NATO killed 10 civilians, 17 severely injured [+18]

As The Washington Post admitted in a series of articles Sep. 19-21, 1999, NATO  and US generals purposely ordered civilian targets bombed in an attempt to demoralize the civilian population.

Names of civilinas (Serbs) killed on Varvarin bridge during NATO aggression  )

col·lat·er·al (ke-làt¹er-el) adjective
Abbr. collat., coll.
1. Situated or running side by side; parallel.
2. Of a secondary nature; subordinate: collateral target damage from a bombing run.
A question: If Civilians death was secondary, what was the primary target?

On a clear Sunday, 30 May 1999, shortly after 1 p.m., a bridge crossing the Velika Morava river in Varvarin was struck by laser-guided bombs fired by one or two low-flying NATO F-16 warplanes conducting attack operations in the Kosovo war.
The two planes involved were US F-16 fighter jets
The two planes involved were US F-16 fighter jets
The area around the bridge was filled with hundreds of people celebrating an Orthodox holiday [TRINITYin and around the nearby church, a market place and a fairground. No precautions against air attacks had been taken, as the town is far from Kosovo (approx. 200 km), the aged and narrow bridge was considered insignificant and no military installations were to be found within a radius of 20 km. 
The alliance described the bridge as a "designated and legitimate target", adding it was "unable to confirm the Serbian report of casualties, but never intentionally targets civilians". [Really?]
The alliance described the bridge as a "designated and legitimate target",
adding it was "unable to confirm the Serbian report of casualties,
but never intentionally targets civilians". 
Ten civilians were killed and 17 severely injured, some with permanent disabilities, in two attack waves a few minutes apart. Most of the casualties occurred in the second wave, when people had rushed to the bridge to help those wounded in the initial wave.

To this date, NATO has refused to release further details of the airstrike – specifically the nationality of the attacking planes. In a public statement made by NATO spokesman Jamie Shea on 31 May 1999, he declared the Varvarin bridge a legitimate military target.
No explanations or other statements have been issued by NATO since then.

Sixteen-year-old Sanja Milenković, brilliant mathematics student, killed on Varvarin bridge during NATO aggression
Sixteen-year-old Sanja Milenković, brilliant mathematics student, killed on Varvarin bridge during NATO aggression
The airstrike gave rise to a lawsuit against the German government (one of the NATO countries involved in the conflict). The case was decided against the Serbian plaintiffs, but it is under appeal to Germany's highest court.
The Bridge in Varvarin after NATO  "humanitarian intervention"
BBC report

Nato issued a statement on Sunday, confirming four planes had attacked the bridge over the Velika Morava river at Varvarin. All "precision-guided ordnance" had hit the target, it said.
The alliance described the bridge as a "designated and legitimate target", adding it was "unable to confirm the Serbian report of casualties, but never intentionally targets civilians". [Really?]
Photo is confirmation or no?!?  
Serbia: Marinkovic Zoran one of civilian killed by NATO
Serbia: Marinkovic Zoran one of civilian killed by NATO

and why always on Ortodox Holiday? 
[Flash back]

Humanitarian Hypocrisy
Professor Robert Hayden, 
Director, Center for Russian & East European Studies,

University of Pittsburgh

In October 1998 NATO faced a dilemma:(1)  while its member states were threatening air attacks(2) against Yugoslavia[ Serbia]  in response to Yugoslav attacks on Kosovo Albanians, they also recognized that Kosovo is clearly within the sovereign territory of Yugoslavia [Serbia]. 

