Two weeks ago, my husband was facebooking something about Kosovo.  And either the Google spell-checker, or the facebook system’s corrector, “corrected” him that he was misspelling “Kosovo.” That the proper spelling was “Kosova.”

I’d been wondering, since about 2002, how long it would be before that started happening. So I’ll mark it down in my memory as Summer 2016, unless someone has an earlier experience with it that they want to tell me about.

In separate news, I thought there was some interesting phrasing in this article about the righteous Turkish coup general from Kosovo (”righteous” if the coup really was what it seemed and not staged for purging purposes; meanwhile, I can’t seem to find out Gen. Adem Huduti’s fate). Huduti comes from a Bosniak family in Kosovo, and his relatives were quoted thus:

Another presumed relative of Huduti from his mother’s family, named in the news piece as Axhira, also said he was of Bosniak ethnicity. “He is Bosnian, not Albanian, we do not have anything [to do] with Albanians,” Axhira said.

Clearly, this Bosnian-Muslim family has ‘enjoyed’ the Albanian experience in Kosovo.

Alleged Coup Leader in Turkey ‘Born in Kosovo’ (Balkan Insight, July 18, by Ervin Qafmolla)

The most senior Turkish army commander arrested following the attempted coup in Turkey, Adem Huduti, General of the Second Army, was born in Kosovo, Turkish media said on Monday.

Following the failed coup by elements in the Turkish military, which began on Friday and ended in Saturday morning, about 6,000 individuals have been arrested, in what the Turkish government has dubbed a cleansing operation.

Kosovo media meanwhile reported that Huduti is a Bosniak in terms of his ethnic background, tracing his background to Recan, a village near the city of Prizren in Kosovo.

Klan Kosova, a Kosovo TV station, said that relatives of Huduti who belong to the Bosniak minority in Kosovo confirmed that he was not ethnically Albanian.

A person who claimed to be a relative from Recan, identified by the TV as “Ferati”, said the General was only five years old when he left Kosovo.

“He was born here on May 1952, and his family moved to Turkey in 1957,” Ferati said in Bosnian.

Another presumed relative of Huduti from his mother’s family, named in the news piece as Axhira, also said he was of Bosniak ethnicity. “He is Bosnian, not Albanian, we do not have anything [to do] with Albanians,” Axhira said.

While BIRN could not verify independently these claims, Huduti is a common surname among the Bosniak minority in the region of Prizen.

Again separately, the below was hilarious, and something I would have titled “Scared of Their own Shadow.” Because as we know, independent Kosovo was created in the shadow of jihad, a specter that loomed large as the unintended logical conclusion of “the Albanian struggle” that has turned Kosovo into a top contributor of ISIS recruits. Apropos to the observation that opened this blog, it seems that Israel National News was also “corrected” in its spelling of “Kosovo.” Something that appears to have been de-corrected in the article but not in the summary sentence at top.

40 wounded in Kosovo ISIS panic (Israel National News, Aug. 2, by Rachel Kaplan)

A crowd at a beer festival in Kosova panicked when someone in the crowd yelled “ISIS.” 40 people were wounded in the stampede

40 people were injured, two seriously, in a stampede at Kosovo’s Beer Fest, after someone yelled “ISIS” as a joke.

A beer festival in Prestina [sic], Kosovo’s capital, turned ugly when someone in the crowd yelled “ISIS.” As people ran for their lives, locals report that a gunshot was heard.

Similar reports indicate that a 15 year old boy was shot. The gun may have been fired in a panic. Around 20 percent of Kosovo’s citizenry owns firearms. [She means “carries” firearms, given that nearly 100% own them.]

People reportedly hid in alleys and smashed their way into buildings to find a place to hide.

Albaniball posted on social media site Reddit: “I was there. Right in the middle of the amphitheatre, dancing and suddenly people pressed against me. I didn’t hear shots so I was afraid some Islamist bastard was gonna blow up, was just waiting for the boom. On the other hand I tried to stand strong in order not to trip and get stamped. Fortunately…I left, but many people were wounded in the stampede, mostly girls.”

[In other words, Albanian males ran for their lives, over the females.]

Pontiffsully also reported on Reddit:

“I was there, in the left side of the crowd enjoying the music, then me and my 2 friends went to get more beer (the bars were towards the camera), after 2 minutes people started screaming and I turned around, everybody was running for their life (away from the middle).

“I was stuck between the bar and some people, I didn’t even hear the gunshots because the music was so loud. I heard some people scream “ISIS, ISIS!”, a lot of girls were crying. I was just expecting an explosion at that point. I thought about crossing the bar and hiding behind it, but then the music stopped and the guy singing (Lyrical Son) said something like ‘Everything is okay, nothing happened, please calm down’, but people were still running out, and I didn’t see anybody leading the crowd outside or anything, everyone was just running for their life.

“I looked for my friends but didn’t see them anywhere, I tried to call them but my phone didn’t work. Saw some people on the ground, one of them said “It’s ISIS, we are f******”, then I heard one young guy screaming “Allahu Akbar” (in a joking way), so I was confused as **** at the whole situation.

“I finally got out of the crowd and found my friends, the police was there en masse and the crowd was almost fully dispersed. One waiter from a nearby cafe shop was screaming his lungs out because he was angry people ran out without paying. Chairs, broken glasses were on the ground everywhere, some people fell on them.

“My guess: Either a guy trying to be macho and getting in a fight with someone, or some drunk…shooting in the air, because we still have a culture of shooting in the air to celebrate here. But still, because of recent events in Europe, people are getting more and more scared of public gatherings like this, because they assume that ISIS is going to attack us.”