The main headline story resulting from the recent Kosovan Parliamentary
elections was that less than 1% of the Ethnic partition threatened
80,000 ethnic-Serbs living in Kosovo (called Kosova by ethnic Albanians)
cast their votes.
The recent roots of the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia lies in
the deepening crisis it faced in the 1980s. Throughout the 1980s its
economic situation worsened. By 1987 inflation was running at over 100%
a year, by mid-1988 the annual rate reached 160%. Workers’ living
standards were falling with the...
The massive NATO attack on Serbia has hugely exacerbated the crisis in
the Balkans and threatens to widen the conflict further, with terrible
repercussions. Already there has been Serb shelling of Albania and
pro-Serb riots in Macedonia. Working class people, Kosovar Albanians,
Serbs and the masses of the Balkans, will...
The clashes and deaths in Kosovo have put on the agenda the possibility
of war breaking out in the Balkans for the fourth time this decade.
Already over 100,000 have been killed in the three previous wars, with
nearly a million and a half people "ethnically cleansed" and forced into
exile. Before this...