The remains of over 175 men and boys, found in mass graves and identified through DNA analysis recently, were buried in Srebrenica during the event, bringing the total of identified victims to 6241. A 14-year-old boy is the youngest identified victim of the Srebrenica massacre.

– “Bosnians bury 175 Srebrenica massacre victims,” Press TV, Iran, July 12, 2014

A 14-year–old boy is the youngest.

Not a 10-year-old boy. No dead six-year-olds either. Not even a 12-year-old boy, 12 being the earliest ‘legitimate’ fighting age for Islamic warriors in some parts of the world, but in Bosnia the age was…er…14.

No eight-year-old boys. No four-year-old toddlers. But “a” (singular) 14-year-old boy.

Not a 14-year-old girl. Nor any other girls, for that matter. Just men and boys. That is, soldiers and makeshift fighters.

But this is the Balkans, and so you’re supposed to have the good taste to suspend all critical thinking skills. Because, commands the article in typical fashion:

An international court later labeled the killings as genocide.

And so it’s irrefutably genocide, because The Hague said so. And if The Hague ruled that Cheetos burn fat, then you’d better not be oafish enough to deny that either.

One is transported back to 2010, to about a month before the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica “genocide.” To a certain event at which was honored former Hague prosecution spokeswoman Florence Hartmann, as later related by

Florence Hartmann was an honorary guest at the Bosnian Muslim North American Conference held in St Louis. Hartmann was praised for her effort to declare Bosnian Muslim mass-murderer Naser Oric innocent at the Hague court while Bosnian Muslims, seen in the photo below happily surrounding Hartmann…

Indeed, it was a festive get-together by the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), celebrating more than a decade of existence and “work” just in time for the 15th anniversary of the ‘genocide’ itself, and covered by CNAB board member Semir Dulic:

As an established tradition long ago, the Meetings of North American Bosniaks are a special symbiosis of socialization and festive expression of Bosniak values, but also of organized and planned premeditation and trailblazing of the future of Bosniak diaspora on the North American continent…

The entire region and the park had the feel of Bosnian-Herzegovinian tradition and culture, folk dances and costumes of our members’ Cultural Societies, and the smells of traditional Bosnian cuisine. Congratulations to the organizers for the successful organization of this extraordinary event, which in the brightest possible way celebrated the anniversary of CNAB.

On this occasion we will focus on the festive part, because these Meetings were dedicated to a worthy anniversary, ten years of work and development of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB)… The central event of the 10-year anniversary celebration was the Gala Dinner at the most beautiful hall of the Hyatt hotel near the Gateway Arch, which symbolizes the expansion of the USA to the West, the connection between the east and the west coast, but also the open gate which to us Bosniaks could symbolize the openness with which the American citizens have shown us in the most difficult moments of our recent history… Having mentioned the symbolism of the Arch, it needs to be said it is also a symbol of the city with the largest Bosniak diaspora, and the CNAB is the biggest organization representing that diaspora…

One of the principles and program objectives of CNAB is the preservation and presentation of the truth about the genocide against the Bosniaks and the aggression against Bosnia. The French journalist and writer Florence Hartmann can rightly be called a symbol of objective and investigative journalism, and she has sacrificed her work to the struggle for truth and justice for the victims of genocide and aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina. So it is no surprise that CNAB invited Ms. Hartmann to their anniversary celebration, and her presence and address at the Gala Dinner, as well as signing and promotion of her book, drew much interest from the people present.

Many years of cooperation and mutual support between CNAB and Ms. Hartmann were crowned by the awarding of the CNAB Plaque, handed to her by Mr. Haris Alibašić, president of the CNAB Board… It is Ms. Florence Hartmann, along with the other winner of the CNAB Plaque, mister Dr Marko Attila Hoare and his journalism, research and writing work, that are the best examples and signposts on how to fight for justice and truth. Of course, it is also worth mentioning here the presence of Ms. Sanja Drnovšek and Mr. Emir Ramić, whose work through the Institutes for research of genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the US and Canada give their contribution in establishing the true picture of events from the recent, tragic, but also indestructible and immediate history of Bosnia and Bosniaks.

… On behalf of the inmates, soldiers of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the CNAB, the present were greeted by Sejad Muhić and Mr. Haris Alibašić. In the breaks between the guest speeches, the present were entertained by members of the cultural societies, and everything was recorded by cameras of Bostel TV. The atmosphere of cheer and celebratory pride moved from the Hyatt hotel to the nearby park the following day…

Some pictures from the Srebrenica-related festivities:

Here’s Florence signing her book reinforcing and proliferating the Muslim version of the Bosnian war:

‘Look how Muslims love me. I must have done something right.’

Honored for agreeing with Muslims (’Would you disagree with the guy to my left?’):

Check out his Oppressed Muslim Award:

‘I was at the Srebrenica genocide and the only evidence I got was this lousy T-shirt.’

Did you know there was a genocide dance?

“Congress dinner with a rich cultural arts program” (Key word “rich.” There’s lots of money in the genocide industry. One might even call it a mass gravey train.)

