Archive for January 2008

YEMEN: Moves to tackle child smuggling to Saudi Arabia

January 28, 2008

Officials at Yemen’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL) say child smuggling into Saudi Arabia is still going on, especially in the northern province of Hajja, but efforts are being made to prevent it.

Iman Mashour, a consultant at the MSAL’s Combatting Child Labour Unit, told IRIN “the Saudi authorities say on average they arrest 10 smuggled children a day”, but that there were no exact figures, he said.

If the smuggled children are arrested, the Saudi authorities bring them back to the border.

“Smuggling children into Saudi Arabia is going on and it takes place secretly as parents keep the issue secret. They do not tell others about their smuggled children as the latter contribute to the family income,” she said.

Child welfare centres set up by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and run by MSAL aim to alleviate the problem. According to ministry data, Haradh centre, in Hajja Province, received 900 smuggled children in 2006 and another 622 in 2007. In early January 2008 a centre was also set up in Sanaa to cater for smuggled and street children.
Smuggled children exposed to abuse, killing

Jamal al-Haddi, general manager of Alternatives to Combat Child Labour Through Education and Sustainable Services in the Middle East and North Africa Region (ACCESS-MENA) in Yemen, told IRIN his organisation began a study in October 2007 on child smuggling in Hajja Province.

“According to available data… 30 percent of schoolchildren in border villages had been smuggled into Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Smuggled children were in danger of being sexually abused or killed: “When the Saudi authorities arrest them they put them in prison with adults. In the Yemeni border village of al-Khadour 20 smuggled children were found dead. They were killed either by Saudi bullets or military vehicles over the past few years while trying to enter Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Al-Haddi said some smuggled children were used – sometimes with their parents’ consent – to bring in sacks of flour from Saudi Arabia, using donkeys. Others take cattle from Yemen to sell in Saudi Arabia, because Yemeni cattle are higher quality and fetch higher prices than in Yemen.

“These children cross the border at night and walk 6-7km. They go in groups of 20-30,” he said.

Trying to reduce child-trafficking

ACCESS-MENA is working on a project to reduce child trafficking in Hajja Province. It is setting up social clubs and refurbishing nine schools with the aim of keeping students at school, according to al-Haddi.
“We provided each school with a generator and four computers. We also established entertainment facilities,” al-Haddi said.

The aim is also to bring formerly smuggled children back to school. “We ask parents not to send their children to Saudi Arabia again and be committed to doing so,” al-Haddi said, adding that the project also trained teachers. Five training sessions for 100 teachers are planned for February.

Nasim Ur-Rehman, chief communication and information officer at the UNICEF office in Yemen, said that if children are not in school, they are more susceptible to being trafficked or end up doing dangerous jobs.
“In 2005-2006, 1.2 million children were out of school. They provided a fertile ground for child trafficking. So UNICEF began an awareness-raising programme and tries to get more children into school,” Nasim Ur-Rehman said.

According to Ur-Rehman, before 2005, Yemen’s government had been in a state of denial regarding child trafficking. UNICEF had been working to raise awareness of the issue in government circles, he said.
Source: IRIN

World military update

January 25, 2008

US reforms rules on defence export control

The White House has announced a package of export control reforms following demands from United States defence industry groups in March 2007 to improve the process. The US Department of State said the purpose of the new Export Control Directive, announced on 22 January, is to spur reforms that will enable the US government “to respond more expeditiously to the military equipment needs of our friends, allies”
NATO reviews Nammo Buck’s MLRS demilitarisation
NATO officials have conducted the first six-month management review of Nammo Buck GmbH’s programme to demilitarise the UK’s and Netherlands’ United States-designed Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). The 22 January 2008 assessment at Nammo Buck’s facility in Pinnow, near Schwedt on the German-Polish border, coincided with the company decommissioning its 1,200th rocket
Study seeks to raise UK RN’s ‘swarm’ defences
A study led by BAE Systems’ CORDA consultancy arm is to examine what measures can be taken to improve the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) defences against ‘swarm’ attacks from multiple fast inshore attack craft (FIACs). The outputs from the work, one of a number of tasks being undertaken by CORDA under the wider umbrella of the Maritime Surface Effects (MSE) research programme, is intended to inform future capability planning, including equipment procurement planning decisions and to de-risk technology to support early procurement activity

