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- December 1, 2011 at 11:51 am #342424
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Thursday 1.12.2011 | 09:33
N. Kosovo Serbs build three new barricades
Source: B92, Politika, Danas
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA — Even though President Boris Tadić called for removal of barricades, northern Kosovo Serbs have built three new barricades in the village of Jagnjenica.
A barricade in the village of Dudin Krš has been reinforced.
Daily Politika writes that the local Serbs are keeping watch at all 19 barricades in northern Kosovo.
Northern Kosovo Serb representatives and local KFOR Commander Colonel Darius Nobs will meet in Jagnjenica today in order to try to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Nobs said that KFOR troops were performing control and preventing weapons smuggling but that it was unacceptable that the main road leading to Zubin Potok was blocked.
Situation was peaceful in northern Kosovo last night. B92 has learned that children from Zubin Potok, who did not go to school yesterday, have returned to their classes on Thursday.
Northern Kosovo Serbs “disappointed” in Tadić
The northern Kosovo Serbs are disappointed by Tadić’s call to remove the barricades, Zubin Potok Mayor Slaviša Ristić said on Wednesday. Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić has said that the call is confusing and that he believes that it is a result of pressure from Brussels.
They told Politika that they would call an emergency joint session of four northern Kosovo Serb municipalities on Thursday in order to discuss the president’s request.
Daily Danas, on the other hand, writes that the northern Kosovo Serbs are ready for alternative resistance measures if the government decided to implement some temporary measures against them. The daily has learned that criminal charges against Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović will be filed by the local Serb representatives as soon as details about today’s talks with Priština in Brussels are made public.
The daily also added that the northern Kosovo Serb representatives will most likely request a parliament session so the MPs could discuss a change of the state policy which was announced by Tadić.December 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm #368331
Just heard that the "Kosovar Albanian Army" has just been mobilised, it seems that they are starting a full scale attack upon northern Kosovo, they are just waiting for the green light from the NATO and EU.
Thats the reason why Tadic said to back down from the barricades so that they don't get massacred.
It's boiling, I personally don't know should I enlist or not. If NATO gives a green light, our people are history. We have no allies.December 14, 2011 at 3:24 am #368332
[size=14pt]EU Police Halt Russian humanitarian Convoy to North Kosovo[/size]
A Russian convoy of about 20 trucks transporting humanitarian aid to Serbs in northern Kosovo has been stopped and checked on the Kosovo-Serbia border at Jarinje.
[td]The 27 trucks carrying the aid to Serbs in the north, send by Russia, are blocked at the Jarinje administrative checkpoint since Tuesday morning.
The convoy of trucks sent by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and meant to be delivered to Serbs in Kosovo arrived at the gates at Jarinje this morning, the ambassador told reporters at the spot, adding that the convoy had been told it would be allowed to cross the administrative line between central Serbia and the Kosovo province.
He said that the formalities concerning the procedures for trucks to enter the southern Serbian province had to be observed and were underway.
Two trucks have already been allowed to enter and are already in the province, and a third truck was currently undergoing the same procedure, said Konuzin. [/td]
“EULEX then issued an order to halt the formal procedure, blocking the convoy movement, he said. We received no information as to the reason for stopping the control procedure. Then we were given the condition to either continue to move on accompanied by EULEX or to go to the Merdare checkpoint,” he said.
Konuzin said EULEX had then been said it was not required to escort the convoy and that the convoy would not go on to Merdare because the crossing was controlled by the authorities from Priština that neither Russia nor the Serbian authorities considered legitimate.
For now, the movement of the convoy remains blocked, Konuzin said, adding that he was in contact with the Serbian and Russian authorities, trying to find a solution.
“The most important thing is for the Russian humanitarian aid to reach those for whom it is meant – Kosovo Serbs,” the Russian diplomat said.
