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   Serbia recognized Montenegro "Ivo Skoric"                     
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   BHFF 2006 Winners "Ivo Skoric" <vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net>         

   Tito's Birthday "Ivo Skoric" <vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net>           

   Tito's Birthday in Kosovo "Ivo Skoric" <vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net> 


Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 12:54:24 -0400 From: "Ivo Skoric"
<vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net> Subject: Serbia recognized Montenegro

Djukanovic's investment in bringing 13000 people from
abroad to vote, paid off. Record 88% citizens showed up
for the referendum and majority voted for independence.
Djukanovic congratulated Serbia on its independence,
too. Today, Serbia recognized the results. What is
Kostunica to do now? Kosovo is rumored to be the next.
Ivo Skoric 105 Robbins Street Rutland VT 05701 802.775.7257
ivo {AT} balkansnet.org balkansnet.org


Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 11:47:45 -0400 From: "Ivo Skoric"
<vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net> Subject: BHFF 2006 Winners

Go West directed and written by Ahmed Imamovic
(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426470/plotsummary) is the winner
of the Third Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New

- ------- Forwarded message follows -------

Dear friends, On behalf of the Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina
and the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we would like
to thank you for your support of the recent Third Annual
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film FestivalT (BHFFT). This three-day
festival drew a large audience and filmmakers such as Bojana
Zezelj, Dejan Kovacevic, Aida Sehovic, Gates Gooding, Sabina
Vajraca and Alison Hanson, as well as actress Snezana Bogdanovic
and author of the book "War Hospital," Dr. Sheri Fink. We were
also very excited when Uliks Fehmiu, one of the leading roles
from feature film "Well Tempered Corpses", made a surprise guest
appearance and expressed his support for BHFFT. Thank you to all
of those who participated in the audience awards voting process.
We are pleased to announce winners of the BHFFT 2006 Audience
Awards Go West by Ahmed Imamovic

- -------------------------------- I See You My Friend by Cazim

We also want to add that this unique cultural event could not
be realized without the generous support of our sponsors:
Sarajevo Graduate School of Business (SGSB), Raccoon, Inc.,
Harriman Institute, School of International and Public Affairs
at Columbia University, Blackheath Financial, Cevabdzinica
Sarajevo, Bosnian-American Association and Balkan Radio 387 as
well as media partners: Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BH Radio
1, Balkan Radio 387, Sabah, Europa Magazine, Bosnjaci.net and
Peta Strana Svijeta. We would also like to express gratitude to
Trust Realty for providing us with wine for the reception, Cyber
Interior, Inc. for technical support and Kush Lounge, indie band
The Kin, and Djerdan for hosting the opening and closing parties
and numerous volunteers, who dedicated their time and energy to
BHFFT. We hope that you enjoyed this year's program and that you
will return for the Fourth Annual BHFFT, tentatively scheduled
for next spring. Please check our website (www.bhffnyc.org
<http://www.bhffnyc.org/> ) for continuous updates and if you
haven't done this already, please sign up for our mailing
<http://bhffnyc.org/mailman/listinfo/news_bhffnyc.org> list.
Also, if you have any feedback you would like to share with us,
please send us an email at info {AT} bhffnyc.org. Once again, we
greatly appreciate your support. Kind regards, BHFFT Team

Dragi prijatelji,

U ime Radio Glasa Bosne i Hercegovine i Akademije Bosne i
Hercegovine zahvaljujemo vam se na podrsci Treceg godisnjeg
Bosanskohercegovackog Filmskog FestivalaT (BHFFT).

Ovaj trodnevni festival je posjetio veliki broj gledalaca a
izmedju ostalih, prisutni su bili i slijedeci filmski radnici:
Bojana Zezelj, Dejan Kovacevic, Aida Sehovic, Gates Gooding,
Sabina Vajraca, Alison Hanson i glumica Snezana Bogdanovic, te
autorica knjige "Ratna bolnica" Dr. Sheri Fink. Ugodno smo bili
iznenadjeni kad je Uliks Fehmiu, jedan od glavnih glumaca u
filmu Benjamina Filipovica "Dobro ustimani mrtvaci," napravio
iznenadjujucu posjetu i izrazio svoju podrsku za BHFFT.

