US Kongresß Report
Al Qaeda and Affiliates: Historical
Perspective, Global Presence, and Implications for U.S. Policy
John Rollins, Coordinator
Acting Section Research Manager/Specialist in Terrorism and National
February 5, 2010
June 1993: Saudis Urge US to Lead in Military Assistance to Bosnian Muslims
Richard Holbrooke.Richard Holbrooke. [Source: US State Department]Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal urges President Bill Clinton to take the lead in military assistance to Bosnia. Richard Holbrooke, US ambassador to Germany at the time, draws up plans for covert assistance. [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 195]
Entity Tags: Turki al-Faisal, William Jefferson (?Bill?) Clinton, Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke
Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs Richard Holbrooke persuades the State Department to license Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a private military contractor, to provide training to the Croatian army. [Ripley, 1999, pp. 81-82, 90; Scotsman, 3/2/2001] According to MPRI information officer Joseph Allred, the firm exists so that ?the US can have influence as part of its national strategy on other nations without employing its own army.? [New American, 5/10/1999; Serbian National Federation, 8/1999]
Entity Tags: Kosovo Liberation Army, Military Professional Resources Inc., Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke, Croatian army
Early September 1994: US Military Begins Advising and Assisting Bosnian Muslim Army
Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden (left, with glasses), US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize (front and center), and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr. (behind Mize) in Gornji Vakuf, Bosnia, on September 4, 1994.Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden (left, with glasses), US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize (front and center), and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr. (behind Mize) in Gornji Vakuf, Bosnia, on September 4, 1994. [Source: Paul Harris] (click image to enlarge)US ambassador Charles Thomas; Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Richard Holbrooke, his deputy Robert Frasure, head of intelligence for US European Command Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden, US Air Force Gen. Charles Boyd, US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize, and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr., meet with the Muslim Bosnian army commander for Central Bosnia, Mehmet Alagic, in the town of Gornji Vakuf. The US group also visits Mostar, which is also controlled by the Bosnian Muslims. The Pentagon claims the US diplomats are there to familiarize themselves with the situation on the ground and the generals ?just happened to be along,? but in appears in fact these meetings are part of a US effort to help the Croats and Muslims work together in upcoming offensives. Following this visit, US ?logistics advisers? move into key locations throughout Bosnia, including the UN-controlled Tuzla airport. US Special Forces help build a secret airstrip in Visoko, central Bosnia, to land heavy transport aircraft (see Late 1994-Late 1995), and mysterious flights begin arriving at the Tuzla airports a few months later (see February-March 1995). [Observer, 11/20/1994; Scotsman, 12/3/1995] Hayden will later become head of the NSA and then head of the CIA.
Entity Tags: David Mize, Edward Hanlon Jr., Robert Frasure, Michael Hayden, Charles Boyd, Charles Thomas, Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke, Mehmet Alagic
Pro-ISIS Video Calls for Balkan CaliphateNew video published briefly by unknown authors on YouTube calls for the conquest of Serbia, the creation of an Islamic caliphate in the Western Balkans and the destruction of democracy.
by Michel Chossudovsky
Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Montréal
Posted at globalresearch.ca 9 October 2001
Confronted with mounting evidence, the US Administration can no longer deny its links to Osama. While the CIA admits that Osama bin Laden was an „intelligence asset“ during the Cold War, the relationship is said to „go way back“. Most news reports consider that these Osama-CIA links belong to the „bygone era“ of the Soviet-Afghan war. They are invariably viewed as „irrelevant“ to an understanding of present events. Lost in the barrage of recent history, the role of the CIA in supporting and developing international terrorist organisations during the Cold war and its aftermath is casually ignored or downplayed by the Western media.
Yes, We did support Him, but „He Went Against Us“
With tensions heating up between the United States and Russia over a number of issues – Ukraine, BRICS, sanctions, and NATO encirclement to name a few – the West continues its move in toward Russia’s borders. The latest target in the Anglo-American destabilization campaign has now come forward – Macedonia.
In the attempt to destroy the elected government of Macedonia, George Soros, NATO, and the Western Color Revolution apparatus have all come together to ensure that the will of the Macedonian people is denied as is the will of populations in all Western-style democracies.
As informed observers might well suspect, any color revolution taking place in Eastern Europe will involve the heavy hand of George Soros.
George Soros is most well-known for playing a major role in the funding and facilitating of the „Bulldozer Revolution“ in Serbia that overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, Georgia’s „Rose Revolution“ of 2003, the 2006 push to move Turkey toward a more Islamist governing structure, and even the Occupy movement in the United States among a great many others – none of which brought anything other than greater misery, impoverishment, and police state mechanisms to bear on the general public. The Occupy movement, being the only exception, still brought nothing to its participants except the opportunity to burn off excess anger and energy along with a few cracked protester skulls. It was otherwise an incredible waste of time.
In addition, George Soros has been heavily involved in the social unrest and movement-wrecking activity that has taken place all across the United States in recent months. From Florida to Ferguson and then on to Baltimore, George Soros‘ Foundations have been involved in making sure that not only are American citizens unable to overcome racial divisions with mutual cooperation but that even the racially isolated participants are unable to accomplish anything of substance.
