FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 16, 1999; 0:15AM EDT - DAY 54
Korisa 1. Horror at Site of Another "Precision Blunder"
Brussels 2. Another Good Day at the Office, NATO Says
After Killing Almost 100 Albanian Civilians
Beijing 3. Chinese Students: " Go to Yugoslavia!" (to Defend China)
Sweden 4. From Sweden with Love: Another Group of
Volunteers for Cause of Truth
Texas 5. From Texas with Love: Oil for the Serbs!
Philadelphia 6. Two Dozen Kosovo Refugees Gave Fake Names; Four
Are Detained, Awaiting Deportation Hearings
Belgrade 7. At Least 74 NATO Aircraft Shot Down?
Boston 8. Curtis/Hobbes: May NATO's Life "Truly Be 'nasty,
brutish, and Short'!"
1. Horror at Site of Another "Precision Blunder"
KORISA, May 15 - "Horror at site of another precision blunder," is the headline of the Sunday edition of The Independent, a London daily. Reporting from Korisa (Kosovo), where NATO yesterday killed nearly 100 Albanian civilians (see S99-79, Day 53, Item 1, May 14), The Independent correspondent, Julian Manyon, witnessed the devastation following the bombing:
It was here, according to the accounts of survivors. that some 600 refugees came down from their hiding place in the hills, three days before the bombing, hoping to return to their homes. Before NATO's cluster bombs started to tear them to shreds.
You can check out the latest reports by The Independent at: http://www.independent.co.uk/
2. Another Good Day at the Office, NATO Says After Killing Almost 100 Albanian Civilians
BRUSSELS, May 15 - Meanwhile, NATO brass characterized the events on Friday (when the Korisa massacre took place) as another good day at the office. Here's an excerpt from a report by another reporter of The Independent, Robert, Fisk, filed after the NATO daily press briefing in Brussels:
You can check out the latest reports by The Independent at: http://www.independent.co.uk/
3. Chinese Students: " Go to Yugoslavia!" (to Defend China)
BEIJING, May 15 - First it was the Russian volunteers (see Day 11, Update 1, Item 3, Apr. 3). Then some Americans and Germans wrote to TiM, saying they wanted to volunteer to go and help the Serbs in any way they could (see Day 19, Update 1, Item 3, Apr. 11 and Day 33, Update 1, Item 7, Apr. 25). Now it is the Chinese students who are saying that they are off to Yugoslavia to fight NATO, according to today's Associated Press report from Beijing.
The poster was small, but its message was not, the AP said. "We hereby propose that everyone goes to Yugoslavia; that we use the spring of our youth to protect Yugoslavia and our own country," three students wrote in posters plastered on the walls of several universities.
One of the students, Chen Li, said in an interview that NATO's air campaign in Yugoslavia was a matter of global concern. "Protecting Yugoslavia is protecting all peace-loving countries and protecting our sovereignty," he said. "Anyone who dies for their country is lucky."
In their poster, the students said China was facing its biggest military threat since Japan occupied large swaths of the country in the 1930s. "Facts prove that we and the great Yugoslavian people share the same breath and have a common fate," they wrote. "We hope the broad ranks of hot-blooded warriors will join our action."
"Go to Yugoslavia. Go to Yugoslavia," the poster read.
Chen said the students were acting on their own and their poster campaign was not instigated by the government.
4. From Sweden with Love: Another Group of Volunteers for Cause of Truth
SWEDEN, May 15 - Even some TiM readers from Sweden, one of the world's most neutral countries alongside Switzerland, can no longer stand to watch idly the daily atrocities committed by NATO in Serbia - as a part of its "humanitarian mission." Here's an excerpt from a letter which TiM received from a group of Swedes:
5. From Texas with Love: Oil for the Serbs!
TEXAS, May 14 - Just in case that a group of Swedes, the "northerners," are the only ones with a soft hear for the cause of the truth and of the Serbs, here an excerpt from a letter which TiM received from a Texan. It disproves the Yankee theories that "oil is thicker than blood;" or that "only oil runs through the Texans veins:"
(Name withheld, but known to TiM), Texas
6. Two Dozen Kosovo Refugees Gave Fake Names; Four Are Detained, Awaiting Deportation Hearings
PHILADELPHIA, May 14 - About two dozen Kosovo refugees at Fort Dix, have violated U.S. immigration law by entering the United States under assumed names, U.S. officials said on Friday, according to a Reuters news report.