A popular thesis amongst Bosnian Muslim scholars today is that they have been the victims of “eleven genocides” over the past several hundred years. And if this is the historic memory of the population that was politically, militarily and economically dominant in Bosnia for centuries, then perhaps we should forgive Croats and Serbs for having a somewhat dimmer view of Bosnian history.

Economically, as late as 1911 over 90 percent of Bosnia’s landowners were Muslim, and over 90 percent of the tenant farmers working the land were Croat or Serb Christians.

Bosnia’s leading Islamic cleric has called interethnic marriage “just another form of genocide” against the Bosnian Muslims (and he is not very fond of Santa Claus either).

– “Fetishes and Fantasies” by Gordon Bardos, The National Interest, Aug. 11, 2011

Imagine what the festivities will look like next July, when it’ll be the 20th anniversary of the “genocide.” They’ll probably have fireworks.

And if all the Madeleines, Hillaries, Bills, Wesleys and Toniblers among the Bosniaks’ Albanian “thanks god we have plenty of real tragedies” counterparts are any indication, we should eventually meet Bosnian Muslim kids named for the big event, maybe even a Genny or two.

Re-reading a September article in Foreign Policy by Jeremy Hammond (about the inverted way the establishment was applying the Kosovo “non-precedent” as a precedent for Syria intervention), I learned that the name Richard Goldstone — the UN judge who signed the Mladic and Karadzic indictments in 1995; who indicted a fictional Serb character; who refused to view dossiers on crimes against Serbs or exculpatory evidence of the Serb side; and who most famously tried to accuse Israel of war crimes in Gaza — came up in a big way also in the Balkans chapter of Kosovo:

Returning to the U.S./NATO bombing of Kosovo, the reason it is hailed as a model for Obama to follow in Syria is that it gave rise to the concept of “illegal but legitimate”, invented by the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (headed up by one Mr. Richard Goldstone, perhaps more well known for co-chairing the U.N. fact-finding mission into Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip…) to try to ex post facto justify the bombing.

Kosovo: Several injured, cars torched at Kosovska Mitrovica (, June 22)

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – Several people have been injured and a number of cars set on fire in the riots that broke out during the protest of ethnic Albanians at the southern side of the main bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday, over the Peace Park being built at the bridge.

Ethnic Albanians gathered…chanting “U-C-K” [KLA] and waving Albanian and U.S. flags, but soon after clashed with the police in the security cordon.

The protesters threw rocks and bottles at members of the Kosovo police and EULEX, who responded by firing tear gas and shock bombs to break up the riots. Two vehicles of the Kosovo police and one UN vehicle were torched and according to unofficial sources two police officers were injured.

Guarding the main bridge over the Ibar are the U.S. KFOR troops, Kosovo police intervention units and members of the EULEX mission. Several armed vehicles of EULEX are placed near the bridge on the northern side.

Serbs from the northern Kosovska Mitrovica gathered at the intersection near the bridge to see how the situation will unfold in the southern part of the city.

Ethnic Albanians from southern Kosovska Mitrovica used social networks to organize and stage a protest at the Ibar bridge over the construction of Peace Park, which was built on the city’s main bridge several days ago, after the concrete roadblock had been removed.

The mayor of southern Kosovska Mitrovica Agim Bahtiri said Saturday that patience is wearing thin, and that the new Ibar bridge barricade, in the form of a park, must be removed immediately. […]

Now notice how BBC reported on the same controversy:

Clashes in Kosovo’s Mitrovica over bridge blockade
The bridge in Mitrovica has often been the focus of ethnic clashes (BBC, June 22)

Demonstrators in Kosovo have clashed with police at a bridge between the local Albanian and Serb communities in the northern city of Mitrovica.

Police used tear gas against hundreds of ethnic Albanian protesters, who threw rocks and set police cars alight. Some officers and civilians were hurt.

The riot came after local minority Serbs rebuilt a barricade at the key bridge straddling the River Ibar.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s independence, although the two sides normalised relations in 2013.

Many ethnic Serbs in Kosovo are reluctant to integrate with the Albanian communities.

Local Serbs had blockaded the north side of the Mitrovica bridge for the past three years.

The rubble was removed last week. [By Belgrade, it doesn’t mention, causing the Albanians to initially rejoice, thinking the way would be open for the rest of their conquest; then when things momentarily stopped going their way, a tantrum was launched as usual.] However, it was quickly blocked again with flower pots and earth - described by some Serb residents as a “peace park”.

The long-standing blockade was a symbol of the Serb community’s rejection of Kosovo’s self-declared independence - and the authority of the government in Pristina, the BBC’s Balkans correspondent Guy Delauney reports.

Kosovo police spokesman Avni Zahiti said 13 policemen and 10 civilians were injured.

In 1998, Serbia responded to separatist pressure from Kosovo by launching a crackdown on the territory’s Albanian population, which was brought to an end by Nato military intervention in 1999.

After the second sentence — which mentions that the rioters being subdued are Albanian — all action and responsibility shift to “Serbs,” starting with the very next sentence. If one goes to the link, the captions under the photos don’t give anything away either, reading simply: “Police said at least six cars were set alight and many more were damaged”; “A Kosovo Albanian man held an Albanian flag during the clashes”; “Riot police used tear gas to stop protesters from crossing the bridge.”