In Macedonia, like in the United States, Soros organizations work under the pretense of left cover. In other words, Soros NGOs fund and operate organizations and movements that are seen as Left in nature but are, in reality, revolutionary organizations designed to push a political agenda, change Macedonian culture, install puppet regimes, and ultimately serve the purpose of the Anglo-American oligarchy.
George Soros‘ most well-known NGO is the Open Society Institute, is highly active in Macedonia and itself works with a plethora of „civil society organizations“ throughout the country that function as the OSI (and hence the West’s) tentacles in Macedonian society. This is what has prompted some in Macedonia to say in regards to Soros that „Soros came into Macedonia like a Trojan horse, and now he is an octopus.“
The OSI has been active in Macedonia for some time, with Vladimir Milcin heading the organization for nearly twenty years. Milcin was a former police informant in the days of Communism. Milcin was instrumental in ratting out a dissident actor Risto Siskov.
The Soros networks in Macedonia are extremely powerful. As Jay Nordlinger reported for the National Review after having traveled to Macedonia,
In America for the past many years, we have had a plethora of Soros-funded groups: MoveOn.org, Media Matters, the Center for American Progress, etc. Macedonia has its rough equivalents. But they mean more in Macedonia than the Soros-funded groups do in America. Back home, we have a zillion conservative groups to counter the Soros groups. The Left has its billionaires, we have ours. You hit me with Soros? Okay, I’ll hit you with a Koch or two. In Macedonia, I’m told, there is no tradition of donating money to a cause. There aren’t think tanks and activist groups and the rest on the right. So, the „Sorosoids“ own the field.
While this may be a bit of an exaggeration – the Right clearly has its own agents of control and dissemination – it is clearly true that the Soros influence extends far beyond being able to drive public opinion through clever networking ideas. Indeed, through a much tighter grasp upon media outlets themselves, Soros is vastly more influential in the way that news and events are reported than in other locations, even those located in Eastern Europe.
That being said, it should be pointed out that Macedonian news outlets like Telma and 24 Vesti are both major players in promoting the anti-government protests (in addition to other operations). Both of these outlets are funded by George Soros.
Indeed, even „opposition leader“ Zoran Zaev is a notorious Soros-funded agent with close connections to the CIA. Not only Zaev, but his entire Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party (the former Communist party) has been entirely taken over by the Soros machine. As Wayne Madsen writes,
Zaev and [Radmila] Sekerinska are said by Macedonian insiders to be nothing more than fronts for former Prime Minister and President Branko Crvenkovski who continues to head up the SDSM and accept large amounts of largesse from such CIA NGO laundry operations as the National Democratic Institute (NDI), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House, and Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) to foment a themed revolution against Gruevksi’s right-of-center VMRO-DPMNE government.
It is also a known fact that the OSI receives are large amount of money from the US State Department’s USAID.
Interestingly enough, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has been charged by Macedonian intelligence of conspiring with Zaev of the SDSM.
Wayne Madsen further describes the role of Victoria Nuland by writing:
The unapologetic foul-mouthed Nuland met on the side of the 51st Munich Security Conference in Germany with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki and President Gjorge Ivanov to express her displeasure at Gruevski’s insurrection charges against her friend Zaev and his SDSM co-conspirators. Earlier, Nuland had offered to mediate a long-standing dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the latter’s use of the name Macedonia, which some Greeks consider to be a solely Greek name. Macedonian observers viewed Nuland’s interest in the name dispute to be a trap that would enable a pro-U.S. government, along with the Zionist and global banker baggage that comes with any such «themed» coup d’etat, to seize power in Skopje. Nuland and her co-conspirators were hoping for a replay of Kiev in what can be termed «Kiev Version 2.0.»
Nuland and her co-conspirators in Skopje are alarmed over the speed at which the Macedonian security services rounded up the coup plotters. Macedonian police, in raids conducted in Skopje and Veles, seized five laptop computers, three desktop computers, 19 mobile phones, 100 CDs and DVDs, 17 hard disks, and 9 savings deposit books used by the coup plotters, including a number linked to Soros-financed NGOs. The bank accounts of the plotters reportedly were flush with healthy cash deposits from the CIA as the date of the planned coup approached.
The use of social media by the Soros/CIA coup plotters should come as no surprise. Social media served at the very core of the themed revolutions sponsored by the CIA and Soros twice in Ukraine (Orange Revolution and Euro-Maidan uprising), Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia), Lotus Revolution (Egypt), Rose Reviolution (Georgia), Tulip Revolution (Kyrgyszstan), and Green Revolution (Iran). In the case of Macedonia, there are clear indications that the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Thomas Melia, responsible for DRL’s work in Europe, including Russia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa, conspired directly with Zaev to mount a coup against the Gruevski government. Melia is the former deputy director of Freedom House, a Cold War-era neoconservative bevvy of U.S. war hawks based in New York. Although founded in 1941 by such progressives as Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Bunche, journalist Dorothy Thompson, novelist Rex Stout (creator of Nero Wolfe), and Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie (who would be considered by today’s Republicans in the U.S. as a stark-raving liberal), Freedom House has devolved into a neoconservative chatter source having employed as their board members in recent years such war hawk cretins as Paul Wolfowitz, Ken Adelman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Donald Rumsfeld, and Otto Reich. Freedom House has been caught red-handed funneling CIA money to opposition groups in Iran, Sudan, Russia, and China. In essence, Freedom House, like Soros’s NGOs, serves as a conduit for CIA support for rebellious opposition forces in dozens of countries around the world, countries that now include Macedonia, as well as Hungary, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, Serbia, Jordan, Mexico, and Cuba.
