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  • Missouri National Guard troops to head to Kosovo

    03/09/2008 6:29:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 87 replies · 2,515+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 03/09/2008 | Phillip O'Connor
    Specialist Robert Terrio and his wife, Kary, thought they had avoided a dangerous deployment a few months ago when he learned that his Missouri National Guard unit would do a tour in Kosovo instead of Iraq or Afghanistan. "There's a certain amount of relief that we weren't being deployed to an active war zone,'' Robert Terrio said. Then, last month, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, a move Serbia refused to recognize. Suddenly, Kosovo started to look a little more dicey. Demonstrators torched the U.S. Embassy in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, mobs attacked several United Nations border posts, and gun...
  • AP Interview: Sweden's FM says UN will have to stay in Kosovo

    03/08/2008 10:45:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 362+ views
    AP ^ | 03-08-2008
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - Sweden's foreign minister said Saturday that the United Nations will have to stay in Kosovo to act as a buffer between nations that recognize Kosovo's statehood and those that do not. Carl Bildt said the U.N., European Union and NATO would need to adjust their plans in Kosovo after the U.N. was sidelined last month when Kosovo declared independence, due to a deadlock caused by Russia's opposition and U.S. and key European countries' backing for the new country. "We are operating in a somewhat different situation from the one that we were planning for," Bildt told...
  • Serbian police prevent hundreds of army reservists from heading to Kosovo

    KURSUMLIJA, Serbia: Serbian police have stopped hundreds of ex-army reservists from going to the border with Kosovo. Former Serb fighters from the Kosovo war planned to remove a border sign saying "Republic of Kosovo" at the Merdare border crossing. But hundreds of police blocked the reservists from leaving the town of Kursumlija. Police scuffled with the protesters but there were no serious incidents. The demonstrators are dispersing but have pledged to come back again on Monday. The Serbs are angry over the Feb. 17 declaration of independence by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership.
  • Serbia - Serbian government collapses over EU and Kosovo

    03/08/2008 7:46:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 96 replies · 1,422+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | March 8, 2008
    excerpt - BELGRADE: Serbia's government collapsed on Saturday and early elections loomed as pro-Western President Boris Tadic and nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica faced off over Kosovo and EU integration. Kostunica said his cabinet would meet on Monday to formally dissolve parliament and urged Tadic to call new elections for May 11, the same date as existing municipal polls. "The government of Serbia has no united policy any more on an important issue related to the future of the country, Kosovo as a part of Serbia," Kostunica told reporters in Belgrade. "Such a government could not function any more. This...
  • Serbs Struggle to Understand Western Support for Kosovo Independence

    03/05/2008 4:08:54 PM PST · by Bokababe · 110 replies · 556+ views
    Center for Peace in the Balkans ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | Ljiljana Smajlovic
    BELGRADE, Serbia -- As editor-in-chief of Serbia's oldest and most prestigious daily newspaper, Politika, I am at a loss to explain the West's stubborn support for Kosovo independence to my readers. Only nine years ago, my country was bombed for 78 days by the most powerful military alliance the world has ever seen, and the last thing I want is to pour oil over the fire of anti-Western sentiment. But the truth is, I find myself grappling with the same bitterness and resentment as most of my countrymen. I was very much part of the democratic upheaveal that rid Serbia...
  • The Kosovo Catastrophe

    03/04/2008 7:47:39 AM PST · by ZGuy · 14 replies · 108+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/4/8 | Martin Sieff
    It is hardly a conservative policy to support the establishment of an Islamist state on the European continent, turn a blind eye to the well-documented persecution of an ancient Christian community, engage in a Woodrow Wilson-style passion for nation building and follow in the footsteps of Bill Clinton. Yet that is what the United States has done by recognizing the independence of Kosovo. Kosovo is the ancient heartland of the Serbian people going back to the dawn of their history. It certainly had a Muslim ethnic Albanian majority before Clinton and his Secretary of State Madeline Albright bombed Belgrade back...
  • Kosovo: A Crying Shame

