Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Today, a protest

Up to `15,000 people from all over Kosovo will arrive in Pristina today to protest the high unemployment rate. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The view from Bill Clinton Boulevard

First off, my apologies for not posting for far too long. This summer has been an exciting one for me. After slogging through my law school finals, I started working for the Democratic National Committee in San Diego, raising money for the Kerry campaign. That was a delightful experience, probably the best part of which was getting to work with intelligent, open-minded people, as well as working to make a difference in an election that is almost certain to be close and will have a huge impact on the future of all Americans and equally, the world.

I finished my work there last week, and hopped on a plane (several actually) to Pristina, Kosovo, in the former Yugoslavia, where I am taking a course in international law. As respect for the United States has precipitously declined during the Bush reign, it seems reasonable to assume that Americans traveling abroad, particularly in Europe, would have a cooler reception.

Kosovo, however, is a big exception to this phenomenon. I had big reservations about the war in Yugoslavia as it occured in the 1990s, but here in Albanian Kosovo, everyone is very grateful to the United States for its intervention against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. Even amid such respect for the United States, however (and love of all things Clinton), many people I've spoken with qualify their gratitude toward the United States with a dislike for the policies of George W. Bush.

I'll be back with more on politics, and my adventures, soon. But first some pictures. Special thanks to my good friend John Vigileos for allowing me the use of his digital camera on this trip. And thanks to Café Niki for letting me hook up this equipment to their computer.

Me in London (for three hours)! Farenheit 9/11 was playing there.

The main drag in Pristina (Bill Clinton Boulevard).

If you look closely at this picture, you can see that the church is surrounded by barbed wire. Quite a surreal site. While the church appears to be ancient, it was actually constructed by the Milosevic regime in the late 90s, and has been shuttered by the international administration here.