In addition, it has been reported by a number of media outlets, most notably the Russian and Macedonian press, that George Soros has tapped into the Canvas network, enlisting the organization to „help“ in Macedonian protests. ….
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23 Jul 15
‚Secret Tapes‘ on Piran Gulf Dispute Shock Croats
After Croatian newspaper published audio tapes of secret talks held between the Slovene judge on the arbitration panel over the Gulf of Piran and the Slovenian representative, Croatia has demanded an investigation.
Vesna Pusic (left) holding an urgent press conference. | Photo by Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Croatian officials have responded angrily to claims made in a newspaper that judges on an arbitation panel concerning a territorial dispute between Croatia and Slovenia were ready to rule in Slovenia’s favour.
The Croatian newspaper Vecernji list on Wednesday published secret audio tapes of Jernej Sekolec, the Slovene judge on the arbitration court over the Gulf of Piran, talking to Simona Drenik, the representative of Slovenia before the court, discussing confidential conversations between the judges.
In conversations recorded between November 2014 and January 2015, Judge Sekolec allegedly assured Drenik that the court would likely grant Slovenia up to 75 per cent of the maritime waters in the Gulf of Piran, as it wants.
The dispute between between Croatia and Slovenia over the maritime waters on the Istrian peninsula dates back to the break-up of Yugoslavia.
At one point, it resulted in Slovenia blocking Croatia’s EU accession talks in December 2008.
Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor and Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor agreed in October 2009 to international arbitration before the The Hague after which Slovenia withdrew its blockade.
The arbitration panel comprises five judges. Besides Sekolec from Slovenia, Croatia has appointed one judge. The court appointed the other three judges along with the president.
Talks between a judge and the representatives of either of the parties in the dispute are forbidden.
Following the newspaper report, Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic called a press conference on Wednesday, expressing deep concern.
“If any of these allegations were true, it would be absolutely shocking and drastically change the situation in relation to the process,” she said.
She said Croatia had agreed to international arbitration in “good faith”, trusting the professional and impartial conduct of the judges and the court in general.
Pusic said Croatia had already felt doubts about the process this spring, when the Slovene Foreign Minister, Karl Erjavec, issued similar public statements, predicting how the court will decide.
“We will investigate the truth or untruthfulness of these statements,” she stated, adding that she would inform the arbitration court and the European Commission.
Map of disputed maritime territory of the Piran gulf. | Photo by Wikimedia Commons
A source from the Commission said it could comment on the work of the court, however, as Brussels is not a party in the dispute.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Wednesday said Croatia would use the methods for investigation at its disposal to protect the state’s interests.
“It is possible that this is some kind of error, but if not, we will know how to protect our national interests,” he said.
Tomislav Karamarko, head of strongest opposition Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, said if the reports were true, it clearly meant “influencing the arbitration court’s decisions in an illegal manner”.
He called for unity “in defending national and state interests and Croatia’s right to keep its territory, which apparently some want to take”.
Slovene officials have responded coolly to the complains coming from Croatia. While on vacation in France, Erjaves dismissed the the row, saying it was all part of the pre-election campaign in Croatia. “It is obvious that in Croatia they are very nervous,” he added.
Slovene Prime Minister Miro Cerar said he could not comment on the issue before the court had finished its work, but said the complaints were “an obvious attempt to influence the decision of the arbitration court”.
Patients fight back as doctor convicted in bribe case
By the Center for Investigative Reporting
For some of the desperate patients who came to him for help, Sarajevo gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Zijad Lagumdžija represented a last hope. Remzija Džaferović, a 40-year-old mother of a teenager, had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was thinking of suicide when she went to him in August 2004. Elvis and Zvjezdana Demirović hoped two years ago that he would be able to help them have the child they longed for.
But Dr. Lagumdžija disappointed these patients, they say. Because of their complaints, he is the first doctor in Bosnia-Herzegovina to be prosecuted for extortion and accepting bribes from patients. Lagumdžija was convicted by the court in late September and faces a fine of up to 10,000 KM, six months’ imprisonment and the possible loss of his license to practice medicine, should a higher court uphold the verdict. ….
Dr. Bakir Nakaš, thinks doctors should sign a statement when they are employed obliging them not to solicit additional payments from patients.
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Original US Mafia with the firm Bechtel, US Department of State and former US Ambassdor Alexander Dell and the Gangster Frank Wisner: Arena Invest’s co-owner Akan Ismaili was ambassador to Washington from 2012 until early 2015, arguably the most important job in Kosovo foreign diplomacy. The millionaire founded IPKO, Kosovo’s second mobile phone operator.Journalist Berat Buzhala, a member of parliament for Thaci’s PDK until 2014 who has links to Ismaili and Musa, was also briefly named as co-owner of the firm in 2009, before it began operating the quarry
A ringleader of the 2011 violent uprising against the Pristina government worked for public figures close to the ruling Kosovo Albanian party to cash in on construction of the country’s €1bn ‘patriotic highway’.