Everything taken together, the reader leaves with the usual sense that the troublemakers are Serbs.

Notice in particular the line about the Serbs being the ones reluctant to integrate with the Albanians. Never mind “Young Albanians Reject Serb Friendship.” Or maybe the writers missed the Albanian feces smeared on the walls of houses intended for Serb returnees. Or maybe they missed the past 15 years of just how deadly it is for a Serb trying to integrate with the “Albanian community” and why they’ve had to live in enclosed enclaves, sometimes only 500 meters around.

Notice also the innovative way the BBC team has fused the two different ways that MSM traditionally closes an article, that is with a short summary of the 1999 conflict. Whereas it initially was that Belgrade was trying to cleanse the Albanian population, later switching to it having been a ‘counteroffensive’ or ‘crackdown’ on ‘rebels’ or ’separatists,’ now what we have is a ‘crackdown’ on the ‘Albanian population.’

Here I notice in an article from last November, that Reuters found the least problematic, most accurate-sounding way to say it all: “Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 1999, when NATO bombed for 11 weeks to halt the killing and expulsion of Albanian civilians by Serbian forces trying to crush a guerrilla insurgency.”

Dear Editor:

Hal Foster reported from a memorial service for pro-Russian activists killed in a fire set by Ukraine’s pro-EU/US camp: “The woman’s vehemence stunned me…I’ve met hundreds of Russia-leaning Ukrainians over the past 12 years…I had never encountered outright hostility until this day.” (“Anti-Americanism Bubbling up in Ukraine,” June 17.)

So. A journalist — a breed perpetually befuddled by predictable consequences and reactions — was surprised. As if, out of the blue, a people who had always been friendly to Americans “suddenly” resent America. One is certainly mystified as to what they might resent. Surely not the civil war we’ve stoked in their country, ala Yugoslavia, and which has now come to a head?

I realize, as many Americans do, that the job of journalists is to flaunt their cluelessness by way of “informing” us, but really we’re observing these overeducated sorts grope their way through the obvious, as if in darkness, and finally bring us a diluted version of a conclusion we knew before we started reading. However, in this case, rather than conclude that the U.S. has poked a finger in Russia’s eye one too many times, Mr. Foster ends: “I walked away concluding that the United States has a lot of work to do to win the hearts and minds of the millions of Ukraine’s Russia-leaning population.”

So. We just have to explain better our wonderful intentions, to win ‘em over? Having concluded thus, Mr. Foster considers himself “sobered.” My summary of his slow observations: If the U.S. is propping up fascists in your country and you’re opposed to it, then you’re “anti-American.”

No doubt the folks Mr. Foster spoke with will be written off as ‘victims of Russian propaganda.’ But unlike what we did to Serbia, where the West’s aggression was direct and visible yet where anti-Americanism has been slow to take hold, in Ukraine our culpability requires a little elementary math. Evidently, there are people in Odessa who can still put two and two together. Now if only Mr. Foster could.

We saw April’s, and here was last month’s:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Advisory
May 1, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Pristina recommends that U.S. Citizens in Kosovo maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Local police have recently informed the Embassy of a noticeable increase in the level of street crime in Pristina, including incidents of purse snatching and theft of smartphones.

…Some preventative measures you can take to reduce your exposure to the risk of crime are:

Travel in pairs, where possible.
Walk in well-lit areas or areas with significant foot traffic; avoid dark, isolated areas such as stairwells and side streets.
While walking, look around and be familiar with who is around you. Muggers target individuals who are distracted or who they can easily approach.
Keep your money or wallet in a front pocket.
Keep cell phones/ smart phones in your pocket or purse. Do not walk and talk or send SMS messages, this reduces your situational awareness.
Do not leave phones, cameras, etc. on the table at a café or restaurant and do not hang your handbag/backpack on the back of your chair.
Carry handbags/backpacks in a secure manner to prevent grab-and-run type thefts.
Always be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.

Never be Serb.

They wanted an Albanian-run Kosovo, and they got it:

Parliamentary candidate shot dead in Kosovo (AP, June 15)

Kosovo police say a parliamentary candidate from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s ruling party was shot dead early Sunday as he walked out of a restaurant…Elvis Pista — a flamboyant politician recognizable for his spiked hair — was shot four times at close range shortly after midnight in the western town of Orahovac, his hometown. Authorities believe a handgun with a silencer was used.

Police did not discuss possible motives behind the attack but the slaying comes amid heightened tensions between political rivals after Kosovo’s June 8 parliamentary election. The final results were not in from Pista’s race but preliminary results showed him leading.

Thaci’s center-right party won the most votes last week but lacks a coalition partner to form a government. Rival parties have vowed not to govern with Thaci, citing widespread corruption and mismanagement.

In Orahovac, hundreds gathered Sunday to pay their respects.

Thaci, who called Pista “an associate and a friend,” condemned the killing and urged police to swiftly find who was responsible. Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga also condemned the shooting, saying it threatened the rule of law in Kosovo.

Past elections in Kosovo were often marred by irregularities and violence between rival groups but no incidents were reported in the June 8 poll, the second such vote since Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008.

Belgrade still rejects Kosovo’s independence.

How unreasonable.