Hvala svima koji su ucestvovali u procesu glasanja za nagrade
publike i sa zadovoljstvom vas obavijestavamo da su dobitnici
BHFFT 2006 Nagrade publike: Go West Ahmeda Imamovica

- -------------------------------- Vidimo se prijatelju Cazima

Takodje zelimo dodati da se BHFFTM ne bi mogao realizovati bez
podr ke sponzora: Sarajevo Graduate School of Business (SGSB),
Raccoon, Inc., Harriman Institute, School of International and
Public Affairs at Columbia University, Blackheath Financial,
Cevabdzinica Sarajevo, Bosnian-American Association i Balkan
Radio 387 kao i nasih medijskih partnera: Voice of Bosnia
and Herzegovina, BH Radio 1, Balkan Radio 387, Sabah, Europa
Magazine, Bosnjaci.net i Peta Strana Svijeta. Takodje se
zahvaljujemo Trust Realty za vino pri svecanom otvaranju, Cyber
Interior, Inc. za tehnicku pomoc, Kush Lounge, bend The Kin, i
Djerdan za zabave svecanog otvaranja i zatvaranja festivala te
volunterima koji su posvetili svoje vrijeme i energiju BHFF-uT.

Nadamo se da ste uzivali u ovogodisnjem programu i da
ce te nas posjetiti i za Cetvrti godisnji BHFFT, koji
ce biti odrzan sljedeceg proljeca. Pozivamo vas da nas
posjetite na internet stranici ( <http://www.bhffnyc.org/>
www.bhffnyc.org) za vijesti o BHFF-u i ako vec niste do
sada, pozivamo vas i da se upisete na nasu e-mail listu
<http://bhffnyc.org/mailman/listinfo/news_bhffnyc.org> . Ako
zelite sa nama podijeliti vase utiske slobodno nam se obratite na
info {AT} bhffnyc.org.

Hvala vam jos jednom na vasem prisustvu i podrsci.

Srdacni pozdravi, BHFFT Team

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--------------------------- Ivo Skoric 105 Robbins Street Rutland
VT 05701 802.775.7257 ivo {AT} balkansnet.org balkansnet.org


Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 12:36:09 -0400 From: "Ivo Skoric"
<vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net> Subject: Tito's Birthday

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=317643 Tito's Birthday was
celebrated by 2000 people in Bosnia yesterday with re-opening
the cave in Drvar where Tito hid during the unsuccesfull Nazi
parachoute attack on that town. The cave used to be a tourist
attraction in old Yugoslavia. It was devastated during the
war in Bosnia last decade. $25k tab for renovation of the
historic site were was picked up by USAID. It would be better
if USAID earmarked some more substantial resources to build a
modern highway to Drvar, and left the cave renovation to local
entrepreneurship. Because, the cave can hardly become a tourist
attraction if no tourist can easily reach it.

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=262666 Tito got a monument
revealed in Labin (Istria, Croatia).

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=270260 In Belgrade, Serbia
there was a fashion show of trendy clothes which design was
inspired by the style of Tito and his wife Jovanka.

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=315577 In Kumrovec, Croatia,
Tito's birthplace, around 200 people gathered on the day of
his death (May 4) laying wreath on his monument (by sculptor
Augustincic) near the house in which he was born.

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=266575 In Skopje, Macedonia,
there was a celebration very much alike those from the time
when Tito was alive, including the relay, and the large stadium
spectacle. Tito's grandson, Josip Broz was present for the

http://www.index.hr/clanak.aspx?id=263784 In Tivat, Montenegro,
local NGO re-enacted the soccer match between Hajduk and Crvena
Zvezda on the day of Tito's death in 1980, with the original
soccer judge from Tuzla, that judged that match. 500 people
showed up to watch.

Now that they succesfully form six independent countries, it
seems that memory of Tito is alive and well among all the former
Yugoslavs, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, politics...

