Revolutionary change of power in Belgrade

Borba100 at Borba100 at
Fri Oct 6 00:20:48 MDT 2000

>> Kostunica is as commited to restoration of capitalism as his
 predecessor Milosevic has been, but the fact that he rose to power an
 the wave of popular protest may put some constraints on him. >>

What is this, an alternate reality?  The article below was printed by the
"committed to restoration of capitalism" government press, in every
newspaper, and on Serbian TV (that the "popular " thugs just sacked) three
times or more.  SO it was PUSHED by the one (miloseivhc's side) and it
EXPOSES the other (Kostunica's side.)  So like mightn't there be some
practical difference between the two?  Tonight the most progressive people in
Belgrade are being hunted and the British SAS is encamped in Belgrade.  But
that's ok cause some miners went on strike (after the "civil socity"
organizations set up a generous strike fund...just like in CHile with the

URL for this article is

Yugoslav Opposition Negotiates Surrender of Yugoslavia
by Michel Chossudovsky and Jared Israel
[Emperor's Clothes]

People may not be aware that two prominent members of the Democratic
Opposition of Serbia (DOS) just made a very important trip to Bulgaria. They
met with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World
Bank and the NATO governments at a so-called "donor conference." The purpose
was to set the stage for NATO governments to take over Yugoslavia.

The trip was announced the day after the Yugoslav elections. Mladjan Dinkic,
the most likely Finance Minister in an opposition government, "said that
representatives of his G-17 Plus will travel to Bulgaria this week for a
donor conference on Yugoslavia with representatives of the International
Monetary Fund." (United Press International, 27 September 2000)

Dinkic was accompanied by Dr. Dragoslav Avramovic, an economist in Zoran
Djindjic's 'Alliance for Change'. These so-called "democratic opposition"
groups have been paid huge sums by US government agencies.

Dinkic told United Press International that "Dragoslav Avramovic had drafted
a letter of intent with a request to the IMF and World Bank. Dinkic said he
expected that this would be followed by negotiations with creditor countries,
the so-called Paris Club..." These are the NATO countries.

A "Letter of Intent" includes a "Memorandum on Economic and Financial
Policies". This establishes the conditions under which all of Yugoslavia
would be put under the control of Western donors and creditors. Only a
Yugoslav Finance Minister, selected by Parliament, has a legal right to draft
a "Letter of Intent." But Dinkic and Avramovic represent only the so-called
"democratic" opposition. In what country is it legal for opposition elements
to "negotiate" with enemy countries who finance their movement? .

What measures do the NATO countries want to impose?

* End of all government price controls;

* Introduction of "free markets" without any protection for farmers or
businesses from dumping of foreign goods;

* End to all social protection. No government help with medical care,
transportation , food or heating;

* A freeze on credit to businesses

* Massive layoffs of workers and drastic pay cuts for workers and farmers;

* Forced liquidation of important businesses and industries, public and

* Any future reconstruction work to correct bombing damage be entrusted to
companies from the NATO countries. They would be paid with money Yugoslavia
would be forced to borrow from international lenders.

The result of these policies would be: food prices would go fly high;
enterprises would be driven into bankruptcy and liquidation; foreign capital
would seize the entire economy.

The "Letter of Intent" would require the acceptance of Washington's political
demands. These were just laid out in the so-called "Serbian Democratization
Act," # HR1064. It was passed by the US House of Representatives on September
25, the day Dinkic announced his trip to Bulgaria. Good timing. This law
states that for Yugoslavia to be free of sanctions, and for it to be
"allowed" into the IMF it would have to:

1) Negotiate independence (meaning secession) for Kosovo and probably

2) Completely "democratize" the country. "Democratize" is a code word for
carrying out all US government orders;

3) Settle "all succession issues with the other republics". This would
include the 50 billion (US) that the Croatian government and the Izetbegovic
government in Bosnia are demanding as war reparations. The money would go
right to these countries' creditors, which are NATO governments and Western

4) Fully cooperate "with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia, including the transfer to The Hague of all individuals in
Yugoslavia indicted by the Tribunal." This means the Yugoslav Army would have
to hunt down any person the Hague tribunal said was a war criminal. Any
leader of resistance could be put on the Hague's secret list of phony war

All this makes perfectly clear that Mr. Kostunica's promise to work with the
International Monetary Fund but at the same time "safeguard Yugoslavia" is
hollow words: they sound good but mean nothing. In agreeing to draft a Letter
of Intent, Kostunica's coalition has already deserted national sovereignty.
They have sold Yugoslavia, its economy, its institutions and its people.

Meanwhile, the US law, HR 1064, authorizes the US government to immediately
transfer another $105 million to the so-called "democratic" opposition and
the secessionist government in Montenegro. American money -- together with
funds transferred from other sources -- will not only pay for campaign
expenses, it will finance payoffs.

Washington and NATO are openly paying key individuals in the opposition
parties to do what they are told to do. They are on the NATO bombers'

Further reading:

'The International Monetary Fund And The Yugoslav Elections' by Michel
Chossudovsky and Jared Israel. Summarizes devestating effects of World
Bank/IMF intervention in several countries. Discusses link between Western
financial takeover and social-political destruction.

'How the U.S. has Created a Corrupt Opposition in Serbia'
By Jared Israel, Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Karen Talbot, Nico Varkevisser
and Prof. Petar Maher.

''NY Times' Confirms Charge: U.S. Gov't Meddles in Yugoslavia' with comments
by Jared Israel. "Suitcases full of cash" says the 'Times.'

'Emperor's Clothes Interviews Radio B292'
Revealing interviews by Jared Israel with two staff members at the U.S.
"independent" radio station in Belgrade.

'Criticism of Emperor's Clothes on the Yugoslav Elections, with Reply'
Prof. Robert Hayden & Jared Israel

'Will the US Get Their Money's Worth in Yugo Elections?' by George Szamuely

'U.S. Law Passed by House of Represntatives on Funding Yugo Opposition and
Harsh Terms for Lifting Sanctions' (If this link gives you a server
error please try a bit later; it is being set up.)

Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. He
is author of "The Globalization of Poverty, Impacts of IMF and World Bank
Reforms," TWN, Penang and Zed Books, London, 1997. His special expertise is
studying the consequences of the intervention by Western dominated economic
institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank in Third World and former
Socialist countries.

Jared Israel, editor of the Emperor's Clothes website, was a leader of the
student antiwar movement in the 1960s. The Yugoslav resistance to U.S.
government bullying inspired him to return to antiwar activity. He has
written about the situation in the Balkans for newspapers around the world.

To read articles by Chossudovsky or Israel go to and click on "c" or "i"
[Emperor's Clothes]

More information about the Marxism mailing list