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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Moscow Condemned Murder of Serbian Politician in Kosovo

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Editor:

I’d bet that the Americans had a hand in this. They’re “making America great again”… please, do spare me…

BMD

On Tuesday, the MID RF said:

We resolutely condemn this cowardly act. Attempts to settle political scores using such methods are fraught with exacerbation of atmosphere of terror and recurrence of the interethnic conflict in the region. We call on all international missions in Kosovo to use their mandates to take exhaustive measures to prevent possible incidents in the region. We hope that corresponding structures will conduct a thorough investigation of what happened to expose those responsible and duly punish them.

On Tuesday, Oliver Ivanović, 64, the leader of the Kosovo Serb party Freedom, Democracy, and Justice, was shot dead as he entered his party’s headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica. A fellow party member said no one heard any sounds of shooting and a neighbour who was returning from shopping found the wounded politician. Police later found a burnt car without an identification number, which the killers allegedly used. Ivanović was taken to hospital with five gunshot wounds to his chest. Doctors tried to save his life but to no avail.

Earlier, Ivanović served as the State Secretary of the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija in the Serb government. In January 2016, he was sentenced to nine years in jail for alleged war crimes against Albanians in 1999. In February 2017, the first-instance court’s verdict was overturned and a new trial began. Ivanović was under house arrest and in April 2017, he was allowed to defend himself in court at liberty.

16 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/politics/985331

See also:

Serbian president calls murder of top Kosovo Serb politician “‘terrorist attack”

Leading Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting, prosecutor says

Belgrade suspends dialogue with Kosovo in EU due to Serbian politician’s murder

Serbian party leader killed in Kosovo: reports

Friday, 23 January 2015

State and Church Share “Close Views” on Kosovo

00 Nikolic and Irinej. Serbia. 23.01.15

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On Thursday, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić met with Serbian Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović “to discuss his proposal for a final settlement for Kosovo”. Nikolić, who often meets with the SPC head, said that his recently announced platform “would go towards what Serbia can accept as a final solution, without threatening its sovereignty and territorial integrity”. After a meeting that lasted almost two hours, President Nikolić told reporters that he and the Holy Synod have “very close views” about the issue, saying, “We talked about Kosovo and Metohija, the fate of our nation, our territory, the SPC, security in Kosovo and Metohija, and about how I see a solution”.

He noted that these are still “only discussions and consultations” and that there’s no “formal document” to present to the President of the Government, and, then, to the public. Nikolić said, “I presented some of my thoughts and I didn’t meet disapproval or disagreement from the Holy Synod. So, we’re very close in our thinking about what it should look like in the end”. Asked when the public would see the document, he said that he’d work “closely and intensively” to agree on this with President of the Government Aleksandar Vučić, “because such a document requires general agreement, or at least consent from the assembly, for what the government would propose on behalf of the President. It isn’t something that we should argue about, it’s a document in which we must find solutions that the government would support, as the body that needs to implement it and that’s negotiating in Brussels”. He called for patience, saying that we must wait for the meeting between Belgrade and Priština in Brussels, scheduled for 9 February, “to attempt to continue where (the dialogue) came to a halt a while ago. It seems to me that in that time we’ve all had time to think about what’s happening and what awaits us, and I think that we understand that procrastination and wasting time isn’t working in favour of Serbia”.

Nikolić said the other topics covered today included problems in the functioning of the Church, its relationship with state authorities, and the issue of restitution, saying, “The church has concerns about developments in Kosovo and Metohija, and I think it’s proper for His Holiness and the Synod to want to be informed about what’s being done, how far we’ve come”. Nikolić added that, as a member of the SPC, he’s anxious to know the views of the Synod, whilst exchanging thoughts with the Patriarch “helps make many things clearer. Now, I think that the need to meet more often is very manifest, at a time when we might face great temptations in solving major Serbian issues”.

22 January 2015

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Friday, 19 December 2014

War Criminals Walk Amongst Us… and the American Establishment doesn’t Give a Good Goddamn

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I always feel that victims of discrimination and persecution are those on whose side I have to be, no matter who they are, what they are, what skin colour they have, or what religion they profess. I witnessed people who didn’t participate in the Nazi atrocities… but they didn’t open their doors and windows to call a halt, either. To this day, I can’t absolve these nice people of their guilt and complicity; I was too young at the time to formulate that, but later I swore that I’d never put myself in the place of these nice decent gentiles who thought that It wasn’t their fight. I look at injustice, and I know it’s always my fight.

Theodore Bikel

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Read this. The yellow chickenhawk Richard Cheney, who avoided military service, publicly declared on 10 December 2014 that President G W Bush specifically authorised torture. He bragged that the agencies involved informed them in detail of their doings and kept them up to date. Under the Nürnberg standards, this means the George W Bush, Richard Cheney, and their entire senior administration are on the level of the Nazi war criminals tried after World War II. It means that if we’re to be consistent, Bush and Cheney deserve to die at the end of a rope, to “hang by the neck until you are dead”. That won’t happen… I’m not threatening… I’m only saying that since what Bush and Cheney did was on the level of the Nazi war criminals… if we were consistent, we’d hang them, too.