Greek-Americans: 2οι σε πλούτο στις μειονότητες

January 21, 2008

Ελληνοαμερικανοί: Πρώτοι στην εκπαίδευση, δεύτεροι σε πλούτο από όλες τις εθνικές μειονότητες των ΗΠΑ;

Τα στοιχεία που αναγράφονται σ’ αυτό το άρθρο προέρχονται από το μεγαλύτερο τηλεοπτικό σταθμό των ΗΠΑ, το PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), το μοναδικό κρατικό και εκπαιδευτικό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο στις ΗΠΑ με εκατομμύρια τηλεθεατές, κυρίως δασκάλους, φοιτητές, μαθητές, ακαδημαϊκούς και γενικά ανθρώπους των γραμμάτων και της τέχνης. Το δίκτυο επεκτείνεται σε όλες τις πολιτείες των ΗΠΑ με 354 τοπικά κανάλια, αλλά και με δεκάδες αναμεταδότες στον Καναδά.
Το κανάλι αυτό θέλοντας να παρουσιάσει τις εθνικοπολιτιστικές μειονότητες της Βόρειας Αμερικής δεν ξεκίνησε τυχαία από του Ελληνοαμερικανούς τους οποίους χαρακτήρισε ως «πρώτους στο θέμα εκπαίδευσης από όλες τις εθνότητες και δεύτερους σε πλούτο μετά τους Εβραίους».
Οι Ελληνοαμερικανοί αισθάνονται ιδιαίτερα υπερήφανοι με το σχόλιο του PBS: «Τι άλλο χρειάζομαι για να νοιώθω περήφανος για την καταγωγή μου, δηλώνει κάποιος ελληνοαμερικανός, όταν το μόνο κρατικό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο των ΗΠΑ, μας θεωρεί ως τους πιο μορφωμένους και δεύτερους σε εισόδημα ανά κεφαλή;»
Οι Ελληνοαμερικανοί έχουν χωρίς αμφιβολία αναγνωριστεί και στην πράξη για το ρόλο τους στην ζωή της χώρας, από την υποψηφιότητα του Μιχάλη Δουκάκη, που είχε την τόλμη να αναγνώσει στην προεκλογική του εκστρατεία τον όρκο των αρχαίων αθηναίων εφήβων, που ήθελε να τον κάνει και όρκο της Αμερικής, ως το Γιώργο Στεφανόπουλο, και δεκάδες άλλους ελληνοαμερικανούς που διαδραματίζουν σημαντικότατο ρόλο στην πολιτική και οικονομική ζωή της χώρας.
Το βασικό χαρακτηριστικό των Ελλήνων της Αμερικής είναι κατά το PBS ότι «ξεκίνησαν από το τίποτα, δηλαδή με δυο βαλίτσες, και κατέληξαν να υλοποιήσουν το αμερικάνικο όνειρο».
Το πρόγραμμα έδωσε ακόμα έμφαση στο ελληνικό πνεύμα, «the Greek Spirit”, που δεν έχασαν ποτέ οι Έλληνες ακόμα κι αν πουλούσαν κάστανα σε δρόμο στη Νέα Υόρκη. «Η Ελλάδα είναι πάντα μέσα μου, λένε οι πιο πολλοί, ό,τι και να κάνω, όπου και να βρίσκομαι».
Ακόμα και ο διάσημος ηθοποιός Anthony Quinn, μεξικανικής και ιρλανδικής καταγωγής, μ’ όλο που είχε γυρίσει εκατοντάδες ταινίες, είχε «κολλήσει» στο ρόλο του Ζορμπά και τελικά βαφτίστηκε Έλληνας ορθόδοξος.
«Είναι μια μαγεία που δε μπορώ να την εξηγήσω, είπαν μερικοί στο PBS. Είναι μια πνευματική ένωση με την Ελλάδα που περνάει από γενιά σε γενιά και δε σβήνει. Δεν ξέρω τι είναι. Αλλά είναι μια παντοδύναμη έλξη».
Η εκπομπή του PBS προσπάθησε να δώσει εξηγήσεις για την επιτυχία των Ελλήνων σε μια ξένη χώρα: «Είναι ένας λαός που πιστεύει στην παράδοσή του και την τιμά και την διατηρεί, αλλά την ίδια στιγμή δεν είναι φανατικός, ανέχεται κάθε άλλη κουλτούρα όσο διαφορετική κι αν είναι».
