Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ALBANIAN MEDIA CORROBORATES CLAIMS OF HUMAN ORGAN TRAFFICKING IN ALBANIA

Excerpt

Last Wednesday The Albanian Government slammed as "immoral inventions" allegations by Carla del Ponte that the Kosovo Liberation Army harvested organs from hundreds of Serbian prisoners at illegal hospitals in Albania.

"We regret that the former prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ... could write a book full of immoral inventions and absurdities condemnable not only from the moral aspect, but also the penal... The invention of such things encourages groups of radicals, nationalists and does nothing but to incite hate and violence which represent a real danger for peace in the Balkans" Albanian Foreign Minister Lulezim Basha said at a news conference.

In Kosovo, a senior adviser to Hashim Thaci denied the allegations saying, "These are horrible things even to imagine ... this is a product of her imagination."

The Albanians consider del Ponte's allegations so absurd that they aren't going to dignify them with an investigation. Kosovo's justice minister, Nekibe Kelmendi told reporters "These are pure fabrications by del Ponte or by Serbia itself. I have had four private meetings with Carla del Ponte and she never once mentioned any such allegations."

While it is certainly true that Carla del Ponte has a propensity for making wild baseless allegations against Serbs, she has not shown the same malice towards Albanians.

The Albanians are feigning moral outrage because the separatist regime in Pristina is struggling to secure international recognition for its unlawful secession from Serbia. Revelations that Kosovo's political leadership butchered prisoners and sold their internal organs on the black market certainly won't help the Albanians reach their political objective.

Del Ponte's claim that the KLA harvested human organs from its Serbian prisoners is plausible because Kosovo and Albania have long been known as centers for the illegal trafficking of human organs. As the following news reports will show, there is a long history of illegal organ trafficking in Albania and Kosovo. The Albanian news media and Albanian officials spoke openly about the problem in the past, so you can see what their denials are worth today..... Story Continued

SerbBlog: Additional Info on illegal organ trafficking (prior to the del Ponte statements) can be found here:

POLARIS PROJECT: POLICE ARREST (Albanian) CHILD TRAFFICKERS

RADIO FREE EUROPE: THE PROBLEM OF ORGAN TRAFFICKING

BALKAN BLOG: LINKS TO OTHER ORGAN TRAFFICKING STORIES, ALBANIA, KOSOVO

SEE PORTAL: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES ALBANIAN ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

The U.S. Believes in Elections–Sometimes

Doug Bandow

Washington prances around the globe promoting democracy, except when it doesn’t like democracy. Such as allowing Serbs in Kosovo, who reject the independent state of Kosovo–which lacks United Nations sanction and has been recognized by only 38 states–to vote in Serbia’s upcoming elections.....Continued

Russia turns tables on West with rights watchdog

Mon, Apr 28 07:49 PM

By Christian Lowe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has endured years of criticism over its human rights record but now it is hitting back by setting up watchdogs in New York and Paris to challenge the West over its own rights record.

Natalya Narochnitskaya, one of the leaders of the project, said the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation will offer a fresh perspective on human rights that is not hostage to the political agenda of Western governments.

"American policy under the flag of democracy and human rights in actual fact is a Trotskyist permanent revolution which serves the aim of giving them (political) mastery," she said.

"There is a double standard in that some countries are declared without sin or are surrounded by a wall of immunity," Narochnitskaya, a former member of Russia's parliament who will head the Institute's Paris office, told Reuters in an interview.....Continued


SerbBlog
: Also, for an excellent expose on how the US has used the National Endowment for Democracy as a tool for overthrowing governments, see BSA's "NED: National Endowment for Devouring Countries"

Serbian Models Adorn the World's Catwalks

During her two-year modeling career, our beauty Mina Cvetkovic has managed to reach the very top of modeling business and become one of the most popular world models. Mina has done fashion shows for the best world designers, while being carefully observed by Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes, Demi Moore, P Didi from the first rows. She is a successful model of the “Women” modeling agency and currently lives in New York....

“I started modeling career two years ago owing to my agent Dejan Markovic. After the casting at the “Women” agency, he asked me whether I would like to become a model, and as soon as I said yes, they invited me to Milan. It all started with that simple question,” said Mina Cvetkovic, whose first engagement was a campaign for the prestigious fashion brand “Fendi”. After that, offers started to come one after another…Continued


Other top Serbian models include: Nataša Vojnovic, Maja Latinovic, Marija Vujovic, Ana Mihajlovic, Olja Ivanisevic, Ines Crnokrak and Danijela Dimitrovska

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Balkans - a hub of worldwide terrorist network?

written by: Christopher Deliso, 25-Apr-08

"There has actually been a sharp increase of planned attacks involving Balkan actors - as in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2003"

(Excerpt) The March 20 arrest of five Wahhabi Muslim radicals in Bosnia indicates the continuing threat of terrorism in, and from, the Balkans. The men were reportedly planning to carry out attacks against Catholic churches on Easter in addition to the obvious religious significance here, the event is also important as all of the aspiring terrorists were homegrown. As with a similar arrest in late 2005, also involving native Bosnian extremists, it shows that the radicalizing effect of foreign mujahedin and preachers who came to the region in the 1990s has born fruit.

Compared to the Middle East or Southwest Asia, the Balkans have been relatively forgotten as a front in the West’s ‘war on terror.’ Nevertheless, an increasing number of incidents involving radical Islamists in and from the region – up to and including arrests of terrorist plotters – indicate that the threat, while underreported, exists and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

At the same time, wealthy fundamentalist Islamic movements such as Saudi Wahhabism continue to challenge the endemic, and more liberal brand of Islam associated with the region’s former rulers, the Ottoman Turks, in the battle to shape Muslim social and cultural practices. While strong resistance has emerged in the face of these attempts from Balkan Muslims themselves, there are no signs that the power of foreign-directed Islamist movements has been diminished to the level it was 17 years ago, when this trend first became noticeable; quite to the contrary, Muslim organizations preaching a variety of Islam far different from Balkan Islam in its historic sense have solidified their presence in several key sub-regions, with the repercussions being felt in ongoing political turbulence, social schisms, and a widening ‘safe zone’ for individuals linked with terrorism and organized crime.

The last of these developments should be a special cause of concern for Western countries, given that they and their assets are the ultimate targets for Islamic radicals based in, or transiting through the Balkans. At present, most news stories involving the region have been obsessed with political issues; these include the perceived struggle of Russia versus America and the EU over the future of an independent Kosovo, the furor over centralization of power in Bosnia-Hercegovina, and the ongoing disagreement between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia over the latter’s constitutional name and NATO aspirations. Lost amidst all these more bombastic disputes is any media perception of the reality of an Islamic threat in the Balkans- despite the increasing, if quiet attention of Western intelligence services to the problem.

In the following exposition of this issue, the author refers to a number of facts and arguments contained within his new book, The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West (Praeger Security International, 2007). Several citations that are not otherwise made clear in the text below refer ultimately to content disclosed in that work.......Continued

Serbia, EU sign SAA in Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG -- The European Union has today in Luxembourg signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia.

The document was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić, DS, on behalf of Serbia, EU's Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and EU chair Slovenia's Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

The signing was attended by President Boris Tadić, DS, and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, DS.

The ceremony was also attended by EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the foreign ministers from the 27 member states.

Previously, they agreed to allow Serbia to sign the agreement, initialed last November.

The document was today signed in the form in which it was initialed, but its implementation will depend on the Council of Minister's appraisal of whether Serbia has achieved full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

The Council today welcomed the singing of the SAA and the Temporary Agreement in conclusions issued for the press.