Petrit Collaku, Lawrence MarzoukBIRNPristina
Barricade blocks the main bridge in Mitrovica
Photo by: Fonet
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, has uncovered evidence that notorious Serb businessman and nationalist Zvonko Veselinovic transported material for a firm owned by prominent Kosovo Albanians linked to the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK.
The goods were sold to US construction giant Bechtel and its Turkish partner Enka, the main contractor hired to build Kosovo’s biggest ever infrastructure project, the Pristina-Tirana highway.
Veselinovic was formerly a member of the now disbanded Serb vigilante group Bridge Watchers, blamed for attacks on Albanians in the divided town of Mitrovica. He admits to playing a major role in the July 2011 unrest.
During eight fiery months, border posts were burnt down, makeshift barricades of gravel and trucks appeared across northern Kosovo, a Kosovo Police officer was shot dead and dozens of international peacekeepers and protesters were injured.
But BIRN has discovered that Veselinovic also ferried rocks from the Arena Invest quarry in northern Kosovo until routes were blocked by the barricades he helped create. Arena Invest is owned by three prominent Kosovo Albanians: Pristina’s former ambassador to Washington, the then Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s landlord, and a former Kosovo Liberation Army commander – as well as a Kosovo Serb politician.
Veselinovic has portrayed himself as a bulwark against the Kosovo Albanian authorities, garnering support from successive governments for what he describes as his defence of Serb interests in the former province, including from the current Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
Arena Invest’s owners do not deny working with Veselinovic, although they argue that they were not responsible for the actions of a “sub-contractor”.
Working with ‘the enemy’
Zvonko Veselinovic protests in north Kosovo
In January 2012, Thaci, then Kosovo prime minister, warned his countrymen not to “act with the mentality of Zvonko Veselinovic”.
But just a few months earlier, Arena Invest, a firm owned by his associates, had started doing business with Veselinovic, using his logistical services as they attempted to profit from the huge boom in construction brought about by Thaci’s decision to build the one-billion-euro highway, a symbol of cooperation between ethnic Albanians in Kosovo and Albania.
Veselinovic rose to international prominence for his role in the 2011 unrest, but he had long been on law-enforcement agencies’ radar and admits to having enriched himself by avoiding paying taxes to Kosovo authorities.
He was tried and cleared of heroin smuggling in 2003 in Serbia, questioned but never charged for a murder in Gracanica, a suburb of Pristina; and arrested by UN police in Kosovo, but later released, on suspicion of another murder committed in 2004. He denies any wrongdoing.
In the following years he was able to take advantage of Serbia’s 2005 decision to remove VAT on goods sold in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, beyond the control of Pristina, which became a de facto duty-free zone.
The Veselinovic family own two petrol stations and are alleged to have been involved in the smuggling of fuel, cigarettes and alcohol, according to documents seen by BIRN from prosecutors in Mitrovica linked to a current investigation.
Zarko Veselinovic, Zvonko’s brother, was found guilty of obstructing a Kosovo Police officer as he attempted to stop a tanker of smuggled fuel reaching the family’s petrol station in 2010.
To date, however, Zvonko’s close cooperation with senior Albanian figures has remained solely the subject of speculation.
Arena Invest’s co-owner Akan Ismaili was ambassador to Washington from 2012 until early 2015, arguably the most important job in Kosovo foreign diplomacy. The millionaire founded IPKO, Kosovo’s second mobile phone operator.
Alongside Ismaili is IPKO director Bujar Musa, a friend and landlord to former PM Hashim Thaci.
The third owner, Fadil Demiri, was a senior figure in the Kosovo Liberation Army, out of which emerged the PDK political party. He also owns an Albanian branch of Arena Invest which, according to reports in the Serbian press, is due to invest 60m euros in the building of dams in Albania alongside Serbian-state owned firm, Hidrotehnika-hidroenergetika.
The final shareholder, according to official records, is Aleksandar Mihajlovic, who unsuccessfully stood in the Kosovo parliamentary elections last year for the pro-Belgrade party Serbian List. He was formerly a director of public services with the Gracanica municipality, a Serb-enclave on the outskirts of Pristina.
Journalist Berat Buzhala, a member of parliament for Thaci’s PDK until 2014 who has links to Ismaili and Musa, was also briefly named as co-owner of the firm in 2009, before it began operating the quarry
Fidan Kalaja of the Pristina-based anti-corruption NGO Fol told BIRN it was ironic that “a so-called Bridge Watcher who barricaded a whole part of the country benefited materially from the nation’s highway construction”.
Veselinovic ‘in direct contact’ with Arena
Veselinovic admitted to working with Arena Invest via the firm Euro-kop and its owner Dragan Curcic, which manages a 100-strong fleet of vehicles, to provide construction material for the ‘Patriotic Highway’ during a recent trial at the Organised Crime Court in Belgrade.
He had been facing charges of aiding and inciting the abuse of office after allegedly receiving 31 stolen trucks in Kosovo from Euro-kop against the will of the owner – Hypo Alpe Adria Leasing Belgrade – leaving the Austrian bank 2.2m euros out of pocket.
