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  • China’s India trade funds its containment strategy

    China’s India trade funds its containment strategy

    • 9th January 2019

    Brahma Chellaney, The Hindustan Times, January 5, 2018China is emphasizing public diplomacy to help soften Indian public opinion and mute Indian concerns over an increasingly asymmetrical trade relationship. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in New Delhi the new people-to-people mechanism will “help consolidate the public-opinion foundation” for bilateral ties. China’s public diplomacy aims to underpin its “win-win” policy toward India — engagement with containment.New Delhi, however inadvertently, is lending a helping hand to Beijing’s strategy of engagement as a façade for containment. India has done little more than implore China to rein in its spiralling trade surplus. The lopsided trade relationship makes India essentially a colonial-style raw-material appendage of the state-led Chinese economy, which increasingly dumps manufactured goods there.Worse still, New Delhi effectively is funding China’s India containment strategy. India’s defence budget for the current financial year, at Rs..

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    Image (not from article) from, with caption: US soldiers provide protection for advisors with the Nagarhar Agribusiness Development Team during a field inspection March 18, 2012 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The agribusiness development team supports local farmers in developing sustainability Afghan agricultural productivity.
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    Agricultural Development Team[edit] Prior to 2008, the functions of Agricultural Development Teams were within Provincial Reconstruction Teams of the US Government. Today, ADTs consist of soldiers and airmen from the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Today, ADTs bring “an effective platform for enhanced dialogue, building confidence, sharing interests, and increasing cooperation amongst the disparate peoples and tribes of Afghanistan.”[22] These teams are not only affiliated with the military, they frequently work across agencies, for example with USAID and the Department of State. ADTs provide education and expertise on the ground..

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  • Chinese envoy accuses Canada of ‘white supremacy’ for demanding release of Canadians

    Chinese envoy accuses Canada of ‘white supremacy’ for demanding release of Canadians

    • 9th January 2019

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    Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye has accused Canada of applying a double standard and has decried what he sees as “Western egotism and white supremacy” in the treatment of detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
    China’s envoy to Canada penned an angry Jan. 9 column in The Hill Times, a twice-weekly Ottawa publication that focuses on parliamentary affairs, in which he lashes out at Canada for demanding the release of two jailed Canadians while detaining Ms. Meng.
    “It’s understandable that these Canadians are concerned about their own citizens. But have they shown any concern or sympathy for [Ms.] Meng after she was illegally detained and deprived of freedom?” Mr. Lu wrote.
    China has imprisoned former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in what appears to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Ms. Meng for extradition to the United States to face allegations of ba..

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  • Aspiring Diplomat Wins Rangel Fellowship After Research Among Anfro-Peruvians Among …

    Aspiring Diplomat Wins Rangel Fellowship After Research Among Anfro-Peruvians Among …

    • 9th January 2019

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    January 9, 2019 – Georgetown alumna Bianca Uribe (C’18) is one of only 30 college students and graduates to receive the competitive 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowshipto pursue a Foreign Service career. The fellowship will cover two years of graduate study an internship on Capitol Hill or at a U.S. embassy or consulate, as well as mentoring and professional development.
    Hometown: New YorkMajor: Anthropology; Spanish and Portuguese minorResearch at Georgetown: Uribe traveled to Peru before her senior year to research how Afro-Peruvians construct informal systems of healing in response to inadequate health care systems.She determined that health care and treatment can be culturally specific for marginalized communities and explored ways that institutions in power can build cultural competency to better serve patients and ensure community.“To me, being a Foreign Service officer means deepening one’s knowledge of other cultures and nations to further und..

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re:publica 2012 – Digital Diplomacy – Reinventing foreign policy?

Ever since the protests of the “Green Movement” in Iran (2009) and the “Arab Uprising” (2011), Western foreign policy makers realized that a new phenomenon might have the impact of changing their well-known world of diplomacy and international relations: information and communication technology or just ICT. And while the U.S. Department of State launched their

21st century diplomacy – DFAT: who are we, and what do we do?

