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Current Concerns - Special, May 29, 2009
The 10th Anniversary of NATO aggression on Serbia. "It began with a lie - and the lie continues."
Ian Bancroft, March 26, 2009
Serbia's anniversary is a timely reminder
NATO's intervention over Kosovo in 1999 was an important precursor to the invasion of Iraq four years later
Nato's intervention over Kosovo in 1999 represented a collective failure of both diplomatic will and conception.
David H. Young, World Politics Review, December 15, 2008
Serbia's surprising turn westward
Aleksa Djilas, November 10, 2008
The academic West and the Balkan test
Review of two books in Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Volume 9, Number 3, December 2007
John Lampe & Sabrina P. Ramet, November 10, 2008
Responses to Aleksa Djilas, ‘The Academic West and the
The authors of the books respond to Aleksa Djilas' review article above, in Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Volume 10, Number 1, April 2008
Aleksa Djilas, November 10, 2008
Responses to John Lampe's and Sabrina P. Ramet's criticism
Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans,
Volume 10, Number 2, August 2008
Ian Bancroft, The Guardian, October 10, 2008
Serbia's triumph over EU double standards.
John Pilger, blog, August 14, 2008
Don't forget Yugoslavia
IHT, May 30
The Balkans are no longer a hotbed of crime, says new UN report
It's much safer too, but there is still some way to go.Kosovo and Albania remain the "soft underbelly" of crime and corruption
Ian Traynor, The Guardian, April 12, 2008
Former war crimes prosecutor alleges Kosovan army harvested organs from Serb prisoners.
Del Ponte claims, based on what she describes as credible reports and witnesses, that Kosovan Albanian guerrillas transported hundreds of Serbian prisoners into northern Albania where they were killed, and their organs "harvested" and trafficked out of Tirana airport.
Kosovo Compromise 2008
The single most comprehensive homepage on the status of Kosovo - independent analyses as well as selection of articles from the world press.
Pepe Escobar, The Real New Network, March 3, 2008
From Kosovo to Kurdistan (I - III).
Stephen Zunes and Ian Williams, FPIF, February 29, 2008
Strategic dialogue: Kosovo.
Two keen observers have different takes on the recognition.
E. Vucheva, EUObserver.com, February 28, 2008
International envoy expresses deep concern over Bosnia (in the wake of Kosovo's secession).
Stephen Zunes, The Real News Network, February 27, 2008
Kosovo and UN Security Council Resolution 1244
Caelum Moffatt, MIFTAH, February 25, 2008
Kosovo: 'Unique' or a Double Standard?
Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, February 25, 2008
Kosovo and the Empire Crazies
Will American Empire end before it ends the world?
Nick Thorpe, BBC, February 23, 2008
Serbs enact plan to sabotage Kosovo
Stephen Zunes, FPIF, February 21, 2008
Kosovo and the politics of recognition
John V. Whitbeck, CounterPunch, February 20, 2008
If Kosovo, why not Palestine?
If not now, when?
Stephen Lendman, GobalResearch, February 19, 2008
Large potential oil and gas discovery underscores Kosovo's importance
Ian Bancroft, The Guardian, February 19, 2008
The end of multilateralism?
Recognition of Kosovo's independence will erode two fundamental international pillars, sovereign equality and the inviolability of borders
Ian Traynor, The Guardian, February 19, 2008
Spain exposes EU split as US leads recognition of Kosovo
Kjell Magnusson, Aftonbladet, 19:e februari, 2008
Hur klokt är det här?
Kjell Magnusson jublar inte över Kosovos "seger"
Tomislav Dulic, Svenska Dagbladet, 19:e februari
Erkännadet av Kosovo: FN:s auktoritet försvagas
Neil Clark, The Guardian, January 14, 2008
It's time to end Serb-bashing
Miodrag Isakov, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 12, 2007
The case against Kosovo independence
Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, December 12, 2007
The Next Kosovo War
Gethin Chamberlain & Bojan Pancevski, The Telegraph, London, December 3, 2007
Etnic 'cleansing' threat to Serbs in Kosovo
Anthee Carassava, IHT, Dec 3, 2007
UN envoy to visit Athens and Skopje to revive talks on a name dispute
David Young, Christian Science Monitor, Nov 5, 2007
If you give separatists an inch...
