PRISTINA, KOSOVO — Twelve years on from the start of weeks of Nato bombing raids against Serbia, military planners enforcing the no-fly zone over Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya can learn valuable lessons from the air campaign against Belgrade … the immediate effect, at least in the case of Serbia, was devastating as security forces loyal to the former Serb president Slobodan Milosevic used the Nato raids as cover for the mass expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians into neighbouring countries and to commit a number of atrocities. Almost 2,000 people – mostly ethnic Albanians – are still missing after disappearing during the conflict … the generals have failed to prepare for what follows the initial and inevitable military victory … read more at THE INDEPENDENT
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- Kosovo's Winter of Discontent - Nouse 28/03/2015NouseKosovo's Winter of DiscontentNouseMany have been referring to the ongoing protests that have unfolded in Pristina this January as Kosovo's “Winter of Discontent”. But just like any situation that includes political and social upheaval, it needs a good catalyst for the domino effect to ...
- First Serbian politician accepts invitation to Kosovo - EurActiv 26/03/2015EurActivFirst Serbian politician accepts invitation to KosovoEurActivSerbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić became the first government official to visit Pristina at Kosovo's invitation since the territory unilaterally declared independence from Belgrade in 2008. Dačić attended a Western Balkans conference on creating the ...Vucic has telephone conversati […]
- MNBG-E and Kosovo first responders come together for Operation Stonewall II - DVIDS (press release) (registration) 28/03/2015MNBG-E and Kosovo first responders come together for Operation Stonewall IIDVIDS (press release) (registration)Members of the MNBG-E Hungarian coy react to Molotov Cocktails during the fire phobia phase of Operation Stonewall II, a joint crowd riot control training event featuring the Kosovo Police, Kosovo Security Forces, local emergency responders and MNBG […]
- Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars - BBC News 22/03/2015BBC NewsLeaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soarsBBC NewsFairy lights twinkle, a mixture of Albanian and English-language hits play over the sound system and the 20-somethings gathered around the tables regularly break into laughter. But the joviality papers over a grim reality for these young people. Kosovo ...and more »
- Why countries that recognize Palestinian statehood turn their backs on Kosovo - Quartz 20/03/2015QuartzWhy countries that recognize Palestinian statehood turn their backs on KosovoQuartzNearby Albania and Kosovo are arguably Europe's “most Islamic” countries, when excluding Turkey. In Albania, 56.7% of the population adheres to Sunni Islam. And although exact numbers aren't available for Kosovo, one of the world's youngest countries, ... […]
- Serb deputies continue to boycott Kosovo assembly - B92 27/03/2015B92Serb deputies continue to boycott Kosovo assemblyB92The Serb List left the Kosovo government and other institutions after the sacking of Aleksandar Jablanovic from Mustafa's cabinet. This was done because Jablanovic described those Albanians who attacked Serb returnees in Djakovica with rocks on ...and more »
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- Fleeing Kosovo: over the border and back again - euronews 27/03/2015Fleeing Kosovo: over the border and back againeuronewsPlanes carrying Kosovars, who had illegally migrated to Germany, have begun landing at Pristina airport. An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people left Kosovo between December 2014 and February this year. Then the deportations from Germany began.
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- Kosovo's entrepreneurs hope for brighter future - BBC News 26/03/2015
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- Albania Parliament Backs Arrest of Two MPs 26/03/2015Parliament voted on Thursday to approve a request from the general prosecutor’s office for the arrest of two MPs accused of making false testimonies and intimidating witnesses.
- Kosovo PM Says He Has Hotline to Belgrade 26/03/2015Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Thursday said that he and the Serbian Prime Minister had agreed to discuss certain problems directly - and not rely solely on meetings in Brussels.
- Montenegro Fines 'Informer' Editor For Hate Speech 26/03/2015The editor of the Montenegrin edition of the newspaper Informer, Novak Uskokovic, has been found guilty of publishing racist comments about Albanians in articles about last year's controversial Serbia-Albania football match.
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- Croatia’s Satirical ‘Feral Tribune’ Celebrated in Print 26/03/2015A new book explores the history of Feral Tribune, a provocative anti-establishment magazine that investigated and satirised the authorities in Croatia for more than two decades.
- Ambassador's Resignation Exposes Bosnian Serb Rifts 26/03/2015The Bosnian ambassador to Serbia, a close associate of the President of the Republika Srpska, has resigned amid a deepending power struggle in the Bosnian Serb bloc.
- Montenegro Protests Over Croatia's Adriatic Oil Probes 27/03/2015
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