Holy Archangels' Monastery near Prizren, Serbia

"You showed me the church of Yours as the source of health", Dusan's gift charter. -Full reconstruction was interrupted... -In June 1999 a monk from the monastery, Fr. Chariton, was abducted. -Now - a spiritual center gathering the remaining Orthodox people from Prizren and around. The young monastic brotherhood is full of religious enthusiasm and remains confident that one day Holy Archangels will be completely reconstructed.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Discussion with an Albanian Islamic Fascist about Serbs and Kosovo

I think these interviews - with Father Benedict and now with an
Albanian in Britain who has told me twice he is an "Islamic Fascist" - need
to be distributed all over the world. There are a lot of people out there
who only know what they have been told about Serbs. It never ceases to
amaze me that so much totally false information is believed in this world if
someone repeats it often enough. Serbs have proof that somehow never
tell the world about. I am often accused, as I am in this exchange below,
of being paid by the "Serb Lobby" for writing my articles. Had there BEEN a
Serb lobby 10 years ago when I first started writing about the break-up of
Yugoslavia, it would not have taken me so long to figure out what the real
arguments are all about in the Balkans!.

Mary Mostert

Discussion with an Albanian Islamic Fascist about Serbs and Kosovo

By: Mary Mostert
August 23, 2006

In the past few days I've been corresponding with an Albanian reader in
Britain, who identified himself as Genci Sala. He said he was "shocked" at
my interview with
<http://www.bannerofliberty.com/BOL-06MQC/8-13-2006.1.html> Father
Benedict, Abbot of Holy Archangels Monastery in Kosovo. He claimed my
questions and Father Benedict's answers showed that all I had written was
"put out by the Serb lobby there in the US."

He then challenged me to tell his side of the story. He wrote: "Are you
professional enough to discuss your article with me? I am one of those
Albanians that you call Islamic fascists. Exactly one of those Albanians
that saved all the Jews during the WW2. Never, and not at all one of those
Serbs, fighters of values that exterminated 95% of the jews living in

World War II ended in 1945, which is 60 years ago. Although I wondered how a
29 year old could have been "one of those Albanians that saved all the Jews
during WW2", I wrote back and suggested that he give HIS answers to the 11
questions I asked Father Benedict, plus a 12th question pertaining to
Albanians and Jews.
Question # 1 was: "Could you briefly tell our readers what was going on in
Kosovo back in 1343 and why King Dushan built the monastery?"

Sala's Answer: "Question 1 is wrongly formulated, and very biased in an
answer expectation. King Dushan never built any monasteries in Kosova. If he
built any, then, never, and I repeat, never would it be the monastery
mentioned there.
There's quite plain evidence that the monastery is way older than the year
in question, and there's plain proof that THAT MONASTERY HAD BEEN AN
you had at least the minimal historical education, you should have been well
aware of the fact that Serbs weren't even close to Kosova at the time we're
arguing. If, in any occasion, by any chance, should you argue that, the fact
is that the iconography found in the inner, oldest layers of the monastery
walls appears to be of quite a different style from the Slavic style of
icons. Later it was covered, by Slavic iconography, after which we have the
transformation in mosques, and then again in orthodox shrines.
"King Dushan, (Stefan Dushan) spent his life since his early age fighting
against his father, Milutin, in first place, and then waging (sic) war
against Herzegovina, Constantinople (Byzantium), invaded Albania(Kosovo,
Macedonia and Eirus) thus proclaiming himself king of the Serbs and the
Greeks by stopping at the gates of Thessaloniki.

"Established the Serb patriarchate. He was a tyrant and a despotic ruler.
Still, I don't see what the hell this has to do with the resent, the
intervention of the freedom fighters (KLA and US), the Serb terror over
Albanians and the rest of non-Serb world. You have asked the devil where he
lives. Well, you found him. probably you should read more; maybe an
independent source wouldn't harm your wit."

