Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hristos Se Rodi! Vaistinu Se Rodi!

Serb basketball stars Vlade Divac and Dragan Tarlac visited school children in Kosovo on a trip hosted by His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan and IOCC. (Photo credit: IOCC Baltimore)

Belgrade, Serbia (IOCC) — Turning off of the modern, four-lane highway that leads to southern Serbia, our convoy of vehicles makes its way to the border between Serbia and Kosovo.

We pass through the bustling town of Kosovska Mitrovica and are allowed by international security forces to cross the bridge that divides the Serbian and Albanian communities. The road narrows as we traverse once productive farm land that lies fallow. Finally, the road becomes a single lane as we approach the village of Banje and end in a dirt path in front of an elementary school.

We are literally at the end of the road, isolated in a remote corner of Kosovo. Yet, we are surrounded by dozens of excited children, their parents and teachers.

For two days in September, His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan hosted IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou and basketball stars Vlade Divac and Dragan Tarlac. They visited children in Kosovo and brought with them shirts, hats and basketballs donated by Adidas through the Peja Stojakovic Children’s Foundation.

The sports stars sat down among the children to ask them about the subjects they were studying. The elementary school in Banje has a computer center and generator through a project implemented by IOCC with the support of Divac. “The positive thinking that they display in facing the challenges in Kosovo always makes me happy,” reflected Tarlac, who has visited Kosovo numerous times over the years.

IOCC has focused on community infrastructure projects in the region, such as the rehabilitation of schools that allow people to remain in their homes and avoid being displaced to nearby Serbia. More than 200,000 others from Kosovo have left in search of security and stability since 1999.

Recently, IOCC announced an initiative to provide $500,000 in assistance to Kosovo for the expansion of agricultural projects that provide employment and foster inter-ethnic cooperation. The initiative will also provide assistance to schools and create educational and recreational programs.

“It is amazing to see the smiles of the children who are living under such difficult circumstances,” said Divac. “The work that is being done by Bishop Teodosije and IOCC is critical for the survival of these people.”

— Mark Hodde/IOCC Baltimore

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Mafia Killings Slap Zagreb Into Rude Awakening In 2008

Zagreb - Ever since it broke off from Yugoslavia, Croatia tried hard to persuade others and itself that it is not a part of the perceivedly "dodgy" Balkan ways - but a series brutal murders proved it was still closer to how it regards Belgrade and Sofia than to Vienna.

With four gangland-style killings in October, Croatia's powerful - and previously largely negated - underworld flexed its muscle and sent the authorities scurrying for emergency measures.

Ivana Hodak, 26, beautiful celebrity daughter of a socialite lawyer defending powerful clients with lots of enemies, was slain in broad daylight in central Zagreb on October 6.

A professional hitman coolly walked off after delivering the fatal shots to her head and neck - all this in broad daylight and not even 100 metres from the main police precinct. ....e-flux

Albanian News: “UN Officials Stole €400 Million in Kosovo”

–Two independent groups from the European Union and the UN have discovered that international officials in Kosovo mismanaged more than 400 million euro, reported the German daily “Die Welt” on Wednesday.

According to the alleged reports, EU funds that had been destined for Kosovo’s energy sector, were misappropriated by UN officials in Kosovo, in conduit with local politicians.....Albanian Economy News

Monday, December 15, 2008

So Who Went Ireland to Interview Ex Illinois Governor George Ryan's Ancestral Family?

By MV Pejakovich

When ex Illinois Governor George Ryan was indicted on federal charges, no one in the media pounced on "Ryan's Irish roots" as though it was relevant to the story. As a matter of fact, Ryan's Irish roots, although obvious from his name, were never, ever mentioned. The linkages between Ryan and the Chicago political machine were justly pointed out.

Yet, the media just can't seem to get enough of rubbing everyone's nose in Rod Blagojevich's "ethnic roots" -- even going so far as to publish quotes from the Blagojevic family in Europe for their reaction to the cousin that they've never met, and quoting headlines from German and Soros owned newspapers from Eastern Europe.

Others went to his local boyhood church for reactions from parishioners. Rod Blagojevich is 52 years old and hasn't gone there in 30 years. What's this got to do with anything?

Rod Blagojevich told us how irrelevant his ethnic roots were a few years ago on Jay Leno, when he refused to say anything other than that they were "Eastern European". So why does the media think that they are going to find something relevant to the corruption story in Blagojevich's ancestry?

Rod Blagojevich's "ethnicity" is American and his religion is "corrupt politician". That should have been plain for all to see when back in 1999, he supported the twisted and corrupt NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, using the same hateful anti-Serb rhetoric as the rest of his twisted fellow corrupt politicians.

Blagojevich cut himself off from his family roots, his upbringing and his family's religion a long time ago to embrace his "American corrupt politician" persona. Maybe slicing off those pieces of himself is what's wrong with him -- who knows? But we all make choices and Rod Blagojevich made his.

Rod Blagojevich isn't the first son of good parents to go wrong, he likely won't be the last. But greed, narcissism and megalomania are the traits of individuals, not of religions, of ethnic groups or of races.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chicago Tribune: "In Serbia, not much sympathy for Blagojevich's plight"

ROME - Rod Blagojevich, a second-generation Serb-American, did not have a big public profile in Serbia. But the arrest of the Democratic Illinois governor merited some front-page coverage and some barbed commentary on the Web sites of Belgrade's major media outlets......Chicago Tribune
And on ABC's Blog there is a video of Blagojevich saying how after he won the election, he promised his mother that he would "never take bribes" and "always be honest" to honor the memory of his Serbian immigrant father.... ABC News
It's pretty clear that Rod Blagojevich traded in his whatever values his own family held dear the day that he became part of the Illinois political machinery and married into it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Will Hillary Clinton Trip Over the Ghost of Ron Brown in the Confirmation Hearings?

WND's Jack Cashill has a great article on just what questions Hillary Clinton might have to endure on her way to the Secretary of State job, including what happened to Ron Brown.

Sen. Clinton, just who is Zdenka Gast?

Monday, December 08, 2008

Kosovo: A European Narco State

by Tom Burghardt

.....For the ruling elites of the former Yugoslavia and their Western allies, Kosovo is a veritable goldmine. Situated in the heart of the Balkans, Kosovo's government is deeply tied to organized crime structures: narcotrafficking, arms smuggling, car theft rings and human trafficking that feeds the sex slave "industry." These operations are intimately linked to American destabilization campaigns and their cosy ties to on-again, off-again intelligence assets that include al-Qaeda and other far-right terror gangs. As investigative journalist Peter Klebnikov documented in 2000,

The Kosovar traffickers ship heroin exclusively from Asia's Golden Crescent. It's an apparently inexhaustible source. At one end of the crescent lies Afghanistan, which in 1999 surpassed Burma as the world's largest producer of opium poppies. From there, the heroin base passes through Iran to Turkey, where it is refined, and then into the hands of the 15 Families, which operate out of the lawless border towns linking Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia. Not surprisingly, the KLA has also flourished there. According to the State Department, four to six tons of heroin move through Turkey every month. "Not very much is stopped," says one official. "We get just a fraction of the total." ("Heroin Heroes," Mother Jones, January-February 2000) .....Global Research

Friday, December 05, 2008

Albanian Mafia Runs International Stolen Car Racket Out NY/NJ That Funds Terrorism

Just ran across this website run by an American Private Investigator, Bill Warner, who has been a consultant to the US Secret Service and US Customs. On this webpage from July of this year, he describes his investigation into the Albanian Mafia's links to crime here in the US and to funding terrorism. It's well worth a read to understand the Albanian mafia's hold on both the West and Kosovo....Terorism & Crime Report on the Albanian Mafia

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

B92: Israel honors Serbs for WW2 bravery

BELGRADE -- Israel's Ambassador to Serbia has presented Righteous among the Nations awards to the children and grandchildren of Serbs who helped Jews during World War II.

