Well this is refreshing. It took a little-known regional publication such as Niagara Falls Review to venture the word “Kosovo” rather than “former Yugoslavia” or “Balkans.” And in the headline, no less. Giving “independent” Kosovo its due, the paper mentions the new “country” prominently in a negative news story about one of its “citizens”:

Kosovo citizen tries to illegally enter U.S. (March 11)

NIAGARA FALLS - U.S. border agents arrested a Kosovo citizen as he attempted to enter the United States illegally using the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, a report states.

At approximately 4 a.m., Monday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrolling the railroad portion of the bridge spotted a male wearing dark clothing attempting to conceal himself as he crossed illegally into the U.S., the report states. Agents arrested the male before he could enter Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Agents searched the male and found him to be in possession of marijuana. The man was taken to Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing.

U.S. Customs say record checks indicate the man has numerous criminal convictions and an active warrant in Canada.

He will face federal criminal charges for illegal entry into the U.S. The allegations and charges have not been proven in court.

The flip side, of course, is that “Kosovo citizen” gives media an out from having to say what a Kosovo citizen usually means, i.e. Albanian. And so readers will, by design, have no idea when a criminal or terrorist belongs to the supreme ethnicity that dominates Kosovo after kicking everyone else out. After all, a “Kosovo citizen” could also mean Roma, Serb, Gorani, or Ashkali. At least for a little while.