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Kosovo MP Haradinaj Faces Ethnic Hatred Lawsuit (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A Kosovo NGO said it will file a criminal complaint against MP Daut Haradinaj for threatening that Serbs could be expelled from Kosovo if his brother, ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj, is extradited to Belgrade. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-mp-haradinaj-faces-ethnic-hatred-lawsuit-04-20-2017

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Kosovo Indicts Ex-Policeman for 1999 War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution charged a former police reservist with committing war crimes against civilians in Vushtrri/Vucitrn and Mitrovica, including “brutal” killings, intimidation and theft. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-indicts-ex-policeman-for-1999-war-crimes-04-20-2017

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Thaci Pressures Kosovo MPs on Border Deal (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

As Kosovo President Hashim Thaci again urges parliament to ratify the controversial agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, the issue may well decide the fate of the ruling coalition under Isa Mustafa. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/montenegro-border-deal-threats-kosovos-ruling-coalition-04-20-2017

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Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy (The Washington Post)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

When the U.S. intervenes abroad, we say it’s justified. When Russia does the same, we say it isn’t. We don’t know how effective Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts were to get President Trump elected. We don’t know whether leaked documents, disinformation campaigns, or actual Russian agents joined forces with Trump to sink Hillary Clinton. But […]

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Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (politico.eu)

By   /  18/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime Minister Edi Rama […]

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War Justice Strategy for Kosovo Undermined by Divisions (Balkan Insight)

By   /  12/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A Kosovo government-backed working group set up to draft a national strategy for dealing with the wartime past has been troubled by divisions, disputes and failures to deliver, a new report says. Kosovo’s Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation (IMWG) has been working since 2012 on developing a National Strategy on […]

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UN Urges Kosovo to Probe ‘Ethnic Cleansing Threat’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  11/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

After MP Daut Haradinaj threatened war and said Serbs could be removed from Kosovo if his ex-PM brother is extradited to Belgrade, the UN’s Kosovo mission urged the authorities to launch an investigation. “This weekend’s statement by a senior Kosovo parliamentarian, using hate speech to threaten ethnic cleansing, is unacceptable, and a cause for serious […]

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CoE Commissioner for Human rights: Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks says that eighteen years after the end of the conflict, thousands of people are still denied justice in Kosovo. He states that it is high time to change course and to build a just and cohesive society. He lists as major conditions to achieve this, […]

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Iowa native one of 19 judges who will decide Kosovo war crimes cases (Omaha World Herald)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Charles L. Smith, a Missouri Valley, Iowa, native and former chief judge of Iowa’s Fourth Judicial District, is one of 19 judges — and the only American — to be named international judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The Specialist Chambers, which meets at The Hague in the Netherlands, has jurisdiction over […]

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A Serbian Election Erodes Democracy (The New York Times)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

With Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s decisive victory in the presidential election on April 2, Serbia has edged closer to autocracy. Though the presidency is largely ceremonial, Mr. Vucic can now handpick his successor as prime minister and consolidate his power, since Parliament and the judiciary are all but locked up by Mr. Vucic’s Serbian Progressive […]

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‘Logical Cooperation’: Serbia to Join Russia-Led Defense Bloc in War Games (Sputnik)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Later this year, Serbia will take part in Collective Security Treaty Organization drills as a full-fledged member for the first time; the other six nations which comprise the regional military alliance are all close Russian allies and former Soviet republics. September 2017 will see Serbia’s full-blown participation in the war games of the Collective Security […]

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Bumpy Ride Ahead (Balkan Insight)

By   /  07/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A growing political crisis in Albania, fears over foreigners buying up land in Serbia and problems of youth radicalisation are among the top stories on Balkan Insight this week. Hotting Up The political scene in Albania seems to be getting more and more heated by the day. No accident, given that Parliamentary elections are only […]

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