Kosovo Liberation Day

Nato2PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo was liberated from Serbian suppression by NATO troops entering the now independent state on 12th. June 1999. Several Kosovo officials on this occasion expressed gratitude to the European Union and the USA. The NATO intervention 12 years ago  ended a (at least) decades long ruling of a racist apartheid regime of Serbia in Kosovo. Particularly under the Milosevic presidency of Serbia respectively Yugoslavia, Kosovo Albanians faced a strong suppressi- on, starting from the annulment of Kosovo’s autonomy status within Serbia and Yugoslavia in 1989: Read the rest of this entry »

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Serbian Officials encourage Destabilization in Northern Kosovo

BogdanovicPRISTINA, Kosovo — Reportedly several officials from the Serbian Government crossed the border to Kosovo illegally. On Friday 3rd June, Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo, Goran Bogdanovic, entered the mainly Serb populated northern Kosovo territory without permission from the Kosovo Government. In the Serb controlled northern Mitrovica Bogdano- vic then officially presented a Serbian government donation of 350,000 Euro cash for Kosovo-Serb owned enterprises. Already a day before, on 2nd. June – the head of the Serbian delegation for the Dialogue with Kosovo, Broko Stefanovic paid an illegal visit to the same region. Bypassing the official border controls, Stefanovic obviously used the smuggler routes from Serbia to Kosovo.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Austrian KFOR soldier accused of rape

Austrian-KFORPRISTINA, Kosovo — 8,000 NATO and allied troops are stationed in Kosovo to improve the fragile security situation. Instead some of them see- mingly contribute to insecurity by misusing their privileged status – including granted immunity. Now a 37-year-old Austrian sergeant is suspected of raping several women working in a KFOR military camp. Austrian army on Friday filed charges against the soldier on suspicion of having committed violations during the time served as part of KFOR in Kosovo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic Illusions

John.SewelBRUSSELS / PRISTINA, Kosovo — Poor govern-ance and slow economic growth continue to be major obstacles in the process of the Euro-Atlantic integration of western Balkan countries. This is the outcome of a report, which the British politician John Sewel, in his function of the Rapporteur for the Committee on Economics and Security, recently presented to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: "The road … is rocky, and only Croatia seems close to achieving the basic qualifications … The others face daunting challenges … These include the debt crisis, problems of governance and corruption … and enlargement fatigue among some EU governments and their publics."  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dubrava prison massacre

slobodan M [ … the prisoners were told to line up on the sports field … police started firing from the guard tower and the jail walls, using hand grenades, bazookas and automatic weapons … about 20 officers opened fire … total chaos with prisoners falling down all over the place. It all stopped some 20 minutes later, allegedly for the guards to reload ]
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The last Sunday was used by parts of the Kosovo-Albanian population to remember the 12th year of the Dubrava prision massacre in Kosovo. On 22nd. May 1999 reportedly 160 mainly Kosovo-Albanian political prisoners were murdered by Serbian paramilitary forces, police and military. Another 300 prisoners were wounded.

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Courts fail to address divorce cases + Kosovo remembers 1999 air strikes + Opinion on Prishtina-Belgrade conflict

divorce1PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ The OSCE says courts in Kosovo are failing to appropriately judge cases involving divorce and foster children … this failure violates the legal framework in Kosovo ++ On March 24th, Kosovo will mark the twelfth anniversary of the 1999 NATO air strikes against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. This year, however, the occasion has new significance … ++ There can’t be talks between Pristina and Belgrade without first agreeing on the history of their conflict … Belgrade and Pristina should agree that Ibrahim Rugova and Zoran Djindjic are to be recognized both as heroes against Serb fascism …

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  • A Welcome Payday for Obscure Teams in the Champions League - New York Times 27/06/2017
    New York TimesA Welcome Payday for Obscure Teams in the Champions LeagueNew York TimesIt was not the visa problems that frequently bedevil the foreign travel plans of many residents of Kosovo that were causing problems. Nor had politics intervened, as was the case when Ukraine refused to let the Kosovo national team play a World Cup ...
  • Kosovo's Ramush Haradinaj, ex-KLA commander, set for election win - BBC News 12/06/2017
    BBC NewsKosovo's Ramush Haradinaj, ex-KLA commander, set for election winBBC NewsA former rebel commander wanted by Serbia for alleged war crimes has won Kosovo's parliamentary election, preliminary results suggest. Ramush Haradinaj, a former prime minister, leads a centre-right coalition of parties that emerged from the 1998-99 ...Kosovo election: […]
  • Europe could face war unless it works with Balkans, warns Kosovo minister ahead of election - Telegraph.co.uk 09/06/2017
    Telegraph.co.ukEurope could face war unless it works with Balkans, warns Kosovo minister ahead of electionTelegraph.co.ukEurope faces destabilisation and even war if it fails to improve relations with the countries of the Western Balkans, Kosovo's finance minister and a leading contender to become the country's next prime minister has warned. The c […]
  • 82nd Airborne Division soldiers, families say goodbyes as troops ... - Fayetteville Observer 21/06/2017
    Fayetteville Observer82nd Airborne Division soldiers, families say goodbyes as troops ...Fayetteville ObserverPfc. Nicholas Cline kisses his wife Bailey's stomach while waiting to deploy for Kosovo with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division June 20, 2017 ...and more »
  • NATO-Kosovo Cooperation - HuffPost 20/06/2017
    HuffPostNATO-Kosovo CooperationHuffPostThe KSF was created soon after Kosovo declared independence in 2008. It is a small, lightly armed security and civil defense force akin to a national guard. It includes 2,500 members, equipped with rifles and lightweight armored vehicles. The KSF's ...
  • Self-Proclaimed IS Commander From Kosovo Killed - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 08/06/2017
    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertySelf-Proclaimed IS Commander From Kosovo KilledRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyKACANIK, Kosovo -- The self-proclaimed commander of ethnic Albanians fighting as part of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has been killed in the Middle East, the leader of the Muslim community in his hometown of Kacanik said.Kosovo I […]
  • Kosovo outsiders aim to govern after election gains – POLITICO - POLITICO.eu 16/06/2017
    POLITICO.euKosovo outsiders aim to govern after election gains – POLITICOPOLITICO.euPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo's Movement for Self-Determination built a reputation on opposing the political establishment, staging demonstrations in the streets ...'Self-Determination' Party Capitalizes On Kosovars' Desire To ...RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyal […]

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  • Memories of Kosovo 21/06/2017
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    British actress-singer's new album will come out at the end of this year and a new single will be released this summer The 26-year-old star showed her charismatic stage presence during the China Music Awards at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, performing her hit Poison and her fourth British number one I Will Never Let You Down . She also picked up […]
  • 'Self-Determination' Party Capitalizes On Kosovars' Desire To Punish Governing Parties 16/06/2017
    Kosovo's political war wing may have won the fight in recent parliamentary elections, but the rise of the Vetevendosje party may be a sign it has lost the battle. Voters in the June 11 poll showed their frustration over a lack of economic progress and a deep level of corruption by punishing the country's main parties, which they feel have failed to […]
  • Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends 16/06/2017
    Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.

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