"In line with this, the ministers have agreed to send the text of the SAA for ratification to their parliaments, while the Union has decided to implement the Temporary Agreement as soon as it concludes that Serbia is fully cooperating with the Hague Tribunal," the announcement said.

However, Jeremić told B92 earlier that the agreement would come into force immediately, while the actual implementation "will depend on the outcome of the May 11 elections in Serbia".

But Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Bart Rijs confirmed for Tanjug that the deal will not be implemented automatically.

"We will sign the SAA and the adjoining agreement, but the Council has just reached a decision that the documents would not be automatically put in effect," he said.

The agreement's ratification and implementation will begin only once the Council has decided that Serbia has realized a full cooperation with the Hague, the Dutch spokesman added.

Dimitrij Rupel told reporters earlier in the day that the implementation of the temporary accompanying document – which was signed together with the SAA and which makes it possible for Serbia to use almost 90 percent of the benefits the SAA offers even before all the EU member countries ratify the document – depends on the Council's assessments of the fulfillment of Serbia's cooperation with the Hague

Also earlier in the day, spokeswoman Javier Solana, Cristina Gallach, told the state television RTS that "Serbia's citizens should know that the European Union wants close relations with Serbia".

According to Gallach, "this is an important message that should be sent out now", because the issue of the European Union is "so strongly present in the pre-election process".

Back in Belgrade, a bitter row is developing over the signing today – the details are in a separate article.

Even though the outgoing government initialed the agreement last November and gave authority to Đelić to sign the agreement, ministers of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) and New Serbia (NS), led by DSS leader and Prime Minster Vojislav Koštunica, are strongly opposed to the signing, saying it effectively recognizes the Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration independence.

Solana: Important day

"Today is an important day for Serbia and for the European Union," Javier Solana said, according to a statement from his office this Tuesday.

"The signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia is a powerful signal to the people of Serbia that their future lies in Europe. The people of Serbia will share the security, prosperity and freedom of movement that is already enjoyed today by the citizens of the European Union."

"Achieving this objective will take hard work and tough decisions, and it will take some time. However, the signing of the SAA is an important milestone on the way, bringing you significantly closer to that goal. Now it is fundamental that Serbia remains on track and firmly committed to the values which underlie the European project," Solana said.

"Today is also an important day for the European Union. Serbia is an enormously important partner. It has great economic, cultural and intellectual potential and this can make it a powerful motor for the progress of the entire region. Cooperation and genuine partnership between Brussels and Belgrade, including on the difficult issues, is vital for the success of our joint efforts to promote stability and prosperity," he continued.

"The European Union will not be complete until the countries of the region have joined the family. Today, we have taken an important step towards this objective," Solana believes.


And Reaction from the DSS to the Signing --"Judas Tadic"

BELGRADE -- The caretaker government is deeply divided in its reactions to the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).

While the ministers from the Democratic Party (DS), along with party leader and Serbian President Boris Tadić were preparing to sign the document, Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica's Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) used strong words to condemn the move.

While Tadić insists the deal will not jeopardize Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and is in essence a trade agreement, Koštunica says the signing will be tantamount to Belgrade's recognition of Kosovo's secession.

He today reacted to the news by saying that "Tadić, with his signature to Solana's agreement, will not bring shame on Serbia, but only on himself", and added that the new cabinet and parliament will swiftly annul the deal signed today in Luxembourg.

According to Koštunica, the signature is "an anti-constitutional and anti-state act, and therefore illegal and utterly illegitimate".

"We are saying to NATO and all the EU state that have recognized Kosovo: this illegal signature by Tadić should not be interpreted as Serbia's signature for Kosovo's independence," the prime minister said in a statement for Tanjug.

Earlier, DSS spokesman Andreja Mladenović said in a statement sent to Tanjug that regardless of Tadić's plans to sign what he referred to as the Solana Agreement, Serbia will never accept this signature, and that the new parliament and government set to be elected in under two weeks' time, will annul it.

"We are sending a message to Boris Tadić that his signature is not the signature of Serbia. He is in fact putting a seal of Judas of his party coalition to the Solana Agreement," Mladenović said.

Yesterday, he told B92 that should the Democrats decide to sign the SAA with the EU, Tadić will face procedure to determine whether he violated the Serbian constitution.

Kosovo has no price, while the EU, by sending its mission there, is indirectly trying to create a new state on Serbian territory, he said.

"Did the EU ask Serbia to recognize Kosovo's independence? No, it did not. But if the Slovenian foreign minister, who presides over the Council of Ministers, and the future chairman Mr. Kouchner says so in a letter, if Mr. Rehn, who is in charge of enlargement, says Serbia will have to develop good neighborly relations with Kosovo, what does that mean?"

"We must react now, two years down the line will be too late – it will be a state, they will create a state down there," Mladenović said.

His party colleague and education minister, Zoran Lončar, also reacted today by saying that Tadić "could be brought to answer" for the anti-constitutional signing of the deal.

"Tadić can sign whatever he likes with Solana, but that signature will bind only Tadić, Čanak and G17. We reject with contempt this seal of Judas Tadić has placed on Solana's paper. Solana will not rule Serbia, nor will NATO and their boys Tadić, Čanak and Dinkić," Lončar said.

Strongly worded criticism was also heard from the largest opposition party, the Serb Radicals (SRS).

Deputy president Dragan Todorović said today that Tadić will be called to face charges of violating Serbia's constitution if he signs the SAA with the EU.

"The new parliament, once it convenes after May 11, will initiate proceedings for Tadić's recall, because he violated the constitution and betrayed Serbia,” Todorović said in an interview with Tanjug.

He compared the signing of the SAA with that of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia's failed Axis Pact, signed ahead of the Second World War:

“This will not be the first time that such an agreement is made. A similar agreement was signed on March 27, 1941, and the people had their say afterwards,” Todorović said.

But Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, DS, sees things differently. He said today the signing of the SAA represents a historical act and a diplomatic victory, pointing out at the same time that the document's implementation is closely linked to the forthcoming Serbian elections.

"The EU has reached a decision on signing, and the people of Serbia will decide in the May 11 elections whether they want the SAA to be fully implemented," he was quoted as saying in Luxembourg.

"After a long night and negotiations, we have made a diplomatic breakthrough," Jeremić said, and added, "I am very pleased with the fact that the SAA will be signed."

"From today on, the path towards Serbia's full EU integration is irreversible," the minister added.

When asked whether he found the agreement void since it would not be possible to implement it until full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal has been achieved, Jeremić answered that he did not.

"The implementation of the SAA is closely linked to the May 11 elections," he said.

In case that Serbia gets a pro-European government, we will very soon be in a position to fully realize our cooperation with the Hague Tribunal," Jeremić concluded.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Čedomir Jovanović said that the offer for signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union is "great news".

“I am glad that the readiness of Europe to help has been confirmed and the understanding it has for our people, even if they do not have such understanding for politicians in Serbia,” he said during a trip to Sarajevo.

“We will do everything we can to help the president and protect him from pressures which he will face for protecting the interests and the future of our society. We have all done so much in order for something like this to happen that I think no one has the right to take responsibility,” Jovanović was quoted as saying.

"We have said this before, let Đelić sign this agreement every day, and we will be happy."

“This makes Serbia a normal country, and our future better than our past. Every step closer to Europe is a step further from the problems which are destroying the lives of millions of people. The policies of Koštunica and the Radicals are policies of parties that are destroying their country, and they are policies which we cannot have an understanding for, and which we cannot compromise with,” Jovanović said.


Javno: "Bernard Kouchner Involved In Albanian Organ Market"?

Milijana Mitrovic was one of Carla del Ponte`s sources for information on death camps in which organs were taken from people, the Kurir daily writes.

