Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Americana: archive

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Flag folding class -

The American Legion: "Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin"

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our "GOD GIVEN" rights and freedoms. (...) >>>

Dec. 28, 2009
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The Democrat heritage of racial politics:

Popmodal: "KKK Democrats Lynching Killing Black & White 'Radical Republicans'"

How is it possible that this piece of history has effectively been turned on its head in Europe? Ask any European and they'll tell you that the Republican Party is the party of the KKK, mob rule and racial discrimination. The Dems advocating direct action (positive discrimination) and other forms of 'identity politics' is really no surprise: it's the same racist principle only used in favor of minorities, just like Nazi polylogism is the same principle as postmodern multiculturalism. For MLK's color blindness we need real equality, as in "created equal in God's image". More on Popmodal.



July 18, 2009
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Rush Limbaugh: "The Americans Who Risked Everything"

My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here:

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.
The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York."

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned (...)
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July 4, 2009
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Politeia: "US Independence Day: the gist"

(...) The most central piece of philosophy separating the United States from the rest of the world and leading to its true exceptionalism, is the axiom that rights derive from God or Nature, NOT from the state. This makes these rights inherent and universal to mankind, and unalienable.

This profound premise also divorces the nation's founding principles from the current occupier of the White House, who is a quintessential statist. One cannot help wondering how this structural incompatibility will work out in the future. (...) here are a few excerpts from HBO's miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.
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On the occasion of American Independence Day, 4th of July 2009, we received following message from Eric Odom, Executive Director of American Liberty Alliance:

Fellow Patriots,

As we go into Independence Day weekend, it's important to remember the sacrifice behind this great and Historic day.

The following was sent to me this morning through email:

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

Read it all here.

Remember: freedom is never free! Whatever you're doing this weekend, be that a Tea Party or just time with friends and family... remember the sacrifice our founding fathers made.

The American Liberty Alliance wishes you a very safe and Happy Independence Day!

For Liberty,

-Eric Odom
Executive Director
American Liberty Alliance
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Here's a lovely Barney Fife episode on the Preamble of the US Constitution:



July 3, 2009
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Michael Scalise's Notes (Facebook): "Lincoln and the Civil War"

The Southern states had already won the slavery issue without firing a shot. The North had given the South every concession toward slavery. The infamous Supreme Court Dred Scott decision in 1857 had declared slaves as property. Lincoln and Congress had approved a constitutional amendment protecting slavery forever. Lincoln didn’t campaign on abolishing slavery in the south, but rather the opposite. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued 2 years into the war and was done to help keep Northern support behind the war because the North had been losing battle after battle. It also did not proclaim all slaves free, only the slaves in areas that the South controlled. Border states on the union side and parts of southern states that the union forces controlled were specifically excluded from the proclamation. (...) >>>
- Caption: The National Archives - Pictures of the Civil War -
Mar 6, 2009
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Europeans better take note - dispelling the myth of a black Democratic Party

Human Events: "Why Martin Luther King was Republican", by Frances Rice

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s. (...) >>>

Feb 1, 2009
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Politeia: "Red Flags", by Dr Sam Holliday

A parallel between Postmodern USA and Germany during the interbellum Weimar Republic.

Dec 2, 2008
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WSJ: "'A Day of Thanksgiving'

The national holiday actually began at a dark hour during our war for independence. Here's the story. By Ira Stoll

When was the first Thanksgiving? Most of us think of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. But if the question is about the first national Thanksgiving holiday, the answer is that the tradition began at a lesser-known moment in 1777 in York, Pa.
In July 1776, the American colonists declared independence from Britain. The months that followed were so bleak that there was not much to give thanks for. The Journals of the Continental Congress record no Thanksgiving in that year, only two days of "solemn fasting" and prayer.
For much of 1777, the situation was not much better. British troops controlled New York City. The Americans lost the strategic stronghold of Fort Ticonderoga, in upstate New York, to the British in July. In Delaware, on Sept. 11, troops led by Gen. George Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine, in which 200 Americans were killed, 500 wounded and 400 captured. In Pennsylvania, early in the morning of Sept. 21, another 300 American soldiers were killed or wounded and 100 captured in a British surprise attack that became known as the Paoli Massacre. (...) >>>

More illustrations (click to enlarge) on Atlas Shrugs >>>

Nov 26, 2008
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Politeia: "On Election Day, Kool-Aid for Everyone

Notes and comments on the Presidential Elections of 2008 >>>

4th Nov 2008
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute: "Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates"

Long before television, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and the sound bite, political debate was a vital part of civic life in this country. This week, the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College look back at America's first great debates: the seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln andStephen Douglas during the Illinois U.S. Senate campaign of 1858. Longtime rivals who would meet up again in the watershed presidential election of 1860, Lincoln and Douglas famously debated at length about the issues of the day, including slavery, economic development, and American expansion. To take a closer look at each of the Lincoln-Douglas debates >>>

- Caption: Lincoln-Douglas, The Sequel (1860 Campaign) - (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
25th Sep 2008
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Politeia: "Who is a Patriot?", by Dr Sam Holliday (director of "The Armiger Cromwell Center")

(...) Traditional American patriotism claims there is right and wrong behavior, as defined by society, to demonstrate patriotism without regard to personal opinion. This means putting the country first, before ideology, factions, personal ambition, or anything else. Move. Most Europeans consider this view of patriotism a relic of the past. On the other hand, postmodernists present patriotism as being subjective and dependent on the life narrative of each individual. This means the memories, hopes, dreams and feelings of each person are stressed.

Most Americans and Europeans hold preconceptions that cause them to be emotionally committed to one of these two versions of patriotism. (...) Patriotism is a question of loyalty. It replaced the loyalty to an individual sovereign (lord, king, emperor), derived from feudal law, with loyalty to the people (a nation)—the new sovereign. In our case "the good People of these Colonies" absolved “all Allegiance to the British Crown".

In Europe the 68-generation has attempted to suppress any form of patriotism as integral nationalism: jingoistic chauvinism or the ethnic Darwinism of National Socialism. All expressions and symbols of the “outdated nation state” are frowned upon and suppressed through social pressure, i.e. political correctness. In Europe, and among postmodernists, sovereign nationalism is never considered.

Sovereign nationalism seeks the ideals expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Sovereign nationalism is an expression of the human desire for freedom and self-government. It places an emphasis on popular sovereignty, a constitution, decentralization, and civil rights—it is legitimized by a social contract between a people and their state. Sovereign nationalism is based on E Pluribus Unum—thus it is uniquely American and the reason traditional American patriotism differs from the politicized European versions, which are often closely interlinked with ethnicity or religion. The American version expresses pride in the founding documents of this country.

(...) We must have the courage, and be politically incorrect enough, to agree on civic virtues. We must distinguish right from wrong, good from bad. We must be judgmental. We can no long say everyone is a patriot just because they claim they love their country. Patriots are willing to work and sacrifice to advance the policies and interests of their country.