Mary: Actually, the history and the royal line of the Serbian kings are
well-documented through recorded history and archeology. Stefan Dushan
became the king of Serbia and the Greeks in 1346 over lands which did
include Kosovo. Milutin was king of Serbia from 1282-1321 AD, and died when
Stefan Dushan was 10 years old. He wasn't Stefan Dushan's father. King
Milutin was King Dushan's grandfather. I doubt if 10 year old Dushan had
really been "fighting against his father, Milutin" from birth to age 10.

Question 2 asked Father Benedict to tell us about the History of the
persecution of Serbian Orthodox Christians during 500 years of occupation by
Turkish Muslims, and Question 3 asked him to comment on the fact that during
that 500 years somehow the Serbs remained faithful to Jesus Christ in spite
of having their sons kidnapped and raised in Turkey to be Islamic terrorists
to persecute their own people.

Sala dismissed questions 2 and 3, and questions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as
irrelevant. (Those questions are fully answered
<http://www.bannerofliberty.com/BOL-06MQC/8-13-2006.1.html> by Father
Question 4 was about a member of Holy Archangels community, Father Chariton,
who was kidnapped by the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999 and beheaded. His
body, but never his head, was found in 2000 in an Albanian cemetery. I asked
"Has either KFOR or the Albanian government of Kosovo ever arrested and
prosecuted anyone for that atrocity?"
"Which atrocity? Priests, allegedly and supposedly should work for peace, to
spread the word of Jesus in this stupid world, and not engage themselves in
politics, especially when it treats the destruction of a nation and
proclaims the supremacy of another. It is the Serb Orthodox Church (that is)
to be blamed for most of the fires lit in the Balkans, for the atrocities
against innocent civilians, in Bosnia, in Kosova, in Croatia and elsewhere.
"It is now more than 300 000 heavy casualties, innocent lives that yoke upon
the "church" of Serb nationalism. But, of course ma'am, you are innocent
enough to buy whatever sold to you the cheapest! All the following questions
are way too stupid to deserve an answer. You in your "cunningness"(surely,
it is a plain effort of yours to martyred Serbs, especially by depicting
them as "loyal to Jesus Christ"... but, surely there's no intelligence used
in all this at all, as you should adapt your intelligence to the level of
your subscribed readers' IQ, which, honestly, is lower than Homer Simpson's"

Mary: After reading that incredible dismissal of the beheading of Father
Chariton, it struck me as a good example of the real issue at hand in
Kosovo. Genci does not deny that Father Chariton was kidnapped, tortured and
beheaded by the Kosovo Liberation Army, the group trained by Osama bin Laden
and armed by bin Laden and Iran and supported with air power by the USA and
NATO. He just tells me it wasn't an atrocity and follows that with a garbled
and totally bizarre definition of "what a Christian is." He not only claims
the Serbs "killed more than 400,000 people (up from the 300,000 that the
Serbs killed in the preceding paragraph) but even blamed it on the Serbs not
"caring about" Kosovo!
He then concludes by saying: "Let's jump now to the last section of your
interview with the man of "god"...ranting about how "the war claimed way
over 20,000 Albanian lives. . Belgrade doesn't care about Kosova! They know
Kosova has never been Serb, nor has it been part of Serbia, neither of
Serbian identity. Kosova is the richest region in the Balkans. It has never
been the cradle of the Serb civilisation; should it have been, all the Serbs
should gather and pray to Albanians as they appear to have been the very
creators of Serbian populace and nation."

My Question 8, which Genci would not answer, was,: What do you believe will
happen to the remaining Serbs, their churches and the monasteries in Kosovo
if the international community hands it over to the Albanian Muslim majority
as is being demanded?