Όχι ότι οι Έλληνες δεν πέρασαν δύσκολες μέρες στην Αμερική. Πινακίδες όπως «Δεν επιτρέπεται η είσοδος σε ναύτες, σκύλους και Έλληνες» ή «John’s Restaurant, καθαρά αμερικάνικο, ούτε ποντίκια, ούτε Έλληνες» ήταν συνηθισμένες ως τα μέσα του περασμένου αιώνα. Από κοινωνιολογική ή ακόμα και ψυχιατρική άποψη αυτό αποτελεί τη μεγαλύτερη τιμή για μια εθνότητα που ήταν απλά μια από τις πάνω από 50 που αποτελούν το αμερικάνικο μωσαϊκό!
Δυστυχώς δεν υπάρχουν λεπτομερειακά στατιστικά στοιχεία. Ξέρουμε ότι το 1990 στην απογραφή 1,110,373 άτομα δήλωσαν στις ΗΠΑ ότι έχουν ελληνική καταγωγή, αλλά δεν έχουν γίνει συγκριτικές μελέτες με άλλες μειονότητες. Αναφέρεται ως τόσο ότι «οι Ελληνοαμερικανοί ξεπέρασαν σε εισόδημα το συνολικό πληθυσμό σε όλες τις κατηγορίες της απογραφής» («Greek-Americans exceeded the income of the total population in all categories tabulated by the census”). Στοιχεία για άλλες εθνικές κατηγορίες δεν υπάρχουν για να γίνει σύγκριση..
Η ταινία «My Big Fat GRΣΣΚ Wedding” [1], με την επιτυχία που είχε, έδωσε στον ελληνισμό μια παγκόσμια προτεραιότητα γιατί με τον τρόπο της έδειχνε τον ελληνικό τρόπο ζωής, που σε σημαντικό βαθμό αποτελεί και τρόπο ζωής και πολλών άλλων λαών, ουσιαστικά σατιρίζοντας το ψυχρά ρασιοναλιστικό mondus vivendi των αγγλοσαξώνων.
Όπως επισημάναμε και στην αρχή υπάρχει αρκετή μυθολογία για το ρόλο κάθε μειονότητας στην αμερικάνικη κοινωνία. Μερικά από αυτά μπορούμε να τα διασταυρώσουμε άλλα όχι. Ναι, είχε γίνει πρότασή στον Ουάσιγκτον να καθιερώσει τα ελληνικά ως επίσημη γλώσσα των ΗΠΑ, που όμως το αρνήθηκε λέγοντας «ας το κάνουν πρώτα αυτό οι Άγγλοι [της Αγγλίας]» [2]. Ναι, είναι αλήθεια ότι, επειδή οι Ινδιάνοι δεν είχαν γραπτή γλώσσα, είχε χρησιμοποιηθεί η ελληνική (μαζί με τη λατινική και την εβραϊκή) στο αλφάβητό τους, που όμως μετά από μερικά χρόνια περιέπεσε, όπως η Εσπεράντο σε αχρησία, λόγω της αδηφάγας αγγλοσαξονικής κουλούρας. Ναι, είναι ακόμα αλήθεια ότι υπάρχουν εκατοντάδες αμερικανικές οργανώσεις με ελληνικά στοιχεία (με πιο γνωστή την ΦΒΚ, Φιλοσοφία Βίου Κυβερνήτης) και με εκατομμύρια μέλη από την αφρόκρεμα της αμερικανικής κοινωνίας). Μάλιστα σε ιστοσελίδα Κολεγίου των ΗΠΑ διαβάσαμε ότι από το 1824 έως σήμερα μόνο τρεις πρόεδροι των ΗΠΑ δεν ήταν «ελληνικής καταγωγής» (φαντάζομαι ότι εννοεί προφανώς ότι δεν ανήκαν σε κάποια οργάνωση με ελληνικό πνεύμα, όπως η ΦΒΚ, ΑΓΡ, ΣΑΕ, ΛΦΕ, ΘΔΧ, ΤΣΒ κλπ). Ναι, υπάρχουν κάποιες πληροφορίες ότι το Πανεπιστήμιο Χάρβαρντ χαρακτήρισε τους Έλληνες, όπως και τους Εβραίους, ως τους πιο «σκληρούς» λαούς του κόσμου που άντεξαν και επιβίωσαν επί χιλιάδες χρόνια, όσο κατακτημένοι κι αν ήταν. Υπάρχει ακόμα έρευνα της ΑΧΕΠΑ που βγάζει τους Έλληνες πρώτους σε επιχειρήσεις στη Βόρεια Αμερική.
Δυστυχώς δε μπορέσαμε να διασταυρώσουμε όλα τα στοιχεία αυτά. Μπορεί όμως τελικά αυτό να μην έχει μεγάλη σημασία. Η αλήθεια που βγαίνει από όλα αυτά, ακόμα κι αν σε κάποιο βαθμό αποτελούν μυθολογία, είναι ότι οι Έλληνες της Αμερικής, φορτισμένοι από τον ελληνικό πολιτισμό και από μια κληρονομημένη κουλτούρα χιλιάδων χρόνων, αποτέλεσαν καταλύτη στη διαμόρφωση μιας νέας κοινωνίας που έψαχνε να βρει τον εαυτό της. Κι αυτό είναι πέρα από κάθε αμφισβήτηση.

