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A Bosnian Catholic girl plays near the place where people light candles during their visit to the Catholic section of a cemetery in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. Hundreds of Catholics across the country mark "All Saint's Day" while Muslims celebrate "The Day of Remembering the Dead". Cemeteries across the country were filled with crowds of people to honor their dead.


Forensic experts inspecting body remains, behind a yellow tape reading "Police Crime Scene do not cross" at the newly discovered mass grave in the village of Snagovo, near Zvornik, 70 kms north east of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. The mass grave in Snagovo has been discovered by Bosnian Commission for Missing Persons and is considered to be secondary mass-grave containing bodies of more than 100 persons. Most of the remains are believed to be those of Muslim women from Srebrenica killed in July 1995 during fall of Srebrenica. So far forensic exhumed 10 bags with body remains that are going to be identified by DNA method. The site is a so-called secondary grave, where bodies initially buried elsewhere, were dumped.


Bosnian workers disinfect vehicles entering Bosnia and Herzegovina from the neighboring Republic of Croatia to prevent the spread of bird flu, at the border crossing point in the northern Bosnian town of Orasje, 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. Amid growing fears about the spread of the bird flu after the detection in neighboring Croatia, Bosnia placed a ban on Croatian poultry imports and also forbade the transport of wild fowl and poultry and the slaughter, and sale, of poultry in outdoor markets. Birds in a Croatian national park which borders Bosnia and Herzegovina have tested positive for the disease.


Bosnian Muslim woman Aldina and her daughter Ilma Ahmetagic wave to her husband Sead Ahmetagic as he heading to Pakistan, in Tuzla, 70 kms north of Sarajevo, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005. Group of 10 Bosnian doctors will arrive in Pakistan in next two days to provide medical support in area suffered from earthquake. The city Tuzla, the only city in Bosnia and Herzegovina which has never elected a nationalist municipal council, is famous for its humanitarian work both domestic and international.


Bosnian Muslims gather to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Bosnia's first president, Alija Izetbegovic, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Sarajevo. As part of the commemoration a square in downtown Sarajevo was named after the late President. The square, formerly called Liberation Square, flanks the New Serbian Orthodox Church. The Serbian 'Gavrilo Princip" organized, based in Chicago in the United States, has called for the killing of the local priest and other public Bosnian Serb figures who supported the initiative, as well as those held dear by these individuals.


The USS Mitscher destroyer is anchored off the Bosnian sea town of Neum 100 kms south of Sarajevo on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005. The USS Mitscher is home ported in Norfolk, Virginia, and is making the visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina in commemoration to mark 10-years of the Dayton Peace Agreement.
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Emporor Paddy is no longer in charge there right?
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The rest of the former Yugoslavia:



Slovenia


Members of the PETA association (People for the ethical treatment for animals) from Germany protest against Australian wool industry in front of the Australian Consulate in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005.


Slovene police surroundsthe deposit box department of the SKB Bank, owned by France's Societe Generale, in downtown Ljubljana, late night Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. Angry owners of safety deposit boxes in a Slovene bank were venting their anger to bank officials in downtown Ljubljana Wednesday after 400 boxes were emptied by thieves, who took hours to help themselves to valuables. Papers in the rest of former Yugoslavia, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, celebrated the robbery. Slovenia has been in a bitter dispute with Bosnia and Herzegovina after the former decided not to return investments Bosnians stored in Slovenian banks when Yugoslavia fell apart.


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Thousands of candles are lit in front of the cross at the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 as Croats visit the graves of their loved ones on All Saints day.


A Croatian agriculture ministry worker strangles a chicken near the site where bird flu infected swans were discovered, at a fish pond in Zdenci, eastern Croatia, Oct. 22, 2005.The European Union head office was likely to impose a precautionary ban on the imports of live poultry, pet birds and feathers from Croatia, in wake of positive bird flu tests there, officials said Monday, Oct. 24, 2005.


Serbia and Montenegro


An elderly woman gets a regular flu shot in a hospital in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. Regular influenza vaccine is recommended as an additional protection against bird flu. Serbia is on alert for a possible outbreak of bird flu which scientists say could be transmitted by wildfowl migrating west along the Danube waterway from neighbouring Croatia and Romania.


