Soccer: Team Kosovo, New York

NewYorkNEW YORK / PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Republic of Kosovo declared its indepen- dence in February 2008, but is not yet recognized by the United Nations. Likewise its football (soccer) federation is still not a member neither of the European Football Association UEFA, nor of the International Football Association FIFA (mainly blocked by Serbia’s rejection). Due to this a Kosovo football team can’t even try to qualify for the according European or World Championship: "Kosovar soccer as an international entity remains in limbo …: But that doesn’t mean a Kosovo team can’t play in New York. Zef Kabashi, … has organized a Kosovo team to compete in this years Cosmos Copa NYC. It’s a sort of World Cup of New York". Read the full article posted by Christopher Belac at the NYT blog. 

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Summer University Prishtina

supPRISTINA, Kosovo — From 11. to 22. July the University of P r i s h t i n a (UP), Kosovo, will organize the 11th. edition of the Prishtina I n t e r n a t i o n a l Summer University. The PISU 2011 is open to all students and will help all participants to gain from new methods of lecturing and research as well as enjoying the international atmosphere. As in former times, also this year’s programme brings together regional and international professors and lecturers for a period of two weeks and provide the opportunity for local and international students to learn and share their experiences. The program-me will  provide  approximately  21 courses and workshops  in the  field of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, engineering and further subjects. In addition, public discussions, lectures and events will be organized on prominent  issues of the Kosovar and (South) East European society. Read more here: …

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Prishtina Music: DAM Festival 27.03.-09.04, Manu Chao 10.04., Fools Garden 15.04.

WuQianPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ French artist Manu Chao will come for a performance on 10. April to Prishtina. The concert starts at 20.00 hrs. The location seems still to be unclear. Further musicians visiting Kosovo in the next weeks are Fool’s Garden (Lemon Tree) from Germany coming to ODA Theatre on 15. / 16. April. Already on 27. March started the DAM Festival, with an opening of the pianist Wu Qian. The festival lasts until 09. April, taking place at different locations in Prishtina.

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Manchester Aid To Kosovo

JosephineManchester Aid To Kosovo, a charity which for the last ten years provided aid to the areas of Kosovo worst affected by the war with Serbia, will release a compilation, entitled Ten, curated by The Travelling Band’s Jo Dudderidge. The album features various Manchester-based musicians who work with the organisation, including Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy and Doves. A number of these artists will also take part in two shows in Manchester and London next month. Performing at both shows will be Badly Drawn Boy, Jim Noir, Liz Green, Gideon Conn, Josephine Oniyama, Jo Rose, The Travelling Band and Silverclub, with special guests announced on the night: 4 Apr: Manchester, The Deaf Institute, 7 Apr: London, Union Chapel. More here!

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Kosovo Talents: Bujupi

zazou-ardianArdian Bujupi, born in Kosovo successfully shows his talent for singing and performing. In Germanys most known casting show DSDS (RTL) Bujupi at last performed the song "Beautiful Monster". By this the public voted Bujupi to become one of the six remaining candidates of the show. Jury member Dieter Bohlen praised Bujupi as the only singer representing a "modern style voice." The next show starts on 2nd. April at 20:15.

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Culture in Balkan Media ++ KFOR withdraws from Kosovo-Macedonia border ++

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PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ Some 30 journalists, editors, cultural organisations and experts gathered a ta regional conference in Pristina on Saturday to discuss ways to improve media coverage of culture in the Balkans … Countries in the Balkans face similar issues when it comes to media coverage of culture, including a lack of … read more … ++ KFOR completely withdrew from the border between Kosovo and Macedonia on Saturday, leaving the border in the hands of the Kosovo police  … read more …

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Fatmire Bajramaj: football’s new face