On 30 August 2011 in Canberra, at a special event in the Lowy Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke on the topic ‘DFAT: who are we, and what do we do?’ Mr Richardson outlined the role of his department and the diplomats he

The Power of Small Nation Diplomacy in the 21stCentury | Mark Muller Stuart |

The first decade of the 21st Century has witnessed an unprecedented increase in conflict and terror related activities across the globe leading to the implosion of old world certainties in places like Europe and the MENA region. Join Mark Muller Stuart as he explores why this might be so as he charts the rise of

The Ambassador’s Changing Mission: Commercial Diplomacy in the 21st Century

In addition, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., former undersecretary of Commerce, Bruce S. Gelb, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Alfred H. Kingon, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Carl Spielvogel, former U.S. ambassador to the Slovak Republic, offered brief remarks. The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Council of American Ambassadors co-sponsored an April 11

Digital Diplomacy Exchanges in Korea’s Soft Power

October 10, 2017 – Challenges & Innovations: South Korea’s Soft Power CPD Conversations in Public Diplomacy Panel: Digital Diplomacy Exchanges in Korea’s Soft Power Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor of International Relations, Oxford University Hyeon Seon Choi, Director, Korea Foundation Los Angeles From South Korea’s crisis with its northern neighbor to the tumultuous early interactions with

What is Digital Diplomacy?

ou may have heard the expression digital diplomacy but have you ever wondered exactly what it is? Digital diplomacy is a concept that covers many different areas of foreign policy implementation. It is used by governments to communicate and engage with people living in other countries, it is used by politicians and leaders of international

WEBCAST: Is Digital Diplomacy a Game Changer?

ThePanel and AKFC co-hosted an event on Digital Diplomacy at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on November 19, 2015.

Public Diplomacy in the Age of Social Media

How does social media change how statecraft is practiced in the 21st century? Who’s participating and why? What have been some lessons learned from the pioneers who have logged on to listen and engage? During this event, three representatives from the U.S. Department of State shared case studies and professional experiences gleaned directly from the

Professionelle Medienarbeit “Digital Diplomacy”, Alec Ross, 05.09.2012

Vortrag von Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, anlässlich der Botschafterkonferenz 2012 im Außenministerium in Wien.

Digital Diplomacy: A New Era of Advancing Policy

Social media is fundamentally changing the way governments engage with their citizenry and position themselves on the global stage. Washington and many other world capitals are increasingly using Twitter, Facebook and other channels to advance their policy agendas, particularly in foreign outreach. But which countries are leading the way? In an event co-sponsored by Fleishman-Hillard

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power: Governments, People and Foreign Policy

This World Leaders Forum program featured an address by The Honorable Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Date event: Nov 19, 2015  

Behind the scenes of digital diplomacy | Rebecca Adler-Nissen |

Hashtags and 140 characters are becoming the norm in how we talk about anything. What we’re currently doing, what we think about that article by The Guardian, democratic vote outcomes, or what we ate just yesterday. As world leaders and politicians are equally engaged with social media, could this immediate and intense way of communicating

Digital diplomacy

Today, diplomacy does not only take place behind closed doors, but can be followed by everyone on social media. What earlier took a long time in conference rooms, will now happen in an instant on Twitter. Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen conducts research into what happens when foreign policies unfold in the digital age.    

2016. Russia’s FM Spokeswoman Zakharova Rocks the Dancefloor With Kalinka

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova showed off one of her many talents at the at the ASEAN-Russia summit in Sochi, dancing to the song "Kalinka."

The Day of Serbian Diplomacy was celebrated

29 May has been chosen as the Day of Serbian Diplomacy since it was on that day, 180 years ago exactly, that the Prince's Office conducting external affairs was established, the event considered as the beginning of professional diplomacy in Serbia.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry used the lockdown to tweet beyond its traditional audience, reaching millennials and Gen Z Twitter users. “The #CoronaVirus had a dramatic impact on the role of #DigitalDiplomacy, which is now more important than ever before,” the Foreign Ministry tweeted. Without physical spaces, many use #socialmedia to “socialize” and we’re taking advantage of that with engaging & relevant content that resonates with global audiences.”