    03/02/2008 2:18:35 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 124 replies · 258+ views
    The Jewish Defense League ^ | 26 February 2008 | Shelley Rubin
    Once again the United States has sold out the good people and rewarded the bad. I am speaking of the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state by our government. As a bit of background information, the Jewish Defense League was the only activist Jewish organization to support the Serbian people and their right to their ancestral homeland during the war that dissolved Yugoslavia during the 1990s. While we did not approve of alleged war crimes by some Serbians, we understood they felt they were entitled to settle the score with their Nazi-loving Croatian and Bosnian neighbors. . . ....
  • Welcome To Kosovo! The World's Newest Narco State

    02/29/2008 8:51:16 AM PST · by Fennie · 22 replies · 138+ views
    The Intelligence Daily ^ | February 29, 2008
    Last Sunday's unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, former warlord/commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), heralds the birth of a new European narco state. The illegal dismemberment of Serbia, completing the U.S./EU/NATO destruction of Yugoslavia, is proclaimed by ruling elites and their sycophants as an exemplary means to bring "peace and stability" to the region. This provocative move, outside the framework of international law, threatens any sovereign state with similar treatment should they deviate from the "Washington consensus." Far from bringing "peace" let alone "stability," an "independent" Kosovo will serve as a militarized outpost for...
  • Kosovo will almost certainly be a failed state

    02/28/2008 6:21:26 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 19 replies · 81+ views
    QIANJIANG Evening News (China) ^ | 26 Feb. 2008 | OPINION
    Kosovo declared independence Sunday, but it's unlikely any time soon to become the world's 193rd country. What it will almost certainly be is a failed state, unrecognized by the United Nations, unable to govern itself, dependent on Europe for its police and NATO for its armed forces. After eight years as an international protectorate and billions of dollars in aid and reconstruction funds, its economic prospects are grim. Unemployment is 57 percent, and among youths it's more like 70 percent; half the population is under 25. Small wonder then that its chief export is organized crime. It remains ethnically cleansed...
  • Basque leader: Kosovo feeds our resolve

    PARIS -- A Basque separatist leader yesterday said that his "struggle was inspired by the Kosovo example". Gabriel Mueska, who spent 17 years in prison for his membership in the terrorist group ETA, was speaking in a French television debate, dubbed "The death of nations", that also included Serb, Albanian and Flemish separatist representatives, and French analysts. "The Basques were exceptionally happy after the declaration of Kosovo's independence," he confided. "I was with the young people when the declaration took place and I did not manage to explain to them why us Basques do not have this possibility for freedom,"...
  • Russia's Medvedev warns Kosovo's independence could set Europe ablaze

    02/27/2008 11:07:49 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | February 27, 2008
    The man all but certain to win Russia's presidency warned Wednesday that Kosovo's independence could destabilize Europe. First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is expected to easily win Sunday's presidential vote, said Kosovo's independence has "jeopardized security and stability of the vast region." Medvedev said recognition of Kosovo's declaration Feb. 17, spearheaded by the United States, has "put Europe in a very difficult situation." "The United States is far away and is not facing any risks, but Europe could go ablaze," he said in a campaign speech in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod. "It's enough to put...
  • UN mission in Kosovo set to transfer power to EU, local govt

    02/27/2008 2:12:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 53+ views
    RIAN ^ | 27/ 02/ 2008
    BELGRADE, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - The UN mission in Kosovo has drafted a plan to hand over power to a new European Union mission and the local government, the UN mission press secretary said on Wednesday. The EU has announced plans to deploy a 2,000-strong police, justice and civil administration mission in the Albanian-dominated region, which declared independence from Serbia on February 17, to replace the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). "Given from the European Union's statement that Brussels is prepared to take on some authority in Kosovo along with local government bodies, the UN mission...
  • The Oil factor in Kosovo independence (hmmm ...)