Χρήστος Μαγγούτας

[1] Το γύρισμα της ταινίας κόστισε μόνο 5 εκατομμύρια δολάρια, αλλά είχε έσοδα $241,438,208 δολάρια, αποτελώντας έτσι τη ταινία με τη μεγαλύτερη επιτυχία στον τομέα της ανεξάρτητης παραγωγής. Ο τίτλος είχε και ελληνικά γράμματα – ή κάτι που ταίριαζε στον αμερικανό θεατή: MY BIG FAT GRΣΣΚ WEDDING, μια και το ΣΣ μοιάζει με το αγγλικό ΕΕ. Όπως και στο «Ζορμπά», η επιτυχία οφειλόταν σε ένα τρόπο ζωής σχεδόν διαμετρικά αντίθετο από τον αγγλοσαξωνικό, (κάτι που μπορεί να αποτελέσει και συνταγή επιτυχίας για μελλοντικούς έλληνες σκηνοθέτες ή συγγραφείς!).

[2] Σύμφωνα με τον Marquis de Chastellux, που συνταξίδευε με τον Ουάσιγκτον τη δεκαετία του 1780, η πρόταση για την καθιέρωση των ελληνικών ως επίσημης γλώσσας των ΗΠΑ απορρίφτηκε με το σκεπτικό ότι «είναι πιο πρακτικό να μείνουμε με τη γλώσσα που έχουμε και να αφήσουμε τους Άγγλους [της Αγγλίας] να μάθουν ελληνικά». (Το ίδιο αναφέρεται στο βιβλίο «The American Language, An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, by H.L.Mencken, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921, Κεφάλαιο 2).

http://www.oraelladas.gr/2008/01/21/greek-minority-usa/

Euro Police Convention Duped by Balkan Terror Threat

January 19, 2008

http://anagennesis.townhall.com/g/f9b8823b-9038-45df-a598-5f27dd8ed609

See also:

1. Bosnjaci.net Attacks on Darko Trifunovic
http://www.terrorfinance.org/the_terror_finance_blog/2008/01/bosnjacinet-att.html
2. Al Qaeda Media Committee Attacks on Darko Trifunovic
http://www.terrorfinance.org/the_terror_finance_blog/2007/12/al-qaeda-media.html
Sunday, January 13, 2008 11:22 AM
http://anagennesis.townhall.com/g/f9b8823b-9038-45df-a598-5f27dd8ed609
The 11th European Police Congress, to be held in Berlin on 29-30th January is the target of a Balkan Al Qaeda franchise.

The convention will be inaugurated by Franco Frattini, Vice President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security. The second item on the agenda is “Global, European and National threats by Terrorists: National Concepts to face the Challenge.”

In a programme note (bottom Programme section) it is advised that one of the speakers, Dr Darko Trifunovic – a maverick young investigator from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies – will not be able to attend due to “pressure and death threats” made against him by radical groups that are under his investigation. He has decided not to “expose himself and the congress to further danger.”

Dr Darko Trifunovic has been conducting research into the origins, ambitions and operating methods of what he calls “white Al Qaeda”, the home grown branch of the terrorist franchise organization in the various areas of the Balkans.

It first took foothold in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the Western powers in the 90’s saw the influx of Afghan war veterans into the territory as an easy way to support the Bosnian Muslims. Since the Dayton Peace Accord Iranians as well as Saudi Wahhabis have flooded the statelet with funds, over-sized mosques and subversive organizations, one of which has members throughout the Bosniak diaspora in Europe, Canada and the US. CNAB appears to be the center of gravity of the present threats against Trifunovic.

