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Blog Buddy Report

Last Updated: May 9, 2008

NOT MY TURN TO DIE :
Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia

by Savo Heleta

Published by AMACOM

Book Title by Author

About Your Blog Buddy Report:

Blog Buddy pairs your author with an experienced blogger, fanning out on the Internet every working day to create a buzz. Together, the author and their Blog Buddy search for opportunities, post messages, pitch blogmasters, respond to news stories, comment on postings, challenge fools, thank supporters, and have fun while getting the job done!



INDEX OF CONTENTS

  1. Blogs Contacted

  2. Comments on News Articles

  3. Website Messsage Boards Contacted

  4. Additional / Miscellaneous



Blogs Contacted

South East Europe Online
"S.E.E.ing is Believing! - News, ideas, opinions and images from, on and about the Illyrian Peninsula a.k.a The Balkans, centered around Kosova/Kosovo."
03/06/08: Left comment on 03/06/08 entry entitled "Kosovo Isn’t the Problem, Serbia Is"
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03/27/08: Left comment on 03/26/08 entry entitled "NATO, UN and Serbia Engage in High Stakes Game Over Kosovo."
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Appletree
"..In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. ."
03/07/08: Left comment on 02/28/08 entry entitled "Jasmina Tesanovic: Chaotic Kosovo/Serbia Situation Seen Through One Celebrated Serbian’s Eyes"
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B92 Blog
Serbian Language Blog
03/07/08: Left comment on 02/24/08 entry entitled "Rjeäenje za Kosovo" ("A Solution for Kosovo")
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Monsters and Critics
"Watch it. Read it. Play it ."
03/07/08: Left comment on 03/06/08 entry entitled "NATO encouraged by lack of inter-ethnic violence in Kosovo"
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03/10/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 entry entitled "EU urges Serbs to vote for European future (Roundup)"
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04/7/08: Left comment on 04/04/08 entry entitled "Darfur is in Worse Shape Than Four Years Ago, Ban Says."
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04/8/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 entry entitled "Red Cross reaches rural areas of Darfur as insecurity prevails."
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Obsidian Wings
""This is the Voice of Moderation. I wouldn't go so far as to say we've actually SEIZED the radio station . . . ""
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/08/08 entry entitled "Hillary Clinton And Rwanda"
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The Grieboski Report
"The Grieboski Report provides analysis and critique of current events within the context of religious freedom, human rights, and social justice around the world."
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/07/08 entry entitled "More Fallout from Kosovo's Unilateral Independence"
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In Medias Res
"Essays, notes, and fragments--personal, political, and philosophical--from the midst of things."
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/07/08 entry entitled "Thoughts on Kosovo, Mill, and Walzer."
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Egregious Moderation
One of Brad Delong's blogs -- very influential: "A rotisserie-league journal of politics and reality"
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/08/08 entry entitled "Russell Arben Fox: Thoughts on Kosovo, Mill, and Walzer."
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Eastern European Forum
"Blog Ark of the diaspora from the late New York Times Eastern Europe and Russia Forum. All welcome."
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 entry entitled "Kosovo independence decided on in 1998"
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Tribal Democracy
"Democracy for Tribal Peoples in Modern Era's Weblog"
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 entry entitled "World Beat: Horray for Nationalism,"
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Byzantine Sacred Art Blog
Influential blog run by icon painter
03/13/08: Left comment on 03/12/08 entry entitled "Armed Conflict Over Kosovo-Metohia."
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SerbBlog
"Welcome to SerbBlog, your online resource for news, events and other information affecting Serbs and Serb-Americans."
03/13/08: Left comment on 03/12/08 entry entitled "Kosovo and the Myth of Serbian Depravity"
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daimnation!
"A Pajamas Media Network Blogger ."
03/19/08: Left comment on 03/18/08 entry entitled "Kosovo: And where will it end?"
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World War III Report
3/19/08: Left comment on 03/18/08 entry entitled "Fallout from Kosovo looming."
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NewContrarian
"My name is Damir Marusic and I live in Washington DC. I'm of Croatian origin, but have lived in the United States since 1983. I work at The American Interest magazine as the Associate Publisher.."
