This March we are in the midst of two important anniversaries in both Serbia’s and America’s modern history:

1. The March 24, 1999 U.S.-engineered NATO bombing of our World War II ally Serbia, on behalf of Hitler’s WWII allies, the Albanians.

2. The March 17-20, 2004 organized, Kosovo-wide pogroms against Serbs and their Christian religious sites, which injured scores of NATO troops, killing up to six KFOR personnel among the more than 30 people dead. This was a continuation of the cleansing that resulted from the U.S. policy of handing Kosovo over to Albanians, making March 17-20 important dates in American history as well. By virtue of their being part of our un-American history.

(Note that the same dates would be utilized last year to stage yet another provocation against Serbs in a courthouse in Mitrovica, where mostly female Serbian former court workers were peacefully squatting to demand their jobs back, but were violently arrested and paraded.)

Independent Serbian documentary filmmaker Ninoslav Randjelovic, who in 2006 released the “Days Made of Fear” documentary series, has produced some of the only video evidence of the abuse suffered by Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo over the past 10 years since the U.S. intervened to prevent Serbian self-defense (as it is being asked now to prevent Israeli self-defense). Since 1998 he has produced 24 documentary films and over 100 TV reports about the humanitarian crisis, lack of safety and human rights violations suffered. In addition to Serbian and European TV networks, the films have been shown at international film festivals where several have received awards. The films have also been presented at major academic and political institutions in Europe and the U.S., including on Capitol Hill and the National Press Club.

Nino wrote me this week, saying the following:

I am glad to let you know that two dvd publications of my Kosovo films (”Document of suffering: Kosovo 1998-2007″, a 45-minute film translated into English) were issued last year by the Government of Serbia and have been presented in many countries of the EU, Russia and United States.

In fact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Serbia [presented] one of these dvd publications on March 17th in Paris, and hand[ed] out 200 copies to all the UNESCO Ambassadors. Also, the Embassy and the Consulate of Serbia in the Unites States officially present[ed] these dvd publications on March 17th and on March 24th. The Mission of Serbia to the UN will also present this document in New York.

Right now I am in New York, where I am trying to complete a new dvd edition of three of my Kosovo films that were translated into the six official languages of the UN. However, the Government of Serbia (the Ministry of Kosovo and Metohia), which promised to cover the costs of production for this dvd edition, has covered only half of the budget needed to complete this project. I was officially informed that due to the Serbian Government’s budget cuts this project can no longer be supported.

Now, even though all three films have been translated and prepared for dvd duplication, I am facing extreme difficulties to have this dvd edition produced on time and presented to the Missions of those country-members to the UN who have shown interest in supporting the presentation of this document during the regular UN sessions regarding safety conditions and the ongoing human rights violation in the Kosovo region.

I am now urgently trying to raise funds ($18,000) needed to complete this project.

Nino’s appeal to organizations reads as follows:

Please, consider supporting this project. Your generosity will ensure that more copies of this exclusive document can be printed at this time and given to all 192 Missions of all the country-members to the UN requesting their support for the presentation of this document at the United Nations.

Your support will also help create a website where the three films with subtitles in six official UN languages will be available to download for free. My hope is that this website will generate enough interest and support needed to have these films translated into ALL languages used by 192 members of the United Nations and also made available to download for free.

With your generous support you will be credited as a donor and you will receive 100 copies of this limited UN edition DVD. Also, a link to your organization’s website will be included on the website your support will help create.

It is my hope that these films can reach much larger audience and that the plight of Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo will be much better known so that a civilized, not just a political, solution for Kosovo crisis could finally be reached.

If anyone has the means by which to help either directly, or has contacts with organizations that can fund such a thing, please contact Nino directly at Ninoslav28@yahoo.com.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recently viewed Ninoslav’s film documenting the March pogrom. From March 16, via B92:

VIENNA, MOSCOW — The Serbian mission to the OSCE in Vienna on Monday showed a documentary film on human suffering, five years since the pogrom of Kosovo’s Serbs.


Albanians busy tending to a pogrom in 2004. (Is that a Muslim gesture they’re engaging in, or an Albanian one? It’s so hard to tell the difference!)

Diplomats and reporters had the opportunity to see the consequences of the violence against the province’s Serbs and other non-Albanians.

Ninoslav Randelovic’s film also, through statements by Serbs interviewed, shows that they have no freedom of movement to this day and that they worry daily about their security, Tanjug news agency reports.

In an introductory statement, Serbian Ambassador to the OSCE Miroslava Beham presented the facts about this pogrom of Serbs that took place on March 17-19, 2004.

“This pogrom demonstrated that the local United Nations administration in the southern Serbian province is incapable of protecting the local non-Albanian population,” Beham said. […]


The Orthodox seminary in Prizren burns on March 17, 2004 (Tanjug)