The award is the highest honor given by the state of Israel to non-Jews around the world over the last 55 years, and the medals were awarded today to the relatives of Borivoj and Grozdan Bondžić, Ljubica Mandušić-Gazikalović and Jelica Ranković.

The awards are given to people who helped save and protect Jews during the Holocaust in occupied Serbia, risking the safety of their families and their own lives.

German racial laws were very rigorous and anyone discovered offering refuge to Jews faced extreme punishment.

“Unfortunately, even today, hate, intolerance, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism still exist. They have not disappeared from our society, as if history has not taught us anything. What we lack are people who will stand up to the phenomenon not only behind closed doors, but publicly, calling the problem what it is and exposing its real, dangerous face,” Ambassador Arthur Koll said.

“With great respect, we are fulfilling our duty today to confer medals to the children and grandchildren of the righteous Borivoj and Grozdan Bondžić, Ljubica Mandušić-Gazikalović and Jelica Ranković. Their courage and selflessness will stay in our memories forever,” Koll said.

The Bodžić, Knežević and Zdravković families helped the Dajč family, which had to leave their jobs and then homes in Aleksandrovac due to German race laws.

Julija Dajč hid with the Bodžić family for three years, and gave birth to her son in the family home. Both now live in Israel.

Ljubica Mandušić-Gazikalović and Jelica Ranković saved Josef Levi and his family, who later fled to Albania.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Zali Zare da zalimo

An old Serbian love song from the late 19th century from a town in Serbia called "Vranje", beautifully performed by the group Kulin Ban.

The song is about a young man, leaving his family and his beloved (Zare) to go off to become a freedom fighter (kumit) and battle the Ottoman Turks and their Albanian allies (the Arnauts). He knows that he will not likely return alive.

Translation (Courtesy of Mirjana Petrovic):

Be sad, Zare, we should both be sad for we are going to part
You will part from me and I from you, I will go far away.
I will go far away, far away to white Vranje
I will join kumits, I will be a young kumit.

Then I will take a royal sabre and all the royal weapons
and I will go all the way to Pcinja, all the way to Pcinja Presev-Kaza
I will cross the water of Vardar river, the huge Vardar river
I will fight those Turks, those Turk Arnauts.

Be sad, cry, we should both be sad when the Sun rises,
when the Sun rises, bethink it is from God,
you should know then that this is my, this is my white face
you should know then that this is my, this is my bright face.

When the wind starts blowing bethink it is from God,
then you say that this is my, this is my gentle soul.
When the dew is forming you bethink it is from God,
then you say that these are my, these are my small tears.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

We Magnify Thee O Thou Lifegiver Christ

Our friend Caedmon over at the Novaemilitae blog (St. George's Brigade, who we are proud to link to) discovered a Youtube video of a beautiful Serbian chant performed by The St. Petersburg Valaam Melchion Choir at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC. The title of the music is "We Magnify Thee O Thou Lifegiver, Christ". Thanks Caedmon!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

UN backs plan for EU law mission in Kosovo

UNITED NATIONS, (AFP) – The UN Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan by Secretary Genral Ban Ki-moon on the deployment of an EU police and justice mission in Kosovo......Yahoo AFP

And the Other Shoe Drops: Albanian Terrorists Claim Repsonsibility For 9/14 Bomb Blast

BELGRADE -- An group calling itself the Army of the Republic of Kosovo has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Priština.

Three German nationals were arrested on November 14 over the incident, but will probably be released due to a lack of evidence.

The Albanian group sent a message via a personal e-mail account, threatening the Kosovo government, media and international organizations in the province.

“As long as the UN plan is in force, we will attack with full might and there will be no security for Serbs that live in Kosovo,” the organization stated in its e-mail, adding that severed Serb heads would be sent to Serbian politicians.

The organization also threatened to bomb EULEX headquarters as well if it remained neutral on Kosovo’s status, adding that there would be new conflicts not only in Kosovo but in other regions as well,” Kosovo Police Service spokesman Veton Elshani told B92.

SerbBlog: Big "surprise". Sort of blows the "secular Muslims" theory yet again, now doesn't it?.

What this means is that "the EULEX Mission excuse" just gave the Albanians the green light to seize even more territory and clear out the last of the Christian Serbs, while making Sejdiu and Thaci appear to have "clean hands". You could cut the hypocrisy here with a knife!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Italian Humantiarian Worker Maria Lina Veca: "KLA Defeated European Civilization and Democracy "

de-construct. net has an interesting interview with humanitarian worker Maria Lena Veca re the Kosovo Albanian organ trade.

Billboard sparks controversy in Detroit. Is America Waking Up?

The non-profit group United American Committee has erected a controversial 48 ft. long billboard on Interstate 75 south of Detroit, MI with a statement in opposition to Islamic Sharia Law, a legal system that many believe is a growing threat to the U.S. Constitution.

DETROIT, MI (November 25th, 2008) -
The billboard, located just south of Luna Pier Rd. on the south bound side of the Detroit-Toledo Expressway, states “Sharia Law Threatens America”. Sharia Law is a legal system recognized in many Islamic countries such as the former Taliban regime of Afghanistan, and currently Saudi Arabia, and is a legal system which dictates beheadings, stonings, and other punishments for what are listed as crimes under Sharia such as homosexuality and adultery, and according to critics views women as inferior granting them little rights. Days after the billboard went up, emails from angry Muslim residents began coming in to the offices of the United American Committee, the organization behind the billboard. “Muslims are the biggest victims of Sharia Law in the world.” remarked Tom Trento, a spokesperson for the UAC. Trento continued “We hope this message inspires the Muslims of America who came to this country to escape Sharia, to stand up against it.”

If one goes to the website listed on the board they will find a video of Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim who escaped from the middle-east and has become an outspoken critic of Sharia Law. “At times, it feels to me, that Sharia is following me to the United States” Sultan says in the video, referring to Islamic charities and organizations in America who have pushed for support for Sharia Law in parts of America. Sultan also points out that in Great Britain and France, Sharia Law is being enforced in various ways in certain communities. Most recently Great Britain has officially sanctioned the establishment of Sharia courts for civil matters among Muslims. “Our constitution is not compatible with Sharia” Sultan states, a view shared by many in America.

The United American Committee is a leading non-profit educational group dedicated to awakening the nation to the threats of radical Islam and works to educate Americans on the nature of Islamic extremism. Its mission is to fight the ideological aspects of the War on Terror to counter elements of radical Islam in America.

SerbBlog: Aware that Orthodox Christians communities in the Middle East and the Balkans are the groups most often targeted and persecuted by Islamists,
the UAC also has an Orthodox Christian Coalition program . UAC leader, Jesse Petrilla, has also visited Kosovo and Bosnia and organized a protest against Kosovo Independence in Los Angeles in March of this year.

To Jesse Petrilla and the UAC, American Serbs say, "Thank You!" And we can truly best say "Thank you!" by donating to the UAC and helping them continue their great work!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Romancing the Sociopath", Vanity Fair's Profile on Ramush Haradinaj

If you are in the mood for a good vomit, Vanity Fair's December issue includes a glorified ode to Kosovo Albanian warlord, Ramush Hardinaj.

Among other issues that author, William Langewiesche, choses to ignore in his portrait of Haradinaj, is the fact that nine witnesses at the Haridinah trial at the Hague wound up dead before they could testify. And the editor of a prominent Kosovo Albanian newspaper editor faced contempt charges for releasing the Haradinaj witnesses' names and locations to the public. Otherwise, Ramush Haradinaj would be where he belongs, in a prison cell for a very long time.

Haridinaj sports all the trappings of an Albanian Don Michael Corleone in Langewiesche's portrait:

"Nor are they payoffs to a protection racket—a proto-taxation system that some say accompanies Haradinaj’s dominance in western Kosovo. Rather, they seem to be genuine gifts—of materials and labor as well as cash—offered by people who recognize his deeds, and also are sensitive to his power."

