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Horror Show in the Balkans

Soldiers of the 21st Waffen SS ("Skanderbeg") Division, forerunners of the Kosovo Liberation Army

COMMENT: Over the years, we have covered the dismemberment of the former Yugoslavia and the fundamental misrepresentation of the nature of the combatants who fought against the former Yugoslavian government and the Serbs.

In addition to the Croatian re-creation of the Ustashi collaborationist forces that allied with Germany during World War II, the Muslim populations of the former Yugoslavia have recapitulated Waffen SS formations.

In addition to the re-creation of the Hanjar Division (13th Waffen SS) in Bosnia, the Kosovo Liberation Army featured the sons and grandsons of  fascist fighting formations from the Second World War II–particularly the 21st Waffen SS (Skanderbeg) Division

Interestingly (and perhaps significantly) the comman­der of the inter­na­tional peace keep­ing force in Kosovo was Ger­man Gen­eral Klaus Rein­hardt, the son of Fritz Rein­hardt, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Finance dur­ing the Third Reich.

Separating Kosovo from Serbia, Germany has been the driving force in keeping this outlaw state within an envelope of international respectability. In effect, Kosovo has become a German colony. As can be seen in the article excerpted below, international opinion does not share the German outlook on Kosovo.

Under former Kosovo Liberation Head Thaci’s rule, that country has become an epicenter of organized crime, manifesting some truly horrifying activities. In addition to trafficking in human organs, Thaci reportedly maintains a harem of sexual slaves, whose fidelity is enforced by armed guards using deadly force.

Apparently, some of the personnel from KFOR and EULEX are among the recipients of the sexual favors Thaci commands, thereby solidifying his hold on the country.

It is also interesting to note that Kosovo is viewed by the UNPO as its first major success. (Headed by Karl von Hapsburg–formerly married to Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza–the UNPO purports to champion downtrodden populations. It actually appears to be working to fragment larger nations by ethnically destabilizing them. the ultimate beneficiaries of the UNPO’s activities appear to be the Underground Reich and the transnational corporations. The UNPO is currently championing the Afrikaners from the apartheid regime of South Africa.)

“Kosovo Prime Minister Owns Harem with 52 Slaves”; MINA [Macedonian International News Agency]; 11/13/2012.

EXCERPT: A Ukrainian woman who managed to escape from what she called “The World’s Hell Hole” gave an interview with details about Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hasim Thaci and his harem, in which 52 slaves “worked” day and night serving the prime minister, as well as other politicians and businessmen.

The location of the harem was on an intersection of streets Shaip Spahija and Bedri Shala, in the basement of a large building specially designed to serve as a “harem.”

“None of the girls were from Kosovo, there were few from the Balkans, about ten from Russia, one from Cameroon, two Chinese women etc” stated the Ukrainian.

According to her, the building has several VIP areas where Thaci and his friends have orgies.

“Most of the people who arrive here are older, very few are younger. Many of them are foreign diplomats, including officers from EULEX and KFOR. The girls are not allowed to say “No”. One of the girls called Dolores from Colombia protested the conditions during our lunch time in the cafeteria. She was shot dead by Thaci’s bodyguards” says the Ukrainian witness, who went by her initials N.M.

N.M. stated she was “involved” with Thaci only once when he came to the harem heavily intoxicated and drugged.

The Ukrainian gave an interview for multiple Balkan newspapers. She claimed it is virtually impossible to escape Thaci’s harem as there are always at least five armed bodyguards securing the area. Out of the five, there is always one from Chechnya. . . .

“The Logic of War”; german-foreign-policy.com; 11/01/2012.

EXCERPT: The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is making serious accusations against the German-EU Kosovo occupation policy. According to the ECA’s report published Tuesday, not much can be seen of the “rule of law,” that the EU for years has been pretending to establish in the region that had seceded from Serbia in violation of international law. Instead, levels of general corruption and particularly of organized crime remain “high.” This has “not changed considerably” since the occupation began in the summer of 1999, writes the EU authority. NATO invaded that south Serbian province in the summer of 1999. Under its control and with Berlin’s active support, the KLA mafia gang led by Kosovo’s current Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, became the strongest local power. The ECA report, once again, shows the consequences of Berlin’s repeated reversion to elements – such as the KLA – in the framework of strategically motivated military operations. With their help, wars can be won, but their social qualities are diametrically opposed to a humane development in the region targeted by German interventions.

Drip-Fed by the EU

The report of the European Court of Auditors (ECA), published Tuesday, begins with a short recapitulation of recent developments in Kosovo. It recalls how NATO invaded in the summer of 1999 and – in the name of the UN – took control of this south Serbian province; how its formal secession was prepared and – in violation of international law – finally imposed in February 2008. In spite of the massive pressure particularly from Germany and the USA, Kosovo has been recognized by only 91 countries. Berlin has not been even able to prevail within the EU: Five EU member countries continue to consider the region part of Serbia – in accordance with the terms of international law.[1] In defiance of all resistance to this illegal secession, Priština has been receiving billions in subventions from western donor countries since 1999. According to the ECA, between 1999 and 2007 alone, it received 3.5 billion Euros – two thirds of which originated in the budgets of the EU and its member countries. An additional 1.2 billion Euros had been provided for the period 2009 – 2011. Kosovo, which has not been recognized by one-fifth of the EU member states, is today the main – per capita – recipient of EU aid.

