Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
By John Laughland
Wed, 2008-07-23 15:15
First, the Serbs were no more the aggressors in the Bosnian civil war than Abraham Lincoln was an aggressor in the American Civil War. The Yugoslav army was in place all over Bosnia-Herzegovina because that republic was part of Yugoslavia. Bosnian Muslims (like Croats) left the army in droves and set up their own militia instead, as part of their drive for independence from Belgrade. This meant that the Yugoslav army lost its previous strongly multiethnic character and became largely Serb. It did not mean that Serb forces entered the territory of Bosnia, or even that the Serbs attacked the hapless Bosnian Muslims.......Read The Rest at Brussels Journal
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Karadzic, a war time Bosnian Serb leader, has been charged by the United Nations' war crimes tribunal (ICTY) with war crimes and genocide.
But during his 13 years as a fugitive, he led an exciting parallel life in the center of Belgrade as local and international intelligence agencies were looking for him.
Even the time and circumstances of his arrest has been clouded by controversy. According to Serbian authorities, he was arrested “in the vicinity of Belgrade” Monday night, but his lawyer Svetozar Vujacic and eyewitnesses said he was arrested on Friday evening and held in an undisclosed location until Monday.
Esmina Golubovic, a resident of a Belgrade suburb of Ugrinovci, told the Belgrade daily Kurir she was there when Karadzic, who lived under the false name Dragan Dabic, was arrested on a bus at about 9:30 pm Friday evening.
She described in detail how seven plain clothes man boarded the bus and made the arrest. One showed her a police badge and told her to move away, she said.
“At one point, three policemen assaulted him and handcuffed him,” Golubovic said.
“Be calm and come with us, we have been following you for the past fifteen days.” one policeman allegedly told Karadzic.
Then they took his belongings and got off the bus, she said.
In a strange coincidence, Golubovic said that her 20 year-old son had volunteered and fought on the side of the Bosnian Serb army and was killed in 1993. He was even decorated posthumously by Karadzic, she said.
Vujacic said two other witnesses called in and described the arrest in the same way.
It is still a mystery where Karadzic spent his early years in hiding or exactly when he arrived in Belgrade.
But in the Serbian capital he lived almost a normal life in the section of New Belgrade, under the assumed name and new identity.
He took the name Dragan Dabic from another of his fallen soldiers, who originated from Serbia and was killed in 1993.
A psychiatrist by profession, he grew a long beard and long hair and presented himself as a doctor specializing in alternative medicine and macrobiotic diets.
He even had his own website on which he advertised his service as an expert in alternative medicine. He described himself as a world traveler who returned to “mother Serbia” in the mid-1990s.
Belgrade newspapers reported that his patients were some well-known personalities, singers and even some politicians. His favored propaganda slogan was: “There is always a solution.”
Born in Montenegro, Karadzic sometimes visited a restaurant in his neighborhood called “Luda Kuca” (Madhouse) whose walls were decorated by his pictures and those of his general, Ratko Mladic, who is still at large.
Sipping Serbian plum brandy, he chatted with people and even played a string instrument called 'gusle', used for playing old Serbian and Montenegrin epic songs, the owner Misko Kovijanic said.
Karadzic often appeared in public with a middle-aged woman whom Serbian newspapers described as "his lover", while his family remained in the Bosnian Serb mountain stronghold of Pale and were kept under tight surveillance by international intelligence agencies.
But the woman, alleged to be his lover, Mila Damjanov said they were just friends, not lovers.
She said she had no idea who he was and was attracted to him because of her interest in alternative medicine. She said she would visit patients with Karadzic and he even helped an autistic child to start talking and get back to normal.
Meanwhile, Serbian newspapers were flooded with speculation about who betrayed Karadzic and who took the reward for the information leading to his arrest.
The US government offered five million dollars for his capture and the Serbian government another million dollars.
Serbian Police Minister, Ivica Dacic, who took office earlier this month, said police had nothing to do with his arrest.