Tobias Salander, Current Concerns, November 2007
How the Public is Led into Wars
Book review of Jörg Becker/ Mira Beham. “Operation Balkan: Werbung für Krieg und Tod” (“Operation Balkans – Propaganda for War and Death”)
Shocking revelations..."Such chutzpah catches our breath when reading the analysis of Becker/Beham; however we have to ask ourselves at the same time, to what extent were we turned on by this manipulation and became the idiots and dance bears of crafty PR strategists."
Edward S. Herman, ZNet - October 26, 2007
Genocide inflation is the real human rights threat: Yugoslvai and Rwanda
Very little attention has been paid to genocide inflation, where killings are wildly exaggerated and claims of genocide are made based on hearsay, rumor, knowing lies, and otherwise problematic “information.” No indignation has been expressed even over its more egregious illustrations, and no laws have been proposed or passed to punish its practitioners.
Nicholas Wood, IHT, September 14, 2007
West's stance on Kosovo could drive Serbia into new isolation
Serbian politicians, even pro-Western ones, say that they worry that a recognition of Kosovo would introduce a new era of Serbian isolation and hostility toward the West - leaving Europe with little sway here.
Reuters, July 24, 2007
Serbs to back a "united front" resolution on Kosovo"
Any states that want normal and friendly relations with Serbia must respect the U.N. charter, which guarantees that internationally recognised borders cannot be altered," said te Prime Minister.
Michael Levitin, Newsweek, July 16, 2007
The status quo on Kosovo won't work. Nor will the plan pushed by the U.N. and Washington.
Ignacio Ramonet, Le Monde Diplomatique
One might well ask why 50 years has not sufficed to establish an independent state in Palestine, with the tragic consequences we see before us, and why the question of Kosovo suddenly has to be settled without delay.
Nicholas Wood, IHT, July 2, 2007
Kosovo independence will probably face delay
A senior U.S. diplomat has cast doubt on the possibility of a quick resolution on Kosovo's status, suggesting that the plans that would enable the province to claim independence might not be acted upon by Western governments and Russia until next year.
Gregory Clark, Japan Times, July 2, 2007
Serbia owed justice in Kosovo
No commentator likes to sound like a conspiracy nut. But if that is the fate of anyone who tries to challenge the distortions involved in painting Serbia as criminally guilty over Kosovo and the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, then so be it...
Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor, June 28, 2007
Why Russia is against Kosovo plan
Less than a week before presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin sit down for a heart-to-heart in Maine, the status of Kosovo is emerging as a primary sticking point in US-Russia relations.
George Friedman, Stratfor, June 26, 2007
A return to Kosovo
In fact, we believe the Russians would cut supplies if provoked. Kosovo really is that big of an issue to them. If they gave in on this, all of Putin's efforts to re-establish Russia as a great power would be undermined.
Jovana Gec, Associated Press, June 25, 2007
Serb leader warns of worsening U.S. ties
Kostunica was apparently reacting to comments made Sunday by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said that Kosovo has to be "resolved in accordance with the reality that Serbia and Kosovo are not going to be part of the same body again."
Nicholas Wood & Craig Smith, IHT, June 24, 2007
Patience runs thin as Kosovo Albanians await independence
Preparations for the party have begun, and the government has even bought fireworks. But eight years after NATO forces effectively bombed Serb security forces out of Kosovo, the independence that this small ethnic Albanian enclave was fighting for keeps slipping further into the future.
Aleksa Djilas, June 22, 2007
On novelty and oblivion: What we can learn from dissidents under Communism
Dissidents as truth-tellers and their fundamental role in bringing the Soviet Union down. And what should be the role of the West today?
Former foreign ministers, IHT, June 15, 2007
Kosovo must be independent
"Ten former foreign ministers, among them some who promoted and supported NATO's illegal bombing in 1999, offer their platitudes to the world...even totally twisting UN Security Council Resolutio 1244. Poor Kosovars whose independence supporters can't find better arguments than these!" - says Jan Oberg whose rejoinder can be read here.
