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Humphrey Fellowships – students from Albania and Kosovo are eligible to apply

hereFrosina is pleased to announce that students who are nationals of Albania or Kosova are eligible for the prestigious Humphrey Fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.

Interested individuals should contact the Public Affairs offices at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana and at the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina.

For more information, please click in the link https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/how-apply-humphrey-fellowship-program

KOSOVA’S WEEK OF WOMEN 2014

 

Week of Women 2014

March 24-28, 2014

Pristina, Kosovo

The third annual Week of Women will bring together more than 100 women representatives of political parties, civil society, business, media and academia to provide them with skills, knowledge and networks to help them seize new opportunities and tackle challenges they face in political, economic and social life. The event will be hosted by the Kosovo Assembly’s Women’s Caucus and Week of Women alumni.

From NDI

 

Fellowships for Youth – Albanians are eligible!

http://www.yanapp.org/index.php?fuse=apply

 

2013 YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship!

 

Applications for the 2013 Fellowship program are due by March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

Learn more about the Fellowship application by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions, our Approach to Social Entrepreneurship, and Testimonials from previous Fellows!

To learn tips for creating your best application, watch our video or visit our blog.

 

Eligibility 

• Open to all young people, ages 18-29 as of October 1, 2013
• Applicants must be the acting founder/co-founder of an existing organization, or a project within an organization, with a demonstrated one year track record of leading societal change
• Proficiency in English is required; applications must be submitted in English
• Applicants must attend the full retreat (all expenses paid) to take place in early October 2013

Key Dates

March 17: Applications for the 2013 Fellowship program are due by March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

May 22: Finalists will be notified by May 22, 2013.

October 2013: The 2013 retreat will take place within in early October in Brazil.

 

About the application:

Video: The video is a mandatory portion of the application–if you do not submit a video, your application will not be considered. Your video will be the first opportunity we have to see your passion, knowledge, and unique perspective. We hope you will be specific and succinct in explaining your personal relationship to your work (why you do what you do), the steps you have made towards change (what your project/organization does) and what a successful future looks like for your project/organization.

We understand that there are varying degrees of technology access around the world and thus are willing to accept a variety of video qualities (from camera phones to Flip cameras) which will be given equal consideration across the pool of applicants. We much prefer a lower-quality video that directly addresses our questions to a professionally-produced video that does not address our questions. We are looking for authenticity.

 

Narrative Application: Within this section you will provide us with details that support what we learned in the video. Please remember to thoroughly describe your work in a way that an outsider with no knowledge of the issue you are addressing would understand. Help us understand the specific programs, projects, and activities that your organization offers. We are interested in your long-term vision, but it is important for us to understand your current activities. You must provide all requested information within the narrative application.

 

References: You will be asked to enter the contact information for two references who can discuss your eligibility for the fellowship.

Supporting Documents: You will have the opportunity to submit up to three additional documents that may provide judges with a better understanding of your project.
Pro tip! We highly recommend that you download the word version of the application to preview and craft your answers offline. This is a great way to think through your responses and have a saved copy for yourself! Once you have your application complete to your satisfaction you can return to the site and submit online.
Click here to apply online

While online submissions are strongly preferred, applicants may email completed word application forms to: l.jones@iyfnet.org

Click here to download the Word application

For questions and comments, contact l.jones@iyfnet.org

Gëzim Alpion’s response to Dick Marty’s allegations about Kosova

For those of you who were unaware of it, here’s a London Albanian academic’s spirited rebuttal to Dick Marty’s allegations about Kosova organ trafficking…

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UK academic response to Dick Marty’s allegations about Kosova organ trafficking

Gëzim Alpion (PhD, Dunelm, UK)

Department of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Birmingham, UK

http://www.sociology.bham.ac.uk/staff/alpion.shtml

Following allegations of organ trafficking in Kosova made by Carla Del Ponte, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in her 2008 book The Hunt: I and the War Criminals, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly appointed Swiss-born politician Dick Marty in June of the same year as its rapporteur to conduct an investigation. Marty’s draft report entitled ‘Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosova’, which was endorsed by the Committee on 16 December 2010, will be debated by the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg on 25 January 2011.

Reading Marty’s 27-page document one wonders if the author and his followers have been living as hermits over the last two decades. Marty’s report is basically an endless catalogue of sensationalist speculations and insults.