On March 24, 1999, NATO resolved this dilemma by committing the first unprovoked, opposed military aggression in Europe since Soviet troops invaded Hungary in 1956. The attacks were clearly contrary to international law and to the UN charter.(3) 

The aggression took the form of intensive bombing of the Yugoslav [Serbian] "infrastructure," the first such massive use of air attacks in Europe since World War II. 
As of May 23, after 60 days of bombing, NATO had mounted 7,000 air attacks on more than 500 targets, with munitions alone costing about $20 million per day. While Yugoslav [Serbian] military casualty figures in the first 60 days of the attacks were estimated at being "in the hundreds," NATO had in that time killed as many as 1500 civilians.(4) 
Further, in the third week of May NATO began to commit textbook war crimes, aimed at depriving the civilian population of Serbia of water and electrical power, and explicitly not aimed at military forces in Kosovo.(5)

Czech President Vaclav Havel has characterized NATO's war as one in which the alliance has "acted out of respect for human rights" and said that it is probably the first war that has been waged "in the name of principles and values."
 He also said that even though NATO acted with no authority from the UN Security Council, this violation of the UN Charter does not constitute an act of aggression or disrespect for international law, but "happened, on the contrary, out of respect for the law, for a law that ranks higher than the law which protects the sovereignty of states": human rights.(6)
 Yet the war supposedly in defense of human rights has produced war crimes by NATO, and a civilian casualty rate that is at least three time higher than the casualty rate of the "intolerable" violations of human rights that NATO was supposedly acting to correct. 
This article argues that this perversion of humanitarianism is the logical result of NATO's action, and that humanitarian catastrophes are likely to be inevitable when the excuse of "humanitarian intervention" is used to justify aggression.

The Asserted Justifications for the NATO Attacks

SHOCKING! Kosovo: Kidnapped, Butchered & Murdered

” Yellow House” is a house of Albanian family  Katuci in Ripe, near town Burell, North Albania, where UN prosecutors searched in 2004 for evidence that organs were illegally harvested from Serbs and other non-Albanian people kidnapped from Kosovo in 1999.  Victims were kidnapped by Kosovo Liberation Army ( KLA) and then from Kosovo transported in North Albanian concentration camps.
Yellow House in Abania were organs harvested from kidnapped Serbs
Yellow House in Abania were organs harvested from kidnapped Serbs

In 2008, Del Ponte published a book “The Hunt” in which she collected rather extensive evidence that the Kosovo Albanians were smuggling human organs of kidnapped Serbs after the Kosovo war ended in 1999

Exposed: how Kosovo Serbs were butchered for organs

Former Chief Prosecutor at the International Court of Justice in the Hague has given details of suspected atrocities by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Carla Del Ponte's book 'The Hunt: Me and War crimes' claims that before killing Serbs and members of other ethnic communities, Kosovo Albanians removed their organs to sell for transplants.

Kosovo Terrorist Training Camps Reopen For Syrian

During the war in Serbia, the KLA gangs collaborated with the NATO troops, and they were qualified by the NATO as “freedom fighters” ?? 
Kosovo: Kosovar gang with Serbs like trophy 

[We can read about  "freedom fighters" in   Libya (2011) and now Syria (2012)] 
Syrian "rebels" have reportedly begun to undergo guerilla warfare training in Kosovo. 
They're alleged to be using the same training camps built for the anti-Serb "Kosovo Liberation Army" [KLA]  - a group previously designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and even the UN

Syrian opposition studies terror tactics in Kosovo

Velikani Srpske muzike: Dragiša Nedović

Tekstopisac i kompozitor Dragiša Nedović, rođen je 20. jula 1916. godine u Kragujevcu
gde je živeo i radio sve do svoje smrti, 31. januara 1966. godine.
Tekstopisac i kompozitor Dragiša Nedović

Počeo je da stvara još kao dete, čim je naučio da piše.
Njegovi roditelji, otac Andrija i majka Gina, imali su devetoro dece — pet sinova i četiri ćerke, ali su dva sina i jedna ćerka umrli vrlo rano. Tri ćerke Verka, Nada i Milica bile su udate u Beogradu, gde su živele sa svojim porodicama sve do kraja života. Sahranjene su u Beogradu u svojim porodičnim grobnicama.
Tri sina Dragiša, Dragoljub i Lazar, ostali su u Kragujevcu. Tu su živeli, radili, umrli i sva trojica su sahranjena u zajedničkoj porodičnoj grobnici na gradskom groblju u Kragujevcu. Karakteristično je da su svi umrli relativno mladi i da niko od njih nije doživeo duboku starost.