Reuters-.--.-She claimed Albania is not only a Serbian “blue tomb”, but organs were taken from Romanians, Greeks, Montenegrins, Russians and Arabs as well.

The very Albanian political top was in on it, along with KFOR and UNMIK representatives.

Among other things, Mitrovic claimed that thanks to the fact she was close to an influential Albanian businessman, she had the opportunity to see the camps and find out a lot about the crimes. When she decided to speak out on organ trade in 2002, nobody would listen. She received threats and the police questioned and bullied her.......Continued

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2008


P A V L E

By the grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN!

“Today all is filled with light,
heaven and earth and the lower regions;
therefore, let all creation celebrate the resurrection of Christ,
for in Him we are established.”

With these words of the great church hymnographer we congratulate you all on the Feast Day of Christ’s resurrection, and greet you, dear spiritual children, with the greeting,

CHRIST IS RISEN!

After Great and Holy Friday, the greatest tragedy of mankind, but also the glory of God when man became a merciless judge of God’s Love, when man judged and killed the God-Man Christ, when a lie, deceit, and delusion triumphed over the crucified Christ, when heaven and earth and the lower regions became ashamed because of the evil act of mankind, and when the darkness enwrapped everything – behold the Day of the Passover of the God-Man Christ from death to life, from the darkness of the tomb into the light of the Day. Behold the Day above all days, the Time above all times, in which He has shattered the chains of sin, death, and the devil with which mankind and all of nature were imprisoned. Behold the day of our freedom and joy! With the Resurrection of Christ, everything and all is filled with a new light of life, a light in which we are established. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad in the Lord’s Pascha, the Feast Day of freedom and life. Those imprisoned by darkness most of all rejoice in the freedom of light. With the Resurrection of Christ, the centuries old injustice brought upon man by sin and death has been conquered. The holy apostle Paul, overtaken by the resurrectional delight, victoriously asks: O death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory? They are no more! For the sting of death has been broken, and Hades has been emptied, and the prisoners of Hades have been freed.

The light of the world has shone forth from the tomb like the Sun, just as before the passion it had shone on Mount Tabor. Let all creation rejoice in the Resurrection of Christ, for through its might the weak and helpless become strong and powerful. In the Resurrection of Christ the entire universe has been changed. This is why the Resurrection is a new creation of the world and a new birth of man, this time from the very Life which the Resurrected Christ bestows upon the world and man. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” says the Lord of Himself.

The Resurrected Lord appeared to the myrrhbearing women and the frightened apostles, who out of fear of the Jews had run away. And gathering them again around Himself, He fortified their faith by saying to them: Do not fear, I have conquered the world! — the world which only a few days earlier had condemned Him and crucified Him on the Cross. In like manner, He today and always gathers all of us around Himself and says to us: do not be afraid, for I have conquered the world! Having seen and experienced the glory of Him resurrected, let us glorify Him and proclaim to the world: Christ is risen, O ye people! Christ is Risen, let us glorify Him! Christ is Risen, believe O ye people, for “we proclaim that which our eyes have seen, and our hands have touched” as the holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian says, “so that you too believing may have eternal life”. Our faith is the faith of the cross-resurrection experience. We know, and this is why we believe. The knowledge obtained through experience is the greatest confirmation of faith.

Before his suffering, burial and resurrection, our Lord brought three of his disciples to the peak of a very high mountain. That was Mount Tabor. On this mountain, in the mystery of His transfiguration, He revealed to them the mystery of His divine nature within Him, the nature which they and the entire world would come to know through experience after His resurrection. The manifestation of the divine nature and glory was accompanied with the light of the uncreated grace which is in Christ and which the world has received through the Resurrection of Christ. The world without Christ is a world of darkness. The world with the resurrected Christ is a world of eternal light, the light which enlightens every part of our soul and our entire being. This is why we are children of the light. From Him Who is the Light of Life we have received light to shine forth in this world. This is why the Lord says to us: “May your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify our Father Who is in heaven”.

Only the resurrected Christ is the cornerstone of our faith and of our life. At the same time He is the cornerstone and divine-human head of our holy Church. Another stone has no one laid, nor can anyone lay. When the disciples asked St. John the Baptist whether the Christ was the One which was to come or whether they should wait for another one, he said to them: His sandal strap I am not worthy to loose! The holy prophet, forerunner, and baptizer of the Lord St. John said this — he who laid his hand upon the head of the Savior. If then he who is the greatest ever born of woman said this, how is it then that somebody can proclaim himself the visible head of the Church, infallible and vicar of the Son of God here on earth? God forbid! Our Holy Church with all her priests and the faithful people stands firmly in the Christ-Resurrected Faith of the holy prophets, apostles, martyrs and saints. At the same time, we are the Church to which God gives strength to be a Church of dialogue with all people and nations, calling all of them to the enlightenment of with the light of the Resurrected Christ. We do not withdraw within ourselves, nor do we shut in Christ within the narrow confines of our mind. On the contrary, we shine the light upon the world and witness the Truth to others, as did the holy apostles, saints, and martyrs. This is how the world recognizes that we are Christ’s, for the Holy Apostle Paul says: “I was everything to all in order to gain somebody for the Gospel of Christ…”

What is the resurrection of Christ for us who live 2000 years after it happened? Is it only a recollection or memory? Is it only a celebration, or is it something more and something deeper? The grace of Christ’s resurrection is the inexhaustible fountain of the salvation of man and of the world in every place and age. It is the absolute and complete change of man and of the world that the God-Man Christ has brought with his coming and resurrection. So then, Christ’s Resurrection has the same and equal strength and power for us today, 20 centuries later, as it did for His contemporaries. The Holy Apostle Paul assures us that we eternally live with Christ, for “…through one Man’s righteous act [that is, the resurrection] the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.” (Romans 5:18) “…Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him…likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 9-11). The past, the present, and the future have been saved by the Resurrection.

In these days of Paschal joy, in this time of divine mercy toward all and everybody, we cannot but remember the human injustice and violence of the mighty of this world inflicted upon our Kosovo and Metohija, our Serbia and the entire Serbian nation. Kosovo and Metohija are an integral part of every Serb’s life, as every Serb is a part of Kosovo and Metohija. Knowing this, the creators of this historic injustice wanted to inflict the deepest possible wound, unbearable pain and suffering, the pain and suffering which directs us to the single, salvific suffering on Golgotha of our Lord.

Kosovo and Metohija is not only a question of Serbian territory. Above all it is a question of our spiritual beings, because we were born, grew, lived and matured with Kosovo and Metohija as individuals and as a nation. We have lived and died by the Kosovo testament: “The earthly kingdom is transient, while the heavenly kingdom is forever!” This is why the question of Kosovo and Metohija is so vitally, psychologically and anthropologically connected with every one of us. This is well known to the mighty of this world, and this is why they collectively wish to hurt and punish the Serbian Orthodox people; they wish to break and crush them in order to make out of us a defaced mass ready to fall down on our knees before them, surrendering to their will and manipulation. By submitting ourselves to Christ’s will and His teachings, we bring light upon their unlawful acts, their hypocrisy, similar in many ways to Pilate’s washing of hands in the blood of the Righteous One.

Having Kosovo and Metohija in our hearts and our unceasing care for our brothers and sisters and all those that suffer there, having a living Kosovo and Metohija within ourselves day and night, no one will take them away from us. The Homeland is the heart of man, says one poet. Within our hearts we have placed Kosovo and Metohija. We call upon all Orthodox Serbs to fulfill the Kosovo covenant in full, and that is the Holy Lazar’s testament. If we complete that covenant no one will take Kosovo and Metohija away from us, neither in this nor that age, just as no one could have taken Holy Jerusalem from the Jewish people. We call upon all of you, beginning with politicians and scholars down to the most humble and youngest sons and daughters of our Homeland, that with their work and honorable lives we be deserving of and preserve Kosovo and Metohija before God.