Marty’s main concern is not necessarily the alleged trafficking of human organs or ‘the absence of a true civil society’ in Kosova. His report is part of concerted efforts by some European Serbophiles to speed up the rehabilitation of Serbia without first experiencing a necessary soul-searching that the Germans and the Japanese have gone through so that this nation too has a chance to confront its past and redeem itself.

Marty apparently believes that with Milosevic dead, Serbia is in the clear. Milosevic’s demise did not mark the end of Serbia’s chauvinistic policy. Marty and those who support and finance his gossip mongering expedition in the Balkans are doing the Serbs no favour in the long run by telling them that in the wars they triggered in the 1990s they were as much at the receiving end as their victims.

In order to exonerate the ‘victimised’ Serbs, following the failed example of his peer as a Swiss citizen, Carla Del Ponte, Marty is on the lookout for ‘bad Albanians’. As the only non-Slavic nation to suffer from the Balkan wars in the 1990s, Del Ponte and Marty apparently believe that it is easy and convenient to demonise the Albanians.

Marty, it seems, is not comfortable that the Albanian nation, that has traditionally been ignored by world powers, has now found strong and reliable allies in the United States, the United Kingdom and major West European countries, and that Albania and Kosova’s European integration is becoming a reality.

Marty is right to raise the issue of alleged mistreatment of prisoners of war; when properly documented, anyone perpetrating crimes, should be tried and punished according to international law. Marty seems to be strikingly ignorant of the sad truth, however, that war is not exactly a stroll in the park. Unfortunately, every war has its ugly incidents, and what someone like Marty preaches on human rights from the serenity of Switzerland or myself from England’s green and pleasant land would not hold sway among war survivors who have witnessed the raping of women, killing of their loved ones and mass expulsion from their ancient homeland because their only crime is being Albanians.

Marty’s main purpose is to denigrate the Albanian Kosovars’ fight for liberation from Serb occupation. This explains why, although a lawyer by training, Marty takes no prisoners. Marty conveniently ignores that the Albanians did not choose to fight; armed resistance was the last option they resorted to when it was obvious that their decades-long Gandhi-like resistance would never raise the consciousness of Serb colonialists.

Marty apparently has a strong disdain for farmers who resist tyranny, as it is clear from his remarks about the peasant status of the Albanian patriot Adem Jashari, who was killed by the Serb forces together with his extended family in March 1998. Marty’s phobia towards the ‘rustic’ is baffling given the contribution rendered by the peasant William Tell in establishing the Swiss Confederation in the fourteenth century.

Marty’s low esteem for Adem Jashari, Kosova’s William Tell, is linked with the fact that he was one of the founders of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) in 1996. Marty is bent on presenting Albanian Kosovars’ armed resistance as being from start to finish a ‘terrorist’ movement inspired and run by vicious gangs of criminals of the lowest kind. This explains why he never mentions that the KLA and other Kosova freedom fighting military units proved to be valiant NATO allies throughout the 1999 bombing campaign.

Marty is hardly telling Albanians anything they do not know by alleging that some of their politicians, including some former members of the KLA who turned to politics in the wake of the 1999 war, are corrupt. Being financially and even morally and politically corrupt while governing in the Balkans, however, and executing people with the purpose of extracting and selling their kidneys, are not the same. If Marty can prove that what he claims to have happened indeed did take place, such alleged monsters need to be apprehended and held accountable.

Even if he can prove this, however, Marty exposes himself to defamation charges by both Albania and Kosova with his report that appears to criminalise the entire Albanian nation. The only charge that Marty can possible levy against the ‘criminal’ Kosova Albanians is that having aspired for centuries for freedom and dignity they eventually decided to take control of their destiny in the 1990s.

Marty’s hostile attitude towards the Albanians epitomises the old Europe’s colonial mentality keen to see any freedom fighting movement as a terrorist activity because it results in a new geopolitical reality that undermines big powers’ economic and strategic interests.

Interestingly enough, Marty‘s patchy investigation does not go beyond Tirana’s Rinas Airport. Marty would do a great service to justice and human rights if his investigation went beyond Kosova and Albania. If cadaver kidney extractions indeed took place during the Balkan wars in the 1990s one would normally assume that there must have been very rich recipients outside the Balkans who were prepared to spend so much of their wealth to sponsor and benefit directly from this alleged criminal trade.