Books entitled "Situation" and "Wonderful chronic of the night", written by Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader and top war crimes fugitive, lie on display at the Belgrade Book Fair on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005. Karadzic was indicted by the Yugoslav War Crimes tribunal in The Hague in 1995 and is still at large. He is regarded as a hero in the country.


Macedonia


A woman holds dead chickens at her chicken coop in village of Germijan, in southern Macedonia, near the border with Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005. Macedonian authorities quarantined the southern region of Mogila in a range of three kilometers (2 miles). Veterinarian authorities said that several hundred chickens died at the weekend in the southern village of Mogila, near Bitola, about 200 kilometers (124.28 miles) south of the capital Skopje. Newcastle Disease was identified as the cause. Newcastle Disease is not a threat to humans, but can paralyze and kill bird species.


Children feed ducks that live freely in the City park in Macedonia's capital Skopje, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005. The Macedonian State Veterinarian Administration sent, on Friday, a sample taken from a chicken to Britain for bird flu tests.
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Another Basque prisioner (Jose Angel Altzuguren, Kotto) has died in jail:

Before his death. He was suffering major depression but they kept him in isolation.


First demonstrations in his native town, Bera (Navarre).


Town Assembly on his death.


Demonstration in Donostia (St. Sebastian)


Pro-Amnesty Comitees denounced the death (despite being ilegal)


Concentration of protest in Iruinea (Pamplona)


His body was omenaged in his town at the sound of txalaparta.

In a more trivial issue, former biker Igor González de Galdeano will be the new technical director of Euskaltel-Euskadi team:



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The central ceremony on the occasion of Ramadan Bajram will be held in the Begova Mosque in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Following Bajram prayers Reisu-l-ulema Mustafa ef. Ceric will deliver a Bajram message to Bosniak Muslims in BiH and throughout the world.

He will then be in his cabinet between 09:00 and 11:00 for receiving the traditional Bajram compliments.

The Bajram reception is scheduled for 19:00 in the Konak Residence.

The Day of Shehids will be commemorated on the second day of Bajram. Official delegations of state and entity institutions, cantons and the BiH Islamic Community will visit the Kovaci cemetery and other Sarajevo cemeteries to pay respects to Shehids and fallen soldiers.


Bosnian Muslim girl Amerika Sehovic visits the graves of her two sisters killed in siege of Sarajevo  at Sarajevo city cemetery Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005. According to tradition Muslims visit the grave sites of their loved ones on the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr ending a month of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.


Bosnian Muslims attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Gazi-Husref Bey's Mosque in Sarajevo,Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset. It has been marked by controversy in Bosnia and Herzegovina as mainstream Muslim groups placed advertisements in local papers calling on Bosnians to boycot "Arabic style" celebrations.


Women pray during a funeral of 610 identified bodies of Bosnian muslims killed in Srebrenica.

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Basque language needs 8 times the public expenditure it gets in Navarre, according to the Council of Social Organizations for Basque Language, Kontseilua.


Tow bomb attacks without victims took place at the entrance of a justice palace and an unemployement office (both central Spanish instintutions). The first one was neutralized by the police but the second (picture) did explode. By the composition of the bombs, it seems a work of ETA (probably in protest for the death of Kotto).


New alignenement of the Bidasoa-Euskadi basketball team


DVD-CD on the historical Punk band RIP goes on sale.

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this is sick i cant believe they havent turned him in yet.
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The news of today is that Batasuna's (nationalist left party, ilegal but with wide support) leader Arnaldo Otegi has been covicted to a year of jail on insulting the Spanish king by calling him, in a press conference, "chief of the torturers".

Arnaldo Otegi
Otegi with his attorney, Jone Goirizelaia

The declarations were inserted in the context of an oficial visit of the Spanish king Juan Carlos Borbón to southern Basque Country. He was found not guilty in the first process by the Superior Tribunal of the Basque Country but now has been condemned by the Central Spanish Supreme Court, which is seen by many as the continuity of the infamous Spanish Inquisition and has been leading several political processes against all kind of organizations of the Basque Nationalist Left and those compromised with Basque culture and language, including the closure of two newspapers.

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You can go to jail for that?

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Outrageous. Don't they understand that if people can't let their frustration be known with words, they'll do it with bombs?
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Originally posted by Mila Mila wrote:

You can go to jail for that?

Hey Guapo, you're not Isabella. Get over yourself.