In addition to designating a new President, the November 2008 election will be a referendum on the meanings of patriotism which since the 1960s has been one aspect of the struggle between modernism and postmodernism. >>>

Updated: 6th Sep 2008
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... the not se secret life of political parties ...

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tlas Shrugs: "BLACK REPUBLICANS PLASTER BILLBOARDS IN DENVER" MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS A REPUBLICAN!"

How great is this? The National Black Republican Association is running 50 billboards across lunatic central - Denver, host to the DNC. How many people know Martin Luther King was a Republican? Or that the Republican party was the party of the abolition of slavery? Or that the Republicans were the party of civil rights? Check out some of these leading lights of the GOP through American history.
You must read:The Democrats' Missing History
A Walk in the Democratic Party’s Racist Graveyard By Frances Rice
Unveiled: Democrats’ Racist Past by Frances Rice
If you missed my coverage of the Black Republican Forum you can watch it the whole thing here (...) >>>

Updated: 25th Aug 2008
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Townhall: "Political Moral Philosophy - R.I.P.," by Ken Connor

"Political moral philosophy" sounds like an oxymoron in the context of our modern, unprincipled politics. Nevertheless, a sound moral philosophy is the vital center of any political movement intent on fashioning a just society. Unfortunately, both political parties today seem to have lost their grip on whatever moral philosophy they once held to be true. (...) "America is unique, strong, great because of a commitment to personal freedom—in our economic system and our politics. We are a free people who consented to be governed. Not vice-versa."
Personal freedom is foundational to all branches of conservative moral philosophy, but it is especially important to Christian conservatives. Christian conservatives believe that all individuals—rich or poor, black or white, whole or handicapped—have inherent worth, value and dignity. Their belief springs from the concept of the imago dei, that is, that every individual is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Their belief is bolstered by the notion that God loves humanity so much that he sent his son to die for fallen human beings in order to redeem them for eternity (John 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). These views give rise to the notion that all men stand equal before the law and that government exists to protect the rights that have been endowed to them by their creator.
Tension sometimes develops between the different strains of conservatism, especially between libertarian conservatives and Christian conservatives (...) over where to draw the lines limiting government involvement in the free choices of its people. For example, many libertarians oppose governmental attempts to restrict abortion, prohibit physician-assisted suicide or use tax monies to assist the poor. The basis for their opposition is that in a free society, government has no business limiting the rights of its citizens to make decisions for themselves. For libertarians, freedom is the ultimate value and the atomistic individual should be free to make decisions for himself by himself. (...)
Christian conservatives, while cherishing freedom, do not believe that freedom is the only value or that it gives rise to an unrestricted license in personal decision making. They believe that since we live in community with others who are of equal worth and dignity, we have obligations to our fellow citizens and not just to ourselves. (...) Its chief purpose is to protect life and to preserve order so that freedom can flourish for all. (...)
The conservative principles of equality and freedom formed the moral philosophy of the early United States. (...) The Declaration of Independence specifically focuses on these principles. It declares that the equality of all men and their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are self-evident truths. Human equality and freedom are the core principles that form the moral philosophy of the United States (...) the people have the right to "alter or abolish" the government if it ceases to fulfill its purpose.
(...) Through a discussion of the contrasting political philosophies, Americans will once again begin to develop their own individual political philosophies which, in turn, will guide their opinions and votes. (...) >>>

Updated: 15th June 2008
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Politeia: "Working on Utopia: the Last World Order"
Dated: 10th June 2008
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Introduction to this page, devoted to all things American: given the host of para-exegesis (deliberate misunderstandings) and simply a lack of knowledge about the origins and ideas that underlie the creation of the United States, this page seeks to further understanding through the compilation of articles and posts pertaining to such issues.

It differs from other dossier-pages on Politeia Articles. As a rule they seek to guide to further in-depth material elsewhere on the web. Americana" may contain lengthy quotes and excepts in order to offer a complete reference work by itself.

The European nations - in founding the E.U. - missed a golden opportunity to right a history-old wrong to enshrine in its cornerstone the sanctity of human equality and individual liberty; instead - as they have done through the ages - they reverted to the pernicious Utopianism through faulty philosophical principles and founded the union instead on coercion and subterfuge in behalf of a perceived collective. This dossier compiles also flagrant comparisons in order to expose the difference between the EU and the USA.

Important documents:

- The Declaration of Independence
- US Constitution
- Amendments I - X, the Bill of Rights
- Amendments XI - XXVII

Sources:

- The Jacksonian Party
- Teaching American History
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History

Related:

- "The McCain-Palin Ticket"
- "The Pomo White House"

Monday, November 24, 2008

Balkan Caliphate: archive

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Serbianna: "Vatican refuses to recognize Kosovo", by Ioannis Michaletos

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said that Vatican will not recognize the unilaterally declared Kosovo independence and that there are no indications it will alter its stance.“After today’s talks there are no indications of changes in that position,” Jeremic commented on Vatican’s position on Kosovo.Jeremic went to Vatican on an official visit on Monday.The main topic of the meeting was the fifth anniversary from the pogrom against Christian Serbs that the separatist Muslim Albanians organized 5 years ago.The organized pogrom has killed 19 civilians, wounded 950, 900 Serbian houses were destroyed while 4,000 Serbs were forcibly expelled.“At this moment there is not a spot in Europe where its Christian legacy is endangered more then in Kosovo and Metohia,” said Jeremic. (...) >>>

Mar 23, 2009
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The Washington Times recently gave print space to William Walker, described as a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and former ambassador. But Walker is much more than that. In Kosovo, he remains a hands-on operative who has trained, and implemented the demands of, our terrorist ally the KLA — which as predicted now controls the Serbian province as its “legitimate” rulers. The piece (“A Separate Take from Serbia”, Feb. 24) was presented as a response to an op-ed by Serbian President Boris Tadic, when in fact it was an attempt by essentially a KLA apparatchik to recycle and reinforce the long disproved propaganda that conned us into becoming the KLA’s air force in the first place. Walker, like so many D.C. bureaucrats and lawmakers, is desperately trying to bury our blunder and seal our deal with the devil. (...) >>>

Mar 18, 2009
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Der Spiegel: "Islamists Gain Ground in Sarajevo"

Radical Muslim imams and nationalist politicians from all camps are threatening Sarajevo's multicultural legacy. With the help of Arab benefactors, the deeply devout are acquiring new recruits. In the "Jerusalem of the Balkans," Islamists are on the rise. (...) >>>

Feb 25, 2009
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The Iconoclast: "Sarajevans protest Santa Claus ban"

