Παρασκευή, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2011

Le TPIY lance un mandat d'arrêt contre son ex-porte-parole pour amende impayée

le monde.fr
A la Une > Europe
LEMONDE.FR avec AFP

16.11.11
18h13 • Mis à jour le 16.11.11
20h16
Le Tribunal pénal international pour l'ex-Yougoslavie (TPIY) a lancé, mercredi 16 novembre, un mandat d'arrêt contre Florence Hartmann, journaliste et ancienne porte-parole du procureur du TPIY. Condamnée à verser une amende de 7 000 euros pour avoir "délibérément et sciemment entravé le cours de la justice", la Française avait refusé de payer. La sanction a été "transformée en une peine de sept jours de prison", précise la chambre d'appel....more....
read more: le monde.fr
http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2011/11/16/le-tpiy-lance-un-mandat-d-arret-contre-son-ex-porte-parole-pour-amende-impayee_1604750_3214.html

La chaîne Al-Jazira s'implante dans les Balkans

le monde.fr
LEMONDE.FR avec AFP

11.11.11
21h18
"Vous regardez la première chaîne régionale d'information dans la région." Cette annonce est la première que Sasa Delic, un des deux présentateurs de la première émission d'information de la chaîne d'information en continu, Al-Jazira Balkans, a formulé pour ses téléspectateurs, à 18 heures vendredi 11 novembre.
Dans une ex-Yougoslavie morcelée, le paysage médiatique l'était tout autant. La célèbre télévision qatarie d'information en continu a donc pris le pari de s'implanter dans la région pour ouvrir ce service d'information intégré à une échelle régionale, ce qui n'existait plus depuis la dissolution de la Fédération. Inédit....more....
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http://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2011/11/11/al-jazira-s-implante-dans-les-balkans_1602703_3236.html

Ratko Mladic absent d'une audience devant le TPIY

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10.11.11
14h08 • Mis à jour le 10.11.11
16h33
L'ancien chef militaire des Serbes de Bosnie, Ratko Mladic, 69 ans, a annoncé jeudi 10 novembre qu'il n'assisterait pas à une audience prévue dans l'après-midi devant le Tribunal pénal international pour l'ex-Yougoslavie (TPIY).

"Je ne suis pas en mesure d'assister aux procédures devant la cour ce jour en raison d'une maladie", a-t-il indiqué dans un document publié par le TPIY. "Je renonce à mon droit à être présent devant la cour ce jour et donne mon consentement à ce que la procédure continue en mon absence, mais en présence de mon avocat", a-t-il ajouté....more...
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http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2011/11/10/ratko-mladic-absent-d-une-audience-devant-le-tpiy_1602069_3214.html

Ex-Croatian prime minister pleads 'not guilty' in corruption trial

deutsche welle
CRIME

10.11.2011
Croatia's former prime minister has denied accepting bribes from a Hungarian oil company as his corruption trial resumed in Zagreb. Sanader already stands accused of receiving bribes from an Austrian bank.

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader pleaded not guilty to further corruption charges on Thursday as his trial continued in the Croatian capital, Zagreb.

Sanader said he denied "categorically and with indignation" accepting a bribe worth 10 million euros ($13.63 million) from the Hungarian oil company MOL. The latest charges were added to an existing corruption case against the 58-year-old which began last week....more...
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http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15523316,00.html

Alleged Muslim extremist opens fire on US Embassy in Bosnia

deutsche welle
TERRORISM

28.10.2011
A man has opened fire on the US Embassy in Bosnia, injuring at least one Bosnian police officer. Officials have labeled the shooting a "terrorist attack" and have blamed it on a Muslim extremist.

A man opened fire outside the US embassy in Bosnia on Friday in what authorities have labeled an act of terrorism.

At least one police officer was injured in the attack in the capital, Sarajevo, which after a 30-minute standoff with police ended with the gunman being shot. He was arrested with wounds and was reportedly being treated in a hospital. The embassy said none of its employees had been injured....more...
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http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15496378,00.html

NATO troops back off from ethnic Serbs blockading border post

deutsche welle
KOSOVO

22.10.2011
NATO peacekeepers have retreated from a confrontation with ethnic Kosovo Serbs blockading border posts. The troops had been set to remove barriers built by protesters angry at a handover of frontier controls to Pristina.

