Yet another case of an Albanian who should be allowed in the U.S. but is getting the shaft. If you read this Motion to Deny by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the decisions of the original immigration judge and then the Board of Immigration Appeals, you will see why. As Liz, who circulated the item, put it: “No asylum in the U.S.A. for an Albanian who didn’t play by the rules of USA’s [terrorist] allies.”
The asylum applicant’s big mistake? Deviating from the script and not describing his hardships as being Serb-caused. Mr. Rexhaj describes his difficulties in Kosovo not as the generally prescribed “threatened by Serbs” story but as having been threatened by Albanians. (Though the prescribed excuse has been wearing thin lately, at least in theUK and Switzerland.) Specifically, he is threatened by the ANA, which the U.S. doesn’t even acknowledge as operating in Kosovo or being associated with our KLA friends).
Agim Rexhaj petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’s (”BIA”) order denying his motion to reopen his immigration proceedings. For the reasons that follow, we will deny the petition for review.
Rexhaj is a native of Yugoslavia and a citizen of Kosovo. He was placed in removal proceedings in 2007 for entering the United States without inspection. At the December 2008 hearing before the Immigration Judge (”IJ”), Rexhaj conceded removability, but sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. In support of his application, Rexhaj contended that he and his family faced hardships prior to and during the 1998 war in Kosovo; that he was threatened by Albanians from 2004 to 2006 because the company he worked for built homes for ethnic minorities in Kosovo and because he was a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo (”DLK”) political party; and that on one occasion in 2007, he was beaten by a group of men because of his association with the DLK. He also claimed that six of his relatives were murdered for their association with the DLK. [The acronym is actually LDK.]
The IJ denied relief, finding Rexhaj incredible because of unexplained inconsistencies in his claim: although his asylum application stated generally that he was attacked by a group of masked persons, he embellished his claim during cross-examination and on re-direct, explaining that the attackers specifically mentioned that they opposed Rexhaj’s affiliation with the DLK and considered him a traitor, and that they wore the insignia of the Albanian National Army (”ANA”), a paramilitary group.
Did he “embellish” or simply give details he hadn’t previously given, not expecting the U.S. system to be so cold-blooded? Same thing goes for evidence he hadn’t previously introduced, perhaps being more perfunctory originally in his misplaced confidence in our system.
Mr. Rexhaj’s story was deemed as “incredible” when it is so far among the most credible I’ve heard coming from Kosovo, given that he mentioned he was beaten for building housing for ethnic minorities in Kosovo. That alone should satisfy asylum requirements. But the U.S. is in official denial/cover-up mode that ethnic minorities are forced out of Kosovo — and his claims of this happening in 2004-06, when things were supposed to be really hunky dory in our “ready for independence” Kosovo, undermine the entire edifice we so feverishly constructed. We also know that, indeed, Albanians belonging to groups or parties that were in opposition to or rivals of Kosovo’s heavies were killed easily — as we were just reminded in last Monday’s blog.
In the alternative, the IJ concluded that even if Rexhaj was credible, he had not met his burden of proof. The BIA dismissed Rexhaj’s appeal, agreeing with the IJ on all grounds. Rexhaj filed a petition for review, which this Court dismissed as untimely. See Rexhaj v. Att’y Gen., C.A. No. 10-4469 (order entered Jan. 11, 2011).
Later that month, Rexhaj filed a motion to reopen the immigration proceedings with the BIA. In that motion, Rexhaj presented purportedly new evidence relating to conditions in Kosovo: (1) an updated asylum application and statement; (2) letters from his wife and father alleging that they had recently been threatened and assaulted by ANA members, who continue to ask about Rexhaj’s whereabouts; (3) three articles related to his cousins’ murders; and (4) four articles about the ANA and its activities in Kosovo. The BIA denied the motion to reopen, reasoning that Rexhaj’s evidence was either previously available or failed to demonstrate his eligibility for relief. Rexhaj now petitions for review of that order.
We have jurisdiction pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a). We review the BIA’s denial of the motion to reopen for abuse of discretion. See Fadiga v. Att’y Gen., 488 F.3d 142, 153 (3d Cir. 2007). Under that standard, the BIA’s decision will not be disturbed unless it was “arbitrary, irrational, or contrary to law.” Sevoian v. Ashcroft, 290 F.3d 166, 174 (3d Cir. 2002) (quotation marks and citation omitted). “A motion to reopen proceedings shall not be granted unless it appears to the Board [of Immigration Appeals] that evidence sought to be offered is material and was not available and could not have been discovered or presented at the former hearing . . . .” 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(c)(1). Further, a motion to reopen must demonstrate prima facie eligibility for asylum. See Guo v. Ashcroft, 386 F.3d 556, 563 (3d Cir. 2004). The prima facie case standard requires the applicant to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood that he can establish eligibility for relief. See id. (quoting Sevoian, 290 F.3d at 175). In denying the motion to reopen, the BIA reasoned that Rexhaj’s evidence failed to satisfy these requirements.
The BIA first noted that Rexhaj’s updated asylum statement and the letters from his wife and father, though previously unavailable, did not bear on his eligibility for relief. That is, because none of those documents addressed the inconsistencies in Rexhaj’s original asylum claim, the evidence did not call into question the adverse credibility determination that barred Rexhaj from obtaining relief.