Meanwhile, another associate of Thaci’s:

High-profile war crimes suspects escape Kosovo hospital
(Reuters, May 20)

Police in Kosovo launched a manhunt on Tuesday for three high-profile war crimes suspects who appeared to have fled a hospital where they were each being treated under guard while standing trial.

They include Sami Lushtaku, a close ally of Kosovo’s prime minister and former guerrilla commander, Hashim Thaci.

“The Kosovo Correctional Services have informed the presiding judge that they cannot locate three out of seven defendants in the so-called Drenica case,” said a spokesman for the European Union’s police and justice mission….He said all three had been due in court on Thursday.

Their escape will stir fresh suspicion about corruption in police ranks, in a country where former guerrillas enjoy hero status and often close ties to the political elite.

Some background on Lushtaku:

EU in Kosovo Indicts 15 for War Crimes (AP, Nov.8, 2013)

A European Union prosecutor on Friday indicted 15 former ethnic Albanian rebels suspected of torturing, mistreating and killing civilians detained in central Kosovo during the 1998-99 war against Serbia.

Many of those indicted are members of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. He had led the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought a separatist war against Serbia… [Really? Not a war for human rights, but a separatist war? Are we admitting that these days?]

The indicted include Sami Lushtaku, now a mayor of the town of Srbica, and Sylejman Selimi, Kosovo’s ambassador to Albania, as well as one of Thaci’s bodyguards.

Lushtaku is suspected of executing a fellow ethnic Albanian by shooting him in the head….A protected witness told the prosecution that Lushtaku allegedly executed an ethnic Albanian because “the man had killed his cousin.”

“Sami Lushtaku put the pistol to the prisoner’s head behind his left ear and he shot him,” protected Witness D is quoted as having told the prosecution. “He fell to his knees and Sami shot him twice more in the head.”

Selimi, a former top military rebel commander, faces four charges of war crimes, including beating detainees with fists and wooden sticks, and being part of a group of rebels that pinched a detainee’s “genitals with an iron tool and subsequently dragged him on the floor with it,” according to the indictment.

Salustro also alleged that two other suspects, Sahit Jashari and Sabit Geci, allegedly used a chain saw to behead a Serbian policeman, Ivan Bulatovic, in June 1998…Bulatovic was kept in detention and frequently walked to a village square by Jashari for people to beat him in public, according to a witness described in the indictment as Witness C.

Sometime in June 1998, Geci “took the chain saw and beheaded Bulatovic with it. Then Geci made some deep cuts into Bulatovic’s chest, thigh and legs,” according to the witness testimony quoted in the indictment.

…EULEX works alongside Kosovo justice authorities, but the two have often clashed because the mission has targeted high-profile individuals and former rebels, some of whom are considered heroes by majority ethnic Albanians.

Albanian heroes.

War crime accused takes the oath in Kosovo (Xinhua News Agency, Jan. 4, 2014)

Newly elected mayor of the Municipality of Skenderaj/Srbica, Sami Lushtaku, was briefly taken from the Mitrovica detention center on Friday to his hometown to take the oath for third term in office.

Even in detention, Lushtaku was elected the mayor of the municipality on Nov. 3 elections with an overwhelmed support of 88 percent of the voters….Lushtaku returned to the detention center immediately after taking the oath…

The Cruelest Cleansings (Der Spiegel, Sept. 21, 2002, By Renate Flottau)

…Twenty-four Albanians were shot, among them 13 children, and their houses were burned down…

“Everyone in Kosovo knows but none dares to speak about it,” says the former prime minister of the exiled Kosovars and current chairman of the New Party for Kosovo, Bujar Bukoshi. “After the war the cruelest cleansings took place among the Albanians. Under the pretext that they were ‘Serbian collaborators’, the leaders of the KLA liquidated their political opponents; old blood feuds were settled, and Albanian civilians were executed by the Albanians themselves.”

The number of the victims is estimated to be more than a thousand. The perpetrators or instigators were usually former senior KLA leaders; after the war they were integrated nearly without exception into the KLA successor organization, the civilian Kosovo Protection Corps.

Also awaiting trial…are once legendary KLA commanders Sami Lushtak[u] and Rustem Mustafa (”Remi”). The latter is accused, along with three other KLA officers, of having raped Albanian women and killed at least five civilians in private prison camps during and after the war.

…Belgrade presented the chief prosecutor in The Hague with a disk with 27,000 pages on the alleged war crimes committed by the top KLA triumvirate [Thaci, Ceku, Haradinaj]… “We know a lot,” says UNMIK spokesman Lindmeier, “but our problem is witnesses. They have a gun pointed at their head. Many withdraw their original statements after threats by their former KLA fellow fighters”.

The heroic elite which ended up in jail is guarded by about twenty prison wardens from Germany flown in by plane to do the job. Albanian guards received death threats if they attempted to prevent escape attempts.