Trifunovic has also found new links between Bosnia and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the London and Madrid train bombings. Specifically mentioned are Mohammed Atta, who coordinated the 9/11 outrage, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Bosnian citizenship holder and war veteran, former Al Qaeda ‘Operations Chief’, who – according to Dr Darko Trifunovic – took over the leadership of the Al Qaeda media campaign (‘the Committee’) during the planning of the 9/11. Atta’s place of residence was a Bosnian hamlet before launching off to Hamburg and the US for his fatal mission.

With the knowledge of the UN interim governors in Kosovo, Albanian-American radicals were actively recruiting terrorists for ‘the war against America’ prior to the 9/11 attack, of which they had foreknowledge. The UN however, did nothing.

The Foreign Area Officer Association FAOA posits that the Sarajevo based organization, AIO’s (Aktivna Islamska Omladina)[1] “(…) Islamic weekly magazine SAFF [2] and organization’s website have been fronts of radical Islamic preaching, gaining notoriety for publishing interviews with terrorists who have fought against US forces in Iraq and expressing solidarity with the jihadists and suicide bombers in Israel.” FAOA also links the AIO with members throughout the Bosniak diaspora in Europe and the US, one of which is CNAB..

CNAB claims to represent some 350.000 Bosniak refugees in the US and Canada. Trifunovic qualifies them as a new jihadi organization. He specifies four members in particular, who are one way or another involved in Islamist activities. In Terror Finance Blog in “Bosnjaci.net Attacks on Darko Trifunovic” Trifunovic specifies as follows:

 “Here is why Bosnjaci.net, an Islamist web site from Bosnia is attacking me.

One of Bosnjaci.net’s favorite and honored members is Sakib Mahmuljin, who is a high-ranking Bosnian White Al Qaeda member, accused of war crimes. See this: “War crimes: “Vozuca case”, six years later”.

Izet Nanic is a former commander of the 505th Buzim Brigade with the Fifth Corps of the Bosnian Army which was an integral part was the “Hamze” unit. See here and here.

Another prominent individual on Bosnjaci.net is Nezim Halilovic-Muderis. He is imam at the Wal-Mart-sized, Wahhabi King Fahd mosque, which opened in 2000 on the outskirts of Sarajevo, built with Saudi money and named after the Saudi monarch. Nezim Halilovic-Muderis, a Bosnian extremist agitator whose antics I have been following since 1999. Muderis’s Friday sermons, available on Bosnian websites, are replete with incitement to violence in Israel, Kashmir, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Philippines. He preaches the same line on the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, as is heard among the acolytes of the late terrorist leader of ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’, Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

It is, to say the least, bizarre: “In Falluja, according to statements from the U.S. command, spirits have appeared in the form of enormous spiders, weighing about a kilogram, that only attack U.S. soldiers, and the person who is bitten dies within seconds.” More information about this prominent Wahhabist is here.

Another Bosnian Muslim war criminal, protected and promoted by Bosnjaci.net is Rasim Delic. According to the indictment, Rasim Delic was aware that the jihadi members of the  Bosnian army had a distinct tendency to commit crimes, especially against captured enemy combatants and civilians (…) Reportedly, however, he took no measures whatsoever to stop these acts taking place.

In an email Trifunovic has it that the web master of Bosnjaci.net, Afan Pasalic even openly confessed that he uses Trifunovic’ name to manipulate and and false emails and post comments in his name. Trifunovic qualifies the impersonation quite accurately as “shocking!!!!”

A brief insight into some of the more flowery death threats against Trifunovic, posted at Bosnjaci.net:
“Help us God to erase Trifunovic and entire his family from Earth – We must teach our kids from age of 5 how to use pistols and guns, and that they hold in one hand (knjiga) Ku’ran and in another hand a gun ready for use – If Darko Trifunovci goes to the 11th Police Congress in Berlin, God help that all Muslims finish him – Such individuals as Darko Trifunovic, we need to harass him, and we need to continue to discredit him by all means and to very end, until others dare not show up to talk about terrorism”
The manicheic character of the site is illustrated by the shocking death threats in one section, while another is reserved for “Dobri Bosnjaci” (good Bosniaks). The latter consists of a list of special members of the portal: dangerous Islamic fundamentalists and war criminals. Trifunovic: “We are dealing with pure criminals (…) I am planning to inform all EU, US and other relevant authorities regarding this unfortunate incident in order to prevent such thing from happening again in the future.” I don’t share his optimism.

