BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 21, 1999; 1:30PM GMT - DAY 29, UPDATE 1
Phoenix 1. Back Home! A Notice to TiM Readers
Belgrade 2. NATO Madness Attacking Media and Office Buildings to Get at Milosevic!?
Belgrade 3. Serb TV HQ Next Target? Journalists as "Human Shield"
Novi Sad 4. The Third Bridge Attacked NATO to Sever Vojvodina from Serbia?
Phoenix 5. Why Do the Serbs Not Show More Photos of NATO Losses?
Tape of Sunday's NATO Plane's Shootdown Now Available?
1. Back Home! A Notice to TiM Readers
PHOENIX, Apr. 21 - Your editor is back home again, after a grueling, but otherwise fairly uneventful, 35-hour Belgrade-Phoenix trip. One of these days, when and if the war subsides, we may bring you some human interest-type travel vignettes from this journey. Meanwhile, back to reporting and analysis of NATO's war against Serbia...
But first, a notice to TiM readers. We have told you before that our Web site (www.truthinmedia.org) has been deluged by millions of hits from 80 countries around the world just during the first half of April. To accommodate such an enormous surge in demand, we are having to move our Web site to a faster server (computer). This work is in progress as we write.
While the transfer is being done, TiM readers will NOT experience any difficulties in accessing our Web site, except for the SEARCH function, which will not be available for a few hours. But until the move is completed, we at TiM will not be able to update our Web page with any new information. Which means that for the next day or so, the Special TiM GW Bulletins will be send out only by e-mail. Thank you for your patience while we upgrade so as to serve you better.
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------------2. NATO Madness Attacking Media and Office Buildings to Get at Milosevic!?
BELGRADE, Apr. 21 - The NATO madmen are getting personal. And killing the TV relays and an 18-story office tower supposedly to get at Slobodan Milosevic!?
In the early hours of the morning, several cruise missiles hit the 18-story "Usce" ("Confluence") office tower in New Belgrade, across the river Sava from downtown Belgrade. And NATO also destroyed the Iriski Venac TV relay on Mt. Fruska Gora, depriving Serbia's second largest city, Novi Sad, and much of its northern province of Vojvodina, of TV reception.
That's like hitting the Rockefeller Center in New York with cruise missiles, because that's where NBC HQ is, one of many U.S. establishment networks which is a part of Clinton's "lie and deny" PR factory. And taking out TV relays around New York City, so as to cut of the rest of the eastern states from the New York-based programming.
Mad? It's worse than mad. Eyewitness reports from Belgrade suggest that there were numerous human casualties as a result of NATO's attack on the "Usce" office tower. Several missiles reportedly hit the top and bottom stories of the building.
"I am looking right now at the burning building from my balcony," a TiM Belgrade source reported at 3:31AM local time. "Top and bottom floors of the building are on fire. But office lights are still on in the middle section. Flames are spreading from the bottom floors upward. I don't think the people trapped in the mid-section could be saved even if helicopters were to come to their aid."
TiM Ed. Anyone trying to imagine what it was like to be a journalist or a worker on a night shift trapped in the mid-section of the "Usce" building, should see again the 1970s film, "Inferno." Except that in this case, the fire was no accident. Thus the title of this real life horror story is, "Murder by NATO Pyromaniacs."
------------3. Serb TV HQ Next Target? Journalists as "Human Shield"
BELGRADE, Apr. 21 - We've just been advised from Belgrade that NATO has signaled that its next target may be the Serb TV headquarters - by advising the foreign journalists to leave the SerbTV premises. Like NBC's HQ at the Rockefeller Center, the Serb TV offices are in the heart of downtown, surrounded by residential and other office buildings.
The Yugoslav federal minister for information, Goran Matic, led a group of 100 domestic and foreign journalists last night on a tour of Serb TV buildings, so as to show them its purely civilian nature. A number of foreign correspondents reportedly decided to stay at the Serb TV building as another "human shield" against NATO's madness.
------------4. The Third Bridge Attacked NATO to Sever Vojvodina from Serbia?
NOVI SAD, Apr. 21 - Earlier on in NATO's air campaign against Serbia, we noted that its attacks on the bridges across the Danube were, in fact, attacks on Europe's trade and commerce which flows along the continent's longest waterway. And we said that they signaled a possible new front of a future NATO attack - on the northern Yugoslav province of Vojvodina (see Day 11, Update 1, Item 1, Apr. 3).
At the time, Pentagon has denied that it has any such intentions. But we warned TiM readers based on our past experienced to watch carefully what the Washington and Brussels actually DO, while disregarding what they SAY.
Well, last night NATO attacked the third bridge in Novi Sad, a railroad line across the Danube. According to our last reports, the bridge is still standing, although one of its arches has been damaged in the attack. But the fact that NATO is now trying to destroy Novi Sad's last remaining bridge, and has cut off much of the northern province of Vojvodina from Serb TV programming, is yet another confirmation of its to separate Vojvodina from the rest of Serbia, and turn it into a NATO protectorate. A German insider's report, published in our yesterday's TiM Bulletin (Day 28, Update 1, Item 4, Apr. 20), also unequivocally confirmed that conclusion.
------------5. Why Do the Serbs Not Show More Photos of NATO Losses? Tape of Sunday's NATO Plane's Shootdown Now Available?
PHOENIX, Apr. 21 - As you saw in our yesterday's report, various Serb and Russian sources had put the total number of downed NATO airplanes as of Apr. 18 at 40, and the total human casualties at 90 (see Day 28, Update 1, Item 4, Apr. 20).
Not surprisingly, there have been a number of "Doubting Thomas's" among the TiM readers who demanded in their e-mails to us to see the photos as "proof." To which we say...
For example, TiM readers should tell their congressmen and senators to listen to a recording which we've just received from a Belgrade Web site - Beonet.yu. It is a tape of what appears to be an authentic conversation between NATO pilots and the AWACS controllers, which confirms the loss of at least one American aircraft on Sunday (an F-16, according to Yugoslav sources). You can listen to the clip at http://www.beonet.yu/awacs.ram . But we have to warn you, Beonet's audio line capacity is low, and demand high. So be patient...
Meanwhile, here are some snippets of the conversations which we caught when we listened to a 6 minutes and 48 seconds-long recording
In addition, there are some other source on the Web which are offering the "proof" for which some TiM readers have asked. One of them is http://members.xoom.com/ggromozeka/aviation/, operated by Venik, an aviation buff and expert. This site even offers a map which shows locations of specific shoot-downs of NATO planes (see below). Here is an excerpt from an explanation which this expert offers as to why there is a dearth of physical evidence:
Venik, 19 April, 1999
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"