NATO soldiers retreated from a tense stand-off on Saturday as they tried to dismantle a barrier erected by ethnic Kosovo Serbs.

Serbs in northern Kosovo had erected 16 barricades on roads leading to Brnjak and Jarinje after Kosovo authorities said in July they would replace ethnic Serb customs officers at the border with its own staff and EU officials....more...
read more: deutsche welle
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15480187,00.html

NATO begins dismantling Serb barricade in northern Kosovo

deutsche welle
KOSOVO

20.10.2011
NATO-led troops have fired tear gas to disperse angry Serb crowds manning roadblocks at a contested border crossing in northern Kosovo. The soldiers have used armored vehicles to remove the barriers.

NATO troops in full riot gear moved in the early hours of Thursday to dismantle makeshift roadblocks set up by Kosovo Serbs in northern Kosovo....more....
read more: deutsche welle
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15474510,00.html

Πέμπτη, 17 Νοεμβρίου 2011

Media War of Yugoslav Secession continues

ari rusila's balkan blog
November 6, 2011

”Who needs facts if a good story is available?” (Ari Rusila)

A few weeks ago I promoted new Srebrenica documentary film Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed . Everybody was not happy about critical view of documentary. E.g the Norwegian Helsinki Committee made official complaint to Norwegian Broadcasting Council and Press Complaints Commission. This is not surprising as media war in Bosnia started same time as war on the ground. While the whole artificial outside forced state creature without any own identity is now openly tottering the media again is the tool to improve political interests....more...
read more: ari rusila
http://arirusila.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/media-war-of-yugoslav-secession-continues/

“Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed” – Finally a Critical Documentary about Srebrenica Tragedy

ari rusila's balkans blog
“If you want to use a word “genocide” (for Srebrenica) – then OK, but we need a new word to replace the old “genocide” word…” (Noam Chomsky)

Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed a Norwegian documentary film directed by Ola Flyum and David Hebditch is now free to watch in Youtube. The film approaches Srebrenica tragedy from a bit different viewpoint than usual in Western mainstream media. Norwegian documentary about Srebrenica challenges generally accepted narratives about the 1995 massacre giving light to the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from non-biased point of view. It also connects Srebrenica into a wider context that is often ignored by the Western media, showing the crimes committed by the Bosnian army against Serbian civilians and villages in the area. These atrocities may also partly explain why some war crimes happened later in Srebrenica.....more...
read more: ari rusila
http://arirusila.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/srebrenica-a-town-betrayed-%E2%80%93-finally-a-critical-documentary-about-srebrenica-tragedy/

Bosnia Detains Another Suspect Over U.S. Embassy Attack

radio free europe
November 14, 2011

Bosnia's state court has said it is detaining for one month a man suspected of assisting a gunman who fired at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/bosnia_detains_another_suspect_over_us_embassy_attack/24390678.html

Al-Jazeera Launches Balkans Network

radio free europe
November 11, 2011

On November 11, Pan-Arabic television network Al-Jazeera is set to launch its Balkans network, which will broadcast in local languages....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/al_jazeera_launches_balkans_network/24388037.html

Bosnia Jails Islamists For Planning Attacks

radio free europe
November 10, 2011
A court in Bosnia has jailed three radical Islamists for up to 4 1/2 years for planning attacks in the Balkan country in 2007-2008....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/bosnia_jails_islamists_for_planning_attacks/24387353.html

Ailing Ratko Mladic Misses Court Appearance

radio free europe
November 10, 2011
Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic says he is too ill to attend a war crimes court hearing at which he is scheduled to enter a plea to a fresh count of multiple killings.....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/sick_ratko_mladic_misses_court_appearance/24387062.html

Police Say Serb Injured In Kosovo Clash Dies

radio free europe
November 10, 2011

Police and hospital officials say an ethnic Serb injured by gunfire during a clash between ethnic Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo's north has died.
Two other injury victims, including a policeman, are still being treated.
Police spokesman Besim Hoti said Savo Mojsic died in a hospital in the Serb-run part of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica on November 10 after a three-hour surgery....more..
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http://www.rferl.org/content/police_say_serb_injured_kosovo_dies/24386488.html