Yet, the "M word" (mafia) never once gets mentioned.

What Langewiesche claims to "see" -- must have been with a crystal ball, because it's apparent that Langewiesche never talked to a single Serb -- is what "Serbs would like to do to Hardinaj". According to Langewiesche :

"They would kill him if they could. They would shoot him in the head and throw his body into a ditch. They would wrap him in barbed wire and drag him to death behind a car. This is what they say he did to their people."

Really? And
Langewiesche claims to know "the inner thoughts" of Christian Serbs, how?

And Langewiesche poo-poos the suggestion that illegal organ trafficking of Serbs, could have taken place, with the following:

"Carla Del Ponte added to the vitriol by suggesting in her book that the K.L.A. killed prisoners in order to harvest their organs. No doubt some Serbs believe it. So what if none of the allegations could be proved in court—it just shows that the proceedings were biased."

Proven in court? The investigation just began five months ago! This allegation hasn't yet reached the inside of a courtroom. (However illegal organ transplants in Kosovo WERE recently discovered.) But never mind, Langewiesche has already judged it as "not true". His Haradinaj hero could never do such a thing!

Langewiesche is
just another blind Westerner, admiring "the tough ruggedness of the primitives" from his safe self-righteous perch, and defending Ramush Haradinaj as the new "Rambo".

I suppose that this is the wonderful thing about being an amoral author -- you can turn victimizers into victims, terrorists into "freedom fighters"and murderers into "heroes", with just the stroke of a pen. And in today's climate, there will be a significant portion of the public who read your nonsense (between the ads for the latest fashion news) and actually believe you.

The Plot Thickens on the Kosovo Bomb Blast

MV Pejakovich

A few days ago, arrests were finally made in connection with the November 14th bomb blast at International Civilian Office led by the European Union’s special representative to Kosovo. And the men that the Kosovo police arrested are reported as "three German citizens"

If your reaction was anything like mine, it was, "What? Germans? You've got to be kidding me!" Germany was one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo Albanian independence. Germany is one of the Kosovo Albanians' biggest donors of financial aid. Why would Germans be bombing an EU Mission Headquarters? That makes no sense. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop -- like when the headlines died down, maybe we'd discover (if we looked hard enough) that these three would turn out to be ethnic Albanian German citizens, but......

Nope. They are real German Germans. Der Spiegel and several other German papers are reporting that the three Germans arrested are actually members of the BND, German Security Service, but the German Government refuses to officially confirm or deny that. (Which means we can bet that it's true.)

OK. That's even more puzzling. Why would German BND agents blow up an EU office, with no one in it? Makes absolutely no sense. Wouldn't it make far more sense that one of the thousands of Kosovo Albanians who've been protesting the "EU Mission's 6 Point Plan for Kosovo" in recent weeks would be the bomber?

The three Germans say that they heard about the bomb blast and showed up to investigate it, nothing more. They say that they had absolutely nothing to do with the actual bombing.

But the Albanians say they have video, and the German government says "you can't see the faces. This is a frame up!"

Well, the Kosovo Albanians are sticking to their "three German did it" charade, and are hanging on to their "three German bombing suspects" for the next 30 days. And as you might imagine, the embarrassed German government is absolutely furious. When German officials start using words like "this is absurd", you know that their ears are blowing steam.

Wish that I could say that I feel sorry for the German Government in this case, but I don't. This is hardly the first time that Kosovo Albanians have bitten the hand that feeds them, it is quite unlikely that it will be the last!

Updates: German agents arrested in Kosovo to go free next week

"And the Other Shoe Drops": Albanian Terrorists Claim Responsibility for 9/14 Blast

Germans Free, Questions Remain

Monday, November 24, 2008

Think You know the Truth About the Serbs? Look What's Been Hidden & For How Long!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

....Mr. Vujnovich, a Pittsburgh boy who became head of the Office of Strategic Services in Bari, Italy, organized what has been called the greatest air rescue of the war.

In the summer of 1944, U.S. bombers targeted the Romanian oil fields in Ploesti that supplied the German war machine. They flew from Italy and across Yugoslavia to get there.

But Luftwaffe fighters and flak from anti-aircraft guns took a fearsome toll, and many shot-up planes never made it back.

Some 1,500 crewmen had to bail out over Serbia, trapped behind enemy lines and dependent on villagers to hide them from the Germans.

Mr. Vujnovich's team of agents, including a former Pittsburgh Steeler from Johnstown and a crack radioman from Toledo, Ohio, worked with Yugoslav guerilla leader Gen. Draza Mihailovich to airlift 512 men from a makeshift runway carved on a mountaintop.......Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Lesson from Kosovars & Palestinians for Atlasians

By Gerald A. Honigman

......Well, please take a look--like many of us have over the decades--at the answer through the oft-quoted words of a spokesman for that above national group itself, PLO executive committee member Zuheir Mohsen, on March 31, 1977, in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese... Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism....".

... The answer, however, regarding Albanians in Serbia is…You follow Zuheir Mohsen's advice.

But instead of renaming yourselves “Palestinians,” you, of course, call yourselves Kosovars. And then get assorted Jihadis from the rest of the Arab/Muslim World to assist you--along with America and NATO.

There is no doubt that too much of the conflict regarding the breakup of Yugoslavia was deliberately biased against the Serbs...... Read it all at New Media Journal

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Americans Vote for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide!

MSNBC is currently conducting a vote on whether the US should recognize the Armenian Genocide by Turks circa 1915 -- and rather unbelievably, the vote at this point is nearly 80% "No". How and why the vote is tilted this way is completely beyond me.

Virtually no one in the West doubts that Turkey committed genocide against Armenians in 1915, and later Greeks and Assyrians -- virtually all the Christians on its territory. Millions of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians died for no other reason than they weren't Muslim Turks. Historical documents all support it, including relays from the American Ambassador at the time. Yet, Turkey keeps on thinking that if this horrific crime doesn't get mentioned, it will go away. It won't.

Any doubts, then all you have to do is see Elia Kazan's classic film America, America based on the experiences of Kazan's own family escape from Turkey.

Vote for recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Reuters: "Mistrust fuels intolerance in divided Kosovo"

By Adam Tanner

GORAZDEVAC, Kosovo (Reuters) - Darko Dimitrijevic lives in a Serbian enclave of Kosovo that is protected by international troops and rarely interacts with ethnic Albanians in surrounding villages.... Reuters

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Masters Cup Winners: Novak Djokovic and Daniel Nestor (Danijel Nestorović) & Nenad Zimonjic in Doubles

Djokovic dedicated the victory to his family, support team and fans back in Serbia, who also were celebrating Nenad Zimonjic'....Yahoo News

(Soccer) Goal.com: Subotic Chooses Serbia Ahead Of USA

Promising Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has opted to pledge his allegiance to the country of his parents, Serbia, rather than the United States....Goal.com

B92: Vatican “Not Considering Recognizing Kosovo”

Vatican “not considering recognizing Kosovo”
15 November 2008 | 10:44 | Source: Tanjug
VATICAN -- The Vatican does not intend to recognize independence of Kosovo and will not even discuss the issue, Tanjug was told at the State Secretariat of the Holy See....B92

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Balkan Insight: "Blast at EU Special Representative’s Office in Kosovo"

Balkan Insight
By Krenar Gashi in Pristina

Kosovo Police sources told Balkan Insight that the blast was caused by an object which was "heavier than a hand grenade."

Veton Elshani, Kosovo Police spokesperson, confirmed this information.

"Nobody was hurt but the windows of the building were broken," Elshani told Balkan Insight.

The building is the headquarters of the International Civilian Office, the ICO, a body that is supervising Kosovo's independence.