During the trial, he told the court he had received the trucks from Curcic to settle a debt but insisted he had not known they had been unlawfully taken from Hypo.
While admitting to using the Hypo trucks for building barricades and “alternative routes”, illegal roads built to avoid the EULEX (the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo) and Kosovo Police crackdown on smuggling, he argued the Hypo trucks were not used to transport material to Bechtel or in other construction jobs.
In February 2015, Euro-kop’s owner Curcic was found guilty of abuse of office at the same trial and given a two-year sentence while Veselinovic was cleared, although BIRN understands that the prosecution intends to appeal the verdict.
Arena Invest quarry
Photo by: BIRN
Euro-kop is also named in another trial against Veselinovic, in which he also faces charges of aiding and inciting the abuse of office at a court in Pirot, Serbia. It is alleged he and three co-accused provided illegally quarried gravel worth around 500,000 euros, transported by Euro-kop and other firms, to the Austrian construction giant Alpine Bau for the construction of a highway in southern Serbia.
Veselinovic and the three other defendants deny the charges.
Veselinovic told the Belgrade court that he was in direct contact with “Aca from the quarry”, referring to Arena Invest owner Aleksandar Mihajlovic, and Euro-kop owner Curcic to organise trucks for the transportation of stones to Bechtel-Enka.
He told the court: “I’m calling Dragan [Curcic, official owner of Eurokop] saying “how many trucks can you give me?”
“We started working, so we once had five and once seven trucks. For twentyish days, a month, we were working and then the barricades started and all the troubles.”
Veselinovic declined to answer questions related to the Arena Invest deal.
Veselinovic’s powerful backers
The Veselinovic brothers, Zvonko and Zarko, are routinely mentioned in public as not only being close to the current and previous Serbian governments, but as also being capable of ordering the erection and removal of barricades and inciting unrest in northern Kosovo.However, after the violence of July 2011 in Jarinje, a border crossing between Serbia and northern Kosovo, the international community increased the pressure on the Serbian government to arrest Zvonko. As a result, the Serbian government, then led by the Democratic Party, distanced itself from him.Veselinovic admitted to the Organised Crime Court in Belgrade that the Euro-kop trucks – including those ruled to have been stolen from Hypo – were used to build the barricades and “alternative routes”, illegal roads built in 2011 as EULEX and Kosovo Police attempted to crackdown on smuggling.“Those ten Hypo trucks were in bad condition so we used them for barricades,” he told the court.In February 2015, Euro-kops owner Dragan Curcic was found guilty of abuse of office in relation to the theft of the Hypo trucks at the same trial and sentenced to a two-year jail term. Veselinovic was cleared of all charges, although the prosecution intends to appeal.
He also told the court that he had erected the barricades in close cooperation with the previous government, led by the Democratic Party, something the party denies.
“Everything started when ROSU [Kosovo Special Police] came to [the] north of Kosovo,” he told the court, referring to an attempt by Kosovo Police in July 2011 to take control of the northern border crossings, triggering the unrest.
“I was with my family in Budva. I got a call from a friend from the ‘city defence’, so I left my wife and kids and came back to [the] north of Kosovo.
“With our bodies we defend the north of Kosovo,” he told the court. “We came to the conclusion that we had to build barricades, so we sat in Rudare [northern Kosovo] all together and make plans where to build barricades and where to put people.
“All my trucks, I made them available for the defence of north of Kosovo. And at that time, I was short of trucks for my business.”
Aleksandar Vucic, then vice president of the governing SNS party and now Serbian prime minister, publicly supported Veselinovic by stating in October 2011 that if he was arrested, Borislav Stefanovic, chief negotiator in the Pristina-Belgrade talks, and Goran Bogdanovic, then minister for Kosovo, should also face the courts.
According to Vucic, criminalising Veselinovic amounted to criminalising all Serbs from Kosovo.
Zvonko, 34, and his brother Zarko, 30, are currently under investigation by the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo EULEX, for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising.
A warrant has been issued for their arrest on suspicion of murder, endangering the lives of international peacekeepers and smuggling but the duo continue to move freely between Kosovo and Serbia. They deny the charges.
Arena Invest do not dispute having done business with Veselinovic, but claim that they were not responsible for Euro-kop’s “sub-contractors”.
Mihajlovic told BIRN that Euro-kop were contracted by Arena Invest to transport all the material to Bechtel-Enka’s asphalt base in Prizren, although he said he dealt with the actual owner Curcic, in contradiction to Veselinovic’s statements in court.
“We had signed a deal with their owner [Curcic] about using their trucks for supplying Bechtel with asphalt for that highway,” he said, adding that the fuel used for the trucks came from Veselinovic.
Leaked documents from the Bechtel laboratory reveal that Arena Invest’s material was being delivered between, at a minimum, the four month period between April and July 2011.
A report published by Croatian firm Ramtech, employed by Bechtel-Enka to perform quality control tests on construction material, shows that Arena Invest was due to provide Bechtel with 80,000 tonnes of construction material as the sole supplier of the top layer of asphalt for half of the 77km highway……………………….
Russia: Five Years Since Anna Politkovskaya’s Murder
Exactly five years after Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in her apartment building, a convicted criminal has been indicted as her slayer.