Macedonia Unhappy With Greece Over Progress With Name Dispute

radio free europe
November 07, 2011

PRAGUE -- Macedonia is concerned at the lack of progress in UN-mediated talks with Greece about the country's formal name, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
Greece and Macedonia have been at loggerheads over the use of the name "Macedonia" for nearly two decades.
Macedonia was admitted to the UN under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) because Greece lays claim to the toponym "Macedonia" as part of its classical heritage....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/macedonia_unhappy_with_greece_over_progress_with_name_dispute/24383910.html

Russian Diplomat Criticized For Speech At Serbian Opposition Rally

radio free europe
November 02, 2011

BELGRADE -- The Serbian ruling party has criticized a speech by the Russian ambassador to Belgrade at a nationalist party rally as meddling by Moscow in Serbia's internal affairs, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
Six weeks after he blasted Serbian politicians and intellectuals at a Belgrade security forum for leaving it to Russia to defend Serbian interests abroad, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandr Konuzin praised the nationalist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) at a rally in Belgrade on October 29....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/russian_diplomat_criticized_for_speech_at_serbian_opposition_rally/24379085.html

The Results Of Hate Speech And Inaction In Bosnia

radio free europe
October 31, 2011

By Nenad Pejic
Last week, 23-year-old Mevlik Jasarevic made headlines when he got off a tram outside the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and began firing an automatic rifle.
But his journey began several hours earlier that morning, when he crossed the border from Serbia into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jasarevic is a Serbian citizen.
Stepping from tram No. 3, Jasarevic reportedly yelled "Run! Run away!" at passersby as he pulled an AK-47 from his backpack and began to fire. He continued to shoot for some 20 minutes before a police sniper shot him in the leg. It was later revealed that he had two explosives on him, but he apparently made no attempt to activate them. In fact, he stood calmly at the tram stop throughout the incident, making no effort to leave or to take cover....more...
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http://www.rferl.org/content/results_of_hate_speech_and_inaction_in_bosnia/24377389.html

Commander of UN forces 'aware Srebrenica massacre was about to happen'

telegraph
The Dutch commander of UN forces charged with protecting Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica was aware that the massacre was about to happen, an army surgeon who allegedly witnessed the killings has claimed in a new television documentary.

By Bruno Waterfield
5:41 PM GMT 08 Nov 2011
Col Thom Karremans has always denied that he knew that 8,000 Muslim men and boys he saw being taken away by Bosnian Serbs were going to be murdered....more...
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/serbia/8877056/Commander-of-UN-forces-aware-Srebrenica-massacre-was-about-to-happen.html

Mladic’s Poor Health Is New Focus at The Hague

ny times
By MARLISE SIMONS

Published: November 5, 2011
THE HAGUE — Each time Ratko Mladic has come to court, he has complained about his health — his fatigue, his stroke-weakened right arm, his kidney pains — emphasizing his ailments as if they were the central focus of his trial on war crimes and genocide charges.
But as the extent of health problems of Mr. Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general, has become more apparent after five months in custody, court officials worry that they may well shape the case against him, their most high-profile defendant....more...
read more: ny times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/world/europe/ratko-mladics-poor-health-is-new-focus-of-his-war-crimes-trial.html?ref=bosniaandherzegovina

Gunman opens fire at US embassy in Sarajevo -video-

telegraph
9: 35 PM BST 28 Oct 2011
A gunman fired on the United States embassy in Bosnia on Friday in a 30-minute assault blamed by state television on a radical Islamist from neighbouring Serbia.
The gunman was wounded by a police sniper during the attack in Sarajevo's busy downtown, in which a police officer was seriously wounded and shop workers scrambled for cover....more....
read more: telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bosnia/8856953/Gunman-opens-fire-at-US-embassy-in-Sarajevo.html

Man opens fire outside US Embassy in Bosnia

telegraph
7:34 PM BST 28 Oct 2011
A man opened fire with an automatic weapon outside the US Embassy in Bosnia on Friday.
After a 30-minute standoff, the sound of a single shot echoed and the shooter – brandishing a Kalashnikov on a street corner outside of the embassy – slumped to the ground. He was shot in the leg and was under police guard in hospital on Friday night....more...
read more: telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bosnia/8856709/Man-opens-fire-outside-US-Embassy-in-Bosnia.html