Speaking in Kragujevac, central Serbia on Tuesday afternoon, Serbian President Boris Tadić "thanked Russia for sending the humanitarian aid", and added that "no convoy carrying aid to Serbs in Kosovo should be stopped as they are today the most vulnerable ethnic group in Europe”.
Я благодарю русскoм брату.
I thank our Russian brother for sending us aid and support. The only Slavic nation that stands by our side in this impossible times, as it did many times before.December 14, 2011 at 11:55 am #368333
I thank our Russian brother for sending us aid and support. The only Slavic nation that stands by our side in this impossible times, as it did many times before.
Yes, Russia actually cares about Kosovo Serbs, unlike the puppet government in our capital.
Our enemies in the Western Anglo-Judaic world call us the 'little Russians'. What they would like to do to Russia, but can't for obvious reasons, they do to us.December 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm #368334
AnonymousQuote:It's boiling, I personally don't know should I enlist or not.
Chill there won't be any "slaughters with srbosjeks" of civilians or "srbokolja", Albanians can't risk damaging their "good behavior" streak with Anglo's.
Best thing you can do for your country (as any other Slav) is to get a good education on a decent college. Go for schools of economics, technical, engineering and medical studies, not any of that crappy useless "liberal arts", political or social studies crap. 50 000 unemployed political annalists aren't gonna exactly start up businesses. Which would generate income and employ your fellow country men in North Kosovo and slowly build Serb position there, couple of thousand of start up small-medium profitable businesses (you Serbs always were in the hearts of 300 million Arabs which correlate with your "suffering at the hands of West" so you don't need much effort to turn that potential to economic gain) and settlements Israeli style could return Serb population to 25-35% in a decade or two.September 30, 2012 at 8:45 am #368335
Hello my brothers! We are in need a formula for unification! Time has come! Politicians and Kings betrayed our people to many times! Our gold has been shipped to England and France from our treasures from our hard labor. It is sad that Slavic brothers and sisters fight against each other for the foreigner policies. All of the Slavic countries should unite, it is only way we Slavs can preserve our identity, our culture, our education, our arts and to respect our forefathers that built and died for our Slavic way of life. To many Slavic brothers killed each other. To Slavic betrayed one another other. Time has come to wake up out of dream that has been embedded by media and books in your heads by tricksters and lairs who wrote them and tailor it for their own benefit! We are smart and honest people when we live our Slavic ways. We will never be Americans or European we are Slavs. Croatian and Serbs they must find a way to live together, they are the undefeatable warriors when they are together, they are like two stubborn brothers always competing with each other. Think why Yugoslavia was disassemble, because it was treat to Europe, even our big brothers from Russia wore little jealous too we must move beyond this envy one another, most of Europe does not want us to be united as Slavs, i do not need to explain why do i ? EU want Slavs to EU but we want have those fancy jobs because we do not have their fancy educations, few of us may get those fancy jobs but not all and all others we will be slaves to the elite of EU. They will plunge & raid our natural resources and our culture. We will be slaves in our own lands that our forefathers bleed and die for it and our politicians will sale it so their life are comfortable with of shores bank accounts and when another revolution comes they will fled the country and live it in chaos. To je to. Slava!October 27, 2012 at 5:41 am #368336
Heres an article from Workers World.
Washington gets a new colony in the Balkans!
By Sara Flounders
Published Feb 21, 2008 8:13 PM
In evaluating the recent “declaration of independence” by Kosovo, a province of Serbia, and its immediate recognition as a state by the U.S., Germany, Britain and France, it is important to know three things.
First, Kosovo is not gaining independence or even minimal self-government. It will be run by an appointed High Representative and bodies appointed by the U.S., European Union and NATO. An old-style colonial viceroy and imperialist administrators will have control over foreign and domestic policy. U.S. imperialism has merely consolidated its direct control of a totally dependent colony in the heart of the Balkans.
Second, Washington’s immediate recognition of Kosovo confirms once again that U.S. imperialism will break any and every treaty or international agreement it has ever signed, including agreements it drafted and imposed by force and violence on others.
