Monthly Archives: April 2015

Serbia’s Kosovo Coverup: Who Hid the Bodies?

Serbia’s Kosovo Coverup: Who Hid the Bodies?  On April 4, 1999, a fisherman in the eastern Serbian village of Tekija made a macabre discovery in the River Danube – a refrigerator truck, dumped in the waters, had risen to the surface.The truck had no licence plates, just a logo suggesting that it belonged to the PIK Progress Export Slaughterhouse from the Kosovo town of Prizren.

A frogman sent down to explore reported that driver’s seat was empty and a stone had been placed on the accelerator pedal. Crime scene technician Bosko ‘Bole’ Radojkovic from the nearby town of Kladovo and his police superior Milan Stevanovic both initially assumed it had been some kind of accident.

But when Radojkovic investigated further, he found the truck’s grisly cargo – not slaughtered animals, but scores of decomposing human bodies. …

The Belgrade officials who took hundreds of murdered Albanians’ corpses from Kosovo to Serbia and concealed them in mass graves have never been prosecuted in their home country. Balkan Insight (BIRN), April 23, 2015

via Balkan Witness: Reports from the Area of Conflict.

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April 23, 2015 · 12:58 pm

New Book on Kosovo: Gathering Clouds

Robert Elsie, Gathering Clouds (CreateSpace, 2015)
This book endeavors to throw some light on the historical dimension of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. It consists of a collection of texts, written from 1912 to 1944, which make it evident that ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and Macedonia was a cornerstone of Serbian Government policies from the moment Serbian forces seized Kosovo and much of Macedonia from the Ottoman Empire in 1912-1913. It is to be hoped that these documents will provide insight into the historical background behind the tragic events that took place in Yugoslavia, and in particular in Kosovo, at the end of the twentieth century.

via Books on Kosovo.

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April 21, 2015 · 12:36 pm

Demystifying “NATO aggression”

Demystifying “NATO Aggression and the Fight against Shiptar Terrorists” The war-time authorities of Serbia, some of whose generals still hold office in the institutions of the army and police, must not be absolved of responsibility for the death of the 758 people who were killed in the NATO attacks. The politics advocated at the time by Slobodan Milosevic, the highest representatives of state institutions, and of the army and police generals, was the very cause of the NATO bombing. It was this kind of politics that turned the army into marauding hordes, while the generals were sending young soldiers to war, who were never to return to their families. After 16 years it is time to address the responsibility for the bombing of the country and the deaths of 758 people in the context of these facts.

Humanitarian Law Center (Belgrade), March 25, 2015

via Articles: Post-War Serbia.

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April 9, 2015 · 10:58 pm

Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina

NEW  Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina A post-war survey of the destruction of non-Serb cultural heritage in several municipalities during the 1992-1995 war. Expert testimony in the trial of Ratko Mladic by András Riedlmayer, April 2013.

via Balkan Witness: Bosnia.

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April 4, 2015 · 2:29 pm

The fate of Ottoman-era monuments and institutions in the Bosnia and Kosovo wars

Foundations of the Ottoman Period in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s The fate of Ottoman-era monuments and institutions in the Bosnia and Kosovo wars. By András Riedlmayer, May 2012 (PDF)

via Balkan Witness: Reports from the Area of Conflict.

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April 4, 2015 · 2:28 pm

Destruction of Islamic Heritage in the Kosova War

Destruction of Islamic Heritage in the Kosova War A new book, edited by Robert Elsie. About forty percent of all the mosques in this country were purposefully damaged or destroyed. This is a tragic statistic and it is important for the world to see and understand what happened. The information and photos in this volume provide dramatic proof of the destruction wrought upon Islamic architecture and, indeed upon the Islamic community and Albanians in general by crazed Serbian paramilitaries, by the Serbian police, and by the Serbian military of the Milošević period.

Foreword to the book by András Riedlmayer. May 2014

via Balkan Witness: Reports from the Area of Conflict.

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April 4, 2015 · 2:25 pm