In Kosovo, Smuggling Fosters Unusual Ethnic Cooperation

ny times
By DOREEN CARVAJAL

Published: October 24, 2011
MITROVICA, Kosovo — For three months, this gritty mining town has been a hot spot of Balkan ethnic tension ominous enough to prompt new deployments of armed NATO peacekeepers and action by the European Union to slow Serbia’s long-sought bid for membership.
In the long siege at makeshift gravel barricades, ethnic Serbs hurled rocks toward ethnic Albanians on the other side of the Ibar River, and this summer, hooded men in shorts and sneakers firebombed a border-control station, stoking fears among Western powers that ethnic clashes could spin out of control in northern Kosovo....more...
read more: ny times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/world/europe/in-balkans-smuggling-forges-a-rare-unity.html?_r=1&ref=albania

Nato unleashes tear gas at Serbs

telegraph
2:58 PM BST 20 Oct 2011
Nato troops unleashed volleys of tear gas at Serbs trying to stop them dismantling barricades in northern Kosovo near the border with Serbia, leaving dozens needing treatment.
For nearly three months, Kosovo Serbs have been blocking roads to stop the country's ethnic Albanian leadership from extending its control over the part of the country populated mostly by ethnic Serbs....more...
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/kosovo/8838836/Nato-unleashes-tear-gas-at-Serbs.html

Concerns Grow About Authoritarianism in Macedonia

ny times
By MATTHEW BRUNWASSER

Published: October 13, 2011
SKOPJE, MACEDONIA — The ambitious retooling of this small nation’s identity — a Balkan brand of hyper-patriotism accompanied by the trumpeting of Macedonia’s ancient roots — is raising concerns internationally about growing authoritarianism, the silencing of dissent and accusations of abuse of power by the governing party here....more...
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/world/europe/concerns-grow-about-authoritarianism-in-macedonia.html?ref=macedonia

Serbia recommended for EU membership but needs to sort out Kosovo

telegraph
Serbia has been given the coveted status of becoming a candidate for EU membership as long as Belgrade makes progress on settling a border dispute with Kosovo, a breakaway former Serbian province.

By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels
4:59 PM BST 12 Oct 2011
The European Commission on Wednesday recommended Serbia for EU membership and if the Kosovo issue is settled by December then entry negotiations will begin next year....more...
read more: telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/serbia/8822558/Serbia-recommended-for-EU-membership-but-needs-to-sort-out-Kosovo.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxIuUgrXgFY&feature=related

telegraph.co.uk
By Bruno Waterfield
 11:57 AM BST 11 Oct 2011
Ratko Mladic has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia, raising new concerns that the former Bosnian-Serb general will not live long enough to face trial for alleged genocide and war crimes.

 Gen. Mladic., 68, was admitted to an undisclosed hospital on Monday after weekend reports that he had collapsed in his cell in the Scheveningen prison where UN war crimes prisoners are held....more...
read more: telegraph.co.uk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bosnia/8819812/Ratko-Mladic-in-hospital-with-pneumonia.html

Kosovo’s Serbs Pressed to End Autonomy Push

ny times
 MEMO FROM KOSOVO
By MATTHEW BRUNWASSER

Published: September 29, 2011
MITROVICA, Kosovo — After years of impasse between the national government of Kosovo and ethnic Serbs demanding autonomy within their northern enclave in the new country, international pressure has intensified on the Serbs. And while the immediate result has been minor clashes, there is new hope for some movement toward a resolution for the last geopolitically unsettled chunk of the former Yugoslavia....more...
read more: ny times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/world/europe/26iht-kosovo26.html?ref=serbia

Τρίτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2011

The good old days?

the economist
Turkey in the Balkans
Talk of an Ottoman revival in the region seems exaggerated

Nov 5th 2011

BELGRADE AND SARAJEVO
from the print edition
“SARAJEVO won today as much as Istanbul,” declared Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, after his election victory in June. His comment excited new debate in the western Balkans about Turkey’s activist foreign policy. Are the Ottomans coming back? Several examples suggest not.

read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21536647




All the fun of the Tirana book fair

the economist
Books in Albania
Nov 15th 2011, 11:15 by T.J.

