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Slavko
Apr 19th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Good day people! The U.S. Department has nominated Ana Ivanovic for the 2008 Women of Courage Award!

I've added the announcement and link:



America.gov


17 April 2008

Beautiful Tennis Sensation Is Also a Philanthropist
UNICEF Ambassador Ana Ivanovic is committed to the rights of children


By Jane Morse
Staff Writer



Washington -- Search the Internet and you will find hundreds of photos of the beautiful Ana Ivanovic. But it takes a little more digging to discover that this 20-year-old tennis superstar from Serbia is a philanthropist as well.

In 2007 Ivanovic accepted the post of national ambassador for UNICEF to her homeland. In this post, she serves as an advocate for children’s rights, especially in education and child protection.

One of her first acts as UNICEF ambassador was to fund the School without Violence Program in three additional schools in Serbia. Launched by UNICEF in 2003, the program educates children, teachers, parents and the broader community in Serbia about the problem of intolerance, violence and harassment in schools. UNICEF, in partnership with various departments in the Serbian government, is working to implement this novel program in more than 50 schools throughout the country.

In announcing her financial donation, Ivanovic said, “I will give my contribution and hope that it will add up to the positive changes that are occurring for children in Serbia.”

This talented athlete, now the sixth-ranked female player in the world, first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 5 after watching the game on television. Inspired by Monica Seles of Yugoslavia, who then held the world’s Number 1 position in tennis, Ivanovic started out practicing in a swimming pool.

“It was a club where they had an Olympic pool, but it was very expensive to keep it warm during the winter and not many people were using it,” Ivanovic explained. “So they emptied the pool and put a carpet inside and placed two tennis courts in it. It was impossible to play cross court because you were so close to the wall, and we had to keep playing down the lines."

Born the year that Slobodan Milosevic came to power and began Serbia’s descent into pariah status, Ivanovic now provides a shining example of professional excellence and dedicated service to young Serbs. For this reason, she was nominated for the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2008 Women of Courage Award. The award, inaugurated in 2007, is the result of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s desire to recognize exceptional women around the globe.

America.gov link (http://www.america.gov/st/hr-english/2008/April/20080417112947jesrom0.8621637.html)




This nomination is better than when I hinted for a meeting of the 2006 US Open Series Champion, Ana Ivanovic, and the then [2006] U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, during a State Department live internet web chat.




12:52PM Edit: Here is the link to the active GM thread of the above post (http://wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=339998)

ezekiel
Apr 19th, 2008, 11:38 PM
what a bullshit

Slavko
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:09 AM
This just appeared on Ana's web site:


Ana nominated for U.S. State Department award
April 19, 2008 /

http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1134/0471_5Final_L_.jpg&width=350&scale=aspect_ratio

The U.S. State Department has nominated Ana for its 2008 International Women of Courage Award. The accolade was created by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in order to recognise exceptional women around the globe.

"This is a big surprise," said Ana. "It's a great honour and I'd like to thank them for paying me such a great compliment like this."

In addition to reaching No.2 in the world rankings and finishing runner-up at two Grand Slams, in the past year Ana became a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia. Since her inauguration in September 2007 she has not only donated a considerable sum that has enabled 15 schools to join the "Schools Without Violence" programme, she has raised awareness about child safety through her off-court activities, which included writing a newspaper column that benefited UNICEF during the Australian Open.

The nomination is the latest in a long line of honours bestowed upon the 20-year-old in recent weeks. Last month she scooped the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's 2007 Karen Krantzcke Sponsmanship award and was simultaneously named the 2007 Most Improved Player.

Last week a postage stamp bearing her image was released in Serbia, while 2008 began with Ana being named the best-looking player in the history of tennis by The Age newspaper in Australia.


Link (http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=start/news&detailpage=1134) to the above article.

ezekiel
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:24 AM
if she accepts this bullshit she will lose me as a fan , this is no "award" but an insult to serbian people , she needs to know american government doesn't care about women's rights and least of all serbian rigths so she needs to use this to expose them

Slavko
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:44 AM
if she accepts this bullshit she will lose me as a fan , this is no "award" but an insult to serbian people , she needs to know american government doesn't care about women's rights and least of all serbian rigths so she needs to use this to expose them



Ana has made her commitment to Serbia’s children and not the commitment of the Serbian government of which they were elected and paid to expose any and all wrongdoing towards the Serbian people. You are insulting Ana, her commitment and all those people that want change in the U.S. State Department.