Let scholars with their scientific work defend Kosovo and Metohija; let artists with their creativeness express the beauty and the essence of our Kosovo and Metohija; let athletes vow their successes to Kosovo and Metohija; let every parent have Kosovo and Metohija be a first word to whisper in his newborn’s ears; let every farmer dedicate his first hour of labor to Kosovo and Metohija; let every worker dedicate his first hour of work to Kosovo and Metohija; let every politician dedicate his first political thought to Kosovo and Metohija, let every pastor offer his first prayer to God for Kosovo and Metohija!

This is the call to the unending battle that will be well pleasing to God, and our prayer will be heard by God, for we do not give the question of Kosovo and Metohija into the hands of deceiving people and their interests, but rather to God and His judgment. Just as the Psalmist of old sings of the unjustly taken and destroyed Jerusalem, we too must sing in the spirit of the Kosovo covenant: If we forget you Kosovo, if we forget you Metohija, let then the right hand of the Lord forget me! Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not put forward Kosovo and Metohija as the beginning of my joy.

Dear spiritual children, we live in a hard and critical time of globalization, in a time of the abolishing of basic human rights: the right of man to life; the right of a baby to be born; the right of parents to raise and guide their children; the right of a mother to be a loving and caring mother of her children and a wife to her husband, the right of man to be a man! A strange civilization of globalization is being created according to the measure of deformed moral values, that is, immorality, without the yeast which gives human life eternal meaning. Such a civilization which is in direct opposition to the Resurrected Christ and His Gospel cannot survive. Being mindful of this, let us be wise and cautious when we approach this strange table of worldly offers and delights. Let us choose wisely only that which is worthy of Christ; let us choose that which is worthy of our calling and dignity. Let us refuse all that is of pseudo-civilization, distorted and inhuman, just as Christ refused all the offers of the Devil: if you bow down to me all this that you see will be yours! We know the true answer: It is written: serve only God, and to Him only bow down!

We especially greet our brothers in the diaspora: in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Europe. We greet and call them to unite in our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, that they never again let others divide them and make them quarrel among themselves.

We also greet our brothers and sisters in the Republika Srpska and Bosna and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. We greet the entire Church of God spread throughout the world and among people of good will. We call all to peace, unity and a good witness before all those outside. Let us renew ourselves with the resurrected Christ, and let us shine with good and virtue in this world. Gathered at the Divine Liturgy, in good witnessing of the Truth, let brother embrace brother, let us greet one another, heaven, and earth, with the all-joyous greeting:

Christ Is Risen!
Indeed He Is Risen!

Given at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade at Pascha 2008.
Your prayerful intercessors before the Crucified and Resurrected Lord:
Archbishop of Pec,
Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
Serbian Patriarch PAVLE
Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana JOVAN
Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands AMPHILOHIJE
Metropolitan of Midwestern America CHRISTOPHER
Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosna NIKOLAJ
Bishop of Sabac LAVRENTIJE
Bishop of Nis IRINEJ
Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla VASILIJE
Bishop of Srem VASILIJE
Bishop of Banja Luka JEFREM
Bishop of Budim LUKIJAN
Bishop of Canada GEORGIJE
Bishop of Banat NIKANOR
Bishop for America and Canada (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) LONGIN
Bishop of Eastern America MITROPHAN
Bishop of Zica CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Backa IRINEJ
Bishop of Great Britain and Scandinavia DOSITEJ
Bishop of Ras and Prizren ARTEMIJE
Retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina ATANASIJE
Bishop of Bihac and Petrovac CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Osijek and Baranja LUKIJAN
Bishop of Central Europe CONSTANTINE
Bishop of Western Europe LUKA
Bishop of Timok JUSTIN
Bishop of Vranje PAHOMIJE
Bishop of Sumadija JOVAN
Bishop of Slavonia SAVA
Bishop of Branicevo IGNATIJE
Bishop of Milesevo FILARET
Bishop of Dalmatia FOTIJE
Bishop of Budimlje and Niksic JOANIKIJE
Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina GRIGORIJE
Bishop of Valjevo MILUTIN
Bishop of Western America MAXIM
Bishop of Gornji Karlovci GERASIM
Bishop of Australia and New Zealand IRINEJ
Vicar Bishop of Hvostno ATANASIJE
Vicar Bishop of Jegar PORFIRIJE
Vicar Bishop of Lipljan TEODOSIJE
Vicar Bishop of Dioclea JOVAN
Vicar Bishop of Moravica ANTONIJE
THE ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF OCHRID
Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje JOVAN
Bishop of Polos and Kumanovo JOAKIM
Bishop of Bregal MARKO

Spiegel: "CONFUSION AND CORRUPTION IN KOSOVO"

By Walter Mayr

Excerpt:
"Ramush Haradinaj is a former KLA commander who later became prime minister of UN-administered Kosovo. His indictment in The Hague consisted of 37 charges, including murder, torture, rape and the expulsion of Serbs, Albanians and gypsies in the weeks following the end of the war in 1999. Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor of the UN War Crimes Tribunal, called him a "gangster in uniform." He returned to Kosovo this spring, after his acquittal on April 3.

Haradinaj received a hero's welcome, complete with pistol shots and motorcades through a sea of Albanian flags. But there was also an announcement from UNMIK referring to reservations from The Hague: "The court was under the strong impression that witnesses in this trial did not feel safe."

Steven Schook, Rücker's American deputy at UNMIK's fortress-like headquarters in Pristina, was already out of office by then. The former American brigadier general said he left because he loved his job too much, but that wasn't the real reason. It also wasn't because of his supposed weakness for beautiful Kosovar women, or because he considered it useful to "get drunk with Ramush Haradinaj once a week," as described in a German situation analysis.

No, Steven Schook's contract was officially "not extended" after the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) investigated his administration and looked into (unproven) reports that the American had revealed the whereabouts of a man who had testified against Haradinaj. The man was living under a UN witness protection program.

Even before that, though, Schook's boss at UNMIK -- Rücker -- had given Haradinaj an exceptional private audience before his departure to a prison cell in The Hague. Rücker still insists this treatment was justified for a political alpha dog. "It's a completely normal order of business for a former prime minister and party chairman to pay me a visit before embarking on a longer journey."

As a result of his suspended sentence, Haradinaj's "longer journey" ended up being shorter than expected. During the trial he was even permitted to run as a candidate in the elections for the Kosovar parliament -- with UNMIK's blessing. Because of Haradinaj's background, this attracted attention far beyond the borders of his native region."
Read the entire story at Spiegel Online

Ex-Kosovo Minister & Staff Indicted for Witness Tampering in Haradinaj Trial

Hague prosecutors had complained that they couldn't get witnesses to testify in the Hague trial of Ramush Haradinaj, on charges of rape, murder and torture of Serbs and Roma. Several witnesses had been murdered and others intimidated out of testifying.
"The presiding judge admitted that the trial had taken place in an atmosphere in which witnesses could not feel secure.

"Fear was a pre-eminent reason why witnesses did not wish to testify," he said. "The court encountered significant difficulties in obtaining considerable numbers of testimonies."

Thirty four out of 81 witnesses had to receive special protection
." Ultimately, because of this witness intimidation, the court was forced to acquit Haradinaj.
Now, Hague prosecutors have issued indictments against Kosovo ex-minister Astrit Haraqija and one of his staff, Bajrush Morina. Reuters story is here.