Hundreds of Bosnians have protested against a recent ban on Santa Claus in the city's kindergartens. The directors of Sarajevo's day-care centers, kindergartens and preschools banned Santa. They argued that the capital is predominantly Muslim and Santa Claus is not part of the Muslim tradition. A multi-religious mix of parents, children and others blew whistles on a downtown square on Sunday and requested Santa be restored to the children. Many protesters wore Santa Claus hats. Santa is known locally as Father Frost and has given out presents to generations of Bosnian children in schools, kindergartens and other institutions. This was done even during communist rule and was always tied to New Year's celebrations. The demonstrators say that makes it a Bosnian tradition. (...) >>>

Dec 28, 2008
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The Australian: "Mumbai suspect 'trained Bosnia fighters'" - Hat Tip Serbianna

A leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, suspected in the Mumbai attacks, took part in the training of Islamic fighters and police in Bosnia in the 1990s, a terrorist expert said today. "Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi participated in Bosnia's war," Dzevad Galijasevic, an independent expert, said, referring to the leader who has been detained by Pakistan. "He was a commander of the Pakistani section of the (Bosnian army) El-Mujahed unit" notorious for criminal activities, Mr Galijasevic said, adding he had obtained the information from "various official sources". (...) >>>

Dec 12, 2008
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With Hillary Clinton as Obama's prospective SoS Leslie S. Lebl looks back thirteen years on 'Bill's whim' and revisits Chris Deliso's comprehensive tome on the Balkan Caliphate (see also ourExclusive: The Clinton Legacy, The Balkan Caliphate) - here's a link to Deliso's website ... what stands out is the rarely mentioned attempted attack on the 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II which was hatched in the Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca ... FEATURE

American Thinker: "Bosnia and global jihad"

(...) Thirteen years later, the landscape looks a little different. The recent apprehension of indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic raised hopes that Bosnia was on the verge of societal reconciliation. While the apprehension was a step forward, such reconciliation is unlikely as long as another, long-festering problem remains unaddressed: the ever-growing influence of radical Islam in Bosnia. For years this trend has been an open secret; while perceptive observers have reported on it, most of Western government, media and academe have averted their eyes from the threat. That is not the case for regional journalist Christopher Deliso, whose The Coming Balkan Caliphate traces the spread of radical Islam throughout the Balkans, a process greatly stimulated by the Bosnian war. Nor does it apply to Naval War College professor John Schindler, author of Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad.

Both authors argue that Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic misled the West, presenting himself, his party and his government as secularized and devoted to a multiethnic democracy, when in fact he was intent on establishing an Islamic state. Not only did their policies and actions ensure continued resistance from Serbs, Croats and non-radical Muslims, but they made Bosnia the ‘missing link' in Al Qaeda's trajectory. And the United States, through its decisive role in support of Izetbegovic, boosted the cause of global jihad.

Schindler and Deliso agree on their portrayal of Izetbegovic. Perceived by most Western observers as the embattled leader of victimized, multiethnic Bosnia, Izetbegovic in fact had a lifetime of well-established Islamist credentials. Just before World War II, he founded a Muslim youth society modeled on the Muslim Brotherhood, with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Europe. During the war, he served as a recruiter for the infamous SS Handzar Division, known for killing and looting unarmed Serbs. Izetbegovic subsequently authored the Islamic Declaration (...)

Izetbegovic was following in the well-developed tradition of takiyya, in which a Muslim is allowed to lie to infidels if it protects Muslims or helps to spread Islam. From that perspective, what Izetbegovic did was honorable - unfortunately, the West fell into the trap. (...) Western analysts and politicians worried during the war that, by its secret collusion to help Iran supply arms to the Muslims, the United States had allowed one of its mortal enemies to gain a foothold in Bosnia.>>>

Dec 7, 2008
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... today Michaletos has following interesting information to add - it is truly remarkable how events immediately translate into action elsewhere:
"From what it seems, Berlin assumes that it is the right time to "take over" influence in the Balkans because it thinks that the Americans are going to retreat due to the economic crisis and many other problems. So they cooperate with everyone and at the same time proceed with their own aims. On the other hand some reliable sources note that the whole BND incident might be a provocation against Germany in order to create a division between them and the Albanians. Its early to tell what exactly is happening there. But sooner or latter we'll find out..!"Nov 25th 2008 ...

... our OSINT correspondent thinks provocation or a 'false flag' ops ... Free Republic has more on the cloak and dagger story ...

Serbianna: "Germans Arrested In Kosovo Over Attack On EU Office "

Three German citizens have been arrested in Kosovo on suspicion of involvement in a bomb attack on the offices of the European Union's envoy there, police said Thursday. "Police on Wednesday arrested three German citizens in connection with the case," said a police statement without revealing more on the identity of those detained. It added police had been "intensively investigating" last Friday's incident in which an explosive device was hurled at the Pristina headquarters of the E.U. special envoy to Kosovo, Peter Feith.

No one was injured in the blast, which shattered the windows of the office of the International Civilian Office. The explosion came amid opposition by Kosovo Albanians to the planned deployment of a E.U. civilian mission focused on police, judiciary and customs by early December under an agreement reached between the U.N. and Serbia. In February, ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, which has rejected the move as a breach of international law. (...) >>>

Nov 24, 2008
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Republican Riot: "Today’s “Palestinians” Include Bosnians and Albanians"

From Midstream magazine, December 1992 by author Paul Ginieweski: “The Palestinian-Bosnian Connection”:

In several respects, two contemporary conflicts, the Serbo-Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia, and the Arab-Israeli struggle, are intertwined. Their linkage should be explained. (...) >>>

Nov 24, 2008
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Global Voices: "Did Kosovo set a precedent?" by Sinisa Boljanovic

When Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on February 17, 2008 governments around the world were divided about the legitimacy of such an act. As of today, 45 out of 192 sovereign United Nations member states have formally recognised the Republic of Kosovo. Notably, a majority of European Union member states have formally recognised it (20 out of 27). However, a few others such as Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Greece or Cyprus did not recognize Kosovo's independence fearing the reactions of the separatists from their countries. They thought that Kosovo would set a precedent. Then Russia's president Vladimir Putin apparently did not think so. (...) Kosovo's independence is not going to explode Europe, but it has already exploded many of the assumptions on which our modern system of international relations is based (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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Serbianna: "Bosnian Wahhabis recruiting al-Qaeda"

Bosnian politician Dzevad Galijasevic says that the reason for the recent gathering of Bosnian Wahhabis in the village of Bosnian Krupa was to plan a recruitment strategy of Bosnian Muslims via its Active Islamic Youth organization and their media outlets such as SAFF and others.

Galijasevic says that the gathering is also connected to a recent arrest of Khalil Yaray by the Italian police who discovered that he held Bosnian citizenship and was a member of the Bosnian Army’s El Mujaheed unit that has committed monstrous atrocities against Serbs including extermination of Serbs from the village of Bosnian Krupa where the gathering of Wahhabis took place.

The official Bosnian security ministry says that they have no information on the gathering.