The head of the ICO, Peter Feith, is also the EU Special Representative in Kosovo.... Read the Rest at Balkan Insight

SerbBlog: Good laugh -- both Feith and Sejdiu deny that this bomb blast has ANYTHING to do with the fact that the Kosovo Albanians are protesting the planned Eulex Mission. Yet if they have "no suspects" & "no motive", then how can they possibly know what was or wasn't the bomber's motive? And, Sejiu goes on to say that “Only enemies of Kosovo can link these two things (protesting Eulex and this bomb blast)”. Then does that make any reasonable person using their brain into "an enemy of Kosovo"? According to Sejdiu, "Yes!" Thanks so much for clarifying that for us, Mr. Sejdiu!

Ohio National Guard Has Fans in Belgrade

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 – Hanging from the walls of restaurants in Belgrade, Serbia, are the flags of the state of Ohio. Other restaurants advertise when they will re-broadcast the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns football games.

As you walk through the streets, you see children wearing red-and-white Ohio State sweatshirts.

What’s up with this? Since when did Ohio become so important in Serbia?

The answer lies with the military. The Ohio National Guard is the state partner of the Serbian military. The military-to-military contacts between the two organizations have blossomed into a cultural phenomenon in Serbia.

“We are very lucky to get Ohio as a state partner,” said Serbian Army Col. Milan Mojsilovic, deputy commander of Serbia’s Joint Command. Mojsilovic briefed staff and reporters traveling with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who visited Serbia last month.

The Serbia-Ohio military-to-military relationship began in September 2006. “The relationship between Serbia and Ohio is very close,” Mojsilovic said through an interpreter. “Maybe it is because soldiers everywhere speak the same language.”

The Ohioans work on activities that help to professionalize the Serbian military. Serbian soldiers have traveled to Ohio, and Ohio soldiers and airmen have worked in Serbia. The Buckeye State servicemembers and Serbs have worked together on peacekeeping exercises, unit level exchanges, staff development, setting up an NCO academy and military planning assistance. The whole program in fiscal 2008 cost roughly $400,000, said Air Force Capt. Matt Zelnick, a member of the Ohio Air National Guard and coordinator of the program.

“We work with U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Europe in setting up the exercises,” said Zelnick, who also served six months in the U.S. embassy in Belgrade as the on-site coordinator. “We work humanitarian exercises and some regional exercises as well.”

The servicemembers do not get into politics, Zelnick said. “We are able to relate to the Serbs on a military level without getting involved in the whole Kosovo question,” he said.

That may be part of the attraction of the Ohio Guard to the Serbs, a U.S. embassy official said. The Serbs are able to separate the Ohio personnel from U.S. policy on Kosovo – America was one of the first nations to recognize Kosovo’s independence in February, though the Serbian government still considers Kosovo to be one of the country’s provinces.

Some 26 events featured Ohio Guard and Serbian interaction over the past year, and that number will grow in 2009, Zelnick said. The events run the gamut from military doctrine development to unit exchanges to peacekeeping logistics.

“We want to expand cooperation in NCO education and training,” Mojsilovic said. “We also want to expand joint exercises of units and development of joint security programs.”

Other things -- such as troop exchanges, seminars and educational opportunities -- also are important to the burgeoning military relationship, he said.

The Guard participates in 56 other partnership programs. For example, the New York Guard has a partnership with the South African military, and the Oregon Guard works with Bangladesh.

“These are designed to facilitate long-term cooperation between the United States and partner countries,” said Air Force Col. Cathy Rodriguez, director of the international affairs division at the National Guard Bureau. “Guardsmen certainly stay with units longer than active duty personnel, so it was a good fit.”

The program began in the early 1990s after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Guard helped the newly independent states and former members of the Warsaw Pact figure out the correct way that militaries act in democracies. The program continued and has expanded to Asia, Africa and South America.

“[The Ohio National Guard is] really just entering our third full year of the program,” Zelnick said. “We are looking forward to building on some of the events we’ve held in the past.”

Friday, November 14, 2008

Serbia's Surprising Turn Westward

David H. Young | 13 Nov 2008
World Politics Review

Only eight months after losing Kosovo, their cultural and historical heartland, Serbs seem strangely passive these days. At this time last year, as negotiations over Kosovo's final status reached an impasse, Serbs felt bitter and humiliated by the pariah-status they were dealt by the international community. So their initial reaction to Kosovo's declaration of independence -- and its quick recognition by Western capitals -- this past February was predictable: amidst a crowd of 100,000 peaceful protesters (more than 1% of the population), a few hundred "extremists" attacked and ignited several embassies of Kosovo-friendly governments, including that of Kosovo's strongest ally, the United States.

But instead of closing ranks and leaning to the right, as often happens among humiliated populations, the Serbian public did just the opposite.....World Politics Review

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kosovo: Ethnic Albanians reject UN plan

Pristina/New York, 11 Nov. (AKI) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday postponed a session on Kosovo, after Kosovar leaders in the capital Pristina rejected a plan proposed by the Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. Ban's plan was related to the deployment of the European Union mission in the former Serbian province.

Serbia is opposed to Kosovo's independence and has resisted moves to replace the current UN mission (UNMIK) with the EU mission (EULEX).

But after weeks of secret negotiations, Serbia’s pro-European president Boris Tadic accepted Ban’s plan, regulating, customs, border control, police and the judiciary, provided the mission took a neutral stand on independence based on Security Council resolution 1244.

The resolution, adopted after Serbian forces pulled out of the former province in 1999 and Kosovo was placed under UN control, still officially treats Kosovo as a part of Serbia.

But after a meeting with western diplomats in Pristina on Monday, ethnic Albanian leaders rejected Ban’s proposal, saying it infringed on Kosovo’s independence status.

The UN Security Council was first scheduled to meet on Friday to put a stamp on Ban’s proposal, but was moved to Tuesday and postponed again.

Kosovo president Fatmir Seidiu told the media that Ban’s plan represented “interference in the internal structure of Kosovo”. The deployment of EULEX in Kosovo was acceptable only based on the independence plan forged by former president of Finland Martti Ahtisaari.

Ahtisaari’s plan called for “internationally supervised independence, but was blocked in the Security Council by Serbia’s ally Russia.

“We are for a dialogue which would facilitate EULEX deployment in Kosovo, respecting the plan of Martti Ahtisaari, Kosovo's constitution and laws,” Seidiu said.

Meanwhile, representatives of Kosovo's minority Serbs on Tuesday presented officials in Belgrade a petition signed by 70,000 people, who oppose EULEX deployment saying its main goal was the implementation of independence.

Serbia: Church leaders reject patriarch's request for retirement

Belgrade, 12 Nov. (AKI) - The leaders of the Serbian Orthodox Church have rejected a request by the church's Patriarch Pavle to retire because of his advanced age and illness. The issue has been the subject of recent speculation on the possible political motives behind the move, church officials and analysts said on Wednesday.

The Holy Sabor (Assembly), comprising 45 bishops worldwide, discussed the patriarch’s request at a meeting in the capital Belgrade on Tuesday, but decided that the 94 year-old Pavle (Photo) should remain the spiritual leader for life.

The Sabor, which continued the session on Wednesday, made no official statement, but church officials who asked not to be identified, confirmed that the request was rejected.

The patriarch, who was elected for life 18 years ago, and has been hospitalised for the past year, asked to be relieved of his duties last month. But the Serbian media has questioned whether he was the author of the request and whether there is an ongoing struggle among his potential successors.

Montenegro's Archbishop Amfilohije and his Kosovo colleague Artemije have been mentioned as Pavle's potential successors. Both are strong opponents of Kosovo's independence.

But Serbian media said on Wednesday that 41 year-old Bosnian Archbishop Grigorije has gained strong support among bishops who insist on church reforms and closer ties with the West.

Grigorije is a close friend of Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik who, in turn, is a close ally of Serbian president Boris Tadic.