He did, however, answer Question 12. If Kosovo becomes part of Albania or an
independent Albanian country, what will the policy in the new nation that is
formed be towards Jews, Serbs, Romas and other minorities and their
In World War II, the approximately 1000 Jews in Kosovo and in Albania were
transported to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in the summer of 1944.
Between 1941 and 1944, six hundred Jews from Greater Albania were sent to
their deaths in various concentration camps around Europe. Four Hundred of
them died at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. After the NATO bombing of
1999, all remaining Jews in Kosovo fled to Israel. Today, there are only 10
Jews in all of Albania and apparently non in Kosovo.
Since 1999, Albanians have burned down or blown up over 150 Serbian
<http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/mostert/060812> Orthodox Christian
Churches, many of them 700-800 years old.
Sala replied to that with a claim of Albanians having "a 5000 years long
documented history in the Balkans. Call it a new nation? Well, you should
have known Noah, probably Adam.... Israel was nowhere at the time when
Albanians were creating the European civilisation and nations." (!??) After
taking the credit for the civilization of the entire continent of Europe,
Sala concludes:

"What will happen to Serbs?
"I suppose, they should get their future in their own hands thereafter. They
should try to integrate themselves into the society. They already have more
seats than they should, according to the proportional vote in Kosova's
parliament. They have their counties, their seats in counsels, the central
government, in the parliament even in the staff of the president. They are
playing the "brave" game of boycotting, stringed and puppeted from Belgrade,
in order to 'assure stability' in the region; as they have always done, in
fact, only with the slight smear of some 400 000 killed civilians in less
than 10 years in their(Belgrade's) biography.

He ended with some advice to "Serbs of Kosova," who "should stop looking
towards Belgrade as their protector." If they really wanted to see a prosper
Kosova, if they really care about Kosova. They should start thinking about
the future of Kosova, if they really consider it the best part of their
national heritage... It is very weird the fact that it is Serbs who are seen
as timid and mistrustful towards Albanians... while Albanians were their
victims no longer than 7 years ago!"
Mary: In 1999 the American Air force bombed the Serbs for 79 days because,
President Bill Clinton said in an address to the nation on May 13, 1999, the
html> bombing was justified because
"Nine of every 10 Kosovar Albanians now has been driven from their home;
thousands murdered; at least 100,000 missing; many young men led away in
front of their families; over 500 cities, towns and villages torched. All
this has been carried out, you must understand, according to a plan
carefully designed months earlier in Belgrade."

Where did President Clinton get that figure and the wording that it was all
"designed months earlier in Belgrade? His words are almost the same as
Sala's, who tells me in an e-mail:

"I am one of those Albanians that you call Islamic fascists."
Other Albanians, leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) apparently
repeatedly told members of the Clinton administration officials such as
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Defense Cohen, and
Christian Amanpour, a Muslim, who was reporting the story from Kosovo
worldwide for CNN, the the Serbs had killed hundreds of thousands of
Albanians, and that that they were buried in mass graves. That would have
been a remarkable feat since the Albanians not only had a large well
equipment army, the KLA, but also outnumbered the Serbs 10 to 1 in Kosovo.