The inconsistencies weren’t addressed because most people are shoddy and incomplete communicators, and clearly he could do with a better lawyer.
The BIA further reasoned that the letters neither explained why ANA members continue to look for Rexhaj in Kosovo nor demonstrated changed country conditions there, given that Rexhaj and his family had already allegedly been threatened and harassed.
What does that even mean? And they’re actually asking WHY the ANA continues to look for him? Would they also ask why La Costra Nostra never stops looking for “traitors”? It should be dawning on folks by now that the U.S. Government is not there to protect people like Rexhaj; it is there to protect its own secrets. And Rexhaj risks ratting out Kosovo, which in turn would expose us.
Our review of the administrative record does not lead to the conclusion that the BIA’s determination was arbitrary, irrational, or contrary to the law in that regard.
No one is saying the decision was arbitrary, irrational, “contrary to law” or demonstrating abuse of discretion. It was simply wrong. And unfair. And, some might correctly assess, political. After all, if the court were to grant Rexhaj asylum on the basis of his claims, it would be an admission of everything the U.S. Government has been covering up about Kosovo: ethnic minorities are not safe, there is no freedom of thought or speech, the Serbs weren’t the real bullies of the 90s, the KLA never disbanded and has outgrowths such as the ANA and other paramilitaries which still operate there.
Turning to the articles Rexhaj submitted describing his cousins’ murders, the BIA noted that the articles were either previously available or did not bear on Rexhaj’s eligibility for relief. We agree. Of the three articles, two were published in 2006 — two years before Rexhaj’s removal hearing. And the third article, which was undated, did not present information that the IJ was unaware of. Indeed, in the original proceedings, the IJ specifically acknowledged that Rexhaj’s cousins had been killed, but ultimately concluded that Rexhaj’s evidence was insufficient to meet his burden of proof.
Finally, the BIA reasoned that Rexhaj’s four background articles on the ANA were insufficient to warrant reopening. Again, we agree. Three of the articles were written before Rexhaj’s removal hearing, and thus were previously available. The final article, a Wikipedia entry on the ANA, refers to only one incident that occurred after Rexhaj’s removal hearing. It describes an April 2010 terrorist attack by the ANA on a Macedonian policeman — a fact that the BIA plausibly reasoned did not bear on Rexhaj’s claim that the ANA continues to persecute DLK members.
Relatedly, Rexhaj asks this Court to take judicial notice of two articles from October 2011 describing unsafe conditions in Kosovo. However, our review is limited to the evidence in the administrative record. See Yu v. Att’y Gen., 513 F.3d 346, 349 n.2 (3d Cir. 2008) (citing 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(4)(A)).
In sum, we perceive no abuse of discretion in the BIA’s denial of Rexhaj’s motion to reopen. Accordingly, we will deny the petition for review.
What? A blatant blow-off, an admitted unwillingness to do any additional research.
Such is the fate of Albanians who fear instead of cheer the Albanian cutthroats we’ve placed into power. Courtesy of the U.S.A. Recall how one woman had to make her case to stay in England:
Alice Mahon, who served as a British MP from Halifax and a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels during the Kosovo war…told the Tribunal of one particularly dramatic incident when an ethnic Albanian woman, who came to Britain as a refugee from Kosovo, had a nervous breakdown in her office. This poor woman had been chased out of Kosovo by the KLA and was terrified at the thought of going back. Fortunately, Ms. Mahon was able to use her influence as an MP to allow this woman to remain in Britain.
If the IJ, BIA and Court of Appeals are confused as to how conditions in Kosovo would imply danger to Rexhaj — and how danger to his family would imply danger to him and vice versa — they should view theseshort clips from the Italian documentary “The Truth About Kosovo” to see how our Kosovo works.
TORONTO - A local bookstore has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives…It wasn’t clear whether the shop has ordered more copies of the book, but it’s available at online Islamic bookstores and even through eBay.
In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her.”
Later, its author advises that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”
Stupid enough to marry a Muslim. And slow enough to not run away.
A man who beheaded a restaurant manager at a golf club has been jailed for life.
The body of Christopher Varian, 32, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was discovered by colleagues at The Oxfordshire in Thame in August 2010.
Jonathan Limani, 34, formerly of Rycote Lane, Thame, pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility at Oxford Crown Court.
Limani, a waiter at the hotel, was told he would serve at least 19 years.
Judge Anthony King said Limani, who is currently at Broadmoor Hospital, may never be released.
The court heard how staff had found the killer sitting near Mr Varian’s decapitated body after attacking him with a knife.
Limani was said to have a lengthy history of mental ill health and paranoid schizophrenia.
He also had a criminal conviction for supplying heroin in Switzerland.
Limani, an Albanian with a Swedish passport, had previously denied all charges when he appeared in court, last November.
Notice how the word “Albanian” follows the words “heroin” and “Switzerland.” We just got finished talking about the whole Swiss connection to Albanian criminals, and of course Albanians are the heroin kings, so there was that red flag too. (Sensible Sweden and Switzerland, meanwhile, were both proud early recognizers of stolen Kosovo.) One must also give props to the BBC in this report for not mincing words about the killer’s ethnic identity by using the more comfortable “former Yugoslav” (so as to diminish embarrassment over our clients’ true natures; as I recently wrote, accounting for this shift toward more accurate Balkan identifications may be Western exasperation with those clients). But let’s not overlook something else that’s just been revealed, specifically in the sentence “Limani was said to have a lengthy history of mental ill health….”
