News and Analysis: Serbia
Radovan Karadzic was brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on Aug. 1, marking the beginning of yet another show trial in the aftermath of the U.S.-led breakup of the former socialist federation.
Casting yet another shadow on the "Change" campaign, Sen. Barack Obama is reportedly considering Robert Gates as his future Secretary of Defense should he win the November elections. That is—just to be clear—the same Robert Gates who is currently serving as Defense Secretary under Bush.
To the displeasure of U.S. officials and their U.N. and NATO allies, Serbs in northern Kosovo continue to resist the imperialist-sponsored Serbia partition plan. Around one thousand Serbs continued with their daily protests in the Serb enclave of Gračanica south of the Ibar River.
The leaders of Kosovo province unilaterally declared "independence" from Serbia on Feb. 17. But in the aftermath of celebrations bedecked with Albanian and U.S. flags in the provincial capital Pristina, Kosovo is as "independent" as occupied Iraq.
Serbia has launched a new billboard campaign featuring famous Western leaders in response to the ongoing imperialist effort to break off Kosovo. With the theme "Kosovo is Serbia." the billboards bear quotes such as "We shall defend what is ours.
While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and developments in Venezuela, Pakistan and Palestine have dominated the world news, another crisis has been building in southeastern Europe. There, the U.S.-NATO-backed "independence" of Kosovo, a predominantly Albanian province of Serbia, has the potential to set off a chain reaction of conflict.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently said that Kosovo will get its independence "one way or another," reiterating U.S. resolve to chip away another piece from the former Yugoslavia. Facing a Russian veto, Washington and its EU supporters have given up pushing a U.