Earlier in January, Galijasevic warned that the Bosnian al-Qaeda is “waiting for EU accession; thus, this white, European physiognomy and anthropology - the so-called ‘white al-Qaeda’ - can in fact be the most fatal for Europe, while Bosnia-Herzegovina is an insignificant target for al-Qaeda.” >>>

Updated: 21st Aug. 2008
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... hmmm, ambiguously worded article ...

Prague Daily Monitor: "Four dozen Czechs sign condolence book for Georgian victims"

Czech President Václav Klaus condemned Georgia's attack on its separatist province South Ossetia, the murdering of civilians in the area and the massive intervention by the Russian military in an interview for the daily Mladá fronta Dnes. He refused to draw parallels between the situation in Georgia and the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Klaus said he is deeply worried about the developments in the Caucasus. (...) The Czech government has recognised independent Kosovo which Klaus has criticised. (...) the recognition of independent Kosovo by many western countries encouraged the Georgian separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in their efforts at autonomy. (..) western politicians who pushed through the recognition of independent Kosovo (...) indirectly contributed to the war conflict in the Caucasus. The recognition of Kosovo has created a precedent which Russia used for its military intervention in the Georgian separatist regions >>>

Updated: 18th Aug. 2008
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Republican Riot: "All the Confused Imposters Weigh in on South Ossetia"

As people weigh in on the South Ossetia showdown now that a Balkans-rooted crisis finally has their attention, they are starting the clock, and their observations, from this incident as if it were isolated from that which precipitated it. (...) The insatiable appetites of an expansionist power are those of an expansionist Islam, which early on set its sights on the Balkans. And the West has been helping secure that prize for it. In Kosovo, the Albanian-wrought The “faraway country of which we know little” was Yugoslavia, and the Munich analogy culminated in a faraway province of which we know little, called Kosovo. NATO invasion was based on the simple and reasonable enough-sounding pretext that ethnic Albanians in Kosovo wanted to be annexed to the Fatherland (something that Albanians have made no secret of despite our leaders’ denials and decoy reasons for our support of a policy driven by the threat of violence).

The much more solid Kosovo-Munich parallels abound, including from the author of the book Munich and from former Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Jiří Dienstbier, who pointed out that the Czech Republic’s reluctant decision to recognize Kosovo in June took place on the territory of the former Sudetenland. For God’s sake, John McCain’s statement calling on the U.S. and EU to recognize the illegal Muslim land grab in Kosovo as independence was prepared for a February security conference in Munich!

The current Russia-Georgia crisis is the “total war in Europe and a global conflict costing millions of lives” of which Crowley speaks. It is part of the chaos stemming from the U.S.-led NATO “invasion of that small, seemingly insignificant country,” in which we did the Muslim Albanians’ bidding — first downplaying their Muslimness, then proudly announcing that we were doing it to buy Islamic good will. Of course, one would have to have been paying attention to the fallout from Bill Clinton’s congressionally unapproved war to have a clue. Crowley continues (...) >>>

Updated: 17th Aug. 2008
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Yahoo!News: "Italy: 5 arrested on suspicion of planning attacks"

Police broke up a suspected terror cell Saturday and arrested five North Africans, including the alleged leader who Italian officials said recruited Islamic extremists for attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorities also suspect the cell sent tens of thousands of dollars to groups in Bosnia that offer training and logistical support to Iraqi and Afghan terror organizations (...) those arrested include alleged Tunisian ringleader Khalil Jarraya, a veteran of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and four others he allegedly recruited for suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Galzerano said Jarraya, who also has received Bosnian citizenship, may have recruited others already sent abroad. (...) "These are people who were radicalized in the West and declared themselves ready to become 'martyrs' for jihad." Galzerano said the cell sent tens of thousands of dollars to Bosnian groups linked to terrorist organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (...) >>>

Updated: 9th Aug. 2008
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... the capture of Radovan Karadzic gives rise to a recommended read, containing a summery an analysis of the Balkans war in former Yugoslavia ...

Brussels Journal: "The Plight of the Bosnian Serbs"

The arrest of Radovan Karadzic in Serbia on Tuesday has provided yet another occasion for all the tired old propaganda about the Balkans wars to be taken out of the cupboard and given one last airing. In particular, the war is presented as one between a Serb aggressor and an innocent victim, the Bosnian Muslims, and the former is accused of practising genocide against the latter. Even if one accepts that crimes against humanity were committed during the Balkan wars, it should be obvious that both these claims are absurd. First, the Serbs were no more the aggressors in the Bosnian civil war than Abraham Lincoln was an aggressor in the American Civil War. (...) In other words, far from bringing peace to the Balkans, it is quite possible that a conviction of Karadzic for genocide will reopen the Dayton settlement and egg the Muslims on to claim control over the Serb republic too. Under such circumstances, it is inevitable that the Bosnian Serbs would try to proclaim formal secession from Bosnia, just as the Kosovo Albanians did from Serbia. >>>

Updated: 23rd July 2008
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Politeia: "Progress Report: Balkan Irredentism Unabated"

Our regular OSINT contributor on Balkan affairs, Ioannis Michaletos has published a fresh report on the progress of irredentism and the ongoing push for a Balkans caliphate. (...) >>>

Updated: 6th July 2008
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... the West isn't in the habit of empathising with Serbia, but one might get
some beginning of an understanding by comparing the standard SMS phrase
("Serbs remember their defeat by invading Ottoman forces in 1389 - an event that lies at the core of the Serb claim to Kosovo.") with the Serb view of events ...

BBC: "Kosovo Serbs launch new assembly"

Serbs in Kosovo have inaugurated their own assembly set up in defiance of the majority ethnic Albanian government and the United Nations. (...) Forty-five members were elected in May during Serbia's general and municipal elections - a ballot which the UN and Kosovo's government said was illegal. (...) People from across Serbia converged on Mitrovica to show their support for the new assembly of Kosovo's Serbs. (...) Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu has described it as "an attempt to destabilise Kosovo". The BBC's Helen Fawkes in Mitrovica says that although it will have no real powers, the assembly is a challenge to the authority of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government. It will strengthen the parallel Serb institutions, she says. (...) >>>

Updated: 29th June 2008
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Politeia: "Bill's Vista for a Better Balkan" (includes link to historical video material)

Czech public TV is hit be a controversy over a documentary involving the former Serb province from a perspective dating back to Turkish times when the region was part of the Ottoman Empire. (...) The documentary at least offers a view on the situation that scratches more than just the favorable, Western, politically correct surface level: the one served up by Bill, NATO and the MSM: backward, jingoistic, rustic Christians pitted against progressive, broad-minded, liberal Muslims. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th June 2008
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The Philadelphia Enquirer: "A former al-Qaeda fighter accuses a Saudi charity" - Hat Tip "Atlas Shrugs"

For years, Saudi Arabia flatly denied it had provided money and logistical support for Islamist militant groups that attacked Western targets. But that assertion is disputed by a former al-Qaeda commander who testified in a United Nations war-crimes trial that his unit was funded by the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ali Ahmed Ali Hamad, the former al-Qaeda fighter, gave the same account to The Inquirer in an interview in this struggling city in the central Balkans. (...) >>>

Updated: 31st May 2008
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... frequently more sense than most, Klaus has said in no uncertain terms what he thinks of recognition of the Caliphate in progress ... it is not suggested that possibly some EU/USA/UN/NATO pressure was exerted in the matter ... this is the political correctness in foreign policy that membership entails these days ... Serbian embassador recalled ...