Aleksandar Jokic, Newropeans Magazine, June 14, 2007
Taking Kosovo solution seriously
The policy of partitioning Kosovo along with the unification of Republika Srpska with Serbia offers long term security and stability for the region. Also, it is no less natural an outcome than the unification of Germany, for example.
Craig Smith, New York Times, June 8, 2007
For one visit, Bush will feel pro-US glow
“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”
Judy Dempsey, IHT, June 8, 2007
G-8 fails to agree on Kosovo
Sarkozy, attending his first G-8 summit meeting since becoming president last month, surprised all the rest when he called for a delay in granting Kosovo independence from Serbia.
Chris Patten, Financial Times,June 7, 2007
Kosovo's last chapter is still to be written
The author believes that Kosovo can become a success. There are people who just will not recognize the pats's conflict mismanagement of the West, says Jan Oberg.
Dempsey, IHT, May 30, 2070
worried over UN plan for Kosovo independence
Foreign ministers from the Group of 8 countries clashed Wednesday
over the future of Kosovo after Russia warned that a United Nations
plan paving the way for independence from Serbia could encourage
separatist movements in the Russian-backed regions of Ossetia and
Abkhazia in Georgia.
May 12, 2007
rejects Kosovo independence
Russia said Saturday that it could not accept elements of a draft
U.N. resolution on Kosovo worked out by the United States and European
Union nations, maintaining its strong opposition to a Western-backed
plan for the Serbian province's independence.
May 11, 2007
independence to go before the U.N.
The United States and key European nations will introduce a U.N.
resolution Friday endorsing internationally supervised independence
for Kosovo, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.
Zalmay Khalilzad said the resolution has enough support to win Security
Council approval unless Russia casts a veto.
May 9, 2007
groups oppose Serbian presidency of Council of Europe
Who talks here about double standards and making a mockery of international
law? Near-Governmental human rights organizations who never stood
up for the rights of Serb minorities, have hardly argued for non-Serbs
being sent to the Hague Tribunal and didn't have much to say when
NATO destroyed Serbia, says Jan Oberg, TFF.
May 8, 2007
Russia present rival U.N. plans for Kosovo
Information Agency, May 2, 2007
defence, immunity pact
The United States signed a defense pact Tuesday with Montenegro
that could open the way for the deployment of US forces to the young
Balkan republic -- a step likely to fuel tensions with Russia.
Johnstone, April 11, 2007
the Zoo:The "international community"
plan for Kosovo
The way out could be a false "solution" that may provoke
either Serbs or Albanians, or both, to react in ways that can be
blamed for the impending disaster.
Wood, IHT, April 8, 2007
war crimes trial splits West and prosecutors
Haradinaj, an ethnic Albanian, and two other men began to stand
trial at the UN tribunal in The Hague in March, charged with killing
40 people in 1998. He was prime minister and a major partner of
Brock's 2006 book - April 9, 2007
Cleansing: Dirty Reporting
Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia
Foreword by David Binder
Here Binder's presentation of Brock:
NY Times Reporter: '93 Pulitzer
Should Be Revoked
Tim Judah, ISN, April
battle for Kosovo
Nobody ever expected the resolution of the Kosovo problem to be
easy. But, equally, as European and US diplomats are discovering,
it now looks as though it is going to be far harder than they ever
EU splinter group
emerges on Kosovo
Slovakia, Romania and Greece raised objections to the so-called
Ahtisaari plan for Kosovo independence at an informal meeting of
EU foreign ministers in Bremen, Germany at the weekend, with diplomatic
sources also saying that Spain and Italy harbour reservations about
the Kosovo blueprint.
Svante Cornell &
Michael Jonsson, IHT, March 23, 2007
a state of denial
Washington and Brussels want Kosovo to be an independent state.
But it looks set to become a heavily criminalized state in the heart
of Europe, with far- reaching implications.When the international
community intervened in Kosovo in 1999, it had the right intentions
but the wrong friends.