We’re repeatedly told that Albanian Muslims are nothing like “those” Muslims, one of the supposed key rationales for a U.S.-created Muslim state in Kosovo. But notice that with every new case of a lone Islamic terrorist striking, we get a “mental problems” explanation. And so here we are getting the same explanation for a violent Albanian. And this isn’t the first time. I’ve pointed out before that media and governments, by their own accounts and analyses, are defining Islam as a mental illness, which I agree with. It would appear that Albanians, like Muslims in general, have a disproportionate incidence of mental health issues that cause them to be violent (yet another of the countless consistencies between Islam and Albanianism). Same, apparently, with Bosnian Muslims, so it would seem that the “not like that” Muslims of the Balkans have yet something else in common with the “like that” Muslims.
And then of course one must ask — again — what is this Albanian affinity for beheading? It sounds almost…Islamic. But since we’re told that can’t be it — and especially since this person wasn’t necessarily a religious Muslim or Muslim at all — we’re left only with the Julia explanation: Muslims and Albanians are very similar. Islam on an Albanian is redundant. And so with Albanian-Muslim males in particular, you can end up with double your Muslim. Or double your Albanian, take your pick.
The victim’s father Nigel Varian, who runs a bed and breakfast with wife Sue in France, told the BBC about the day the couple learnt of their son’s death.
“It was a terrible, terrible day, because we were on our way over to our other son’s wedding,” he said.
“That Chris had been killed by this guy who worked for him, and that he was beheaded at the scene, was just impossible to get to grips with.
“It was just after lunchtime and when a break came up Chris went out to the staff smoking area to take a cigarette and while he was there this man Limani, who was a server, followed him out there and assaulted him with a knife.
“Chris didn’t appear to have time to even cry out.
“When he was on the ground Limani then proceeded to decapitate him in the most gruesome manner.
“It was just a total shock to us when we heard this. This is probably the most shocking aspect of the whole case.”
Mr Varian said they still thought about their son almost all the time.
Mrs Varian said: “It’s still hard to come to terms with his loss and the horrendous manner in which he died.
“It’s left me with a bed and breakfast business that I no longer want to be in. My heart’s gone out of hospitality.
“We are now trying to sell and I don’t know where we will go from here except that we want to be with our family and keep strong together.”
Det Ch Insp Steve Tolmie, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crimes Unit, said it was one of the most violent crimes he had seen in a 30-year career.
“Any murder investigation is by its very nature violent and traumatic for the family,” he said.
“This one was at the very high end of the scale and was certainly brutal and savage.”
That’s right. It took an Albanian to provide this detective with the most savage case of his 30-year career.
In an earlier statement the Varian family had questioned how Limani came to be living and working in the UK and said they thought there had been “a catalogue of errors”.
Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England, said: “This is a dreadful crime but it’s very difficult to see how that could have been prevented.
“It’s always easier after the fact.
“I’m working with my colleagues across Europe to increase cross-border co-operation with police forces.”
Det Ch Insp Tolmie said Limani applied for dual nationality when he was in Sweden.
“Because that was in place he then managed to enter the country, which he did legitimately.
“He didn’t disclose the fact that he had previous convictions so he therefore managed to come in and find employment at The Oxfordshire hotel.”
A criminal record? Really? NothingAlbanian about that. Just like criminality and Islam don’t go hand in hand, right? And, an Albanian not disclosing something to his Western patrons? Couldn’t be.
As for how Limani came to be living and working in the UK and the MEP’s response that “it’s very difficult to see how that could have been prevented” and “it’s always easier after the fact”: No, my clueless cosmopolitan cog. This one was easy enough to get before the fact. But it seems the whole point of having a backwards foreign policy in the Balkans (pro-Albanian, anti-Serb) — which maximizes the dangers to the citizenry — is to then have an excuse to maximize policing of that citizenry. If the policy from the start hadn’t been pro-criminal and pro-terrorist, then we might have had a healthy suspicion of the aggressive side that now turns its aggressions in new directions, beyond the Serbs.
But recall that the same question came up in Finland in 2010 (as did the mental illness): Flashback:
Finns are asking why Shkupolli, who had a job in a warehousing company, was not kept under closer surveillance by the police after his former girlfriend lodged formal complaints against him…The troubled relationship seems to have been regarded by the police as a domestic affair and Shkupolli’s criminal record or state of mental health was not taken fully into consideration.
The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted a large-scale survey of the mental health of Kosovo Albanians living in Sweden and found that many suffered from clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Similar findings have been made in other countries that took large numbers of Bosnian or Kosovan refugees during and after the Balkan wars. There seems to have been no follow-up study in Finland, which has been one of the strongest champions of an independent Kosovan statehood.
“The perception of Israeli-Jewish victimhood, which was always present in the Jewish narrative and Jewish thought, became even stronger after the Holocaust and serves to give Israel political legitimacy.”
These were the words that Haaretz columnist Akiva Eldar used in a recent oped praising a book – The Israeli Victim-Perpetrator Dichotomy – by Emek Yezreel College’s Ruth Amir.
“Israel sees itself as a victim [which] justifies its aggression and injustice. With the help of guilt-neutralizing mechanisms, Israelis… absolve themselves of responsibility. That is why they aren’t interested in trying to correct injustices and reconcile with their neighbor,” wrote Eldar.
