Archive for June, 2012

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: FROM NATIONALIST NGO TO WORLD FORCE

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

I. General aspects The outcome of the 2011 so-called “Arab Revolutions” that in most of the countries paved the way for the Islamist movements and groups to enter the political arena with real chances of getting the power brought to the analysts’ attention the spectacular rising of the Muslim Brotherhood (Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun)[1], an Islamist […]

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EUROPE: ISLAMOPHOBIA vs. ISLAMISM

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

One of the most worrying trends generated by the economic crisis that broke in Europe several years ago – and that still shows little signs of ending – is the gradual radicalization of the traditional societies, in both directions (left and right), a process that matches the growing trend of radicalization at the level of […]

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Bulgaria Must Do More to Curb Trafficking, US

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria has not done as much as it should to eliminate human trafficking, but is heading in the right direction, a US State Department report says.Bulgaria is a source and, to a lesser extent, a transit and destination country for women and children who are subjected to sex trafficking, as well as men, women, and […]

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Ex-Kosovo Secret Service Boss to Testify on Agency

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

The last head of the disbanded Kosovo Secret Services Agency, Kadri Veseli, is to testify on Wednesday in the trial of Nazim Bllaca on SHIK’s role.The former director of Kosovo’s Secret Agency, SHIK, Kadri Veseli, is due to appear on Wednesday at a trial to testify about the workings of the disbanded organization. Veseli is […]

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Trade Rows Undermine Dream of Kosovo-Albania Unity

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

Tarrif disputes between the two Albanian countries are hampering the goal of creating a single market – with a row over cement being the latest example.Ever since NATO helped mainly Albanian Kosovo break away from Serbia more than a decade ago, talk of creating a single market with neighbouring Albania has been a routine part […]

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Serbia Slaps Down Talk of Kosovo ‘Office’ in Belgrade

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

While a Brussels diplomat says the EU will insist on Serbia to allow Kosovo to open an ‘office’ in Belgrade, Serbia says this is the first it has ever heard of the idea.The EU is adding the opening of a Kosovo representative office in Belgrade as a precondition for Serbia’s further EU progress, Balkan Insight […]

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Montenegro Charges International Drug Smuggling Ring

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica filed charges against 26 persons with involvement in an international drug-smuggling ring.The Prosecutor’s Office stated that the indictments were issued on the basis of evidence collected in collaboration with the prosecutorial offices from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia.

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Bosniak Parties Spat Over Federation’s New Govt

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

The head of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, says there is no need to reconstruct the government of the Federation entity following the collapse of the party’s coalition with the Social Democrats.Sulejman Tihic, leader of Party of Democratic Action, SDA, met Zivko Budimir, President of the Bosniak-Croat Federation entity, to discuss the announced reconstruction […]

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Bosnian State Strategy for Victims Presented

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

Two years after starting their work, members of the expert group presented a draft of the Transitional Justice Strategy, whose goal is to “help reconcile the Bosnian society“.Niko Grubesic, assistant to the Bosnian minister of Justice, who presided over the round table at which the strategy was presented, said the biggest benefit of this document […]

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Serbia Probes Fatal Test Range Blast

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

As Serbia begins investigating a blast of unexploded ordnance that killed two cadets, some experts call for top military officials to step down.Serbia has formed a commission to investigate the explosion of a “a leftover 33mm grenade” that killed two students in the fourth year of the Military Academy and wounded seven others on a […]

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Survey Shows Most Croats Depressed About Future

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

Croatia’s 2012 National Happiness Index shows most Croats feel no optimism about their prospects and have no faith in the government or political parties.As many as 60 per cent of the Croatians cannot see any future for themselves and for their families, while 75 per cent of respondents do not believe that political parties work […]

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Romanian PM Denies Plagiarising Thesis

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

Prime Minister Victor Ponta has denied accusations that he copied parts of his PhD thesis, claiming it is all part of a political plot against him.“I never copied large parts of my doctoral thesis without clear attribution and I am ready to undergo any kind of checks to prove this fact,” Ponta said on Tuesday, […]

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Mladic’s Trial Postponed Again

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

The genocide and war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, has been postponed until further notice.The beginning of the evidence hearing by the prosecution at the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, was scheduled for June 25. “The Trial Chamber delayed until further notice the beginning of the evidence hearing by the Prosecution at […]

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Blair: I Know Nothing of KLA Organ Claims

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

One of the most vocal supporters of NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999, Britain’s Tony Blair says he heard nothing about organ harvesting by KLA rebels during the conflict with Serbia.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that during his time in office he heard nothing about organ harvesting allegations in relation to the Kosovo […]

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NATO Peacekeeper Injured in North Kosovo Blast

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

A peacekeeper was injured in northern Kosovo, after a NATO military compound at the Kosovo-Serbia northern border was attacked at dawn on Tuesday.A NATO peacekeeper was injured in northern Kosovo on the border with Serbia after their military compound was attacked with an explosive device, the Kosovo force, KFOR, said. KFOR command in Pristina said […]

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Macedonia on Alert As Temperatures Soar

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

Authorities advise people to take precautions as the country expects a scorching blast of heat in coming days – up to 39 degrees Celsius.It may still be officially only spring, but Macedonia is already roasting under a heatwave with daily temperatures for several days in a row exceeding 37 degrees. Meteorologists warn that the worst […]

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‘Takeover’ of Romanian Cultural Institute Condemned

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

Well-known artists accuse the government of trying to take over the institute charged with promoting Romania’s country’s culture abroad.omania’s new centre-left government has courted a row with the arts world after abruptly adopting changes to the running of the Romanian Cultural Institute. Modelled on the British Council and France’s Institut Francais, the state-funded body has […]