Not legally but in fact you can. It's all political maneouvering. The Supreme Court is an special tribunal with total powers in anything considered "terrorism", such tribunals have politically chosen judges who will do what the Spanish stabilishment (tory and socialist parties, the bad and good cop of this story) want. This is not that diferent from Turkey.

He used to be a regional PM and therefore he could only be judged by the regional Superior Tribunal (where he was declared not guilty) but the party (and its members) have been prosecuted by the same Supreme Court and he's not been able to participate in the polls and he's lost his partial inmunity and special status.

Anyhow, the less important is that a political dissident leader as Otegi may go to jail but that an important political force such as the Nationalist Left (10-20% of the Basque electorate) is not present in important decission taking forums such as town halls and provincial administrations, that two newspapers were closed with major economical and sociological implications, that people stays arrested without charges for 15 days, period in which they are often tortured, that people is processed in nuisances and, even if they are not declared guilty, they may spend two or three years in jail in the meanwhile, etc.

Regarding the royal family, it's all taboo... this is not like the UK, where now and then the press airs some strange affair of the royals. Here everything is semi-secret and while everyone who wants to know, knows that the king is an alcoholic and has lots of "lovers", not much of this goes out to the media and, when it does is cornered to where people won't read it. Nothing of full page covers.

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Today Basque news:


1-day general strike in Bera in protest for the death in jail of Kotto.


The only ones working in Bera were Spanish Guardia Civiles (military police)


Trainer Clemente has returned to Athletic Bilbao. 20 years ago he managed to get the team to win the league twice. He was also in charge of Spanish national selection for some time.


Workers of restaurants, hotels and bars are striking for a sectorial deal.

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Bosnian children walk past flowers and candles placed on a spot where a hand grenade explosion killed three young Bosnians early Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, in the northwestern Bosnian town of Bosanski Novi, some 170 kms northwest of Sarajevo. According to a police report three young people died and three others were seriously wounded. Accidents such as these are common in Serb-dominated Bosnian towns where many families still store Yugoslav National Army weaponry in their homes.
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The names have been released:

Hand grenade game kills three Bosnian Serb youths

Three Bosnian Serb youths died and three others were injured after they played with a hand grenade, according to a police spokesman in the north-western town of Banja Luka.

"Danijel Juric of Bosanski Novi, 19, and Haris Lojpur of Bosanski Novi, 20, were killed instantly from the explosion. While 20 year-old Nada Vejnovic of Bosanski Novi died on the way to hospital," said Rade Mutic.

He added that three other youngsters in their late teens and early twenties were also seriously injured and at least one was not expected to survive herlife-threatening injuries.

Mutic said that according to witnesses "the group was playing with the hand grenade by tossing it around from hand to hand until it went off in Lopur's hands". Witnesses said Nada Vejnovic was terrified as the boys tossed the grenade around her and pleaded with them to stop before it exploded.

It is illegal to own weapons in Bosnia without a permit. However, many families in Bosnian Serb areas still keep weapons from the country's 1992-95 war.

Since 1998, a special government programme - Operation Harvest - has offered people an amnesty if they turn in illegal weapons, which are then destroyed.



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Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (left) shakes hand with the University of Tuzla Dean, Izudin Kapetanovic, in Tuzla, Boznia, 75 km north of Sarajevo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. Mesic was declared an honorary doctor of the University of Tuzla, by the Dean of the University. Opinion polls suggest most Bosnians admire Mesic more than their own politicians but his popularity is tinged by grief. Mesic was the last democratically elected President of Yugoslavia and most Bosnians believe he would have been a wonderful leader if Slobodan Milosevic - the Serbian President now indicted for genocide and war crimes in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo - had not violated the constitution to remain in power.
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For the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, a Priest led Muslim pilgrims in a procession to the local cemetery in Fojnica on the first day of Eid, when Muslims in Bosnia and around the world honor their dead.

"When we celebrate All Saint's Day and all of (the Catholics) are in the fields,  the (Muslim housewives) make burek and baklava, tidy the streets, and tend to the children," said Father Denis Martinovic.
"When (the Muslim elders) asked if I would like to participate in this year's Martyrs Day, I told them I was prepared to participate as fully as appropriate. This is how we show the light of Jesus Christ to our friends and neighbors and we, as Christians, come to appreciate all the different ways our Lord manifests himself in others. Those who would turn down a request, and those who would be offended by the asking, are nothing more than pagans."









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Some interesting briefs.