    02/27/2008 3:05:35 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 13 replies · 809+ views
    uruknet.de ^ | Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Abdus Sattar Ghazali
    On February 17, Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared its independence. Not surprisingly it was instantly recognized as a state by the U.S., Germany, Britain and France. With 4203 square miles area, Kosovo may be a tiny territory but in the great game of oil politics it holds great importance which is in inverse proportion to its size. Kosovo does not have oil but its location is strategic as the trans-Balkan pipeline - known as AMBO pipeline after its builder and operator the US-registered Albanian Macedonian Bulgarian Oil Corporation - will pass through it. The pipeline will pump Caspian...
  • Is this crazy, or is this crazy?

    02/26/2008 3:45:21 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 35 replies · 73+ views
    SPECTATOR.co.uk ^ | 24 February 2008
    The decision by Britain, America and certain other European countries to recognise Kosovo as an independent state is mind-blowingly stupid and suicidal and of a piece with their obvious determination to capitulate in the war for civilisation. It is a rotten decision for the following reasons: 1) It endorses a breach of a country's right to maintain its own integrity. Serbia is a properly constituted democratic country. To recognise the validity of such a secession is to undermine the principle of a country's right to determine its own composition. It puts up two fingers to international law, which explicitly recognises...
  • Our Balkan Error

    02/25/2008 8:04:59 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 31 replies · 132+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 25 February 2008
    Europe: The removal of European Union officials from Kosovo, the newly independent former Serbian province, is bad news. Trouble is on the way, and once again the U.S. may be asked to clean up the mess. The State Department's decision to back Kosovo's independence from Serbia will go down as a major mistake. Supporting a Muslim separatist movement within Europe strikes us as a fool's errand, one that could lead to similar uprisings around the world from aggrieved minorities. Demonstrations and riots on Serbia's border with northern Kosovo -- which Serbs consider to be their nation's heartland -- have caused...
  • Russia assures Serbia of its support on Kosovo

    02/25/2008 5:37:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 30 replies · 50+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 25, 2008 | C.J. Chivers
    Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian first deputy prime minister and the presumptive successor to President Vladimir Putin, committed the Kremlin on Monday to long-term support in backing Serbia against an independent Kosovo. Medvedev appeared in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, with Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica of Serbia. It was his first significant foreign policy appearance since he became the front-runner for Russia's highest office, and he restated Putin's position and made it clear that it would be his own. "We proceed from the understanding that Serbia is a single state with its jurisdiction spanning its entire territory, and we will stick to...
  • Bush's Kosovo policy, like Chamberlain's Munich policy, could lead to war

    02/24/2008 3:50:09 PM PST · by kronos77 · 198 replies · 467+ views
    History has been a harsh critic of Neville Chamberlain's decision in 1938 to allow Adolf Hitler to trash the WWI Versailles peace treaty to seize control of and change the borders Europe, first France in the Rhineland, then Czechoslovakia and Poland. President George W. Bush's quick acceptance of the efforts of the Albanians in Kosovo to change the borders of Serbia will also be viewed in history as an appeasement that did not work. World War II actually began when Adolf Hitler marched a mere 14,500 troops into the Rhineland on March 7, 1936, in violation of the Treaty of...
  • Russia will never use force to solve Kosovo problem - envoy

    02/24/2008 12:37:47 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 19 replies · 65+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Feb. 24, 2008 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will never use force to solve the problem of Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia, Russia's envoy to NATO said on Sunday. "This [use of force] will never take place," Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Vesti television channel in reply to a request to comment on his statement made at a February 22 Moscow-Brussels video conference and wrongfully interpreted by some media. Some media claimed, referring to Rogozin's statement on Kosovo, that he admitted of the use of force to restore international law. These reports prompted an angry...
  • With Kosovo independent, Yugoslavia is finally dead.

