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Kosovo Protesters Set Fire To Government HQ

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.09.2016 | World

PRISTINA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Demonstrators in Kosovo fought running battles with police and briefly set fire to government headquarters on Saturday in...

Turkey's Islamist Agenda in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.01.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Turkey's foreign policy in the Balkans promotes a neo-Ottoman agenda, aimed at expanding its influence in former territories of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey exports Islamism under the guise of cultural cooperation. It also seeks economic advantage, using business as leverage to consolidate its national interests.

Islamism in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Given the strong affinity between Albanians and the United States, the recent rise of Islamism in Kosovo is deeply troubling.

Foreign Liberals Shouldn't Be Liberal With American Lives and Money

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Liberals from other nations will continue to lobby Washington to advance their home countries' interests. No surprise there. But they shouldn't complain if American liberals choose priceless domestic peace and prosperity over costly international charity and conflict.

A Call To All Albanians

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

It is Wednesday 9-December-2015. Only the day before former Albania's Finance Minister Arben Malaj has invited me to present "The Drama Of Albania" before his elite master's students at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana.

For Veterans Day Next Year: Let's Stay Out of Unnecessary Foreign Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.

Writing the Story of Education: Scholarships for Young Women in Eastern Europe

To The Market | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Coupled with a history of political unrest and rural poverty, Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe. Currently, Kosovo is struggling with the second highest unemployment rate in the world for students aged fifteen to twenty-four. A staggering sixty percent of women in Kosovo are unemployed making it the highest unemployment rate for women in all of Europe.

What It's Like Inside a German Refugee Center

Riley Arthur | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Riley Arthur

Germany, one of the biggest supporters of the refugee crisis, is allowing some 800,000 people into the country this year. Unfortunately, its refugee centers are nearing capacity, and many are in need of repair. This is a look at Schwäbisch Gmünd in the Ostalbkreis district, beyond the fence into the homes of the refugees who live there.

Kosovo Party Leader Smoke Bombs Parliament To Protest New Deal

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.08.2015 | World

Here's one way to get your colleagues' attention when things don't go your way. In Kosovo's live-streamed parliamentary session on Thursday, Albin Kur...

Albania's Ageing Problem

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The World is proving incapable of addressing its greatest challenges. An ageing population is no longer limited to developed nations. Many developing countries particularly in the Balkans are facing the pressure of ageing.

Kosovo's Battle for Clean Air and Energy

Lauren Burke | Posted 09.01.2015 | Green
Lauren Burke

At this stage, it is fair to question what it will take for Kosovo and the World Bank to reach an inflection point and consider more economical alternatives to coal.

Will Bill Clinton Apologize in Srebrenica?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Whether there was acquiescence or complicity before or after the fact of the fall of Srebrenica, Washington pivoted its policy toward satisfying Milosevic's territorial demands. The mythology of peace in BiH continues to be dominated by tales of age-old hatreds as well as ethnic chauvinist politics.

Why Join the Military With a Reckless (Meaning Republican) Commander-In-Chief?

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Should Americans join the military if the next commander-in-chief of the armed services is an arrogant, ignorant, irresponsible, war-happy hawk? Many of America's best and brightest join the armed services. But with the U.S. constantly at war, joining is a life or death decision, dependent on the judgment of whoever sits in the Oval Office.

Petrit Selimi: Unsung Interfaith Hero

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

For every leader who claims more credit than he or she deserves, there is another who does more than could be hoped but does not seem to seek credit at all. One who is helping to pave a new path for Kosovo, and perhaps the entire Balkans, is Kosovo's Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi.

Kosovo Fights Extremism With Social Media

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Kosovo authorities have hosted a series of annual conferences bringing together Muslim, Christian, and other global spiritual leaders against religious bigotry. This year, the topic of the event was "Interfaith Dialogue in a Time of Social Media: Enabling Agents of Change, Countering Violent Extremism and Hate Speech."

Britain's Shock Election: Labour's Big Defeat Seeded in the Sands of Iraq

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that, intriguing as Scotland always is, it was in Iraq -- and in the reaction to Iraq -- where Labour got off the winning course.

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

A "Great Fear" in Kosovo

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In this carnage, both the Damascus dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, which is supported by the Iranian regime, and the ultra-Wahhabi "Islamic State" that opposes the civil resistance to Bashar, are guilty.

Europe's Silent Discrimination Against Kosovars

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The EU has imposed a stringent and unfair visa regime for all 1.7 million Kosovars. To this day, Kosovo remains the only country in the region whose citizens are required a visa to travel to within the EU -- making Kosovo the most isolated country in Europe.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Libraries Burning: From Sarajevo to Mosul

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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?