In addition, while the Serbs had no lobby in Washington, the
Albanian-American lobby spent million lobbying Congress, with Bob Dole the
largest recipient of $1 million. The Serbs were hit from both sides of the
To find the bodies and bury them with proper Muslim rites and to gather
proof of the genocide for use in the Hague trial of Slobodan Milosevic,
after the bombing was over, scores of forensic experts from other nations
were sent to Kosovo to uncover the "mass graves." After months of digging up
areas identified by Albanians as "mass graves" containing between 100,000
and 400,000 dead Albanians, Emilio <http://www.converge.org.nz/ma/scook.htm>
Perez Pujol, a pathologist who led the Spanish forensic team said: : "I
calculate that the final figure of dead in Kosovo will be 2,500 at the most,
including lots of strange deaths that can't be blamed on anyone." . . .
The quote above is from a paper published in New Zealand. The American
media, that was defending Clinton at the time, didn't think the American
people needed to hear about what those forensic exerts looking for the
"proof" of genocide in order to convict Milosevic and the Serbs DIDN'T find.
We live in a strange world. It appears that most Democrats who supported
Clinton are still sure that the Serbs needed to be bombed, have part of
their country confiscated and handed over to Islamic fascists, even after
the forensic exerts proved no "genocide" had taken place, while at the same
time they tell us that President George W. Bush was totally wrong to invade
Iraq (a href= http://www.usaid.gov/iraq/legacyofterror.html) where 400,000
bodies HAVE been found in mass graves, victims of the official terrorism of
Saddam Hussein's government.
As for the Serbs, they appear to be in much the same boat as the Israelis -
surrounded by hostile Islamic Fascists who seem determined to finish what
the Nazis and the Fascists of the 1930s and1940s started.
Other references:
1. See: A <http://historymedren.about.com/library/atlas/blatmaserb1.htm>
Central Intelligence Agency map which shows the boundaries of Kosovo and
Metohia in 1196 AD, 1356 AD., 1389AD and the International and Republic
Modern boundaries.
2. See Archeological
<http://www.rastko.org.yu/arheologija/djordje_jankovic.html> research shows
NO Albanian presence in Kosovo the Middle Ages.

[KIM-Info] Serb man beaten up in downtown Decani

Subject: [KIM-Info] Serb man beaten up in downtown Decani

Decani, August 22, 2006

A Serb man named Vuko Danilovic (age 55), who was taking part in a
"multiethnic camp" program with a group of five Serb children, was beaten up
yesterday in downtown Decani. The "multiethnic camp" which began on August
21 brought together 30 Serb, Albanian and Roma children and was organized
for the purpose of enhancing cooperation among communities on the territory
of the municipality of Decani. Danilovic, a teacher in Decani before the
war, came with a group of Serb children from Berane (Montenegro), where most
Serb refugees from the Decani area have been living for the past seven

"In the morning we visited the municipal building where we were very
courteously received by the mayor, Nazmi Selmanaj. After that we went to the
main town square, where we bought ice cream for the children. A number of
people approached me to say hello and shake hands because I had quite a few
Albanian friends before the war. Everything seemed peaceful and ordinary;
there were quite a few people in the streets. Suddenly, a young man
approached me and, while swearing at me, began to hit me with his fists in
the head and the stomach. As I attempted to defend myself another young
Albanian approached and likewise began to beat me. I fell to the ground from
the force of the blows. By the time my colleagues from the group ran to my
aid the attackers had disappeared. After receiving medical attention I filed
a report with the (Kosovo Police Service)," said Vuko Danilovic, who visited
Visoki Decani Monastery this afternoon with the children from the
"multiethnic camp".

Because of the shock they experienced the Serb members of the "multiethnic
camp" left for Montenegro this evening, where Danilovic will undergo a
thorough physical since he has a bad headache and does not hear anything
with his right ear.
The incident in downtown Decani demonstrates that necessary conditions for
free movement of the Serb population in this part of Metohija still do not

