in Media Global Watch Bulletins
TiM GW Bulletin 2000/3-5
Mar. 28, 2000
New TiM NATO's War on Serbia - Remembrance Series
One Year Ago Today...
“Berliner Zeitung” Disputes Racak “Massacre”; Black Turtle-neck Turns a “Black List” Rat; Perth Lecture
FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
1. One Year Ago Today… A New TiM NATO
2. “Berliner Zeitung” Disputes Racak
3. Black Turtle-neck Turns a “Black List” Rat
4. TiM “In Memoriam” on Radio Belgrade
5. TiM Editor’s Perth Lecture
One Year Ago Today… A New TiM NATO War Remembrance Series
W. AUSTRALIA, Mar. 24 – Regular
visitors to the Truth in Media Web site will have noticed that, starting
with March 24, the New Day of Infamy, we have begun to run a series of
commemorative reports under the title “One Year Ago Today…” Every
day between now and June 11, you will be able to see and read what we said
exactly one year earlier about NATO’s bombing of Serbia – what NATO
hit, what it missed, and what it lied about.
And what mankind lost that day.
Just click on the appropriate links at our home page – www.truthinmedia.org.
Zeitung" Disputes Massacre Claims:
BERLIN, Mar. 24 - Three "Berliner Zeitung" reporters -
Bo Adam, Roland Heine and Claudius Technau - combined to produce a further
evidence that there was probably no January 15, 1999 Racak massacre at
all. Yet that was the pivotal event, according to the New World Order
leaders and the establishment media which set the stage for the subsequent
bombing of Serbia.
The German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, for example, was quoted
as saying that the Racak massacre was the turning point for him. Yet now
we learn that in all probability, there was no Racak massacre at all. The
Racak "massacre" seems to have been yet another case of the New
World Order leaders' "lies and denials", backing up their
But the Berliner Zeitung report goes further. It demonstrated that the
OSCE, the Hague Tribunal and all other international "kangaroo"
justice institutions were involved in the deception of the western public.
And in the suppression of the truth contained in the Racak autopsy report,
produced by an international group of experts, let by a Finnish forensic
So now, the world can charge not only the NATO leaders with war crimes
against innocent civilians, but also the leading New World Order political
and legal institutions with obstruction of justice.
Here is an English version of the Berliner Zeitung report (also see the Mar.
27 update of the TiM Bulletin 2000/3-3). German-speaking readers can find the original
text by clicking on the "Berliner
felt that something was wrong"
In January 1999 more than 40
Albanians died in Racak – secret reports repute the planned execution
Bo Ada, Roland Heine and
BERLIN, March 23. A small
village played a crucial role just as the course was set for the Kosovo
war: Racak. In this hamlet, inhabited by Albanians, Serb security forces
allegedly executed unarmed civilians in cold blood on January 15, 1999.
That was the claim of US president Bill Clinton, among many other Nato
politicians. Was the public opinion in Nato countries fed with
half-truths and unproven claims throughout the spring of 1999 to secure
consent with a military intervention in the Kosovo conflict? The
"Berliner Zeitung" was able to get access to secret documents
which raise doubt about the widely spread version of events:
What happened in January 1999?
Let's look at the war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague:
"On or about 15 January 1999, in the early morning hours, the
village of Racak (Stimlje/Shtime municipality) was attacked by forces of
the FRY and Serbia. After shelling by the VJ units, the Serb police
entered the village later in the morning and began conducting
house-to-house searches. Villagers, who attempted to flee from the Serb
police, were shot throughout the village. A group of approximately 25
men attempted to hide in a building, but were discovered by the Serb
police. They were beaten and then were removed to a nearby hill, where
the policemen shot and killed them. Altogether, the forces of the FRY
and Serbia killed approximately 45 Kosovo Albanians in and around Racak.
The Hague indictment calls it "murder of Kosovo-Albanian
This representation agrees
with statements made by American William Walker, who led the OSCE in
Kosovo at the time. He visits the village the day following the tragedy.
His verdict was passed immediately: He claimed to have seen the corpses
of more than 20 mostly elderly men, who "obviously were executed
were they lay." According to Walker, the others were found later. A
"special report" [English term used by B.Z.] by the OSCE
mission prepared under
Walker's auspices a day later summarizes: One has found proof of
"arbitrary arrests, killings and mutilations of unarmed
civilians." The report details a list with 23 adult males in a
ravine above Racak, "many shot at point blank", furthermore
four adult males who apparently were shot while escaping, as well as 18
corpses in the village proper. The latter include a woman and a young
The pictures of the bodies
trigger worldwide shock and dismay. US foreign minister Madeleine
Albright calls it a "galvanizing incident". Three days later
she demand the bombardment of Yugoslavia as "punishment". In a
letter sent to Yugoslav president Milosevic on January 20, the German
foreign minister Joschka Fischer writes that any excuses from Belgrade
"in no way can justify the execution of 45 unarmed people, amongst
them women and children, by the security forces." Later on, Fischer
says: "Racak became the turning point for me."
