Background Info: Excerpt: Wake Up Whitey Lessons from Scapegoating of Serbia: From Stolen Kosovo, Lies of Racak, to Corruption of International Justice...
Serbian Population in Kosovo, before NATO bombing
After NATO bombing; Serb population in Kosovo,
at beginning of NATO occupation
"The Turks are conquering Germany exactly as the Kosovars conquered Kosovo: through a higher birth rate. I would like it, if it were Eastern European Jews with a 15% higher IQ than the native Germans."
-- Thilo Sarrazin, SPD politician, DeutscheBank board member, in Lettre International Interview
‘Friction theory’ was one of the two primary driving forces for the establishment of Apartheid, as cited by the Minister of Interior, introducing the Group Areas Act to Parliament on 14 June 1950:“Now this, as I say, is designed to eliminate friction between the races in the Union because we believe, and believe strongly, that points of contact – all unnecessary points of contact – between the races must be avoided. If you reduce the number of points of contact to the minimum, you reduce the possibility of friction….. The result of putting people of different races together is to cause racial trouble”.The central justification for this perspective was that segregation was in the interest of all different racial groups, because population pressure contacts between different races, with different cultures, inevitably produced conflict. According to English social geographer, John Western in Outcast Capetown (University of California Press, 1997), the friction theory does have a measure of sense to it, as detailed in the work of Robert Sommer:“[Animal studies] show that both territoriality and dominance behaviour are ways of maintaining social order, and when one system cannot function, the other takes over… Group territories keep individual groups apart and thereby preserve the integrity of the troop, whereas dominance is the basis for intragroup relationships… Group territoriality is expressed in national and local boundaries, a segregation into defined areas that reduces conflict.” (Personal Space, (1969), N.J. Prentice Hall, pp. 12, 14, and 15)-- Footnote in Letter to Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD); African White Refugees Support and Appreciation for Dr. Thilo Sarrazin’s Courageous Intellectual Honesty, excerpted from Radical Honesty SA Amicus to Concourt (PDF)
Kosovo Serbs hold defiant referendum
ZVEZDAN DJUKANOVIC, Associated Press | 11:24 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2012
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbs in northern Kosovo voted Tuesday in a referendum that is likely to overwhelmingly reject Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rule, further hindering Serbia's attempts to join the European Union.
The EU, and even Serbia — which does not recognize Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 — have urged the Serbs not to stage the two-day referendum that asks whether they accept Kosovo's government.
Serbs in the tense north last summer set up road blocks to defy the Kosovo government, clashing with NATO peacekeepers.
Germany blocked Serbia's EU candidacy bid after the clashes, demanding that Belgrade dismantle its institutions in Kosovo and urging the Serbs there to integrate into society. Some 40,000 Serbs live in northern Kosovo.
Serbia's President Boris Tadic said the referendum "jeopardizes the interests" of Serbia and further complicates ongoing dialogue with Kosovo's ethnic Albanians as Belgrade tries to make some concessions toward the Pristina government, a precondition for Serbia's path to EU accession.
Serbia's chief Kosovo negotiator Borislav Stefanovic said the holding of the referendum is "meaningless" because its result — rejection of ethnic Albanian rule — is certain.
EU officials will review Serbia's bid to formally become a candidate in early March.
Kosovo's government blamed Serbia for setting up the vote that it said was an illegal act aimed at undermining Kosovo's statehood.
"This recent act of Serbia against Kosovo clearly proves the sick ambitions and territorial claims of Serbia towards Kosovo," the statement said.
EUNews: Serbs divided over Kosovo referendum (01:24) [See also: IT BEGAN WITH A LIE: Germany's Social Democratic (SPD)-Green party coalition government employed fabrications and manipulated facts to overcome popular opposition to the participation of the German armed forces in NATO's war against Yugoslavia in 1999. A German TV report by journalists Jo Angerer and Mathias Werth entitled "It Began With a Lie" provides proof of this. (01|02|03\04|05)]
In Brussels, the EU said it was preparing for a new round of talks between Belgrade and Pristina aimed at easing tensions in northern Kosovo.
"There is a particular situation in the north that needs a solution, but neither violence nor barricades, or a referendum contributes to it," EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said. "Only a dialogue can achieve that."
Kosovo Serb leaders are mostly members of Serbian nationalist parties that want close relations with Russia and are against joining the EU.
They want to split the northern region of Kosovo, which is under their control, and reunify it with Serbia. They see the referendum as a step in that direction.