The recognition of Kosovo is in direct violation of such law—specifically U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244, which the leaders of Yugoslavia were forced to sign to end the 78 days of NATO bombing of their country in 1999. Even this imposed agreement affirmed the “commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Serbia, a republic of Yugoslavia.
This week’s illegal recognition of Kosovo was condemned by Serbia, Russia, China and Spain.
Thirdly, U.S. imperialist domination does not benefit the occupied people. Kosovo after nine years of direct NATO military occupation has a staggering 60 percent unemployment rate. It has become a center of the international drug trade and of prostitution rings in Europe.
The once humming mines, mills, smelters, refining centers and railroads of this small resource-rich industrial area all sit silent. The resources of Kosovo under NATO occupation were forcibly privatized and sold to giant Western multinational corporations. Now almost the only employment is working for the U.S./NATO army of occupation or U.N. agencies.
The only major construction in Kosovo is of Camp Bondsteel, the largest U.S. base built in Europe in a generation.Halliburton, of course, got the contract. Camp Bondsteel guards the strategic oil and transportation lines of the entire region.
Over 250,000 Serbian, Romani and other nationalities have been driven out of this Serbian province since it came under U.S./NATO control. Almost a quarter of the Albanian population has been forced to leave in order to find work.
Establishing a colonial administration
Consider the plan under which Kosovo’s “independence” is to happen. Not only does it violate U.N. resolutions but it is also a total colonial structure. It is similar to the absolute power held by L. Paul Bremer in the first two years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
How did this colonial plan come about? It was proposed by the same forces responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia and the NATO bombing and occupation of Kosovo.
In June of 2005, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari as his special envoy to lead the negotiations on Kosovo’s final status. Ahtisaari is hardly a neutral arbitrator when it comes to U.S. intervention in Kosovo. He is chairman emeritus of the International Crisis Group (ICG), an organization funded by multibillionaire George Soros that promotes NATO expansion and intervention along with open markets for U.S. and E.U. investment.
The board of the ICG includes two key U.S. officials responsible for the bombing of Kosovo: Gen. Wesley Clark and Zbigniew Brzezinski. In March 2007, Ahtisaari gave his Comprehensive Proposal for Kosovo Status Settlement to the new U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
The documents setting out the new government for Kosovo are available at unosek.org/unosek/en/statusproposal.html. A summary is available on the U.S. State Department’s Web site at state.gov/p/eur/rls/fs/100058.htm
An International Civilian Representative (ICR) will be appointed by U.S. and E.U. officials to oversee Kosovo. This appointed official can overrule any measures, annul any laws and remove anyone from office in Kosovo. The ICR will have full and final control over the departments of Customs, Taxation, Treasury and Banking.
The E.U. will establish a European Security and Defense Policy Mission (ESDP) and NATO will establish an International Military Presence. Both these appointed bodies will have control over foreign policy, security, police, judiciary, all courts and prisons. They are guaranteed immediate and complete access to any activity, proceeding or document in Kosovo.
These bodies and the ICR will have final say over what crimes can be prosecuted and against whom; they can reverse or annul any decision made. The largest prison in Kosovo is at the U.S. base, Camp Bondsteel, where prisoners are held without charges, judicial overview or representation.
The recognition of Kosovo’s “independence” is just the latest step in a U.S. war of reconquest that has been relentlessly pursued for decades.
Divide and rule
The Balkans has been a vibrant patchwork of many oppressed nationalities, cultures and religions. The Socialist Federation of Yugoslavia, formed after World War II, contained six republics, none of which had a majority. Yugoslavia was born with a heritage of antagonisms that had been endlessly exploited by the Ottoman Turks, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and interference by British and French imperialism, followed by Nazi German and Italian Fascist occupation in World War II.