It is a highly appealing argument. In it, the nefarious Jews who have always constructed this fake narrative of “victimhood” exploit it in order to justify their misdeeds.
In a March 2012 blog post on the Economist website titled “Auschwitz Complex” (since changed to “Masters of their fate”), a writer argued that “Iran makes an appealing enemy for Israelis because, unlike the Palestinians, it can be fitted into a familiar ideological trope from the Jewish national playbook: the eliminationist anti-Semite.”
He went on to speak of a historical Jewish “narrative of repression” and a “delusional… paranoid outlook.”
[We briefly visited this theme before — about how to deafen the public’s ear to a victim people, precisely by preemptively characterizing their victimhood as merely a perpetually claimed victimhood.]
…If Israel is using its narrative of victimhood to justify the occupation and abuse of the Palestinians, it isn’t doing a very good job, because no one is being manipulated. When is the last time anyone wrote anywhere that because of the Holocaust, the checkpoints make sense?
Many people argue that the security barrier is acceptable to defend lives, that because of terrorism a peace agreement cannot be found or that because of history the Jews have a right to Hebron. But if you Google “occupation” and “holocaust,” you will mostly find only the argument that Israelis manipulate the Holocaust to justify their actions; you won’t find anyone actually saying the Holocaust justifies the actions. That means the “Holocaust as anesthesia” is a straw-man argument. But why build a straw man and devote whole books to it?
The idea of the “victim-aggressor” has a long history in Western polemics. In recent years, it was used to castigate the Tutsis of Rwanda and the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia. The Serbs were said to have a victim complex that they used to justify their ethnic cleansing of the Bosnians. Without exploring whether or not the Serbs were in fact guilty of ethnic-cleansing, it is worth understanding how the West belittled the Serbs’ historic misfortune in order to justify hating them.
The Serbs were in fact victims; after 500 years of brutal Ottoman-Turkish occupation more than 10 percent of them were murdered by the Croatian fascists and their Nazi collaborators in World War II (the Nazis collaborated with the Croats in this case, not the other way around). They were also victims in Kosovo, where Serbian churches were destroyed and the impoverished Serb peasants were driven from their homes after the Nato bombing campaign.
The Rwandan Tutsi were actual victims. A great portion of their community was hacked to death in the 1994 genocide by Hutu genocidaires. Yet when the Tutsis dared to drive some Hutu from their homes in the aftermath, they were accused of war crimes and said to harbor a victim complex that they used to cover their actions.
The victim complex theory unjustifiably places special burdens on those who were victims, while the continuous perpetrator is allowed to walk free. The Croats, Hutus and Germans, nations that apparently do not have a victimhood narrative, aren’t said to commit crimes and use their fake victim status to cover them; they just committed historical crimes and walked away. Why is it that the bully is just a bully, but the victim-turned-“aggressor” is specially criticized?
For instance, would the Israeli occupation be better if it weren’t Israelis doing it but, say, Turks? It seems in most cases this actually is true. When Jordan slaughtered Palestinians, other groups abused Hutus, or the Croats (rather than Serbs) committed atrocities against the Bosnians, few raised eyebrows. So is a victim worth more if he can be shown to be a victim of a victim? Are children who gun down their classmates more interesting if they were first bullied than if they were stars of the football team?
The last issue is that creating a “victim-perpetrator” theory about Israel allows one to negate actual victimhood and castigate Israelis particularly. They want to make it acceptable to hate Jews and encourage the mass murder of Israelis because the very fact of any Jew saying he is a victim makes him part of the paradigm of a “victim narrative” fulfilling the prophecy. Anything he does to defend himself becomes part of the “victim-aggressor” model.
When the Holocaust is a “narrative,” it means it is part myth, so that one cannot even bemoan the death of the six million without be[ing] accused of manipulating others. In making Jews feel guilty for having been persecuted and punishing them for mentioning it, one is erasing the history itself. As an example of how dangerous it is, one might consider the three murdered Jewish children in Toulouse and that in this “victimhood” model, they are not even given the dignity of victims, because by being outraged about anti-Semitism, they become simply part of the “victim complex.”
It’s relevant to mention the reaction to the Toulouse murders of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who will have overseen the extinction of the Serbs from Kosovo. As the socialist website 4international aptly put it:
STANDWITHUS FRANCE CALLS FOR AN APOLOGY OR RESIGNATION FROM CATHERINE ASHTON ON HER COMMENTS REGARDING THE MURDERS AT THE JEWISH SCHOOL
(Paris, France — March 19, 2012) — StandWithUs France condemns High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton for her statement regarding the brutal, anti-Semitic murders of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse today.
As France reels in horror at this attack, together with the global Jewish community and all people of conscience, High Representative Ashton, the EU’s top diplomat, chose to compare the situation of those murdered today to Palestinians in Hamas-run Gaza, from a meeting with Palestinian youth she attended in Brussels.
“This was an insensitive comment which was pandering to the Palestinian group Ashton was with, and it is incredibly hurtful to the victims and to the French Jewish community”, said Laurent Preece, Director of StandWithUs France, who heard her comments while participating at a 50,000 strong silent rally in Paris in memory of the victims. “Her record regarding diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab conflict has been checkered at best, but these comments are beyond the pale. She should apologize immediately or resign her position.”