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President von der Leyen pledged that the Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that will give the EU a global platform that will give the EU a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. According to the Commission’s President, Next Generation EU represents a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to make change happen by design and to enable the EU to become green, digital and more resilient.

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There is an ongoing debate over the definition of a 'regional airport'. Some attempts to define a regional airport link the notion of 'regional' to the fact that the catchment area of an airport is located outside a capital city. There is no definition of a regional airport at EU level to date.

An airport should be considered regional if it

1. Primarily serves short and medium range routes and

2. Primarily serves point-to-point destinations

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The global climate crisis could see more than a billion people displaced from their homes in the next 30 years. The Ecological Threat Register, conducted by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), projected that as many as 1.2 billion people around the world could be displaced by 2050. No country will be able to escape the impact of the climate crisis -- but the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations will be hardest hit.Share to:          
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The administration is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to counter China's concept of Comprehensive National Power.
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A narrow focus on the style of disinformation used in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign risks overlooking other potential threats.
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Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan and on other countries is generating greater sympathy and support for Taiwan.
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Politischer Ikonoklasmus geht um. In den USA werden im Zuge der Proteste gegen Rassismus ebenso Denkmäler gestürzt wie in europäischen Staaten mit Kolonialvergangenheit. Nach dem gewaltsamen Erstickungstod des schwarzen US-Amerikaners George Floyd im Mai 2020 in Minneapolis bei der Festnahme durch einen weißen Polizisten nahm die 2013 ins Leben…
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Gerrit Weber ist seit dem 1. Oktober neuer Leiter des Ministerbüros im Ministerium des Innern des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalens. Er berichtet in seiner neuen Funktion direkt an den Innenminister Herbert Reul (CDU). Zuvor war Weber seit 2018 Leiter des Referates Presse und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit des Innenministeriums. Er folgt auf Ines Vollmeier, die…
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Caroline Collet (30) ist seit dem 1. Oktober stellvertretende Landesgeschäftsführerin und Sprecherin der CDU Saar. Sie wechselt aus dem Berliner Büro der stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion Nadine Schön. In ihrer neuen Position ist Collet für die Bereiche Kommunikation und Grundsatz verantwortlich. Sie berichtet an den…

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Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo ( VIDEO )

How Belgrade based diplomats use Digital Diplomacy and Internet 2016

Kosovo: What Everyone Really Needs To Know

27. Serbian minority in KosMet had decreased from around 30% in 1946 to 10% in 1991, as a result of higher Albanian birth rates and Serbian emigration to Central and North Serbia

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 27. Serbian minority in KosMet had decreased from around 30% in 1946 to 10% in 1991, as a result of higher Albanian birth rates and Serbian emigration to Central and North Serbia Wrong. The last reliable population census in KosMet is of 1961 as censuses

7. The aim of Shqipetars is an independent Kosova

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 7. The aim of Shqipetars is an independent Kosova Wrong. It is a common goal of all Albanians to live in a single (unified) national state of (a Greater) Albania. The political program of a Greater Albania is designed in 1878 by the Albanian First

31. After the war, KosMet was occupied by the international community, sanctioned by the UN (KFOR) for the fundamental purpose to prevent violence between the Albanian majority and the Serb minority

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 31. After the war, KosMet was occupied by the international community, sanctioned by the UN (KFOR) for the fundamental purpose to prevent violence between the Albanian majority and the Serb minority       Wrong. KosMet was, in fact, occupied after the Kosovo War not by “international

15. The KFOR holds control at KosMet and helps the region reestablish the order and law

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 15. The KFOR holds control at KosMet and helps the region reestablish the order and law Wrong. It has no control whatsoever over the local population, in particular the irregulars of the KLA, turned into mock police forces. The whole region, y compris North Albania

32. The best and most democratic solution of the Kosovo knot is to recognize Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence from Serbia