TIRANA
IN RECENT years the news from Albania has been dominated by the endless political struggle between Sali Berisha, the prime minister, and Edi Rama, the leader of the opposition. But suddenly, the clouds seem to have lifted. Mr Rama’s Socialists are back in parliament, talking to Mr Berisha’s people, and a resolution has been found to a disputed mayoral election in Tirana. Relieved Albanians are now talking about something else: books....more...
read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/11/books-albania

Broadcasting to the Balkans

the economist
News in the ex-Yugoslavia
Al Jazeera’s latest venture

Nov 12th 2011

SARAJEVO
from the print edition
IN THE centre of Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, a gleaming piece of Arabic script adorns the top of a new building. This is the logo of Al Jazeera, the Qatari network that has changed the face of television news since it was founded 15 years ago. Inside the building, carpenters and technicians are putting the finishing touches to the offices. But this is not just another foreign bureau....more...
read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21538213

The pull of Brussels

the economist
The Balkans and the Europe
At least the western Balkans is still starry-eyed about the European Union

IF GOVERNMENTS tweeted what they thought, it would be easy to sum up what those in the western Balkans felt this week: “phew!” from Serbia, “yeah!” from Montenegro and “meh”, the equivalent of shrugged shoulders, from everybody else....more...
read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21532306

Cock a doodle do?

the economist
Nov 6th 2011, 12:01 by T.J.

AN EXTRAORDINARY week or so in Croatia. Parliament has been dissolved and on October 31st President Ivo Josipovic called elections for December 4th. It was announced that ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is being investigated for corruption. Ivo Sanader, the former head of the HDZ and prime minister went on trial and independent Croatia’s first interior minister was arrested on charges of murders allegedly committed in 1945. (He denies all wrongdoing)....more....
read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/11/croatia

Blocked, Northern Kosovo

the economist
An impasse that could turn nasty
SERBIA’S government has lost control of the Serbian-majority north of Kosovo. The roads are barricaded and locals are rowing with NATO peacekeepers and European Union police....more....
read more: the economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21534834







A gunman fires on the US embassy in Sarajevo

the economist
Bosnian US embassy attack

Oct 28th 2011, 19:03 by T.J.

Bosnian US embassy attack


A gunman fires on the US embassy in Sarajevo
Oct 28th 2011, 19:03 by T.J.
A DRAMATIC day in Sarajevo. A man identified as Mevlid Jasarevic, aged 23, began shooting at the American embassy. He was then shot and wounded by Bosnian police. Balkan Insight has the full story with footage which you can see here. The initial evidence would seem to point to a psychiatric case rather than a well-planned terrorist attack. From the film the attacker can be seen with beard and Muslim garb. Reports suggest he is from Novi Pazar, in Sandzak, the Bosniak majority area of Serbia. Balkan Insight reports that an eyewitness said that the attacker “paced back and forth in front of the embassy for five minutes, screaming 'Bring me an American, I want an American.'" ...more....
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/eastern-approaches/2011/10/bosnian-us-embassy-attack

Al-Jazeera launches Balkans broadcast

guardian
Qatar-based network hopes venture will provide objective news in a region where media is heavily influenced by politics

Associated Press in Sarajevo

guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 November 2011 17.40 GMT

The pan-Arab news network al-Jazeera is launching its Balkans operation that is expected to reconnect people divided by the wars in the former Yugoslavia and offer them new perspectives of each other....more...
read more: guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/11/al-jazeera-launches-balkans-broadcast

How Bosnia's pioneering footballers are succeeding where the politicians failed

guardian.co.uk
Inspired by the talismanic Edin Džeko, the national side is the country's first truly multi-ethnic organisation

Ed Vulliamy
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 5 November 2011 21.10 GMT
A cold autumn mist seasoned with woodsmoke hangs over the stadium on what was no man's land during Sarajevo's four-year siege – the first Serbian machine-gun post was just behind the goal where the "maniac crew" of Željeznicar Sarajevo sing and the electronic scoreboard now stands. Tonight, it shows a result of 2-0 in favour of Željeznicar against Celik Zenica in the Bosnian cup....more....
read more: guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/05/bosnia-footballers-succeeding-politicians-failed

