Image via WikipediaAmerica's military footprint could become more robust soon in eastern Europe, further unbalancing the military balance of power with Russia, and sure to more than irritate Moscow. According to Polish media, the U.S. military could station more than a dozen F-16 warplanes on Polish soil, a first for the United States in former Warsaw Pact territory. The agreement, according to the Poles, should be sealed when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Poland on May 27-28. Moscow has threatened to take counter-measures if the Americans go through with the plan.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
In early January, a Turkish doctor walked free from from detention in his land of birth. Yusuf Somnez had been accused of organ trafficking, and an international arrest warrant was hanging over his head. Though little ink has been spilled in the Western media on this Turkish doctor, in legal circles he is well known. Somnez is suspected of being a major player in the murky international trade in human organs. His ties to Kosovo, and a clinic there, Medicus, however, make it clear the charges that Kosovo Albanians were involved in slicing and dicing Serbs before trading them on the international market is much more than "Serb propaganda" as the Kosovo Albanians contend.
Friday, February 18, 2011
It was party time in Kosovo this week as this quasi-country celebrated three years since the day it unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. But do Kosovo's ethnic Albanians have much to celebrate? Unemployment is up in the stratosphere at about 40 percent. Whatever economy exists is dependent on the IV of international aid, which keeps the so-called statelet financially feasible. Amid all the economic gloom, Kosovo Albanians have had to deal with irritating reports their leadership was/is up to their elbows in organized crime and the gruesome trade in human organs. And as the evidence mounts, the question is when will the West be forced to rein in their Kosovo quislings?
Monday, July 19, 2010
Hungary's elite have angered the global financial gods at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and EU. Budapest is balking at dancing to the austerity dirge as dictated by the money-men from Washington and the bureaucrats in Brussels. The move has spooked markets with the Hungarian currency, the forint, falling to a fourteen month low.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
July 11 marks the 15th anniversary of what the World has come to know as the Srebrenica massacre, when up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys were rounded up and killed by Serb paramilitary forces in what has been called the worst European massacre since World War II. In fact, the killings have been labeled an act of "genocide" by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, (ICTY). For Western media these facts are rarely, if ever, contested or discussed. The chronology of events, figures et al are cemented as part of a solemn narrative, and to question that script is an act bordering on blasphemy. Despite that, nagging questions still hang over what all agree were tragic events.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Media in Serbia and Kosovo says Belgrade is gearing up a shocker of a swap: trade parts of southern Serbia mainly populated with ethnic Albanians in exchange for northern Kosovo populated mainly by ethnic Serbs. The Serbs reportedly want to time the offer with a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality of Kosovo's independence from Serbia. The land swap would be de facto recognition by Serbia of Kosovo's independence, in part at least. That would be a huge concession on Belgrade's part. But Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership is intransigent, ruling out any changes to the territory's present boundaries. News of the alleged offer comes amid fresh tensions between Kosovo and Serbia after the killing of a protester, and shooting of a Serb lawmaker in the Kosovo parliament.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
From a government led by Europe's version of Hugo Chavez to a smart-talking, sensible woman who will charm the staid pols of Europe. That's the jump Slovakia is making. Out: Robert Fico and his quasi-fascist coalition partners, the Slovak National Party, or SNP. In: Iveta Radicova, a member of the center-right Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, or SDKU party. Out: quarreling with Hungary. In: fence mending. Out: anti-NATO rhetoric. In: more Washington fealty and fodder for the Afghanistan quagmire. Overall, bigwigs in European capitals are probably grinning ear-to-ear over this appointment and glad to see Mr. Fico shown the door.