    02/24/2008 1:41:33 AM PST · by Blackyce · 43 replies · 155+ views
    Slate ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | Christopher Hitchens
    fighting wordsThe Serbs' Self-Inflicted Wounds With Kosovo independent, Yugoslavia is finally dead.By Christopher HitchensPosted Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 12:51 PM ET Someone with a good memory of the conversation once told me how Lord Carrington, then one of the "mediators" of the incipient post-Yugoslavia war, came to the conclusion that Slobodan Milosevic was a highly dangerous man. Well-disposed toward Serbia (as the British establishment has always been), Carrington told the late dictator that he understood Serb concerns about significant Serbian minorities in Bosnia and Croatia. But why did Milosevic also insist on exclusive control over Kosovo, where the Albanian...
  • Czech President Klaus concerned about development in Kosovo

    02/23/2008 1:09:13 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 13 replies · 1,015+ views
    ceskenoviny ^ | 22.02.2008
    Prague- Czech President Vaclav Klaus is concerned about the development in Kosovo, which declared its independence of Serbia on Sunday, Klaus writes on his website today in reaction to a letter by Communist (KSCM) leader Vojtech Filip. Klaus writes he understands the frustration and disillusionment of Serbs and that is he concerned about the impacts that Kosovo's declaration of independence can have on other countries both in Europe and in the world. The position of the Czech Republic must not sharpen the already tense situation in the area, Klaus writes. "Our reaction must be formulated and timed in such a...
  • Serbia: U.S. to blame for violence

    02/23/2008 4:06:32 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 65 replies · 258+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2008 | Staff
    Serbian prosecutors said Saturday they were hunting rioters who targeted the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade leaving one person dead while a senior Serbian minister blamed Washington for the violence triggered by Kosovo's breakaway. Authorities said they had arrested nearly 200 rioters who took part in the violence on Thursday that prompted the United States to evacuate non-essential embassy staff and warn Serbia it would be held responsible. "We are collecting evidence and are identifying the culprits," Slobodan Radovanovic said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. Serbia's Kosovo minister Slobodan Samardzic said Saturday that the U.S. -- which backed...
  • Serbia tells Pope: Kosovo independence an injustice

    02/22/2008 5:28:07 AM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies · 108+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/2008 | Phil Stewart
    VATICAN CITY, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Serbia took its campaign against Kosovo's independence to the Vatican on Thursday when its ambassador told Pope Benedict that "moral principles" alone showed it was an injustice. But the Pontiff, receiving Serbia's ambassador to the Holy See, steered clear of the dispute and renewed his call for all sides to show restraint. "With regard to the current crisis in Kosovo, I call upon all interested parties to act with prudence and moderation, and to seek solutions that favour mutual respect and reconciliation," the Pontiff said. Sunday's declaration of independence by Kosovo, which has a...
  • Kosovo: Islamism's New Beachhead?--the free world’s policy to spread Shari'a law in Europe?

    02/22/2008 7:15:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 50 replies · 67+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-22-08 | Julia Gorin
    Kosovo: Islamism's New Beachhead?   By Julia GorinFrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, February 22, 2008 As Americans look quizzically at their TV sets while non-Muslim protestors in Europe torch a U.S. embassy, they should know that yesterday’s 200,000-person protest in Belgrade (whose members are separate from the fire starters) is the first time in two decades that Serbs are showing a glimmer of rational behavior--amid 20 years of the “free world” foisting terrorist neighbors upon them.To put this in perspective, with advance apologies to any offended ethnic groups: How would Americans react if Latino gangs started ambushing police and killing government...
  • Fresh violence in Kosovo Serb protests (more drunken Serbian thugs)

    02/22/2008 7:59:11 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 283 replies · 610+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Friday, February 22, 2008 | Staff
    Kosovo's breakaway from Serbia provoked fresh unrest Friday as U.N. police were attacked by ethnic Serb demonstrators in northern Kosovo a day after angry demonstrations in the Serbian capital Belgrade left one person dead. art.embassy.afp.gi.jpg Serbian riot policemen guard the entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade on Friday. more photos » The Associated Press said protesters among a crowd of 5,000 trying to cross a key bridge in the divided city of Mitrovica, hurled empty bottles and stones at the police. It was initally thought that the police retaliated with canisters of tear gas but AP later said this...
  • Israel won't recognize Kosovo, for now