Earlier this week a colleague of Trifunovic, analyst Ioannis Michaletos, released this media message on his behalf.

Up to now Dr Trifunovic has been able to conduct his investigations from the ivory tower of the University of Belgrade in relative tranquility. When it transpired however he was invited to speak during the upcoming 11th Police Congress and – as a consequence, the results of his research would reach the professional domain – no methods have been shunned to intimidate him, discredit him as a person and as a scholar.

With false accusations of ‘Srebrenica denial’ and ‘hate mongering’ – references to laws prohibiting Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred – attempts have been made to get him banned from the police convention; impersonations and cyber manipulation being but the least methods of choice to muzzle. But it is my understanding that, far from denying the deplorable events at Srebrenica, Trifunovic has been further investigating the matter.

Apart from the personal injury done here, the public damage of this terrorist saga is two-fold: researchers are being harassed to prevent them from doing their jobs, thus interfering with the right of enquiry. The consequences of such actions on the academic level could well be considerable. The second part is even worse: the intimidation of officials conducting criminal enquiries, subverting the rule of law, leading ultimately to mob rule.

Let me wrap this up with some thoughts of my own. In the past few decades one of the greater mysteries has been the question, how the Holocaust on six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis could have taken place without the entire continent rising up in protest. At present, a sizable majority of people in the West surprisingly seem to be sharing views with the people who have declared against us. However treacherous and hard to fathom this may be, it is kinder on the persons harboring such views: it is after all easier to be a voluntary accomplice – silent or otherwise – than it is to be a coward.

OPEC Secretary General arrives in Cyprus

January 17, 2008

The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mr. Abdalla Salem El-Badri is in Cyprus to discuss prices and supply and demand of oil.

Speaking upon his arrival, he expressed hope that Cyprus will find oil in its exclusive economic zone. Noting the invitation was extended to him a year ago by the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said he was pleased to meet President Tassos Papadopoulos and talk to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Commerce.

Responding to questions, he said he is visiting “to get to know the people and the authorities here in Cyprus and of course to discuss the oil activities, prices, supply and demand.”

“Also Cyprus is part of the European Union and I am sure they would like to know what is going on in the petroleum activities,” he added.

Asked if Cyprus would become an OPEC member, he replied: “I hope that you will have some activities and you will discover oil,” and referred to the discovery of oil in his native country, Libya, saying that some 50 years ago people did not think there was oil in Libya. “After a few years, Libya was one of the bigger producers in OPEC. So nothing is excluded,” he pointed out.

In the past several months, Cyprus has been engaged in talks with its neighbors to delineate its exclusive economic zone. It has already signed an agreement with Egypt on the matter.
Embassy of Cyprus in the USA

MEDIA RELEASE

January 9, 2008

BY

Dr.Darko Trifunovic

diplomacyun@yahoo.com

+381-64-1100279

For some time now, militant Islamic web portal Bosnjaci.net has been engaged in a propaganda campaign against the Serbian people as a whole, and me in person, with the purpose of preventing my appearance at the 11th Congress of European Police, where I am scheduled to speak about a European strategy for combating terrorism. They object to my existence as a Serb, and to the fact that in all of my speeches I make a clear difference between Islamic fundamentalists/mujahedin and Islam as a world religion.
This web portal fabricates stories and spreads dangerous misinformation. It also engages in spreading religious and racial hatred, (see article at http://www.bosnjaci.net/aktuelnosti.php?id=5449&polje=aktuelno ,  titled ”The Serbocidal Darko Trifunovic, ’expert’ for ’Euro-terrorism’, belongs behind bars ”). This sort of racism and ethnic hatred is a threat to peace and security in Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere.
People behind this Islamic fundamentalist portal have fabricated an email correspondence which they attribute to me, with me allegedly saying I wished all Muslims had been killed: The language and expressions used in this alleged email correspondence do not resemble my vocabulary at all – quite the contrary, they sound like broken vernacular of Bosnian Muslim émigrés. This is obviously the vilest sort of fabrication, with the purpose to agitate the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Reputable expertss have identified Bosnjaci.net as a web portal spreading ideas closely related to Al-Qaeda (http://www.terrorfinance.org/the_terror_finance_blog/2008/01/bosnjacinet-att.html); attacks on me are in line with known Al-Qaeda media strategy (http://www.terrorfinance.org/the_terror_finance_blog/2007/12/al-qaeda-media.html). Therefore, this portal and the people associated with it are liable to come under investigation of anti-terrorist law enforcement organizations around the world. Given that this portal also glorifies the mujahedin, Islamic fanatics and war crimes suspects, the FBI has been notified of its operations.
I appeal to all citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina not to believe the lies, fabrications and the ethnic, racial and religious hatred emanating from this web portal..