Free Republic: "Czech President Ashamed of Kosovo Independence Recognition"

Prague. President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus is ‘ashamed’ of the decision of the right-centrist government to acknowledge the independence of Kosovo, AFP reports. The government of PM Mirek Topolanek officially recognized Kosovo on Wednesday, three months after the state declared its independence. As a result, Serbia recalled its ambassador to Prague. ‘It is not a secret and I could not accept the recognition of Kosovo’, Klaus said before the media. >>>

Updated: 25th May 2008
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Politeia: "Ongoing Consolidation of the Islamization of the Balkans"

Politeia received via newsletter the publication on World Security Network of Christopher Deliso's (Editor South Balkans) latest article:
"The Balkans - a hub of worldwide terrorist network?"
Deliso is also author of The Coming Balkan Caliphate: the Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West.

Updated: 4th May 2008
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Serbianna: "Cultural genocide & the Kosovo martydom", by Ioannis Michaletos

The links below depict graphic images of the cultural genocide that has inflicted Kosovo & Metojia. The destruction of ancient religious sites, churches and monasteries is the worst of its kind in modern-day European history. The only event that resembles the aforementioned is the destruction of ancient Greek and Buddhist temples by the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan in early 2001… >>>

- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=2
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=3
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http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=4
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=5
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=10
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=11
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=12
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=13
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=25
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http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=29
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=30
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=33
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=67
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=78
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=80
- http://www.interfax-religion.com/kosovo/?id=81
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Updated: 17th Mar 2008
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AP: "UN Police Retake UN Court in Kosovo"

U.N. police stormed a courthouse in northern Kosovo on Monday and removed Serb protesters, setting off clashes that injured dozens of international peacekeepers and demonstrators. (...) Serbia, which considers the territory its historic and religious heartland, says Kosovo's declaration of independence is illegal under international law. (...) >>>

Updated: 17th Mar 2008
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Politeia Articles: "Progress Report: Summary"

- Politeia: "Euro Police Convention Duped by Balkan Terror Threat" - BLOG BURST - The 11th European Police Congress, to be held in Berlin on 29-30th January is the target of a Balkan Al Qaeda franchise.

Updated: 20th Jan. 2008 - The Jawa Report: "Bosnian Islamist Website Posts Death Threats, Gets Hacked"

- Part 1 "The Simple Truth" in the series of posts titled "Progress Report" looks at the reasons behind the current aggressive self-assertion that is taking place within the Islamic world, in particular where the virulent anger and hatred towards those outside it, ultimately stems from.

- Part 2 "Plugging the Holes Against Reality" posits the case of Iran, that sees wiping Israel off the map as a short cut to the fulfilment of the Islamic destiny. The ethically neutral stance that Western politicians are trying to maintain, is a philosophical myth as well as a deal with the devil.

- Part 3 "The Assault on the Rule of Law" brings up the matter of frivolous lawsuits brought against critics. The third instalment also lists the case of Dr Darko Trifunovic of the University of Belgrade who is conducting investigations into the origins, ambitions and operating methods of what he calls "White Al Qaeda", the home grown branch of the terrorist franchise organization in the various areas of the Balkans. (see also top post Politeia: "Euro Police Convention Duped by Balkan Terror Threat")

Updated: 13th Jan. 2008
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Dumb Looks Still Free: "Of Clinton and Kosovo"

(...) Lets take a skip forward from President Clinton to the present day before hopping backwards to see how this mess came about (...) >>> A RECOMMENDED, COMPREHENSIVE READ FOR A RAINY DAY ...

Updated: 6th Dec. 2007
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The Brussels Journal: "Kosovo’s Independence Will Stir Up Trouble. Who Will Benefit?", by John Laughland

Why should the Kosovo Albanians be striving for independence from Belgrade now (...) The narrative in Cyprus is almost identical to that in Kosovo (...) The same goes for Transnistria. (...) The only common denominator in all these various conflicts, indeed, is attitudes to Russia. (...) Any trouble in these area is trouble for Moscow. Maybe that is why the West is determined to provoke it. >>>

Updated: 12th Dec. 2007
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The Corner: "Mullahs Good, Bushitlercheney Bad", by Michael Ledeen
Updated: 11th Dec. 2007

Reuters: "Serbia warns EU not to send mission to Kosovo"
Updated: 11th Dec. 2007

Time: "At an Impasse Over Kosovo"
Updated: 10th Dec. 2007

Balkanalysis: "Kosovo auf Deutsch", by David Binder
Updated: 18th Nov. 2007

Republican Riot: "Your Get-out-of-Jail Card: Introducing the Blame-the-Serbs Defense", by Julia Gorin
Updated: 27th Nov. 2007

Politeia: "The Clinton Legacy: the Balkan Caliphate"
Dated: 12th Oct. 2007

Elsewhere:
- Foreign Area Officer Association: "Green Flag over the Balkans", Steven Oluic, PhD (2007)
- World Press: "The Young and the Old: Radical Islam Takes Root in the Balkans", Risto Karajkov, 3rd May 2006
- Global Terrorism Analysis: "Wahhabism and al-Qaeda in Bosnia-Herzegovina", by Stephen Schwartz, 21st Oct. 2004
- American Thinker: "Ending the Balkan Quagmire", by Julia Gorin
- "Radical Islam's Dupes", by Julia Gorin
- Japan Times: "Serbia Owed Justice in Kosovo", by Gregory Clark
- Military.Com: "What's that Flapping Sound I hear", by William Lind
- The Independent on Sunday: "Former Kosovan PM goes on trial for KLA's cleansing crimes" by Vesna Peric Zimonjic
- NewsMax.com: "Whistleblower: Kosovo 'Owned' By Albanian Mafia" by Sherrie Gossett
- World {Politics Review: "Wahhabi Rules: Islamic Extremism Comes to Bosnia" by Boris Kanzleiter
- Southeast European Times: "Wahhabi leader slain in gunfight; arrests made" by Igor Jovanovic

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A Door in Kosovo"
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"Quotes of the Day, History calling, and Yes to an Islamic State in the Balkans"
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Prague Daily Monitor: "Senators want to suspend Communist party"