03/19/08: Left comment on 03/18/08 entry entitled "Cold Hard Truth."
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Strategy Page
"News as History."
03/19/08: Left comment on 03/16/08 entry entitled "Carving Up Kosovo."
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Balkan Update
"News and Analysis - The latest updates from the Balkans."
3/27/08: Left comment on 03/21/08 entry entitled "The Serb Problem."
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AgoraVox
"Citizen media" devoted to European issues.
03/27/08: Left comment on 03/25/08 entry entitled "Cyprus and Kosovo: establishing the missing link."
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Serbian News Network - SNN
"News from Serbia and Balkans."
4/1/08: Left comment on 03/30/08 entry entitled "Is Kosovo the End of Europe?" Reprinted from Indian publication where no comments were allowed
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Americans For Bosnia
"Dedicated to the struggle of all of Bosnia's peoples--Bosniak, Croat, Serb, and others--to find a common heritage and a common identity."
04/1/08: Left comment on 03/27/08 entry entitled "Former Russian Foreign Minister: Serbs Should Push for Kosovo Partition."
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The Joy of Equivocating
"Politics, Humanities."
04/2/08: Left comment on 04/01/08 entry entitled "Why Arm a Tinderbox? Kosovo and Separatist States and Separatism. Our Ignorance.."
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Con's Stance
"Con's Stance is dedicated to highlighting and discussing those issues especially likely to affect the adult lives of members of Generation Y."
04/2/08: Left comment on 04/01/08 entry entitled "The 'Dangerously Inflated Ego' Disqualification."
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The Centrist Voice
"Insight and Analysis of the Political World ."
04/3/08: Left comment on 03/31/08 entry entitled "Bosnia angered at Clinton's sniper story."
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The Political Fancier
"Keeping You Relevant at the Water Cooler ."
04/3/08: Left comment on 03/31/08 entry entitled "Girl That Greeted Hillary in Bosnian Airport “Surprised” By Exaggerations."
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The Brain Police
"Politics, music, food, natural science, art........ Welcome to my eccentricities." 04/7/08: Left comment on 04/04/08 entry entitled "Please don't ignore this."
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The Darfur Blog
Blog dedicated completely to Darfur.
04/8/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 entry entitled "Human Rights and Investor Coalition Pushes Action on Darfur Atrocities by Stockholders of Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase."
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Ericsson's Blog
Canadian Blog
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 entry entitled "Darfur."
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Catholic Relief Services Blog
"Giving Hope to a World of Need ."
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 entry entitled "Conflict in Darfur: When Will It End?"
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Picoblog
A Christian Minister's Blog
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/09/08 entry entitled "Darfur Olympics."
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Gray Falcon
"An opinionated, cynical, antiwar, libertarian blog about the Balkans, universe and everything. Proud member of the reality-based community."
04/14/08: Left comment on 04/13/08 entry entitled "Back in the Saddle."
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Morgan Writes
"Topical articles, interesting stories, and things that amuse me.."
04/21/08: Left comment on 04/20/08 entry entitled "Clinton Mistakes Wife’s Bosnia Trip."
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No Minister
New Zealand Political Blog.
04/21/08: Left comment on 04/20/08 entry entitled "'Rivers of Blood': 40 Years On."
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Thinking-Out-Aloud
Anti-War Blog
04/21/08: SH posted comment on 04/27/08 entry entitled "War links"
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Politics - USA, EU, Iraq
Left-leaning Political Blog
4/28/08: SH posted comment on 04/26/08 entry entitled "An Exclusive Interview with Robert Fisk: Fisk Fighting" NOTE: Article originally appeared in CounterPunch, which does not take comments.
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European Movement
Important site for expatriate Eastern Europeans.
5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/28/08 entry entitled "Eu and the Balkans"
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hanna's playground
Blog on Peaceful Solutions to World Problems.
5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/28/08 entry entitled "Will the Real Serbia Please Stand Up?"
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VFC's News House
VCF is an avid book reviewer and news hound covering Eastern Europe.
5/7/08: SH posted comment on this story: "Elections"
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Comments on News Articles