StandWithUs CEO, Roz Rothstein commented: “The attack that took place in Toulouse is in no way similar to the situation in Gaza. Since Israel pulled out of Gaza, Palestinian terror groups have fired tens of thousands of rockets on Israeli cities indiscriminately killing and maiming children and adults.”
Adds Preece, “In recent weeks, Israeli schoolchildren have been cowering from attacks by Palestinian missiles fired deliberately at them from Gaza, so it is incredible that Catherine Ashton chose to compare the anti-Semitic murder of a Rabbi, his two young children and another child to children in Gaza. In Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups use Palestinian children as human shields while firing with impunity at Israeli children.”
StandWithUs France will be taking part in a memorial rally in Paris, led by the CRIF on Sunday.
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Learn more about what happened:
EU’s ASHTON: CHILDREN KILLED IN TOULOUSE AND GAZA
In Brussels, top European Union diplomat condemns Monday’s shooting attack on French Jewish school, but also mentions killings in Syria, Gaza and Norway
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton compared the children who were murdered in Monday’s shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France with children who are killed in Gaza.
“When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway last year, we know what is happening in Syria, and we see what is happening in Gaza and other places,” Ashton said on the sidelines of a meeting of Palestinian youths in Brussels.
Ashton hailed the young Palestinians, who “against all odds, continue to learn, work, dream and aspire to a better future.”
When speaking of Norway, Ashton was referring to Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting spree last year, which left 77 people dead.
Monday’s shooting attack on the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse claimed the lives of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 29, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh and 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego. A 17-year-old has been seriously injured.
According to police, a man riding on a scooter opened fire on the school at around 8:10 am, as the students were arriving for the school day, and then fled the scene. A local police official said the shooter fired 15 shots at the school and its students.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REACTION OF THE EU’S TOP DIPLOMAT VERY MUCH FITS RODNEY ATKINSON’S INDUBITABLE THEORY THAT THE EU IS A FULFILLMENT OF HITLER’S VISION. AND IT IS VERY MUCH ON TRACK TO FULFILLING THE LEGACY.
It goes without saying that Ashton’s choice of what to compare the massacre to — something supposedly being done to Palestinian children and supposedly by Jews — is her way of not only diminishing the Toulouse crime and blaming the victim, but it’s also an underhanded way of justifying violence against Jews, as if to say it’s deserved.
Only she’s stupid enough — and evil enough — to boast about it.
The quote was preceded by the sentence that fighting for Kosovo’s independence “is something that I’m very proud of.” A brazen, if repeated, admission in its own right, given that in 1999 her assurance (and America’s in general) to Serbia and the Europeans was that the war was not for independence but for autonomy.
It’s already been a busy year for Tampa, Florida when it comes to the Balkans. No sooner was a Kosovo Albanian arrested for planning to blow the town up, than a citizen from — drum roll please! — “Bosnia and Herzegovina” was arrested for having sex with a minor on a cruise ship where he is assistant director. That’s right, this time there was no “former Yugoslav” or any other non-specificity about the perp’s identity. And, apparently, we’re even past “Bosnia” and on to “Bosnia and Herzegovina.” As I’ve been relishing lately, Americans are being forced — by their own cherished client-ethnicities — into having to sort out the peoples they bombed or supported almost 20 years ago.
Senad Djedovic worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines for six years — until this past Sunday, when the FBI was waiting for him as the Norwegian Star sailed back to port in Tampa.
Djedovic, 29, was the assistant cruise director. But he is now under arrest for having sex with a minor and engaging in child pornography.
The FBI was contacted by the internal security team from Norwegian. On February 27, the cruise line advised the FBI a crewmember reported that Djedovic showed him nude photos of a young girl on Djedovic’s work computer. The crewmember said Djedovic told him the girl was 16 years old.
The teen, who is from Minnesota, was with her family for a seven-day cruise out of Tampa. They left January 29.
According to the court documents, the two met shortly after the girl boarded. A day or two later, the girl introduced Djedovic to her father. Later, when the FBI interviewed her father, he said he specifically advised Djedovic that his daughter “was 16 years old.”
Djedovic reportedly told authorities the two had sex in a stairwell. He told them, “all the way through I knew it was wrong.”
Prior to leaving the ship, Djedovic said he exchanged emails with the teen and admitted to exchanging a lot of emails with her in the past six or seven weeks.
One email said, “I miss you big time…you little young girl.” He asked her to send photos of herself, then sen[t] back explicit photos of himself and a video.
During an interview with the FBI, Djedovic said he learned she was 16 after the sexual contact. But he then admitted he knew she was 16 when they were exchanging the sexually explicit photographs.
According to the court documents, he also admitted to telling other crewmembers that she was 16.
Djedovic is a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has been with Norwegian for six years, sailing on seven different ships.
During a brief investigation of his personal electronics, agents say they located on a hard drive — under a subfolder entitled “scandals” — several videos called “12 yrs old,” “15 yrs old,” and “16 yr old Pakistane.”
The FBI said it appears these videos were downloaded from the internet and appear to depict minors engaged in sexual activity. […]
Now, it doesn’t take a Bosnian-Muslim to have sex with a 16-year-old, or to sing about videos of sex with 12- and 15-year-olds. But according to Nancy, who used to help resettle Bosnian refugees in her city:
I had noticed among the Bosnians who came over in the 90s that the young men in their twenties started making tracks to any apartment with a girl from 10 years on. One gal was 12 when she started “dating” a guy of 25, both of them Muslims though. By 16 she was married with 2 kids. One of the Serbian girls aged 13 kept me informed about them because the same guy had been after her little 11 year old sister too…
BELGRADE — The U.S. supports Kosovo’s sovereignty, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick has said.