For many Albanians the imprisoned KLA leaders are still war heroes. Every Friday demonstrators lay flowers in front of the prison in Pristina. They accuse UNMIK of developing “Milosevic tendencies”. The chairman of the journalist federation, Milan Zeka, has even called on his colleagues to fight against the “police dictatorship” of UNMIK chief Michael Steiner. The German, they say, is insulting a whole generation of Albanians. […]

Kosovo’s Mafia: How the US and allies ignore allegations of organized crime at the highest levels of a new democracy (GlobalPost, March 27, 2011)

“There was interference by the U.S. mission [to Kosovo] preventing effective investigation and prosecution of senior Kosovo officials,” said a U.N. official….The official said that the senior Kosovo politicians were being investigated for being allegedly involved in organized crime, and that U.S. officials prevented searches of the suspects’ homes and in one case were involved with U.N. officials in preventing a sentence from being carried out. The U.N. official said that these phone calls were “well known” and deeply frustrated many of the international prosecutors who were working for the United Nations and wanted to prosecute these Kosovo officials.

On June 14, 2008, the most senior U.N. official in Kosovo, Joachim Ruecker, issued an executive decision suspending the prison term of a former KLA commander named Sami Lushtaku, who had been sentenced to a total of 11 months in prison…In his order, which GlobalPost has obtained, Ruecker notes that Lushtaku’s sentence would make him legally ineligible to be mayor and “such an outcome would be politically highly sensitive at this stage and contrary to the public interest.” It is unknown if American officials influenced Ruecker’s legal decision, but a former senior NATO official in Kosovo said that CIA officials in Kosovo had tried to prevent NATO soldiers from arresting Lushtaku prior to prosecution.

Among the handful of non-pro-Islamic Balkans-observers in America, all eyebrows raised on Friday when The New Republic outdid its own famous fabulist Stephen Glass with two new ones, who penned an opinion article clunkily headlined “Putin is Behaving in Ukraine Like Milosevic Did in Serbia.”

Set aside that virtually no one outside the Balkans knows how Milosevic actually did behave in Serbia. And set aside that the headline and article read as if TNR has started outsourcing style- and copy-editing to non-English-speaking countries. (Just check out the ‘correction’ at the bottom, emphasis added: “This piece has been updated. It mistakenly identified Stepan Bandera as an Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest, rather than the son of a Ukranian Greek-Catholic priest.”) Set aside also TNR’s unequivocal policy-lockstep stance on every 90s war we waged against Orthodox Christians in the Balkans (a September 1999 article-rejection I got from a senior editor there: “i think there are other magazines that would be happy to publish it. the problem is that tnr has a fairly firm editorial line on the balkans, and i’m afraid your piece doesn’t quite match it…were it not for our disagreement on the issue this would have been a good piece for us.”)

Set aside all that, along with the consistent pattern that Balkans material in the U.S. is exempt from the usual editorial checks and balances when it’s written from the ‘correct’ perspective, giving writers free rein to make stories up out of whole cloth and, alternately, to graft their sources’ yarns directly from the reporter’s notebook to the newspaper.

One supposed it was only a matter of time before the deceased Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was yet again dredged from his grave, this time in service of some pathetic attempt at a Putin analogy. But if you can imagine, this product was a notch more ridiculous even than the usual. This morning the Reiss Institute published director Nebojsa Malic’s reaction to the TNR “article” (some links added):

Holocaust Denial at The New Republic (Reiss Institute, June 23, 2014)

On June 19, The New Republic published an article by Vera Mironova and Maria Snegovaya, that not only violates the rules of journalism in a manner reminiscent of Stephen Glass, but also engages in outright Holocaust denial by declaring the very real genocidal atrocities committed by Croatian and Ukrainian fascists during World War Two to be “old myths” promoted by Serb and Russian “propaganda.”

Snegovaya…and Mironova, a first-time contributor, describe Croatia and Ukraine as “Catholic and much more pro-Western” nations upon which Serbia and Russia “…imposed their rule.” While Catholicism is indeed a defining characteristic of Croats, most Ukrainians are not Catholic by any stretch of imagination.

Having thus made up a key “fact”, the authors go on to describe both Croatia and the Ukraine as “colonies” of Serbia and Russia, respectively. Therefore, they argue, “Understandably, both Croatia and Ukraine resisted what they perceived as invasion, and in the 1940s, this resistance translated into substantive support for fascists in both countries.” (emphasis added)

Though they identify, however grudgingly, Ante Pavelić and Stepan Bandera as fascists, there is no mention in their essay – not a single word - about the atrocities Pavelic’s Croatia, or Bandera’s followers, committed as Hitler’s allies. This is not an accidental omission, but a crucial one; just a paragraph later, the authors claim that Serbs and Russians – in the 1990s and today, respectively – created ethnic conflict “where none existed before”, clearly implying the 1940s atrocities never happened.

But the worst outright lie is Snegovaya and Mironova’s claim that “Russian and Serbian propaganda referenced the old myths of Croatian (and Ukrainian) fascists”, [and conjured] the imagery of Bandera and Pavelić to unjustly accuse modern Ukrainian and Croatian nationalists…:

“To personalize the link with the Nazis, the historic character Ante Pavelić was used in Croatia, just as Stepan Bandera was used in Ukraine.”

