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  Balkan Connection - Business & Opportunities
The Balkans are sometimes referred to as the Balkan peninsula as they are surrounded by the Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean, Marmara and Black seas from the southwest, south and southeast.
The northern border of the Balkan peninsula is generally considered be the line formed by the Danube, Sava and Kupa rivers and a segment connecting the spring of the Kupa with the Kvarner Bay.
The Balkan nations began to regain their independence in the 19th century, and in 1912-1913 a Balkan League reduced Turkey''''s territory to its present extent in the Balkan Wars.
www.balkans.eu.com   (3636 words)

 Balkans Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Balkans are a historical and geographical region of southeastern Europe.
The larger land mass is sometimes referred to as the Balkan peninsula as it is surrounded by the Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean, Marmara and Black seas from the southwest, south and southeast.
Many Balkan countries have a large number of atheists, since they were ruled by communist governments that for nearly half a century forbid the open practice of religious beliefs.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/b/ba/balkans.html   (1568 words)

 Balkans - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Balkans
The term ‘Balkanize’ is used to refer to the division of an area into small warring states.
The Balkans' economy developed comparatively slowly until after World War II, largely because of the predominantly mountainous terrain, apart from the plains of the Save-Danube basin in the north.
The peninsula's main mountain ranges are the Dinaric Alps, the Balkans, the Rhodopi Mountains, and the Pindus.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Balkans   (454 words)

 Geography and ethnic geography of the Balkans to 1500
Geography and ethnic geography of the Balkans to 1500
Lecture 1: Geography and ethnic geography of the Balkans to 1500
The Balkan region is a triangular peninsula with a wide northern border, narrowing to a tip as it extends to the south.
www.lib.msu.edu /sowards/balkan/lecture1.html   (4979 words)

 The Great Powers and the "Eastern Question"
If we look at the history of international relations in the Balkans in the nineteenth century, it is hard to set aside our foreknowledge that the train of events will lead to World War I. Ultimately, diplomacy of the old style failed in 1914 when new forces such as nationalism and militarism escaped its control.
In Eastern Europe and the Balkans, a succession of states have opposed Russian interests (or at least perceived Russian interests): the French under Napoleon, then the British Empire, then the Germans and their allies during the two world wars, and most recently the United States.
The Balkans were adjacent to Hungary: Vienna had no desire to see a weak Ottoman neighbor replaced by a potentially strong Russia, or by pliant Russian clients in Serbia or Bulgaria.
www.lib.msu.edu /sowards/balkan/lect10.htm   (4613 words)

 U.S. supported al-Qaeda cells during Balkan Wars
The claim that al-Qaeda played a role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s came from an alleged FBI document former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic presented in his defence before the Hague tribunal last week.
Milosevic identified as a Congressional statement from the FBI dated last December, Balkan experts say the presence of al-Qaeda militants in Kosovo and Bosnia is well documented.
The arrival in the Balkans of the so-called Afghan Arabs, who are from various Middle Eastern states and linked to al-Qaeda, began in 1992 soon after the war in Bosnia.
prisonplanet.com /us_supported_al_qaeda_cells_during_balkan_wars.html   (556 words)

 The Balkans
For a complete understanding of the term Balkans, one needs to know more than just which countries and languages are located in the region (Peoples).
The Balkans: The Balkans is a geographical term, which designates the large pensinula in the southeastern part of the European continent, connecting Europe to Asia Minor (Anatolia).
Balkan Wars: Wars occurring between 1912-1913 where the small Balkan states teamed up to seize land from the declining Ottoman Empire and then fought amongst themselves as they divided up the territory.
www.cet.edu /earthinfo/balkans/BKdef.html   (2393 words)

 GREEN BALKANS - federation of nature-conservation NGOs
A presentation of Green Balkans activities, related to wetlands conservation at the regular meeting of the volunteers of the organization on February 2nd in Green Balkans volunteers’ office at 19.00 h.
Green Balkans was represented by 50 volunteers of the organization, experts and employees of Regional Inspectorates of Environment and Water (RIEW), State Forest Boards (SFB) and Regional Veterinary Services (RVS).
We are using the opportunity to thank all adherents and friends of Green Balkans, as well as the state employees, who helped for the implementation of the Mid-winter Census.
www.greenbalkans.org /index_en.html   (2613 words)