Denial from Belgrade
The Yugoslav government
vehemently dispute the condemnation. Belgrade talks of a police action
against UCK terrorists. [According to Belgrade,] The bodies were
collected by the UCK on the night of January 15 and presented as
On January 22, a forensic team
from Finland begins with the autopsy of the corpses that have been
brought to the capital of Kosovo. A week later, it has concluded its
inquiry. The public waits for the conclusion. But for the time being,
the team led by Dr. Helena Ranta takes its time to evaluate the
Meanwhile, the Kosovo conflict
becomes grows more intense by the day. In Rambouillet near Paris, the
Western powers, Russia, Serbs and Kosovo-Albanians still negotiate a
peaceful solution to the dispute. The Rambouillet talks have entered a
decisive phase when the team leader Ranta hosts a confusing press
conference in Pristina. Instead of issuing the inquiry results, she
shares "comments" that reflect her "personal
opinion." On this 17th of March 1999, nobody knows that
political forces have urged Mrs. Ranta to go public. To this day, her
reserach is neither finished, nor has it led to any clear conclusions.
In complicated sentences,
prone to misunderstandings, Mrs. Ranta tries to extricate herself from
the affair. She declines to speak of a "massacre"; instead,
she calls the tragedy a "crime against humanity". She states
that no ammunition and no uniforms were found on the bodies, but that
some of them were clothed in several thick sweaters. She elaborates on
the fact that no gunpowder traces were found, but doesn't clearly state
where one has looked for them. She criticizes that the OSCE has neither
secured the corpses or any evidence and points to the long time that has
passed between the deaths and the forensic inquiry. Both would make a
non-ambigious statement difficult.
Nevertheless, most observers
took Helena Rantas' statements as a confirmation that an execution had
taken place. Important politicians allow no more leeway for doubt. US
president Clinton says that "innocent men, women and children"
have been driven from their homes, forced to "kneel in the dirt and
were moved down." Anonymous Western government representatives tell
the "International Herald Tribune" that the most horrendous
details from the Finnish report have not yet been made public. A week
later, the war begins, and the reports remain secret.
Inquiries with Mrs. Ranta
The Berliner Zeitung has now
been able to access copies of the autopsy documents. Of all these
reports, none contain any evidence of an execution scenario. The Finnish
forensic experts and their Yugoslav and Belorussian colleagues found
traces that point to a gunshot fired "relatively close" on
only one of the victims. In the other cases, the findings were negative.
Neither is the alleged absence
of gunpowder residue [on the victims'] hands documented. As a
consequence, there is no evidence that the victims were civilians. We
asked Mrs. Ranta about the reason for this. After a brief consideration,
she solved the puzzle: The Finnish team never looked for such traces.
Rather, the tests mentioned at the press conference on March 17, 1999,
were carried out to look for traces of executions or point blank
shootings. These were the tests that proved negative. "It was
somewhat easy to misunderstand that at the press conference," Mrs.
Ranta admits today.
That is a fact. But this
"misunderstanding" is crucial to the Racak case. Were the dead
actually unarmed, peaceful villagers? Or were at least some of them
Albanian UCK fighters? Was it an execution or a battle? In all official
statements by the OSCE, the Hague tribunal, and the EU the second
possibility is not mentioned.
Against better knowledge. As
early as the morning of January 16 1999, the UCK issues the first
communique stating that eight of its fighters had been killed in combat
in Racak. The names of these dead do not appear on the Hague tribunal's
list. Another strange thing: Also on January 16, the UCK mentions 22
execution victims in Racak by name. But only eleven of them are recorded
on the tribunal's victim list. Only the figure 22 approximately
correlates with the number of dead found on the hill behind Racak. How
many dead were there really?
"The truth is," says
French journalist Renaud Girard, "that Racak was a fortified
village with a lot of [gunfighter]
trenches." There isn't a single word to be found about that in
OSCE's "special report." [English term used by B.Z.] On
January 16 1999, Girard had hurried to the scene of the tragedy, and he
saw OSCE chief of mission in action. "In terms of massacres, Walker
is a professional," says Girard. "Any professional knows what
to do. He blocks off access to the crime scene to secure the evidence.
Walker did no such thing. He trampled around there himself and let the
journalists fiddle around with the corpses, collect souvenirs and wipe
out evidence. Initially, Girard filed a massacre story like all his
colleagues with his paper "Le Figaro." But then he started
pondering. "I felt that something was wrong."