Chicago Tribune
03/07/08: Left comment on 03/04/08 article entitled "Serbs resisting Kosovo's independence."
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Foreign Policy In Focus
"A Think Tank Wthout Walls."
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/07/08 article entitled "Kosovo: A New Versailles?"
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BalkanInsight.com
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/07/08 article entitled "Serb Ambassador to Bosnia Threatened"
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03/11/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 article entitled "Serbia Muslims Accept Kosovo Reality."
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04/16/08: Left comment on 04/14/08 article entitled "Ethnic Cleansing 'to Follow Kosovo Partition'."
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04/16/08: Left comment on 04/15/08 article entitled "Bosnia Envoy Rejects Link with Kosovo."
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4/28/08: SH posted comment on this story: "Report: UN & EU Back Serbia-Kosovo Talks"
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5/7/08: SH posted comment on this story: "Winds of War."
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5/7/08: SH posted comment on this story: "Radicals Can't Stop Serbia's European Integration." NOTE: This article is restricted to paying members but we were able to comment on it without paying through the Google cache of this page.
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Radio Netherlands Worldwide
03/10/08: Left comment on 03/08/08 article entitled "Serbian flag still flies in 'free' Kosovo"
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Newropeans Magazine
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 article entitled "European Union - the betrayal of elites Kosovo-Serbia-Bosnia-Balkans - A Political trap where the EU has fallen: Challenges, Errors and Solutions."
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CounterPunch.org
"America's Best Political Newsletter"
03/11/08: Sent email pitch to the author of 03/10/08 article entitled "Serb Politics, Kosovo and the Moscow-Washington Divide."
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Mail & Guardian Online
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/10/08 article entitled "Free Tibet like you freed Kosovo."
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The Diamondback Online
"University of Maryland Student Newspaper."
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/11/08 article entitled "Movement for independence."
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B92.net
03/11/08: Left comment on 03/11/08 article entitled "Kosovo will be problem for some time to come."
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04/3/08: Left comment on 04/02/08 article entitled "Koätunica: Kosovo, Vojvodina both part of Serbi."
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04/14/08: Left comment on 04/12/08 article entitled "Ban might reopen Kosovo negotiations."
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04/14/08: Left comment on 04/13/08 article entitled "Rupel, Ban, talk Kosovo in New York."
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Times Online
Published by the London Times (Times Newspapers)
03/13/08: Left comment on 03/12/08 article entitled "Why Serbia will join the E."
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Asbury Park Press
Local New Jersey newspaper.
03/17/08: Left comment on 03/16/08 article entitled "SHELF LIFE: What's new at the bookstores."
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Bismarck Tribune
Web site of daily newspaper in North Dakota.
03/17/08: Left comment on 03/16/08 article entitled "Books available for review."
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The Hoya
"Georgetown University's Newspaper of Record Since 1920"
03/17/08: Left comment on 03/14/08 article entitled "The Hidden Danger in Kosovo."
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The New Federalist
"The New Federalist is the magazine of the Young European Federalists."
03/17/08: Left comment on 03/17/08 article entitled "Justice for Kosovo - Chance for Serbia."
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USA Today
Large circulation daily newspaper.
03/18/08: Left comment on 03/17/08 article entitled "Kosovo Serbs storm U.N. court."
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5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/25/08 article entitled "Freedom for Kosovo"
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The Trumpet
3/18/08: Left comment on 3/18/08 article entitled "The Kosovo Battleground."
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The Economist
Large circulation weekly news magazine.
3/18/08: Left comment on 03/13/08 article entitled "Serbia's politics: The government quits, paving the way for an early election."
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Wall Street Journal
Large circulation daily business newspaper. 3/27/08: Left comment on 03/20/08 article entitled "The Serb Problem."
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SpeigelOnline
Web site of giant German daily newspaper.
03/27/08: Left comment on 03/25/08 article entitled "Fury and Tension Grip Europe's Newest Country."
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MSNBC
Large news web site.
03/27/08: Left comment on 03/25/08 article entitled "Word of the Day: Misspoke."
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04/21/08: Left comment on 04/19/08 article entitled "I Know You Are, But What Am I."
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Swissinfo
"Web site of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC)."