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections

22. Kosovo is the site where the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg held back the armies of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 22. Kosovo is the site where the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg held back the armies of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century Wrong. Skanderbeg (George Kastriot Skanderbeg) was not of the Albanian origin but of the Serb. His family coat of arms, that is

Humanitarian Intervention: Advantages and Disadvantages in East Timor and Kosovo

NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999 exemplifies many of these disadvantages, including the risks of causing civilian casualties, exacerbating ethnic tensions and increasing violence

Kosovo: What Everyone Really Needs To Know

Kosovo is today one of the most disputed territories in Europe and a real Balkan powder keg which can explode again at any time. It is a province within the Republic of Serbia, recognized as such by both Serbia’s constitution and the Resolution 1244 by the Security Council of the United Nations (the UNSC Resolution

24. Kosovo’s Albanians were repressed after WWII under the Serb-dominated secret police

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 24. Kosovo’s Albanians were repressed after WWII under the Serb-dominated secret police Wrong. After the WWII the Yugoslav authorities forbade by the law to all expelled Kosovo’s Serbs (100.000) during the WWII, when KosMet was a part of Mussolini/Hitler’s established Greater Albania, to return back

11. Albanians are autochthonous Balkan population descending from the ancient Balkan Illyrian tribes

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 11. Albanians are autochthonous Balkan population descending from the ancient Balkan Illyrian tribes Wrong. They appear in the mid-11th century in the Balkan history and their origin appears uncertain (most probably they came to the Balkans from the Caucasus Albania via Sicily, according to one

PRIZREN CHURCH THEOTOKOS OF LJEVIS

The church of Theotokos of Ljevish, Prizren’s Cathedral, was erected by King Milutin in the early 14th century (1307-1309). It was built on the foundations of a three-nave basilica from the X-XI centuries, which was probably dedicated to Theotokos Eleusa (the Merciful) and itself erected on the site of an older non-christian temple. The church

Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo ( VIDEO )

Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo Contents: A)NAME AND LOCATION OF THE CHURCH; B) EIGHT PHASES OF DESTRUCTION ( I Shell-shocked monuments; II Looting of movable treasure; III Desecrating shrines; IV Burning of shrines and adjacent buildings; V First mining; VI Mining of the left-overs; VII Removing of the remains; VIII Terrain clearance

9. KosMet used to be economically supported by the rest of former Yugoslavia

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 9. KosMet used to be economically supported by the rest of former Yugoslavia Wrong. Since Serbia’s contribution to the Yugoslav Federal Fund for the undeveloped regions matched exactly the amount donated by the Fund to KosMet, it was, in fact, Serbia which helped KosMet to

5. Shqipetars are an autochthonous population at KosMet

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 5. Shqipetars are an autochthonous population at KosMet Wrong. In the Middle Ages, KosMet was the central part of Serbian state, culture, and civilization. Shqipetars were a tiny minority (about 2%, according to the Ottoman census in 1455), nomadic herdsmen mostly. They came to KosMet

30. During the 1998−1999 Kosovo War, Serb army and police units did not fight only the rebellious Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), but also carried out programmes of ethnic cleansing and, therefore, the US-led NATO was obliged first to act and then to continue military actions against Serbia and Montenegro for the sake to prevent human (Albanian) catastrophe

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 30. During the 1998−1999 Kosovo War, Serb army and police units did not fight only the rebellious Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), but also carried out programmes of ethnic cleansing and, therefore, the US-led NATO was obliged first to act and then to continue military actions

13. Shqipetars used to be friendly with their neighbors. They were protecting Orthodox monasteries there

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 13. Shqipetars used to be friendly with their neighbors. They were protecting Orthodox monasteries there Wrong. After the World War II, more than 250.000 non-Shqipetars moved from KosMet due to the “demographic pressure”, not to mention violence. After NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in 1999 at least

“Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija”