The E.U.’s Double Game in the Balkans

by Srdja Trifkovic
(Excerpt)

STIn theory the European Union is horrified at the prospect of the Serbian Radical Party (Srpska radikalna stranka, SRS) becoming not only the strongest party in the country’s parliament—which it already is—but also the majority partner in a new ruling coalition after the general election on May 11. In practice, the EU officials in Brussels and in Kosovo are acting as if this is the outcome they earnestly desire.

The claim that it is possible for Serbia to continue her “process of European integrations” regardless of the status of Kosovo, or of the leading EU member-states’ position on this issue, is the pillar of the election campaign by the Democratic Party (Demokratska stranka, DS) of President Boris Tadic and his “pro-European” coalition. They claim that it is possible for Belgrade to conduct a dual-track policy, whereby the refusal of Serbia to accept Kosovo’s independence would not influence—and therefore would not hinder—the process of getting closer to EU.

That this claim is false is evident from the fact that all key EU countries except Spain have recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. With the EU heavyweights, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, opening their embassies and trade missions in “the Republic of Kosovo,” it is unthinkable that they would accept Serbia as a fully-fledged member of the Union unless Belgrade first “normalizes relations with all its neighbors”—Eurospeak for accepting the finality of Kosovo’s independence and opening an embassy in Pristina.....Continued

Friday, April 25, 2008

Today is Good Friday

Orthodox Christian churches today mark Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ and the greatest mourning for the entire Christian world. Good Friday is for Christians an expression of respect towards Christ’s sacrifice and the belief that every suffering precedes the Resurrection. Without suffering and death there is no Resurrection.

Ann Coulter: I Have No Opinion (on Kosovo)

by Julia Gorin

(Excerpt)

Penn State’s student newspaper The Daily Collegian reported on Ann Coulter’s hour-long speech there this month:

For possibly the first time in her career as a conservative commentator, Ann Coulter had nothing to say about a political issue.

“I have no opinion,” she told a student who asked her about Kosovo and Ukraine. “That may be the first time those words have passed my lips.”

During her hour-long speech to a crowd of more than a thousand last night in HUB Alumni Hall, though, Coulter spoke candidly about her opinions on a variety of controversial subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming to terrorism.

The usual, in other words. The easy stuff. And on the easy, day-to-day stuff, every conservative loudmouth in the country has a strong and ready opinion. But on the fact that in the Kosovo giveaway of 2008 we’ve just repeated the Munich surrender of 1938 — nothing.

While Americans can’t be expected to have strong opinions on whether the Ukraine gets an invitation to NATO or not, the Kosovo question is a different story. So let me see if I have this non-opinion on Kosovo straight: The U.S. is aggressively creating another Muslim state in Europe, openly calling for a heightened Islamic presence on the continent, and Ann Coulter has no opinion.......Continued

In Remembrance of the 1915 Armenian Genocide

In honor and remembrance of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire that began in 1915, a truly great 1963 film by Director Elia Kazan, called "America, America". Those of us whose Christian ancestors lived through Ottoman rule and came to America, have much in common with this magnificent chronicle of an immigrant's journey. And the memory of those lives lost, lives on through all of us.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Organ trafficking, Haradinaj cases checked

BELGRADE -- The Serbian War Crimes Prosecution is checking allegations about KLA's trafficking of organs of kidnapped and murdered Kosovo Serbs.

At the same time, the Prosecution says it is working to collect evidence for an appeal on the Hague Tribunal's recent acquittal of a former KLA commander, Ramush Haradinaj.

The Prosecution has sent letters to UNMIK, the International Red Cross and Albania's state prosecutor in order to check the allegations made in former Chief Hague Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte's book, "The Hunt".

Del Ponte, now Switzerland's ambassador to Argentina, wrote that a Hague prosecution team investigated reports from reliable sources that up to 300 Serbs, kidnapped after the 1999 war, were taken to Albania, where their vital organs were removed and sold in Europe's black market, while the victims were later killed and buried in mass graves in this country.

Del Ponte wrote the investigation in 2003 was impossible to continue.

Ten people have so far been interviewed in connection to these allegations, the Prosecution said, and added that another report – that the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, halted the investigation into the organ trafficking – is also investigated. For this reason, a request has been sent to UNMIK.

Information is also sought from the International Red Cross regarding the existence of such prisoner camps in Albania in 1999, and on whether operations of the sort were likely to have been performed there.

"We have sent a letter to the Albanian prosecution, in line with a memorandum signed in 2005 with all regional countries, Albanian included. This memorandum enables us to ask, via the Ministry of Justice, that certain actions pertaining to the investigation be performed," spokesman Bruno Vekarić said.

"This is what we have requested, that Del Ponte's claims about the yellow house be checked, whether it was there, and what might have been happening inside, but also all the other relevant information related to this case," he added.

The Prosecution is also analyzing the Haradinja verdict, and will coordinate all information sent to the Tribunal with the National Hague Cooperation Council and the Ministry of Justice.

Haradinaj was declared innocent by the UN war crimes court of charges that included murder, rape, torture and kidnapping of Kosovo's Serbs, Romas, and Albanians in 1998.

But Serbia has issued an arrest warrant for the former Kosovo premier, suspecting him of war crimes committed in the province in 1999.

"The most serious crimes happened in the vicinity of the villages of Glođeni, Dečani and near Đakovica. One draws particular attention. 13 persons were kidnapped, 10 of them murdered in June 1999. At that time, KLA units under Haradinaj's command were killing Roma babies in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. He is directly responsible, and there is evidence for this," Vekarić said.

During the Haradinaj trial at the Hague, nine prosecution witnesses were murdered, three of whom had the status of protected witnesses.

The Prosecution has information that the witness killed last year in Podgorica, Montenegro, was assigned a security officer from Sarajevo with whom he was not in contact for over two years.

The victim, the daily Blic reported, was a witness to Haradinaj's crimes, and the crimes committed by those under his command.

SerbBlog: Even with all the evidence against Haradinaj and arrests warrants still issued for him for killing Serbs and Roma, Haradinaj has the cheek to still give press interviews about how he wants to "help the Serbs" And what's worse, is that the UN, US & EU continues to force feed us this creepy propaganda that a 5 year-old could see through!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

By Charley Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason, they have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton- picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a SPEAKER, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow Representatives, not the president, can approve any budget they want.

If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.

REPLACE THE SCOUNDRELS

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Ana Ivanovic nominated for U.S. State Department award

April 20, 2008 /

The U.S. State Department has nominated Ana for its 2008 International Women of Courage Award. The accolade was created by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in order to recognise exceptional women around the globe.

"This is a big surprise," said Ana. "It's a great honour and I'd like to thank them for paying me such a great compliment like this."

In addition to reaching No.2 in the world rankings and finishing runner-up at two Grand Slams, in the past year Ana became a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia. Since her inauguration in September 2007 she has not only donated a considerable sum that has enabled 15 schools to join the "Schools Without Violence" programme, she has raised awareness about child safety through her off-court activities, which included writing a newspaper column that benefited UNICEF during the Australian Open.

The nomination is the latest in a long line of honours bestowed upon the 20-year-old in recent weeks. Last month she scooped the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's 2007 Karen Krantzcke Sponsmanship award and was simultaneously named the 2007 Most Improved Player.

Last week a postage stamp bearing her image was released in Serbia, while 2008 began with Ana being named the best-looking player in the history of tennis by The Age newspaper in Australia.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kosovo: UN Security Council divided on Serb voting

New York, 22 April (AKI) – The United Nations Security Council has again demonstrated deep divisions over Kosovo on the issue of whether local Serbs (photo) should be allowed to vote in Serbia's municipal elections on 11 May.

