ATTEMPT TO ERASE EVIDENCE OF EXISTENCE OF SERBS - Belgrade, Feb. 11, 2013
Aleksandar Vulin says threats and protests in front of the Serb medieval monastery Visoki Dečani were an attempt to complete the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. According to the director of the Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija, they also aimed to remove any evidence of the existence of Serbs there. Continue reading...
Just as al-Qaida is extending its reach through franchises from the Arabian Peninsula and across North Africa, it could soon be linked up with the growth of radical Islamists in the Balkan countries that once made up Yugoslavia...
With its breakup in the 1990s, Sunni Muslims began to spread into Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, which once was the heart of Christian Serbia. This spread is offset by Christian majorities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The Balkans, however, have a history of Islamist concentration since the end of the Cold War. Osama bin Laden, for example, began setting up charities there as a way of funneling money to help with the spread of Islamist militancy against the Christians in the 1990s.
Indeed, the Balkans were where Muslims retreated following the unsuccessful siege of Vienna on September 11, 1683. It was a battle of the Holy Roman Empire along with other military forces of Christian countries to counter the spread of the Ottoman Empire into Europe.
The region is facing “a growing challenge from imams trained in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey who are promoting a more fundamentalist and radical form of Islam,” according to a report in the open intelligence group Langley Intelligence Group Network, or Lignet.
Even the Vatican recently noted that “enormous funds (are) pouring in from Saudi Arabia and Turkey” to radicalize Muslims in the region.
A Macedonian security official said that radical Islamists “exist in larger numbers than what the public knows.” Continue reading...
KOSOVO ALBANIAN EXTREMISTS CONTINUE TO MAKE THREATS AGAINST DECANI MONASTERY - Belgrade, Feb.10, 2013
Head of the Serb Orthodox monastery Visoki Dečani Sava Janjić has said that Kosovo Albanian extremists continue to make threats against the monastery.
He noted that he was concerned about their announcement that they would usurp the monastery’s land despite the decision of the Supreme Court of Kosovo.
The court determined that 23 hectares belonged to the monastery and ruled against two companies who claimed that the land belonged to them.
“This would be very dangerous because Visoki Dečani is not just a church and it owns a land that is important for the survival of monks,” Janjić stressed.
He told B92 that he had discussed the issue with KFOR Commander Volker Halbauer on Saturday.
“He assured us that our safety was not threatened and that KFOR would protect the monastery from attacks of local extremists,” Janjić said.
He warned that the Albanian extremists continued to make threats and that they had announced that they would “radicalize” the protest and take away the monastery land. Read the full article...
SERBIAN ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF THE ASSUMPTION DESTROYED - OCP News, Belgrade, Jan.4, 2013
Albanians last night completely destroyed the monastery “Assumption of the Virgin” in southern Serbia. Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin” which is located in the vicinity of Vladicin Han was vandalized last night. The door was smashed, and the entire interior were broken. The money from the candle sales and other item inside the monastery is stolen, and all the icons were smashed. Mother Paraskeva (62 years old) confirmed this information. She was very upset fear for her safety. “I’m afraid they will come back, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m here alone and old, but let them come, someone has to defend, “said Paraskeva.
“There’s nothing left, this is terrible! The whole world stood up on his feet because of a cartoon of Muhammad, but when all monasteries and churches destroyed, no one responds,” she added.Asked whether he knows who could have done this, Paraskeva replied that everything is known, but that no one will be interested in this case.
“Albanians from Kosovo were organized with the intention of coming to destroy the Serbian monasteries in this area! This is not the first time something like this happens. Last year on Good Friday they attacked me, I did not have a stick, who knows if I managed to defend myself, “said the visibly shaken Paraskeva.
“Albanians from Kosovo are organized and planned to come and destroy Serbian monasteries in this area. This is not the 1st time something like this happens. Last year on Good Friday they attacked me. If I didn-t have my stick, I would hardly protect myself. Read the full story...