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

One impression from Kosovo and Metohija


As said previously, we should all try to bring back our memories and testify about Kosovo being crucified. Though unworthy we suffered through hell on Earth, we have seen eyes of evil and opposite side of human medal.
Somebody told me long time ago that sad stories and poems are not to be told because no one would read it, but what about sadness wrapped around reality with thick ties, when darkness tries to swallow whole world, when hatred emerges in its worst shapes?
That would not be a sad story, but sort of a fairytale, modern one- cause life in Kosovo and Metohija for Serbs had been a fairytale of a long-lasting fight between darkness and the light.
When bombing started, all of our dreams, wishes and prayers became one: God please save me and protect me! No more school, no more music, no more books, only fear on the streets, buildings, cities and villages. Fear paralyzing our inner being, disbelief that in 20th century someone can bomb someone else just like that, and human lives to be considered for a collateral damage?!
My Albanian friends came to say goodbye, they did not explain me why they had to leave, later on I found out they all had a silent agreement to leave Kosovo when first bomb falls down in order to create picture of humanitarian disaster, persecution and presenting to all devils Medias how they allegedly suffered. Serbs remained living in basements that looked like graves, people fled from Pristina, Prizren, from whole Metohija towards the border with Serbia. No bread, no flour, no food…My neighbors were taken tranquilizers, despair ruled the world around me. Explosions, bullets, fire above our heads became only reality. When the NATO campaign stopped Albanians started returning to their homes. All allegedly killed people were pretty much alive and furious attacking us with rocks, hand grenades, hatred in every possible way. Walking on the street was forbidden, buying groceries, talking Serbian, people were taken away, abducted for only one reasons: they were Serbs. Pain grew stronger and year after year crimes got repeated: 2000 Serbs were kidnapped, harvesters from Staro Gracko were brutally killed- mutilated, children in Gorazdevac were murdered, Dimitrije was killed 10 meters away from a police station in Gracanica?! Suffer and pain, sadness and fear, only church bells awaked us not to sink to deep.
7 years after bombing stopped nothing really changed, only allegedly mistreated Albanian population has it space filled up with small factories, quickly growing flats and mosques, warehouses, expensive cars and big restaurants. Were those the same people pretending chaos and humanitarian disaster in tents over northern Macedonia? Were those the same people allegedly mistreated in last 10 years before ’99?
Well- no chance!
Albanian terrorist change their uniform so instead of wearing UCK/KLA suits they wore politician mannered outfit, they all jumped from a butchers to well dressed so-called Kosovo Government members. Devil knows how to conquer the world and unconsolidated souls. Seven years of vacuum. Seven years of waiting for the miracle to happen, looking at the worst variety of characters sent from all over the world. None of them was sent to help, only to earn, money as the only value accepted these days.

Crying out may help; there is no weapon that can change an abyss we had fallen into after ’99, only God and His armies of holy Archangels and Angels- suite of divine fighters lighting up the candles of our lives.
Same as Holy Kosovo Martyrs, Tsar Lazar and his soldiers we are all her to testify, to tell the story about lambs and wolfs, about good and evil, about Christ and his opponents. All of us are here to choose, and thank God love is our side.

by Raindonna (City of Grachanitza)


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Church will never have peace with prince of this world

His guilt - His Orthodox Christian Archdiocese is in unity with One Holy Apostolic Church
Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric

It has been 9 days since His Beatitude the Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje k. k. Jovan (John) has been imprisoned for second time in the central prison “Idrizovo”. The terror which the Macedonian government, in interaction with the state-sponsored schismatic MOC, has been conducting over its own citizens, not only does it not cease, but it increases in force. We remind you that the Archbishop has not embezzled any financial means, since all of the € 57.000, together with the interest of € 180, were timely handed over to the court of first instance in Veles, in the first moment when this was requested by Mr. Trifun Kostovski through the media, and who later testified before the court that Archbishop Jovan is innocent. Based on his testimony the Archbishop was twice liberated, and the third time, after a severe political pressure, he was sentenced to imprisonment.

The parasynagogue MOC, together with certain political residues from the past system and the proverbially corrupted Macedonian judiciary, as a matter of fact, do not cease to terrorise the canonical Archbishop in the Republic of Macedonia, His Beatitude k. k. Jovan, the bishops and members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, solely on the basis of their religious beliefs.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

"War with Islamic terrorists" -- interview with Father Benedict

Mary Mostert
August 12, 2006
Renew America
Banner of Liberty

On August 10th, as the news broke that a group of Islamic terrorists were plotting to blow up some more American airliners, President George W. Bush stepped to the microphone in Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin and stated: "The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation." He then went on to praise the British intelligence efforts that lead to thwarting another deadly massacre of Americans. I think most Americans today would agree with President Bush's statement.