James Bissett, GlobeAndMail,
March 22, 2007
NATO really smote the Serbs
This weekend marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led NATO bombing
of Yugoslavia. The implications of that action are still with us.
Stanley Kober, IHT,
March 22, 2007
approaching train wreck
If the Russians (and possibly the Chinese) oppose revision of Resolution
1244 to grant Kosovo effective independence, and if the United States
and its allies ignore these concerns and endorse the Ahtisaari plan,
the reverberations will be felt well beyond the Balkans.
Sunday Telegraph, March 19, 2007
German report damns West's revival of Kosovo
It claimed that the United Nations administration and the Nato-led
peacekeeping mission had been infiltrated by organised crime syndicates,
and accused the international bodies of mismanagement, corruption
and organisational chaos.
BBC February 26, 2007
Serbia of genocide
Bosnians sought a guilty verdict at the court in The Hague
The UN's highest court has cleared Serbia of direct responsibility
for genocide during the 1990s Bosnian war. Reuters'
Reuters AlertNet, February 11, 2007
leaders urge calm after clashes kill two
Protests brought 3,000 people onto the streets of the capital before
"I assure the Kosovo people that the process is going in the
right direction and very soon Kosovo will be independent,"
Ceku said separately.
One wonders whether Ceku's assurances is based on promises already
made secretely to him by Western powers, says Jan Oberg.
Fred Abrahams, FPIF, February 7, 2007
Kosovo's tricky waltz
Nina Brenjo, Reuters AlertNet, February
Kosovo's independence be an anti-climax?
An excellent summary of various comments on the future of Kosovo.
UNMIK - UNOSEK, February 2, 2007
Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General
of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo -
Mr Martti Ahtisaari
The Summary and texts of the proposal for the future of Kosovo.
Craig S. Smith, IHT, January 26, 2007
plan opens way for Kosovo independence, diplomats say
Most Rev. Dr. Robert
M. Bowman, Lt Col, USAF, ret
the Conflict in Kosovo
Council for Kosovo
Homepage for Kosovo, against Kosova independence, lots of materials
about Serbia and Kosovo
Don Hays, R. Bruce
Hitchner and Edward P. Joseph in IHT, January 19, 2007
is no model for Iraq
But after 11 years of intensive international effort, it is time
to face up to the sad reality. Bosnia's Serbs, Croats and Muslims
simply do not share a common vision for the country. The Dayton
legacy of balancing power at the central, cantonal and local levels
is hopelessly dysfunctional. And the notion that European Union
membership will serve as the panacea for Bosnia's ethnic struggles
and institutional complexity is increasingly a pipe dream.
Hidden Army Of Radical Islam
Sky News has obtained evidence of hundreds of radical Islamic Holy
warriors hiding in Bosnia, a decade after the end of the war. Tim
Marshall went to Zenica in search of answers. He found a growing
radicalisation, and a new base for Al Qaeda.
Beth Kampschror, Christian Science
August 21, 2006
Country for sale
After ending its union with Serbia, Montenegro's land is a hot commodity
BBC, June 4, 2006
BBC, May 23, 2006
accepts Montenegro result
James Lyons, Jr., Washington Times,
May 9, 2006
Google video, February 5, 2006
Albanian Brooklyn connection
Documentary about how Albanians form Brooklyn New York are smuggling
weapons form the USA to Kosovo via Albania.
Nicholas Wood, IHT, November 27. 2005
Haven for Islamic radicals?
The National Security
Archive, November 21, 2005
Secret History of Dayton
U.S. Diplomacy and the Bosnia Peace Process 1995
By Derek Chollet and Bennett Freeman
är vitt, sa kejsaren - eller När kullisserna rasade.
Min upplevelse av Ordfronts kris nov -03 – sept -04.
Still relevant today when Ceku is Prime Minister...
MotherJones, May 21, 1999
criminal, ally or both?
The KLA's new leader, Agim Ceku, may have helped mastermind the
most brutal ethnic-cleansing campaign in post-communist Yugoslavia's
history. Now he's on NATO's side in the war over Kosovo.