04/1/08: Left comment on 03/27/08 article entitled "Swiss pledge support for Bosnia."
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Forbes.com
Web site of major business publication.
04/1/08: Left comment on 03/31/08 article entitled "Ethnicity Trumps Nationality In Many Nations."
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EU Business
European Union Business News.
04/3/08: Left comment on 04/02/08 article entitled "EU treated Serbia shabbily: Portuguese foreign minister."
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Baltimore Sun: The Swamp
Presidential Election Blog of the Baltimore Sun.
04/3/08: Left comment on 03/27/08 article entitled "Clinton's Bosnia landing under fire: New proof here."
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MTV News
Global News and Culture Conglomerate.
04/7/08: Left comment on 03/27/08 article entitled "After Hillary Clinton's Bosnia Controversy, Onetime MTV News Reporter Tabitha Soren Recalls Her 1996 Trip."
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Deseret Morning News
Website for local Salt Lake City Newspaper .
04/7/08: Left comment on 04/06/08 article entitled "Tribesman opened eyes to Darfur's grim realitie."
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The Daily Free Press
"The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University"
04/8/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 article entitled "UN to fund BU prof.'s plan to ease Darfur tensions."
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The Ithaca Journal
Ithaca NY local newspaper.
04/08/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 article entitled "Times columnist speaks about Darfur, China."
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The Cornell Daily Sun
Cornell university Newspaper.
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 article entitled "N.Y. Times Journalist Links China, Darfur."
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Techtree India
Indian Technology News.
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/09/08 article entitled "Google Putting the Spotlight on Refugees."
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Information Week
Major Technology Periodical's Website.
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/09/08 article entitled "Google Earth, U.N. Commission Reveal Plight Of Refugees."
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Tennessee Journalist
"The news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media | University of Tennessee, Knoxville."
04/09/08: Left comment on 04/08/08 article entitled "Darfur finds a voice through documentary."
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Newsweek
Large News Magazine and Syndicate.
04/16/08: Left comment on 04/14/08 article entitled "China Feels the Heat."
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DIGG
Social networking news site.
04/16/08: Left comment on and "dugg" 04/16/08 article entitled "Ethnic Cleansing 'to Follow Kosovo Partition."
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Straight.com
"Everything. All The Time." News hub out of Vancouver, British Columbia.
04/17/08: Left comment on 03/27/08 article entitled "Vladimir Putin's bluffing after Kosovo declaration."
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04/17/08: Left comment on 04/10/08 article entitled "Dyer's Kosovo position one-sided with contemp."
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The Politico
High traffic politics blog.
04/17/08: Left comment on 04/11/08 article entitled "Bill Clinton defends Bosnia remarks."
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EarthTimes.org
"Earthtimes.org is a leading website that publishes news reports and the latest information relating to the human environment."
04/17/08: Left comment on 04/17/08 article entitled "Kosovo leaders showed maturity and foresight, steering group says."
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TPM Cafe
High Traffic News Blog.
04/21/08: Left comment on 04/19/08 article entitled "Obama-Backing General: Clinton Lacks "Moral Authority" Over Bosnia Gaffes."
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Sophia Echo.com
Bulgarian News Site.
04/21/0: Left comment on 04/21/08 article entitled "Kosovo, Serbia to put their cases at UN Security Council meeting."
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The Guardian
Website of giant UK daily newspaper.
04/24/08: Left comment on 04/21/08 article entitled "The Kosovo effect."
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SudanTribune
Top newspaper on affairs in Darfur and The Sudan.
5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/28/08 article entitled "Darfur rebels urge Britain to put halt of violence at top agenda of talks with Sudan"
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People's Daily Online
English-language edition of large Chinese newspaper web site.
5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/30/08 article entitled "UK to send 600 troops to Kosovo to maintain public order"
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Daily Mail
Web site of giant UK newspaper.
5/1/08: SH posted comment on 04/25/08 article entitled "Hundreds of British soldiers prepare for Kosovo mission"
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DUCLARION
College newspaper for University of Denver, Colorado
5/7/08: SH posted comment on 05/06/08 article entitled "Taking a stand against genocide."
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New York Times
Large daily newspaper, considered a "national" newspaper.
5/7/08: SH posted comment on 05/02/08 article entitled "Driving Down Congressman Engel Boulevard, in Kosovo."
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Website Message Boards Contacted