However, there is a group of people who have been battling Islamic fascists for literally hundreds of years — the Serbs. To this very day, the propaganda efforts of Islamic fascists have been every bit as successful, if not more successful, than the propaganda efforts of Adolf Hitler's fascists in the 1940s when they kept telling the world that the Jews, not the German fascists, were the group that were to blame for all the problems in central Europe.

As Hitler's fascism began spreading and seizing control of one nation in Europe after the other, the American people were being convinced by some powerful leaders that the future of the 20th Century would be best if the Germans "efficient" government was spread. Most Americans were isolationists and some of our most honored heroes, such as Charles Lindbergh, openly supported fascism. In a speech in Des Moines on September 11, 1941, 3 months before Pearl Harbor was bombed, Lindbergh criticized President Roosevelt, the British and the Jews for " "agitating for war." He was convinced that the Germans would win any war and warned the Jews that any effort on their part to oppose Hitler would cause them to lose their "large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government." That rosy view of fascism was erased by the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

In the 21st century, not even the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, has awakened most of the Democrats and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. Again we are watching as fascism, this time Islamic fascism, move rapidly as fascism did in the 1930s to take control of much of Europe. And, the one group that fought Hitler's brand of fascism while others in Europe either appeased or surrendered to Hitler, is again far ahead of the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world, in recognizing who the enemy really is.

Yet, the Islamic fascists are demanding and may soon be given a large chunk of Serbia in the near future. Since the Serb side of this story is NEVER told on American or European TV sets, radios or newspapers, I asked questions of Father Benedict, who is and has been living this story, to answer questions that I've pondered about for the past 10 years as I wrote about the break-up of Yugoslavia. One of my readers apparently sent to the Monastery an article of mine, published in February 2006, that was entitled: Why is a bombed mosque major news, while bombed churches are ignored? This interview consists of my questions and Father Benedict's answers on the subject.

whole interview


Saturday, August 12, 2006

Today our Holy Church celebrates St. Angelina of Serbia

(July 30, Julian calendar/ August 12, Gregorian)

The holy saint, Angelina, was the daughter of the Godly Orthodox Prince of Albania, the brave Scanderbeg. At that time most of the people of Albania were Orthodox Christians who were glorious in their defense of the Faith. At the court of her father who ruled this people the princess Angelina grew up, increasing in the gifts of the Spirit by the help of the Lord God, and her will made strong by the teaching of Christ. The name of her mother is not known, but we can see how she was brought up and what great care her parents gave to the training of her soul in the spirit of the Gospel teaching--and who but her mother would have given so much thought to the growth towards God of her heart and soul?
While she was living thus, growing in stature and the knowledge of the Lord, the young ruler of Serbia, Stephen, came to her father seeking refuge from those of his countrymen who wished to kill him. This Stephen was very gentle and God fearing and some years before had suffered the wrath of the Turkish Sultan who had unjustly punished him with blindness. Comforted by his clear conscience, Stephen bore his misfortune with a strong heart. Prince Scanderberg received him as a kinsman and before long Stephen felt himself to be a member of the household.
In view of his prolonged exile there and his godly character, it is not surprising that he won the sympathy of Angelina, and not only her sympathy, for their hearts came very close together. So strong was her love that she agreed to share the lot of the young ruler who was not only without a country but also without eyes• Having received the consent of her parents, the young couple received the blessing of the Church in the rite of marriage.
In the years that followed they had two sons, George and John. When they had grown up, the peace of that country was destroyed by the invasion of the Turks who began killing people with no regard to age or sex. Wherefore Stephen, with his wife Angelina and his two sons, fled to Italy where he lived out the remaining portion of his life until his repose in 1468. Angelina was left a widow. In her poverty she turned to the Hungarian ruler for help. He showed mercy and gave them the town of Kupinovo in Sirmie. So in l486 she came from Italy with her two sons, bearing the incorrupt body of her saintly husband, which she buried there in his Serbian homeland. The two sons also became saints. The first-born, George, gave his title as ruler to his younger brother John and became a monk by the name of Maxim; John was married but had no sons and died in 1503 when he was not yet old. His life was full of good works and it pleased the Lord to glorify him by working miracles through trace bestowed on his relics. Thus, her husband and both of her sons died during Angelina's lifetime. Already old and having drunk the cup of sorrow she took upon herself the "angelic way of life", and followed the rule of prayer as a nun for the salvation of her soul. When her time came she died quietly in the Lord, and was buried in one tomb with her sons in the church of the monastery of Krushedol in Frushka Gora, where to this day there is a service every year in her memory.
(Adapted from Lives of the Serbian Saints by Voyeslav Yanich; reprinted by Eastern Orthodox Books, 1974,)


