FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 13, 1999; 3:00PM EDT - DAY 21, UPDATE 1
Phoenix 1. A TiM Clarification re. Volunteers
Belgrade 2. A Letter to All Mothers of the World
New York 3. Russia Appeals to World Court
Oslo 4. Albright-Ivanov Meeting Produces No Results
Phoenix 5. Number of Hits at TiM Web Site Soars: Truth
Seekers from 80 Countries Visit Us in Just 11 Days!
1. A TiM Clarification re. Volunteers
PHOENIX, Apr. 13 - Further to some TiM readers' letters which urged American and other patriots to join the Serbs guarding the Brankov bridge with nothing but their lives, we have received a number of responses from TiM readers which suggest a need for a further clarification.
As we said in Day 20, Update 2, Item 1 (Apr. 12), we've set up a special e-mail address PATRIOTS@TRUTHINMEDIA.ORG for those TiM readers who wish to find out about the logistics of travel to Yugoslavia at this time, given that the Yugoslav embassy in Washington and all consulates have been closed. We now have a Yugoslav diplomatic post's address etc. which we have been providing to the people who have written to us at the above e-mail, so that they can get first-hand visa and other travel information from the appropriate authorities.
And that's all. We are not "organizing" anything. We simply tried to be responsive to some of our readers' requests for information. TiM is a publishing endeavor, not a charity or some other NGO (non-governmental organization).
For those among TiM readers who are interested in volunteering for charity work and/or making donations for the Serbian people, you should know that no normal banking transactions with Serbia are possible (bank transfers, money orders, checks, etc.). So we suggest that you contact your local Orthodox Christian churches (Serb, Greek or Russian) and try to initiate or join any humanitarian aid projects that they may have under way. Good luck and God bless!
2. A Letter to All Mothers of the World
BELGRADE, Apr. 12 - TiM has received the following appeal addressed to "all mothers of the world" from Prof. Dr. Milos Cvetkovic, professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Belgrade university clinic, and one of the country's most prominent scientists:
Dr. Milos Cvetkovic, MD, Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
TiM Ed.: To which TiM can also add a footnote, based on an e-mail we've just received from another Serb doctor, a dermatologist. This doctor has been treating a four-year old patient who has been losing her hair due to everyday stress of air raid sirens and bombings. The young girl's mother said that the child also vomits almost every time she hears the sirens, which the four-year old says she fears more than the bombs. Why is the U.S. inflicting such suffering on children? - this doctor was wondering.
3. Russia Appeals to World Court
NEW YORK, Apr. 12 - Russia asked the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court in the Hague, to determine the legal consequences of NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia, the Associated Press has reported from New York on Apr. 12.
Moscow has argued that NATO action over the Kosovo dispute is illegal because the U.N. Security Council didn't explicitly authorize it. Russia also says the strikes against its Serb allies violate the fundamental goal of the United Nations, which is to maintain peace in the world.
The draft request doesn't mention Kosovo, NATO or Yugoslavia by name, but diplomats said the intent of the resolution was clear: to give Russia another chance to formally object to the NATO assault on its allies in Belgrade. The draft cites the U.N. Charter in saying individual nations and regional organizations cannot use force against sovereign states without the authorization of the Security Council.
"No considerations, whether political, economic, military or of any other kind, may be used to justify the threat or use of force in violation of the Charter of the United Nations,'' it says. It requests "as a matter of urgency,'' that the International Court of Justice give its opinion on the legal consequences such unauthorized intervention would have for the United Nations and for peace in the world.
4. Albright-Ivanov Meeting Produces No Results
OSLO, Apr. 12 - The talks between the Russian and American top diplomats, held today in Oslo, did not produce any tangible results with respect to the Kosovo crisis. After four hours of talks between Madeleine Albright, the U.S. secretary of state, and Igor Ivanov, Russia's foreign minister, the two parties could only politely agree to disagree on the NATO attacks, the Bloomberg newswire reported today.
5. Number of Hits at TiM Web Site Soars: Truth Seekers from 80 Countries Visit Us in Just 11 Days!
PHOENIX, Apr. 13 - The number of hits and visitors at the Truth in Media Web site has been soaring ever since the New Day of Infamy, Mar. 24, the date NATO started bombing Serbia. We have just received the latest statistics about the visitors to our Web site which shows that the number of monthly "hits" is now in the millions, as truth seekers from 80 countries around the world had paid visited us in just the first 11 days of April. Thank you, truth seekers of the world!
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "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?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"