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June 28, 2001
"People are understanding how close it is (between neighbors) and how bad it is." Tom Price, regional information officer in Macedonia for Catholic Relief Services, commenting during a recent visit to The Sun on the conflict between Macedonian Slavs and the Ethnic Albanian minority in Macedonia.
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By Ljubica Z. Acevska | June 14, 2001
WASHINGTON - Then-President George H.W. Bush warned Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in December 1992 that the United States will take steps to prevent violence spreading into Macedonia and Kosovo. This statement was repeated in February 1993 by then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher at the outset of the Clinton administration. Such a ringing and unequivocal statement is needed again. While U.S. support and involvement have played an important role in Macedonia's remaining peaceful and stable for nearly 10 years, a strong U.S. commitment is necessary today to ensure the peace.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2001
He leaves for Albania today, and after visiting old friends, he will move on to war-torn Macedonia, where he is a consultant teaching practical civics. Then, it's Turkey for an international conference sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University, and finally Puerto Rico for more teaching. It's a schedule that might fatigue a twenty-something, but at 70, former Howard County Executive J. Hugh Nichols can't wait to get started. Despite years of work, and setbacks punctuated by armed ethnic conflicts in Eastern European nations struggling to modernize, Nichols has no thought of retirement.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 25, 2001
Dozens of Bosnians disabled in war receive wheelchairs SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Mirza Alihodzic was badly wounded in heavy machine-gun fire during one of the Bosnian war's scores of unsuccessful cease-fires in 1995. Buying his own wheelchair was out of the question - the cheapest models cost about $250, and he, his mother and sister barely get by on $300 a month. Yesterday, Alihodzic, 20, was one of dozens of disabled Bosnians who benefited from a shipment of 240 wheelchairs from the Wheelchairs for the World Foundation.
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March 22, 2001
THE WEAKEST OF the successor states to the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia has in its decade of existence avoided the bloody traumas of the others. Until now. NATO peace-keepers in Kosovo need to police the border better to prevent arms from reaching the ethnic Albanian insurgents in Macedonia. The United States should make clear it is not leaving the area before peace prevails. Intervention in Macedonia itself, though called for by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, is not an issue. Macedonia has not sought it. The fighting is brought by two small groups that have only recently appeared inside the country; one is an extension of the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army.
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By Trudy Rubin | March 20, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- It's testing time for the Bush administration in the Balkans. Already. The Bush campaign mantra was that we should bring our NATO troops home from Bosnia and Kosovo. The Bushies backed off after the Europeans rightly complained their troops were doing most of the job of stabilizing the region. But the U.S. unwillingness to do its share is encouraging a few hundred Albanian guerrillas to grow increasingly bold. The guerrillas are smuggling arms over the Kosovo border to fight in areas of Serbia and Macedonia populated mainly by ethnic Albanians.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 18, 2001
LJFEAT, Yugoslavia - Tomar Misini is an ethnic Albanian rebel bound to a cause. Dressed in black and carrying an AK-47 rifle, Misini patrols a makeshift checkpoint in the middle of a 3-mile-wide no man's land. In the valley below him, Yugoslav troops and police remain tucked inside Serbia. Above him, U.S. soldiers patrol a ridge in Kosovo. And around him, there is an eerie sound of silence, as a cease-fire holds between the rebel band that claims to be fighting for local rights and Serbian soldiers trying to hang on to the southern flank of their ever-dwindling country.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 28, 1999
AS AN eighth-grade math teacher at Harper's Choice Middle School, it's unlikely that Brad Barth will be asked to write an essay on what he did over summer vacation. But if he did get the assignment, he'd have the most unusual tales to tell. On June 22, one week after school was dismissed for the summer, Barth boarded a plane for Skopje, Macedonia, to aid refugees fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.Barth's adventure began as he read a church bulletin at St. John's United Methodist- Presbyterian Church, which meets at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.
NEWS
July 8, 1999
Antonino "Tony" Alessi Sr.,93, founder of the nation's largest importer of Greek olives, died Friday in Tampa, Fla. He established the Alessi Vigo Importing Co. in 1947, first operating out of his garage. It grew into a multimillion-dollar family business.Thor Alex Kappfjell,32, a daredevil Norwegian parachutist who gained fame with jumps from New York skyscrapers and the Eiffel Tower, died Tuesday in an accident on a cliff in western Norway, police said yesterday. "The Human Fly" apparently lost his bearings in fog after his parachute opened, and he hit the side of the cliff, they said.
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By DAN BERGER | June 25, 1999
Bill was so good campaigning in Macedonia, he ought to run for senator in New York himself.Don't tell the justices, but the doctrine of state sovereignty makes no economic or political sense in the 21st century.Firing teachers only improves the schools when they are replaced by better teachers.The guy vote is so split, Baltimore's next mayor is probably Mary W. Conaway.Forget about the vanishing oyster, blue crab and shad. Our bay is the world's richest stinging jellyfish habitat.Pub Date: 6/25/99
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