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Holy Archangels' Dream near Prizren, Serbia (Part Two)

Nemanja Kijačić

In a hurry to “Holy Archangels”,
The hart of spirituality,
On crucified Kosovo.

When I pass the gate of “Archangels”,
I cherish green brows of Shar-mountains,
As I walk a sound of clarity of a river I can find,
The smell of incense and candles, that I feel,
Then, I am sure,
I have entered in the house of God!

It was turning down by people, which are not,
It was turning down by centuries.
But, they can not crush it down!

Who was crushing down “The Archangels”,
He was crushing down himself.

God can’t be crushed down.
God is not in stones,
In woods or gold,
God is in his people,
In hart and wisdom.
You can not touch the God,
But you can feel and see Him.

In Belgrade,
March, 19th, 2006.

Nemanja Kijačić (1983, Prizren, Kosovo & Metohija) is student of Belgrade Law University. He is finishing a book “Godine nespokoja” (The years of anxiety). He lives in Belgrade, as refuge.

Translated by Vučko Vučković (1979, Pristina, Kosovo & Metohija). He is finishing a book «Invasion». He lives in Zemun, Serbia, as refuge.


Holy Archangels' Dream near Prizren, Serbia

Milica Stanojevic

City of Prizren quietly sleeps,
While over him fog moves,
On Kosovo, plane field,
In the heart of Metohija, exactly.

The big cloud is over him,
Dushan’s city quietly dreams,
The emperor from heaven is crying,
In his city there is no Serbs.

Enemy of the Cross is ruling the country,
Destroying churches and Christian homes,
The Cross is on bonfire, and the “moon” is exalted,
Turning down Serbian Sanctities.

In that night, big and dark,
Like dawn something shining,
Fighting the evil and unjustice,
“Archangels” are rising up!

And the walls of Emperor’s city,
Unconquered standing still,
Because, they are guarded by the Holy Force,
Dushan won’t lose his empire!

And don’t regret Serbian nation!
Yours wounds will be healed,
Strong faith will help,
God and Holy Archangels!

Milica Stanojević (1981, Zhegra near Gnjilane) published group of poems “Crying for shelter”, Belgrade, 2004. She works as professor in technical school in Gornje Kusce. She lives in village Budriga near Gnjilane, Kosovo & Metohija, as a refuge.

Translated by Vučko Vučković (1979, Pristina, Kosovo & Metohija). He is finishing a book «Invasion». He lives in Zemun, Serbia, as refuge.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Bombers Dream

The Bombers Dream, a 90 minute POV documentary, tells the extraordinary and controversial story of a century of strategic bombing. Of how bombers dreamt of using air power to precisely attack their enemy. But how civilians became the main victims of 20th century war. How we came to have such power. How it has changed with technology. Where it will go in the future. Director Barry Stevens explores how we abandoned the old rules of war but also looks at how people are trying to rebuild those rules.