Serbian media has speculated that Tadic was keen to eliminate 'hardliners' from the church leadership, as the only authoritative opposition to his policies and install Grigorije at the Church helm.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Tadic himself was behind the move to replace patriarch Pavle and to install his own man,” said analyst Dragan Milosavljevic, who is familiar with church affairs in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

“He practically controls everything, so why not the church too,” Milosavljevic said.

But the Holy Sabor seemed to have prevented such a move, by deciding to keep Pavle in place and at the same time expanding powers of Pavle’s first deputy Amfilohije.

“Since the patriarch’s alleged resignation has sparked a vivid debate in the church and the public, occasionally unpleasant, the Sabor decision represents a way out from this situation,” said another church analyst Zivica Tucic.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Trumpet: "The Next Balkans Crisis"

Is the world sleepwalking into another Balkans crisis?

Eight months after Kosovo issued its illegal declaration of independence from Serbia, in partial fulfillment of Germany’s imperial goals to dominate the Balkan Peninsula, two former top Western diplomats warn that the world could be “sleepwalking into another Balkan crisis.”....The Trumpet

SerbBlog: Meanwhile, Germany is arming the Kosovo Albanians to the teeth, but "In Accordance with NATO Standards"

Saturday, November 08, 2008

B92: "Three Hundred (Kosovo Serb) Hostages Had Organs Removed"

6 November 2008 | 11:44 | Source: FoNet, Nedeljni telegraf BELGRADE --
Around 300 kidnapped Serbs, Roma and non-Albanians from Kosovo perished in northern Albania, before their organs were sold on, says the War Crimes Prosecution.

Bruno Vekarić (FoNet, archive)
Bruno Vekarić (FoNet, archive)

Prosecution spokesman Bruno Vekarić told weekly Nedeljni Telegraf that it had been revealed that a human body could be sold on the black market for EUR 2mn, that kidneys fetched between EUR 15,000 and 100,000, while prices for a liver or heart could reach as much as EUR 1mn.

“It’s awful that I should have to say something like that, but we’re looking at a lucrative business that outdoes drug trafficking in terms of profit,” he said.

According to the prosecution, illegal operations were performed in Building 320, 20km from the “yellow house” mentioned by former Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

“Building 320 is a neuro-psychiatric clinic. We believe that surgical operations were carried out there on civilians, as the conditions existed for such a thing. There was a prisoner camp there, as well as a KLA camp,” said the spokesman.

He said that prisoners were prepared for operations inside the “yellow house”, but removed from there whenever international humanitarian missions like the Red Cross came by.

A large quantity of medical equipment was discovered inside, and certain reports contain detailed inventories of what was discovered.

“It differs markedly from what the Albanian prosecutor has been saying, who shut the case back in 2005,” said Vekarić.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

B92: Arrested Doctor Linked to Organ Harvesting of Serb Prisoners

BELGRADE -- Lufti Dervishi, a urologist from Kosovo, has been arrested on suspicion of performing illegal kidney transplants, daily Blic writes.

One witness in the investigation into the trafficking of organs of Serb prisoners from Kosovo in 1998, mentioned the doctor’s name in regards to the case, according to Blic.

“The witness told Serbian war crimes prosecutors that he saw Doctor Ljutvi Dervishi at locations where it was suspected that organs had been extracted from civilian prisoners and sold later,” Blic’s source stated.

“He was now arrested with a scalpel in his hand, and it's obvious that they have continued doing what they started doing to prisoners in 1998,” the source said.

The clinic was found after the Kosovo police questioned a Turkish citizen who aroused their suspicion because he said that he had come to Kosovo for medical treatment.

“He came on October 31 to Kosovo with a letter from his doctor stating that he would be treated for heart problems in Kosovo. A routine check at the airport confirmed that he had no money, which aroused police suspicions. He only had that doctor’s note and he looked suspicious. The police were waiting for him at the airport two days ago as he was heading home,” Kosovo Police Service (KPS) officials said.

The KPS added that the suspect was “visibly tired” when he arrived at the airport to catch a flight back to Istanbul.

The suspect was arrested, after which a doctor confirmed that he had had a kidney removed.

KPS spokesman Veton Elshani said that “the MEDICUS clinic is not registered for surgical operations but only for standard urological check-ups.”

Drugs were found at the clinic that had passed their use-by date, along with blood in plastic bags bearing no kind of identification. According to reports in Priština, several other people have also been arrested in the operation.

Elshani did not want to comment on the Blic story that Dervishi was tied to the trafficking of organs from kidnapped Serbs in Kosovo, but said that international officials were involved in the investigation and that they would check all leads.

The Serbian war crimes prosecution has uncovered a neuropsychiatric hospital in Burrel in Albania where Kosovo Liberation Army doctors extracted organs from kidnapped Serbs, Roma and Albanians for re-sale between 1998 and March 2001.

Two Kosovo doctors detained over organ transplants

PRISTINA (Reuters) – Two doctors accused of performing illegal organ transplants in Kosovo have been detained and seven other people are being questioned, police said Wednesday.....Read the Rest

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Want To See What One Stubborn Serb Can Accomplish? Meet Nick Vujicic!

Being born without arms and legs has not stop devoutly Christian, Australian Serb Nick Vujicic from living an extraordinary life. At age 25, Nick has used his condition to inspire to millions as a motivational speaker and share with them a love of God and a love of life.

Nick and his "Life Without Limbs" organization recently completed a tour of Africa and is now on his way to Asia. Nick speaks to people in prisons, to orphans and refugees and to churches. And along the way, Nick has never lost his sense of humor.

There are currently over 250 videos about Nick Vujicic on YouTube, with hundreds of thousands of viewers.

In early October of this year, Nick also made time to visit orphanages in Serbia.

Bravo to brave and beautiful Nick Vujicic for giving the world courage, and reminding us of how truly blessed we are!

Monday, November 03, 2008

B92: "Bottles thrown at Serbs visiting cemeteries in Kosovo"

2 November 2008 | 10:12 | Source: B92 PRIŠTINA -- Several hundred Serbs driven out of Priština yesterday visited the graves of their loved ones, some for the first time since 1999.

The cemetery in Priština (Beta)
The cemetery in Priština (Beta)

The Kosovo Serbs forced out of Dečani, Đakovica and Peć also went to the graveyards in these Metohija towns, to mark the Orthodox Christian holiday of Zadušnice (All Souls' Day).

In addition to desecrated tombstones, reports say that local Albanians subjected the Serbs to verbal threats and provocation, that included bottles thrown at them.

Those who visited the Orthodox cemetery in southern Kosovska Mitrovica also found that some 80 percent of the graves there were vandalized, but there were no incidents.

KFOR provided escort in Priština, while Kosovo police was protecting the Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica.

WIP: "Mother Serbia and Her Children"


For the last ten years or so, the Serbs have been in danger of disappearing - yes, that's right, completely and utterly - a decrease in numbers of Serbs has been blamed on "new trends coming from the west", such as contraception and "women who pursue carrier instead of trying to conceive", together with "more and more gay people popping up all the time because of the latest fashion."

Campaigns launched to try and help with this matter, both governmental or private, didn't appear to be working - it seemed as if the Serbs just refused to mate and multiply! There was Patriarch calling for women to multiply, there were TV shows titled "It's time for babies!", even the latest agreement between ruling coalition partners includes the paragraph that says they will try to help increase the number of Serbs, not to mention various other subliminal messages in the press and TV and so on. But nothing helped.

Why don't the women just simply start having babies, that can't be so hard, right? Nobody knew what's wrong.