She added that local election[s] in the north would bring representatives who would have no authority according to Kosovo laws.
“When Serbia carried out the voting in Kosovo in 2008, a special UN secretary general’s envoy stated that the elections and their result, just like the formed Serbian municipal institutions, had no legitimacy. Therefore, this is the issue we should address,” she told daily Večernje novosti.
The ambassador says that the issue of Kosovo’s status was “finished” as far as the U.S. was concerned.
The ambassador explained that the U.S. believed that Kosovo’s independence was a “special case” and that it should be treated as a precedent. [Freudian slip? Missing the word “not.”]
“One should keep in mind that the Kosovo Constitution provides protection to Kosovo Serbs…”
[That’s reassuring! They couldn’t be protected when the internationals were in charge, so it can only get “better” without them, right?]
The U.S. ambassador noted that the issue of Kosovo was something that the U.S. and Serbia saw through different eyes. […]
The U.S. came out with its statement against Serb elections in Kosovo’s north — complete with Albanian language such as this staple: “the issue of Kosovo’s status [is] ‘finished’ as far as [we’re] concerned.” Helping to explain our emphatic stance was this announcement from last week, in auto-translation from Vesti:
…Daily “Koha Ditore” carried a statement [by] Hashim Thaci that [the] Serbian [act would] provoke conflict with consequences for the whole region.
“Serbia provokes open conflict with the state of Kosovo, which may have consequences for the entire region and the overall international involvement in the region in the United States, and also NATO and EU,” Thaci said.
“Koha Ditore” and other journals report the reaction of international officials in the occupied territories over the decision to hold elections in the occupied territories of Serbia.
[From the] daily “Zeri”…according to a statement [by] Hajredin Kuqi “The government does not want to create the illusion that they will use the army or police in the north”, but will not “remain idle”.
“We will take all measures to defend the legal and constitutional order in Kosovo and will take all measures that do not harm the interests of Kosovo,” warned the House.
Dnevnik “Lajmi” writes that “the Kosovo government [will] use all constitutional means to prevent the holding of Serbian elections in Kosovo.”
The paper writes that force may be used, but it would be a last resort when other options have been exhausted and all legal remedies.
…[The daily] Epoka [printed that the] “caucus whip of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, Adem Grabovci [said] that” severe bomb can explode. ”
In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, former US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke claimed that the forthcoming Kosovo Albanian violence if the world community does not grant them independence should be blamed on Russia because the Muslim Kosovo Albanian leadership believes that Russia should be blamed for their inability to become independent.
– Ariel Cohen, “US should support Serbia, not Kosovo Albanian radicals, expert”
Former U.S. Balkans peace broker Richard Holbrooke said on Monday that violence could explode in Kosovo as early as next month if Russia stalls a U.N. plan to give the breakaway Serbian province independence.
“If the Russians delay or dilute or veto it, then I’m afraid the long pent-up desire of the Albanians in Kosovo for a rapid move toward independence will explode into violence,” he said.
Ahtisaari sent his plan to the Security Council last week after exhausting efforts to achieve a negotiated solution between the Serbian and Kosovo Albanian governments due to Serbia’s total opposition to independence. [And not due to the Albanian’s total opposition to anything BUT total independence.]
NATO waged an air war in 1999 to force Serbian troops out of the province and put an end to two years of violence in which 10,000 Albanians died and more than one million Albanians fled. [800,000 KLA-enforced refugees became “more than one million.”]
As we know, while the KLA was being formed and trained by Germany and British SAS in preparation for a U.S.-led attack on Yugoslavia for some reason, for years its Albanian founders and other associated criminals were living in Switzerland, from which they directed their international crime syndicate before we could set up their Kosovo headquarters.
And so every so often, Switzerland — which has intimate familiarity with the nature of empowered Albanians and therefore has expressed some buyer’s remorse over an independent Kosovo — comes up in Albanian-related news. Such as in the past two months:
A report says two Kosovo politicians closely linked to the government and who are accused of involvement in alleged organ trafficking have Swiss residency permits.
The SonntagsZeitung newspaper said the Swiss Federal Migration Office has confirmed that both Azem Syla and Kadri Veseli have C permits, which they are only entitled to if their main residences are in Switzerland.
In mid-December, Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty issued a report into criminal activities involving members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), many of whom are now in the Kosovo government.
Syla and Veseli held top posts in the KLA and the political party that succeeded it and forms the current government, the Democratic Party of Kosova.
Both men are suspected of involvement in trafficking in human organs and murder. The newspaper says the German secret service listed them in 2005 as important figures in organised crime in Kosovo.
The SonntagsZeitung added that neither Syla, who has been reelected to the Kosovo parliament, nor Veseli hide the fact that they live in Kosovo. […]
A Swiss court has issued an expulsion order against a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) who it said should never have received a residency permit.
Azem Syla, a Kosovan parliamentarian and former defence minister, was granted asylum in Switzerland in 1994 and received a C permit in 1999.
