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Follow-Up: Organ Trafficking

Posted by AriRusila on 04/09/09

As one response to my earlier article “New Cannibalism in Europe too?” I got a quite good overall description about the problem published in Online Nursing Programs Net on 1st Sep 2009. As follow-up I would like to forward article “10 Truly Shocking Facts about Organ Trafficking” as follows: Its rare to find a person [...]

Kosovo update

Posted by AriRusila on 06/08/09

This summer came 10 years since Nato stopped bombing Serbia. Agreement was made that Serb forces leave Kosovo and the province will be administrated de facto international protectorate by UN being however under sovereignty of Serbia (UNSC resolution 1244). So ten years has gone, the province declared independence and EU is now implementing its agenda [...]

Moldova Elections – 2nd attempt

Posted by AriRusila on 02/08/09

The 29 July early parliamentary elections in Moldova swept Europe’s last ruling Communist party from power by pro-EU opposition parties. With 98.3 percent of votes counted, the Communist Party won 48 seats in the 101-seat Moldovan parliament and the four opposition parties collected 53 seats. The former Soviet republic has been experiencing a political crisis [...]

EU’s visa-freedom dividing Balkans

Posted by AriRusila on 25/07/09

The “European perspective” is key concept for integrating western Balkans into EU. The main carrot for ordinary people during this millennium has been visa-free travel after some 17 years of isolation. On 15th July 2009, the European Commission submitted its proposal on visa-free travel for citizens of Western Balkans countries. After a non-binding opinion of [...]

Srebrenica again – Hoax or Massacre?

Posted by AriRusila on 19/07/09

The “Srebrenica massacre” is the greatest triumph of  propaganda to emerge from the Balkan wars.(Edward Herman) The Srebrenica case is in headlines again – like during every anniversary – and also the story seems repeat itself from year to year. More light is however coming and the real (political) context is gaining space also in [...]

Some trivia over EP election in Finland

Posted by AriRusila on 09/06/09

From Finland came 13 MEPs, 3 Conservatives, 3 from Center party, 2 Social democrats, 2 greens, and one from True Finn party, Swedish party and Christian Democrats.  The turnout was 40,2 % which was nearly one % less than during previous election 2004.  As I was following elections in Belgrade -or honestly not-following due the [...]

Will EP elections bring a Hamas phenomenon inside EU?

Posted by AriRusila on 06/06/09

EU is the largest single market in the world and the biggest donor in humanitarian aid, providing 56 percent of assistance to developing countries worldwide. With this background it’s sad that the foreign affairs – CFSP, ESDP – is presumably the ‘weakest link’ of the EU. Earlier I have criticized EU too much following agenda [...]

EU’s Kosovo mission widening – Minority situation worsening

Posted by AriRusila on 30/05/09

The new report made by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) gives a bare picture about worsening situation of minority rights in today’s Kosovo.  Instead to return to their homes after ethnic cleansing implemented by Kosovo Albanians after Nato intervention 1999 minorities are beginning to leave Kosovo, because they face exclusion and discrimination. This negative process [...]

I voted!

Posted by AriRusila on 27/05/09

Today I voted in advance for European Parliament elections as during election Day I will enjoy my life in Belgrade.  If someone has been reading my posts a just question would be Why?  Although in general I more like than dislike EU and am familiar in European environment – especially in its eastern parts – [...]

Europe Day Finnish way

Posted by AriRusila on 10/05/09

Due the election year Europe Day’s main event in Helsinki, Finland, got quite high level speakers. The Day was celebrated in amusement park, the Finnish Commissioner, Prime minister and Minister of Europe affairs spoke, MEPs had a panel discussion, also a number of MEP candidates were there. Only one was missing – the audience. The [...]

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