Until couple of days ago a blog post entitled, "Why Serbs should simply die of white plague" (white plague is an informal term used for nations with not enough Sarah Palins), hit a nail on the head. ....Read the Rest at WIP

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Poor (NYT) Marlise: Her Old Allies Are Now Attacking the Tribunal and Even Portraying the Serbs as Victims

Edward S. Herman

(Excerpt) Marlise Simons, the New York Times's main reporter on the Milosevic trial and International Criminal Trial for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), has had a difficult year. Perhaps most painful was the disclosure that in 1999 the Kosovo Albanian KLA sent as many as 300 captive Serbs to Albanian to be killed and their internal organs "harvested" for sale abroad, a matter barely mentioned in the New York Times (see below). I was sorely tempted to write to Marlise Simons and offer her my sympathies: "Marlise, if only the villains in this case were Serbs, what a fine front page article you could have had here!" ... Read the Rest at ZSpace

First the Balkans, then Europe and Now America: "The Third Jihad"

A brilliant film by an American Muslim, named Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who is determined to save America from itself and from the threat of radical Islam.

From the website:

What is The Third Jihad?

The Third Jihad exposes the war the media is not telling you about.

It reveals the enemy our government is too afraid to name.

One person who is not afraid to tell you the truth is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim American and former physician to the US Congress.

After the FBI releases a radical Islamist manifesto describing how to destroy America from within, Dr. Jasser decides to investigate.

The Third Jihad is about what he discovered.

Interviews are conducted with radical Islamists in the US and the leaders trying to stop them, such as Rudy Giuliani, Clinton CIA Director Jim Woolsey, NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Senator Joe Lieberman, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and former terrorist group member Tawfik Hamid. See a free 30 minute abridged version of the film here "The Third Jihad"

Two Kosovo Albanians Convicted of Smuggling Half of Europe's Illegal Heroin Supply

... Two brothers from Kosovo were convicted Thursday of running a massive drug smuggling ring that prosecutors said supplied Western Europe with up to half of its heroin.

Ragip and Kemal Shabani channeled 1.5 tons of heroin through Europe from the mid-1990s until 2003, when they were shut down, prosecutors said. They used a small town in Kosovo as their base with branches in Macedonia, Albania, Spain and the Czech Republic, according to the Federal Criminal Court....The State

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kosovo: Lost to Serbia and to the West

....Ever since the United Nations took over Kosovo in 1999, indeed, the province’s endemic corruption has exploded, as I was able to confirm by talking to two American policemen who work for the international administration there. “Every level of society is corrupt,” one of them said. “Every single aspect of the society is criminal.” This is largely because the Kosovo Liberation Army, the US-backed Contra-style guerrilla force which runs the province and which controls the government, the army and the police, is also notorious for its role as a powerful organisation running drugs, guns and sex slaves to Western Europe.... Read the rest at Brussels Journal

Friday, October 24, 2008

Peace Laureate Ahtisaari endorsed terrorism

By Jan Oberg

....So, the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner brought the message that those he represented were willing to flatten Belgrade and to kill 500 000 people in a week. The threat was made only to make NATO look like a winner of a war game Western politicians had started because they ignored every opportunity since 1991 to find a mediated, negotiated solution to the Kosovo problem – something some of us devoted our lives to at the time. Additionally, they had done it without UN Security Council mandate. And Ahtisaari was the man called upon to be the ‘fixer’ for this bunch of – well, non-convicted NATO war criminals.....Read the Rest at TFF

Illness Forces Patriarch Pavle to Step Down

Belgrade, 24 Oct. (AKI) – The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serb spiritual leader, Patriarch Pavle, on Friday announced he would be standing down due to illness and old age, church officials said. Pavle, 94, who has headed the Serbian Orthodox Church for the past 18 years, has asked the Church’s Holy Synod to relieve him of his duties at its next meeting on 11 November.

Patriarch Pavle, adored by his countrymen and religious brethren has been called by many Serbs “a living saint”.

But Pavle said he could no longer efficiently perform his duties “because of poor health and weakness”.

He has been hospitalised for months in a Belgrade hospital, although his health is described by doctors as stable.

Serbian press has been speculating for months on Pavle’s possible withdrawal.

Observers say hardline Kosovo archbishop Artemije and rival archbishop Amfilohije have emerged as the main candidates to take over the spiritual leadership from Pavle of some eight million Orthodox Serbs.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

US joins EU's legal mission to Kosovo

Brussels - The United States formally joined the European Union's rule-of-law mission (EULEX) in Kosovo on Wednesday by offering 80 police officers and "up to" eight judges and prosecutors to the 3,000-strong operation, officials said. "The European Union and the United States have a common desire to work together to support the development of Kosovo's democratic standards," a joint statement issued at a signing ceremony in Brussels read......EarthTimes

USA: 'Al-Qaeda-linked websites back McCain'

Dubai, 22 Oct. (AKI) - Al-Qaeda linked website users are backing the Republican Party's candidate John McCain in next month's presidential election, in the hope that a win by McCain will intensify the terror network's war with the United States, according to a series of comments posted in recent days to the al-Hesbah website - one of the most widely used jihadist sites.

"If Al-Qaeda wants to defeat the United States, it should hope the country keeps up its 'fight against terrorism' and the policies already seen in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we can fight until the last soldier has been killed," wrote one Al-Hesbah user.

"Al-Qaeda supports McCain in the presidential election - so that America can continue the failed policies begun by George W. Bush," wrote another website user.

Other messages posted to Al-Hesbah rejoice in the US economic crisis and the falls seen on its financial markets .

"This crisis reinforces on an economic level the damage done to countries by the mistaken wars against Iraq and Afghanistan," wrote another website user.

Serbian, U.S. officials view Balkans regionally, Mullen says

Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Serbian and American military officials understand the two nations disagree about Kosovo, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Oct. 21, but they recognize the relationship has to be about more than just that nation.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met with Serbian President Boris Tadic Oct. 20, and discussed ways the U.S. and Serbian militaries can work together.

Tadic recognizes that there is more to the U.S.-Serbian relationship than their disagreement on Kosovo, Mullen said. The United States quickly recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in February.

Serbia has turned to the West, and is working to join the European Union. It is also a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace program, often a stepping-stone to full membership in the alliance. The nation is working to eliminate the barriers to full integration in the European economy and the Euro-Atlantic community, the chairman said.

This includes energetically searching for Ratko Mladic and other war criminals from the Bosnian war.

"I get the sense that they are focused on the underpinning of the military-to-military [relationship] and a future that has them as members of the European Union and NATO," Mullen said.

Serbia has a strong strategic commitment to keep tensions low and to make sure violence doesn't break out over Kosovo, Mullen said. The United States and Serbia must continue to make progress in Kosovo, he said, and the next big way is to support the European Union Rule of Law Commission in Kosovo.

"There is so much focus on security and stability in Kosovo that everything is seen through the prism of Kosovo," Mullen said. "We have got to look beyond Kosovo independence, because that isn't the end of the importance of the region. We have to focus on the Balkans writ large. I'm mindful to focus on Serbia as Serbia affects the region, and not just how Serbia affects Kosovo.

"There has to be a balance there," he said.

Mullen said he is pleased with the path of the military-to-military relationship between the United States and Serbia. "Part of that is the great relationship with the Ohio National Guard [as part of a Guard partnership program], but part of it is the general slope-up."

The chairman said he'd like to see Serbian forces working alongside U.S. forces in actual operations. "You can only learn so much from training," he said. "There's always learning that goes on from a real-world operation."

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Kosovo Foreign Policy Litmus Test of Presidential Candidates (Final)

By M.V. Pejakovich

(The following is my final update of the Kosovo Litmus Test, prior to the US Presidential elections.)

Even the best of us have a hard time keeping up with all the subtleties of every foreign policy issue around the world and what each presidential candidate's position on that issue is. But of all the foreign policy issues, Kosovo is perhaps one of the best issue we could possibly use as a test of foreign policy ability for a presidential candidate, largely because it involves both integrity and how the candidate sees the role of the
US in the world.

