Advisory Board of American Council for Kosovo
Doug Bandow is a Washington-based political writer and policy analyst. He served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the 1980 Reagan for President campaign. He has been widely published in such periodicals as Foreign Policy, Harper's, National Interest, National Review, The New Republic, and Orbis, as well as leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, most notably ABC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN Crossfire, CNN Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Nightline, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has written and edited several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Allegiance Press), Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Developing World (Cato, coeditor), and Military Manpower and Human Resources (National Defense University).Bandow received his B.S. in economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979.
Ambassador James Bissett
Ambassador Bissett spent 37 years as a Canadian Public Servant in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed head of the Immigration Foreign Service in 1974 and became Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Social Affairs in 1980. In the early '70s he served at the Canadian High Commission in London England. Bissett was appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago in 1982 and served there until 1985 when he was seconded to the Department of Employment and Immigration as Executive Director to help steer new immigration and refugee legislation through Parliament. In 1990 he was appointed Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania and witnessed at first hand the Yugoslav tragedy to which he attributes much of the blame to Western diplomatic blundering and deliberate scheming.
Andrew G. Bostom
Andrew G. Bostom, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University Medical School. He has published articles and commentary on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review, Revue Politique, FrontPage Magazine.com and other print and online publications. He is the editor of the recently released book "The Legacy of Jihad," a unique, extensive compilation includes Muslim theological and juridical texts, eyewitness historical accounts by both Muslim and non-Muslim chroniclers, and essays by preeminent scholars analyzing jihad war and the ruling conditions imposed upon the non-Muslim peoples conquered by jihad campaigns. The "Legacy of Jihad" reveals how, for well over a millennium, across three continents — Asia, Africa, and Europe (including Kosovo) — non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars, became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic), in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation. Extensive primary and secondary source materials, many translated here for the first time into English, are presented, making clear that jihad conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of lands and subdue millions of indigenous peoples. Finally, the book examines how jihad war, as a permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day.
Thomas Gambill is a former Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) security official and was based in Kosovo for five years. Gambill was responsible for overseeing the eastern region of Gjilane in Kosovo from 1999 until 2004 under the authority of the U.N. He shared hundreds of pages of U.N. and OSCE documents with Cybercast News Service, showing how the Serbs and other minorities were systematically and successfully targeted for removal from Kosovo.
Julia Gorin is among the most recogized names in politically conservative stand-up comedy. She has been profiled in the book South Park Conservatives and her jokes will be featured in the forthcoming Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes. As well, she has reported for the NY Daily News, NY Post, Forward and Newsday and is a blogger at JuliaGorin.com and a widely published op-ed writer contributing to Washington Post, Jewish World Review, Wall St. Journal, Christian Science Monitor and others. She has appeared on "Politically Incorrect" and Fox News Channel shows, and is a frequent guest on talk radio. While she writes on a variety of pressing issues of the day, her most oft-returned-to subject is the Balkans, an interest ignited by the bizarre American-led war in 1999 against world war ally Yugoslavia.
William J. Murray
William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC. Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union William Murray warned of a coming great Islamic Jihad against the secular West. From his office in Washington, DC, William J. Murray works for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world. William J. Murray has appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news as well as Nightline and various Fox News programs.
The Rev. Canon Keith Roderick, D.D.
An Episcopal priest, Father Keith Roderick was a Cold War human rights activist on behalf of Soviet citizens facing religious persecution under Communist rule. A chance encounter with an Egyptian Muslim who faced death threats upon converting to Christianity awakened Roderick to the problem of religious persecution in the Muslim world. He now serves as Christian Solidarity International's Representative in Washington, D.C. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization for religious liberty helping victims of religious repression, victimized children and victims of disaster. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland but has office in several countries, including the U.S. www.csi-usa.org. Father Roderick has served as Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR , www.dhimmi.com) since 1993.
The Coalition is a consortium of over fifty-five organizations working together to champion the rights of minorities living in Islamic countries. Its primary focus is the condition of religious minorities living in Islamic countries. Members of the Coalition include Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Assyrians, Armenians, Bahai, Copts, Lebanese, Indonesians, Iranians, Pakistanis, Indians, Sudanese, Nigerians, and others. Father Roderick has testified to the Senate and House of Representatives on the issue of religious freedom and human rights concerns of non-Muslim minorities in Islamic countries. He is an Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Quincy, serving as the only Canon for Persecuted Christians in the Episcopal Church. Father Roderick also serves as Executive Director of the Sudan Campaign and was one of the organizers of daily demonstrations at the Sudan embassy in protest of slavery and genocide in Sudan in 2004.
Wanda Schindley is a research sociologist, with doctorates in sociology and rhetoric, who has witnessed UNMIK’s (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) corruption first-hand during her seven visits to the region.
Sir Alfred Sherman+ In Memoriam, with Gratitude
Sir Alfred Sherman was a national security advisor for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Prior to this, he co-founded the Centre for Policy Studies with Lady Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph, and later became the British think tank’s director. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and is a Visiting Fellow at the university.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of seven books on Islam and jihad, including the New York Times bestsellers The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer is a weekly columnist for Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, and also writes a weekly Qur'an commentary. He has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.