Thanks to the love of the Serbian Bishop Maxim from California we have a special opportunity to read the valuable book, “Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija,” ONLINE. Through facts & documents we struggle against attempts of stealing of our heritage. https://online.flipbuilder.com/szto/mnva/mobile/index.html    

20. It is the duty of the international community to help the Albanian issue settled down

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 20. It is the duty of the international community to help the Albanian issue settled down Wrong. The international community does not comprehend the nature of the problem, for good reason, since it is not a political one, but a clash between a Middle Age

29. The Kosovo War started in 1998 by ethnic Albanian revolt for the reason that Serbia oppressed KosMet’s Albanian rights as did not recognize elections in 1998

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 29. The Kosovo War started in 1998 by ethnic Albanian revolt for the reason that Serbia oppressed KosMet’s Albanian rights as did not recognize elections in 1998 Wrong. The war started at the very beginning of 1998 as a consequence of Albanian-led terrorism actions against

Solution

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections Solution Finally, the optimal solution for the Kosovo status is a “normal” autonomy within Serbia according to the international standards of protection of the rights of ethnic minorities but without any political-administrative prerogatives as it was the case in the SFRY from 1974 to 1989.

16. Americans are siding with Albanians in the current Balkan affairs

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 16. Americans are siding with Albanians in the current Balkan affairs Wrong. They are directly involved, at all levels, from financing, organizing, training, arms supplying, diplomatic supports, etc. Training camps at North Albania, KosMet, and Macedonia are lead by American instructors, who are engaged even

2. The issue is a fight of Albanians for their rights

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 2. The issue is a fight of Albanians for their rights Wrong: The crux of the matter lies at the biological level. The real rationale is a demographic explosion which is going on within the Albanian population for a century or so (rate of growth

14. The „blood feud“ has been extinguished among Albanians

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 14. The „blood feud“ has been extinguished among Albanians Wrong. It was much reduced during the communist regimes in the area (Albania, Montenegro, KosMet), but has been revived after the “democratic governments” have taken power in Albania. It is widely spread at KosMet, despite the

26. Soon after the death of Josip Broz Tito (May 1980), Kosovo’s Albanian population staged a series of public protests against continued discrimination

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 26. Soon after the death of Josip Broz Tito (May 1980), Kosovo’s Albanian population staged a series   of public protests against continued discrimination Wrong. After the death of a Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito (1982−1980), who was of the Slovenian-Croatian origin and who was supporting

Au Kosovo, les Serbes font de la résistance GRAND REPORTAGE

Vingt ans après la guerre du Kosovo, 100.000 Serbes orthodoxes vivent toujours dans l’ex-province yougoslave, autoproclamée indépendante en 2008.

21. Kosovo is a disputed territory claimed by Serbia and Albania, which both nationalities regard as central to their cultural identity

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 21. Kosovo is a disputed territory claimed by Serbia and Albania, which both nationalities regard as central to their cultural identity Wrong. Kosovo is not disputed land between Serbia and Albania as Albania’s officials never officially claimed this province to be included into Albania. It

18. It was Slobodan Miloshevic who was to blame for the NATO’s intervention in 1999

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 18. It was Slobodan Miloshevic who was to blame for the NATO’s intervention in 1999 Wrong. It was a responsibility of the government of Serbia to protect the interest of the state of Yugoslavia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – Serbia and Montenegro), in face

23. Kosovo was occupied by Serbia before WWI

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 23. Kosovo was occupied by Serbia before WWI Wrong. This is the biggest falsification of historical truth followed by a dirty political propaganda by the West. Serbia simply liberated her own land during the First Balkan War in 1912−1913 that was occupied by the Ottoman

Kosovo under Nazi Germany: Nazi-Created Albanian Security Forces in Kosovo during World War II

Albanian popular support for fascism and Nazism was widespread. Nazi Germany exploited the Greater Albania nationalist ideology to gain popular support for the Nazi German occupation of Kosovo.