For more information visit Tito's home on the internet
(maintained by Slovenes): http://www.titoville.com/ -
Ivo Skoric 105 Robbins Street Rutland VT 05701 802.775.7257
ivo {AT} balkansnet.org balkansnet.org


Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 09:31:05 -0400 From: "Ivo Skoric"
<vze3c9dm {AT} verizon.net> Subject: Tito's Birthday in Kosovo

May 25, 2006 was a sad day in Kosovo. It reminded of the worst
days of Milosevic's rule and the martial law. Only, this time
Serbs were not in the picture. It is still unclear why this
happened, but the letter from Kosovo below explains how it
happened, the way it escalated. UNMIK police showed up in a
village unannounced. Someone sees a fomer Serb neighbor in one
of the vehicles. Local leader wants to talk to the passenger.
UNMIK refuses. Villagers started being suspicious. Their concerns
are not addressed. Women sit down on the road, blocking UNMIK
vehicles, in a peaceful demonstration. UNMIK removes them from
the road using any means necessary. Women start throwing stones.
They get beaten up by batons. Their men finally show up. UNMIK
police runs for cover hiding behind the armor of their vehicles
and shooting tear-gas canisters into the crowd. 36 people were
admitted later that day to the hospital of Prizren for various
injuries and traumas, including broken arm and a kidney injury.
UNMIK mission was aborted and was not accomplished. Kai Vittrup
said that civil disobedience is not democratic. Gee, where did
that guy learn about democracy? Then he threatened the villagers
with the big stick: that their behavior may affect the final
decision on status of Kosovo. What was that all about? Is that
what international forces are there for? To act in lieu of Serb
paramilitaries? ivo

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This was posted in Jasmina Tesanovic's blog at B92.net. The
Kosova Women's Network is online at www.womensnetwork.org


Glas razlike sa Kosova

Pi=9Ae Jasmina Te=9Aanovic (27 Maj, 2006 - 13:24)

May 26, 2006

To: Soren Jessen-Peterson, UNMIK SRSG

Copied to: Kai Vittrup, UNMIK Police Commissioner

From: Igballe Rogova, Executive Director, Kosova Women=92s

Subject: Incident in Krusha e Vogel village, Kosovo on 25 May

Dear Soren Jessen-Petersen,

I am writing to present the events that occurred on 25 May 2006,
during a United Nations Mission in Kosova (UNMIK) fact-finding
mission to the village of Krusha e Vogel, as a supplement to
the official reports submitted by the UNMIK police. As a human
rights and women=92s rights activist for more than 17 years, I
have worked closely with the community of Krusha e Vogel since
1999 and am well-aware of the political and social context there.
Here, I will explain that context and present recommendations for
future UNMIK work.

I. The Events that Occurred Within twelve hours of the incident,
I collected more than 30 personal testimonies from Krusha e Vogel
citizens who were at the scene. These testimonies showed that the
following occurred:

Twelve UNMIK police armored vehicles carrying Serbs who used
to live in Krusha e Vogel village arrived there at 09:15 in
the morning on 25 May 2006. According to Kai Vittrup, UNMIK
Police Commissioner, they were there to collect information for
The Hague. The convoy arrived completely unannounced, without
informing elected officials, public institutions, the Kosovo
Police Service (KPS), or anyone in the village that they were
coming. When they arrived, an UNMIK police officer asked a young
girl, Mehreme Batusha (12), where the house of the Batusha family
(Albanian) was. The house was formerly occupied by the Misic
family (Serb). The girl pointed to the house. While the vehicle
was stopped Nazmije Avdyli (70) saw Bora Cvetkovic and Gordana
Djordjevic, two citizens who had lived in the village before
the war, inside one of the vehicles. Nazmije Avdyli immediately
yelled, =93They are coming back!=94 Women, who were on their
way to work in the fields (carrying pitchforks to move grass),
gathered near the UNMIK vehicles when they heard her yelling.
Shpresa Shehu, a teacher, long-time activist, and leader of
the village, approached the UNMIK police representatives on
behalf of the women and asked if the women could speak with
the passengers in the car who they believed to be their former
Serb neighbors. The women wanted to ask the passengers what
had happened to the bodies of their husbands and children,
missing since the war. The UNMIK police officer refused their
request. Then, the women from Krusha e Vogel sat in the middle
of the road, preventing the UNMIK armored vehicles from moving
forward. The UNMIK police officers grabbed the women by the
shoulders and arms, physically, forcibly moving them from the
road. When the women struggled, the police officers began to
use riot batons. The women responded by throwing stones at
the UNMIK police officers and vehicles. In the meantime, men
saw what was happening and came to protect the women. When
the men came, some of the UNMIK police officers started their
vehicles, while others continued to hit the villagers with the
butts of their guns and riot batons. Then, all of the officers
jumped in their armored vehicles. As they drove away, they
threw tear gas from their moving vehicles at the citizens until
they reached the edge of the village. They also threw tear gas
near the school where children were playing during recess.
According to Prizren hospital records, 36 people were admitted
that afternoon, including three men and 33 women. Of the three
men, all had physical injuries. Twenty children were treated for
wounds associated with tear gas. That evening, 22 adults and the
children were released. On 26 May, 14 people remained in the
hospital. Of these, one boy has a broken arm, and 13 women suffer
from psychological trauma. They are also being treated for tear
gas as well as light physical injuries that resulted from the
UNMIK police. One woman is being treated for serious injuries to
her kidneys after being hit in the back with a riot baton.