The Mafia in Power

In this context, the “European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo,” EULEX is of particular importance, because of the social situation. Before the attack on Yugoslavia, in March 1999, Germany and NATO had already begun to arm the mafia militia of the archaic clan-dominated back hills of Kosovo against Belgrade. During the war, the KLA actually functioned as the ground forces of NATO’s bombers. When the combat ended, they had developed into the strongest force of the South-Serbian province. Their leader, at the time, Hasim Thaci, has been Kosovo’s Prime Minister, since 2008. Since the 1990s, the mafia activities of the head of government and his current entourage have regularly been the object of international criticism. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[2]) EULEX was therefore given the task of establishing principles of rule of law in Kosovo. EULEX, with its 2,500 employees, is the largest crisis operation that the EU has ever had.

Mismanagement

The ECA has rendered a devastating verdict against EULEX not only for anomalies that could be considered simply mismanagement. According to the ECA, the EU Commission supports the establishment of an independent information system for the border police of Kosovo, rather than the creation of a unified system for the entire police force – as the EULEX had demanded. This EU authority acknowledged that there simply had been no coordination during preparations. Besides, the implementation of both projects was “significantly delayed,” the supply of the equipment was more than a year late. In any case, the primary objective for these measures had been to replace a long since existing information system, simply because it was introduced by the USA, with a new fully EU-standards compliant system. Implementation of the new system was difficult because of the Kosovo authorities’ preference to continue with the existing system. This was in no case, a promotion of efficient police work, criticized the ECA.[3]

Organized Crime

The fact that, at best, Kosovo has made “limited progress in the struggle against organized crime” after years of EU engagement is even more serious. According to the ECA, the organized crime situation, in fact, has “changed very little” since 1999, remaining at a “high level.” Investigations of even major crimes are “still ineffective,” not just due to limited experience, but mainly because of political interference. . . .

Discussion

4 comments for “Horror Show in the Balkans”

  1. Posted by GW | November 27, 2012, 4:59 pm
  2. http://news.yahoo.com/serbs-lied-kosovo-ours-serbian-pm-114219320.html
    Serbs lied to that “Kosovo is ours:” Serbian PM
    By Matt Robinson | Reuters – 8 hrs ago (3/7/2013)

    BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic told Serbs on Thursday they had been lied to that “Kosovo is ours”, the latest sign of an historic U-turn by Belgrade as it races to clinch membership talks with the European Union.

    Serbia does not recognize Kosovo but is under pressure to improve relations with its former province if the EU is to give the green light to accession talks and send a vital message of stability to much-needed foreign investors.

    Dacic, who was an aide to late strongman Slobodan Milosevic when Serbia went to war with NATO over Kosovo but is now in talks with its ethnic Albanian leadership, said Serbia had to finally define its “real borders”.

    “For 10 years, Kosovo was taboo. No one could officially tell the truth,” he wrote in the Serbian weekly NIN. “Tales were told; lies were told that Kosovo is ours.”

    But today, he said, “the Serbian president cannot go to Kosovo, nor the prime minister, nor ministers, nor the police or army. Serbs can only leave Kosovo. That’s how much Kosovo is ours and what our constitution and laws mean there.”

    Kosovo declared independence with Western backing in 2008, almost a decade after NATO bombs wrested control of the majority-Albanian territory from Milosevic to halt a brutal counter-insurgency war by his forces.

    The country of 1.7 million people has since been recognized by more than 90 states, but struggles with a de facto ethnic partition between its Albanian majority and a small Serb pocket in the north propped by Belgrade.

    NATO still has 6,000 troops in Kosovo to contain tensions.

    That northern, Serb pocket of territory is now at the center of EU-mediated talks between Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart, former guerrilla commander Hashim Thaci, that resume on March 20 in Brussels.

    CLOCK TICKING

    Though it pledges never to recognize Kosovo as independent, Dacic’s coalition government has offered to recognize the authority of Thaci’s government over the north, but in return wants autonomy for the Serbs living there.

    Thaci fears this will only cement the partition.

    In a report last month, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group think-tank said Serbia had “crossed a threshold” and that the two sides had never been closer to resolving the dispute over the Serb north.

    The EU wants a deal by mid-April, when the European Commission is due to issue a report on progress in the Kosovo talks. The bloc will then decide whether to open accession talks in June.

    Serbia’s fellow ex-Yugoslav republic and wartime foe Croatia is due to become the EU’s 28th member on July 1.

    Serbia is unlikely to join before 2020, but accession talks would provide a boost to its struggling economy and stimulate reforms.

    Dacic’s text was published in NIN to mark the tenth anniversary next week of the assassination of reformist Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, who took power with the 2000 ouster of Milosevic but was shot dead in 2003 by a group of former elite paramilitaries and drug smugglers.

    The killing slammed the brakes on Serbia’s recovery from the war and sanctions of Milosevic’s disastrous 13-year rule.

