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The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the 28 states of NATO opens today in Newport, Wales, where these leaders will take key decisions “to ensure NATO is prepared to address current and future security challenges” that they attribute to “military aggression of Russia against Ukraine” and “growth of extremism and sectarian conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.” In this “crucial” summit, the United States, which retains the undisputed leadership in NATO, and its European allies will mobilize simultaneously on two war fronts. (Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s press conference)...
Thousands of anti-war marchers descended on Newport, Wales, on Aug. 30 for the beginning of a week of protests against the NATO Summit scheduled there for Sept. 4 and 5. Organizers have said they expect 20,000 people in the Welsh city by Sept. 4....
On the 15th anniversary of US bombing of Serbia and as new even more ominous dangers arise in Ukraine and Crimea, it is important to remember history....
Behind Washington’s hypocritical talk of “national sovereignty,” “territorial integrity” and “international law” in its efforts to undercut the overwhelming vote of the people of Crimea to join Russia stands a stark struggle over whether Ukraine will be dragged into the ever expanding, U.S.-commanded NATO military web. Since 1995, the year NATO waged its first aggressive war against Yugoslavia, NATO has expanded into nine countries of Eastern Europe and three former republics of the former Soviet Union. The Obama administration is using more than words in this deepening struggle. The Pentagon has moved F-16 fighter-bombers, F-15 fighters, C-130 transport planes and RC-135 aerial tankers to Russia’s borders and sent the USS Truxtun destroyer, armed with cruise missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, into the Black Sea. Washington threatens economic sanctions, putting pressure on Germany and other EU members to join in. A lot is at stake....
Almost every city in Bosnia-Herzegovina has been shaken by a series of mass demonstrations that started Feb. 4. Government officials have been forced to resign amid mass workers’ uprisings and assemblies in a country that was once part of the former (socialist) Yugoslavia....
There are times in history when war and politics converge with economics to create a true turning point, a point at which things cannot and will not ever be the same. Such points in time are marked by fierce struggle....
A meeting in Tehran starting Aug. 26 puts into the sharpest perspective the waning position of U.S. imperialism globally and especially in the Middle East. Both the U.S. and Israel’s demands for a boycott of the meeting were ignored. Clearly the U.S. hold is slipping....
Five years ago Yugoslavia's president died in The Hague. The local UN tribunal denied him adequate medical treatment. A conversation with Catherine Schütz...
Less than a dozen years after NATO bombed Yugoslavia into pieces, detaching the province of Kosovo from Serbia, there are signs that the military alliance is gearing up for another victorious little “humanitarian war”, this time against Libya. The differences are, of course, enormous. But let’s look at some of the disturbing similarities....
On Oct. 5, 2000, a coup engineered by U.S. imperialist agencies and supported by Western European imperialist governments overthrew the Socialist Party government in Yugoslavia led by Slobodan Milosevic. At the time — only 16 months after a vicious 79-day U.S.-led NATO air war against the people of Yugoslavia — there was much confusion even among progressive and anti-war forces in the imperialist countries due to the overwhelming anti-Milosevic propaganda in the corporate media. The following interview by Cathrin Schütz with former Milosevic aide Vladimir Krsljanin throws light on those events and the developments in Serbia in the last 10 years....
The United Nations’ International Court of Justice ruled that a 2008 declaration of separation by the parliament of Serbia’s Kosovo province was legal under international law. Although the judges explained their July 22 decision on a narrow basis, it may still encourage recognition of the historically Serbian province’s secession....
An international movement has been established to protest the already seven-year-long imprisonment of Dragoljub Milanovic, a target of NATO's effort to blame the victim following its U.S.-led bombing campaign against Yugoslav civilians 10 years ago....
It is an honor to address this meeting of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic. This organization has never faltered in its resistance to NATO, defending the people of Serbia and of all of the former Yugoslavia....
We are gathered here today to remember historical facts, interpret them under the light of experience and extract the necessary lessons to guide our efforts and our struggles for peace and a new world governed under the primacy of justice and solidarity. ...
Hundreds of representatives are meeting in Belgrade on March 23-24 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia and the heroic resistance of its people and military during NATO's aggressive and illegal war. ...
