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    U.S. opposes current move to create Kosovo army - wants it to happen with agreement of Serb minority & constitutional amendment. And not now

    Kosovo Parliament, according to Speaker Kadri Veseli: "Law for Kosovo Armed Forces, ready within a few days

    Police in Kosovo seize counterfeit notes with face value of 2 million euros
    http://reut.rs/2lLp2qu
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    Ali Ahmeti says that he will be new speaker of Macedonian Parliament and will do his duties in Albanian (!)
    http://www.exit.al/en/2017/03/10/ahm...n-parliament/#

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    Letter of Albanian opposition bloc to voting comission demanding 'technocratic gov'. Otherwise opposition will not take part in election.

    Macedonian Minister Nuhiu says nothing to worry about in Macedonia. No special forces, no armed threat (cc @Elida_Z)
    http://portalb.mk/379630-ministri-nu...as-kercenime/#
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    Albania.....

    Huge blow for the Cabinet of PM Rama. Loved by the gov for his reforms, hated by the opposition for lack in results fighting organized crime

    BREAKING: Minister of Interior Affairs @SaimirTahiriAL resigns.

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    Macedonia in English @Macedonia_en
    Another atrack on jounalists covering the protests organized by VMRO-DPMNE took place yesterday in #Skopje

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    Boris Johnson: Russian spies may have planned to kill Montenegro’s former Prime Minister Milo Djukanović
    http://politi.co/2mf1sxM

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    Russian destabilisation of Balkans rings alarm bells as EU leaders meet
    http://bit.ly/2mpnX4v

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    Albanian PM Edi Rama will explain at 17:00 why he sacked 4 ministers.

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    From The Economist Espresso: Tirana soars: Albania old and new
    https://espresso.economist.com/5735c...123835584db75#

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    MFA Russia 🇷🇺

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    #Zakharova: Pristina’s idea of creating a regular #Kosovo army contradicts #UNSC Resolution 1244

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    At Western Balkan 6 meeting in Sarajevo Isa Mustafa, Kosovo PM, makes point that Serbia-Kosovo will continue and is not in danger.

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    US puts Albania, Bosnia and Serbia on blacklist of major money laundering countries

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    President Radev of #Bulgaria: "#Turkey's interference in our elections is a fact & it is absolutely unacceptable."
    http://m.novinite.com/articles/17929...n+in+Bulgaria#

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    EU’s Own Credibility is at Stake in #Macedonia
    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/arti...LDzXY.twitter#

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    AGAIN the first long use of information warfare by Russia in the Balkans to drive their narrative/agenda....

    Russia unleashed a massive information war against Ukraine a FULL two years before annexing Crimea and invading eastern Ukraine.

    How influence of Russian media risks making Serbia a Moscow bureau
    https://cpj.org/blog/2016/10/how-inf...ng-serbia.php#

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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    AGAIN the first long use of information warfare by Russia in the Balkans to drive their narrative/agenda....

    Russia unleashed a massive information war against Ukraine a FULL two years before annexing Crimea and invading eastern Ukraine.

    How influence of Russian media risks making Serbia a Moscow bureau
    https://cpj.org/blog/2016/10/how-inf...ng-serbia.php#
    Here is the real reason for Russian activities in the Balkans outside of agitating EU and NATO....

    A gas pipeline.....
    The Southern Gas Corridor: Challenges to a geopolitical approach in the EU’s external gas supplies which would sidestep Russia's Gazprom...they want the pipeline stopped at all costs as it would cost Russian massively in lost gas revenues...and political influence...
    http://bit.ly/2nuC7Vd
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    50.000 gather in Skopje. 40 rallies across #Macedonia gather 150.000 people in largest protests vs Tirana platform

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    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/arti....DaX82IIb.dpuf

    Albania Forms Commission on Mystery Spy Device

    After claims broke in May that police had got hold of a mysterious device that could intercept communications, opposition MPs have won their demand for a parliamentary commission of inquiry.

    Albania's parliament on Thursday approved the request of 35 opposition MPs to create a commission of inquiry into the mysterious electronic device “IMSI Catcher”, which some claim has been used to illegally intercept communications. The opposition accuses the Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, and police officials of using the device - given to them by Italian police as part of a training exercise - to intercept the communications of heads of institutions, leaders of parties, businessmen and journalists. The temporary commission will be comprised of 11 members - five MPs from the opposition and six from the ruling majority. In their request, the opposition MPs emphasized that the aim of the commission was to prevent such cases in future and identify those responsible for the misdeed. "We want to obtain knowledge of the full legal documentation used for this device ... to monitor the concrete behaviour and actions of the authorities included in this case, in order to shed light on this scandal," the request of the MPs reads. The prosecution already opened investigations into the case when the affair broke in May, while more information is still being gathered. An official source from the General Prosecution told BIRN that their investigation is continuing. "The prosecutors are waiting for the Italian authorities to reply to some requests for documentation that were made to them," the source told BIRN. When news of the use of “IMSI Catcher” broke in May, both the opposition and President Bujar Nishani accused the authorities of breaching the constitution. The head of Albania's Information Service, SHISH, Visho Ajazi, on May 19 told the parliamentary commission on security that the mysterious device that had entered in the country for police training purposes could pose a risk to national security. But Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri and the police insisted the device was not a piece of wiretapping equipment, although through it, telephone numbers used in a given area could be identified. Tahiri later mocked the opposition allegations, while at the police fair in Tirana on June 7, among the equipment on display was a black box captioned: "Is there a wiretapping device in here???". The Italian police in a letter to Albanian authorities, sent from senior police officer Gianpaolo Zambonini, backed the stand of Minister Tahiri, assuring that the device was not able to intercept communications. "The system is not able to carry out any kind of audio, SMS or data interception," the Italian police letter read.
    Notice the Italian police basically lied.....

    An IMSI-catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) is a telephony eavesdropping device used for intercepting mobile phone traffic and tracking movement of mobile phone users. Essentially a "fake" mobile tower acting between the target mobile phone(s) and the service provider's real towers, it is considered a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack.
    NOTE....in this is included the Italian surveillance company that was recently hacked in 2016 and over 400G of data stolen and released on the internet....The Hacking Team probably sold the technology to the Italian police....

    Optima was a GSM and 3G based IMSI catcher, capable of tracking a phone's location, and intercepting phone calls and SMS messages. But that was years ago: The company likely has developed more advanced features since then. According to a 2015 email included in Italian surveillance company Hacking Team dump, Cellxion may have an IMSI catcher that can inject code using 3G, and in the company's annual report for 2015, Cellxion writes "Thanks to the foresight of planning an upgradeable and flexible platform we are still at the forefront of addressing the technical and operational needs of our customer base."
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...s-to-uk-police
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    EU Commission President @junckerEU says President Trump may trigger a potential war in Western Balkans:
    http://www.politico.eu/article/junck...w-balkan-war/#

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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    EU Commission President @junckerEU says President Trump may trigger a potential war in Western Balkans:
    http://www.politico.eu/article/junck...w-balkan-war/#
    If I recall correctly, neither the EU nor its previous iterations did anything in the Balkans, which were pacified by American interventions. Juncker is truly the goofiest of the Eurocrats, and probably the dirtiest...

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