www.ckcufm.com -- "Monday's Encounter" -- ON AIR on August 7, 2006 at 6:00
P.M. EST-- TO HEAR the show after the airing, click to:
http://f2.pg.briefcase.yahoo.com/pertep (go to CKCU and pick the show)
"THE BOMBER'S DREAM"- Documentary targets the issues and ethics of bombing
civilians. The documentary is a landmark, feature-length film that takes a
hard look at the hidden history of the most significant military innovation
of the past century. Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Barry
Stevens, the film addresses the heated moral controversy of aerial bombing
and looks at a recent high-tech air strike that went tragically wrong,
resulting in the first-ever lawsuit by the victims against those who bombed
them. It tells the story of Vesna Milenkovich, who lost her daughter Sanya
when the bridge in Varvarin was bombed in a NATO air strike. Milenkovich
joins other injured townspeople to seek justice in a foreign court. Why was
he interested in making the movie and what is the massage of the movie? To
find out we are joined by:

- BARRY STEVENS - A writer, director, and producer of many documentaries,
Barry Stevens is perhaps best known for " Offspring " (2001). It was sold
to about 40 countries and nominated for an International Emmy, and received
the Donald Brittain Gemini for best social documentary, and other honors.
His writing awards include Geminis for Gerrie & Louise, (1997 International
Emmy for Best Documentary) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau (featuring the screen
debut of Sandra Oh). [*E]

"THE BOMBER'S DREAM" - will be shown on HISTORY TELEVISION, Canada Monday,
August 7, 8pm ET/5 pm PT (repeat at 12 midnight ET/9 pm PT).


Saturday, August 05, 2006

A Bishop's Faith

The Washington Times
Embassy Row
By James Morrison
August 3, 2006

His dwindling flock is scattered and under siege. His churches and cemeteries have been vandalized. The world appears to sympathize with his persecutors, but the spiritual leader of Kosovo's Orthodox Serbs says he cannot afford the luxury of feeling sorry for himself.
"To be pessimistic is not an attribute for a man of faith," said Bishop Artemije of Kosovo and Metohija, "particularly for a bishop."
But the bleak message the black-robed, white-bearded cleric brought with him to Washington last week showed how little political progress has been made since the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that drove Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslav forces from Kosovo, leaving the province a de facto international protectorate until its final status is determined.
Kosovo's overwhelmingly ethnic-Albanian Muslim majority insists on independence from Serbia, while the Serbian government is equally adamant that the province remain under its control. Despite an effort by the United States and allied countries to strike a deal on Kosovo by the end of the year, desultory talks in Vienna have produced little progress.
Bishop Artemije is a frequent visitor to Washington, where he sounds the alarm over what he says are increasing attacks by Kosovo's Muslims on the minority Serbs and their churches. In a briefing at the National Press Club last week, he said Kosovo had become "a black hole of corruption and organized crime," a "rogue state" in the heart of Europe with growing ties to radical Islamic movements in the Middle East.
"Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad," he warned.
In the interview with our correspondent David R. Sands, the bishop said the more than 200,000 Kosovar Serbs -- two-thirds of his flock -- have been forced to flee the province since the war because of ethnic and religious intimidation and violence. More than 150 Christian churches and monasteries have been destroyed, and the remaining Orthodox Serbs live in small, often isolated pockets surrounded by hostile Muslim neighbors.
The opposite was the case during the Kosovo war that began in 1995, when Serbian forces retaliated against attacks by rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army. An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Kosovar civilians and about 3,000 Serbian civilians died in the conflict. NATO waged a 78-day bombing campaign to drive the Serbian troops out of Kosovo and destroyed bridges, power stations, factories and other civilian targets throughout what was then Yugoslavia.
Bishop Artemije said he found "a little more understanding" from Bush administration officials in his latest visit but acknowledged the difficult diplomatic and political landscape.
"If you look at the situation with human eyes, it can seem depressing and hopeless at times," he said.
"But if you look at Kosovo with the eyes of faith, hope is never lost. There is always hope that there is still honesty in the world, a world that seems to be asleep and that we will try with all our might to wake up."

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