But the Administrative Court of Solothurn ruled that as defence minister Syla should never have left his country during a time of war. It ordered he leave Switzerland by May 15.
The court said Syla had violated a series of laws in Switzerland, including serious abuse of the social security system, according to the written judgment obtained by the Swiss News Agency.
Unable to work because of a physical condition, Syla received some SFr425,000 ($469,000) in social security payments between 2002 and 2011. The payments were stopped last year when authorities became aware of his position as a Kosovan parliamentarian.
Syla has also been accused of trafficking in human organs and murder during his time with the KLA. He is additionally accused of having ordered the execution of his rivals at the end of the war in 1999.
Now, if Syla’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was featured in the 1999 article below by Chris Hedges in The New York Times — an article that emphasizes, as usual to no effect in policy, public outrage or media follow-up — this very execution that the Swiss media are understated-ly reminding us of.
I easily found the old article below in my files, because I’d tagged the subject line “Hedges: Thaci Executes his Rivals; KLA to be Modeled on the National Guard.”
The senior commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which signed a disarmament agreement with NATO, carried out assassinations, arrests and purges within their ranks to thwart potential rivals, say current and former commanders in the rebel army and some Western diplomats.
The campaign, in which as many as half a dozen top rebel commanders were shot dead, was directed by [now prime minister] Hashim Thaci and two of his lieutenants, Azem Syla andXhavitHaliti, these officials said. Mr. Thaci denied through a spokesman that he had been responsible for any such killings.
Although the United States has long been wary of the Kosovo Liberation Army….after the war, the United States and other NATO powers have effectively made Mr. Thaci and the rebel force partners in rebuilding Kosovo. The agreement NATO signed with Mr. Thaci, for example, envisions turning the rebel group into a civilian police force and leaves open the possibility that the Kosovo Liberation Army could become a provisional army modeled on the United States National Guard.
While none of the rebel officials interviewed saw Mr. Thaci or his aides execute anyone, they recounted — and in some cases said they had witnessed — incidents in which Mr. Thaci’s rivals had been killed shortly after he or one of his aides had threatened them with death.
Remembering the beginning of fighting more than a year ago, Rifat Haxhijaj, 30, a former lieutenant in the Yugoslav Army who left the rebel movement last September and now lives in Switzerland, said: ‘’When the war started, everyone wanted to be the chief. For the leadership this was never just a war against Serbs — it was also a struggle for power.'’
The charges of assassinations and purges were made in interviews with about a dozen former and current Kosovo Liberation Army officials, two of whom said they had witnessed executions of Mr. Thaci’s rivals; a former senior diplomat for the Albanian Government; a former police official in the Albanian Government who worked with the rebel group, and several Western diplomats.
The Western diplomat in the Balkans said, however, that Mr. Thaci’s ruthless tactics are legendary in the region.
‘’Thaci has a reputation for being pretty tough,'’ the diplomat continued. ‘’Haliti and Syla are not known for their sweet tempers. This is a rough neighborhood, and intimidation and assassinations happen.'’
Former and current rebel officials also charge that a campaign of assassinations was carried out in close cooperation with the Albanian Government, which often placed agents from the Albanian secret police at the disposal of the rebel commanders.
The Western diplomat in the Balkans said he knew of at least two Albanian secret police officers who were fighting with the guerrillas. ‘’The two officers are brigade or battalion commanders, and they’ve been in the field fighting,'’ the diplomat said. ‘’They’re volunteers from Albania.'’
Albania has long waged a campaign to unite with Kosovo, a Serbian province where Albanians are in the majority. Such unification was briefly achieved during Fascist occupation in World War II and was held out as a goal by radical groups financed and backed by Tirana in the later part of the century.
Indeed, the close relationship between Mr. Thaci and the Tirana Government, which has a reputation for corruption and has been linked by Western diplomats to drug trafficking, is one of the factors that disillusioned many former fighters who were interviewed in Germany, Switzerland and Albania. The fighters said they had fought to create a more Western, democratic state, free from Albanian influence and control.
Two former rebel leaders and a former Albanian police official, interviewed in Tirana, said that Mr. Haliti, who is officially Mr. Thaci’s ambassador to Albania, was working in Kosovo with 10 secret police agents from Albania to form an internal security network that would be used to silence dissenters in Kosovo.
Mr. Thaci, 30, has named a government, with himself as prime minister, and denounced Ibrahim Rugova, who for nearly a decade was the self-styled president of Kosovo and ran a successful campaign of nonviolent protest after the Serbs stripped Kosovo of its autonomy in 1989.
Mr. Thaci has long had ties to radical groups that called for the violent overthrow of the Government in Belgrade. He joined a clandestine organization known as the Kosovo Popular Movement that existed on the fringes of Pristina University.
The group was financed and backed by the Stalinist dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha, until his death in 1985. Its members, including Mr. Syla, whom Mr. Thaci appointed his defense minister, and Mr. Haliti, have become the core of the leadership that dominates the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Violence has long swirled around Mr. Thaci, whose nom de guerre was Snake. In June 1997, in an incident that many in the underground guerrilla movement found ominous, a Kosovo Albanian reporter who had close links with the movement was found dead in his apartment in Tirana, his face disfigured by repeated stabbings with a screwdriver and the jagged edge of a broken bottle.
The reporter, Ali Uka, was supportive of the rebel movement, but also independent enough to criticize it. At the time of his death he was sharing his apartment with Mr. Thaci.