As it stands, Marty’s report is a tirade of unfounded accusations against the Albanian nation, and an attempt to cause frictions among Albanians in Kosova, and between the two neighbouring countries of Kosova and Albania. The publication of the report only two days before the announcement of the Kosova general election results is an attempt to undermine democratic processes in this fledgling state, sabotage Kosova’s international recognition and throw spikes in the road to reconciliation.

Kosovo’s independence is perfectly justifiable on many grounds including its overwhelming ethnic homogeneity and solidarity. All ethnic minorities taken together in Kosova have never reached at any time before the 1999 war 10% of the country’s overall population. In this respect, Kosova ranks just behind ‘monoethnic’ European societies like Poland and Norway and ahead of Slovakia, not to mention former Yugoslav republics, now independent states, such as Slovenia, Montenegro or Macedonia. Several centuries ago, Portugal became one of the early examples in modern times when a country gained independence on ethnic grounds, amongst other reasons.

As a new state Kosova needs all the help it can get from the international community to convince its ethnic minorities that they have a future together. Marty’s report will cause unnecessary anguish among ethnic groups in Kosova, especially among the Serbs who have historically been easily manipulated by political and religious warmongers in Belgrade.

Rather than swiftly endorsing Marty’s patchy, speculative, and sensationalist report, the Council of Europe’s Legal Affairs Committee needs to realise that Kosova’s independence is irreversible. The Albanians are not some ‘black sheep’ that a Swiss senator can keep out of Europe.

Europe has traditionally suffered from a short term memory span. One would hope that, as its newest state, Kosova will mark the end of the European amnesia. Lest we forget.

The WWO and Ms. Kosova/2009

I was intrigued by the following announcement by The World Water Organization and the fact that Ms. Marigona Dragushi, Ms. Kosova/2009, will make a special appearance at the upcoming “Drinking Water for Haiti” Concert at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Read on…

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Dear All,

The World Water Organization (WWO), in line with its humanitarian mandate, has been effectively engaged in many ways to provide drinking water to the needy Haitians following the recent devastating earthquakes in their country.

As part of this humanitarian endeavor, a group of South Korean artists, led by Prof. Dr. Hai-Kyung Suh, one of the world’s most renowned Pianist, is going to perform a concert at the Lincoln Center in New York for the benefit of the Haitians in need of drinking water, entitled: “Drinking Water for Haiti”. This event will begin by a Special Appearance of Ms. Marigona Dragusha, Ms. Universe Kosova 2009 / Second runner up Miss Universe 2009, who is the World Water Organization Goodwill Ambassador. Meanwhile, His Excellency Ambassador Waheed Waheedullah, the Architect and the Desinger of the Peace Process and Independence of Kosova will also be in attendance. For detailed information on this event, please visit our web site at: theworldwater.org or explore the following links:
http://theworldwater.org/

http://www.theworldwater.org/WaterForHaitiArtists.htm

Tickets for this event shall be purchased from the Lincoln Center either in person or on line through the above-mentioned link.

Looking forward to having the pleasure of your attendance.

Thank You,

The Executive Board,
The World Water Organization

KOSOVA: THE KAÇAK MOVEMENT (1918)

In 1918, disaffected Kosova Albanians, who had rallied around Hasan Prishtina, formed a “Committee for the National Defence of Kosova” in Shkodra, their main demand being the reunification of Albanian lands. A general revolt started, known as the Kaçak (outlaw) movement, led by Azem Betja-Galica against the incorporation of Kosova into the newly proclaimed ‘kingdom of Serbia, Croats, and Slovenes’ otherwise known as the first Yugoslavia.The Committee issued strict guidelines to the Kaçak fighters, urging insurgents not toharm local Slavs, burn houses or churches, or mistreat victims — instructions which were in stark contrast to Serbian activities in Kosova. The movement enjoyed considerable support from Albania, especially after 1920 when three well-known Kosovar Albanians became senior officials in Albania’s government — Hasan Prishtina, a member of parliament, Hoxhe Kadriu, Minister of Justice, and Bajram Curri, Minister of War. The key task for Belgrade, therefore, was to destabilize Albania, and an effort was made to this end, with the encouragement of the Catholic areas in Mirdita, north-east of Tirana, to proclaim an independent republic — something that the Montenegrins had several times attempted in the past, with some success. But the new interior minister, Ahmet Zogu, managed to route the Mirdita rebels, who returned with Yugoslav forces to take some territory in northern Albania.