    “Ten years later, Serbia has yet to solve the problems that burdened Djindjic’s government. It still does not know where its borders are, over what territory it really has sovereignty,” Dacic wrote.

    “I was part of a government that tried to resolve the question of Kosovo by war. Perhaps there is some justice that today I should be the person most responsible for finding a peaceful solution.”

    (Editing by Jason Webb)

    Posted by Vanfield | March 7, 2013, 12:31 pm
  3. I have seen a lot coverage about Bob Dylan’s current legal problems. Charged with ‘Inciting Hate’ for remarks he made about Croatia, in an interview.

    There has been zero coverage of the Croatian history behind those remarks.

    If justice is to prevail, Dylan should make a strong defense of those remarks.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/bob-dylan-charged-with-inciting-hate-under-french-law/?_r=0

    December 3, 2013, 11:42 am
    Bob Dylan Charged With ‘Inciting Hate’ Under French Law
    By ALLAN KOZINN
    Bob Dylan performing at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, N.Y., in 2012.The New York Times Bob Dylan performing at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, N.Y., in 2012.

    To people who follow the pronouncements of Bob Dylan, his comment in a Rolling Stone interview in September 2012 suggesting that American blacks could sense whether whites had slave-master blood “just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood” may have seemed just the sort of vaporously impressionistic, emotionally pointed kind of thing that Mr. Dylan has been known to say for decades.

    But to the Representative Council of the Croatian Community and Institutions in France, an organization that looks after the interests of France’s 30,000 Croatians, those were fighting words. Now they have led to Mr. Dylan, who built his early career singing songs that denounced racism, being charged under a French law prohibiting “public insult and inciting hate.”

    On Tuesday, Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office in Paris, told The Associated Press that the French government had filed preliminary charges. Mr. Dylan’s last encounter with the French government was just over two weeks ago, when he was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest prize.

    The French government must have known that the charges were brewing when they gave Mr. Dylan the award: Vlatko Maric, the secretary general of the council, announced in November 2012 that his group had filed a complaint with the French government. That complaint led to the current charges.

    “We have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer,” Mr. Maric told The Guardian. His objection, he explained, was that Mr. Dylan’s comment equated Croatian war criminals with all Croats.

    What is the council seeking? Ivan Jurasinovic, a lawyer for the group, told The Associated Press that the organization was not seeking money or punishment, but hoped that Mr. Dylan, who he described as “a singer who is liked and respected in Croatia,” would apologize. A spokesman for Mr. Dylan said that the singer had no comment on the charges.

    Posted by Vanfield | December 4, 2013, 10:22 am
  4. Anti-privatization protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina that started earlier this week have now spread to more cities and grown into a general anti-corruption protest. Interestingly, while the 40% unemployment rate and ongoing austerity measures have no doubt played a role in widespread discontent, the roots of this particular protest appear to precede the EU’s current era of austerity. Like many former Communist countries, the era of “privatization” for Bosnia was often a public nightmare:

    Bosnia privatization protests reach other cities

    By Associated Press, Published: February 6

    TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Violent protests by thousands of unpaid workers in a northern Bosnian city spread to other parts of the country Thursday and have morphed into widespread discontent in an election year about unemployment and rampant corruption.

    Police used tear gas to temporarily disperse the protesters in Tuzla who threw stones at a local government building. The protesters returned after the tear gas volley, surrounded the empty government building and set tires and trash on fire. Police were reinforced with special dog units.

    The protests in Tuzla, which began Tuesday, are about an ongoing dispute involving four former state-owned companies that were privatized and later filed for bankruptcy. Thousands gathered in four other cities in solidarity with the Tuzla workers, but also to protest against Bosnia’s nearly 40-percent unemployment rate and politicians whom they accuse of being disconnected from citizens’ needs.

    The demonstrations have reached Sarajevo, Zenica, Mostar and Bihac. The protesters in Sarajevo, the capital, threw eggs at the local government building.

    One of them, Nihad Alickovic, called for more citizens to join the protest.

    “Take your problems out on the street,” he urged.

    Residents of buildings in Tuzla yelled insults and threw buckets of water at the officers who passed by in full riot gear. Elderly neighbors were seen banging cooking pots on their windows and balconies.

    The four former state-owned companies, which included furniture and washing powder factories, employed most of the population of Tuzla. After they were privatized, contracts obliged them to invest in them and make them profitable. But the owners sold the assets, stopped paying workers and filed for bankruptcy between 2000 and 2008.

    The leader of the Tuzla region, Sead Causevic, told Bosnian state TV that the “rip-off privatization” was already concluded when his government took power and that the workers’ demands are legitimate. He blamed the courts for obstructing justice, saying the workers have turned to them years ago, but no judgment has ever been passed.

    Bosnians have many reasons to be unhappy as general elections approach in October. Besides the unemployment rate, the privatization that followed the end of communism and the 1992-95 war produced a handful of tycoons, almost wiped out the middle class and sent the working class into poverty. Corruption is widespread and high taxes to fund a bloated public sector eat away at paychecks.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 7, 2014, 11:40 am

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