I leave you with Ana’s reaction:

"This is a big surprise," said Ana. "It's a great honour and I'd like to thank them for paying me such a great compliment like this."

cocco80
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:28 AM
if she accepts this bullshit she will lose me as a fan , this is no "award" but an insult to serbian people , she needs to know american government doesn't care about women's rights and least of all serbian rigths so she needs to use this to expose them

really? I'm serbian and not insulted by this at all.
Why so much hate?

jonnyroyale_13
Apr 20th, 2008, 05:18 AM
You dont do the work Ana does offcourt to be recognized, but the recognition is well deserved.
:clap2::clap2:Ana!:smooch::clap2::clap2:

ezekiel
Apr 23rd, 2008, 02:50 PM
Ana has made her commitment to Serbia’s children and not the commitment of the Serbian government of which they were elected and paid to expose any and all wrongdoing towards the Serbian people. You are insulting Ana, her commitment and all those people that want change in the U.S. State Department.

I leave you with Ana’s reaction:

"This is a big surprise," said Ana. "It's a great honour and I'd like to thank them for paying me such a great compliment like this."
and you are american spokesman or what :rolleyes:

This is no honour but an insult similar to being honoured by Adolf Hitler at Berlin Olympics for . This is simply a way for American government to soothe up and cover up their criminality in regards to Serbia and serbian people.
May I remind you that American government led by Rice just proclaimed and financed an independent "kosovo" on serbian land in contravention of every law imaginable and that they have bombed and sanctioned Serbia to do that . They have also recently financed to give weapons to those albanian occupiers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. And now they make believe that they care for "women's rights" and "violence" , yeah right so did Hitler and look how he ended up ;)

ezekiel
Apr 23rd, 2008, 02:59 PM
really? I'm serbian and not insulted by this at all.
Why so much hate?
The only hater is Rice and american government and they should be concerned with their future instead of giving meaningless "awards" that only showcase their arrogance and hypocrisy

ezekiel
Apr 23rd, 2008, 03:03 PM
You dont do the work Ana does offcourt to be recognized, but the recognition is well deserved.
:clap2::clap2:Ana!:smooch::clap2::clap2:

American government also thinks bloody killers like hashim thaqi and agim ceku are respected and recognized so it's a terrible surrounding

cocco80
Apr 23rd, 2008, 05:12 PM
American government also thinks bloody killers like hashim thaqi and agim ceku are respected and recognized so it's a terrible surrounding

Excuse me, but you sound like serbian government (during Milosevic era) didn't do anything wrong in previous wars (in croatia, bosnia and kosovo). What do you think our paramilitary troops were doing there? What about Arkan and his 'White Tiger' militias? Get a grip.
I don't agree with American foreign policy and I'm not trying to justify what they are doing but please don't act like we are some kind of angels who didn't brought all of this on ourselves.

azdaja
Apr 23rd, 2008, 09:10 PM
please don't act like we are some kind of angels who didn't brought all of this on ourselves.
it's nice that you acknowledge crimes of serbian politicians, military and para-military groups as everyone should. saying that they themselves single-handedly brought all that serbian people had to go through on serbs is going too far though. some american allies have done far worse things. hell, american government is doing awful things as we speak/post. are they being punished by sanctions and bombing? no. because the international system is still about who's more powerful and about geo-political interests of the elites in individual countries (which often go against the vital interests of their own populations in general). it is a pinnacle of hipocrisy that the government of george "abu guantánamo" bush is giving away any awards for human rights. i also feel true human rights activists should reject it (i certainly would). but having said that, being nominated for this award is a sort of recognition. some people in the american political establishment do believe in human rights, even as their own leadership is violating them.

cocco80
Apr 23rd, 2008, 10:21 PM
it's nice that you acknowledge crimes of serbian politicians, military and para-military groups as everyone should. saying that they themselves single-handedly brought all that serbian people had to go through on serbs is going too far though. some american allies have done far worse things. hell, american government is doing awful things as we speak/post. are they being punished by sanctions and bombing? no. because the international system is still about who's more powerful and about geo-political interests of the elites in individual countries (which often go against the vital interests of their own populations in general). it is a pinnacle of hipocrisy that the government of george "abu guantánamo" bush is giving away any awards for human rights. i also feel true human rights activists should reject it (i certainly would). but having said that, being nominated for this award is a sort of recognition. some people in the american political establishment do believe in human rights, even as their own leadership is violating them.


