Kosovo – Western-Approved Separatism, DPR and LPR – Non-Approved…

It was a week in which the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics both pulled off huge victory days, huge concerts on their republic days, mass crowds, and all without a hitch. Here, the concert in Donetsk for DPR Republic Day –

So, you might have thought that these republics managing that despite both still being on a war footing, with the Donetsk area in particular still under regular Ukrainian shelling, may have managed a word of two of appreciation of their achievements?

Well, of course, not a bit of it. All the western press did was either ignore the celebrations – the largest yet in the republics, formed after Ukraine’s Euromaidan placed an unelected, far-right government in power in 2014 – or go negative, focusing on the military vehicles on display and how that supposedly represented a breach of the Minsk agreement.

It may almost give one the idea that the west, and western media don’t like ‘separatism’. Yet, that’s clearly not the case. In 1999, western governments, here the UK’s Tony Blair, used a civil war in the Kosovo region of Serbia, as an excuse to launch a NATO attack on all Serbia, and create Kosovo as an independent state, for Kosovo Albanians.

The history of Kosovo is long, complicated, bloody, and interpretations differ vastly, However, as a part of Serbia, it has both a deep-rooted and symbolic significance to the country, with Serbian Orthodox monasteries there dating back to the 12th century. As for the civil war, which NATO used as cause to intervene there in 1999, to brutal effect, there were wrongs being committed there by both sides.

Yet, NATO stepped in against the military of a sovereign state, Yugoslavia, at that time, and on the side of the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army, an organisation the USA themselves declared a terrorist organisation, after a series of terrorist attacks, in 1998, noting further “We would be remiss to dismiss allegations that between 30 and 50 percent of the KLA’s money comes from drugs.”

What happened after, is widely known, NATO launched an attack against Serbia which, while it may have started by targeting military objects, soon started targeting civilian areas, to deadly result – over 2000 civilians killed, including 88 children. And Kosovo was created as a state separate from Serbia.

Now, although Kosovo is only a partially-recognised state, 111 of 193 UN members, it’s one the western media actively, enthusiastically endorses. Just have a look at some of the headlines –

Kosovo: what to see in Europe’s newest country – Telegraph

How Kosovo is producing the best female pop stars

Rita Ora’s new music to pay tribute to her native Kosovo – Mirror Online

The Guardian writes promo-articles about Kosovo.

And Rita Ora, UK pop star who was born there, but left when she was one so clearly doesn’t remember it for herself, releases an epic, pumped-up, dream-espousing song in Kosovo’s honour, given mass PR across the western media

So, it’s clear, the west can, and does, support separatism, but only its own separatism. Sadly for the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, still under attack by Ukraine’s west-backed forces, their separatism wasn’t west-endorsed, so no sexy videos, fairytale headlines, just constant shelling by Ukrainian forces, and attacks by western media.

Kosovo Politician Threatens to Take 1/3 of Serbia, Meanwhile US Sends More Troops to Kosovo

Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the opposition Alliance for the Future of Kosovosays Serbia should “delete Kosovo from the Constitution”, otherwise Kosovo will “reciprocally add one third of the Serb land to its map.”

Serbia maintains Kosovo in its national constitution, as it does not recognise the state created after the 78-day NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, then Yugoslavia, of 1999, of which the creation of Kosovo was the result. Kosovo is only recognised by 111 of 193 UN member states. 

NATO, and the US Army maintain a massive military presence in Kosovo, notably Camp Bondsteel – pictured.

Meanwhile, the US is preparing to send another 130 soldiers to Kosovo.About 130 soldiers of the Tupelo-based 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment are deploying for about 10 months in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

Officials say the troops will travel to Fort Hood, Texas on Sunday for eventual service in Kosovo. While there, the unit will complete required post mobilization training for duty in Kosovo….” 

Serbia and Tony Blair

Did you know, that in Kosovo there’s a boy’s name Tonibler (Tony Blair)? And guess what, Tony Blair’s PR company The Guardian (oh come on, you didn’t think they were a newspaper??), even made a glossy video about that!

So, given that Kosovo was fighting against Serbia, to be such a hero there, what did Tony Blair do to Serbia? Let’s have a look:

And, on the back of this, the mass killing of civilians, Tony Blair bases a good part of his legacy as a statesman of our times…  Quite staggeringly, perhaps, he’s even an advisor to the Serbian government itself.

So, this is my new series of video reportage, about what the Serbs think of Tony Blair!

More to come!

Why I’ve come to Report from Serbia? 10 Reasons.

I spoke here from Trafalgar Square at the start of February, about wanting to go to new places, to bring you unique reportage.

And so it was, I chose Serbia, and have now been reporting here for 10 days already. But, why Serbia? Here’s why –

  1. The current situation in Serbia is fascinating – the country is uniquely poised between the EU, and Russia. Which way it goes has huge implications for the whole world.
  2. The past is fascinating in Serbiadespite some excellent work, there is still much to be known about the NATO bombings of 1999, for example.
  3. There’s a deficit of real reportage from Serbia – the media here is state-controlled, there’s not much real coverages of events here. I know that my work can make a real contribution in gettig the truth out of Serbia.
  4. There’s unexpected, exciting themes to report on – look out for reportage coming up on themes you wouldn’t have expected of Serbia.
  5. As of now, protests continue in Serbia for the 17th day, but that’s something hardly being covered in the media.
  6. There’s connections to Donbass – murals of Motorola, and Givi, men from Serbia who volunteered to fight in Donbass.
  7. Themes connected to Serbia come up in the news all the time….
  8. … and it’s often not clear what the real situation is. For example, Rita Ora’s visit to Kosovo last year, and a general total misrepresentation of that whole situation.
  9. It’s not just Serbia, the whole Balkans are fascinating. Montenegro are joining NATO, there’s Macedonia, Bosia…
  10. For all of these, and more, I believe there’s really important work to be done from Serbia, and it’s very exciting to be reporting from here.