3. Southern Serbia’s province is called Kosovo

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 3. Southern Serbia’s province is called Kosovo Wrong. It is Kosovo and Metohia, abbreviated KosMet. Kosovo itself is an abbreviation of Kosovo Polje, what in the Serbian language means Blackbird Field (in German Amselfeld). Metohia is a corrupted Greek name for Metohi, meaning dependency to

Last week: A desecrated cemetery; This week: „Kosovo is an example of interfaith tolerance and coexistence“

„In terms of interfaith tolerance and coexistence, Kosovo sets an example in the region and beyond,“ the Kosovo Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli said at a ministerial conference on religious freedom held in Washington. While Pacolli claims that the various religious communities in Kosovo „live together in harmony,“ the Kosovo Police still fail to find those

6. KosMet is an undeveloped, poor region

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 6. KosMet is an undeveloped, poor region Wrong. It is the most fertile land in Serbia (apart from Vojvodina). The average DNP per family is the same as in the rest of Serbia. It is low only if counted per capita since the Shqipetars’ family

1. Kosovo issue is a conflict between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs over the territory

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 1. Kosovo issue is a conflict between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs over the territory Wrong: It is a part of the conflict between Balkan Albanians and the surrounding populations, in Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, and Greece (for instance, clashes between Albanians and Macedonians in Macedonia

10. There is no such an entity as a Greater Albania

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 10. There is no such an entity as a Greater Albania Wrong. Although they are not publicized, the maps of that projected unified national state of all Albanians do appear occasionally in the Western press, either explicitly, or as the region with a predominant Albanian

12. The rebellion and protests in South-East Serbia at Preshevo valley is due to Belgrade repression on the Shqipetar population there

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 12. The rebellion and protests in South-East Serbia at Preshevo valley is due to Belgrade repression on the Shqipetar population there Wrong. This region was not included into the KosMet (autonomous) region after the WWII, for the simple reason that Shqipetars were a tiny minority

25. Kosovo’s prospects improved with the dismissal of the hardline Minister of the Interior of Yugoslav federal government in 1966, Aleksandar M. Rankovic, and its distinctiveness was recognized in the new constitution in 1974, which gave Kosovo an autonomous status

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 25. Kosovo’s prospects improved with the dismissal of the hardline Minister of the Interior of Yugoslav federal government in 1966, Aleksandar M. Rankovic, and its distinctiveness was recognized in the new constitution in 1974, which gave Kosovo an autonomous status Wrong. By dismissal of Aleksandar

8. The expulsion of Serbs from KosMet after June 1999 is an act of retaliation

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 8. The expulsion of Serbs from KosMet after June 1999 is an act of retaliation Wrong. The process of Shqipetar’s committed ethnic cleansing of KosMet goes on for the last century and refers to all non-Shqipetars (Roma, Turks, Croats, etc). It is a clear case

28. The KosMet’s autonomy was cancelled by S. Milošević in 1989 and, therefore, Albanians lost their minority rights

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 28. The KosMet’s autonomy was cancelled by S. Milošević in 1989 and, therefore, Albanians lost their minority rights         Wrong. The autonomy was not canceled as it was just reduced from the political independence to the national-cultural rights in order to prevent further separation of

4. Ethnic Albanians at KosMet (Shqipetars in the following, as they call themselves) constitute a majority of 90% out of total KosMet’s population

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 4. Ethnic Albanians at KosMet (Shqipetars in the following, as they call themselves) constitute a majority of 90% out of total KosMet’s population Wrong. In the last reliable census carried out at KosMet in 1961, Shqipetars constituted 67% of the overall population, with (predominantly) Serbs

17. The rationale for American interference into Albanian issue is a humanitarian concern for human rights in the area

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19. Former Yugoslavia disintegrated because of Slobodan Miloshevic

Basic Western misconceptions on the Kosovo issue and their corrections 19. Former Yugoslavia disintegrated because of Slobodan Miloshevic Wrong. His political (sic) manners only provided an excuse to Slovenia and Croatia for leaving Yugoslavia. The real rationale for this understandable decision was to leave the state that was burdened with the time bomb called KosMet,

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