 ZNet |Parecon | Civil Society Or Participatory Society
The Balkans, or the greatest part of this region, in any event, is far and away the poorest part of Europe.
Balanced job complexes, as far as I understand the idea, means a situation where each job is a mix of tasks and responsibilities, such that the overall quality of life and especially the overall empowerment effects of the work are comparable for all.
And that is one of the reasons why I think that anarchist trends in the Balkans should recognize participatory economics as an anarchist economic vision which generates participation, classlesness and participatory management: the hallmark goals of anarchism.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=41&ItemID=4074   (3019 words)

 ICRC operations in Western and Central Europe and the Balkans
With most of the Balkans well on the road to stability, the ICRC will continue to scale back its programmes in 2006, reducing its presence and cutting its budget by about a third.
Instead, the ICRC is concentrating on working with the authorities to clarify the fate of missing persons from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, developing the capacities of National Societies and monitoring developments throughout the region.
Several Balkan countries are severely affected as a result of the recent armed conflicts.
www.icrc.org /eng/western_europe   (599 words)

 Amazon.com: Imagining the Balkans: Books: Maria N. Todorova   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The author, who was raised in the Balkans, is in a unique position to bring both scholarship and sympathy to her subject.
Given the current events concerning the Balkans, and especially the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, this book will be of great help to students of history, political history, their teachers and intellectuals in general.
Old metaphores such as "the Balkan Pouder Keg" are shown to be only a way of dismissing a whole group of people as "irrational peasants." Although quit heavy in theory, a worth while read for any serious history student.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0195087518?v=glance   (1570 words)

 In Defence of Marxism - The Balkans   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Their manouevres had nothing to do with the rights of the people's of the Balkans but with naked self interest.
We have insisted that the poison of nationalism (be it Albanian, Serbian, Bosnia, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, or whatever) offers nothing to the peoples of the Balkans but a future of fratricidal war, ethnic cleansing, economic ruin, poverty and despair.
We think that only a policy of internationalism and class solidarity between the workers in the different countries in the Balkans would provide a lasting solution to this conflict.
www.marxist.com /balkans.asp   (325 words)

 Balkans --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The Balkans are bordered by Italy on the northwest, Austria and Hungary on the north, Ukraine on the north and northeast, and Greece and Turkey on the south.
According to a pattern existing since the late Middle Ages, the birth of national states was followed by the establishment of independent, autocephalous Orthodox churches.
The Balkan Peninsula forms a large, roughly wedge-shaped area of land that extends southward from Central Europe toward the Mediterranean Sea.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9110555?source=RSSOTD   (790 words)

 CONTEXT: Issue No. 14   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Balkans had everything that Western Europe didn’t have and so was a territory convenient for lazy colonialism, the kind that didn’t require a long journey, even if it was imaginary.
The imaginary Balkans was modeled and remodeled, shaped and reshaped, constructed and reconstructed.
Stulic’s line Balkan, my Balkan, be mighty and stand strong and its sudden resurrection could be read as the young’s reconciliation with Balkan identity; as a postmodern acceptance of the image, which is, just like any other image, a matter of fashion.
www.centerforbookculture.org /context/no14/ugresicnew.html   (2301 words)

 Balkan History | History of the Balkans | Questia.com Online Library
Russia became recognized...war resulted from peculiarly Balkan hatreds or Serbian aggression...under Ottoman rule in the Balkans was not...
Balkan Peninsula--Politics...volatile period in the history of the Balkan peninsula.
The Russians, having beaten...inescapable fact is that the Balkans, doomed by history to house peasant peoples...his death the...
www.questia.com /Index.jsp?CRID=balkan_history&OFFID=se1   (643 words)

 BALKANS CHRONOLOGY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Balkans Chronology, Volume II, Issue 12, provides an overview of current events in the countries and regions of the former Yugoslavia and the Balkan Peninsula.
Although it is now largely inhabited by Albanians, it is known as the cradle of the medieval Serbian empire, the most powerful and civilized state in the Balkans, with a rich cultural tradition that is expressed in the vibrant frescoes of Serbian Orthodox monasteries such as Decani and Gracanica, both of which are in Kosovo.
That is the second point manifested by the ongoing campaigns over Iraq and in the Balkans: The core of that doctrine assigns a vastly expanded role to air power as an instrument of foreign policy.
www.nwc.navy.mil /balkans/bc2m22p8.htm   (14873 words)