Today, we know that there was no "genocide of 100,000 Kosovars", neither on the ground, nor in the supposed "planning stages". It was all a propaganda production, designed to get us to support the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia and ultimately support Kosovo (Albanian)
Independence. Today we also know that hundreds of thousands of dollars from Kosovo Albanian drug-runners, sex slavers and anti-American weapons dealers has been pouring into the campaign coffers of US members of Congress via the Albanian American Civic League for the last ten years in order for them to look the other way while over 150 Christian churches in Kosovo were destroyed and desecrated in the name of the USA. Further, the insistence of many of those same bought-off US members of Congress that we pretend that "Kosovo was a success and unilaterally grant Kosovo independence", has put the US on a collision course with Russia in direct conflict with the best interests of America.

So which of the current crop of Presidential candidates, who include some of those who were in Congress in 1999, were honest and which ones were bought? Who stood up for American decency and who still actively supports the lie that "Kosovo was a success" and we should defend Islamofascists?

The Best

(CP) Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party. Chuck Baldwin raised the alarm on Kosovo intervention early on his radio programs, telling Americans that they were being lied to about the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia. Chuck Baldwin has the endorsement of Representative Ron Paul, who showed aggressive opposition to the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, both during and after the bombing. and led a bi-partisan coalition that actually sued President Clinton for violating the War Powers Act as a result of that bombing. Chuck Baldwin believes that neither the President nor Congress have the right to exceed the powers granted to them by the US Constitution and the American people, and as such is a non-interventionist.

(L) Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party. Bob Barr as Georgia's Senator was part of the same coalition that sued President Clinton for the NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia and voted against the invasion of Kosovo. Has stated that "America's purpose has never been to be an occupying power".

(G) Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. Cynthia McKinney voted yes to prevent the United States from invading Kosovo in 1999. She also wants to close United Nations psychiatric hospitals in Kosovo because there is proof many prisoners have been raped and beaten in front of a pathetic staff in the facility. Cynthia McKinney voiced concern that "our limited engagement in Kosovo has become a permanent occupation."

The Worst

(R) Senator John McCain who made his name nationally known by advocating the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, and the empowerment of radical Islamofascists in the Balkans. Back in 1999, McCain even advocated the we send American troops into Kosovo on behalf of the secessionist drug-running KLA. McCain has consistently been on the Albanian American Civic League's payroll and even marched with them a year after the NATO intervention. McCain is an active interventionists and has surrounded himself with foreign lobbyists who are just itching to start the next war that McCain can "promise to protect us from". Sarah Palin, as much as we would like to see her as "one of us", is just a sock puppet cheerleader intended to bolster McCain's chances to occupy the Oval Office.

(D) Barack Obama began on my "The Jury is Still Out List", but infected by Serbophobe Joe Biden, Barrack Obama has embraced Albanians and Kosovo Independence with both arms. Hard to tell which came first -- believing the bald-faced lie that there really "500,000 Albanians in the US" (when the US Census shows 157,000) or the rotten egg named "Biden" he chose as a running mate -- but Barack Obama has definitely gone over to the dark side on this issue, and now lies through his teeth as well as Biden about Kosovo.

Biden, not only backed the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, he co-sponsored the bill with Senator John McCain that would have put American troops on the ground in Kosovo.
Biden actually wrote an article describing why "All Opponents of Kosovo Independence Must Be Stopped"-- obviously forgetting that the US stands for something called "freedom of speech" (guess that he forgot that when he tossed out his copy of the US Constitution, years ago!)

The Verdict

The Kosovo issue is both a foreign policy test and and test of integrity.

Yet the issue of integrity knows no borders. If they can lie to us about what's happening overseas, they can lie to us about what's happening in our own country. Our current financial crisis is a perfect example of how "business as usual" in DC can lie to us with a straight face and sell us all out.

This presidential election, like most of the elections I can remember over the last 20 years has, for most people, become a choice between "the lesser of evils". Fear of one of the major candidates over the other, keeps us running to elect "one of the two", "the lesser of evils", when in fact who we should really be afraid of is both of them! The lesser of evils is still evil! Bankrupting us with useless wars abroad, or bankrupting us with bailouts still leaves us what? Bankrupt!

If there was ever a year for telling traditional DC Republicans and Democrats that we are sick of them bailing out their banker buddies on our dime, and tired of financing their attempts at ruling the world at America's expense, this is the year!

Vote third party, not just for the sake of "Kosovo" -- that was just the test -- vote for a third party (my choice is Chuck Baldwin) for the sake of America!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Welcome to the Balkanization of America!

A "Muslim Day Parade" stops traffic in NY, when Muslims are allowed free reign to pray in the middle of Madison Avenue and harass those non-Muslims protesting the parade -- all with a little help from America's local Bosnian Muslim "friends"!

Atlas Shrugged has the story

Kosovo: Serb villagers bleak about future

Velika Hoca, 14 Oct. (AKI) - By Vjekoslav Radovic

Just 600 Serbs now live in Kosovo's Velika Hoca enclave and many houses now stand empty after their owners moved to Serbia in search of a more secure and better life.

The isolated 12th-century village lies some 60 kilometres southwest of Kosovo's capital Pristina, amid rolling hills that are dotted with vineyards.

“My family roots here are centuries old, and I want to remain and raise my children in this place, but it’s not going to be easy,” Marko Spasic, 24, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

An elementary school art teacher in Velika Hoca, Spasic is one of some 200 young people who decided to stay in this isolated remote village when the Serbian army and police pulled out of Kosovo after NATO's airstrikes in 1999 and it was placed under United Nations control.

Even Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in February has not weakened the determination of Spasic and others to stay.

“Apart from security, though, the key problem here is what to do and how to survive economically. There are no jobs. We can cultivate only about 20 percent of our land and we can’t move far away from the village,” Spasic told AKI.

To make things worse, electricity and water shortages are a part of every day life. “We measure time here by the hours when there is electricity, and when there is not,” Spasic added.

But Spasic finds encouragement in the fact that there are 64 pupils currently attending the local elementary school. For high school, they will have to move from the isolated village to Serbia, or the ethnically divided northern Kosovar city of Mitrovica.

“Only God knows how many will return and decide to seek their future here,” said Spasic.

The nearby city of Prizren was the seat of the Serbian medieval state, founded by Stefan Nemanja. Wine growing in the area dates back to the same era and is a Serb tradition.

Neglected vineyards are a sure reminder that there is no one to tend them and that their Serb owners had fled.

Three Serbs were killed while working their vineyards in Velika Hoca and Swiss peace-keepers from the international peacekeeping force (KFOR) stationed in Kosovo are now guarding the area from a hilltop above the village.

Before 1999, Kosovo produced some of the best wines in the former Yugoslavia, deriving mostly from area around Velika Hoca and from Suva Reka in the Prizren district of southern Kosovo.

Now, the villagers produce delicious, full-bodied, dry, red wine for their own use, although there is more wine than can be consumed.

“We live here like Martians,” says 67-year-old Dimitrije Micic, the head of the village office.

“No one can come to visit us, nor can we go out without police escort.”

Driving through Kosovo with Serbian number plates is very risky and Velika Hoca's villagers are escorted by KFOR peacekeepers when they take a bus to the Serbian part of Mitrovica for supplies.

About one half of Kosovo’s 100,000 remaining Serbs are concentrated in the north of Mitrovica, next to Serbia, and they have barely felt the effects of Kosovo's independence.

But the rest are dispersed in isolated enclaves throughout Kosovo protected by peacekeepers.

Last week an escorted bus was stoned in the nearby town of Malisevo. Some Serbs have acquired Kosovar automobile licence plates and travel unescorted.

“But what do you do if you get stuck in a hostile Albanian village? You may just vanish,” says Novica Savelic.

Three thousand Serbs have been killed or have disappeared since since 1999, according to the Red Cross.