Bush and Cheney “conspired to wage aggressive war”… to be honest, so did Clinton and Gore (Yugoslavia, anyone? Do ask the Serbs about Yank aggression). When the USSR fell (due to internal reasons… a weak ruler… not American actions), the USA faced a power vacuüm. It didn’t move to cement peace… it moved to impose juvenile American notions aggressively on the world. Most of all, the American neoliberal/neocon Establishment wanted to eradicate Socialism, now that its protector laid in the dust. Every state that the USA tried to destabilise was socialist to some extent or other.

The first aggression was against the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Germans aided the successors of the Croat Ustaša murderers (by the way, Biden is the protégé of a violently Ustaša RC priest), in a successful attempt to spark off a civil war. This led to 1999, and the ultimate dismemberment of the Yugoslav state. Note well that a legit peace treaty didn’t embody this… especially not the American amputation of Kosovo, which is still legally a part of the Republic of Serbia.

Concurrently, the USA aided the Islamist rebels destabilising the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The DRA’s ethos was FAR closer to American ideals than the Islamists were, but… THEY WERE SOCIALISTS! That made them anathema to the Clintonistas… remember, William Jefferson Clinton was the last of the Dixiecrats. He was a Republican in all but name in most things. The DRA went down before the Islamists.

The Bush junta started another Afghan War… in an attempt to seize rich mineral deposits for his corporate pals. It had NOTHING to do with 9/11 or Osama bin Laden. Predictably, like all invasions of Afghanistan, it bogged down, and Bush wanted a victory… not only for his bruised ego, but to gain mineral rights for his multinational pals. He ginned up a war against Iraq, which he and his advisors thought would be short and victorious. It was anything else but… the USA remains enmeshed in Iraq in a military way today. Oh… Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party was socialistic… I forgot to mention that. My bad…

That wasn’t enough… in 2008, the Bushies invaded South Ossetia using their Georgian clients. That blew up in their faces. It was such a bad defeat that the neocons to this day deny that they had anything to do with it. Yet, everyone knows that the USA was behind it. Georgia didn’t have the money to go to war… someone had to pay for it, and it sure wasn’t Russia! This defeat didn’t chasten the neocons/neoliberals… indeed, it spurred them on! They wanted to cover up this mistake like a cat covering up its shit. “The USA is invincible! Since the USA is invincible, it had nothing to do with this! That’s the TRUTH!”

Of course, the USA couldn’t live down the images posted throughout the world of the captured American base in Gori… they did deny that the Russians got any intel from it, which is lie any way that you slice it. The neocons saw to it that only the sanitised version got into the Western media. Nevertheless, the rest of the world noticed that the USA had lost. This was the USA’s “Battle of Moscow”. It was their first real defeat after the fall of the USSR… it broke the illusion of American invincibility (except in the minds of the American ruling class), which meant that others didn’t take American bluster so seriously anymore.

Under Barack Obama, there’ve been three major aggressions, one somewhat successful, one an utter failure, and one in progress. The aggression against Libya was to unseat Muammar al-Gaddafi… did I mention that he was a socialist, too? That aggression succeeded as Libya is a thin coastal strip… most of the country is barren desert. Uniquely, it was susceptible to American naval supremacy. The overthrow was swift and successful. However, the guerrilla war continues, and that means that this aggression was only conditionally successful. The aggression against Syria failed utterly… the real motive of the American ruling class was to unseat Bashar al-Assad and destroy the socialist state. That failed. The continuing case is in the Ukraine, where the USA fomented a coup against the legit left-centre government, in an attempt to ram an extremist Far Right crapitalist dictatorship on the country. This isn’t over yet… it has the potential to be the USA’s “Stalingrad”… its “A Bridge too Far”.

In short, the USA IS guilty of “conspiring to wage aggressive war” and of “crimes against peace”… torture is small beans compared to that. No, I shall NOT be silent! If the US government does these things… these amoral disgusting anti-human things… then, I must either speak out or be guilty of abetting these crimes. This is why I will NEVER let up on the Orthodox enablers of the Republican Party… they’ve sold out to utter evil… they’ve sold out for a mess of “Pro-Life” pottage. I don’t call torturing people in foreign parts “Pro-Life”… I don’t call aggression against other states “Pro-Life”… I don’t call gutting the social safety net to enrich the Affluent Effluent “Pro-Life”.

I’m NOT alone… evil is evil, and its name is G-O-P…

BMD

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Council of Europe Report Includes Data on Destruction of Heritage in Kosovo

destruction in Kosovo

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In Strasbourg, Marija Obradović, member of National Assembly delegation and of the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) (PACE), said that Serbia couldn’t allow the adoption of a CoE resolution that doesn’t include data on a decade that saw more than 150 Serbian Orthodox churches destroyed in Kosovo. She noted, according to a release from the Serbian National Assembly, “We insisted that the draft report include facts about the destruction of Serbian cultural heritage, especially of those buildings not damaged in the pogrom in Kosovo from March 2004. I informed the members of the committee that 34 Orthodox churches and other cultural and religious buildings were damaged in that event alone”. Obradović remarked that Serbia’s opinion was received well by the other members of the committee, and by the rapporteur, especially considering that more than a few of those buildings had UNESCO protection, and that many were constructed in the Middle Ages, concluding, “The adoption of a resolution on this is expected early next year, and we’ll monitor closely its creation until then”. On Friday, the Committee on Culture, Science, Education, and Media of the PACE discussed a preliminary report on cultural heritage in crisis and post-conflict situations, included in the fourth part of the plenary session.

3 October 2014

B92

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