On the evening of 26 May, a meeting was called with Kai Vittrup
at 20:00 in Krusha e Vogel village. The meeting was attended
by citizens from the village, Sheremet Ahmeti =96 Deputy
Commissioner of KPS, and Eqrem Kryeziu =96 Mayor of Prizren
Municipality. At the meeting, Kai Vittrup said that it was
not democratic for the citizens of Krusha e Vogel to use
violence towards people who came to conduct an investigation. He
repeatedly stressed the need for them to act =93democratically=94
and to remember that their actions would influence the =93final
status talks.=94

II. Conclusions and Recommendations In order to understand
the psychological trauma that the citizens of Krusha e Vogel
experienced as a result of this visit, one must first understand
the history of Krusha e Vogel. On 26 March 1999, 114 Albanian men
over the age of 13 (70% of the men in the village) were separated
from their families and massacred by their own Serb neighbors.
The homes of Albanian families were burned to the ground, their
cattle were killed, and their fields destroyed. The women and
children who survived were chased by their Serb neighbors and
paramilitary forces to the Drini River, where they were told
either to drown themselves or walk to Albania. Citizens from a
neighboring village came to their rescue, carrying them across
the river with tractors. A few days later, they traveled to
Albania where they remained for three months as refugees.

The citizens who returned to Krusha e Vogel after the war, mostly
women and children, were in mourning. Despite their immense
human and economic loss, they have worked to move forward. They
have participated in democratic structures. They have learned
to plough their fields, drive tractors, sell their products,
and make a living independently (formerly jobs solely for men).
They have met with each other week after week to talk about
what happened and to try to overcome the pain and trauma they
experienced, towards psychological healing.

Those who committed crimes in Krusha e Vogel have yet to be
identified, arrested, tried, or punished. In other words,
criminals continue to roam free today. There has been no official
apology from politicians or decision-makers in regards to what
occurred in Krusha e Vogel in 1999.

First, there is the issue of psychological trauma. The UNMIK
police officers used physical violence on the women that reminded
them of the violence that they had experienced only seven years
ago when they were physically separated from their family
members. Marta Prekpalaj, an experienced activist of two decades
who works with Motrat Qiriazi Association for the Education of
Women and who used a tractor to rescue the women and children
from the village the night they were forced out of their homes in
1999, has worked closely with the Krusha e Vogel citizens since
then. In a phone interview on 26 May she said, =93I saw the exact
same expressions on their faces yesterday as I saw the day that
their homes were burned and their family members were killed.=94
The UNMIK police have re-traumatized them, she said. Second,
it must be emphasized that the women did not throw stones at
Serbs. They threw stones at the UNMIK police who had physically
assaulted them.

Third, that the women of Krusha e Vogel requested to speak
with the Serbs being transported in the vehicles is a sign
of democracy. Through proper planning with local activists,
organizations, and village leaders, UNMIK could have fostered a
peaceful discussion and visit to this community.

Fourth, the actions of the UNMIK police could be described
as undemocratic: they failed to inform any of the democratic
institutions about their visit; they used unnecessary violence
against women and children; and, they refused for the women to
communicate with the people they were transporting.

Fifth, the citizens of Kosovo fully support The Hague and the
process of justice. This event demonstrates the need to involve
local institutions and citizens in order for the processes of
justice to be successful.


Igballe Rogova


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