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Serbs assault KFOR troops in Kosovo

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New Kosova Report
Several Kosovo Serbs scuffled with NATO peacekeepers Friday in an incident the top United Nations official in Kosovo said was orchestrated by Belgrade.
During an official top visit by UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker in the ethnic Serbian village of Gorazhdevc in western Kosovo ethnic Serbs clashed with French KFOR soldiers, leaving several injured and forcing the top officials to flee out of the chaos with a military chopper.

Why economics can't grasp Serbia ruling Kosovo again

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Mr. Radoniqi
Mr. Radoniqi
By Fatos Radoniqi


Serbia has always maintained that Kosovo should remain under its rule. This, they argue, should happen for several reasons. Among others, they often claim that Kosovo would be better off economically if it remained a part of Serbia. In this short essay I will attempt to explain why this cannot be the case.

To say that Kosovo is better off economically if it remains part of Serbia is based on at least two very flawed assumptions.
    
Assumption 1:  Kosovo’s economic welfare is important to Serbia

This is far from credible, to say the least. Why?

Rain from a Kosovar sky

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Trojac concert
Troja concert
I almost dropped the umbrella. The rain had found its way underneath it and the grip was slippery. Under my little shelter, two Kosovar friends were also trying to escape the rain. I said to one of them as I saw his jacket getting wet:

Come under the umbrella, I dont want you to get wet. He said: I am alright, I dont mind. Weve been forced to walk for miles in rain before - rain is just water. At least its rain from an Albanian sky. I smiled at my proud friend.

EULEX should be held accountable

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ImageApproximately 25 EULEX cars were thrown upside down today by activists of Lëvizjes VETËVENDOSJE!. This action opposed the presence of EULEX in Kosova, and all its activities in and for our country, including the protocol which EULEX is going to sign with Serbia, for cooperation with the criminal police of this criminal state. It is not just about the Protocol. The expected Protocol is just the latest symptom. EULEX is the sickness. EULEX calls upon the rule of law, but its members, together with their families, are immune from the law; EULEX calls upon supporting Kosovo’s institutions to which it doesn’t give any account, and has executive power over them!

The Kosovo Police, including the Special Police units, intervened violently during today’s action, when 21 activists of the Movement were arrested. This police intervention injured the activist Skender Blakaj from Burim, who was sent to the emergency clinic at the hospital, where the police are waiting to arrest him. Activists of the movement, Dardan Molliqaj and Fatmir Haziri were beaten badly by the police on the road to the police station, and inside it. Fatmir Haziri was beaten by police officer number 8062. Activist Kujtim Kosumi was also beaten by police officer 8676, and activist Salih Mehmeti by police officer number 8272. Some activists, including Dardan Molliqaj and Naser Shatri were threatened with personal consequences after their release, with words like, “When you get out, you have to deal with us…” These are the police of Kosova which say they work to protect the rights of the people of Kosova, yet are ready for official and unofficial confrontation to protect the property of a mission which was placed above these police, and clearly and with determination is opening the path to Serbia’s extension inside Kosova.

Serbia accepted UNMIK only when UNMIK did not accept Kosova as a state, but as part of Serbia, through Resolution 1244. EULEX was accepted by Serbia only when it promised that it would come to Kosova with Resolution 1244 and be ‘neutral toward status’, and thus, against the independence of our country. EULEX, by its presence, its mandate and mission, exists in Kosova like UNMIK: in agreement with Serbia. Its existence had to pass through Serbia’s approval. EULEX has Serbia as its partner in cooperation, while Kosova’s institutions are being treated as a submissive tool, to achieve their goals.

The main problem is not that Hashim Thaçi and Fatmir Sejdiu are submissive toward EULEX. The issue is that they are submissive willingly. They profit personally from their submission, which they are doing in the name of Kosova. They have chosen the fulfillment of personal interests through corruption, instead of fulfilling Kosova’s interests, through self-determination. They like this submissive position and they find pleasure in this position.

EULEX is deepening its cooperation with Serbia, at Kosova’s expense. The latest step in this direction is the police Protocol EULEX-Serbia. In this protocol, the Kosova-Serbia border is called the ‘administrative boundary’ and not an international border. This is not even neutrality – this is what Serbia calls our border. Therefore, as EULEX was produced by Serbia, their jeeps, with EULEX registration plates, are in reality black jeeps with the plates 000 BG, which today, we threw upside down. Just as the political system which EULEX is maintaining in Kosova should be turned upside down.

Below are the names of the activists arrested:
Salih Zyba, Ramadan Veliu, Naser Shatri, Frashër Krasniqi, Dardan Molliqaj, Kujtim Kosumi, Salih Mehmeti, Fatmir Haziri, Asdren Peci, Arbër Nuredini, Kasim Uka, Bujar Voca, Rron Gjinovci, Faruk Daka, Skënder Mërtyri, Flamur Arifi, Pajtim Demaj, Lirim Gashi, Fatmir Kurti, Kushtrim Zeqiri, Arbër Vokrri, Skender Blakaj

Making business dreams a reality - at school and beyond

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ImageThe bakery has a sales department, a marketing department, a number of enthusiastic employees... but no bread.  No, this is not a money laundering operation, but an educational initiative working in Peja.

Anna Wiman

Anna Wiman
Freelance Writer and photographer

Elizabeth Gowing

Elizabeth Gowing
Co-Founder at The Ideas Partnership NGO

Henry H. Perritt Jr.

Henry H. Perritt Jr.
Professor of Law Chicago-Kent College

Drilon Gashi

Drilon Gashi
Comm. Counselor to the Prime Minister

Arlind V. Bytyqi

Arlind V. Bytyqi
Editor-in-chief
New Kosova Report
 

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