PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 25, 1999; 3:00PM EDT - DAY 33
Washington 1. Clinton Warns Russia on Serbia Oil; France Balks
Belgrade 2. Up to 20 People May Be Still Trapped at Serb TV
Center; Mobile Phones Help Save Lives
Redding 3. Bombing TV Relays: - Clinton's 1990s Version of
Book-Burning in Hitler's Germany (By Mary Mostert)
Belgrade 4. Kati Marton's Double Standard
New York 5. Holbrooke Under Attack at Media Dinner; NBC's
Brokaw Muzzles Colleague
Chicago 6. Chicago Sun-Times: Albright's Autocracy
Germany 7. A German Volunteer: "I Am So Ashamed!"
1. Clinton Warns Russia on Serbia Oil; France Balks
WASHINGTON, Apr. 24 - A day after the NATO summit in Washington decided to slap a tight oil embargo on Serbia, Bill Clinton issued Moscow a stern warning about attempting to re-supply of Belgrade, according to a UPI news wire report. Clinton refused to rule out the use of force against Russian ships in the Adriatic Sea if they attempt to breach, what is for all intents and purposes, a NATO naval blockade of the former Yugoslavia.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, speaking in Cairo Friday, refused to say whether Russia would heed the embargo or continue supplying its traditional Slavic ally with fuel and other related products.
The issue of a naval blockade on Belgrade, which under international law would require a declaration of war, has drawn sharp divisions in NATO during a high-profile 50th anniversary summit that was intended to highlight alliance resolve to bomb Milosevic into submission. French President Jacque Chirac said on Sautrday that the oil embargo was a "legitimate" action by the alliance.
But Chirac stressed the delicacy of maritime interdiction, and warned that it might have the unintended consequence of drawing Russia into a conflict with NATO that the alliance successfully avoided during nearly five decades of Cold War. "In law, it's an act of war," Chirac said. "You need to be very cautious."
2. Up to 20 People May Be Still Trapped at Serb TV Center; Mobile Phones Help Save Lives
BELGRADE, Apr. 24 - Up to 20 members of the Serb TV staff are thought to be without food and water and with diminishing air supplies, buried under rubble after Friday's pre-dawn NATO strike, the U.K. Press Association has reported. Survivors still trapped inside the wreckage are communicating with rescue workers using their mobile phones.
According to unconfirmed reports, two people have access to phones and are helping guide rescue workers to where they are stranded under concrete and steel. Serb television sports editor Zvonko Mihajlovski is helping in the operation, which is being carried out by Yugoslav army units, and earlier briefed journalists on the rescue effort.
One journalist said: "They are helping look for them but are also reassuring them psychologically. Some of the rescuers are trying to get an air supply through and this is where the mobile phones are helping. The area is now completely sealed off."
So far only two of the dead have been identified but up to 10 are thought to have perished and 18 others been injured when the missile slammed into the third floor of the building sending rubble tumbling on to floors below.
Many of those trapped are thought to have been sheltering from the air raid in the basement but became stuck when a large concrete part of the building's structure collapsed. According to Serbian television staff records, 150 people were working on the shift that night.
Meanwhile, TiM has learned that Serb TV transmissions were interrupted again on Sunday morning when a power station supplying the electricity to the Avala TV relay was hit by NATO. But by 2PM this afternoon local time (8AM EDT), Serb TV went on the air again, underscoring the futility of NATO's effort to kill the freedom of speech.
3. Bombing TV Relays: - Clinton's 1990s Version of Book-Burning in Hitler's Germany (By Mary Mostert)
REDDING, CA, Apr. 24 - Bombing Serb TV relays is Clinton's 1990s version of book-burning in Hitler's Germany of the 1930s, says Mary Mostert, a California-based activist and writers. Mostert should be a familiar name to regular TiM readers (see "America's "Kosovo's": What Goes Around Comes Around, see Day 17, Update 1, Item 2, Apr. 9 - available at our Web site).
Here are some excerpts from her latest contribution (for the full article, visit her Web site at http://www.originalsources.com ):
Mary Mostert, Redding, California
4. Kati Marton's Double Standard
BELGRADE, Apr. 24 - The Democratic Party of Serbia, one of the opposition parties, says Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke's wife and president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, is displaying a double standard. She was quick to condemn a restrictions placed by Belgrade on "independent media," but is now silent when Serb journalists are being killed by the NATO bombers. Here's an excerpt from a statement which we received from the Democratic Party of Serbia on Apr. 24:
TiM Ed.: Amid the dead seriousness of the above satire, we could not help but chuckle about the repeated use of the term "Mrs." in the above release. The Serbs may or may not realize that that's an anathema to liberated liberals, such as "Ms." Marton, who is also a former wife of ABC TV anchor, Peter Jennings.
