Noam Chomsky, clearly unaware of crucial facts, makes an unfortunate comparison in his article between the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo and the NATO bombing of the Serbian Television.
I can picture the deans of faculties walking through the halls in the eve of the New Year holidays and considering who should be “dumped”, while offering polite smiles and holiday wishes.
We don’t have the right to use the honorable epithet “Je suis Charlie” if we continue to allow the collapse of the very form (the substance is already gone) of the parliamentary democracy in Serbia.
This is my reaction to the deaths of my colleagues in Paris.
Only when the issue of Kosovo is resolved and repayment of debts guaranteed, can the chapters 23 and 24, which are about the judiciary system and human rights, be opened in the second part of this year.
Not much will change in 2015 when it comes to respect for human rights. One may even expect a deterioration of relations towards freedom of expression and human rights defenders.
The overall result is: during this year’s first nine months, the investments were 4% lower than in 2013. And last year, the investments were 10% lower than in 2012.
This article should be read as a sketch of what was ruined in 2014, as an attempt to compile a part of the legacy that the next unfortunate tenants of Nemanjina 11 Street will inherit.
God forbid that this year is 20 days longer – our government would use that time to do one or two more budget rebalances.
Vulin is being given absolution from corruption by the US Ambassador. Vulin being protected by the US, go figure? Oppose a large international power, if you dare, and if you are as brave as Vulin.
A public forum was held at which Zoran Milivojevic, a promoter of physical punishment of children, presented his ideas to a hall packed with young parents, teachers and experts, and won standing ovations.
My proposal for the opposition parties is to unite into one party. However, the key issue is whether these parties would let citizens to decide who the new leader will be.
On Sunday, November 30, more than 1800 cities in more than 90 countries specially illuminated one of their monuments. This is a part of the international manifestation “Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty”.
The Turkish police said that the young man from Serbia was actually murdered in a fight among Serbian fans. If this is true, is the young man’s murder less tragic? From the point of view of common sense, the answer is obvious.
Our government has simple answers to complicated questions. General economic collapse is resolved by increased allocations of budget funds to public enterprises and parties…
Once upon a time, Serbia was a place where good and bad people were equally distributed all over the country. Now the good people live only in the ruling party.
Vucic failed to play his new role of a radical turned progressive European. And the public waited to see whether Vucic will pass the test of Seselj’s return.
Cosmopolitan perspective seems to be the core of optimism of the renowned German sociologist. Professor Beck visited Belgrade last week giving lectures on saving the European project.
The prime minister’s smile meant for chancellor Merkel disappeared. Only scowls and teeth grinding remained for Albanian prime minister. All in the spirit of “turning over a new leaf in our relations”.
It would be interesting to compare the Book Fair and Trumpet Festival in Guca, the speeches praising the Serbian books and those praising the Serbian trumpet. You could make a good doctoral dissertation out of it.
“The very reality of existence, almost reduced to the mere existence of our bodies, has become suspicious”, said Srdja Popovic in this essay 11 years ago. He left us a year ago, but Serbian society is still standing in the same, unbearable spot.
Teachers are parasites on the state budget that spend money and produce nothing? The government maybe should declare teaching a socially-useful work, which isn’t funded by the treasury.
Blic’s headlines are an open invitation to lynch the actor Goran Jevtic. Is self-censorship no longer enough, and journalists now must offer someone as a sacrifice to save themselves?
Serbia’s budget deficit this year will amount to around 3 billion euros. Serbian government debt rose to 70% of GDP (the law stipulates that it mustn’t exceed 45% of GDP).
Although fighter jets flew over the city the entire day, the Serbian government was unable to prevent a toy aircraft from entering the air space above the stadium where the match between Serbia and Albania was taking place.
We are being asked to change only the part of our mindset which prevents us from working hard, but not to change the whole mindset and go on strike, because we are working in poor conditions for low wages.
After a pitiful delay, making a mockery of higher education, we see this decision of Megatrend’s external commission as one of the many acts of the Serbian academic tragedy.
There are a lot of impressions, but there is no Olja Beckovic to classify them, nor can you vote any longer. Maybe this was the idea: you got the Pride, but lost “Utisak”; you had a flood, you will get Putin.
The Cyprus treasure became part of the oral tradition of a people robbed in the 1990s by a skillful mix of hyperinflation and Ponzi schemes.
We have status quo in Serbia, but Vucic’s version of that „parasite system“ is radically nihilistic. Its performers don’t believe in change, and anyway: they don’t know how to do it.
The beating of a young man from Germany is not an “incident”. State retreats before the threats, and citizens demonstrate that it is none of their business, until it starts to endanger their imaginary reputation.
Balkanist – German publishing house De Gruyter has confirmed that the article authored by Belgrade mayor Sinisa Mali, which granted him the right to defend his doctoral dissertation at FON, is plagiarism.