"If I had felt any unease that I was potentially exploiting a horrible situation for personal gain, it was short-lived. The next four months were the most stressful, difficult, and dangerous of my life until that point, and probably—hopefully—ever. ... On December 31, 2004, I achieved a couple of significant milestones: I made my final student loan payment, and I had a positive net worth for the first time in my adult life. Mortars, rockets, and car bombs aside, that was pretty satisfying
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Sep 15, 2012 -
is a photographer from Belgrade, Serbia. He uses photography to document social change to his environment and events in his homeland. He has covered some of the most important events in the region: war in Kosovo in 1998, NATO maneuvers in Italy in 1998 and intervention in 1999, numerous anti-regime protests 1996-2000, events surrounding the fall of government in Belgrade in October 2000, the crisis in southern Serbia. More recently, he has published new photos from the conflict in Israel and Palestine, every day life in Gaza,
and reportage from the Faroe Islands. [some images NSFW - war violence and gore] [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Kosovo is technically part of Serbia, but it's been governed by the U.N. since 1999, after NATO militarily intervened to stop Slobodan Milosevic's brutal suppression and expulsion of ethnic Albanian separatists. Now that it has declared its independence (with US support), the elephant in the room remains: Independent Kosovo? Why Not Vermont?
"Why is statehood OK for some people but frowned on for others?" There is no internationally accepted standard for independence. "This is the great hole in democratic theory."
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 17, 2008 -
Super patriot Charlie Daniels famous for warning hippies that "it's a flag, not no rag" wrote about
the Kosovo War back in the day... yeah... it's ironic.
posted by DougieZero1982
on Aug 16, 2005 -
Hello to the Krilcic family. Ten years after we last saw you we are alive and well. And I hope you are. We would like to hear from you and see you. Goodbye.
In each episode of Videoletters
, two former neighbors, friends or colleagues separated by the Bosnian war exchange video messages. Since 1999, two filmmakers
have been helping people from across the former Yugoslavia find and reconnect with one another in this way, often with heart-breaking results. Watch a sample episode here
about two young men, Vlada (a Serb) and Ivica (a Croat), whose families were close friends when the war began. [Bit more inside]
posted by Ljubljana
on Apr 29, 2005 -
'My name is Saranda and I am 13 years old. I moved to Liverpool from Kosovo three years ago ... '
posted by plep
on Jun 25, 2003 -
NATO Ducks Uranium Ban Amid Clamor for Research.
NATO partners split on dangers of depleted uranium weapons."U.S. attack jets fired some 31,000 rounds of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition during NATO's 1999 campaign to end Serb repression of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. About 10,000 rounds were also fired in neighboring Bosnia in 1994-95."
Of course, this doesn't count rounds used during the Gulf War.
posted by Mr. skullhead
on Jan 9, 2001 -
left-over gun shells poisoning the environment
US and NATO forces left enough low-level depleted uranium shells lying around in bosnia/kosovo to cause an environmental hazard. I wrote whitehouse.gov and the d.o.d. about how important i think it is that we clean up this mess, pronto. i love using the word, pronto. this is important, and could really affect us if we don't fix it now.
posted by bliss322
on Jan 7, 2001 -
I don't even understand exactly what the objective of the original mission was, other than risk your lives because we tell you to.
Shouldn't we have goals when we send military units into action? (I say we because to me, the UN is all of us.) It reminds me of this article
about how the Kosovo operation ignored the painful lessons America learned in Vietnam.
I don't pretend to understand how we can solve these mammoth problems, but they still concern me. Is military force really the answer here?
posted by Ezrael
on Jul 16, 2000 -