Dragišini roditelji su bili slabijeg imovnog stanja, pa je on, sa navršenih 16 godina, odlučio 1932. godine da krene pešice iz Kragujevca na put, da bi, kako je on govorio, "narod čuo njegovu muziku", noseći sa sobom "samo jednu staru, skršenu gitaru".

Putujući kroz Srbijunastaju njegove pesme:
"Teško mi je Šumadiju ostaviti",
"To je moja Šumadija",
"Siromah sam druže" i druge.
Ova poslednja je, na neki način, autobiografska i odslikava njegov životni put.
Narod sa oduševljenjem prihvata nove pesme.
                                          "Stani stani Ibar vodo" Autor: Dragiša Nedović 
                                                       Izvodi: Predrag Cune Gojkovic 

Serbian poetry: Aleksa Santic

Aleksa Santic (Алекса Шантић)
Aleksa Santic [ Serbian: Алекса Шантић ] (Mostar, 27 May 1868 - Sarajevo, February 2, 1924) was a Serbian poet from  Herzegovina [ associated with the liberation movement ]


Last night, returning from the warm hamam, 
I passed by the garden of the old imam,
And lo, in the garden, in the shade of a jasmine,
There with a pitcher in her hand stood Emina.

What beauty! By my  faith I could swear, 
She wouldn’t be ashamed if she were at the sultan’s!
And the way she walks and her shoulders move...
-Not even a hodja’s amulet could help me!

I offered her salaam, but by my faith, 
Beautiful Emina wouldn’t even hear it.
Instead, scooping water in her silver pitcher,
Around the garden she went to water the roses.

A wind blew from the branches down her lovely shoulders
Unravelling those thick braids of hers.
Her hair gave off a scent of blue hyacinths,
Making me giddy and confused!

I nearly stumbled, I swear by my faith,
But beautiful Emina didn’t come to me.
She only gave me a frowning look,
Not caring, the naughty one, that I’m crazy for her! [4]

                                            Aleksa Santic:Emina /  Performer: Vule Jeftic 
He was born in Mostar, where he spent most of his life. His father died during early childhood, and lived with the family of his uncle. He had two brothers Pero and Jakov, and one sister Radojka who later married a poet and Aleksa's friend Svetozar Corovic. Having lived in the merchant family, family members had little understanding of his talent. He graduated from trade school in Trieste and Ljubljana, then returned to Mostar.

SCANDAL ! Kosovo: Organ trafficking

A private medical clinic in Kosovo called "Medicus" was used to carry out the kidney operations
A private medical clinic in Kosovo  and Metohija, called "Medicus" was used to carry out the kidney operations. 
A group of  people, including a former senior health ministry official and a surgeon, have been charged in connection with an international organ trafficking network.
Eulex, the police and justice mission in Kosovo, said the group was charged with offences of trafficking human organs, organised crime and abusing official authority, while two others had also been charged with unlawful exercise of medical activities.
In an indictment seen by the Associated Press, the group of suspects are accused of trafficking people into Kosovo and Metohija for the purpose of removing human organs for transplantstion to other persons, human trafficking, organised crime, unlawful exercise of medical activity, and abuse of official position or authority.
The trial began in October 2011  is expected to continue into 2012.

Moshe Harel [interpol], one of the main defendants in the inquiry into organ trafficking and illegal transplants over the past few years in Pristina's Medicus clinic has been arrested in Israel [today] .

History: Josip Broz Tito & 25th of May - Youth Day "Dan Mladosti"

Tito’s Followers Mark His Birthday [25 May 12 ]
Despite the rain, communist era Yugoslav flags flew as the sounds of the traditional tune 'Druze Tito Mi Ti Se Kunemo' [Comrade Tito, We Pledge Our Allegiance] blared over loudspeakers. Hundreds of people from all over the Balkans cheerfully joined in the celebration, with many wearing badges and shirts with Tito's portrait.[1 ]

Josip Broz Tito -   President of Yugoslavia from 14 January 1953 till 4 May 1980

25th of May - Youth Day "Dan Mladosti"
Youth Day (Dan Mladosti in Serbo-Croatian) was celebrated throughout Yugoslavia on May 25. This was also a official celebration of Josip Broz Tito's birthday. [Actually he is born  on 07. May 1892] 
In the weeks preceding the date youth ran a relay around the country and on his birthday Tito was ceremonially presented with the baton. The baton, which had passed through all major cities, contained a symbolic birthday message, ostensibly from the youth of the whole country.

