bouncing ethnicity

Nathan Newman nathan.newman at
Tue Mar 30 12:28:20 PST 1999

-----Original Message----- From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood at> To: lbo-talk at <lbo-talk at>

>"Albanians in the government have manipulated public funds and regulations
>to take over land belonging to the Serbs. Slavic Orthodox churches have
>attacked and flags torn down. Wells have been poisoned and crops burned.
>Boys have been knifed and some young ethnic Albanians have been told by
>their elders to rape Serbian girls. - From a New York Times article in

Not so simple, Doug. From the same article: New York Times, Nov 1, 1987 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

"The violence is the worst in the past seven years, according to a journalist in Kosovo.

Many Yugoslavs blame the troubles on the ethnic Albanians, but the matter is more complex in a country with as many nationalities and religions as Yugoslavia's and involves economic development, law, politics, families and cultural identity. As recently as 20 years ago, the Slavic majority treated ethnic Albanians as inferiors to be employed as laborors. The ethnic Albanians, who now number 2 million, officially were deemed a minority, not a constituent nationality, as they are today."

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