What can Afghanistan and Bosnia teach us about Libya?

guardian.co.uk
Recently returned from Tripoli, Rory Stewart asks if the key to success is doing less, not more

Rory Stewart

The Guardian, Saturday 8 October 2011

I have spent most of my adult life working on, and in, interventions. I began as a junior diplomat with East Timor, served in the Balkans and in Iraq, then spent a few years in Afghanistan. But none of this made me feel I could predict the future of Libya as I entered Tripoli in August. There were echoes of Baghdad in the masked men holding on to truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns and shouting Allahu Akbar at an angry crowd outside the bank. Was this the prelude to a sudden flurry of looting, then, after a few months, sullen resentment, riots, roadside bombs and rockets falling into the foreign compounds? Would Libya, like the Iraq or Afghan interventions, eventually suck in billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and achieve little more than trauma, corruption and insecurity?...more...
read more: guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/08/libya-intervention-rory-stewart

Ramiz Alia

guardian
Albania's last communist ruler and the architect of his country's perestroika

Miranda Vickers

guardian.co.uk, Friday 7 October 2011 16.49 BST

Ramiz Alia, who has died aged 85, was Albania's last communist ruler and the architect of his country's perestroika. He became leader of the tiny, impoverished Balkan state – with a population of 3 million people – following the death in 1985 of the dictator Enver Hoxha, who had been in office since the end of the second world war....more...
read more: guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/07/ramiz-alia

Παρασκευή, 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011

Serbian Military Call-Up Notices Spark Sharp Backlash

radio free europe
September 21, 2011

By Ljudmila Cvetkovic
BELGRADE -- Serbs are expressing alarm at reports that the Defense Ministry is distributing notices telling people to join the military reserves and report for basic training.
The reports come as tensions with neighboring Kosovo -- formerly a Serbian province, and whose independence Belgrade does not recognize -- have been running high amid a sometimes violent dispute over border crossings.
The Belgrade Helsinki Committee for Human Rights announced this week that an undetermined number of men had received the notices....more...
read more: radio free europe
http://www.rferl.org/content/serbia_military_callup_notices_spark_sharp_backlash/24335635.html

Serbian Premier Murder Convict Alleges High-Level Conspirators

radio free europe
September 21, 2011

BELGRADE -- The revelation that a Serb convicted of plotting the 2003 assassination of pro-Western Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has named several high-ranking politicians as having knowledge of plans for the killing has caused a media storm, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
Milos Simovic told prosecutors one year ago in a signed affidavit -- which was only recently released to the Serbian media -- that several high-ranking nationalist figures, including then Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, knew about the preparations for the assassination....more...
read more: radio free europe
http://www.rferl.org/content/djindjic_assassination_conspirators/24335476.html

Bulgaria and Romania's Schengen bid vetoed

euobserver.com
22.09.11 @ 17:44

BY VALENTINA POP

The Netherlands and Finland on Thursday (22 September) vetoed Romania and Bulgaria's bid to join the border-free Schengen area, a move the Polish EU presidency said represented a "sad conclusion about mutual trust among member states...more...
read more: eu observer.com
http://euobserver.com/22/113707

Brussels defends Slovenia against Moody's

waz.euobserver.com
23.09.11@ 13:06

BY EUOBSERVER

An EU commission spokesman has said the Slovenian economy is "sound" and Brussels is "confident" in its ability to weather the financial crisis. Moody's cut Slovenia from Aa2 to Aa3 citing local banks' fragility and "growing political uncertainty" after the government fell in a no confidence vote earlier this week....more...
read more: eu observer.com
http://euobserver.com/1016/113720

Croatian companies shall sue Serbia if it sells their property

blic online
STATUS OF BUSINESS FACILITIES OF ENTERPRISES OF SFRY NOT SOLVED YET

Suzana Lakić

23. 09. 2011. - 02:02h
Comments 0
A deadline until which companies from Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia/Herzegovina with part of property that remained in Serbia after disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia are to solve the property relations with our country expires in a week time....more...
read more: blic online
http://english.blic.rs/Economy/8032/Croatian-companies-shall-sue-Serbia-if-it-sells-their-property