The divisions emerged at a session of the UN's top decision-making body late on Monday, echoing the split which emerged within it over Kosovo's declaration of independence in February.

All UN Security Council members agree that Kosovo Serbs should be allowed to vote in Serbia's parliamentary elections also slated for 11 May.

But the United States and Great Britain believe that allowing local Serbs to take part in Serbia's municipal elections would be “illegal” and would further complicate relations between minority Serbs and majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

UN Security Council permanent member and Serbian ally Russia, which has backed Belgrade in opposing Kosovo independence, said its Serb population had the right to elect their representatives at local and national level.

Kosovo Serbs boycotted municipal and parliamentary elections last November.

The Security Council convened to discuss behind a closed doors a report by the chief of the UN administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) Joachim Ruecker on the situation in Kosovo since ethnic Albanians seceded from Serbia with the support of western powers.

Ruecker said UNMIK, which has controlled Kosovo since 1999, will continue its mission “under changed circumstances”. But he said UNMIK will gradually transfer power to local Kosovo authorities by mid-June when Kosovo's new constitution comes into force.

“We must accept the fact that the situation has changed and the fulfillment of our mandate doesn’t mean the same as in 1999 when there were no Kosovo institutions and UNMIK's intervention was needed in every sense to prevent total anarchy,” Ruecker said.

Serbian president Boris Tadic criticised Ruecker’s report.

He acknowledged the report took into account “the new reality on the ground” after Kosovo's declaration of independence.

But Tadic said Ruecker's report ignored Serbian objections that such a reality was created by an “illegal act of secession” and in violation of Security Council resolution 1244 which defines Kosovo as part of Serbia.

Tadic said that the “citizens in Kosovo, who recognise the Republic of Serbia as their state, have the right to elect their municipal and parliamentary representatives”.

He stated that Serbia will never recognise Kosovo's independence and will continue its diplomatic battle to retain it within Serbian borders.

Kosovo prime minister Hasim Taci told the Security Council that Kosovo recognised “dual citizenship” for local Serbs and would allow them to vote in parliamentary, but not in local elections, as this this would be unconstitutional.

Ruecker and western ambassadors backed Taci's views.

But Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said UNMIK “should not prevent local elections in Kosovo,” meaning Kosovo Serbs being allowed to vote in Serbia's municipal polls.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Russian Soccer Team Fined For Telling the Truth!

April 19, 2008
SERBIANNA

Union of European Football Associations known as UEFA has fined Russian club Zenit from Saint Petersburg because their fans held a banner saying that Kosovo is Serbia.

The banner was spread across the stadium during a UEFA Cup game with Olympique Marseille.

Kosovo is a Serbian province whose separatist Albanian Muslims have seized power through violence then illegally declared independence while few European states have decided to recognize this illegal act.

During the game Zenit fans held a banner in Russian saying, "We won't give Kosovo" and another in French saying that "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia".

Recently, a Serbian swimmer was also punished by another EU-dominated sports institution for wearing a shirt saying that Kosovo is Serbia.

UEFA which is located in the EU is now punishing soccer clubs whose fans disagree with the illegality of Kosovo's independence declaration.

Serbian actress in America shooting Hollywood film “Public Enemies”

From Blic
Author: A. Novakovic 18.04.2008 - 06:0

Branka Katic as Johnny Depp's lover

Serbian actress Branka Katic is currently in America shooting Michael Mann’s thriller “Public Enemies”, which deals with crime wave in the 1930’s. The actress plays the role of Anna Sage, a fatal “Lady in Red”, who fingered the notorious gangster John Dillinger to the FBI agents. Other actors playing in the film are Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard , Stephen Dorff

Shooting of the film “Public Enemies”, based on true events described in Bryan Burrough's book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI“, started in Columbus. The film directed by Michael Mann deals with the crime wave in America in the early 1930’s, led by criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Johnny Depp plays Dillinger, the notorious bank robber, who robbed over 300,000 dollars during his short career, which represented a huge sum of money during the Depression era. He was killed on July 22, 1934 in front of the Biograph Theater in Chicago, where he coincidentally watched a gangster film (!). He was set up an ambush by his girlfriend Ana Sage, played by Serbian actress Branka Katic. Ana Cumpanas, also known as Anna Sage and "The Woman in Red", was a brothel owner in Chicago. In order to prevent her deportation back to her native Romania, Cumpanas fingered Dillinger to the FBI. However, the promise was never kept and she was deported in 1936, where she died 11 years later.

Agent Melvin Purvis is played by Christian Bale, while Dillinger’s girlfriend Billie Frechette is played by Marion Cotillard, who won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in "La Vie en Rose". Channing Tatum plays the role of Pretty Boy Floyed, while Billy Crudup plays the FBI director Edgar Hoover…

First days of the shooting were extremely interesting. Namely, the 44-year old was shooting a scene in his new movie “Public Enemies” when a stunt driver in a 1933 Ford car sped onto a patch of ice and skidded towards six extras.

Oblivious to the danger, the extras standing with their backs turned from the car were averted from disaster by the Hollywood hunk who spotted the potentially fatal incident and leapt into action.

According to the eyewitnesses, Johnny received a round of applause after his heroic act, and world media proclaimed him to be the real-life action hero.

Shooting of the film will last until the end of June and the premiere is scheduled for July 1, 2009.

Bio:
Branka Katic, was born in
Belgrade in 1970. She Studied drama at Academy of Dramatic Arts in Novi Sad. Her first role was in a film “Nije lako s muskarcima” when she was fifteen years old. Soon after Branka conquered the world of acting with main roles in our big film projects. Her talent was noticed by foreign directors and in 1999 she played in an American television film “Warriors”. Branka moved to America and married the British television director Julian Farino, with whom she has two sons, Louis and Joe. She has played in over 40 domestic and foreign films, such as “Jagoda u supermarketu“, “Crna macka, beli macor“, “Pad u raj“, “Rane“, “Ubistvo s predumisljajem“, “The Englishman“, “Floating“, “The Truth About Love“...

Our 'friends' in Kosovo

By Joseph Farah
WorldNet Daily, April 18, 2008
(Excerpt)

In 1999, the U.S., in collusion with its NATO allies, attacked the sovereign nation of Serbia, which posed no threat to America or Europe.

The excuse for the bombing campaign that killed thousands of innocent Serbs and destroyed civilian infrastructure was that Serbs were responsible for human rights abuses in its own province of Kosovo and that the government was responsible for backing a campaign of "genocide" against ethnic Albanians there.

It was all a lie, of course.

Serbia posed no threat to the United States whatsoever. Serbia had no weapons of mass destruction. Serbia did not support international terrorism. Serbia had no ill intentions toward the U.S.

It turns out that as few as 2,108 people were actually killed in Kosovo over a period of months leading up to and including the period of heavy bombardment of Serbia by NATO forces.

This is hardly "genocide," as it was billed by Clinton, Defense Secretary William Cohen, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., former Sen. Bob Dole and David Scheffer, U.S. ambassador for war crimes.

By whipping up hysteria for an illegal bombing campaign, all of these men have blood on their hands".......Continued

Former Czech Foreign Minister: "Kosovo Will Never Be Legally Independent"

20 April 2008 | 19:43 | Source: Tanjug FRANKFURT -- If I were in Serbian politicians' shoes, I would never recognize Kosovo's independence, Jiri Dienstbier says.

Dienstibier, a former UN human rights rapporteur for former Yugoslavia and former Czech foreign minister, was speaking in an interview for the Frankfurt-based Serbian-language daily Vesti.

Dienstbier said that Serbia's southern province has been in a "legal chaos" since some countries recognized the ethnic Albanians' unilaterally declared independence.