Sincerely,

Dr Darko Trifunovic

International Genocide Scholars Association Officially Recognizes Assyrian, Greek Genocides

January 5, 2008

In a groundbreaking move, the International Association of Genocide
Scholars (IAGS) has voted overwhelmingly to recognize as genocides the
massacres of Assyrian and Greek populations of the Ottoman Empire between
1914 and 1923.

The resolution passed with the support of 83 percent of IAGS members
who voted. The resolution declares that “it is the conviction of the
International Association of Genocide Scholars that the Ottoman campaign
against Christian minorities of the Empire between 1914 and 1923 constituted
a genocide against Armenians, Assyrians, and Pontian and Anatolian Greeks.”
It “calls upon the government of Turkey to acknowledge the genocides against
these populations, to issue a formal apology, and to take prompt and
meaningful steps toward restitution.”

In 1997, the IAGS officially recognized the Armenian genocide. The
current resolution notes that while activist and scholarly efforts have
resulted in widespread acceptance of the Armenian genocide, there has been
“little recognition of the qualitatively similar genocides against other
Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire.” Assyrians, along with Pontian
and Anatolian Greeks, were killed on a scale equivalent in per capita terms
to the catastrophe inflicted on the Armenian population of the empire–and
by much the same methods, including mass executions, death marches, and
starvation.
IAGS member Adam Jones drafted the resolution, and lobbied for it
along with fellow member Thea Halo, whose mother Sano survived the Pontian
Greek genocide. In an address to the membership at the IAGS conference in
Sarajevo, Bosnia, in July 2007, Jones paid tribute to the efforts of
“representatives of the Greek and Assyrian communities…to publicize and
call on the present Turkish government to acknowledge the genocides
inflicted on their populations,” which had made Asia Minor their home for
millennia. The umbrella term “Assyrians” includes Chaldeans, Nestorians,
Syriacs, Aramaens, Eastern Orthodox Syrians, and Jacobites.
        “The overwhelming backing given to this resolution by the world’s
leading genocide scholars organization will help to raise consciousness
about the Assyrian and Greek genocides,” Jones said on December 15. “It will
also act as a powerful counter to those, especially in present-day Turkey,
who still ignore or deny outright the genocides of the Ottoman Christian
minorities.”
The resolution also states “the denial of genocide is widely
recognized as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for the
perpetrators of genocide, and demonstrably paving the way for future
genocides.” The Assyrian population of Iraq, for example, remains highly
vulnerable to genocidal attack. Since 2003, Iraqi Assyrians have been
exposed to severe persecution and “ethnic cleansing”; it is believed that up
to half the Assyrian population has fled the country.

Extensive supporting documentation for the Assyrian and Greek
genocides was circulated to IAGS members in the months prior to the vote,
and is available at
http://www.genocidetext.net/iags_resolution_supporting_documentation.htm

IAGS President Gregory Stanton may be contacted at iagspresident@aol.com.
Full Text of The IAGS Resolution:

WHEREAS the denial of genocide is widely recognized as the final stage of
genocide, enshrining impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and
demonstrably paving the way for future genocides;

WHEREAS the Ottoman genocide against minority populations during and
following the First World War is usually depicted as a genocide against
Armenians alone, with little recognition of the qualitatively similar
genocides against other Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire;

BE IT RESOLVED that it is the conviction of the International Association of
Genocide Scholars that the Ottoman campaign against Christian minorities of
the Empire between 1914 and 1923 constituted a genocide against Armenians,
Assyrians, and Pontian and Anatolian Greeks.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Association calls upon the government of
Turkey to acknowledge the genocides against these populations, to issue a
formal apology, and to take prompt and meaningful steps toward restitution.