Note the passive “was used”, suggesting it was the Serbs and Russians using Pavelić and Bandera to smear the Croats and Ukrainians as Nazis. The clear implication is that no actual connection exists between the followers of Pavelić and Bandera in the 1940s and the Croats and Ukrainians of today, and that any such connection is purely a product of Serb and Russian propaganda. In actual fact, not malicious fantasy, present-day Croats routinely give Mass for Pavelić and his Ustasha, whom they have promoted to Christ-like martyrs (e.g. Bleiburg), while modern “Ukrainian nationalists” organize torchlight parades in which they march carrying Bandera’s portraits. Simply put, Croat and Ukrainian chauvinists consider Pavelić and Bandera their national heroes. This is not something the Serbs or Russians made up.

[The writers attribute the 1990s Ustasha revival to a “Serb portrayal” of modern Croatia. Whence came, then, all the hard copies of 1990s articles that I have in my drawer, put out by mainstream media and Jewish news agencies and making the same inescapable observations about Croatian streets being renamed for Ustasha “heroes;” about actual Ustasha who’d served in WWII being brought back from Latin America and the Arab world and given official positions; about the popular band Thompson’s songs rhapsodizing about concentration camps, Pavelic and the Black Legion. These news outfits, ranging from Guardian, to Christian Science Monitor to NY Times, aren’t named Slobodan Milosevic. And that’s without mentioning the busts to the Croatian fuehrer Pavelic which still adorn Croatian cultural centers across the globe. And what did Snegovaya and Mironova make of the sieg-heiling by FIFA-sanctioned Croatian soccer player Joseph Simunic last November, or of Croatian soccer player Mario Mandzukic doing the same a year earlier? Do they think Bob Dylan was just talking out of his rear end?]

There are multiple gross factual errors in the essay by Snegovaya and Mironova. One example is their use of “Greater Serbia” to describe “the region with self-proclaimed pro-Serbian republics, partially located in modern-day Croatia”…“Greater Serbia” is but an Austro-Hungarian propaganda canard predating the Great War, and used by Serbophobes ever since.

Another factual error is their accusation that “Milošević went as far as to suggest that Croats were Serbs converted to Catholicism.” There is ample evidence to support that contention as historical fact – but they offer no evidence that Milošević himself ever said so. Then again, it would not be the first time Milošević has been deliberately misquoted. [Besides which, one might ask: Where did all those Serbs converted to Catholicism in WWII go? And do Croats and Bosnian Muslims just happen to have Serbian first and last names by accident? And speak the Serbian language?]

Stephen Glass made his stories up to advance his career. Mironova and Snegovaya go a step further, making up or outright inverting facts in order to whitewash the atrocities of the Kiev junta today, and those of the Croatian and Ukrainian fascists in the 1940s, by accusing the Russians (and ethnic Ukrainians in the East) trying to defend their lives, property and identity from attack — as well as the Serbs who tried to do the same in the 1990s — of being the real aggressors.

Mironova and Snegovaya need to be sanctioned for their gross misconduct, while the The New Republic owes both the Serbs and the Russians an apology. However, having seen the impunity with which the Serbs and the Russians have been demonized in the Western press for almost 25 years, we’re not holding our breath.

And all that’s without mentioning the incongruity of the strained and contrived Putin-Milosevic analogy to begin with. Milosevic acted within his country, and to keep it whole. The very comparison gives Putin claim to Ukraine. And as a uniter.

A Kosovo Albanian recruit (accompanied by another at his right) to the new marauders in Iraq, speaks in Arabic while brandishing his U.S./EU-minted, Facebook-approved “Republic of Kosovo” (Republika e Kosoves) passport, which our Congress, State Department, White House, Pentagon, and National Guard have worked—and are still working—so hard against Christian Serbia to “achieve.”

At the end of his short speech, he rejects the passport by tearing, stomping, and putting his dagger through it. Starting from the 2:20 mark of this video recently posted at, thanks to Mickey at

“al-Furqān Media presents a new video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “Clanging of the Swords, Part 4″:

Praise be to Allah who has granted us the blessing of emigrating for His sake, and has blessed us by causing us to be a part of The Islamic State of Iraq and Shaam. We praise Allah for his blessings and for gathering us together with the lions of The Islamic State from every corner of the world. We praise Allah who granted us the blessing of pledging allegiance to the Ameer (Commander) of the Believers, Abu Bakr Al-Qurashi Al-Baghdadi, may Allah preserve him. Oh Ameer, we’ve pledged to listen and obey, and we’ve pledged to die [for the sake of Allah], so lead us wherever Allah commands you.

We say to the Tawagheet (tyrants) and the disbelievers everywhere, we say to you as Ibraheem—peace and blessings be upon him—said to his father, {Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah. We have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah Alone.} And we say to you as the Prophet Muhammad—peace and blessings be upon him—said, “We have come to you with nothing but slaughter.”

So rejoice, oh disbelievers. [Dramatically and audibly pulls out his dagger] Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! I swear by Allah the Almighty, we will cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of you, oh filthy ones. We will conquer Jerusalem, oh Jews. We, the children of Isaac, will conquer Rome. We will conquer Rome and take back Andalus with the permission of Allah the Exalted. Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!

These are your passports, oh Tawagheet (tyrants) in every place. For I swear by Allah that we are Muslims. We are Muslims. We are Muslims.

Passport destruction ensues.