"Unlike the Kosovo Albanians who are using weapons and violence to reach their goals, the Kosovo Serbs are using peaceful and democratic methods to accomplish theirs," the mayor of the Serb part of the divided city of Mitrovica, Krstimir Pantic, said after casting his ballot.
Senior Serbian government official Oliver Ivanovic criticized the referendum, saying it will have "negative consequences" by further fueling tensions in the region and isolating Kosovo Serbs.
"This is the first time that the Serbs (in Kosovo) have openly disobeyed Serbia," Ivanovic said.
More than 80 countries have so far recognized the independence of Kosovo, including the United States and most EU nations.
Dusan Stojanovic and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, Slobodan Lekic in Brussels and Nebi Qena in Athens contributed to this report.
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Kosovo Serbs hold referendum on Pristina government
Branislav Krstic, Reuters | MITROVICA, Kosovo | Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:44am EST
A man casts his ballot at the polling station in Zvecan, Kosovo, Tuesday, Feb.14, 2012. Defiant Serbs in northern Kosovo voted Tuesday in a referendum that is likely to overwhelmingly reject Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rule, further hindering Serbia's attempts to join the European Union. Photo: Zveki / AP
(Reuters) - Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo voted Tuesday in a referendum on whether to recognize the government in Pristina, which they have ignored since Serbia's former province became independent in 2008.
Kosovo is 90 percent ethnic Albanian. Serbs dominate in a small swathe of the north bordering Serbia and pledge allegiance to Belgrade. They have so far resisted efforts by the Kosovo government to extend its authority there.
The result of the two-day referendum is expected on February 19. The decision will have little practical impact but could further stoke ethnic tensions.
Officials in Belgrade have warned Kosovo Serbs against holding the referendum, saying it would harm talks with Pristina and Serbia's own bid to join the European Union.
"The referendum is meaningless and unconstitutional," said Borislav Stefanovic, Serbia's negotiator in talks with Pristina.
Kosovo's Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said: "As far as Kosovo and international institutions are concerned, this does not change anything and may only damage Serbia's hopes for EU candidacy."
Municipal councils from Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan, run by Serb nationalists, called the vote in December, after outbursts of violence earlier in 2011.
"We are defending our homes and the state of Serbia in Kosovo," said Krstimir Pantic, mayor of the Serb part of the northern town of Mitrovica.
"We do not want to be assimilated, we want to remain citizens of Serbia," said Lazar Ampovski, 26, a student, after casting his ballot.
In July, Kosovo authorities, the European Union's police mission (EULEX) and NATO peacekeepers (KFOR) tried to take over two border crossings with Serbia but local Serbs set up barricades and resisted the efforts. Dozens were wounded in weeks of clashes and one ethnic Albanian policeman was killed.
The European Union delayed a decision on granting Serbia the status of EU membership candidate in December, citing concerns over its fraught relations with Kosovo.
Serbia lost control over Kosovo in 1999 when NATO bombed to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians in a two-year counter-insurgency war under then-President Slobodan Milosevic.
(Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Zoran Radosavljevic)
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Second day of voting in Kosovo Serb referendum
(AFP) | 15 February 2012
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA — Serbs in northern Kosovo started voting in the last day of a referendum that looks set to reject the authority of the Kosovo government, defying Belgrade's wishes.
The two-day vote is a reaction to EU-brokered talks between Belgrade and Pristina, with many local politicians arguing that the Serbian government should not be talking to the authorities in Pristina, much less making deals with them.
It is being seen as an act of defiance against the Serbian government -- but it has no legal weight and has been dismissed by both Belgrade and Pristina, as well as the international community.
Polling stations in northern Kosovo where Serbs are the overwhelming majority opened around 7 am (0600 GMT) and will close at 7pm (1800 GMT), and the first partial results are expected late Wednesday.
Serbia and Serbs in northern Kosovo have never accepted Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, which is recognised by dozens of countries including the United States and most of Europe.
Some 35,000 voters in the majority Serb north are being asked: "Do you accept the institutions of the so-called republic of Kosovo seated in Pristina?"
The turnout at the first day of vote was 48 percent, the authorities said.
Of a population of about two million, there are some 120,000 ethnic Serbs in Kosovo, 40,000 of whom live in the north on the border with Serbia and the rest in enclaves dotted around the territory.
Only Serbs in northern Kosovo were participating in the referendum.
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