 Balkans: Bulgaria, Serbia,Greece,Turkey,Croatia, Europe,Economy,Development,War,Peace,Cooperation
In 1870, most of the Balkans were still under Ottoman control, with the exception of the few Balkan Christian groups who had managed to free themselves and form their own independent states.
Repeated intervention by the Great Powers in the Balkans during the first two-thirds of the 19th century was considered an encouraging sign by the Turkish-ruled populations.
Part of the Empire's population had racial kin living in the Balkans, so Russian presence in the region threatened the cohesion of the Dual Monarchy; Russian-liberated Slavic states acted as magnets, attracting Slavs away from Austria-Hungary.
www.geocities.com /nbulgaria/rapports/balkans01.html   (1600 words)

 Imperial Balkans - by Nebojsa Malic
Kerry's Balkans platform promises to "re-establish America's leadership in the Balkans … continue to support the ethnic reintegration of Bosnia," and "achieve a solution [for Kosovo] that fulfills the legitimate aspirations of the Albanian majority."
Of course, they were helped to a significant extent by the moral and social wasteland produced by Communism and its collapse, the fierce ethnic wars, and the persistent concept of omnipotent government in the minds of the slave-minded citizenry.
So, even if by some stroke of good fortune the Empire abandons its quest for power in the Balkans, the region's problems won't disappear; they will, however, stop multiplying and festering, and that is at least something.
www.antiwar.com /malic?articleid=3640   (1429 words)

 Balkan - Travel | About Us
Balkan Travel and Tours is a tour operator specializing in Central and Eastern Europe, specially Bulgaria and Romania
Balkan Travel and Tours is using the latest technology available for reservations:"Tech 7 Speed Reservation System" (TRS).
Balkan 's own inventory for Hotels, transfers, sightseeing’s and other services - featured in the FIT and Tour program makes possible an easy "one step" booking procedure.
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 The Balkans: U.S. Institute of Peace
The breakup of the former Yugoslavia led to a decade of costly conflicts.
The Balkans Initiative is a part of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations at USIP.
Purdue University Professor Charles Ingrao brought together more than 250 scholars from the Balkans, Europe and the United States over the past three years to forging a single, multi-faceted narrative comprehensible to all.
www.usip.org /balkans   (365 words)

 BALKANS CHRONOLOGY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Balkans Chronology, Volume II, Issue 7, provides an overview of current events in the countries and regions of the former Yugoslavia and the Balkan Peninsula.
Although the Yugoslav war has played havoc with the economies of the area and the Balkans' aspiration to project an image of stability, the region is now at the top of the European agenda.
Rather than punishing a Serbian dictator for his campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, the mediators have simply given Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic the means to delay the peace process.
www.nwc.navy.mil /balkans/bc2f15p3.htm   (15709 words)

 International Crisis Group - Balkans
Crisis Group's work in the Balkans presently spans projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia, with watching briefs kept on Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro, where the risk of conflict has decreased but not disappeared.
The Balkans remains an area of critical strategic interest to Western governments and a potential flash point for further conflicts.
Within the region, Crisis Group will continue to focus on the evolution of events in the individual entities, assessing their significance, inter-relationship and wider impact, but will also explore a number of thematic issues going to the structure and future stability of the whole region.
www.crisisgroup.org /home/index.cfm?id=1239&l=1   (560 words)

 Troubled Times: Balkans   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Under a blazing Balkan sun, Elena Matei hoes the parched earth around stunted ears of corn, easing out weeds struggling for the same traces of moisture.
There hasn't been a drop of rain for two months, the longest drought she has seen in more than 30 years of working the fields in near Draganesti-Vlasca, 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of Bucharest.
Across the Balkans, weeks of temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) have blanched and stunted wheat crops and driven already impoverished farmers to deeper despair.
www.zetatalk.com /theword/tworx274.htm   (502 words)

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