Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic in November 1994. Just as veteran British journalist Eve-Ann Prentice, who covered the Yugoslav conflicts for the Guardian and the Times told of the famous OBL, Prosecutor Geoffrey Nice objected, and the judge “…cut off the testimony immediately declaring it ‘irrelevant,’” according to the defense’s recap of a devastating day of testimony. full article
  • Film on Bosnian war rapes stirs Berlin fest

    02/13/2006 8:32:47 AM PST · by voletti · 20 replies · 1,283+ views
    Financial Express ^ | 2/12/06 | Reuters
    BERLIN, FEBRUARY 13: A moving drama about Bosnia's post-war trauma and the lingering impact of the systematic rape of Bosnian women by Serb soldiers won cheers at its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday. Grbavica spotlights a hushed-up topic of mass rapes in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo with a tear-jerking story of a Muslim woman who tries to hide the grisly truth of the past to protect her daughter. The film, seen by critics as one of the Berlinale's best so far, is told against the backdrop of Sarajevo's struggle to come to terms with...
  • Police detains three Albanian weapons bootleggers

    02/06/2006 12:14:16 PM PST · by joan · 5 replies · 207+ views
    pravda ^ | February 6, 2006
    Albanian police said Monday they had arrested three men suspected of making and selling bombs in a raid that targeted an important group of weapons traffickers. The men were arrested over the weekend in the town of Shkodra, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of the capital, Tirana, on suspicion of trafficking arms and explosives, according to a statement. Police said one of the men, Skender Deda, a former army officer, assembled explosives designed to be detonated by cell phone. Police identified the other two suspects as Ilir Mehmetaj and Gurali Dikellari. Post-communist Albania has been working to tighten border controls...
  • "They Tear Up The Koran" (OH MY!)

    01/30/2006 4:46:22 PM PST · by Cornpone · 13 replies · 626+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | 30 January 2006 | DER SPIEGEL
    DER SPIEGEL spoke to Nadja Dizdarevic, 31, a Bosnian Muslim, who is working with Amnesty International on behalf of the prisoners being held in the US terrorist suspect camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her husband has been held there since January 2002. Next week Amnesty will release testimony by eight former detainees about conditions in the camp. SPIEGEL: Your husband Boudella al-Hajj is accused of planning attacks on the British and US embassies in Sarajevo.Dizdarevic: My husband and five other Bosnians of Algerian descent where acquitted of terrorism charges by a Bosnian court in January 2002 due to lack of...