There has been speculations that it was the work of American and British secret services, but Dacic ascribed it to Serbian secret service (BIA).
He said the BIA had earlier protected Karadzic and turned him over after the new government formed by pro-European coalition led by President Boris Tadic took office on 7 July.
Serbian analysts rejected reports by some British newspapers that Karadzic may have been betrayed by Mladic.
“It’s an utter nonsense,” said analyst Cvijetin Milivojevic. “I doubt that Karadzic and Mladic were in touch for security reasons,” he told Adnkronos International (AKI).
“Besides, they were at odds even before the war was over,” Milivojevic added. Other analysts, more or less, agreed.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
by Srdja Trifkovic
The spirit of the media frenzy surrounding the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on July 21 is based entirely on the doctrine of non-equivalence inaugurated in 1992: Serbs willed the war, Muslims wanted peace; Serb crimes are bad and justly exaggerated, Muslim crimes are understandable.
This doctrine was spectacularly reiterated a month before Karadzic’s capture, when the Muslim wartime commander of Srebrenica, Nasir Oric, was found not guilty by The Hague Tribunal of any responsibility for the killing of thousands of Serb civilians by the forces under his command in the three years before the fall of the enclave in July 1995. It is also apparent today, in the endless media repetition of Karadzic’s alleged bellicose intransigence before and during the Bosnian war.......Chronicles
Monday, July 21, 2008
Mufti & Fuhrer Together Again "Handling the Balkans"
Five months after Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia, Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci left for Washington Wednesday on their first post-independence official visit.
Calling the U.S. President George Bush's invitation to host them at the White House a "historic moment" for Pristina, minutes before leaving Pristina International Airport that it was a great opportunity for them to express their vision for the future of the independent and sovereign state of Kosovo.......Continued
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Bishop Artemije of Kosovo Protests Bush Meeting with 'Terrorist, War Criminal, and Racketeer' Hashim Thaci
Demanding Accountability for Harvest of Organs from Living Serb Christians
Friday, July 18, 2008
...The Serbian Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity in Djakovica was originally built before the Second World War but destroyed by the communists after 1945.
In the mid-1990s the church was rebuilt even though ethnic Serbs made up just two percent of Djakovica's population. After the UN and NATO took up the administration of Kosovo in 1999, the church was torched by ethnic Albanians and completely destroyed in the inter-ethnic riots of 2004.
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Thursday, July 03, 2008
The political situation in Serbia is both unprecedented and unexpected. No analyst had predicted, three or four months ago, that the election on May 11 would result in such impressive gains by the Democratic Party (Demokratska stranka, DS)—which won over 38 percent of the vote—and in a relative defeat for the Radicals (Srpska radikalna stranka, SRS), which polled 29 percent. The most surprising feature of Serbia’s post-election scene in the formation of the new governing coalition, based on an alliance between the “pro-Western, reformist” Democrats and the Socialists (Socijalisticka partija Srbije, SPS), the party of the late President Slobodan Milosevic.
For the past almost eight years since the fall of Milosevic, the Democrats and their allies have been demonizing the Socialist Party as an ugly relic of the past, the party that provided the political backbone to Milosevic and his regime, the obedient mechanism for all of his misguided and possibly criminal policies in the 1990s. One of the members of the present DS-led coalition, a separatist from Vojvodina by the name of Nenad Canak, has even advocated a formal ban on the Socialist Party.
But the Democrats have made a complete U-turn since May 11, having realized that they need the Socialists—who together with their smaller allies have 20 deputies—in order to stay in power. Over the past six weeks some extensive horse-trading followed that realization. Legitimizing the Socialists, proclaiming them to be a modern, decent, pro-European center-left party, fit for membership in the Socialist International, is merely one part of the package offered by the DS. Overall, the coalition agreement is the fruit of a massive exercise in political corruption, the like of which has never been seen in Serbia’s long and turbulent history........Read the Rest at Chronicles