The Jewish and Serbian peoples suffered the greatest losses in that war. A powerful communist-led resistance movement made up of all the nationalities, which had suffered in different ways, was forged against Nazi occupation and all outside intervention. After the liberation, all the nationalities cooperated and compromised in building the new socialist federation.
In 45 years the Socialist Federation of Yugoslavia developed from an impoverished, underdeveloped, feuding region into a stable country with an industrial base, full literacy and health care for the whole population.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the Pentagon immediately laid plans for the aggressive expansion of NATO into the East. Divide and rule became U.S. policy throughout the entire region. Everywhere right-wing, pro-capitalist forces were financed and encouraged. As the Soviet Union was broken up into separate, weakened, unstable and feuding republics, the Socialist Federation of Yugoslavia tried to resist this reactionary wave.
In 1991, while world attention was focused on the devastating U.S. bombing of Iraq, Washington encouraged, financed and armed right-wing separatist movements in the Croatian, Slovenian and Bosnian republics of the Yugoslav Federation. In violation of international agreements Germany and the U.S. gave quick recognition to these secessionist movements and approved the creation of several capitalist ministates.
At the same time U.S. finance capital imposed severe economic sanctions on Yugoslavia to bankrupt its economy. Washington then promoted NATO as the only force able to bring stability to the region.
The arming and financing of the right-wing UCK movement in the Serbian province of Kosovo began in this same period. Kosovo was not a distinct republic within the Yugoslav Federation but a province in the Serbian Republic. Historically, it had been a center of Serbian national identity, but with a growing Albanian population.
Washington initiated a wild propaganda campaign claiming that Serbia was carrying out a campaign of massive genocide against the Albanian majority in Kosovo. The Western media was full of stories of mass graves and brutal rapes. U.S. officials claimed that from 100,000 up to 500,000 Albanians had been massacred.
U.S./NATO officials under the Clinton administration issued an outrageous ultimatum that Serbia immediately accept military occupation and surrender all sovereignty or face NATO bombardment of its cities, towns and infrastructure. When, at a negotiation session in Rambouillet, France, the Serbian Parliament voted to refuse NATO’s demands, the bombing began.
In 78 days the Pentagon dropped 35,000 cluster bombs, used thousands of rounds of radioactive depleted-uranium rounds, along with bunker busters and cruise missiles. The bombing destroyed more than 480 schools, 33 hospitals, numerous health clinics, 60 bridges, along with industrial, chemical and heating plants, and the electrical grid. Kosovo, the region that Washington was supposedly determined to liberate, received the greatest destruction.
Finally on June 3, 1999, Yugoslavia was forced to agree to a ceasefire and the occupation of Kosovo.
Expecting to find bodies everywhere, forensic teams from 17 NATO countries organized by the Hague Tribunal on War Crimes searched occupied Kosovo all summer of 1999 but found a total of only 2,108 bodies, of all nationalities. Some had been killed by NATO bombing and some in the war between the UCK and the Serbian police and military. They found not one mass grave and could produce no evidence of massacres or of “genocide.”
This stunning rebuttal of the imperialist propaganda comes from a report released by the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte. It was covered, but without fanfare, in the New York Times of Nov. 11, 1999.
The wild propaganda of genocide and tales of mass graves were as false as the later claims that Iraq had and was preparing to use “weapons of mass destruction.”
Through war, assassinations, coups and economic strangulation, Washington has succeeded for now in imposing neoliberal economic policies on all of the six former Yugoslav republics and breaking them into unstable and impoverished ministates.
The very instability and wrenching poverty that imperialism has brought to the region will in the long run be the seeds of its undoing. The history of the achievements made when Yugoslavia enjoyed real independence and sovereignty through unity and socialist development will assert itself in the future.
Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, traveled to Yugoslavia during the 1999 U.S. bombing and reported on the extent of the U.S. attacks on civilian targets. She is a co-author and editor of the books: “Hidden Agenda—U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia” and “NATO in the Balkans.”
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