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Following the advent of NATO forces (KFOR) to Kosovo in the summer of 1999, the province evolved into a gangster paradise, a territory used by the European mafia as a base for organized crime and a gigantic drug-trafficking hub. Most of the criminal activities in Kosovo play out within the local family clans who control the area. Every clan being essentially a community of relatives, stays insulated from the outside world. According to competent Serbian sources, Kosovo is divided into three criminal zones.

The friendship of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former NATO Balkan mission commander Gen. Wesley Clark with Hashim Thaçi and the warmest feelings of the two towards the Kosovo guerrilla commander-turned-premier are an open secret. Admittedly, both  Albright and Clark have never had any regrets about the NATO decision to pound Yugoslavian cities and villages with the stated goal of saving Kosovo Albanians from alleged persecution. Albright had to reply a number of times about her emotions in the course of the Allied Force offensive. She bluntly reiterated in an interview to The Huffington Post her firm belief that everything was done right in March, 1999, and even added a passage about being sorry that the campaign had not been launched earlier.

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Washington knew it could rely on its partners in Kosovo such as the province's nationalist writers and former youth communist organization leaders, but still needed desperados, preferably with connections in the Albanian diaspora in Europe and overseas, to keep a tight grip on the local “liberation movement”. Hashim Thaçi from Drenica was the first to be invited to join the project. A thorough description of the character can be found in a paper published in Belgrade-based Farti (1). He was born in 1969, attended the University of Pristina, admired the totalitarian socialist model of the neighboring Albania and was involved in organizing a radical Marxist circle. Thaçi graduated in 1991, and, the same year, became a member of the Drenica guerrilla group which subsequently emerged as the core of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

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  • Date: 6-07-2014, 19:30
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NATO entered Kosovo 15 years ago, on June 12, 1999. At the time, the international contingent of the alliance numbering around 50,000 servicemen became known as KFOR (Kosovo Force). As of today, close to 5,000 NATO troops remain in Kosovo and Metohija. The Independent International Commission on Kosovo established on the initiative of Swedish premier Hans Göran Persson on August 6, 1999 concluded that, absent UN Security Council authorization, the NATO intervention in Yugoslavia had been illegal, but the verdict prompted no visible reaction in Brussels and Washington. Ignoring the UN Security Council and other international organizations is the hallmark of the policies pursued by the US and its partners whose thinly veiled permanent objective is to simply gain footholds in the right places at the right time.

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Debts after the collapse of the country of Yugoslavia into independent states grew 4.5 fold: from 20 to 90 billion Euros. An article in the Slovenian newspaper "Diary" recently covered this. The new countries in the Balkans are in a debt trap from which they will not be able to escape for a very long time.

Slovenia became a champion - a member of the EU since May 2004. Today, the debt of this “country on the sunny side of the Alps” is 28.8 billion Euros. However, in Ljubljana this is not viewed as a particular cause for concern. The Government believes that Slovenia’s economic potential can repay the loans on time. The population finds it difficult to believe in such optimism. After all, the interest debt is growing every day. Leading economists estimate that by the end of 2014 Slovenia will owe the IMF and other lending institutions in Europe, 81 per cent of its GDP.

I recently re-visited Serbia on a business trip. In Belgrade, as usual, the people live a modest life. The only pleasure which the Serbs have never denied themselves, and apparently will not give up, is a chat over a cup of coffee in the numerous and very cozy cafes . They are always

On March 27th, 1999 in Brussels, the NATO leadership could not believe what they were hearing. For the first time in the history of its combat operations, a highly "secret" U.S. Air Force stealth fighter plane was not only detected by Yugoslavian air defense radar, but it was also shot out of the sky and came down near Belgrade. It was a heavy blow to the American military-industrial complex and the Lockheed Corporation. The Pentagon claimed that there had been a technical problem and the so-called "invisible plane" had simply crashed somewhere in the forests of Serbia. It was not until 25th November 1999 that the U.S. military admitted that the F117a had been shot down and destroyed. The truth was concealed not only from ordinary Americans, but also from numerous customers.