The Czech Senate commission for the assessment of the constitutional character of the Communists (KSCM) yesterday recommended to the government that it propose the suspension of the party's activities to the Supreme Administrative Court (NSS), commissioner chairman Jaromir Stetina told journalists. The measure should make the party give up Communism, Stetina said. Interior Minister Martin Pecina said he doubted the proposal would be successful as there were not enough relevant arguments. He asked the senators to draft the proposal and leave the decision up to the government. (...) >>>

Dec. 9, 2009
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"The Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism" - Group on Facebook

Nov. 26, 2009
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The left's blind spot:

With the recent commemorations of the fall of the Berlin Wall we were reminded of the fact that many a Western artist was voluntarily working in East Berlin, and that the counter culturists were largely apologetic of the hated edifice ... just like they're to this day trivializing the communist crimes elsewhere in the world:

The Atlasphere: "Excused Horrors", by Walter E. Williams

(...) Alan Kors, University of Pennsylvania history professor, gave the evening's keynote address. What he revealed about the dereliction and character weakness of academics, intellectuals, media elites and politicians is by no means complimentary, but worse than that, dangerous.
Professor Kors said that over the years, he has frequently asked students how many deaths were caused by Joseph Stalin and Mao Tsetung and their successors.

Routinely, they gave numbers in the thousands. Kors says that's equivalent to saying the Nazis are responsible for the deaths of just a few hundred Jews. But here's the record (...) Professor Kors asks why are the horrors of Nazism so well known and widely condemned, but not those of socialism and communism? (...) >>>

Nov. 18, 2009
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A former dissident's battle with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, who can't get used to glasnost:

Deutsche Welle: "Former dissident's database opens old wounds in Czech Republic"

Like most post-communist states, the Czech Republic has a special office to archive and make available documents gathered by the secret police. But one man's attempt to speed up the process is ruffling feathers. Communist Czechoslovakia relied on a web of security services to crush all opposition to socialism, and chief among them was the hated secret police, the Statni Bezpecnost or StB.

The StB, like any spy agency, kept hundreds of thousands of files on agents, informers, and targets of surveillance. Today, they're stored at the archives of the state-funded Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. The archives are open to the public, although you have to know roughly what you're looking for before they'll let you in. After all, as Institute spokesman Jiri Reichl says, the archives are home to some 280 million pages of material stretching 20 kilometers (12 miles). The material is now being digitally scanned - a laborious process that will take decades to complete. (...)

Stanislav Penc is a former dissident who lives in seclusion on a goat farm 80 kilometers outside Prague. He's on a one-man mission to break what he calls the Institute's monopoly on the past. In the late 1980s, the StB started building a computerized database to keep track of its files. Penc says he received a copy of the database by e-mail from Jan Langos, the first director of the equivalent institute in Slovakia, before his death in 2005. Penc says he twice asked the Institute to put the database online as a research tool to help people find the files they were looking for. The Institute refused. So early in July, he did it himself. (...) >>>

Nov. 2, 2009
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Read an excerpt here. Reactions from the German papers.

Der Spiegel: "Nobel Prize for Herta Müller - Patriot of an Estranged Homeland", by Iliya Troyanov

Herta Müller's homeland is her past, a past that is etched into her like a tattoo. The decision to award her the 2009 Nobel Prize for literature is a signal that the injustices of communism in Eastern Europe should not be trivialized. (...)

Herta Müller fights against forgetting, against the frenzy of concealment and trivialization which has prevailed in Eastern Europe since 1989 and which seeks to pass off one of the worst periods of degradation and destruction of the individual as a regulated normality. (Unfortunately, this is an attitude that has also taken hold in the so-called "West," as could be seen in the completely uncritical reception to the recent election of communist apparatchik Irina Bokowa to the post of UNESCO director-general.)

From a distance, Herta Müller is able to preserve both her own experiences as well as those of people close to her in an idiosyncratic verbal memory which creates a new community of listeners for the silenced and awakens new empathy for the past. (...) >>>

Oct. 9, 2009
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FrontPageMag: "Silence of the Graves", by Stephen Brown

(...) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin however disappointed his listeners by continuing to whitewash the crimes of the Soviet era. Putin was expected by Poland and other former Soviet bloc countries to make a statement of atonement for the Soviet Union’s carving up Eastern Europe with Adolph Hitler under the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The Pact, signed on August 23 and named after the two countries’ foreign ministers, gave Hitler the green light to attack Poland a week later, starting World War Two. Carrying out their side of the agreement, the Soviets followed up the Nazi assault with their own invasion of eastern Poland on September 17, 1939.

In his address to the guests, Polish President Lech Kaczynski angrily referred to this attack, when Poland was fighting desperately for its survival against the Nazis, as “a stab in the back.” The Soviets then went on to attack Finland and occupy the Baltic countries and parts of Rumania under the Pact’s secret protocols.

But while Putin admitted in his brief speech that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was “immoral”, he disappointed his listeners by not admitting any Soviet responsibility for the conflict. He also did not once mention Stalin’s name or any Soviet atrocities committed in the Eastern European countries that came under Soviet occupation. The most famous of these crimes was the execution of 15,000 Polish officers in the Katyn Forest. But the Katyn victims were just the tip of the iceberg. (...) >>>

Sep. 8, 2009
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They still don't get it, do they? That the crimes accumulated by Socialism in all its guises are every bit as bad as those committed by Nazism (which was actually just one of those guises): point is, Nazism has become the all purpose scape goat, while the Left trivializes its own crimes unashamedly. Der Spiegel today gives us one such instance. It comes against the backdrop of yet another Stasi scandal. Twenty years ago some 17,500 'unofficial employees' voluntarily reported for screening for political crimes. Nothing much else was done. Victims continue to report stumbling upon their torturers on street corners and at schools. Colleagues eye eachother with suspicion - one of them might have been a Stasi informer, or worse. The victims hesitate for fear of accusions of witch hunts, and they aren't taken seriously.

Der Spiegel: "German Mayor In Trouble for Awarding Communist Medal", by David Crossland

The mayor of the eastern German town of Prenzlau was so pleased with one of his officials that he awarded him a vintage East German "Banner of Labor 1st Class." He has responded to the public outcry by saying it was a joke -- but faces calls to emigrate to North Korea. Hans-Peter Moser, mayor of the town of Prenzlau (...) said it was a joke but the case has outraged opposition councillors, and a senior district official has threatened to launch disciplinary proceedings. (...)

Moser is a member of the Left Party, which emerged from the Communist Party that ruled East Germany. Before he ran for office he publicly declared that he had been an unofficial informant for the Ministry for State Security -- the infamous security service that pursued dissidents. The Stasi had 91,000 full employees and a network of around 189,000 civilian informants, known as Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (IM), German for unofficial employees, to spy on neighbors, co-workers and even relatives.

