Kosovo’s affairs & the “Narco-statehood”

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By Ioannis Michaletos

March 28, 2008

The strongest passion in the world is jealousy, but the sweetest is revenge. An old Cossack saying Do not envy a sinner; you don’t know what disaster awaits him. Bible Kosovo’s independence proclamation by the Albanian secessionist administration in Pristina in February 2008, follows a course that was drafted back in March 1999 when NATO started a war against the then Yugoslavia and more specifically against Serbia, who at that time composed more than 90% of Yugoslavia. Although a decade has passed and numerous efforts have been made by the international authorities, along with a tremendous cash-flow of aid; Kosovo is viewed as a region that is under the tight grip of organized crime and corruption which spans through he entire social and political sphere.

This article examines the situation in Kosovo in relation to the dependence of the region with drug trafficking. In Kosovo, the main managers of illicit drugs are the so-called «15 families» which represent the core power of the state, because of their financial clout and political connections. Read the rest of this entry »