The Kaçak movement began to suffer, mostly as a result of politics inside Albania. The Kosova leaders fell out with Zog, and Prishtina, who briefly became Albania’s prime minister, tried to dismiss him, but this ended in street fighting between the rivals’ supporters.

Zog became prime minister on 2 December 1922. His squabbles with the Kosova leaders had turned him into a fierce opponent of the Kaçak rebellion, and of Kosova in particular; hence the end of Albania’s short-lived support of Kosova. Zog sentenced the Kaçak leader, Betja, and Prishtina to death in absentia and had Prishtina assassinated in 1933. Betja died after being wounded in 1924 and the Kaçak movement withered away afterwards.

Two years after coming to power, Zog experienced the first and only significant challenge to his authority when he was forced out of office by a more liberal coalition led by Bishop Fan Noli and supported by Bajram Curri. Zog retreated to Yugoslavia where he was supplied with money and men and returned to stage a coup six months later. From then onwards, he became a virtual vassal of the Serbs, and the question of Kosova was buried. However, his Serbian vassalage did not last long and Zog’s government and chances of survival were to remain subject to the whims of Italy and Yugoslavia. When, in 1928, Zog proclaimed himself King Zog I, transforming the country into a monarchy, political pragmatism had led him to abandon the Serbs in favor of Italian promises of economic assistance. With Italian blessing, the Albanian leader proceeded to style himself ‘King of the Albanians’. The title infuriated Belgrade as it openly signalled territorial claims to Kosova and other Albanian-inhabited lands in Yugoslavia although Zog displayed no intention of planning any such thing.

The plight of the Albanians annexed into the first Yugoslavia worsened when a Belgrade programme aimed at changing the ethnic composition of Kosova and Macedonia had begun after the Balkan wars, pursuant to the ‘Decree on the Settlement of Newly Liberated and Annexed Regions of the Kingdom of Serbia’ of 20 February 1914. However, its implementation had been interrupted by the start of hostilities. When the war ended, the agrarian reform began, culminating in decrees passed in 1931 aimed at forcing Albanians out of their lands, with, among other things, new regulations requiring all land to pass into state property unless the owner could produce Yugoslav title-deeds — something few Albanians had been issued with. A fuller platform for the colonization of Kosova was worked out by Vaso Cubrilovic in 1937 in the form of a memorandum called ‘The Expulsion of Arnauts’.* Some of its draconian measures were implemented in the interwar period — which coincided with the signing in 1938 of an agreement between the Yugoslav and Turkish governments on the deportation to Turkey of huge numbers of Albanians. But the Italian occupation of Albania in April 1939 and the onset of World War II subjected the country and its people to a different kind of fate.

* ‘Arnaut’ = old Turkish for ‘Albanian’

PP 18 – 20, “The Myth of Greater Albania” by Paulin Kola, New York University Press, 2003

11-foot Statue of Bill Clinton in Kosovo

Kosovo – Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in Kosovo’s capital to welcome Bill Clinton yesterday as the former president attended the unveiling of an 11-foot statue of himself on a key boulevard that also bears his name.

Clinton is celebrated as a hero by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority for launching a 1999 NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslaviathat stopped the Serb forces’ crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.

The visit was Clinton’s first to Kosovo since it declared independence from Serbia last year.

Many of those gathered waved American, Albanian, and Kosovo flags and chanted “USA!’’ as Clinton climbed atop a podium with a poster behind it reading “Kosovo honors a hero.’’ Some peeked out of balconies and leaned on window sills to get a better view. To thunderous applause, Clinton waved to the crowd as a red cover was pulled from the statue.

“I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me,’’ Clinton said of the gold-sprayed statue.

Clinton also addressed Kosovo’s 120-seat assembly, encouraging members to forgive and move on from the violence of the past.

The statue portrays Clinton with his left arm raised, his right hand holding a portfolio bearing his name and the date (March 24, 1999) when NATO started bombing Yugoslavia.

An estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed during the Kosovo crackdown, and about 800,000 were forced from their homes. They returned after NATO-led peacekeepers moved in following 78 days of bombing.

Clinton last visited Kosovo in 2003, when he received an honorary university degree. His first visit was in 1999, months after some 6,000 US troops were deployed in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission here.