Serbia is the honored country of 9th Thessaloniki Book Fair

Thessaloniki Book Fair
Thessaloniki Book Fair 24-27 May 2012

The organization of the 9th Thessaloniki International Book Fair will be held from 24 to 27 May, at exhibition grounds of Helexpo, organizers are the National Book Center, the Helexpo and the Panhellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers.

Thessaloniki Book Fair
Thessaloniki Book Fair
Over 200 events will be organized at the 9th Thessaloniki Book Fair. This year, the honored country is Serbia, and the program includes thematic "corners" for children, teens, teachers and parents.

Serbia is the country which in recent years translates the most Greek literary works: Greek National Book Center records 457 titles of Greek books translated to Serbian language. Furthermore, the Serbian pavilion will host the exhibition "Ivo Andric - writer and / or diplomat."

ВАЗНЕСЕЊЕ ГОСПОДЊЕ - Јеванђеље о вазнесењу Господа

Манастир Раваница је манастир у Србији и налази се у подножју Кучајских планина, поред села Сење код Ћуприје. Раваница је задужбина кнеза Лазара, који је погинуо у бици на Косову на Видовдан, 28. јуна 1389. Манастирска Црква је посвећена Вазнесењу Господњем.


Отворимо ли календар наше Цркве православне, у њему ћемо прочитати да се четрдесетог дана од славног васкрсења Спаситељевог празнује ВАЗНЕСЕЊЕ ГОСПОДЊЕ.
Тога дана је Господ са Горе јелеонске (Маслинске), као Богочовек, првобитну нашу природу људску вазнео на небо и посадио је са десна стране Бога Оца, где јој је и место будући да је створена по слици и прилици Његовој. Заиста нема већег дана од тога дана. Зато и наш народ има право што овај Спаситељев дан зове СПАСОВДАН, и то ВЕЛИКИ СПАСОВДАН.

Feast of the Ascension, Ascension of Jesus
Свети владика Николај Велимировић
Кад ластама понестане хране и кад се студ приближи, оне се онда крећу у топле пределе, у пределе обилне сунцем и храном. Напред лети једна ласта просецајући ваздух и отварајући пут, а њој следи остало јато.


KOSOVSKA VITINA -- A local Serb's house burned in a fire that broke out late Sunday in the village of Klokot, near Kosovska Vitina.
Kosovo: Serb house destroyed in fire
The house belonged to Milan Nedeljković, who escaped unharmed.

Villager Trajan Trajković told KiM Radio that the fire broke out around 11 p.m, adding that the Nedeljković family moved to their old house because, located in "a better protected part of the village." 

This is the second attack in just one week and we feel very insecure and request the protection of KFOR, more frequent patrols in the village, and the setting up of checkpoints,” Trajković said. 

A week ago, in the same village, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a store owned by local Serb Bora Spasić. Although a dozen people were inside the store at the time of the attack, no one was injured.

War is a Crime: 12 Babies died, the hospital appealed to the international community for help, but it was refused.

Monument in Banja Luka: 12 Little Stars
In 22th  May 1992, twelve newborn babies in the Banja Luka hospital died due to the lack of oxygen caused by the blockade.

The death of 12 newborn babies in Banja Luka was a tragic crime during the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina, when 12 infants died at the Banja Luka Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, because of the lack of oxygen needed for their treatment. 

Discover Serbia: The Tara National Park

House on the Drina River / Kućica na steni / Stenčica
House on the Drina River / Kućica na steni / Stenčica / Serbia 
by Irene Becker

The Tara National Park in the mountainous region of western Serbia was designated a national park in 1981. The 19,200-hectare park, with administrative offices in Bajina Basta, is spread out over a group of mountain peaks in the Tara, Crni vrh, Stolac and Zvezda ranges,  the Canyon of Drina with Perucac  and outskirts of Bajina Basta. National park covers a large bend in the Drina River bordering Bosnia.