    02/21/2008 2:51:27 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 14 replies · 112+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/19/08 | AMIR MIZROCH
    Israel will not recognize Kosovo's independence at this time, and is watching developments in Brussels and elsewhere before it makes a final decision on the issue, officials in Jerusalem told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, a day after Kosovo's parliament declared independence from Serbia. "We haven't decided when we're going to decide, and instead will monitor events and consider the issue," said an Israeli official who deals with the Balkans.
  • 'Independent' Kosovo: A threat, not a country

    By James George Jatras Abraham Lincoln was fond of asking the rhetorical question: "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg." That pretty much sums up the recent unilateral declaration of independence by Albanian Muslims in the Serbian province of Kosovo. Several countries, disgracefully led by the United States, have recognized Kosovo. Major media have hailed creation of the "world's newest country." But calling Kosovo a country doesn't make it one. Serbia has denounced the move as the illegal creation of a...
  • Minnesota Guard patrols anxious, independent Kosovo

    02/18/2008 3:40:32 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 156+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 2/18/08 | Mark Brunswick
    Leaders of about 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard who have been deployed to Kosovo as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force describe the atmosphere there as "energized, well-mannered and tense" after the former Yugoslavian province declared independence on Sunday. "The next few days are likely to be tense for Kosovo as the new country awaits international recognition," said Lt. Col. Michael Funk, commander of 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, a Mankato-based unit. Minnesota troops are largely stationed in a southeastern portion of Kosovo, where independence demonstrations were described as peaceful and limited to some sporadic celebratory gunfire. But...
  • Kosovo "will boost Karabakh recognition drive"

    02/18/2008 3:05:49 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 182+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 16, 2008 | Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan
    YEREVAN (Reuters) - Kosovo's independence will strengthen a bid by the Armenian-backed breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh to be recognized as a state, Armenia's prime minister Serzh Sarksyan told Reuters in an interview. Sarksyan drew a link between the Serbian province which will declare independence on Sunday and Nagorno-Karabakh, where ethnic Armenian separatists broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but have failed to win international recognition. "We are getting a rather favorable position," said Sarksyan, front-runner in the February 19 Armenian presidential election. "Recognition of Kosovo's independence can be welcomed by us. "If countries recognize the independence...
  • Statement Issued by the Serbian Holy Synod of Bishops on Developments in Kosovo and Metohija

    02/18/2008 1:42:26 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 13 replies · 56+ views
    Serbian Orthodox Church ^ | February 18, 2008 | Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church
    Just like uncountable times before, the Church is announcing once more today, that Kosovo and Metohija was and must remain an integral part of Serbia, in accordance to the Charter of the United Nations, Security Council Resolution 1244, as well as according to all relevant international conventions on human rights, the rights of peoples and on the inviolability of internationally recognized borders. Any solution other than that reprents a violation of God's justice and of human justice, it represents an act of violence with long-term repercussions, both for the Balkans and the whole of Europe. All internationally recognized and ratified...
  • EU splits on Kosovo recognition

    02/18/2008 11:04:29 AM PST · by IssuesOriented · 18 replies · 59+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 18 February 2008
    European Union foreign ministers have ended talks on Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia with member states divided on recognition. While France confirmed that it would recognise independence, as expected, several member states led by Spain made clear their legal concerns. US President George W Bush said Kosovo's people were "independent" but stopped short of formal recognition. Russia has backed Serbia in its refusal to recognise Kosovo's secession. About 10,000 students protested in Belgrade on Monday, and thousands of the city's taxi-drivers went on strike in protest at the declaration of independence, while thousands of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo's enclaves...
  • Bush Recognizes Kosovo's Independence

    02/18/2008 7:23:50 AM PST · by CJ Wolf · 167 replies · 448+ views
    AP ^ | 2-18-08 | AP
    President Bush on Monday hailed Kosovo's bold and historic bid for statehood, saying "The Kosovars are now independent."
  • Russia denounces Kosovo declaration