"This chaos has been created through the arbitrary political and interest-based interpretation of the norms of international law, which is unprecedented in the history of legal systems," Dienstbier said.

He added that many countries in the world have not taken this illegal path because they have a "sense of shame", while some have their own problems similar to Serbia's.

Such countries fortunately make up the majority, Dienstbier said, and added that the number of states that have recognized Kosovo's independence is lower than 25 percent of the world's countries.

"The pressure exerted on the 'disobedient' ones is huge, both by America, and the EU's 'elite members'. It's hard to say how many will succumb to that pressure. It is clear and certain, after all that’s been said and done, that Kosovo will never, but really never, be a legal and legitimate independent country."

"Kosovo cannot become a UN member, and with this, it cannot join most international organizations. Besides, the economic impotence of such a state must be kept in mind, and the fact that the international community has not managed to turn the Kosovo extremists into European democrats in the past ten years," the former Czech diplomat said.

"It's ridiculous that they are convincing us the Kosovo issue is unique, that it cannot serve as precedent. They should explain this to the Kurds, the Basques and many others, so if those people 'understand and accept' it, there will be no precedent."

"Nationalists are very happy because of Kosovo. In the words of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, by recognizing Kosovo, we are opening Pandora's Box," Dienstbier concluded.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Apocalypse Now

(Excerpt)
By Christopher Deliso

“When they attack, what should I do first?” a young Serbian KPS police commander says. “Should I try to evacuate my children, or fight back? We are twenty, thirty thousand. They are two million.”

The likelihood or not of such an imagined massive assault from Albanians doesn’t matter here in Mitrovica, the city divided between ethnicities by the River Ibar, up in Kosovo’s uncompromising north.

What matters is that Serbs fear it could happen and the siege mentality that has set in – as seen in the nationalist graffiti, the stern billboard warning that ‘those who live by the sword shall die by the sword,’ the muscular young men watching warily from cafés – is as real and as thick as the tension in this grand old dilapidated post-Communist city that refuses to recognize, as with the vast majority of the world’s countries thus far, that a living country has been hacked out of the Serbian body. That the phrase Kosovo je Srbija (Kosovo is Serbia) has been consigned to the history books by Pristina’s unilateral declaration of independence on February 17 is bitterly resisted here in the north...... Continued

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kosovo Albanians Cross the Border to Steal Timber and Fire at Police

15 April 2008 | 23:31 | Source: FoNet, Beta
BELGRADE --
A group of armed Kosovo Albanians today crossed the administrative line in the south and attacked police officers patrolling the area.

Beta news agency learned from the Kuršumlija MUP that the incident, in which no one was injured, took place near the village of Tačevac (Serbia Proper) at approximately 14:30 CET Tuedsay.

Policemen noticed a group of three to five people they identified as Kosovo Albanians who has crossed from the province, "carrying tools for cutting trees".

They opened fire at officers, who did not shoot back, the news agency reported.

The automatic fire, police said, lasted for half an hour. It is unclear whether the officers from MUP's Kuršumlija department were the ones that came under attack.

The Kosovo Albanians then withdrew to the Podujevo village of Metojia (Kosovo), on a tractor loaded with timber.

Police said that there was no investigation of the location "for security reasons" – KFOR must first secure the area. But officers did recover one chainsaw left behind at the scene by the attackers.


Albanians set forest fires in this area last year

Vojislav Kostunica: "Kosovo is the Measure of Serbia

Interesting interview with Vojislav Kostunica over at Byzantine Blog

Kosovo Serb rally dubs SAA "dishonorable treason"


15 April 2008 | 20:20 | Source: Beta, Tanjug
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Several thousand Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica rallied Tuesday under the slogan, "Kosovo is Serbia".

The gathering in the northern part of the divided town was organized by the Serb Council of Northern Kosovo.

President of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Settlements of Kosovo-Metohija Marko Jakšić invited Kosovo Serbs to protest outside the Serbian president's office if the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union were signed.

"This is not an association agreement, this is an agreement on treason, surrender and indirect recognition of independent Kosovo. It is certain that we, who have gone through this and suffered, will not look upon this lightly," Jakšić warned.

Speaking about President Boris Tadić, he said that "if, God forbid, he signs such a thing", Kosovo Serbs will go and stay outside his office "until the Serbian parliament annuls such a shameful and dishonorable treason."

The rally's participants reminded there can be "no alliance with the countries that have recognized the monstrosity of the state called Kosovo", nor with the EU, which set up its EULEX mission, meant to implement the idea of an independent Kosovo.

Workers from the Obilić mines and actors from Belgrade also took part. A law student from Kosovska Mitrovica burned a judge's robe, in protest over the recent Hague acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj, saying this act "passed judgment on the Hague Tribunal itself".

The next protest rally in Kosovska Mitrovica will take place in a week's time, and each Tuesday until Vidovdan on June 28.

A gathering is planned for that date where a decision will be made on how to fight against the independence of Kosovo, the organizers said today, according to Beta news agency.

Former KFOR chief: Kosovo is destabilized

15 April 2008 | 18:19 | Source: B92, Tanjug
ROME -- Lt. Gen. Fabio Mini says insecurity and destabilization are being reinforced in Kosovo.

The Italian general, one of the former commanders of the NATO forces in the province, said that this is made possible "with the arming of Kosovo Albanians and the strengthening of the nationalist bloc in Serbia".

"The situation will be increasingly tense and unstable, and it is the most difficult for Serbs in Kosovo. And it will get even worse for them," Mini said in an interview for the Belgrade daily Večernje Novosti, published today.

"If the majority of the world countries continue to refrain from recognizing the independence of Kosovo, people might start thinking that perhaps it was not the best outcome and that it is possible to find a new solution. That is why the doors for dialogue should be kept open, regardless of the existing ratio of force," the Italian general said.

KFOR in Kosovo is acting within its mandate, he pointed out, "but the same, unfortunately, cannot be said for UNMIK, which has a very small, practically non-existent authority in Kosovo".

"The European Union mission EULEX is superfluous in Kosovo and it cannot establish the peace that nobody is currently guaranteeing," he continued.

"Moreover, it is not clear what kind of authority and responsibility EULEX has, because no new resolution has been passed by the United Nations Security Council that would authorize the EU mission."

"Therefore, I sincerely doubt that the sending of 2,000 police and judges to Kosovo will help, when we know that the UN has been sending police and judges for eight years already and yet has failed to achieve anything," Mini said.

"The forces in the field, the police and KFOR, have shown that they are impotent in the face of sudden outbreaks of violence," the Italian general said, pointing out that there are so-called families that rule Kosovo, "controlling everything - from politics, economy, to crime".

"It is very naive to believe that the criminal organizations which operated more or less without any opposition during the times of Tito and Milošević, which managed to persuade the Americans and the British and all of NATO to do the job on their behalf, to corrupt and compromise many high-ranking international representatives and the occasional NATO general, will not succeed in using and abusing policemen and judges who will come to Kosovo with limited contracts within the EULEX," Mini told the newspaper.

Asked whether he believed the UNMIK and Albanian-language media accusations that Belgrade is destabilizing the situation in the province by secretly deploying MUP officers there, Mini said that this is "possible", but something he could "neither reject nor confirm".

On the other hand, the Italian general said he is sure there are many Albanian factors south of the Ibar River who are destabilizing the situation.