Well, I agree with your point regarding american foreign policy as I already stated. But the thing is that things can be seen from different perspectives. I'm annoyed with all this serbian playing-all-innocent crap (since I'm Serbian I feel disgusted by war crimes that were, in some way, commited in my name as well. I feel that burden and I really think we should first come clean with ourselves and mistakes we have done. I was speaking in the name of someone who has position of 'the insider'.
That doesn't mean I'm pro American nor that I'm justifying american troops camping all over the world imposing their (questionable) morality which screams hypocrisy. We're on the same page.
I was just reacting to that "serbian victim discourse" which makes me sick. I wasn't looking at the big picture because there wasn't need for that in this case.
I hope you can understand where I'm coming from. :)

azdaja
Apr 24th, 2008, 10:15 AM
Well, I agree with your point regarding american foreign policy as I already stated. But the thing is that things can be seen from different perspectives. I'm annoyed with all this serbian playing-all-innocent crap (since I'm Serbian I feel disgusted by war crimes that were, in some way, commited in my name as well. I feel that burden and I really think we should first come clean with ourselves and mistakes we have done. I was speaking in the name of someone who has position of 'the insider'.
That doesn't mean I'm pro American nor that I'm justifying american troops camping all over the world imposing their (questionable) morality which screams hypocrisy. We're on the same page.
I was just reacting to that "serbian victim discourse" which makes me sick. I wasn't looking at the big picture because there wasn't need for that in this case.
I hope you can understand where I'm coming from. :)
oh, i do, and you are doing the right thing as a serbian citizen. it's just that i feel your cause would be helped if serbia were treated really fairly because as long as that isn't happening many serbs will feel victimised and they will have a justification that is as real as war crimes commited in their name. small countries often have difficulties putting their house in order because of some decisions more powerful countries make. and there are many people who would blame serbia even for male pattern baldness in the balkans. i remember serbian president said something similar to a spanish newspaper a couple of months ago when asked why serbia still hasn't experienced catharsis. he said something along the lines of that serbs do acknowledge their compatriots did some terrible things, but refuse to accept that they are the ultimate villains. rightly so because that's more than just a little bit divorced from reality.

so, that's where i'm coming from ;) it's actually the same position as yours, except that you are seeing things as an insider, as you said.

let's just see this as a well-deserved recognition of ana's work.

cocco80
Apr 24th, 2008, 12:48 PM
:kiss:
I agree with all you said.

let's just see this as a well-deserved recognition of ana's work.

exactly.

~lollipop_girl~
Apr 24th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Oh shush, lets sdjsut drinkz togerhter :DDDD

Btw cocco is cool, I like yoiu:worship:

azdaja
Apr 24th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Oh shush, lets sdjsut drinkz togerhter :DDDD

Btw cocco is cool, I like yoiu:worship:
have you been partying? :p

i agree about cocco :angel:

~lollipop_girl~
Apr 24th, 2008, 03:22 PM
have you been partying? :p

i agree about cocco :angel:
on my loneaseom :sad:

cocco80
Apr 24th, 2008, 04:27 PM
hey guys I like you too. :kiss:

I hope we'll have something to toast to after Berlin :crazy:

dybbuk
Apr 24th, 2008, 09:20 PM
Oh shush, lets sdjsut drinkz togerhter :DDDD

Btw cocco is cool, I like yoiu:worship:

I agree. I really like this cocco poster. :hearts:

dybbuk
Apr 24th, 2008, 09:21 PM
on my loneaseom :sad:

Buy me a plane ticket, Katie, and I'll come party with you. :smoke:

Nikkiri
Apr 25th, 2008, 05:56 AM
I agree. I really like this cocco poster. :hearts:

me too, cocco :banana:

azdaja
Apr 25th, 2008, 09:58 AM
what has happened to this forum? we used to have fights and weirdos, but never outbursts of love :lol: this is turning into a cocco appreciation thread :banana: perhaps it could also be a viable chat thread?

cocco80
Apr 25th, 2008, 08:42 PM
Cocco rolls on to her back :lol:

thanks guys. we should definitely keep this as a chat thread. :kiss:


http://static.flickr.com/75/221544877_18b3dda1eb.jpg

ezekiel
Apr 26th, 2008, 12:07 AM
Excuse me, but you sound like serbian government (during Milosevic era) didn't do anything wrong in previous wars (in croatia, bosnia and kosovo). What do you think our paramilitary troops were doing there? What about Arkan and his 'White Tiger' militias? Get a grip.
I don't agree with American foreign policy and I'm not trying to justify what they are doing but please don't act like we are some kind of angels who didn't brought all of this on ourselves.