According to prosecutors, the man is Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a native of Chechnya currently serving a term in jail for an unrelated murder case.
According to the Guardian, the court will also announce new charges against the suspected hitman, Rustam Makhmudov, and several others involved in the killing as well.
Analysts have often noted that Politkovskaya was assassinated on then-president Vladimir Putin’s birthday. While human rights groups welcome the announcement that someone will be held responsible for the journalist’s death, revelers across Russia have been been celebrating their next president’s birthday.
Since Putin became president in 2000, 19 journalists have been slain in Russia, and until today, no one has been legally punished for any of the crimes. Since 1992, a total of 76 journalists have been killed in Russia, according to the country’s Committee to Protect Journalists.
Maybe they should arrest the people who ordered the murders on Politkovskaya’s birthday. But in likelihood they will never be brought to justice.
Instability Continues in Kosovo
Kosovo has made its share of global headlines this week. The trial of seven accused of organ trafficking began Tuesday in the capital city of Pristina. A protected witness from Belarus testified Wednesday about his journey to Kosovo to surgically remove his kidney, and said he was not paid the amount he was promised, €15,000.
Meanwhile, violence along the country’s border with Serbia and the northern city of Mitrovica has been linked to organized crime operatives. Serbian daily newspapers Blic and Press have been linking the unrest to Zvonko Veselinovic, who Press refers to as a “a dubious Serb businessman from Kosovska Mitrovica whose name has been mentioned by media as the organizer of the recent conflict with KFOR [the UN peacekeeping troops] at the Jarinje border crossing.” Press writes that he is “purportedly the leader of the largest criminal group in northern Kosovo.”
According to Serbian news outlet B92, “Some of the media in Belgrade have stated that Veselinović is the most important figure in northern Kosovo when it comes to petrol and cigarettes smuggling.” ……………………
A stupid and crime Lady: financing Terrorist, Drug Lords, Lord of the crime, Nazis and Faschist: The American Sytem: corrupt, crime and stupid
Ex-State Dept exec: US leadership is inept & incompetent, incl. president
America stands in first place among the world’s great powers. But the decisions taken in Washington are seen by many as questionable – even unwise – bringing even more conflict and violence. What governs decision-making in the White House? Who is listened to there? What goal does Washington pursue? Does it even have any particular goal? We ask these questions to a former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, on Sophie&Co.
Nuland On Crisis Visits to Kosovo, MacedoniaThe US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, is due in Kosovo and Macedonia – on a mission to push for the formation special war crimes court in Kosovo and break the political stalemate in Macedonia.
The ICG said the EU should “redouble efforts” to persuade Macedonian leaders to reach a deal that would envisage the formation of an “interim government with appropriate membership of all main parties, whose main task should be to implement reforms necessary for credible elections by April 2016”.
Vereint im Verbrechen: Deutsche – US und NATO Politiker
The Kosovo Liberation Army: Does Clinton Policy Support Group with Terror, Drug Ties? From ‚Terrorists‘ to ‚Partners
On March 24, 1999, NATO initiated air attacks on Yugoslavia (a federation of two republics, Serbia and Montenegro) in order to impose a peace agreement in the Serbian province of Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority. The Clinton Administration has not formally withdrawn its standing insistence that Belgrade sign the peace agreement, which would entail the deployment in Kosovo of some 28,000 NATO ground troops — including 4,000 Americans — to police the settlement. But in recent days the Clinton public line has shifted to a demand that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic halt the offensive he has launched in Kosovo, which has led to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region, before there can be a stop to the bombing campaign.
One week into the bombing campaign, there is widespread discussion of options for further actions. One option includes forging a closer relationship between the United States and a controversial group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a group which has been cited in unofficial reports for alleged ties to drug cartels and Islamic terrorist organizations. This paper will examine those allegations in the context of the currently unfolding air campaign.
Kriminell und Dumm trifft sich in Phristna ebenso, mit der installierten Präsidentin dort, die gefälschte Schulzeugnisse hat und gefakte Polizei Ausbildungs Diplomate, als Betrügerin viele Jahre das zweit höchste Polizei Direktoren Gehalt kassiete.
Kein Wort natürlich über die kriminellen Betrugs Machenschaften des US Department of State in Albanien und dem Kosovo, mit der Bechtel Baufirma. Warum die Amerikaner Polizei und Justiz aufbauen wollen, führt immer zu vollkommen korrupten Institutionen, wie bei den Deutschen.
Victory Nuland: Aushänge Schild für die Libyen Morde, Lüge mit Hillary Clinton und der Kosovo wird nun heimgesucht.
The U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-financed Cold War contrivance created to advance right-wing governments and attack progressive nations around the world, has spawned a European offspring, the similarly-named European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The NED was largely the idea of conservative Miami Democratic Representative Dante Fascell, whose career was centered on supporting CIA efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba…
Washington author and journalist Michael Lind wrote in the New Statesman in 1983 that the George W. Bush administration’s neocon cabal, including individuals like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Robert Kagan (the husband of the EED’s strongest promoter Victoria Nuland), and dozens of others represented an „amalgamation of the defense intellectuals with the traditions and theories of ‘the largely Jewish-American Trotskyist movement.’» Chief among this gang is Gershman of the NED, a Schactmanite, Zionist activist with B’nai B’rith and the American Jewish Committee, and an assistant of the gay African-American activist Bayard Rustin. Gershman served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission during the Reagan administration, a position that resulted in paleo-conservatives charging that neocon Trotskyists were crafting Reagan’s foreign policy.
