An accidental Serb

An interview with novelist Vladimir Arsenijević on the use and abuse of free speech: Very few writers exercised the right to free speech at that time.

Changing history

The revision of World War II is necessary so we could say that in the 90s, just like in World War II, everyone was involved in crimes, everyone is partially to blame. This is in fact a defense of the Great Serbia program.

Crime and punishment

The last chance for making Serbia face the truth through international legal mechanism was missed on September 27, 2007 when the International Court of Justice ruled that Serbia was responsible just for “failing of prevent” the Srebrenica genocide.

The right fist

While we are doing our miserable jobs and quietly living, our reputation in the world and safety in our city are determined by manipulated bloodthirsty kids, dreaming of Bishop Amfilohije’s blessings and Kosovo, the Heart of Serbia.

The price of community solidarity

As long as being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or whatever is seen as something to be ashamed of, that shame will be felt by everyone – not just those who are actually gay or whatever – precisely because of this strong sense of solidarity and identity with the nation.

Death on the street

The death on a Belgrade street is an extension of the death by sniper attacks on the streets of the besieged Sarajevo.

The anatomy lesson

Girls and boys from organizations defending rights of gay people in Serbia asked for public support. And as in Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, our public has shown its true character.

Serbia: Human rights defenders at risk

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Serbia continue to be at risk from attack by both state and non-state actors, including the media. The Serbian authorities are failing to protect them from physical attacks and threats to their lives and property.

Who’s afraid of Vuk?

One of the first internal orders issued by Tadic’s protégé Vuk Jeremic in the summer of 2007, was to ban Serbian ambassadors issuing statements or giving interviews to Serbian media at home and correspondents around the world without his prior approval.

The Serbian right

Although a multiparty system and electoral procedures that were introduced in Serbia were abided by after 2000, a constitutional democracy was not consolidated.

The past, responsibility and the future

Regardless of whether I voted for or against Milošević; regardless of whether I was expressing understanding for this brutal nationalism or expressing arguments against it – those crimes form part of my individual identity.

Sentence to Milan and Sredoje Lukić

Although reports about the Judgment instantly became breaking news and dominated most prominent media in the country for days, silence from the most senior state officials was conspicuous. 

Serbia and Remembrance day of the Srebrenica genocide

Following a range of actions and pressure by NGOs on Serbian authorities for the adoption of a Declaration on Srebrenica and to proclaim July 11 a Day of Remembrance of the Srebrenica genocide, there has been no official response by the authorities.

A policy of principle and truth?

On his recent visit to Banja Luka, Tadić evoked three principles: non-interference in Bosnia’s internal affairs; support for democracy; and support for whatever the three peoples agree between themselves. Are these principles mutually consistent? The answer is no. 

Bosnia out to tender

Inzko surprised everyone. After repeated warnings to Milorad Dodik to desist had failed, he felt bound to revoke the notorious decisions of the RS assembly giving Banja Luka competencies which did not belong to it, such as the right to veto every decision of the common Bosnian parliament in Sarajevo. 

Confronting the past

Latinka Perović: If you ask me, the key problem of Serbia is and has been how to turn it into a modern state… Srđa Popović: It is in our interest to find anyone who lives here, hides and is a criminal, has committed a crime or is suspected of having committed a crime.

Anti-fascism in Serbia

Slobodan Vučković: The question is whether this anti-fascism (as represented by the Communists) really did bring freedom… Olivera Milosavljević: But, that does not mean that those who didn’t wish to declare themselves fascist didn’t have an ideology that contained fascistic elements.

Serbia burdened by the Democratic party

Analysis of Serbian political life tracing its paralysis and cynicism to a ‘gene’ inculcated as far back as 1968, a contradictory aspiration to combine a modernizing, ‘Western’ reformism with blood and soil nationalism.

The time of snakes

I went to Kolarac for the promotion of Dobrica Ćosić’s book The Time of Snakes. That whole atmosphere at Kolarac, those people who went there – the girl next to me, 17 or 18 years old, burst into tears as soon as Ćosić said “Good day”.