Kidnaped by his father to fight with IS

     ISPranvera Abazi, a kosovar mother of Erion, after a couple of worrisome days regarding the whereabouts of her husband and son, received july. 7. the following message from her husband ” I am in Syria with our son, I will contact you when I will have mobile coverage”. 

     According the UN Council of Human Rights report, published the Aug. 13. the Islamic State (IS), has constructed training camps, in order to recruit children for it’s armed groups, pretending to provide them education. IS created a facebook page untitled “Bring your boys to us”, in witch Erion is pictured smiling among other children of his age under the black IS banner.

     Kosovo authorities are estimating than between a 100 and 200 Kosovo Albanians have joined the rangs of IS in Syria and Iraq, 16 of them have been killed.

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If you cannot, or will not, help, then at least keep quiet!

Alexander Vučić, Serbia’s PMReferring to the panic spread by social media via the disinformation diffused to the population.

Western Balkan’s «Iron» Ladies

zorana-mihajlovicThe countries of Western Balkans are known for many unfortunate events and regrettably, not famous for their progressive and “main stream” public image. Nevertheless, the “visibility” of female state-persons, in key decision-making public positions with impressive CVs, is interesting high.

In Albania, since 2013 at the helm of the ministry of defense is Mrs. Mimi Kodheli with a background in Public Administration and financial studies. Former Deputy Mayor or Tirana and a prominent member of Albanian Socialist Party, she was the choice of the reformist center-left PM Edi Rama.

In the government of our northwest neighbor, an other important ministry, that of European Integration is occupied by 31 year old Klajda Gjosha. The crucial role of this particular ministry lies on the fact that Albania has the status of potential candidate country, with the European integration high in the agenda of its PM.

The head of the self-proclaimed State of Kosovo is Ms Atifete Jahjaga. Having a legal background, she served in various positions in Law enforcement agencies, In 2011 she was elected President by the parliament replacing the Swiss-Kosovar tycoon Behgjet Pacolli who stepped down after only after 2 months into his term.

The position of the Deputy Prime Minister as well as the reins of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in Serbia, holds Dr. Zorana Mihajlović (photo). With a notable academic career in Serbia she is also a prominent member of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, in witch the position of vice president holds Jorgovanka Tabaković, the governor of Central Bank of Serbia!

Alenka Bratušek was the Prime Minister of Slovenia until the 5th of Mai 2014. A financial expert, Bratušek helped lead Slovenia away from the prospect of an international bailout in December by injecting 3 billion euros ($4.16 billion) into several of Slovenia’s banks.

Also Prime Minister, this time in the frame of one of the complex political systems in Europe, in Republika Srpska (RS) is Željka Cvijanović. RS is one of the two political entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (sounds already confusing!)

Last but not least, is worth mentioning that the owner of the prominent Belgrade Football Club “Obilič” is the notorious Mrs.Svetlana Ražnatović, the turbo-pop star “Ceca”, widow of the also notorious paramilitary convicted leader Željko Ražnatović, called as “Arkan”

Let’s also not fail to remember, that those Western Balkans countries, belong or aspire to belong to a Europe, lead by Germany , whose Minister of Defense is Dr. Ursula von der Leyen.

Not bad for female integration. Not bad at all..

Neighbor’s Help

Serbia_floods   During the last couple of days a major humanitarian calamity is unfolding in the Western Balkans area. The catastrophic floods in Serbia and BiH have led to the death, so far, of 45 people, the displacement of one other 25.000. Thousands of houses and agricultural crops have been wiped out by overflowing rivers and the economic repercussions are uncalculated. Serbia’s “Nicola Tesla” biggest power plant, located 20 miles southwest of Belgrade, which covers roughly half of Serbia’s electricity needs, is still in danger to be affected by flooding waters

  Governments and organizations from 30 countries are providing humanitarian and technical assistance inasmuch as significant financial aid. The Western Balkans aid until now is as follows:

  FYROM deployed divers, lifeguards and mountaineers, 45 water pumps, 35 generators, 3.000 blankets, medical teams, medicines and a Mi-17 helicopter (probably one of the very few operational). FYROM also supplied Serbia with 80 megawatts of electricity per hour, while the water bottling facility Kazuvcanka provided 30,000 bottles of water.

  Croatia, itself partially affected, send 10 fire trucks, boats and additional equipment along with a small specially trained team. Two Croatian military helicopters complete with crews and soldiers have been at the disposal of BiH’s authorities since May 15th.

  Montenegro sent 41 soldiers of the Montenegrin army with 7 military SUVs, 6 trucks and additional equipment.

  Albania sent five search and rescue units.

  In the view of all this mobilization the official Greek response was unacceptably “mild”. No state aid plan was announced and no government recourses made available to the affected populations. Even at the level of support statements, no one except the strictly necessary government personnel made any effort to mobilize public opinion. We are confident that the Serbian Consulate in Thessaloniki will be more then adequate to organize, manage and transfer the disaster relief. The great, long and time lasting Greek-Serbian friendship, which derives from the inner core of the Greek nation, remains silent. The glorious and human-suffer sensitive Greek people at the moment is preoccupied if Sunday-election-night exit-poles will get it right this time!