Doubts among Journalists
A colleague with "Le
Monde" contributed to his doubts. Christophe Chatelet had been in
Racak the day before – the day of the alleged massacre. Together with
OSCE representatives, he entered the village in the late afternoon, when
the Serbs had left. The foreigners found four wounded and were told
about one dead. Chatelet returned to Pristina at dusk. He told a
colleague that nothing particular had happened at Racak. The day after,
when Walker went to racak with a large press entourage, Chatelet
declined and stayed at the hotel. Chatelet cannot explain why the OSCE
only recorded one dead on the afternoon of January 15, while the OSCE
the morning after suddenly found at least 13, possibly as many as 18,
corpses in the streets and farmhouses: "I can't solve that
Certainly, the 45 dead are the
Serbs' victims. But if there was a mass execution: why did the Serb
units withdraw without any attempt to cover up the incident and make as
many corpses as possible disappear? The UCK is in the best position to
bring light to the case. Recently, its commander in chief Hashim Thaci
said to the BBC: "We had a key unit in the region. It was a fierce
battle. We regrettably had many victims. But so did the Serbs."
Black Turtle-neck Turns a “Black List” Rat
BELGRADE, Mar. 24 – The dapper leader of the Democratic Party
who turned his black turtle-neck shirt into a political trademark during
the 1996-1997 anti-Milosevic demonstrations in Belgrade, the man who
modeled for this writer’s “I
Believe in Nothing” Washington Times column in December 1996; a Serb
opposition leader who posed
with Madam Halfbright in Berlin in a photo-op of Serb political vassals;
yes, Zoran Djindjic himself, is now responsible for names of Serb
politicians or business people who are on the “black list” of
individuals banned from traveling to NATO countries, according to the
information which we received earlier this month from Belgrade.
Here’s our English translation of the letter we’ve received from
Mrs. Jela Jovanovic, a Belgrade art historian, and the Secretary General
of the Committee for National Solidarity:
“Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 22:40:54 +0100
To: Zoran Djindjic, president of the Democratic Party
Since I learned today that you are in charge of the “black list”
of undesirables, I ask you to put me immediately on the list of people for
whom the entry into the countries of the NATO alliance is forbidden.
If you do not do that forthwith, I will rat on you with your bosses
that you’re doing poorly the job of a Serb rat.
Personally, I think that I am more than qualified to be included at
the top of the list. I have
been participant in all wartime events.
My comrades-in-arms have been all Serbs killed at the Hague. Most
of the Serb volunteers know me. I
have criss-crossed all war zones, My
humanitarian help was delivered exclusively to the Serb soldiers and
policemen, and only rarely to civilians.
As long as I live, I will fight for a Serbia till Rijeka (TiM Ed.: a coastal city in today’s Croatia).
Jela Jovanovic, Belgrade, 09.03.2000”
TiM “In Memoriam” on Radio Belgrade
BELGRADE, Mar. 28 – The Serbian language speakers among the
TiM readers will have a chance to hear the TiM editor’s March 24
commemoration address at the popular Radio Belgrade program “Veceras
Zajedno” (“This Evening, Together”).
Besides Serbia, this program airs in dozens of countries around the
world. The TiM editor recorded the 12-minute speech personally over
the phone at the Radio Belgrade studio.
TiM Editor’s Perth Lecture
PERTH, Apr. 2 – This is to announce an upcoming Perth lecture
by the TiM editor on the subject “New World Order and Serbia.”
The speech will be in Serbian, and will take place on Sunday, April
2, at 18:00 (6PM) at the Maddington Serbian Center.
For more information, click on “Perth
Also, check out... “Berliner Zeitung”
and KLA Ties, His Disgrace, Artemije,
How Gen. Clark Misled the World, Death on the Danube,
Racism of the New World Order, Death
of the City, Cavorting with
the Enemy (Albright), Toward
a New Multipolar World in the New Millennium, Stitching
Together the New World Order Flag, Chinese
Embassy; Slovakia; bin Laden and Bosnia, Criminals
Return to Scene of Their Crimes, Truth
in Media Statement on the Kosovo War, "Wither
Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On
the Brink of Madness", "Tragic
Deja Vu's," "Seven
U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting
the Hand That Feeds You", "A
Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put
the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International
Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic:
'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo
Lie Allowed to Stand", "New
World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo
Heating Up", "Decani
Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder
on Wall Street", "Kosovo:
'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What
If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Serb
WW II General Exonerated by British Archives," "Green
Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An
American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story)
Tito's Greatest Crime?", "Perfidious
Albion Strikes Again, Aided by Uncle Sam",
Sanctions, Now!" (1993)
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese
Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An
Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's
Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning
Up Another Crisis"
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns:
Factory," and "A
New Iron Curtain Over Europe"