    02/17/2008 9:23:21 PM PST · by gondramB · 59 replies · 46+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Sun Feb 17, 4:05 PM ET
    MOSCOW - Russia denounced Kosovo's independence declaration Sunday, warning that the move threatened to ignite a new conflict in the Balkans and calling on NATO and U.N. officials in the territory to nix the decision. Russia requested a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which held closed-door talks Sunday afternoon. Russia, which has veto power on the council, wants the council to renew efforts — long-since pronounced dead by the U.S. and other Western nations — to reach a negotiated settlement of Kosovo's status. Kosovo's parliament approved the declaration of independence from Serbia, backed by the U.S. and European allies....
  • Serbs stone U.S. embassy after Kosovo breakaway

    02/17/2008 11:41:58 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 80+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 17, 2008 | Ellie Tzortzi
    Excerpt - BELGRADE, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Angry Serbs stoned the U.S. embassy in Belgrade to protest at Kosovo's declaration of independence on Sunday, smashing windows before riot police appeared to regain the upper hand. "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia," many shouted as up to 2,000 demonstrators, mostly young men, surrounded the embassy, which was guarded by more than 500 police in full riot gear. Washington has strongly backed Kosovo's bid for independence. Protesters chanting patriotic songs ripped up paving stones and prised concrete and tiles from nearby buildings to throw them at the police along with bottles, firecrackers...
  • Kosovo: Now a Muslim Country in Europe

    02/18/2008 5:52:32 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 49 replies · 944+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | February 18, 2008 | Llewellyn King
    A new country limped onto the world's stage on Feb. 17. It is Kosovo. And, true to its Balkan heritage, Kosovo is a problem for most of Europe and Russia. It is also a problem for the United States, which is expected to recognize Kosovo, though mutedly. Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia has infuriated Russia, which immediately called for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. Some European countries, including Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia, have told the European Union that they will not recognize Kosovo – in essence a successful separatist movement in Europe.
  • Misreporting Kosovo

    02/18/2008 6:39:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies · 203+ views
    www.thetrumpet.com ^ | 12/13/2007 | Brad Macdonald
    How the mainstream press has missed the single most important angle to what’s happening in Kosovo. On back-to-back days in December 1991, the New York Times published two separate articles highlighting Germany’s alarming and audacious decision to recognize and legitimize the efforts of Slovenia and Croatia to break away from Yugoslavia. Both articles (you can read them here and here) are refreshingly honest and hold little back in their analysis of Germany’s seminal role in the violent fragmentation of Yugoslavia. In this article, Paul Lewis cites European diplomats who warned that Germany’s decision to support Croatia and Slovenia, despite opposition...
  • Albanian Triumph, Serb Anger as Kosovo Secedes

    02/17/2008 3:03:48 AM PST · by raybbr · 58 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | N/A
    PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo Albanians will proclaim independence from Serbia on Sunday, ending a long chapter in the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia but cementing a bitter ethnic frontline in the Balkans. Kosovo will be the 6th state carved from the Serb-dominated federation since 1991, after Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Montenegro, and the last to escape Serbia's embrace. The Serbs vow never to give up the land where their history goes back 1,000 years. They will reject independence in defiance of the Albanians and their Western backers and will keep their grip on strongholds in northern Kosovo, making the ethnic...
  • Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia

    02/17/2008 8:55:18 AM PST · by Regulator · 169 replies · 490+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, February 17, 2008 | By NEBI QENA and WILLIAM J. KOLE
    PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Kosovo's parliament declared the territory a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the U.S. and European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.....
  • "Independence date: February 17" (Kosovo Set to Declare Independence)

    02/09/2008 7:17:27 AM PST · by cizinec · 20 replies · 1,021+ views
    B92 ^ | February 8, 2008
    BELGRADE -- The government has information suggesting that Hashim Thaci will declare Kosovo independence on February 17. In talks with EU High Representative Javier Solana’s adviser Stefan Lene, Kosovo Minister Slobodan Samardžić said that the EU could not expect Serbia to sign off Kosovo’s independence, right before a unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence, said the Kosovo Ministry. At this moment in time, by signing any sort of agreement with the EU, Serbia would be giving its consent and justification to creating a fake state on its territory, Samardžić reiterated, adding that Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica “will not sign such an...
  • ANSWER Stands in Lockstep with the Islamofascists