Don't speak in generalities about this specific case . I don't know who you are so don't go on some sanctimonious guilt trips here

cocco80
Apr 26th, 2008, 12:14 AM
Don't speak in generalities about this specific case . I don't know who you are so don't go on some sanctimonious guilt trips here

Nobody can tell me not to express my own thoughts. I said what I think and know for a fact. Case closed.

ezekiel
Apr 26th, 2008, 12:18 AM
oh, i do, and you are doing the right thing as a serbian citizen. it's just that i feel your cause would be helped if serbia were treated really fairly because as long as that isn't happening many serbs will feel victimised and they will have a justification that is as real as war crimes commited in their name. small countries often have difficulties putting their house in order because of some decisions more powerful countries make. and there are many people who would blame serbia even for male pattern baldness in the balkans. i remember serbian president said something similar to a spanish newspaper a couple of months ago when asked why serbia still hasn't experienced catharsis. he said something along the lines of that serbs do acknowledge their compatriots did some terrible things, but refuse to accept that they are the ultimate villains. rightly so because that's more than just a little bit divorced from reality.

so, that's where i'm coming from ;) it's actually the same position as yours, except that you are seeing things as an insider, as you said.

let's just see this as a well-deserved recognition of ana's work.


Your analysis is completelly misplaced , it is american government that completelly rejects responsability for anything they have done and they are not making excuses so why should I accept their meaningless rewards ???

Do you think Thaci and other american clients are to be given awards and will you applaud that too ?
And about Ana's work , what is that business of American government ?

ezekiel
Apr 26th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Nobody can tell me not to express my own thoughts. I said what I think and know for a fact. Case closed.
No, you went on an emotional guilt trip masking emotions as opinions and facts as you put it

cocco80
Apr 26th, 2008, 12:44 AM
No, you went on an emotional guilt trip masking emotions as opinions and facts as you put it

That's not true. What you're saying doesn't make any sense. If you have some problem understanding my point of view you should read my posts few more times.
I'm the one rational here. You on the other hand let your emotions blur your vision.

Anyway, hypocrisy of american government doesn't make up for serbian war crimes. Not facing the truth about our recent history, always finding someone else to blame, makes us the hypocrites, don't you understand that?
How can we criticize americans for doing all wrong and at the same time we're the one not willing to admitt our own mistakes? The bare minimum.
You hate american hypocrisy but you go along with ours? You have double standards. Simple as that.

ezekiel
Apr 26th, 2008, 01:05 AM
You are talking about unspecified "victims" and "war crimes" and what not which has nothing to do with this topic
I don't believe you are serbian at all as you try to pass yourself off so your mantra of "war crimes" is all about trying to prove guilt by association which I reject and trying to emotionally impact a topic instead of rationale

cocco80
Apr 26th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Da, srpkinja sam. Zivim u Beogradu i studentkinja sam. Ne znam odakle ti ideja da me optuzis za lazno predstavljanje. Uostalom ti imas zastavu Ugande. Zaista neverovatno.

Do you still think I'm not Serbian?

azdaja
Apr 26th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Cocco rolls on to her back :lol:

thanks guys. we should definitely keep this as a chat thread. :kiss:


http://static.flickr.com/75/221544877_18b3dda1eb.jpg
nice post, but then it was followed by some terrible stuff :hysteric: such as
Your analysis is completelly misplaced , it is american government that completelly rejects responsability for anything they have done and they are not making excuses so why should I accept their meaningless rewards ???
:rolleyes:

i think it's obvious from my post that i am no friend of the hypicrisy of the american political establishment or why would i use "george abu guantánamo bush" otherwise? but as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. so, you are right about the hypocricy of the american government and occasionally they are also right about some stuff, though scarily, even more seldom than you :help:

but since ana said she's proud of this nomonation you can as well fullfill your own promise and stop being a fan, i'm pretty sure most of her other fans won't complain :wavey:

MAXMAGNUS
May 6th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Just like Ezekiel said,its not an honor for a Serb.Its an insult.
The same State Depatrment bombed Yugoslavia 1999. and Ana was in Belgrade during that time,remember?
Because of that, these days its was very hard to find news about S.D.nominations in Serbian media.
Its very clear,its a political award.
Just look at the list of countries of nominees:Iraq,
Afganistan,Serbian province Kosovo,Somalia,Pakistan,Palestina..
In all those areas United states had military involvment.
And as always,they do the same dirty job-first they bomb the countrie,often by using depleted uranium,kill people and destroy their homes and after that they are giving awards to men and women who are helping their wounded,sick and homless countrymen.
Its filthiest hypocrisy,nothing else.
On the other hand,its easy to understand why Ana had to accept nomination,to be polite and to said its an honor for her,because she has experienced management team behind her who knows very vell the rules of international public relations.
But having in mind how sensitive this thing is,I hope they will handle it very carefully.

Ana is one of the purest persons in Serbia and in the world.
The last thing she needs is to get dirty with such shameful award.