Zaovine Lake / Заовинско језеро  / Tara National Park / Serbia
Zaovine Lake / Заовинско језеро / Tara National Park / Serbia
by Irene Becker 

No surprise there: Kosovo* Supports Syrian Opposition

The following is an excerpt from an article in The Moscow Times:
UNITED NATIONS — Kosovo's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has voiced strong support for Syria's opposition, saying his government had already established diplomatic contacts with Syrians fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

Hoxhaj was responding to comments by Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who warned the UN Security Council that Kosovo should not be allowed to become a training center for rebels.

The trial of Ratko Mladic: Another farce at the ICC

 International Criminal Court
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By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
The Ratko Mladic trial at the farcical International Criminal Court - that travesty of justice and insult to international law which kidnaps people, illegally detains them and does not apply the principles of due process - has been interrupted indefinitely after the prosecution "forgot" to deliver thousands of pages of evidence to the defence.

History of Serbia: The Code of Tsar Dushan

The Code of Serbian Tsar Stephan Dushan
Stephen Urosh IV Dushan the King of Serbia and Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks
Icon of Tsar Dushan — Lesnovo 1349 

Stephen Uroš IV Dušan (SerbianСтефан Урош IV Душанand Emperor of the Serbs and Greekspronounced [stêfaːn ûroʃ tʃětʋr̩ːtiː dǔʃan]), commonly known as Stephen Dušan and Dušan the Mighty (Душан Силни; c. 1308 – 20 December 1355), was the King of Serbia (from 8 September 1331)  (from 16 April 1346) until his death on 20 December 1355. Dušan managed to conquer a large part of Southeast Europe, becoming one of the most powerful monarchs in his time. He enacted the constitution of the Serbian Empire in Dušan's Code, one of, if not the most important work of medieval Serbia. Dušan promoted the Serbian Church from an Archbishopric to a Patriarchate, finished the construction of the Visoki Dečani-monastery (UNESCO item), and founded the Saint Archangels Monastery, among others. Under his rule Serbia reached its territorial, economical, political and cultural peak.
His death in 1355 is seen as the end of resistance towards the advancing Ottoman Empire, and the subsequent fall of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the region.[1] His Crown is presently kept at the Cetinje Monastery, in Montenegro.
The Code of Serbian Tsar Stephan Dushan, Dusanov Zakonik
Manuscript of Dushan's Code

The Code of Serbian Tsar Stephan Dushan



Regardless of our opinion about Slobodan Milosevic now, 12 years after his overthrow on October 5, 2000 or our feelings about him back then, this speech is an important historical document as well as an important warning to people living in Serbia and in other former Republics of Yugoslavia. It is also a must read for people in Arab countries that were recently a stage for the so called "Arab Spring". I doubt that young people in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya or Syria are ready to hear this message now, but I hope some of them will take time to learn from the past events in this once grand country that is now reduced to what Milosevic described in this speech: National humiliation, state fragmentation and social misery...

Belgrade - October 2, 2000

Honored citizens, 

In the expectation of a second round of election, I'd like to take the opportunity to explain my views on the political situation in our country, especially in Serbia. As you know, efforts have been underway for a whole decade to put the whole Balkan Peninsula under the control of certain Western powers. A big part of that job was accomplished by establishing puppet governments in some countries, by transforming them into countries with limited sovereignty or no sovereignty at all. 

Because we resisted, we have been subjected to all the pressures that can be applied to people in today's world. The number and intensity of these pressures multiplied as time went by. 

Serbian Orthodox monasteries: Sopoćani monastery

The Sopoćani monastery, Serbia
The Sopoćani monastery, Serbia
The Sopoćani monastery (Serbian Cyrillic: Сопоћани), an endowment of King Stefan Uroš I of Serbia, was built in the second half of the 13th century, near the source of the Raška River in the region of Ras, the centre of the Serbian medieval state. It is a designated World Heritage Site, added in 1979 with Stari Ras[1]

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