"I was an IM and I made that public long before the mayoral election and explained what happened and that I'm convinced I harmed no one," said Moser. He issued a statement on Tuesday saying he hadn't meant to belittle the town's festival committee. "I sincerely apologize for the situation which I now regard as thoughtless clumsiness on my part."

It may have been light-hearted, but the "Banner of Labor" award comes at the wrong time. As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches this November, there's heightened sensitivity in Germany to any vestiges of the regime that locked up political prisoners and exposed them to psychological torture in secret jails. (...) >>>

July 21, 2009
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Afshin Ellian, lecturer at Dutch Leiden University and a Persian refugee, writes in today's Elsevier column that the Ohnesorg murder not just culminated in the terror campaign unleashed by the Red Army Faktion and Baader Meinhof Grupe, but that the discovery also has repercussions in Tehran:

"It's interesting to know that the student was killed during a visit of the Shah. Therefore he was revered as a victim of German Liberal-Fascism (...) Their hero was killed by a Stasi agent who was paid DM 550 in 1955, DM 4,500 in 1966 ... not so romantic!"

Deutsche Welle: "Politicians call for re-examination of 1967 Ohnesorg murder"

The news that the perpetrator of a 1967 shooting was a spy for East Germany's Stasi secret police has sent shockwaves through Germany, shedding new light on the country's postwar history, amid calls for a fresh inquiry. Former German interior minister, Otto Schily, and Dirk Niebel, general-secretary of Germany's liberal Free Democrats, have called for a new investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting in 1967 of student activist Benno Ohnesorg. Schily, who, before becoming a Social Democrat and interior minister, was a Green party activist and defense lawyer for leftist German terrorists, said the new Stasi revelations meant the case had to be "politically and juristically re-evaluated." (...)

The policeman, Karl-Heinz Kurras, is still alive. He's 81 years old and could face a new trial. Charges have already been brought against him by Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel, head of an organization for the victims of Stalinism. (...) But, since the files apparently do not contain information suggesting that the Stasi explicitly ordered the liquidation of Ohnesorg, it is unlikely that Kurras would be convicted.26-year old Benno Ohnesorg was shot dead on June 2, 1967, after demonstrations protesting the visit of the Shah of Iran to Berlin had turned violent. (...)

Kurras who was a West German policeman (...) was tried for reckless manslaughter but acquitted due to a lack of evidence. After the shooting, the Stasi broke off communications with their spy in West Berlin in a final message which read: "Destroy all material. Cease work for now. Event is viewed as very regrettable accident." Jochen Staadt, a historian and head of research on the former East German communist party at Berlin's Free University, says that the mere possibility that the killing had been planned by the Stasi means that history will have to be re-written. (...) >>>

May 25, 2009
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Radio Praha: "Communist era plagues history teachers", by Christian Falvey

The anniversary of the fall of communism arouses every emotion in those who remember it, from celebration to rancour, and, for some, even nostalgia. A large part of the public however, the children, has never known anything other than a free market society. A skirmish of sorts is underway to define the way today’s youths understand the era. On one side of the debate is the Czech charity foundation People in Need, which has begun a programme in recent years using documentary film to address issues relating to the communist era. Spokesman Filip Šebek explains the incentive for the Stories of Injustice project and what it aims to achieve (...) >>>

Feb 21, 2009
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TRP: "Canadians Fight Back Against Bolshevism"

In a press release today, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) is calling on Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan to immediately de-naturalize and deport anyone living in Canada who was once a member of the KGB or any Soviet secret police organization. The UCCLA is responding in part to a November 12, 2008 story in the Vancouver Province in which former KGB officer Mikhail Lennikov and his family face deportation from Canada within four months unless Minister Van Loan intervenes. (...) >>>
Nov 21, 2008
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Aktualne: "Ex-Soviet dissident: We wanted our Prague Spring too"

(...) grandson of Stalin's foreign minister, former Soviet dissident and human rights advocate Pavel Litvinov (...) was one of the eight people who - 40 years ago today - gathered at Moscow's Red Square to rally against the Soviet Union-led invasion of Czechoslovakia by the armies of five Warsaw Pact countries. As reprimand, the regime sent him into exile in Siberia for five years.
In an interview for Aktuálně.cz, Litvinov not only looks back at the event which directly affected his entire life, but also explains why the so-called Prague Spring was so important to Soviet dissidents and why it is not possible to compare the latest Russian military action against Georgia with the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. >>>

Read also: Red Square protest against 1968 invasion remembered
Updated: 26th Aug. 2008
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BBC This day in 1997: East German leader guilty of Berlin Wall deaths"

A court in Berlin has sentenced the former East German leader, Egon Krenz, to six-and-a-half years in prison. Krenz, 59, was convicted of instigating a shoot-to-kill policy employed by border guards against people trying to flee East Germany. He was convicted on four specimen charges of incitement to manslaughter relating to people who were shot dead as they tried to escape to West Germany via the Berlin Wall. Two other former members of the East German leadership, Günther Kleiber and Günther Schabowski, were sentenced to three years in prison. Around 1,000 people were killed trying to escape to the West after the Berlin Wall went up in 1961 - it came down in 1989. (...) >>>

Updated: 25th Aug. 2008
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... while themselves hardly on trial (even rare cases of 'lustration' trigger reactions of 'witch hunt!'), communism is still jailing dissidents ...

BBC: "Belarus dissident leaves prison"

The former Belarussian opposition leader Alexander Kozulin has left prison and is on his way home to Minsk, his daughter says. It is not clear whether he has been freed permanently or only so he can attend his father-in-law's funeral. Mr Kozulin was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2006 for staging protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Mr Lukashenko had defeated Mr Kozulin in an election that international observers said was severely flawed. Reports have suggested that Mr Kozulin may have been pardoned. (...) >>>

Updated: 17th Aug. 2008
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... the comments section contains some wonderful personal anecdotes ...

BBC: "Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 "

Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile, has died near Moscow at the age of 89. The author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, who returned to Russia in 1994, died of either a stroke or heart failure. (...) >>>

The Obituary includes video material: "... an old-fashioned moralist who saw the world in black and white" - relativists, being stripped of ethics as a philosophical field, fail to understand that a compromise between good and evil does not exist: a compromise in this case would be a mere 55 million victims of totalitarian experiments instead of the full 110 million; any consession would still be evil - "The good has nothing to gain from evil, evil has everything to gain from the good" --Ayn Rand

Townhall bloggerAlbert Mohler has an excellent biography. Another, Rich Lowry has an important observation sorely missed elsewhere: "In "The Gulag," he showed how the Soviet system wasn't perverted by Stalin in the 1930s, but was murderous from the beginning, the sulfurous spawn of a Vladimir Lenin determined to rid Russia "of all kinds of harmful insects." He argued convincingly that Soviet communism was as evil and destructive as Nazism. But the central insight of Solzhenitsyn's work is not political or historical, but moral."