Interesting that this happened a few days after polls were released suggesting most Bosnians, myself included, have a "less than favorable" opinion of Austria and Austrians after the Turkish EU entry fiasco:

SARAJEVO, November 8 – Austrian Airlines organised a ceremony at the Sarajevo Airport on Tuesday during which it officially named its airbus A319 "Sarajevo".

“By doing so, Austrian Airlines wishes to show its longstanding and positive connection with Bosnia and Herzegovina and this city in particular”, Austrian Airlines Vice President Christian Schmid said at the ceremony.
"There are few cities in this world which share as strong an affection for one another as Vienna and Sarajevo. We have stood by your side in difficult times."

The aircraft was officially named by Semiha Borovac, the Mayor of Sarajevo. She expressed confidence that the aeroplane will serve as yet another link that will bring closer people from the two countries.



And... finally...

SARAJEVO, November 8 – A delegation of the Slovenian Parliament’s "Group of Friendship with Bosnia and Herzegovina", led by Josip Bajc, held talks with Bosnian parliamentarians on Tuesday on ways to reduce the foreign trade imbalance of Bosnia in relation with Slovenia, and to increase foreign trade exchange.

They also discussed the status of Bosnian citizens in Slovenia at the time of Slovenian independence (known as "the erased" because Slovenia has not recognized non-Slovenes as citizens), the visa regime and outstanding issues concerning the Ljubljanska Banka (which refuses to give Bosnians access to accounts used before Slovenian independence, totally tens of millions of euros).

Bosnia is not giving up on the legal protection of its citizens and wishes to resolve this in the interest of improving relations between the two countries, Bosnian parliamentarians said.

Josip Bajc said that he would inform competent Slovenian structures about the results of talks with Bosnian parliamentarians.

“I expect all issues to be resolved as soon as possible and in the favor of Bosnian citizens”, Bajc said.

Slovenia is the fourth largest investor in Bosnia and one of the most important foreign trade partners of Bosnia.

Thanks to its role, Slovenia can lobby for Bosnia on its road towards Europe. Slovenian parliamentarians have said publicly Bosnia is the only other country in the region considered worthy of membership in the European Union. It is prepared to help us on that road, was stated at the meeting.
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The latest news in the Basque Country are today the burning of a bus and two cars in the Bayonnese district of Santa Kurutze (Ste. Croix). Everybody seems willing to detach such "isolated inccident" from what is happening in the rest of France, including nearby cities as Burdeaux and Pau. Four youngsters have been arrested in relation with these inccidents.

Aditionally, also in Bayonne, some isolated agressions have taken place against commerces of North African property: two restaurants (Medina Ttiki and Agadir) and one telephone locutory (Taxiphone). In this case the police acknowledges racism behind the inccidents but no one has been arrested yet.

The other news is that former members of the Autonomous Parlament Presidential Board have been acquited of disobedience to the Supreme Court for failing to execute a judicial order that demanded the dissolution of parlamentary group Euskal Herritarrok (Basque Citizens - nationalist left) after the party of the same name had been declared ilegal some years ago. The decission of the Superior Tribunal of the Basque Country has been unanimous in saying that that decission felt under parlamentary inmunity and can't be prosecuted. It's expected that the private accusation (Spanish far right groups) will appeal to the Supreme Court.

Yet the Basque Autonomous Parlament still keeps retained 630,000 euros owed to this parlamentary group in subventions.

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Second Lawyer in Saddam Trial Gunned Down

Adel al-Zubeidi, lawyer for former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, died when bullets were sprayed his car in a largely Sunni Arab neighborhood of western Baghdad. The shots also wounded Thamir al-Khuzaie, attorney for another co-defendant, Saddam's half brother Barazan Ibrahim.

The brazen daylight attack on a major avenue came three weeks after the kidnap-slaying of another defense lawyer, Saadoun al-Janabi. His body was found Oct. 20, one day after the trial's opening session, where he represented Awad al-Bandar, a former official in Saddam's Baath Party.

No group claimed responsibility for the killings. An Iraqi government spokesman pointed to Saddam loyalists for the latest attack, while the dictator's lawyer blamed the Shiite-dominated government.

Regardless of who was responsible, the killing of another defense lawyer reinforced grave misgivings among human rights groups and international lawyers about holding the trial in a country gripped by a brutal insurgency — much of it led by the defendants' supporters in the Sunni Arab minority.

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