NOTE: A username is needed for most of these boards in order to view the original message.
Political Forum.Com
"U.S. and World Politics."
03/06/08: Left response on 02/28/08 message entitled "Is Kosovo Serbia? We ask a historian."
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Political Forum.Com
"U.S. and World Politics."
04/2/08: Left response on 03/28/08 message entitled "Russia warns U.S. over illegal arming of Kosovo."
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Amazon Discussions
Book Discussion Forum.
04/14/08: Left response on 04/14/08 message entitled "Mandela still regarded as a terrorist in US."
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Additional / Miscellaneous

Savo's Articles on BlogCritics.com
"A Sinister Cabal of Superior Writers ."
03/06/08 Savo Began posting articles on BlogCritics.com. By 04/25/08 he had posted 10 different articles on subjects ranging from Zimbabwe and Darfur to Hillary Clinton.
03/07/08: Featured on BlogCritics Home Page.
03/10/08: Article on Zimbabwe was most-read article on BlogCritics
03/11/08: Article on Zimbabwe still most-read article on BlogCritics
04/07/08: Article on Darfur goes live, new article on Hillary Clinton's Bosnian statements in the pipe.
04/08/08: Article about Hillary Clinton's Bosnian Gaffe, jumped to most read article on BlogCritics within first hour online.
04/10/08: Article about Nelson Mandela.
04/14/08: Article about Nelson Mandela most read article on BlogCritics two days running.
04/21/08: Article about Zimbabwe dictatorship goes live.
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Amazon
A consistent campaign throughout the course of the Blog Buddy program to add tags to the book's Amazon entry thereby pulling it up in the search engines. Five customer reviews as of 04/25/08, all of them 5 stars.
03/07/08: Process begun on Amazon Connects Blog.
03/19/08: Amazon.com confirmation that Amazon Connects blog setup is complete.
03/27/08: Amazon reader reviews not showing up on Amazon.uk. Also sent SH article on adding content to Amazon.
04/16/08: Book down to 25,000 at Amazon and #3 in books on Eastern Europe (first time the book has been in the top 10 for Eastern Europe)
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Newropeans Magazine
03/12/08: Newropeans Magazine asked Savo to write for them regularly. This is a major outlet for his target audience. First article submitted and book review solicited.
03/13/08: First article (on Kosovo) debuts. Added book to bookstore -- featured position. Want more articles by Savo and want a review copy of the book.
03/19/08: Kosovo article syndicated by TamilCanada.
03/19/08: Zimbabwe aticle is top article on Newropeans.
04/01/08: SH published new article on Darfur.
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Mike Averko
03/13/08: requested review copy and offered to syndicate his review to his 1000 person mailing list and will also post on three high traffic sites.
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Social Networking
03/31/08: Integrated RSS feed from Savo's LiveJournal into Facebook so all posts appear in both places. Basics of YouTube, Flickr, DIGG, and Reddit.
04/03/08: Instruction in WordPress Tag Surfer as a research tool
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St. John's & Saint Benedict's
04/14/08: "Book selling very well at both campuses" according to bookbuyer.
CBS Radio
04/08/08: SH Interviewed for Minneapolis, MN radiostation
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AfricanGrowth.net
04/08/08: Invited SH to write for them based on his Internet posts.
[no link yet]
Serbianna.com
04/16/08: Nice review of book on website that is very influential with English-speaking serbs around the world. Source of review was Blog Buddy campaign.
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Sudan Tribune
05/08/08: SH's new article on Darfur and Sudan appears.
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VFC's News House
5/7/08: SH pitched book review because this guy also has a book review blog with reviews of books on the Balkans at:
[link] [MySpace]
Non-Governmental Organizations
05/07/08: SH pitched 7 contacts he found online from large non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International. Positive responses already flowing in and forwarded to Kama for fulfillment.
St. Cloud Times
05/07/08: SH had a good interview with St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. Story will run this week.
[link]
Profile Adjustments
05/07/08: SH improved his profile at many of the sites that we registered on, such as USA Today. He added his "blue" photo, info about his book, and updated his email address at many of the larger sites. Savo reports that, upon uploading his photo to these sites, it instantly appeared with all his past comments. This artwork will considerably increase the attention his comments get.

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