The basis is an infernal concept thought up by the father of totalitarianism and prophet to all strains making up Postmodernism, the anti-modern philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His ideal politeia was a theo-fascist state at the agricultural level of development, not unlike today's Iran; the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were secular renditions of this ideal: Rousseau's 'Common Will' at first glance looks like a synonym of the Libertarian Common Good, but it means the very opposite - it justifies coercing individuals to comply with the Will of the Collective.

Also, most MSM fail to stress the important point that, besides common criminals, the gulags were filled with political prisoners, rebels against the 'Common Will.'

Econ Blog: "The Best of Solzhenitsyn," by

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's passing reminds me of my favorite passage from his writings:
"But let us be generous. We will not shoot them. (...) But for the sake of our country and our children we have the duty to seek them all out and bring them all to trial! Not to put them on trial so much as their crimes. And to compel each one of them to announce loudly:
"Yes, I was an executioner and a murderer."
--The Gulag Archipelago

(...) Alas, three and a half decades after the publication of The Gulag Archipelago, it looks like we'll never see the Russian analog of the Nuremberg trials.

The Tributes on the BBC site

Updated: 4th Aug. 2008
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Accuracy in Media: "The Great Terror"

As a new edition of his illuminating book, The Great Terror, makes its way to the shelves, author Robert Conquest reflected back on the torrent of illuminating information about the former Soviet Union that has come out since the first edition was published four decades ago. Perhaps most shocking of all of Conquest’s revelations is that even members of the Soviet Politburo did not definitively know the truth about atrocities committed by the communist regime. This became the subject of much contentious debate under Mikhail Gorbachev. (...) Conquest writes that so much new information became openly available after 1989 that he was virtually forced to reexamine all of the facts and release a new edition of his book. (...) The essay promises that the third edition of Conquest’s book will be another step forward in exposing the reality of Stalin’s regime. >>>

Updated: 3rd Aug. 2008
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Prague Daily Monitor: "Communist intelligence records go online"

The Czech Archives of the Security Forces Friday published registration protocols of the former Communist military counter-intelligence (VKP) on its new website http://www.abscr.cz/, archives director Ladislav Bukovszky told journalists. The database contains 309 registration files on about 10,000 people. (...) many scandals were linked with the problems of the archives of the former Communist security forces. The documents contain data on the people in the whole former Czechoslovakia in whom the VKR was interested. "They could be persons under lustration and also agents," archives deputy director Martin Pulec said. In addition, there was also the VKR central registry in Prague, he said. The oldest of the published files comes from 1954 and the latest from 1989 when the communist regime fell in Czechoslovakia.
Individual people can be looked (...) >>>

Updated: 29th July 2008
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Signandsight: "Frankfurter Rundschau 17.07.2008"

Romanian-German writer Herta Müller writes an open letter to the head of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Horia Patapievici, protesting about his invitation to two former Securitate members to participate in the Berlin Summer Academy. "The ICR will do irreparable damage to its reputation by presenting itself in Berlin with these people, and German participants will be used to boost the image of informers. How will ICR employees introduce the Romanian participants to the other Summer Academy guests: Andrei Corbea-Hoisie – professor and long-time Securitate agent, and Sorin Antohi – who for years was a guest lecturer at European universities with his fake PhD and his fictitious publications and who had been an informer since the age of 19? And what will they tell the German press? Or more to the point: what won't they tell them?" >>>

Signandsight: "Deutsche Telekom surveillance"

The feuilletons have been curiously silent about this story but it is worth mentioning just the same. Germany is in the midst of a first-class spy scandal: (...) According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the prosecutors "suspect that Telekom's spies are even monitoring the movements of individual journalists and board members. They accessed data from the Telekom's mobile phone subsidiary, T-Mobile, listing the precise locations in Germany where the Capital journalist Reinhard Kowalewsky met his alleged informant from the board of directors, the head of the worker's committee Wilhelm Wegner." According to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland, former Stasi employees helped in the surveillance. In die Zeit, Götz Hamann calls for a clear agreement on data transparency. "The further technology advances, the greater the temptations – and the abuse. Liberal societies have to redefine what should be allowed and what not. Where does the responsibility of the individual lie? And that of business - and the state?" >>>

Updated: 18th July 2008
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BBC: "EU to lift sanctions against Cuba"

The European Union is to lift sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest at the imprisonment of more than 70 Cuban dissidents by the Castro government. (...) Several leading Cuban dissidents have criticised the decision. (...) Cuba will see this move as a vindication of their hardball diplomacy. (...) Venezuela, which supplies billions of dollars worth of oil in exchange for Cuban doctors, and China, which buys considerable amounts of Cuba's nickel, are much more important trading partners than Europe. Cuban government sources told the BBC the decision to lift sanctions would benefit the EU more than Cuba since it showed that Brussels could have a foreign policy independent of the US, our correspondent says. (...) >>>

Updated: 20th June 2008
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BBC: "Lithuanian ban on Soviet symbols"

Lithuania's parliament has passed the toughest restrictions anywhere in the former Soviet Union on the public display of Soviet and Nazi symbols. It will now be an offence in the Baltic state to display the images of Soviet and Nazi leaders. This includes flags, emblems and badges carrying insignia, such as the hammer and sickle or swastika. Correspondents say equating Soviet and Nazi symbols in this way is certain to infuriate Russia. (...) Moscow's official interpretation of history is that Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were liberated from Nazi Germany by, then voluntarily joined, the Soviet Union. This account is rejected by those three Baltic States and most other European nations, says our correspondent. They believe the Soviet Union illegally occupied the Baltic republics as a result of a secret agreement - the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact - between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The occupation continued until the collapse of the Soviet state itself at the end of 1991. (...) >>>

Updated: 18th June 2008
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Southeast European Times: "Six former Romanian communist officials accused of terrorism", by Paul Ciocoiu in Bucharest

Romanian state researchers filed a criminal complaint with the country's Supreme Court on November 7th against the former head of Romania's Foreign Intelligence Centre and five former Romanian diplomats, alleging they committed acts of terrorism in the 1980s. Historians at the state-run Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania (IICCR) accused General Nicolae Plesita and the former diplomats -- Dan Mihoc, Constantin Ciobanu, Ion Constantin, Ioan Lupu and Ion Grecu -- of attempting to murder Romanian opposition leaders in Western Europe in 1981.

(...) the IICCR included the following charges in their complaint against the five men: first degree manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, physical and psychological abuse, violation of the laws regarding the use of explosive materials, and the use of forgery in official documents.

As part of a bid to eliminate the regime's opponents, devices were disguised as letters and sent by mail to three well-known exiles -- Paul Goma, Nicolae Penescu and Serban Orescu. Evidence also implicates the suspects in other terrorist attacks, toxic gas assaults, and the kidnapping and assassination of other people.
Plesita is already under investigation for hiring terrorist Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, to murder Romanian dissidents. >>>

Dated: 7th Dec. 2007

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