NATO held a three-day meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on April 2 to 4, attended by George W. Bush and other heads of state. It was a stormy affair. This alliance of imperialist military powers, long dominated by the U.S., was divided on several proposals being pushed by Washington....
On the eve of the NATO summit, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said an additional 7,500 soldiers and 3,000 military trainers needed to be sent immediately to Afghanistan....
A march more than five blocks long went from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, near the United Nations, through Times Square and past Madison Square Garden to protest the U.S. theft of Serbia's Kosovo. Many New Yorkers and tourists watched with interest as the marchers went on their way to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 25th Street near Broadway....
Some 5,000 people, about 90 percent of them originally from Serbia but now part of the working class in the factories in and around Vicenza, marched Feb. 24 through that northern Italian town to protest the secession of Kosovo from Serbia....
On Feb. 24 hundreds gathered in front of the White house to oppose the latest U.S. attack on Serbia, organized by the STOP (Stop Terrorizing Orthodox Peoples) Coalition. Major protest demonstrations were held in Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; Vicenza, Italy; Montreal and Toronto; Cleveland and Chicago. This week demonstrations will continue, including a major demonstration in front of the U.N. on March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m....
The very instability and wrenching poverty that imperialism has brought to the region will in the long run be the seeds of its undoing. The history of the achievements made when Yugoslavia enjoyed real independence and sovereignty through unity and socialist development will assert itself in the future....
The demonstration of over 500,000 people in Belgrade and the attack on the U.S. Embassy show the depth of outrage and anger over the seizure of the Serbian province of Kosovo. Two Kosovo border posts were destroyed, one by fire the other in an explosion, along with ten McDonald's outlets and several Western banks and other hated targets. The Western media had overwhelming applauded the U.S. destruction in 1999 and it now has a responsibility to explain the reason for the mass anger of millions of people. The outrage is because the province of Kosovo is not actually being granted "independence." Millions of people see recognition of Kosovo's "independence" as an effort to legitimize a direct U.S. colony and to permanently secure a giant U.S. military base in the region....
Some 60,000 people protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, on Dec. 2. They were demanding the right of political prisoner Vojislav Seselj to defend himself before the anti-Yugoslav tribunal at The Hague, which the U.S. and other NATO forces set up through the United Nations in 1992. The tribunal is known as the ICTY....
The ultra-right-wing forces now running Serbia's Kosovo province plan to announce its secession from Serbia in 2008. The U.S. and most NATO powers support this reactionary move, continuing their strategy of "divide and conquer" in the Balkans. This strategy has pulled Yugoslavia into pieces, leaving the region unstable, divided and now facing new internecine wars....
he U.S. calls it "Operation Status." The United Nations calls it "The Ahtisaari Plan." It is the U.S./NATO "independence" project for Kosovo, which has been a province of Serbia since the 14th century. With NATO's 17,000 troops backing it, Kosovo's government is set to secede on Feb. 6, declaring itself a separate country....
In the summer of 2004 I met with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in Scheveningen prison when I was approved as a defense witness. Before I could get in, I had to pass four totally separate check points, unable to take in anything but papers. Each level of security was more rigid than the one before. ...
The United States may have the world's largest military machine but ultimately this government cannot control the forces it has unleashed. There is a rising global movement against this ruthless competition and spiraling economic chaos. Six months after NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia a new movement against corporate globalization was born in Seattle. Hundreds of thousands of young activists have focused on the brutal policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank;and the trade agreements such as NAFTA and the FTAA, and the World Trade Organization. This is a movement outraged at sweatshop conditions, prisons, environmental devastation and capitalist chaos...
The imperialist media tries to demonize all those who defy U.S. hegemony of the planet, from Saddam Hussein to Robert Mugabe to Slobodan Milosevic. Rarely have they been so successful in imposing these falsehoods on those considered on the left as they were with Milosevic; they even managed to extend this demonization to Serbs in general. Even this last summer, the media rehashed all the old stories of Srebenica during the civil war in Bosnia. In the article below, Diana Johnstone, a meticulous journalist and careful observer of events in the Balkans, presents a different view of what happened that summer 10 years ago. ...
Poison DUst tells the story of three young men from New York who could not get answers for their mysterious ailments after their National Guard unit's 2003 tour of duty in Iraq. A mother reveals her fears about the extent of her child's birth defects and the growing disability of her young husband -- a vet. ...
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