BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbia’s foreign minister said the link is clear — U.S. and Western support for Kosovo’s secession from Serbia has helped fuel tensions in Georgia’s separatist province of South Ossetia.
Minister Vuk Jeremic was quoted by the Vecernje Novosti daily on Thursday as saying the recognition of Kosovo’s independence on Feb. 17 by the United States and its NATO allies has “destabilized” other parts of the world.
“We have pointed out to the international community from the very start that the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo could present a dangerous precedent,” Vuk Jeremic was quoted as saying. “Unfortunately, this has proven to be true much sooner than anyone expected.” Jeremic was not immediately available for comment, but his spokeswoman confirmed the authenticity of the newspaper interview.
On Saturday August 23rd four Ossetians permanently residing in Western Europe climbed at the Eiffel tower to throw more than 2.000 flyers written in French and in English.
According to the information provided by the organisation “Stop the genocide” to “Gazeta.ru”, Russian Internet newspaper, the text of the flyers is about the genocide of the Ossetians, the Georgian aggression and the peace mission of the Russian army.
Here’s one of the passages: “During the first 15 hours 2000 women, children and old people were killed by weapons of mass destruction. We asked Russia for help and we have been heard.”
In one of its news bulletins CNN has shown Russian tanks and ruined buildings which they claimed are in the Georgian town of Gori. In reality the footage was taken in the South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali, which was annihilated by the Georgian surprise attacked that started the war.
Luke Do was a lively 18-month-old awaiting the birth of his first sibling when he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
The hopes of his parents, both doctors in San Jose, Calif., immediately turned to a bone marrow transplant, but they soon learned some distressing news — Luke’s ethnic heritage made him a tough match.
Sarah Gaskins, Luke’s mother, has Japanese and European ancestors and his father, Lam Do, is Vietnamese-American. Because bone marrow matches usually are made with a relative or someone with the same racial or ethnic background as the patient, multiracial people rarely have success.
“It’s tragic,” said Lam Do, who specializes in internal medicine. “Your chance of finding a donor is so low, it’s like winning the lottery. And most people are unaware of this.”
Though extremely “politically incorrect,” the Jamaica Observer is stating what is obvious to any student of history. Being a slave in Africa and having your black slave master sell you to a white slave trader was like hitting the slavery jackpot. Black slaves in the antebellum south had a better standard of living than their former black slave masters in Africa.
From Jamaican Observer…
When the Europeans went to Africa to buy slaves, what did they find? They found a society and people vastly inferior to theirs. While the Europeans had emerged from their feudal practices, our ancestors in Africa, for the most part, had not developed for many centuries. We did not understand the concept of nation or government. Science and technology (and innovations in these areas) were non-existent in black Africa of the 15th and 16th centuries. Indeed, as a people, we had no sense of self-identity. In many respects, we were uncivilised.
Slavery was our most important contact with modernity. It is through this “most heinous system ever created” that we blacks were able to understand some of the principles of global trade. Our ancestors were introduced to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade between Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Black Africa’s part in the trade was the importation of European technology and the export of slaves. The importation of European technology was important – even though the Africans did not appreciate this importance at first. The export of slaves was also very important, especially for us in the West.
As time went on, we blacks, both in Africa and especially in the Caribbean were, in many ways, being Europeanised and thus civilised. We adopted several aspects of their culture – their systems of government, their technologies, their sense of order and their languages. In doing this, we discarded those aspects of our culture that clearly placed us at a disadvantage – like our lack of sense of self, loyalty to the tribe and our non-participation in modern technology.
Although not a believer in any god myself, the Christianity that came with slavery and European control would be of immense value to us black people. Back in Africa, we were preoccupied with the worship of animals, trees, spirits of the dead – even stones. These primitive religions that we were practising ensured that our ancestors in Africa were backward. The relatively superior Christianity, with its greater sense of order and responsibility would help, in many ways, to pull the black man out of the Stone Age. This could only have happened with slavery.