Bajramaj2PRISTINA / BERLIN ++ … “Germany is now gearing up for the next worldwide football tournament …  – the Fifa Women’s World Cup that kicks off in Berlin in June … Germany are the defending champions, after winning the last two Women’s World Cups – and 60,000 tickets have been bought for the … opening match at Berlin’s Olympic Stadi-um on 26 June, … All this attention has helped make national stars out of the German team’s players. Fatmire Bajra-maj is one of the best known. The 22-year-old Muslim was born in Kosovo …“ >> read more at The Guardian …

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IMF alarmed over Kosovo budget ++ Serbia boycotts U.S.-Balkans Summit ++ Culture in the media ++ Haxhinasto visits Kosovo ++

PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ IMF Voices Alarm Over Kosovo Budget: The International Monetary Fund says Thaci government’s decision to hike state salaries is not in line with Stand-By Arrangement … ++ Serbia boycotts U.S.-Balkans Summit: U.S. State Department official Thomas Countryman has stated that Belgrade is sending a wrong message by boycotting a conference … ++ Culture in the media – Pristina conference: On March 17 2011, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, is organising a conference – Culture in the Media – as part of the  Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development programme … ++ Edmond Haxhinasto, chief of Albanian diplomacy, tomorrow will go for a two-day official visit to Pristina, … ++

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Kosovo theater scene struggles to stage a ‘revolution’ …

PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ As one of Europe’s newest and poorest countries, Kosovo doesn’t have the money or interest to invest in the arts. But young theater buffs are using the stage to work through the country’s past – and drawing audiences: Kushtrim Hoxha’s eyes well up when he talks about it. Kosovo, 1997: The fight between ethnic Albanian rebels and Serbian security forces was plunging the small Balkan territory into the final war of the bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia. Still, Hoxha and three friends, who were studying in Pristina, wanted to visit their families in the western city of Gjakova. They loved rock ‘n’ roll – Nirvana, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Pink Floyd, Metallica. They played a little themselves and, like other rockers their age, they betrayed their affection for the music with long hair. Traveling at night in what was then a southern province of Serbia, the young men ran into Serb paramilitary police in a tunnel near the bus station. The officers demanded identification, then accused Hoxha and his friends of not being who they said they were. The men in the IDs had short hair. “To be sure, we need to cut your hair,” an officer told them, recalled Hoxha. One took out a knife … When they saw a guitar among their things, the police demanded that the college students play some patriotic Serbian songs. But they didn’t know any, so instead they performed The Doors’ classic “Light My Fire. Finally, the officers let them go. Fourteen years later, … read more at DW-world

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Kosovo Talks … + Balkan leaders in Turkey + Arab Spring + BIRN culture watch + Marty …

PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ Kosovo-Serbia Talks to Resume in Late March: Borislav Stefanovic, the head of Serbia’s delegation for talks between Pristina and Belgrade, said on Monday that the dialogue will resume at the end of March … ++ Talks bad for Kosovo: Kosovo opposition party Self-Determination Movement has started a campaign against Belgrade-Pristina talks … ++ Bosnian, Kosovan and Ukrainian leaders in Turkey for summit: Leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Ukraine have arrived in Istanbul to attend the Leaders of Change Summit … ++ Turkey will support the recognition of Kosovo: On the first day of the official visit to Istanbul, … Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci has met with  Turkey PM, Recep Tayip Erdogan … ++ Arab Spring “Unlikely” to Spell Recognitions for Kosovo: The overthrow of long-standing supporters of Serbia in the Arab world is unlikely to lead to new recognitions for Kosovo, experts have cautioned. ++ Kosovo thanks Saudi Arabia: The General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Lulzim Mjeku, together with the chargé d’affaires in Saudia Arabia, … met the Deputy Minister of  Foreign Affairs in Saudia Arabia, His Excellency, Alaudin Askeri, … ++ Initiation of Balkan Culture Watch Strengthening Project: Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network has launched its Balkan Culture Watch Strengthening Project, funded by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). ++ Politician angers MEPs over Kosovo organ harvesting claim: A meeting of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee focusing on the alleged harvesting of organs of Serbian prisoners by the Kosovan army during the conflict there in 1999 took place in Strasbourg … ++

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