Veselin Lecic might reveal political background of Djindjic’s assassination

balkan insight
HEARING OF ARRESTED FORMER JSO OFFICERS

Tamara Marković-Subota/Vuk Z. Cvijić

22. 09. 2011. - 02:02h
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Former assistant to the JSO security chief-of-staff Veselin Lecic arrested the day before yesterday with another three of his former colleagues because of armed riot of that unit in 2001 might be a key factor in directing the investigation to revealing of political background of Zoran Djindjic’s assassination....more...
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http://english.blic.rs/In-Focus/8028/Veselin-Lecic-might-reveal-political-background-of-Djindjics-assassination

Leading businessmen in Serbia to found movement soon

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ACTION FOR RENEWAL

Nataša Latković

23. 09. 2011. - 02:02h
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A group of successful Serbian businessmen shall found a movement soon. As ‘Blic’ learns among the founders there shall be Dragoljub Vukadinovic (‘Metalac’ President), Branislav Grujic (‘PSP Farman’), Nikola Pavlicic (‘Tarket-Sintelon’ Honorary President), Mirko Todorovic (‘Todor’ owner), Dragoljub Lekic (‘Vitro Group’ General Director) and also the Union of Entrepreneurs of Serbia and Backa Palanka Business Club....more...
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http://english.blic.rs/News/8031/Leading-businessmen-in-Serbia-to-found-movement-soon

Serbia wants special status for Kosovo north

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BORIS TADIC AT UN SESSION IN NEW YORK

Tamara Spaić

22. 09. 2011. - 02:02h
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Serbia President Boris Tadic shall try at meetings with world leaders in New York to get their support for the settlement of the current crisis at customs checkpoints with implementation of Ban-Ki-Moon’s plan from 2008, as sources close to Tadic confirmed to ‘Blic’. It is believed that would be just a beginning for the international community to recognize ‘the north as something special’ and an introduction to autonomy or even partition....more...
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http://english.blic.rs/News/8027/Serbia-wants-special-status-for-Kosovo-north

Media in Macedonia: not for the public?

se times
22/09/2011

Journalists in Macedonia are facing tough times ahead due to the shuttering of A1TV last year, and the implications that has had.
By Goran Trajkov for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/09/11
The Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) is a non-profit organisation that promotes excellence in media and public communication. Its main purpose is to provide training for journalists.

Since its establishment in 2001, MIM has organised over 100 training sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences -- hosting more than 1,000 domestic and foreign media professionals, and has sent many Macedonian journalists to similar training sessions and conferences outside the country....more...
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http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/09/22/feature-02

Balkan mercenaries in Libya risk lives for gain

se times
22/09/2011

Monetary reward -- not ideology or politics – is seen as the main motivator.
By Biljana Pekusic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade -- 22/09/11
He has not chosen to fight for Moammer Gaddafi, or for the Libyan rebels. But Zoran G, a northern Kosovo resident and former soldier of fortune, says he understands why others may have done so.

"I would go to Libya or any other country to fight for a good salary," he told SETimes....more...
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http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/09/22/feature-03

Basketball players return to Macedonia as heroes

se times
21/09/2011

The Macedonian national basketball team became the new sensation at the European championship in Lithuania.
By Marina Stojanovska for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 21/09/11
Over 50,000 exhilarated fans gathered in Skopje's Macedonia Square on Monday (September 19th) to welcome the national basketball team back from the EuroBasket championship in Lithuania.

Five thousand fans waited for the players to arrive at the Alexander the Great Airport from where they were then transported to the square aboard a roofless double-decker bus....more...
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http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/09/21/feature-02

Limaj Lawyer Urges EULEX to Give Up

balkan insight
22 SEP 2011 / 09:21

Fatmir Limaj’s lawyer called on EU prosecutors to abandon charges against his client, saying they had yet to produce any proof of corruption on Limaj's behalf while he was minister for transport.

Fatmir Aliu

Tahir Rrecaj, the lawyer representing the vice-president of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK,and former transport minister, said Limaj was innocent and would be proven so....more...
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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/lawyers-ask-eulex-to-drop-case-against-limaj