5. Holbrooke Under Attack at Media Dinner; NBC's Brokaw Muzzles Colleague
NEW YORK, Apr. 24 - True (ugly) nature of the establishment media is finally coming to fore, however obscurely. Tom Brokaw, the NBC news anchor, "found himself having to silence a fellow Fourth Estater at the Overseas Press Club awards dinner Thursday (Apr. 22), after the journalist lobbed questions at guest speaker Richard Holbrooke," the New York Post reported on page six of its Saturday (Apr. 24) edition.
The fact than no other establishment media reported on this embarrassing incident (as far as TiM is aware), even though the room was chocolate-block full of media stars, speaks louder than words about what they really are - New World Order's "working girls."
The TIME magazine, for example, did run a story on Apr. 24 about the media awards dinner in its on-line edition, but failed to mention anything about the incident when Pacifica Radio reporter Jeremy Scahill - who was one of the night's honorees - tried to interview Richard Holbrooke, a speaker at the event, as he stepped from the podium. Holbrooke refused to answer questions.
Scahill then asked NBC anchor Brokaw, the night's emcee, and ''60 Minutes'' reporter Lesley Stahl, to back his right to question ''this key player in the current war.'' Instead, the angry Brokaw rose from his seat and ordered Scahill to ''sit down,'' drawing applause from the audience.
But Scahill persisted and was escorted by security staff to the back of the room at the New York Grand Hyatt.
Scahill yesterday blasted Brokaw and Stahl, saying he was ''exercising his First Amendment rights'' to challenge Holbrooke, whom he called the Kosovo ''trigger man,'' about the war. He and his Pacifica colleague, Amy Goodman, were honored at the dinner for their documentary, ''Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship.'' But Goodman refused to accept the award after the Holbrooke fracas.
''His refusal to answer, along with the acquiesence of the journalists present, makes a mockery of the concept of free speech,'' blasted Goodman.
6. Chicago Sun-Times: Albright's Autocracy
CHICAGO, Apr. 20 - Editors of Chicago's Sun-Times highlighted the arrogance and the autocracy which pervades the Clinton administration. Just as Mary Mostert ridiculed Bill Clinton who assured the Serb people that they are not the enemy, while blowing them to bits, so did his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, make mockery of our Republic, by snubbing the Speaker of the House, the third most powerful post in our government.
"Some weeks ago, before bombs started falling on Serbia and while there still remained a chance for a negotiated settlement, House Speaker Dennis Hastert was proposing that Congress conduct a public debate on how the United States should deal with the Kosovo crisis," the Sun-Times said in an Apr. 20 editorial. "Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took exception to the proposal by the veteran Illinois Republican congressman, and told Hastert he would 'have blood on (his) hands' if he proceeded with a debate aimed at providing Americans with more information about what they might be getting into."
TiM Ed.: Albright's warning the House Speaker that he would have blood in his hands is like Count Dracula accusing the Red Cross of being responsible for spilling blood. After 33 days of war, Albright as well as all Clinton's war hawks, are by now dripping with blood of innocent people, including that of U.S. servicemen. Which is why they are so mum about the American casualties in this conflict.
"That was extraordinarily presumptuous of Albright," the Sun-Times continued. "Hastert acknowledged Monday (Apr. 19) in a meeting with the Sun-Times editorial board that he 'took it personally,' And so he should. For a start, Albright might do well to keep in mind that Congress is a separate and equal branch of government. Its members are not constitutionally subject to wearing a muzzle at the behest of the secretary of state. Also, Hastert, as House speaker, outranks Albright in the political hierarchy. Albright might remember that the Constitution reserves the authority to make declarations of war not to the president, but to Congress."
The Sun-Times editorial ends with an ominous warning: "Perhaps the White House would argue, as Albright did to Hastert, that a debate would have us tipping our hand to Milosevic. Once before a White House took America ever deeper into a faraway conflict while keeping the public in the dark. The consequences in Vietnam were disastrous."
TiM Ed.: If only the disaster this time were limited to a regional war, as in Vietnam. For, the Clinton administration may be taking us right into WW III.
7. A German Volunteer for Serbia: "I Am So Ashamed!"
GERMANY, Apr. 24 - TiM has just received another request for information about how one can volunteer to help the Serbs, this time from a reader in Germany. Here's an excerpt from his letter:
(Name withheld, but known to TiM)
TiM Ed.: We did provide to our correspondent the information about how to obtain the visa for travel to Serbia through the Yugoslav embassy in Budapest.
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"