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 -
Pope John Paul II has had a heart attack
. Soon, the College
his successor. Even in death, however, this pontiff will exert extraordinary control over
the process, having elevated
unprecedented number of clerics to this body.
The choice of Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino
archbishop of Havana, would continue
John Paul II's
of opposition to communism and totalitarianism. Another frontrunner is the socially conservative Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze
Arinze would continue John Paul II's cultural legacy while
recognizing the demographic reality
of modern global Catholicism. Also mentioned as a frontrunner is Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga
of Honduras, a strong
of third world debt relief. Progressives would welcome the elevation of German Cardinal Walter Kasper
for religious tolerance and pluralism, or the moderate Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re,
a frequent stand-in
during the Holy Week ceremonies. Conservatives favor Columbian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos. Hoyos shares the Pope's traditionalist
of a church
at odds with modernity.
But the smart money
is on Dionigi Tettamanzi
posted by felix betachat
on Apr 1, 2005 -