Those charges would return during the George W. Bush administration when the same former Trotskyist neocon elements helped plunge America into two disastrous conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Barack Obama administration’s reliance on these same Trotskyist neocons, individuals like Nuland in the State Department and Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, has resulted in a Cold War-era showdown with Russia over Ukraine.
The genesis of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) from the Schachtmanites of NED should come as no surprise. The EED was the brain child of the former Polish foreign and defense minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who is married to arch neocon Anne Applebaum of The Washington Post. Sikorski, who recently resigned in disgrace as the president of the Polish Senate, was a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, where such neocon stalwarts as Michael Rubin, Frederick Kagan – the brother-in-law of Nuland – and Wolfowitz hang their professional hats. While Poland served as president of the European Union in 2011, Sikorski arranged for the EU to fund the European counterpart of the NED.
The EED found its own version of Carl Gershman in Jerzy Pomianowski, who served as Polish deputy foreign minister under Sikorski. Pomianowski became the executive director of the EED in 2012 and he immediately set out to cooperate with the NED in fomenting anti-Russian activities in Ukraine and central Asia, complementing George Soros’s destabilization efforts in the Balkans and central and eastern Europe, and establishing EED operations centers in Riga, Copenhagen, The Hague, Oslo, Stockholm, and Kiev. Not all EU members support the efforts of EED. Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Ireland, Malta, and Luxembourg have remained opposed to the efforts of the EED.
The EED is practically a Polish creation. Upon its creation, Polish foreign ministry spokesman Marcin Bosacki said, «The creation of the Endowment is a double success for Poland… In a short time, Poland implemented – from the ground up – an important project for the EU as a whole. Moreover, a Pole – our Deputy Foreign Minister – proved the best choice from among the several dozen candidates who applied for the position». Pomianowski has placed the themed «color» revolution overthrow of the Aliev government in Azerbaijan and the Lukashenko government in Belarus high on the EED’s priority list, along with fomenting other themed revolutions in Macedonia, Serbia, and for Pomianowski, the big prize, in Russia.
The EED, like the NED, does not limit its activities to Europe. In consideration of its strong support by Zionists and Israel, the EED is active in stirring up anti-Hezbollah and anti-Shi’a activities in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon among Druze, Christian, and Sunni inhabitants. EED is also active in Jordan and Tunisia. EED’s nominal chairman is German Count Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament and the nephew of Otto Graf Lambsdorff. Otto is a longtime official of the pro-capitalist Free Democratic Party, was German Economics Minister from 1977 to 1982, and is a descendant of Russian Count Vladimir Lamsdorf, the Russian foreign minister under Tsar Nicholas II. Count Vladimir was a committed Zionist and a well-known homosexual in the Tsarist government in St. Petersburg. Consequently, there should be little wonder as to why Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is attracted to the patently anti-Russian EED.
The NED, which has long been involved in promoting disruption and political instability around the world, has a partner-in-crime, the EED…..
Exclusive: The neocon-flagship Washington Post fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy, but left out key facts like NED’s U.S. government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow, writes Robert Parry.
The Post and Gershman were especially outraged that the Russians have enacted laws requiring NGOs financed from abroad and seeking to influence Russian policies to register as “foreign agents” – and that one of the first funding operations to fall prey to these tightened rules was Gershman’s NED.
The Post’s editors wrote that Putin’s “latest move, announced Tuesday, is to declare the NED an ‘undesirable’ organization under the terms of a law that Mr. Putin signed in May. The law bans groups from abroad who are deemed a ‘threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, its defense capabilities and its national security.’
“The charge against the NED is patently ridiculous. The NED’s grantees in Russia last year ran the gamut of civil society. They advocated transparency in public affairs, fought corruption and promoted human rights, freedom of information and freedom of association, among other things. All these activities make for a healthy democracy but are seen as threatening from the Kremlin’s ramparts. …
“The new law on ‘undesirables’ comes in addition to one signed in 2012 that gave authorities the power to declare organizations ‘foreign agents’ if they engaged in any kind of politics and receive money from abroad. The designation, from the Stalin era, implies espionage.”
But there are several salient facts that the Post’s editors surely know but don’t want you to know. The first is that NED is a U.S. government-funded organization created in 1983 to do what the Central Intelligence Agency previously had done in financing organizations inside target countries to advance U.S. policy interests and, if needed, help in “regime change.”
The secret hand behind NED’s creation was CIA Director William J. Casey who worked with senior CIA covert operation specialist Walter Raymond Jr. to establish NED in 1983. Casey – from the CIA – and Raymond – from his assignment inside President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council – focused on creating a funding mechanism to support groups inside foreign countries that would engage in propaganda and political action that the CIA had historically organized and paid for covertly. To partially replace that CIA role, the idea emerged for a congressionally funded entity that would serve as a conduit for this money.