Some 1,000 American soldiers are based in Kosovo as part of NATO’s 14,000-strong peacekeeping force.

© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.

Request for Kosovar Donations

Hi:
Please help me spread the word that Americans who donate to the Foundation for Healthy Mothers and Babies in Kosovo will obtain a tax deduction by sending contributions to the nonprofit Hitchcock Foundation in Lebanon, NH. .

The name of the fund at the Hitchcock Foundation is the Kosovo Fund. This website will accept contributions by credit card through PayPal. Donations may also be mailed to the Hitchcock Foundation, The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon,NH. 03756

The Trustees of the Foundation have just authorized a 75,000 euro fundraising campaign to install a state-of-the-art oxygen delivery system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the obstetrical hospital in the University Clinical Center in Prishtina, Kosovo. This hospital averages 10,500 deliveries per year and 1800 of these deliveries are premature so that the NICU in this hospital is very busy treating high-risk, newborn infants. Many of these high risk newborns have serious breathing difficulties that require oxygen.Once installed, this new oxygen delivery system will immediately begin to save lives and decrease complications such as blindness.

The Foundation will contract with Draeger Medical, a highly recommended German company, to install this system. Four bids were received and representatives from each company were interviewed by Foundation’s Executive Director, Emma Gjemnica,and two members of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee. This due diligence process selected Draeger.

Please contact me if you have questions or would like additional information.

James C. Strickler, MD James.C.Strickler@Dartmouth.EDU
Professor of Medicine and Community Medicine
Emeritus Dean, the Dartmouth Medical School
Trustee, Foundation for Healthy Mothers and Babies (Kosovo)

Source: massalbanians

Seeks Interpreter for Kosovar Boy Undergoing Surgery

Dear friends:

I just received a phone call from Boston Children’s Hospital informing me that the young Kosovar boy recuperating from heart surgery (described below) has been moved with his mother to the home of a Kosovar family so interpreters are no longer needed.

I was also informed that the hospital had received offers from many Albanians who were willing to help.

Bravo Albanians!

Van Christo

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I want to make a departure from my regular postings to the Frosina Blog because of the urgency expressed in the inquiry for help below. I hope that an Albanian translator can be of immediate service to the young Kosovar boy as he undergoes important surgery at Boston’s Children’s Hopsital.

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My name is Bob Marcou and I am writing from the Waltham Massachusetts Rotary Club. We, as an organization, and our president, Glenna Gelineau, are hosting a 7 year old boy and his mom from Kosovo who is here for a heart operation at Childrens Hospital in Boston.

Unfortunately, none of us speak Albanian and the boy and his mom do not speak a word of English. He just arrived and the doctors need to perform additional surgeries and there is nobody around to help us communicate any of this to the boy or his mom.

Can you help us in any way? or advise us to where we might find help to converse? We appreciate any help or advice you can provide. Thank you so much!

Bob Marcou 781-899-2220 or 781-899-7420
Glenna Gelineau 781-894-4020 or jillos@aol.com

Ahtisaari and Kosovo

On the recent first anniversary of Kosova’s independence, I was reminded of an editorial I once read in the Boston Globe* titled “A real peacemaker” that made a lot of sense to me. It hailed fomer Finnish president Marti Ahtisaari for being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize as “a patient mediator who has had more success resolving intractible conflicts around the world.”

After citing several of Mr. Ahtisaari’s notable worldwide achievements such as …helping to bring aboutthe birth of an independent Namibia in 1990, and …persuading Serb leader Slobodam Milosevic to accept NATO’s terms for ending the war in Kosovo in 1991, and …freeing the people in 1993 of what had been South West Africa from apartheid-era South Africa, and …negotiating a peace in 2005 in Indonesia that ended a war of succession that had lasted for over 30 years, the editorial concluded with the following statements:

“Ahtisaari’s one notable failure came last March, when Serbia refused to accept his plan for a phased movement toward independence for Kosovo . With unnecessary impatience, the United States and the European Union nonetheless recognized an independent Kosovo..If anything, his Nobel prize ought to make the American and European leaders have second thoughts. They should have kept Serbs and Kosovars at the negotiating table with Ahtisaari. Eventually, his patience and persistence could have produced a mutually acceptable resolution of the Kosovo dispute – like others he wrought in Asia, Africa, and Europe.”

*October 8, 2008