As many as 25 refugees with doctored identities have been discovered among 1,755 ethnic Albanians flown to nearby McGuire Air Force Base from Macedonia. Four have been jailed at county detention centers in eastern Pennsylvania, where they are awaiting deportation hearings. They were detained after U.S. officials realized they were not the people they had claimed to be while boarding a U.S.-bound jumbo jet in Macedonia.
The growing number of cases, up from three just a few days ago, could lead the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to revise some of its standard practices while dealing with an exodus of refugees from war-torn Yugoslavia expected to swell to 20,000 in coming weeks.
"The situation is that these people don't seem to match their documents, though we're still checking with (immigration operatives) overseas,'' said Amy Otten, INS spokeswoman at Fort Dix, a sprawling Army Reserve training facility converted into a refugee processing centre for thousands of ethnic Albanians. said.
Under standard procedure, they would be expelled from the government's generous resettlement program for refugees, relabeled as asylum seekers and remain behind bars for weeks while awaiting hearings before immigration judges with the power to deport them.
The INS quickly came under fire from the human rights watchdog Amnesty International for stripping the four ethnic Albanians of their refugee status and holding them behind bars in facilities designed for criminals.
"We're still really refining our own procedures. This is a project that we, as a nation, have never undertaken before,'' said Otten.
TiM Ed.: In other words, the INS seems to be hinting that it may apply special procedures for Kosovo Albanians relative to all other visitors to the U.S. Funny how similar this is to the story from Australia about a sexual assault by a Kosovo refugee on an Australian immigration translator, which we reported a couple of days ago.
As if the Fort Dix case, laws were broken in Sydney. Yet both Australian and American governments seemed prepared to bend them when it comes to Kosovo Albanians. No wonder an outraged Australian TiM reader from Melbourne wrote to us in protest over Canberra's handling of the Sydney incident (see S99-77, Day 51, Update 2, Item 5, May 13).
To which we can only now add: Where was Amnesty International's outrage on behalf of the female Australian translator whose body, not only her rights, were violated? AWOL, as far as we can see. What hypocrisy!
7. At Least 74 NATO Aircraft Shot Down?
BELGRADE, May 15 - The state-owned Belgrade daily, "Vecernje Novosti," reported today that NATO had lost 74 aircraft between Mar. 24 and May 2. The paper allegedly quoted from a NATO fax which "confirmed" its claims. (TiM has requested a copy of the fax).
According to this Belgrade "NATO source," the Yugoslav air defenses had shot down 10 NATO helicopters (included in the above total), as well as about 200 cruise missiles.
TiM Ed.: No objective reporter, of course, would take such claims by the Milosevic-controlled media as gospel truth. Neither does TiM. But we are offering them to you, our readers, since they contain the same degree of "proof" as do the daily NATO briefings by the Washington-Brussels NATO "lie and deny" crowd.
In other words, they don't. All of them are a part of the war propaganda.
Sorry folks. There are no cheap answers to the first casualty of war. If we find some, we'll let you know. In BOLD PRINT!
8. Curtis/Hobbes: May NATO's Life "Truly Be 'nasty, brutish, and Short'!"
BOSTON, May 14 - Reacting to a Special TiM GW Bulletin S99-77, Day 51, Update 2, Item 3, May 13), a TiM reader from Massachusetts wrote:
Dick Curtis, Massachusetts
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"