    01/23/2008 10:04:03 PM PST · by concretebob · 42 replies · 98+ views
    ANSWER
    End the Criminal Israeli Siege of Gaza NOW! Stop the Collective Punishment of the Palestinian People! Coalition Calls for Emergency Protests Jan. 25-26 in Washington, San Francisco, Anaheim and other cities Washington DC: Friday, Jan. 25 (time tba), at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Dr. N.W. San Francisco, CA: Friday, Jan. 25, 4 6 p.m., Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St. (near California) Anaheim, CA: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. 512 S. Brookhurst St. (Bet. Orange Ave. & Broadway) New York, NY: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at the Israeli Embassy, 43rd St. and 2nd Ave. Chicago, IL: Tues., Jan. 29,...
  • Wahhabi: Zukorlić is Jewish, American spy

    "We were not preparing any terrorist acts, nor the murder of Mufti Muamer Zukorilić. It's a joke that we were planning to attack the Novi Pazar police station, we have families and children, what would we achieve with this, police would kill us and our children," he told a panel of judges. Hodžić also denied that he and others accused of plotting terror attacks were planning to strike at U.S. embassy in Belgrade, and Serbia's National Theater, also in the capital. "I swear on Allah, there are guys here, who, if you set them free now, wouldn't know how to...
  • Kosovo’s Declaration of Dependence

    01/15/2008 7:51:33 PM PST · by Bokababe · 10 replies · 192+ views
    Spiked ^ | Tuesday 15 January 2008 | David Chandler
    Hashim Thaci, one-time guerrilla turned PM of Kosovo, has promised to break away from Serbia. It's independence, Jim, but not as we know it.Hashim Thaci, the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrilla leader, has been formally installed as the prime minister of Kosovo. Ruling over a new coalition government, he has promised to declare the province’s independence from Serbia within weeks. The United States and Germany have agreed to recognise Kosovo, and to get the rest of Europe to follow suit. However, Kosovo’s long anticipated declaration of independence will not create an independent state. Rather, it confirms that Kosovo will...
  • Muslims on trial in Serbia, damn Americans, Jews & deny 9/11

    01/15/2008 12:14:39 AM PST · by Bokababe · 34 replies · 87+ views
    Serbianna ^ | January 14, 2007 | Staff
    The accused Muslim terrorists whose trial started today in Serbia refused to rise when the judge entered the courtroom and later declared that they "acknowledge only Allah" and accused the Serbian prosecution of submitting an indictment that looks like it was written by the US President George Bush. In the courtroom, the accused Muslims declared that Americans and Jews stood behind the 9/11 attacks and cursed both the Americans and Jews wishing that the Allah, the Muslim god, bring down damnation on the two peoples. "When 2001 the Americans and Jews, may Allah damn them until the judgment day, brought...
  • The Allies have it all Backwards when it comes to the Serbs.

    01/13/2008 5:51:34 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 25 replies · 169+ views
    "Truth" (London) | December 27, 1946 | Donovan Touche
    Note From Ravnagora: Though written over 60 years ago, this essay resonates today. Like so much of what was happening at that time, particularly with regards to the Serbs, the fate of General Draza Mihailovich should have served as a harbinger to those who would be in charge of world events and their consequences in the future. ******************** THE MYSTERY OF MIHAILOVICH By Donovan Touche “TRUTH” London December 27, 1946 Was General Mihailovich a great patriot, foully done to death, or was he a collaborator? That is the mystery of Mihailovich. I would not have presumed to intervene in this...
  • Sorry, Not Interested (in joining the EU)

    01/12/2008 11:57:56 PM PST · by Bokababe · 51 replies · 4,975+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jan 12, 2008 | Michael Levitin
    Serbia refuses to give up Kosovo—even if it means giving up its shot at entering the European Union.There's a dark joke going around Serbia these days: "Russia finished the cold war with America—so Serbia is carrying on with it." Given the hostile stance of the two former superpowers over Kosovo, the assessment may be close to the mark. This week Washington heads to the United Nations Security Council's debate on Kosovo, with most of Europe alongside it, pressing for independence. But Serbia's Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected any future EU-imposed mission in Kosovo, and stands with the support of Russia and...
  • KOSOVO AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