1. Hillary Clinton this month again confirmed that she doesn’t know whether she will run for president in 2016. It’s funny how everyone in the world knows she’s running — only she doesn’t know she’s running. Is that the kind of vision we want in a leader?

2. Also this month, when a gust of wind revealed that Kate Middleton doesn’t wear underwear and a photographer snapped a shot of her bare bottom for all to see, the chattering classes tried to paint the incident as a bold fashion statement that Kate chooses to avoid panty lines. But I sense a car accident in a tunnel in her future.

3. According to the May 22-28 Vegas Seven magazine’s “Tweets of the Week” section (@7Vegas ), @alexandergold posted the following on Twitter: “Every time Lorde is on a stage, I get a little worried that she’s going to go all Carrie on us all. #BBMAs”

Well, she is after all Croatian.

4. Why my husband watches the new “Cosmos,” legacy of the late Carl Sagan and now hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s for lines like the following (a close paraphrase) about our universe. See if you can catch the inconsistency, contradiction, and incoherence in it:

People thought that such perfect machinery, such perfect organization…the only answer must be god. That, however, closes the door on further questions.

Along came Isaac Newton. He was a god-loving man, but he was also a genius. Newton, of course, discovered gravity.

Can you imagine?! Believing in god — and being intelligent — all at the same time!

So what Tyson has just said is that a man who knows that god was responsible for everything, also had a lot of questions. And he went about finding the answers. Thus, god being the answer didn’t exactly shut the door on further questions, did it?

This, then, led to a discourse on Halley’s Comet and how it inspires awe and curiosity while going around the sun at a very wide orbit so as not to get sucked in.

To illustrate the awe and curiosity, the program cuts to a mosque-dotted skyline, panning to an apartment, and to a girl in headdress looking out her window to catch sight of this once-in-a-lifetime marvel.

Thus, what we have is that ubiquitous but still priceless compulsive inclusion of things Islamic where they have no place, given that the Muslim world is compelled by its imams specifically to be uncurious. The very deliberate choice of Muslim character, meanwhile, was a girl. A girl, incidentally, wearing glasses so as to make her look studious, thereby telling you she’s one of those Muslim girls who’s allowed an education. Therefore this a relatively ‘enlightened’ place in the Islamic world.

In terms of Space curiosity — and Malaysian astronauts and interplanetary tea parties aside — if there’s a Muslim aboard a shuttle, chances are the spaceship is being hijacked.

Or the Jews have finally left the Middle East for another planet.

5. In closing, a conversation between my husband and a young new consultant his company has just hired:

Consultant (pointing to a bust on Hubby’s desk): Is that Reagan?

Hubby: Yeah.

Consultant: That’s cool. And is that one Napoleon?

Hubby: Yeah.

Consultant: That’s cool. You’re from Russia?

Hubby: Yeah.

Consultant: Well, I don’t know how you feel about Putin. I know he’s not a good guy. But I think he’s the only real leader left in the world.

Hubby: Yeah.

Thanks to Alexandra Rebic for the heads-up on this:

Twitter project will mark 100th anniversary of assassination that sparked World War I (University of Kansas News, June 11, 2014)

Lawrence – On June 28, [2014] the event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages.

Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred 100 years ago in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. These characters will tweet as though the events were occurring in real time.

Twitter users can follow along through the hashtag #KU_WWI, which will provide dozens of historical perspectives – ranging from world leaders to members of The Black Hand terrorist group – on the assassination that launched Europe into total war…

Thanks to KU foreign language classes, select tweets have been translated into German, Bosnian and Serbian. [MULTIPLE languages — I see here only two, not three or more.]

Among the project partners is Slavic languages and literatures lecturer Marta Pirnat-Greenberg, who had her intermediate Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language students translate the tweets into Bosnian and Serbian… [But not into “Croatian”?]

“Equally exciting for students as creating the tweets in Bosnian and Serbian was using their language skills in the medium that is part of their everyday communication in English, as well as the prospect of showcasing their language work,” Pirnat-Greenberg said.

Sounds like they need more work. Or a different professor.

In closing, I should have included this item when illustrating a few months ago that languages are used as political tools in the Balkans:

New Montenegrian language ‘discriminates against Serbs’ (Balkan Insight, Sept. 23, 2010)

“The adoption of a new style of Montenegrin grammar has been criticised as a ‘classic form of discrimination’ against Serbs in Montenegro, the country’s Serbian National Council, SNS, opposition party has declared. Critics believe the changes to the language are politically motivated, aimed at forging a separate Montenegrin identity following the collapse of the former Yugoslavia.

They claim the recent official adoption of ‘Montenegrin Grammar’ is designed to expel the Serb language and discriminate against the large Serbian minority and those who, until recently, claimed Serbian as their native language…

Over the border in Serbia, linguist Ivan Klein dubbed the Montenegrin language ‘an artificial creation and a political decision.’

One of the authors of the Grammar, Montenegrin linguist Adnan Cirgic, denied claims by the Serbian and Montenegrin opposition that archaic forms of words were being revived, saying the new grammar only included words that were still in use. He said: ‘The archaic forms that local ‘experts’ have quoted in the media haven’t been included. This is just propaganda conducted to prevent the use of the new spellings.’