Mr. Thaci inspired fear and respect in his home base of the central Drenica region in Kosovo as he organized armed units and carried out ambushes against Serbian policemen…
There were persistent reports at the time that he personally carried out executions of Kosovo Albanians whom he had branded as traitors or collaborators, but no witnesses have surfaced.
Mr. Thaci was involved, along with Mr. Haliti, in arms smuggling from Switzerland in the years before the 1998 uprising, say current and former senior rebel commanders.
Mr. Thaci and Mr. Haliti both have wives and children in Switzerland, although Mr. Haliti has formed a new family in Tirana, where he has a large villa and close links with senior Government leaders, say former and current rebel officials in Albania.
When the uprising began, and money and volunteers flooded into Albania from the 700,000 Kosovo Albanians living in Europe, Mr. Thaci and Mr. Haliti found themselves in charge of thousands of fighters and tens of millions of dollars.
In April 1998, a rebel commander who transported many of the weapons, Ilir Konushevci, accused Mr. Haliti of profiting from arms transactions, according to commanders present at the heated meeting. A few days later, he was ambushed and killed on the road outside Tropoja in northern Albania.
The commander had charged that Mr. Haliti was buying boxes of grenades at $2 apiece and charging the movement $7 for each grenade. The killing, although it took place in a rebel-controlled region in northern Albania, was blamed on the Serbs.
Other killings of rebel commanders and political rivals ascribed to Mr. Thaci are attributed to a struggle to consolidate control and eliminate potential challengers.
‘’Cadavers have never been an obstacle to Thaci’s career,'’ said Bujar Bukoshi, the prime minister in exile in Mr. Rugova’s administration, which is often at odds with the rebel force. One Western diplomat, citing intelligence reports, said that Mr. Thaci planned the assassination attempt on Mr. Bukoshi last May. The plot failed. ‘’Thaci has a single goal and that is to promote himself, to be No. 1,'’ Mr. Bukoshi said.
As tensions rose, Mr. Thaci and the Albanian authorities decided to eliminate [Albanian ex-Yugoslav colonel Ahmet] Krasniqi, according to former rebel commanders and two former Albanian officials interviewed in Tirana.
They said that in the middle of September 1998, Albanian police stopped Mr. Krasniqi and several aides and confiscated their weapons. Mr. Krasniqi’s office in Tirana was raided by about 50 policemen and emptied of guns and munitions. On Sept. 21 at 11 P.M. on the way back from a restaurant in Tirana, Mr. Krasniqi ran into a police checkpoint about 300 yards from his office…When Mr. Krasniqi and his two companions got out of their gray Opal jeep they saw three men emerge from the shadows with black hoods over their faces. The men, speaking with an Albanian accent that distinguished them from Kosovo Albanians, ordered the two men with Mr. Krasniqi to get down on the ground.
‘’Which one is it?'’ asked one of the gunmen, according to one of the commanders who was prone on the asphalt.
‘’The one in the middle,'’ said another. The gunmen, who held a pistol a few inches from Mr. Krasniqi’s head, fired a shot. He then fired two more shots into Mr. Krasniqi’s head once he fell onto the pavement.
After Mr. Krasniqi’s death, former rebel commanders said, the killings, purges and arrests accelerated. Rebel police, dressed in distinctive black fatigues, threw into detention anyone who appeared hostile to Mr. Thaci. Many of these people were beaten.
One commander, Blerim Kuci, was taken away in October 1998 to a rebel army jail and hauled before a revolutionary court, rebel commanders said. He was held for weeks on charges that he collaborated with the Serbs , and then was suddenly released in the face of a large Serbian offensive and allowed to rejoin the fight.
‘’I saw an accused collaborator tried before a revolutionary court and then tied to the back of a car in Glodjane and dragged through the streets until he died,'’ said a former rebel officer in Albania. A senior State Department official and a Western diplomat in the Balkans confirmed this account.
As NATO bombs fell on Kosovo this April, two more outspoken commanders, Agim Ramadani, a captain in the former Yugoslav Army, and Sali Ceku, were killed, each in an alleged Serbian ambush. […]
Below is just another recent Swiss-Albanian item, for which I’d previously had an update because of the Albanian protests that ensued in Switzerland over the extradition:
A Kosovar wanted for war crimes may be extradited to Serbia, the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona has ruled.
The man, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, was detained last April at the request of Serbia which sent Switzerland a formal extradition request in March.
He is accused of committing war crimes against Serb civilians and Albanians in 1999, in Gnjilane, about 50 kilometres from the Kosovan capital, Pristina.
In a ruling published on Friday, the court said Belgrade’s extradition request fulfilled the necessary legal requirements for the man’s extradition.
The court rejected the contention that the extradition was politically motivated “on the grounds that there is no serious reason to consider that the prosecution by the Serbian authorities is motivated by a particular social group, his race, religion or nationality”. […]
Once again, I call attention to the persistent attempt to paint any and all Serbian investigation or prosecution of non-Serbs as “politically motivated.” And Switzerland, increasingly fed up with these Balkan antics, made the atypical move of treating a Serbian warrant or extradition request with the same weight it would another country’s. I also couldn’t help notice the increasingly freer use of words such as “criminal” with regard to Kosovo-Albanian politicians — at least when they’re on Swiss shores (as opposed to Serbia’s).