    01/12/2008 12:28:10 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 9 replies · 164+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12 January 2008 | Joseph Farah
    As Kosovo goes, so goes northern Cyprus? That's the way the Turkish Cypriots see it. They can't see any distinction between the West's plans for a new "independent" state of Kosovo and the aspirations of Turkey for an independent Turkish Cyprus. It's just one more reason against the creation of a new state of Kosovo, where none has ever existed before. The real problem with these fanciful new "independent" states is that they are not independent at all. Both will be aligned with Islamic world, where freedom, individual liberties and respect for peaceful neighbors and non-Muslim minorities are virtually unknown...
  • Serbia, U.S. mark 125 years of state ties

    01/09/2008 6:59:05 PM PST · by Bokababe · 13 replies · 52+ views
    B92 ^ | December 27, 2007 | staff
    BELGRADE -- The 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Washington comes at a difficult time. The anniversary marks the date on which King Milan Obrenovic; signed a decree, putting into effect the Trade Agreement and the Consular Convention between Serbia and the United States. The issue of the status of Kosovo, Serbia's southern province under international interim administration since the end of the 1999 war there, is at the center of serious misgivings between the two countries. Washington insists on supporting the province's independence, while Serbia's top state officials reject this, and issue sometimes strongly worded statements critical...
  • MUSLIM POLITICIAN SAYS BOSNIAN AL-QA'IDAH CAN "DESTABILIZE EUROPE"

    01/06/2008 6:54:10 PM PST · by Bokababe · 25 replies · 298+ views
    BBC Monitoring International Reports ^ | December 14, 2007 | Soldo
    ext of report by Bosnian edition of Croatian daily Vecernji list, on 11 December Dzevad Galijasevic - a controversial politician, chairman of the New Democratic Party in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and former mayor of the Maglaj Municipality - recently presented in Belgrade his new book, "The Era of Terrorism in Bosnia and Hercegovina". This is the final book in a trilogy of sorts that talks about the arrival of mujahidin in Bosnia-Hercegovina, exposes the organizations that support them, and details illegal as well as legal activities they are involved in. Galijasevic holds the view that Alija Izetbegovic's Islamic Declaration laid...
  • 'Albanian mob' pair are guilty of rape, blackmail and trafficking (UK)

    01/05/2008 6:43:11 AM PST · by joan · 14 replies · 888+ views
    SurreyOnline.co.uk ^ | December 28, 2007
    Dec 28 2007 TWO Albanian pimps trafficked a young woman into the UK then repeatedly raped her and forced her to work in a Crawley brothel.The pair threatened to kill the Polish university student if she ran away.She was eventually rescued by police.Desperate to stop her testifying in the trial, the so-called "Albanian mafia" sent the 24-year-old harrowing messages, including pictures of a gravestone with her name and her sister's name carved on it. Stefan Berdufi, 38, from Redhill, and 20-year-old Agim Qosja, from Merstham, subjected the girl to a campaign of abuse. The victim, who can not be named...
  • German Fascism Is Conquering Kosovo!

    12/24/2007 11:31:02 AM PST · by kronos77 · 126 replies · 454+ views
    Kosovo will declare its independence from Serbia any day now. Serbia, Russia and a handful of other states ardently oppose this decision, but that will not stop Kosovo from breaking away. This should make us wonder: How can such a minute little province act so boldly? A few days prior to this announcement Wolfgang Ischinger, the German diplomat responsible for representing the EU in its policy toward Kosovo, gave the world a glimpse of his vision of what Kosovo’s independence might look like. “It will be a state entity,” he said, “which will continue to be under broad international observation....
  • Kosovo, Land condemned to exile (Documentary, very interesting!)

    12/27/2007 6:42:52 AM PST · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 335+ views
    http://www.rts.co.yu/wupload/video/kraj-2612.ram Russian TV documentary. Unfortunatly dubbed in Serbian, but you can see how does life of Serbs on Kosovo looks like.