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The Story

Kosovo's president has been indicted for war crimes.


This ties back to the country's independence war in the late '90s. Kosovo sits in between Albania and Serbia in the Balkans. In the early '70s, it was considered an autonomous province in Serbia and the majority of its population (about 90%) were ethnic Albanians. But the region suffered under Serbia's nationalist regime, and in 1998, a separatist movement called the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) attacked Serbian police. Serbia retaliated with a brutal crackdown. And the independence war began.

Go on.

After over a year of conflict, more than 10,000 people – mostly ethnic Albanians – were killed and an estimated 1 million were displaced. The conflict gained international attention, including from NATO, which accused Serbia of ethnic cleansing. The org intervened to protect Kosovar Albanians, carrying out a 78-day bombing campaign forcing Serbian forces to withdraw. In 1999, NATO reached a peace deal that pushed Serb-led forces out of Kosovo. Years later, in 2008, Kosovo declared independence – something Serbia hasn't recognized to this day.

Ok, so how was Kosovo's president involved?

President Hashim Thaçi – who's served as Kosovo's prime minister and president for nearly the past decade – was one of the leaders of the KLA. Yesterday, The Hague's special court indicted him on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including for nearly 100 murders. Prosecutors said that he and other KLA members had murdered, persecuted, and tortured hundreds of Serb troops, civilians, and political opponents.

What are people saying?

Thaçi has previously denied involvement in any war crimes. A pretrial judge still has to decide on whether or not to confirm the charges against him. Former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević was also tried for war crimes – including for actions in Kosovo – in the 2000s. But he died before his trial could be completed. Tensions between the two countries remain high despite recent efforts for peace talks. This weekend, the countries' presidents were supposed to meet at the White House to try to work things out. But Thaçi canceled his trip, and his PM will fill in.


Many were hopeful this weekend's moderated peace talks would finally lead to progress. Now, as The Hague pursues accountability for alleged war crimes, some worry this indictment could bring the Balkan countries back to a life of heightened tensions.

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What's got the country on alert...

COVID-19. Yesterday, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced they're requiring out-of-state visitors to quarantine for 14 days – if they come from at least eight states with high infection rates. New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said hotel clerks and police could help enforce the advisory. And that violators could face a fine of between $2,000 and $10,000. It comes as the US is seeing its highest level yet of new daily cases with over 45,000 new infections reportedly seen yesterday alone.

What's seeing updates…

Ahmaud Arbery's case. Yesterday, a Georgia prosecutor announced that a grand jury has indicted the three men accused in Arbery's killing. Each faces nine counts including for felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment. Arbery – a 25-year-old Black man – was killed in February after being chased and shot by a former police officer and his son while another man recorded the shooting. A lawyer for Arbery's family called the indictment a "significant step on the road to justice." If convicted of murder, the men could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Elijah McClain's case. Yesterday, Colorado's governor reportedly said his office would re-examine the case of the 23-year-old Black man who died after police officers put him in a chokehold after stopping him last August. He was later injected with ketamine. Three days later, he was declared brain dead. The officers didn't face charges. But an online petition calling for a new investigation has gotten more than 2 million signatures.

Who can't seem to work things out...

Democrats and Republicans. Yesterday, Senate Dems blocked Republicans' police reform bill. The GOP had intro'd the bill last week to provide funding for de-escalation training, incentivize police to stop using chokeholds, and improve data collection on an officers' discipline records. But the Dems say it didn't go far enough. They want reform to include changes to qualified immunity and an explicit ban on police use of chokeholds, among other changes. Today, House Dems are scheduled to vote on their own version of police reform – a bill Senate Republicans say they won't take up. With both sides refusing to compromise, it looks like even nationwide support for reform can't get Congress out of gridlock.

...Oh and speaking of Dems, the DNC will now be held almost entirely virtually on August 17-20. Former VP Joe Biden plans to be in Milwaukee to accept the presidential nomination in person.

What's getting a much-needed change..

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Earlier this week, the governor signed an executive order to change the state's official name to "Rhode Island" on gov documents because of the original name's ties to slavery.

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Summer is here. Check out our fave picks for the season...

1. What to pack if you need to fly during the pandemic. This list has a seat cover, an easy way to set up your screen, and things to hold your essentials. So you can touch fewer things. Prepare for departure.

2. The best movies of the 2010s. "Girls Trip" made us laugh. "Coco" made us cry. And "Crazy Rich Asians" made us...wish we had approximately $1 billion. Oh well, we'll stream these in the meantime.

3. A Global Citizen concert that fights COVID-19. The Rock is hosting, and our faves are performing too. Like Coldplay, the cast of "Hamilton," Usher, and more. Tune in to NBC this Saturday at 8pm ET. Rock on.

PS: Sign up to get more ideas for ways to spend your summer in your inbox every Monday. Like recipe ideas, movies and book recs, and more. Get in on it.


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In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Saving lives...Erica P (UT). She's the co-founder of NeoNatal Rescue, which has developed a ventilator that's gotten emergency FDA approval to treat COVID-19 patients. It's working on distribution and on getting ventilators to rural hospitals. Learn more here.

Shop 'til you drop...Rachel K (CO). She's the founder of Simple Switch, an online marketplace for ethical shopping. It works with sustainable companies and has been looking to amplify Black voices. Browse around here.

(Some) Birthdays...Jeffrey B. Lane (NY), theSkimm's Erin Lueck (NY), Terry Crowley (FL), Chelsea Altman (OH), Kate Molyneux (OR), Rachel Gault (Tampa, FL), Carolyn McMenemon (TX), Ali Levy (TX), Ally Dykman (WI), Ami Smith (MA), Christal Watson (PA), CJ Inglin (IL), Kadijat Oladiran (MD), Kate Stevens (MN), Renee Daly (CA)

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