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Bulgaria Tops EU in Informal Economy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria’s informal economy is the largest of any European Union country, over 30 per cent, according to a recent study.The study on the extent of the informal economy was conducted by the Bulgarian National Center Business. According to European Commission data, the average size of the “shadow” economy in EU countries is between 15 and […]

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global and European ones), as well […]

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Kusturica’s Building Plans Get Stony Response From Trebinje

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Locals in Trebinje are up in arms over the idea that their town should supply old stone for Emir Kusturica’s planned village in honour of Ivo Andric.Movie director Emir Kusturica’s plan to build a mini-town in honour of famous writer Ivo Andric has hit a new snag, after locals from Trebinje complained that he was […]

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Kosovo: Krusha e Vogel Massacre to be Investigated

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

EULEX has formally launched an investigation into the massacre of 113 people in the village of Krusha e Vogel, in the Prizren region.According to the EU Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo, EULEX, over 50 potential defendants, all of them Kosovo Serbs and former members of the Serbian armed forces, may face charges of war […]

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Two Killed, Seven Injured in Serbia Granade Explosion

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Two cadets of the Serbian Military Academy died and seven suffered injuries at the Pasuljanske Livade training range in the central Serbia on Monday morning.The Serbian Defence Ministry has announced that two students of the fourth year of the Military Academy were killed by “a leftover 33mm grenade” near the central Serbian town of Cuprija […]

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Ukovic: Montenegro Mismanages Roma’s Problems

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

The vice-chairman of one of Montenegro’s councils for minorities accuses authorities of failing to improve status of Roma people in the country.Muhamed Ukovic, the vice-chairman of the National Council for Roma and Egyptians, accuses the government and municipalities of mismanaging the projects aimed at improving the status of this population in Montenegro.

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Romania’s Ex-Ruling Party to Elect New Leader

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

The former ruling Democratic Liberal Party has decided to elect its new president on June 30With less than six months before crucial parliamentary elections, the members of the former ruling centre-right Democratic Liberal Party, PDL, has decided to vote for a new leadership in an extraordinary congress scheduled for June 30.

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Serbia’s Coat of Arms Remains Unresolved

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

A year after the country formed a commission to resolve the issue of the national emblem, the outcome remains unclear, as a result of which both the old and new ones are still in use.A year since the Serbian government formed a commission to resolve the question of the country’s official coat of arms, two […]

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Macedonia Street Renaming Denounced as ‘Revisionist’

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Opposition supporters on Friday protested against plans to rename hundreds of streets in the capital, accusing the authorities of re-writing history – but the ruling party insists that most of the criticism is misplaced.Opposition Social Democrats say the move by the ruling VMRO DPMNE party is part of a bid to write off important figures […]

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Serbia Forms Association for Missing Persons

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Seven associations of families of missing persons formed a coalition to more efficiently address Serbian citizens who went missing during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.Members of the coalition urged the Serbian authorities to establish a unique electronic database of people who have Serbian citizenship and who went missing during the conflicts in Bosnia, Croatia, […]

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Albania Builds First Major Power Plant in Decades

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha inaugurated Ashta 1 on Friday, the country’s first major hydro-power plant since the early 1980s.“The Ashta power plant is a novelty because it is the largest one in the world to use advanced tubular turbines technology,” said Berisha during the inauguration ceremony. “This power plant is also a masterpiece on […]

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Bulgaria PM Urges Greens to Shift Protest

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

Opponents of changes to Bulgaria’s Forestry Act, which make life easier for developers, are gearing up for a third mass rally on Friday.Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has asked the protesters to refrain from blocking a key road junction in Sofia and to choose another place for their rallies.

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Albania President Reassures Public About His Health

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s President-elect, Bujar Nishani, has tried to reassure the public that he is up to the job in spite of concerns about his health.In a statement for the Tirana daily Shqiptarja, Nishani’s personal physician revealed that the President has been previously treated for brain cavernoma, or malformations.

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Opposition Bosniak Parties Ally Over Returnees Issue

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

After the Social Democrats terminated their coalition with the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, the SDA has sought a new partnership in opposition with the Party for Bosnia, SBiH, though only over the issue of returnees to the Bosnian Serb entity.The Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and the Party for Bosnia, SBiH, said they are […]

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EBU Backs Kosovo Media on Contested Criminal Code

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

The European Broadcasting Union has sided with Kosovo journalists in their dispute with the authorities over a new criminal code that they say undermines freedom of the media.The European Broadcasting Union, EBU, has urged Kosovo to make changes to its new criminal code that allegely undermine media freedom and have a chilling effect on freedom […]

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US Embassy Gunman’s Trial Starts in Bosnia

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

The trial of Mevlid Jasarevic, the 23-year-old who shot at the US embassy in Sarajevo last year, and two of his helpers, begins on Friday.Mevlid Jasarevic, who opened fire on the United States embassy in Sarajevo on October 28 last year, and two of his helpers, Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic will appear in the […]

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ICMP to Finish Its Work in Bosnia

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

The International Commission on Missing Persons, ICMP, have met the Bosnian authorities to discuss ways of bringing its mission to an end, now that 70 per cent of those missing have successfully been identified.

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Serbian Socialists Tempted by All Sides

Thursday, June 14, 2012 Comments Off

Both government delegations on missing persons have met on Thursday and paid a visit to a suspected mass grave site in the village of Zhilivoda, where exhumation works have restarted. The Chairman of Kosovo’s Government Missing Persons Commission, Prenk Gjetaj, told BIRN that the joint inspection of the site was done in a spirit of […]

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