Nowadays one can meet young people on the streets of Serbian cities who don’t speak the language and don’t look like refugees. Physically fit, respectful and polite, they normally walk in groups of three trying not to attract attention. According to local media, the majority of immigrants settling down in Serbia are men younger than 27. Muslims account for 94% of the immigrants. 56% of refugees remaining in Serbia are single. They don’t like being photographed. Many of them are men of means, in some cases the money is sent by relatives…
A video clip is disseminated showing an Islamic State militant asking the Muslims residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina to fill the group’s ranks in the ancient land of Islam or start a fight in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Plant sticky bombs under cars, explode houses, poison them, kill them everywhere – let it be Bosnia, Serbia or Sanjak. You can do it and Allah will help you!”, said Ridwan Khachifi, a Kosovo Albanian known for atrocities he committed in Syria. Retired General Momir Stoyaniovic, a former high standing security service official, said in June 25-28 that Kosovo terrorists planned to commit three terrorist acts in central and southern areas of the country.
Do the Balkan states realize how dangerous it is? To some extent they do. A collegium of Ministry of Internal Affairs took place on June 28 to consider the security situation, especially the problems related to immigration. In Macedonia they reacted more effectively by adopting a law in late June that forbids refugees staying in the country for more than 72 hours. That’s why around 600 people gathered by the end of last month at the border with Greece.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina security services are implementing an $800 billion project collecting biometrics data on foreigners staying in the country. The money came from the United States (?).
Combats of different intensity take place in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Weakened, reformed armies and police find it hard to defend the territories of their states, especially Republika Srpska which is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. NATO or new formations of Islamists come to manage the conflict. At all events the problem will never be solved in favor of Serbia, Macedonia and even Montenegro, which is on the way to NATO membership. We believe that the conflict will spark in late August – early September…
Ein paar Verhaftungen gibt es jetzt, aber Mazedonien hat wie ein früherer Bildungs Minister sagte: das Problem der Nachbar Länder, das Kriminelle sich Diplome kaufen, Professoren werden und nur aus einem Buch vorlesen könnten. functional illerate denn in Mazedonien wurden durch kriminelle Orgien der Westlichen Staaten Gemeinschaft, ebenso die bürgerliche Gesellschaft ruiniert.
Typisch der vom Westen von den westlichen Botschafts Ganoven finanzierte vollkommen korrupte Zoran Zaev. Im Volksmund genannt: „The six horsemen of the apocalypse“ so tief ist das Ansehen von ausländischen Botschaften schon gesunken, nachdem man 2001 Partner war, von Dumm kriminellen Terroristen, US finanziert.
Zaev: I don’t Recognize Macedonian Courts
„The basic requests were layered like a baklava, you know, the usual suspects, judicial reforms, protection for whistleblowers (I assume the same protection US granted Manning and Snowden?), political dialog and similar cr*p, but the Real Request Was for the Courts Not to Release the Name of the British Ambassador as Directly Ordering the Coup“ says Nedelkovski adding „Just as Important was to Hide the Names of 4 Americans and British Terrorists Killed in Kumanovo“ The four came from the US Base in Kosovo, BondSteel.
„The US Ambassador Jess Bailey, nicknamed by Macedonian media as „Jess (Himmler) Bailey was instrumental in the failed coup attempt in Turkey where several civilians died during months old staged protests. There too the coup started with a fabricated wiretapping scandal.“ says Nedelkovski.
„Now Himmler was sent here to do the same“ adds Nedelkovski.
The Public Prosecutor’s office from Prilep informs that they have received charges from the Interior Ministry against four judges from the Prilep Court and four prison doctors from Bitola and Skopje, all charged of allowing a person sentenced to over 10 years in prison for murder to avoid serving his sentence.
The doctors and the judges are charged with preparing false medical reports about the prisoner, who was sentenced for killing a 29 year old man in 2006 over a loan.
The judges and prison doctors are charged that between 2012 and 2014 they allowed the prisoner to stop serving his sentence, ostensibly to seek treatment, and eventually to stop serving the sentence completely. The group is charged of violating the law for serving sentences.
The Greek debt crisis and Ukraine moving to the brink of collapse are the issues in the limelight. Bulgaria is given less attention to even though this country may soon become another headache for Europe. The Bulgarian government is loyal to the United States but it may turn into a weak link among the East European allies who greatly depend on Washington…
Besides, Bulgaria is dependent on Russian gas, and Moscow’s ability to turn the energy valve off in winter commands the hearts and minds of Bulgarians.
The survey conducted by Bulgarian Institute of Modern Politics in the period June 26 – July 4 shows that 71, 4% of respondents say no to the plans that envision pre-positioning of US military equipment in Eastern and Central Europe, including in Bulgaria. The «prepositioned» stocks to be stored on allied bases are enough to equip a brigade of 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers. Only 7, 2% supported the idea. It’s not really important how many weapons systems are going to be deployed. What really matters is the fact that US forces will be stationed on the territory of states that were members of Warsaw Treaty Organization. It runs contrary to all the agreements reached during the days of Gorbachev-Yeltsin rule. The host country was not asked but notified. It was done in a rather condescending manner. American military say the decision is sealed and the only thing to discuss is where exactly the equipment will be stored, according to US Army Colonel Steve Warren, director of Pentagon press operations.