The contemporary political history of the Province of Kosovo (before February 2003)

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Kosovo ‘freedom fighters’ financed by organized crime
By Michel Chossudovsky, cyberjournal, 7 April 1997. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is upheld as a self-respecting nationalist movement struggling for the rights of ethnic Albanians, but the truth of the matter is that the KLA is sustained by organised crime with the tacit approval of the United States and its allies.
Rude awakening for the orphans of ‘Greater Serbia’
By Jean Arnault Dérens, Le Monde diplomatique, November 1997. Kosovo is Serbia's Jerusalem says a former Communist Party official in Pristina, capital of Kosovo. We are at the historical heart of Serbian nationalism and Serbs see their problems as far from resolved. The problem of Serb communities outside Serbia itself and Serbian presidential elections scheduled for 7 December threaten a contest between hardliners of one sort or another.
Kosova Liberation Army extends the front line
ARIA, Kosova News, nr.10, 23 June 1998. The Serb civilians, employees in “Kosova” enterprise, were allowed to pass through this territory, but the security workers were disarmed. Many young Albanians have adhered to the KLA units. A set of news articles that offer a detailed glimpse of the situation as seen by the KLA and Western powers.
Don't Demonize the Serbs
By Stephen S. Rosenfeld, The Washington Post, Friday 26 March 1999. Not so long ago, the Albanians in Kosovo were repressing Kosovo's Serbs and conducting a vile “ethnic cleansing.” This is what gave an otherwise unremarkable provincial politician, Slobodan Milosevic, the opportunity to become a champion of Serb nationalism.
Kosovo: economic, social and demographic causes of the crisis
By Prof. Tomislav Popovic, [9 April 1999]. The Institute of Economic Sciences has reached the conclusion that most people are not fully aware of the demographic, social and economic situation in Kosovo, and therefore the solutions that are being proposed do not lead to a more permanent end of the crisis.
Imperialism and the Kosovar struggle for independence
By Michael Karadjis, Green Left Weekly, [1 June 1999]. Tt is precisely the brutal oppression of the Kosovars by the Serbian chauvinist regime that has allowed imperialism to exploit Kosovar grievances in order to intervene in the region.
Hard questions about the war in Kosova
By Remzi Lani, Alternative Information Network (AIM), Tirana, 22 June 1999. Discusses three questions: Just who won the war? Who will govern Kosova? What will Abania do?
A Year Later, Kosovo Wounds Still Fester
By Anne Swardson, Washington Post, Friday 24 March 2000. Many say the bombing has changed little and the war was simply a tragic diversion from the steady deterioration of living standards, basic freedoms and belief in government since the old six-republic Yugoslav federation began to break up and Milosevic asserted his power over Serbia, the dominant republic in the present Yugoslavia.
Countdown to war: Kosovo undefused
By Jean-Arnault Dérens, Le Monde diplomatique, February 2003. Kosovo has been a UN protectorate for almost four years. The situation there is unresolved. The economy is in a mess, Serbs have been overruled and ejected, and the Kosovans are fighting among themselves.