“There are still some good Albanians,” says Bogoljub Stosic, sipping his exquisite home-made grape brandy rakija with his visitors. “There are good and bad people everywhere.”

His pre-war Albanian friend from nearby town of Orahovac calls at least once a week and asks if he needs anything. “Occasionally he drops in and brings supplies,” says Stosic’s wife Vida.

Their two sons have immigrated to Norway and started a new life there. They had paid 1,200 euros each to mediators to get visas. Thousands have emigrated over the past several years, villagers said.

“There is no life here, just bare survival,” says Micic. Serbia is fighting a diplomatic battle to retain Kosovo under its control and is paying each family in the enclaves an equivalent of 150 euros per month in Serbian dinars to help them stay.

In the enclaves much trading is still done in dinars, although euros are the official currency throughout Kosovo. But the help from Belgrade is not enough - even to survive economically, Micic said.

“The future here is very bleak,” Micic, a retired economist, said. “As long as there is any Serbian state presence here, there is some hope. But if that vanishes, the village will simply die away."

Apart from wine, Velika Hoca is famous for its 13 churches, some dating back to the medieval time, dedicated to various Serbian Orthodox saints. But there are no longer enough parishioners to fill them.

Last weekend Velika Hoca celebrated its patron saint St. Cyriac the Ascetic. Serbs from other enclaves came escorted by the KFOR to join the celebration, which lasted until the small hours.

Kosovo's Archbishop Artemije held a special outdoor mass (photo), local youngsters performed traditional folk dances and children sang old Serbian songs

A young French diplomat who came from Pristina, felt uneasy about France’s recognition of Kosovo independence.

He referred to the long-standing friendship between Serbs and the French, pointing out that France was “always on the side of the oppressed."

"In 1999 it seemed to be the ethnic Albanians, but now the situation is completely reversed,” he said.

“The killing had to stop, but now the only hope for the future of Kosovo is that ethnic Albanians treat Serbs correctly,” said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Nation: "McCain's Kremlin Ties (via Montenegro)"

....." McCain rushed to publicly support the Georgian republic during its recent conflict with Russia and amplified his threat to expel Moscow from the G-8 club of major powers. His running mate, Sarah Palin, suggested in her first major interview that the United States might have to go to war with Russia one day in order to protect Georgia--the kind of apocalyptic scenario the United States avoided during the cold war.

Yet despite McCain's tough talk, behind the scenes his top advisers have cultivated deep ties with Russia's oligarchy--indeed, they have promoted the Kremlin's geopolitical and economic interests, as well as some of its most unsavory business figures, through greedy cynicism and geopolitical stupor. The most notable example is the tale of how McCain and his campaign manager, Rick Davis, advanced what became a key victory for the Kremlin: gaining control over the small but strategically important country of Montenegro. According to two former senior US diplomats who served in the Balkans, Davis and his lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, received several million dollars to help run Montenegro's independence referendum campaign of 2006.....The Nation

Serbian resolution wins UN GA backing

8 October 2008 | 09:16 -> 23:07 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta, Tanjug NEW YORK -- With 77 votes in favor and six against, the UN General Assembly on Wednesday accepted Serbia's draft ICJ resolution.

Jeremić addresses the UN GA on Wednesday (FoNet)
Jeremić addresses the UN GA on Wednesday (FoNet)

The document requests an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) about the legality of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.

74 countries abstained, Tanjug news agency reports from New York this afternoon.

The European Union member countries, according to a Beta news agency report, did not have a united stand on the issue, with the UK and France abstaining, while Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Romania voted in favor.

In the discussion that preceded the voting, Serbia was supported by Panama, Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Algeria, Egypt, South Africa.

The United States and Albania voted against the adoption of the resolution.

They were joined by the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau.

British Ambassador to the UN John Sawers reacted to the result by saying that he was surprised by the outcome.

In the debate before the voting, Sawers said Belgrade's resolution was "politically motivated".

U.S. representative Rosemary DiCarlo said she would vote against, since Washington considers Kosovo Albanians' declaration to have been in line with international law, and added that her country "firmly believes in Serbia's and Kosovo's European future".

When Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić addressed the UN General Assembly ahead of the debate and voting, he urged the representatives of the United Nations to support Serbia's ICJ intiative.

Sending the resolution to the court, Jeremić told the assembly, would reduce tensions in the region and in the rest of the world.

"The Republic of Serbia believes that sending this question to the ICJ would prevent the Kosovo crisis from serving as a deeply problematic precedent in any part of the globe where secessionist ambitions are harbored," Jeremić said explaining Serbia's request.

"We also believe that the ICJ advisory opinion would provide politically neutral, yet judicially authoritative guidance, to many countries still deliberating on how to approach UDI in line with international law," Jeremić added.

He stated that Serbia believes "that recourse to the Court would strengthen the rule of law in international relations, and make the proposed course of action a symbol of the world community's resolve to take the UN Charter as its guide".

"Supporting this resolution would also serve to reaffirm a fundamental principle: the right of any member State of the United Nations to pose a simple, basic question-on a matter it considers vitally important-to the international court," Jeremić set out, noting that to vote against would be in effect a vote to deny the right of any country – now or in the future – to seek judicial recourse through the UN system.

Jeremić underscored that "to vote against would also mean accepting that nothing could be done when secessionists in whichever part of the globe assert the uniqueness of their cause, and claim exception to the universal scope of the international legal order".

The foreign minister continued to say that the question posed is "amply clear and refrains from taking political positions on the Kosovo issue".

"The answer to come, in the form of an advisory opinion, will be based on international law, in accordance with the ICJ's Statute and Rules of Procedure."

Jeremić expressed belief that "the draft resolution in its present form is entirely non-controversial. It represents the lowest common denominator of the positions of the member States on this question, and hence there is no need for any changes or additions."

"Let us adopt it and allow the Court to act freely and impartially within the framework of its competencies. We are confident that the ICJ will know what to do, and that it will take into account the opinions of all interested member States and international organizations," Jeremić concluded his address, noting also that "the most prudent way to proceed today is to adopt our resolution without opposition, as was the decision on the inclusion of this item in the agenda at the General Committee."


Earlier in the day, reports indicated that Belgrade is optimistic and expects that following intensive efforts to galvanize support, the UN General Assembly could adopt the motion.

Jeremić said he expected the debate that will follow his address to be "heated". Nonetheless, he was hopeful of a positive outcome.

“We will endeavor, as we did at the General Committee, to make a sweep at the start of the session—in other words, get as many countries as we can from all continents, from different parts of the world, to take part in the debate, to support Serbia’s position, and for the whole debate to assume a course that will later be favorable for pushing through our resolution,“ said the minister.

President Boris Tadić is also hoping for a good result.

“We need to stay calm until the voting is over. I’m not a good tipster, I’m a better worker—my job is to work and I’m working here, seeking backing for our resolution from all our colleagues here that I have the chance to meet,“ Tadić said.

“I’m looking forward to the day with the feeling that we’ve done everything we could—60 meetings at the General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry with hitherto unprecedented international activity,” the president said.

He added that a “good thing about the whole Serbian initiative is that it will remain a positive result in the international political domain.”

Nevertheless, one of the chief obstacles to adopting the resolution is the possibility that certain smaller countries who intend to support the document decide, under pressure, to abstain or not attend the vote at the last moment.

Another clear unfavorable possibility is that one or more countries submit a joint amendment in a bid to reformulate or change the document.

Such an amendment would also be put to the vote and be adopted or rejected on the basis of a simple majority.

However, Jeremić claimed that Serbia was ready for all eventualities.

“The UK has circulated a paper on the basis of which one can expect someone to introduce an amendment that would change the meaning and significance of our resolution,“ said the minister.

“Obviously, we’ll fight to the last to prevent any changes to the text of our resolution. We’ll warn those on our side and who we see today that there is the possibility of an amendment,” he said.