"Even while I was in Kosovo, KFOR was searching for the members of a paramilitary organization knows as AKSH [ANA], who were wearing the Kosovo Protection Corps uniforms during the day, while at night they planted bombs. The capacity of the Kosovo Albanians to destabilize Kosovo is much greater than that of the Serbs," Mini concluded.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, "EU responsible for stability of Serbia"

From Blic
Author: B.T. | 4/10/2008 - 06:00 EU responsible for stability of Serbia

‘I hope that the EU countries that made too early decision on recognition of Kosovo shall realize their responsibility for leaving pro-European forces in Serbia in the lurch’, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says for ‘Blic’.

‘That is why I hope that until April 28 they, especially the Netherlands, shall realize how important it is that the stabilization and association agreement (SAA) is signed and that the first step towards suspension of visa regime for the citizens of Serbia is made’, he adds.
Schroeder, who visited Belgrade on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Swiss media group ‘Ringier’, the owner of ‘Blic’, says that as for Kosovo he personally preferred different decision to have been made, but ‘now there is no sense in looking back’. His message to European leaders is that the stability of the whole region would be affected if the SAA with Serbia is not signed.

He mentions that half a million of Serbs living in Germany have no problem of integrating into German society.

‘This shows how the cultures are close. At the same time those people are the best ambassadors of Serbia, or the best representatives of Serbia and its culture in Germany’.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Samadzic: "Serbia rejects separation"

April 13, 2008
Washington Times (Excerpt)
By Slobodan Samardzic

On Feb. 17, leaders of the ethnic Albanian community in the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohia illegally and unilaterally declared independence from Serbia.

Violating Serbia's territorial integrity and international law, the United States and some European countries extended recognition and demanded that the Serbian government and Serbs in Kosovo respect the "border" created through our territory. They further insist on acceptance of the illegitimate "authority" in Pristina and deployment of a European Union mission ("EULEX"), despite absence of any legal ground, including United Nations Security Council authorization.

These actions are clear violations of the controlling U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), which affirms Serbian sovereignty in the province. They also already have resulted in violence. The willingness of Washington and its hangers-on to use force to impose their demands was displayed recently in the mainly Serbian area of Northern Mitrovica, where U.N. police (UNMIK) and NATO-led military (KFOR) took violent action against Serbian judges and court workers who had peacefully and temporarily held a sit-in in a court building where they been employed prior to the 1999 NATO war against my country. This was done despite an agreement, which I brokered, for the Serbs to leave the premises voluntarily, which they were doing when they were violently attacked.

My government has demanded an impartial international investigation. President Bush's recent decision to provide weapons and other military assistance to the Albanian separatists points to further violent suppression of Serbs in Kosovo.

Serbia has responded to these provocations with restraint and constructive initiatives to restore peace and the rule of law. Recently I proposed that — pursuant to Resolution 1244 — the Serbian community would govern its own affairs, under U.N. oversight and jurisdiction. This would effectively protect the Serbian community from the lawlessness of the ethnic Albanian "government" headed by commanders of the so-called "Kosovo Liberation Army."

It also would allow the United Nations to help restore the rule of law, gravely compromised and critically endangered by the illegal unilateral proclamation of secession from Serbia. The proposal by Serbia makes it clear we are upholding Resolution 1244 and volunteering to help the U.N. maintain the Resolution's integrity, with cooperation of Serbs in Kosovo. The United Nations' acceptance or rejection of this offer will be a real test of whether they intend to maintain their valid role in Kosovo under Resolution 1244.

True to form, some observers have denounced our proposal as an attempt to "partition" Kosovo, or to have Serbs "secede." Such accusations are knowing and malicious falsehoods. It is patently obvious to any fair-minded observer that we seek not partition or secession but maintaining the integrity of Resolution 1244 where possible (the areas where Serbs live) as opposed to the Albanian-dominated areas, where the U.N.'s authority under Resolution 1244 has been negated by the separatist declaration of Feb. 17, the illegal deployment of EULEX, and null and void foreign recognitions........ (Continued)

Conservative British MEP "Not Happy about Kosovo Independence"


Excerpt of EurActive Interview with Conservative MEP and foreign affairs committee member Geoffrey Van Orden:

How would you describe the situation in Serbia, which feels offended by the 'amputation' of part of its territory, and how could the EU help the reformists there?

I'm not happy personally about the outcome in Kosovo. I'm not sure that was the best we could come to and I think we should have tried harder to find a way to give Kosovo greater autonomy within Serbia. I'm not looking for ways to make relationships with Russia more difficult than they are. On the contrary, I want good relations with Russia and I think it's in Russia's strategic interest to have good relations with the West. I don't see a lot of point in just finding issues which are going to put Russia on a different side to ourselves, and this is one of them. And after all, we are not dealing with a Serbia ruled by Milosevic, we are dealing with a democratically elected government in Serbia, and it seems very strange, that now that we have a democratically elected government, that we kick them in the most sensitive place.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The IQ Test: Condi Rice Says, "U.S., EU are Serbia's friends"

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. and EU are Serbia’s friends, but that Kosovo’s development as an independent state must be allowed.

“Both the U.S. and Germany have recognized Kosovo. We want a stable Balkans where Serbs will understand that they have good friends in the U.S. and the EU, but we must allow the development of Kosovo as an independent state,” said Rice at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier.

Steinmeier added that the Balkans needed to be stable, and that in this respect, Kosovo’s stability was vital, which, as he put it, was not such an easy task, reports Voice of America.

“Obviously, at the moment, the key question is Kosovo’s stability in the Balkans, which is not such an easy task. Particularly, now ahead of parliamentary elections in Serbia, when the nationalists are trying to exploit this, and upset the pro-European atmosphere in Serbia. I hope that that idea won’t materialize,” said the German foreign minister.

Rice and Steinmeier broached a number of world challenges, including North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs.

SerbBlog Note: Is Condi completely insane?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

What Would Bismarck Do?

In the Balkans, 1914 is never far away.
by William S. Lind
(Excerpt)

There is an old saying that the problem with the Balkans is that they produce more history than they can consume locally. Events in, and over, the Serbian province of Kosovo may soon give this adage new relevance.

Last month, an Albanian government in Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. That action was unhelpful, at best, for the future peace of the Balkans. Kosovo is the Serbs’ ancestral homeland, to which they remain emotionally attached. Serbian mothers sing lullabies to their babies about Kosovo, and men will fight for what their women love.

Never content to see a fire without pouring gasoline on it, the Bush administration promptly recognized the new “state” of Kosovo, as did some forgetful European countries. Russia, which may remember history too well, responded by announcing its support for Serbia. Within a week, Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence and the Great Powers’ response to it had set the stage for a classic 19th-century Balkan crisis. A few old fogies may recall that the last such crisis, in the summer of 1914, led to a certain amount of unpleasantness, not entirely contained within Balkan boundaries.

To grasp what is at risk here, and why, requires a tour through Balkan history. The Balkans are not so much steeped in history as drowned in it. Nothing happens there that is not seen by all players as a new act in an old drama.

For Serbs, the play began in Kosovo in the year 1389 on Kosovo Polje, the Field of Blackbirds. There a Serbian army fought and was defeated by an army of invading Turks. The Serbian national ethos that grew from that defeat was one of betrayal, loss, survival, and revenge. Serbs sum up their culture in one word, inat, best translated as marching to defeat with your eyes open.

The more recent events that led to Kosovo’s declaration of independence fit the Serbian mindset perfectly. After World War II, the Albanian population in Kosovo grew while the Serbian population gradually shrank. It is important to understand that there are no Kosovars, only Albanians and Serbs who live in Kosovo. Each seeks union with its homeland, Greater Albania or historic Serbia.

As Albanians in Kosovo became a majority, they began harassing the Serbs with the goal of driving them out. Slobodan Milosevic’s rise to power began when he promised the Serbs of Kosovo that, under his rule, no one would be allowed to beat them.....(Continued)