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Libraries Burning: From Sarajevo to Mosul

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In the Balkans, Serbia conducted "ethnic cleansing" -- a repellent euphemism for "ethnic purging." The "Islamic State" is bent on "theological cleansing," which amounts to the same evil impulse.

A Resettlement Injustice in the Making

Nezir Sinani | Posted 02.20.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

What can be done about this resettlement plan and the over 7,000 Kosovars set to be removed from their homes? Is there a way the global community can resist this World Bank overreach or is it on autopilot?

The Path Forward for Kosova

Rep. Eliot Engel | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Rep. Eliot Engel

Europe's newest country continues to make substantial progress towards consolidating its democracy and securing its position in the Euro-Atlantic community, but plenty of hard work remains.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

On Overseas Coal, Will the World Bank and U.S. Government Pass Their Own Tests?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Will the U.S. Government and World Bank Group stick to their word? Or, will they show that coal finance is an addiction they're just not ready to give up?

Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans -- The Ignored Enemy From Within

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Designing a long-term strategy and implementing effective policies to successfully deal with radical Islam on Western soil can no longer be delayed. In the immediate future, strong rule of law nations must deal with enemies within our midst which are facilitating:

Pristina Picks: In the Know in Kosovo's Capital

Sharon Hoge | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Modern malls and promenades have replaced rubble in the dozen years since the Bosnian war devastated Kosovo, and gateway capital city Pristina is a center of recovery projects and reconstruction.

Setting Benchmark in Battle for Statehood: Palestine Plays in Asian Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

Putin's 'Yugoslavian Scenario' Threatens Balkan Interfaith Relations

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

A Russian threat to Bosnia-Hercegovina could mean a rupture of delicate interreligious relations maintained in the country since Dayton. Bosnia is still divided between a "Republic of Serbs" and the "Federation of Bosnia-Hercegovina," with the latter comprising Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats.

Serbia's Future- EU Accession or A Closer Alliance with Russia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While Serbia has made great strides towards integration in the EU, it still has a long way to go before it can achieve economic compliance with EU standards and shed the reputation of intolerance and radical nationalism, personified by Seselj, that has tarnished the country since Milosevic's ascension to power.

"REpower Kosovo"

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As Kosovo positions itself to join the European Union in the near future, the country's energy profile bears great importance.

Alabanians Red-Carded Over Own Drone-Goal

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

A debacle of a football match between Serbia and Albania has triggered a new wave of Balkan political tensions that deepens a traditional gap between the two nations whose historical collision has become an inseparable part of Balkan identity.

DokuFest: Prizren 2014

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Jasmina Tesanovic

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Will a Dirty Coal Plant in Kosovo Spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

Justin Guay | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.

Reporters Without Borders Demands Protection for Kosovar Investigative Journalist

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said, "Duriqi's plight is extremely worrying and the threats should be taken seriously."

Kosovo Is Not Serbia

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Crossing the border from Serbia to Kosovo is easy. Serbian citizens can get by with daily ID, as if they were EU citizen inside the EU Schengen fortre...

ISIS and the Kosovar Albanians

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

U.S. air strikes continue against the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" -- formerly the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS -- in the borderlands of Iraqi Kurdistan. American military action has been impelled by the genocidal ISIS threat to Christians and various small Kurdish and other religious minorities.

Costly Coal: IMF Shows Why Coal Is Not Cheap

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Energy use is critical for any development, but it can also result in excessive environmental and social negative effects, bearing huge costs to the economy.

Russian Oligarch's Balkan-Style Gambit in Ukraine

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

When Serbia found that Milosevic was an impediment to its campaign to regain world respect, it sent the architect of genocidal crimes to The Hague. Russia's elite may decide the same about Putin -- especially after the ghastly circumstances surrounding the destruction of MH17 -- and dump him as a liability... if they can.

Parliamentary Candidate Shot Dead In Kosovo

AP | NEBI QENA | Posted 06.15.2014 | World

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police say a parliamentary candidate from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's ruling party was shot dead early Sunday as he...

Power Plant Shut Down After Deadly Explosion

AP | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green

* Explosion heard in capital * Yugoslav-era power plant Kosovo's second largest * Long slated for shutdown (Updates ...

Tradition and History Matter to Albanians

David L. Phillips | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Today Kosova is free. It is, however, a flawed state with serious problems. Every UN Member State should recognize Kosova's independence, but only 106 have recognized it so far. Now is the time for Kosovars to vote and express their determination for reform.

Memorial Day Reminder of the Foolishness of War: 150 Years Ago Was Another Blood-Drenched Summer in the Civil War

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Memorial Day offers an annual remembrance of courage and sacrifice as well as the all-too-frequent foolish and counterproductive effusion of American blood. Most of the conflicts in which so many Americans died were fool's errands, wars which the U.S. should never have fought.

Kosovo Widens Its International Interfaith Scope

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The Kosovo government has committed notably to public reconciliation efforts bringing official Albanian Muslim clerical authorities together with representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Vladimir Putin and Crimea

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

The golden rule is that national minorities can not exercise their right to self-determination externally, this right being granted only to nations. By minorities' rights we refer to "individual rights" and not "collective rights."