The beginning of a new term in educational institutions in Montenegro have marked the begining of the new Montenengrin language being adopted. The government approved The Grammar of the Montenegrin Language as the country’s official grammatical code last month. The first edition of a book on it appeared in bookstores on September 4 and a lexicon of the Montenegrin language was published days later.

According to a recent poll conducted in 2010, 41.6 per cent of respondents claim Serbian to be their native language and 38.2 per cent Montenegrin.”


Montenegro Says Farewell to ‘Mother Tongue’ (Balkan Insight, Sept. 20, 2010)

With the official introduction of a new Montenegrin dictionary and grammar, the country has taken further steps to consolidate its own language – much to the annoyance of the Serbian community.

Montenegro’s pro-Serbian opposition parties are threatening to appeal to the Constitutional Court over the government’s drive to establish the official language of the country as “Montenegrin”.

“The authorities… have started a project to delete the Serbian people from the Montenegrin map,” Ranko Kadic, head of the Democratic Serbian Party, declared. “This is the beginning of our extinction.”

As recently as 2003, an outright majority claimed Serbian as their native language. According to the most recent census, in that year, only 21.53 per cent of the population declared “Montenegrin” as their native language, whilst 59.67 per cent named Serbian.

Before the collapse of Yugoslavia, four of the six constituent republics, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro, shared a common language, then known as Serbo-Croatian.

After independence, however, Croatia made strong efforts to highlight the distinct aspects of its language, which was now called “Croatian”. Bosnian Muslims have made similar efforts in Bosnia Herzegovina, promoting official use of a codified “Bosniak” language.

At the time, Montenegro, which remained in a state union with Serbia until 2006, appeared content not to have its own separate language.

But as the movement for independence gathered strength, the authorities started to promote linguistic changes. In 2004, the government changed the school curriculum, so that mandatory language classes were no longer labeled “Serbian” but as “Mother Tongue (Serbian, Montenegrin, Croatian, Bosnian).”

Later, following the independence referendum, a new constitution on October 22, 2007 named the official language as Montenegrin.

Its orthography was not established until July, 2009, with the addition of two letters, ‹ś› and ‹ź›, to replace the digraphs ‹sj› and ‹zj›. Using the old 30-letter alphabet, the word for tomorrow was spelled “sjutra”. The correct form is now “śutra”, for example. The new alphabet has 32 letters.

After the government’s Council for Education last month adopted the Grammar of the Montenegrin language, this year will be the last in which language students study “Mother Tongue”.

The involvement of a Croat in the newly published grammar meanwhile has further fuelled Serbian suspicions that there is a political agenda behind the language drive, which is to push Serbia and Montenegro further apart.

Work on the grammar, which lasted two years, was led by Montenegrin linguist Adnan Cirgic and Croats Ivo Pranjkovic and Josip Silic.

Cirgic defended their involvement, saying Croats were established experts in the field of Slavic languages, as is Ljudmila Vasiljeva from Ukraine, who co-authored the lexicon along with Milenko Perovic and Jelena Susanj.

But some locals have continued to object, criticising what they call artificial revivals of archaic forms and an excessive reliance on Croatian grammatical forms.

The new grammar “takes us back several centuries,” the socio-linguist Slavica Perovic scoffed in the opposition newspaper DAN. “It’s hard to imagine a modern speaker, talking about business, clothing or car brands, using the same words as his great-grandfather.”

Perovic dismissed the new grammar – and the two new letters - as forced attempts to create differences to other languages in the region.

“To merit being called a language requires greater differences than those represented in the Grammar of Montenegrin,” said Perovic, a professor of philosophy at the University of Montenegro.

Those arguments are supported over the border in Serbia. The respected linguist Ivan Klein told Belgrade’s Blic newspaper that Montenegrin was “an artificial creation and a political decision”.

Pero Kaludjerovic, a third-year student of Serbian and South Slavic literature at the University of Montenegro, said he used the new phonems privately but would not use them in formal speech or writing.

“In private speech I would say ‘Đe si, što činiš?’ [’Hi, what’s up?’], but in formal speech, during exams and lectures, I would say ‘Gdje si, šta radiš?’,” he said, the latter being the standard Serbo-Croat form. “You can’t call this informal speech an official language.”

Montenegrin, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian were all virtually the same and there were more important issues in Montenegro than the language, [University of Montenegro advanced English student Milos Marovic] maintained.

The creation of a separate language was “a political decision” he said…Others are more welcoming about the changes. Blazo Marinovic, a student of political science, conceded that there are no major differences in the “new” language, but said it was good that expressions which form part of Montenegro’s national identity and culture now had official approval.

“From now on, we’ll be able to write and speak officially as we always used to,” he said. “Our formal language is being enriched with many beautiful, picturesque and powerful words, phrases and expressions, which can be easily understood by everyone.”

Adnan Cirgic says Montenegro has seized the opportunity to reject its inferiority complex and linguistic subordination to other cultural centres that guided language policy in Montenegro in the past.

“The adoption of the first official spelling of the Montenegrin language is an historic event,” he said. “No matter what some ‘experts’ and politicians claim, it is designed to strengthen the multi-ethnic harmony [in Montenegro] that already exists here.”

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