source list on Kosovo/NATO


Jan Slakov

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 07:11:08 +0000
From: Paul Swann <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Kosovo articles

Several people have expressed appreciation for the articles re: Kosovo that
I've circulated recently. Diana Johnstone's article "Seeing Yugoslavia through
a Dark Glass", written last August, has been particularly well received.

She's now written another important article called "Notes on the Kosovo Problem
and the International Community", which I highly recommend. It's on the www

I've listed several other articles below that I've found to be of
particular interest, and have included the urls where available.
I will be happy to send email versions of all or any of these on request.

Some of the articles discuss the causes of the conflict, some describe the
consequences, and one addresses the dilemna of mounting an effective
campaign against the Nato bombing. You may have seen some of them already.
Hopefully you will find something that helps to make sense of this tragedy and
which might be useful in any campaigning that you do.

Two websites that I can recommend are:

Stratfor Kosovo Crisis Center

ZNet Kosovo page

I appreciate that many people are already overwhelmed with the situation, and
please let me know if you'd rather not receive further postings.

Of all the articles I've read in the past few weeks, one stands out for me
as a source of inspiration and direction -  Coki Treespirit's Comment in
'The Progressive Response' on "Foreign Policy & Voice of Ancestors", which
I've copied below. It doesn't discuss Kosovo directly but says much in a
quiet way about where humanity is going wrong.

Regards, and peace to all,


 (email copies available on request)

Notes on the Kosovo Problem and the International Community
by Diana Johnstone

Seeing Yugoslavia through a Dark Glass:
Politics, Media and the Ideology of Globalization
by Diana Johnstone

Dismantling Former Yugoslavia, Recolonising Bosnia
by Michel Chossudovsky

The Current Bombings: Behind the Rhetoric
by Noam Chomsky

Kosovo Crisis Points to Global Realignment
Stratfor analysis - 29 March 1999

Kosovo Freedom Fighters Financed by Organized Crime
by Michel Chossudovsky

Impacts of Nato's "Humanitarian" Bombings,
The Balance Sheet of Destruction in Yugoslavia
by Michel Chossudovsky

How Nato Destroyed the Work of Yugoslav NGOs
Hidden Heroes: Diary of an NGO activist
by Jenny Hyatt and Miljenko Dereta

The Information War about Kosovo
Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

What Nato tried to impose on Serbia -
Rambouillet: Appendix B

It's bad now, but what if the KLA were in control?
by Anthony Daniels

Kosovo: 'The war is about the mines'
by Sara Flounders

Kosovo, War Hysteria, and the Liberal Fallacy
by Richard K. Moore

Kosovo Questions and Answers
The Progressive Response

What the "NATO war" in Europe is really all about
by Professor Tanya Reinhart

This atrocity is still a mystery to Nato. Perhaps I can help...
by Robert Fisk

Poison cloud engulfs Belgrade
Times/Serbian Ecological Society

Ecological Catastrophe - NATO Bombings
An annotated list of articles
by Janet Easton, e.g. Environment of Europe at Risk
from NATO Bombing, Environment News Service (ENS)

A Letter about some of the Complexities of Opposition -
Being able to say neither/nor
by Cynthia Cockburn

The Fatal Flaws Underlying Nato's Intervention in Yugoslavia
by Lt Gen Satish Nambiar (Retd.)
(First Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations
Forces deployed in the former Yugoslavia 1992-93)


The Progressive Response   14 April 1999   Vol. 3, No. 13
Editor: Tom Barry <•••@••.•••>

II. Comments


The United States, by its role as the super power of the world affects even
the smallest village in an obscure country. It has the power to affect the
way humans treat one another and the world around them. This power in the
past and present has been used for material gains and personal power. This
type of structure can no longer continue in the global nature of foreign
policy today. The intertwining of economies necessitates a new way of
looking at Earth as a whole, where an action in one part deeply affects
those who may be far removed from those actions.

We, as indigenous people, look at humanity as caretakers, not owners, of
our environments. The original instructions of our environment and its
processes have been tempered and altered, to its detriment.

The global economic structure omits personal responsibility for the effects
of corporate or national actions on people and the environment. In the
multinational corporate structure, CEOs blame stockholders, or managers or
anyone they can for their actions that cause wholesale destruction of
indigenous cultures and communities and the environment. This is also true
on a political level. It is sad to say that our political structure is more
influenced by a few multinational firms based on greed and power, than a
true resolution of the problems facing our planet. We look for the short
term gain rather than the long term vision.

What is the answer? In regard to U.S. foreign policy anywhere in the world,
we must first consider and focus with honor and respect on the sacred
process of the environment and its relation with the indigenous peoples who
have learned how to survive and adapt in that environment and its sacred

We must bear in mind the results of our actions -- common sense, not focus
groups, studies or impact states that waste time, money and resources. If
you remove an element from an environment, such as the removal of vast
amounts of water from the Great Lakes to sell overseas, is this a wise use
of resources? It may be that this removal affects lives in Mexico and the
Gulf States. As native American tradition states, we must see our actions in
terms of their effects on the seventh generation in the future. We the few
and Indigenous in nature believe in offering our energies for the healing of
our sacred and living planet and humanity. The future is now, we must think
in hundreds of thousands of years and put aside that "what's in it for me"
attitude and turn it around and say how may we help, and participate in the
healing process; Bring back the focus on original instruction of our
environment and its people.

The voice of our Ancestors.

Coki Treespirit <•••@••.•••> [Note from Jan: I wrote to this address but
the message was returned. Maybe it will work like this: <•••@••.•••>.]

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